Friday, March 13, 2009

KO-S: Ballad of Noah (Commonplace Book)

This song is from the album Hymns to Atlantis. It is an amazing album but this song has especially been kicking my ass lately.



I wont print all the lyrics here, but this passage is straight up William Blake-ian: Gnostic, Biblical, Phantasmagoric, and a little bit Cowboy (see Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man for how well Blake chimes with the American West):

under the sky cross the land with a horse.
it felt like a sky and the land were divorced.
the way it wasn't easy, a rock in the past
so what's the matter with you, when the rock just laughed
carrying a load for the conscious untoiling
i went to the water and the water was boiling
the load was heavy and rocks filled my course
my horse drank the water and the water killed my horse
i tried to keep going, weeping to me
a righteous wind blew and it was speaking to me
the way seemed harder since my horse been dead
i couldn't understand everything the wind said
looked up at the sky and seen something strange
returned to my country and my country was up in flames
the trees were bleeding, they said they couldn't hide me
where will i run to without my horse beside me?

if you reach a dead end trail
pray to god it never fails.
we've all walked each other's shoes
so everybody sings the blues.
if you reach a dead end trail
pray to god it never fails.
we've all walked each other's shoes
so you don't have to sing the blues.

1 comment:

Curt said...

Glad you're still digging this album. Check out K-OS' website for the first single from his forth-coming album. The song, "4321" is a musical response to Feist's "1234." Definitely worth a listen...