Up against the wall…

10,000 Years[update 2006-11-11 – mp3 content corrected]

“The true revolutionary is guided by love.”
– Che Guevara

Nah… it’s not one of those up-against-the-wall things… but it’s that disconnect between the notorious phrase of itimidation, harrassment, and implicit death threat and a story of timeless, hopeless love that fired up my creative energies… not unlike how a chemical battery generates current, I suppose.

You’ll notice that there’s some real ambiguity in these lyrics. I considered different ways to try to make the song less ambiguous — but each one seemed to diminish the song, rob it of power. So I left the words more or less the way they spilled out.

You’ll have to figure out for yourself what goes on in this song…

Internet Archive page for this recording

studio version [soundclick]
May 26, 2006
October 31, 2005

10,000 years

Up against the wall
the moon was in her eyes
I felt her heart beat
I heard her sigh

I touched her cheek
a tear met my hand
I didn’t know it then
but that tear fell to her plan

10,000 years
is not a day too long
since the world began
I’ve been hangin round here
waiting for you to come along

I have seen that shining light
one too many times
I have heard the angels sing
while I riddled the devil’s rhymes

I have seen your eyes
burn into my soul
I have seen the truth
and I will never again be whole

10,000 years…

I’d do it all again
and still come back for more
I know how it’s all gotta end
but I’ll never know what it’s all for

Until the end of time
there’s not that long to go
I thought I knew heaven’s secrets
what the hell did I know?

10,000 years
is not a day too long
since the world began
I’ve been hangin round here
waiting for you to come along

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