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#1 12-14-2003 11:11pm

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Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

Glenn Tipton

Cassius Clay was hated more than Sonny Liston
Some like KK Downing more than Glenn Tipton
Some like Jim Nabors, some Bobby Vinton
I like 'em all

I put my feet up on the coffee table
I stay up late watching cable
I like old movies with Clarke Gable
Just like my dad does

Just like my dad did when he was home
Staying up late, staying up alone
Just like my dad did when he was thinking
Oh, how fast the years fly

I know an old woman ran a doughnut shop
She worked late serving cops
But then one morning, baby, her heart stopped
Place ain’t the same no more

Place ain’t the same no more
Not without my friend, Eleanor
Place ain’t the same no more
Man, how things change

I buried my first victim when I was nineteen
Went through her bedroom and the pockets of her jeans
And found her letters that said so many things
That really hurt me bad

I never breathed her name again
But I liked to dream about what could have been
I never heard her calls again
But I like to dream

Carry Me Ohio (the chorus has been confirmed by a forum member who talked to Mark at a recent show):

sorry that
i could never love you back
i could never care enough
in these last days

her tears fell
on her pages
found me well on her words
i don't know what to do or say

wading through
warm canals and pools clear blue
Tuscarawas flow into
the great lake

riding
back where the highway met dead tracks
ground and now cement and glass
so far away

heal her soul
and carry her my angel
ohio

green green youth
what about the sweetness we knew
what about what's good, what's true
from those days

can't count
to all the lovers i've burned through
so why do i still burn for you
i can't say

sorry that
i could never love you back
i could never care enough
in these last days

heal her soul
and carry her my angel
ohio

children blessed
gather round the home she rests
so poor and cold in their midwest
moon and sun

flashes bringing on
my open eyes to lightning storm
the touch of mist felt soft, felt warm
on my face

graving dreams
a million miles ago you seem
the star that i just don't see
anymore

words long gone
lost on journeys we walked on
lost her voice is heard along
the way

sorry for
never going by your door
never feeling love like that
anymore

heal her soul
and carry her angel
ohio

Pancho Villa / Salvadore Sanchez (both are identical save for a few words)

Salvador Sanchez
arrived and vanished
only 23 with so much speed
owning the highway

Mexico City
bred so many
but none quite like him
sweet warrior
pure magic matador

Pancho Villa
would never rest
until 1925
he closed his eyes
to [no clue on the rest of it]

(boxer name - sounds like Ghosts of the Phillipines)
the choirs and angels sing
Ukelele strings
play for his legend
Italy hurricane* [i don't think this is correct]

have they gone
Fell by leather
so alone,
but bound together

Benny "Kid" Paret
came a good way
climbed at gray sky
to raise his hands
stopped by the better man

(boxer name)
cry for suns
lost on distant shores
but first Jinorez (?) struck him
delivered him

have they gone
Fell by leather
so alone,
but bound together

Last Tide

Every bird fall weak on lifeless ground
Every eye swelled from tears ever clear
Every seed broken in Spring lived till Fall
All your babies be around to see them growing up

Will you be here with me my love
When the warm sun turns to ash
And the last tide disappear
All darkness near

I kept quiet so you'd think my heart was tough
I never showed you if I loved you enough
The dreams I had yeah I kept but I wouldn't dare
Share with you for fear of things still living in me

Will you be next to me my love
When the cold moon vanishes
And the last cries no yells
For it to hear

Floating

come to me my love
one more night come on
'cause i don't wanna be without
without you

in the air tonight so cold and strange
winter of loss when i have changed
and she is floating out too soon
so soon

in our room inside
with these ones i want to hide
and she is floating out too fast
too fast

come to me my love
one more night
come on
'cause i just wanna talk with you
again

come to me my love
one more night
come on
'cause i just want to hold you close
again

Gentle Moon

smile down on us sun, show your rays
when things come undone
all animals lead, us to light
when we can't see
stars, saturn and moon, glow for those
who cannot get through
rain fall and voice sound for those of whom
still are not found

gentle moon, find them soon
gentle moon, find them

black sky and black sea, lighten up
when we can't breathe
all dreams escape fire, over worlds
fly but won't tire
slow down on us wind, hold us still
when everything spins
all secrets and lies, let them out

dreams escape fire, they won't tire
dreams escape fire, they won't tire

gentle moon, find them soon
gentle moon, find them soon

all calendars pass, days die off
and hope cannot last
but if love was like stone, then yours was mine
through to my bones
but how can we give back to those
with whom we can't live
when will the flame break
and spare the good people it takes

souls escape fire, they rise higher
souls escape fire, they rise higher

gentle moon, find us soon
gentle moon, find us soon

Lily and Parrots

here she comes breakin through my window
in the early morning hours
for the moment, i am disrupted
but in time she'll make me smile

