Art of Almost


No!
I froze
I can't be so
Far away from my wasteland
I never know when I might
Ambulance
Hoist the horns with my own hands
Almost
Almost

I heard a faint ole
True love but
I had other ways to hurt myself
Like calling
I could open up my heart
And fall in and
I could blame it all on dust
The art of almost
Almost
Almost
Almost

I'll hold it up
I'll shake the grail
Disobey across the waves
Tomorrow
I'll have all the love I could ever ache
And I'll leave almost with you
All of almost
Almost

 

 

 

 

 

I Might


Was I wrong

Off all night long

So high

As the stinking sun

I came alive

Then I felt

Oh uh oh

Some guys

Have everything I know

It's alright

I've done a lot of

Crawling around outside

(and I heard)

It's alright

Your sno-cone

And it's piss and blood

It's in the cards

(oh, oh)

Get well soon

EVERYBODY!!

Do all lies

Have a taste?

Let it go

I don't know oh...

A cow's neck

Bad shave

In the low blow slo-mo

It's alright

You won't set the kids on fire

Oh but I might

HO

You come on

Sentimental

If the

Solar car's coming

I'm home

The Magna Carta's

On a Slim Jim blood

Brutha!

The sunk soul

With the coal clean toe

Is the mutha!

Yea. That's right

When you gonna find out

I'm all inside

You still might

It's all right

It's all right

It's alright

You won't set the kids on fire

Oh but I might

HO

It's all right

It's all right

 

 

 

 

 

Sunloathe


I loathe

The sun

Sometimes I don't

Know how to love

Anything

Myself

It's hard

To recall

Hold on

To it all

I kill my memories

With a cheap

Disease

To the sails

That fail

To the bird and the whale

Move my misery

It's all or nothing

I see

I don't want to lose this fight

I don't want to end this fight

Goodbye

I loathe

The sun

Someday I know

I'll learn how to love

Anyone

Is enough

I don't want to lose this fight

I don't want to end this fight

Goodbye

 





Dawned on Me


I've been young

I've been old

I've been hurt

And consoled

Heart of coal

Heart of gold

So I'm told

I've been lost

I've been found

I've been taken

By the sound

Of my own voice

The voices in my head

I can't help it if I fall in

Love with you again I'm calling

Just to let you know

It dawned on me

Every night is a test

To the east from the west

The sun rises and sets

That's the sun at it's best

I forget, then I know

I'd regret letting you go

Sometimes I can't believe how dark it can be

I can't help it if I fall in

Love with you again I'm calling

Just to let you know

It dawned on me

It dawned on me

So on

And so forth

And again

I will stop to begin

At the end

I can't help it if I fall in

Love with you again I'm calling

Just to let you know

It dawned on me

Oh I can't help it if I fall in

Love with you again I'm calling

Just to let you know

It dawned on me





Black Moon


I was always right

About the morning

Okay I'm an old shoe

Danced above the blades

Never stopped crawling

Over the black dunes

And I'm waiting

For you

Waiting forever

Are you awake now too?

I am always one

Without a warning

Whole days

Reappear

Lift away

Past the gate

Desert keeps forming

Underneath the black moon

And I'm waiting

For you

Waiting forever

Are you awake now too?

 

 




Born Alone


I have heard the war and worry of the gospel

Ferried fast across the void

I have married broken spoke charging smoke wheels

Spit and swallowed opioid

I am the driver at the wheel of the horror

Marching circles at the gate

Mine eyes have seen

The fury so flattered by fate

Tonight I'd rather count the warm fuse internally

Subtract the silence of myself

I would rather choose the middle mind of mystery

Reverse a riddle for my health

I'll unwind strange rinds overpowering

Toss the chimneys in the sea

I believe I've seen

The finger divine extremity

Please come closer to the feather smooth lens fly

Sadness is my luxury

Will you weather, join the cold, come before I die

More aware of it than me

The valves are blowing stone

The kids are unabashed

Loneliness postponed

Mine eyes deceiving glory

I was born to die alone

Alone

 

 



 

Open Mind


I would throw myself underneath

The wheels of any train of thought

Running off the rails or sail you through

The rogue waves of your brain

If I could bring a light to shine

Upon the dark and disobey

The night so young

But I still say we're too old

For cliches

Oh I can only dream of the dreams we'd share

If you were so inclined

I would love to be the one to open up your mind

I could base my whole existence

Upon the cherry strands of your gold hair

I would ask almost insist upon

Treating you kind and fair

Oh I can only dream of the dreams we'd have

How our hearts would be entwined

If you would let me be the one to open up your mind

I'll still be myself beneath

The banks unbroken beside the stream

Ready to return your thoughts unlearned

So it goes

So it seems

Oh I can only dream of the dreams we'd share

If you weren't so defined

I would love to be the one to open up your mind

If you would let me be the one to open up your mind

 

