5 bright stars that I’ve never seen before
Step by step walking on the checkerboard
You know, some things get easier with time
Blood flows much easier when I know the blood is mine.
5 dark knights sleeping underneath the skies
Toss and turn, thinking of the way you died
I can’t describe what is left of me more delicate than a lace
Hold me in your hand then let me slip into the wind and watch
Sometimes the sky is filled with eyes.
5 small boys I saw them inside my dream
Step by step but the checkerboard was green
You know, they never cried they were a bubble in the air
Flying in the wind they never knew that you were there
All of the time.
They were oblivious to the feeling of your eyes.
Step by step walking to the rabbit hole
And there I will forget, fall into a black so fine
That you were there with me when every wind
Was filled with time.
We were oblivious to the feeling of their eyes.
Walking through flowers surrounded by thoughts of her when she was down on her knees Wind in my hair but there’s nobody there much less somebody begging to please Maybe tonight my wind will come Maybe tonight the sky will unfold Maybe tonight I will hear the words Life is a story that’s already told, I’m told.
Clouds at my back I can get nothing back but a picture that’s turned upside down Clouds that are pink, though I struggle to think I just twist and fall back on the ground Maybe tonight my wind will come Maybe tonight the sky will unfold Capture it quick in a sack of gray Maybe tonight I will truly be old.
A flag, a sky, a kite, a lie A memory that fades, twisting and flying away…
Walking the path that I carved with my own feet wrapped in my own cotton cloth Walking the path to the cliff where I stand with my staff on the edge of the drop off I know what they say about me I know who they think I am And if I’m magic I don’t really know that I know that I’m not quite a man.
Maybe tonight my wind will come Maybe tonight the sky will untwist Capture it quick like a flag of gray Folded and holded with twine round my wrist.
Professor (to me): “What do a crystal and the sky have in common?”
Me (thinking I must have misheard him): “What?”
Professor: “I said, WHAT DO A CRYSTAL AND THE SKY HAVE IN COMMON?!?!”
Me: “Uh, what, um, I don’t know… maybe that they’re clear?”
Professor: “NO! THINK!! THINK!!! WHAT DO A CRYSTAL AND THE SKY HAVE IN COMMON?!?!?!?!?”
Me: “Uh.. uh… I guess they’re both maybe, um…”
Professor “HUMANS CAN’T LIVE IN THE SKY AND THEY CAN’T LIVE INSIDE OF A CRYSTAL, EITHER!!!”
Growing up in Kentucky, no one had ever pointed out the interesting fact that humans can neither live in the sky nor inside of a crystal, but once these words were spoken, I instantly recognized their truth. It is one of the few golden nuggets I collected from my four years at UVA, and hardly a day goes by when I don’t shout these words in my own ear.
What does that have to do with this song? Well, I suppose one theme that flows through a number of my songs is the feeling of being trapped in the sky and trying to come down to earth, or alternately, being trapped in a crystal and trying to break free. Perhaps, you could consider this a song about trying to find someone who will smash through the crystal and drag you down to earth.