Therapy in Music

Musical musings for reflection

Way Out West

on May 6, 2013

Way Out West

by Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire

Elder Green is dead and gone
Lost his way going to town
Don’t know who he is or what he’s done
But it sure sounds sweet rolling off the tongue
Yeah it sure sounds sweet rolling off the tongue
If I was in an old hotel
That happened to be on fire
Maybe I’d jump or
Maybe I’d reconsider
Then I’d climb a little higher
Like an oily rag
In a dusty corner
Like a box of matches near an open flame
I’d jump 18 stories from a burning fire
Sooner than I’d face this world of shame
Yeah I’d skip this town and
Jump a westbound train
Take these fingerlings from my fingers
Spoken with your breath
With white-washed eyes
And flies that linger
Seems rather forlorn and bereft
I said where you goin’ with that sack on your shoulder Willie
As if I couldn’t have guessed
He says I’m gonna get the hell
Out of Slag Valley and take a little stroll way out west
If I was in an old hotel
That happened to be on fire
Maybe I’d jump or
Maybe I’d reconsider
Then I’d climb a little higher
Like an oily rag
In a dusty corner
Like a box of matches near an open flame
I’d get so far away
From that old matchbox hotel
Man I’d skip this town and
Jump a westbound train
Anything to get away from this shame
Take these fingerlings from my fingers
Spoken with your breath
With white-washed eyes
And flies that linger
Seems rather forlorn and bereft
I said where you goin’ with that sack on your shoulder Willie
As if I couldn’t have guessed
He says I’m gonna get the hell
Out of Slag Valley and take a little stroll way out west
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