 

 

 


Capitol City


Capitol city skyline photo

Skyscraper shines the sun so

Low in the sky

Secretaries at the hotdog vendors

Cabs honk at bicycle messengers

Rolling by

I can't call with a subway token

Anyway the phones are all broken

I wish you were here

Better yet I wish I was there with you

You wouldn't like it here

You should stay right there

Breathe in that country air

You wouldn't like it here

Capitol towers radiator steam vents

Scream along with the clarinets and arguments

Echo down the hall

I can't sleep, I can't wake up

I'm shaken up maybe we should break up

I wish you were here

Better yet I wish I was there with you

You wouldn't like it here

You should stay right there

Breathe in that country air

You wouldn't like it here

Capitol city skyline photo

Picture postcard signed the moon so

Low in the sky

I can't smile when my hearts still broken

Faraway, in love and unspoken

I wish you were here

Or I was there with you






Standing O


How can you tell

You're under a spell

You're compromised

You're miles away

Slow

How can you know

When you're aiming low

There's nothing in your heart

Don't feel it in your soul

No standing O O O

Maybe you've noticed I'm ashamed

Of anything that I've done

Maybe you've noticed I'm not the same

As almost anyone

Why can't you see

You look funny to me

You trip and fall

I catch it all

O

How can you know

When you're aiming low

You're curling up

You're crawling now

No Standing O O O

Maybe you're saying no this time

Dance right around my bones

It's o.k. I'll be fine

I won't follow you home

Instead I turn my mood on a dime

I'm finally off of my back

I come from a long, long line

I mope and I cry and attack

OW OW

How can you tell

You're under a spell

Compromised

Miles away

No standing O O O

Maybe you've noticed I'm not afraid

Of everything that I've done

Maybe you've noticed I'm not the same

As almost anyone

Instead turn my mood on a dime

I'm finally off of my back

I come from a long, long line

I mope and I cry and attack

How can you tell

How can you tell

 

 

 

 

 

Rising Red Lung


I saw a rising red lung

Glisten under the sun

I wonder when it will pop

In the snow

If the melody's a mistake

An embrace at the wake

How long does it take

For us to know

I want a wig that's been blown

By something unknown

Buried under a mile

Of snow

I found a fix for the fits

Come listen to this

As intimate as a kiss

Over a phone

And it goes...

I found a fix for the fits

Come listen to this

It's buried under the hiss

It glows

Like a powerful smile

A car radio dial

As intimate as a kiss

Over a phone






Whole Love


My gold marigolds attack

My black bed of roses

I'm going to bring 'em all back

With hypnosis Ho

And I know that I won't be

The easiest to set free

And I know that I won't be the last

Cold captain tied to the mast

I recall you on the telephone

I recall when you get mad

I will still love you to death

And I won't ever forget how

And I know that it won't be

The easiest to set free

And I know that I won't be the last

Cold captain tied to the mast

I'm on the other side

I'm satisfied

I'm a spirit dove

I'm looking for your love

I'm simple as a matter of fact

A punch in the nose don't overreact

I will still love you to death

And I won't ever forget how

And I know that I won't be

The easiest to set free

And I know that I won't be the last

Cold captain tied to the mast

And I know that I won't be the one

To securely know when it's wrong

But I hope I know when it's past

And I hope I know when to show you my

Whole love

Whole love

Whole love

Whole love

Whole love

Whole love

Whole love

I won't ever forget how

 





One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)


This is how I tell it

O' but it's long

One Sunday morning

O' One son is gone

Against the weather dawning

Over the sea

My father said what I had become

No one should be

Outside I look lived in

Like the bones in a shrine

How am I forgiven

O' I'll give it time

This I learned without warning

Holding my brow

In time we thought I would kill him

O' but I didn't know how

I said it's your God I don't believe in

No your bible can't be true

Knocked down by the long lie

He cried I fear what waits for you

I can hear those bells

Spoken and gone

I feel relief I feel well

Now he knows he was wrong

Ring 'em cold for my father

Frozen underground

Jesus I wouldn't bother

He belongs to me now

Something sad keeps moving

So I wandered around

I fell in love with the burden

Holding me down

Bless my mind I miss

Being told how to live

What I learned without knowing

How much more I owe than I can give

This is how I tell it

O' but it's long

One Sunday morning

One son is gone

 


words: Jeff Tweedy

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