12.20.2011

volcano

I've been walking down these streets so long
I don't know where they're going to lead me anymore
But I think I must have seen a ghost
I don't know if it's my illusions that keep me alive

I don't know what I've seen
Was it all an illusion all a mirage gone bad
I'm tired of evil
And all that it feeds
But I don't know

I've been drifting on this wave so long
I don't know if it's already crashed on the shore
And I've been riding on this train so long
I can't tell if it's you or me who's driving us into the ground

I don't know if I'm sane
But there's a ghost in my heart
Who's trying to see in the dark
I'm tired of people who only want to be pleased
But I still want to please you

And I heard of that Japanese girl who jumped into the volcano
Was she trying to make it back
Back into the womb of the world

I've been drinking all these tears so long
All I've got left is the taste of salt in my mouth

I don't know where I've been
But I know where I'm going
To that volcano
I don't want to fall in through
Just want to warm my bones
On that fire a while 

 
 —Beck, from his album Modern Guilt

painting by Elin Pendleton

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