all the wonderous animals
roamin' round the earth
bring us songs of calm
they do no wrong
they do no wrong

you don't know just how much i miss you
yah my stomach aches in your absence
i don't know what i'd do without you
cause i'd have no one to follow

you are my love
i hold you above
everything and everyone
yeah everyone
everyone

hear outside all the kids are playin
they're my wake up call each day
look at them,
their little lives begining
i have watched them over years

blooming like sweet roses
dryin their wet noses
no thought of the cold
yeah i feel old
i feel old

yesterday we found a hidden passage
and i opened my sleepy eyes
through the trees parrots swept up past us
and the gardens there smelled good

all the pretty houses
decoratively coloured
tonight i want no other
than my own
than my own

Duk Koo Kim

looking out on my roof last night
woken up from a dream
i saw a typhoon coming in close
bringing the clouds down to the sea
making the world look gray and alone
taking all light from my view
keeping everyone in
and keeping me here with you

around you now, i can't sleep no more baby
around you still, don't want to leave yet

woken up from a dream last night
somewhere lost in war
i couldn't feel my feet or hands
i didn't feel right anymore
i knew there I'd die alone
with no one to reach to
but an angel came down
and brought me back to you

i'd rather leave this world forever baby
than let life go the way it's going

watching an old fight film last night
Ray Mancini vs. Duk Koo Kim
the boy from Seoul was hanging in good
but the pounding took to him
and there in the square he lay alone
without face without crown
and the angel who looked upon
never came down

you never know what day could pick you baby
out of the air, out of nowhere

come to me once more my love
show me love I've never known
sing to me once more my love
words from your younger years
sing to me once more my love
songs that i love to hear

birds gather 'round my window
fly with everything i love about the day
flowers, blue and gold and orange
rise with everything i love about the day

walk with me down these strange streets
how have we come to be here
so kind are all these people
how have we come to know them

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#2 12-15-2003 11:25am

Staralfur
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From: Virginia, USA
Registered: 11-26-2003
Posts: 61

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

i think this is fairly correct. what do you think?

Glenn Tipton

Cassius Clay was hated more than Sonny Liston
Some like KK Downing more than Glenn Tipton
Some like Jim Neighbors, some Bobby Vinton
I like ‘em all

I put my feet up on the coffee table
I stay up late watching cable
I like old movies with Clarke Gable
Just like my dad does

Just like my dad did when he was home
Staying up late, staying up alone
Just like my dad did when he was thinking
Oh, how fast the years fly

I know an old woman ran a doughnut shop
She worked late serving cops
But then one morning, baby, her heart stopped
Place ain’t the same no more

Place ain’t the same no more
Not without my friend, Eleanor
Place ain’t the same no more
Man, how things change

I buried my first victim when I was nineteen
Went through her bedroom and the pockets of her jeans
And found her letters that said so many things
That really hurt me bad

I never breathed her name again
But I liked to dream about what could have been
I never heard her calls again
But I like to dream


Estaba pensando sobreviviendo con mi sister en New Jersey...
Rock Me, Joe!

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#3 12-22-2003 2:48pm

craig
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From: Philadelphia, PA
Registered: 12-17-2003
Posts: 8

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

Duk Koo Kim

Looking out on my roof last night
Woken up from a dream
Saw a typhoon coming in close
Bringing the clouds down to the sea
Making the world look gray and alone
Taking all light from my view
Keeping everyone away
Keeping me here with you

Around you now
I can't sleep no more baby

Around you still
I don't want to leave yet

Woken up from a dream last night
Somewhere lost in a moor
Couldn't feel my feet or hands
I didn't feel right anymore

I knew there I'd die alone
With no one to reach to
But an angel came down
Brought me back to you

I'd rather leave this world forever
Baby
Than let life go the way it's going

Watching an old fight film last night
Ray Mancini and Duk Koo Kim
The boy from Seoul was hanging on good
But the pounding it took to him
There in the square he laid alone
Without face without crying
And the angel who looked upon him
She never came down

You never know
What day is gonna pick you
Baby
Out of the air
Out of the air

Oh come to me once more my love
Show me love I've never known (x4)

Oh sing to me once more my love
Words from your younger years (x4)

Come to me once more my love

...followed by a good amount of indecipherable falsetto lyrics somewhere after the eleven minute mark.  If anyone has the 10" vinyl acoustic version, maybe they can help out with those?

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#4 12-22-2003 3:07pm

craig
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From: Philadelphia, PA
Registered: 12-17-2003
Posts: 8

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

Last Tide

Every bird fall weak on lifeless ground
Every eye swelled from tears ever clear
Every seed broken in Spring lived till Fall
All your babies be around to see them growing up

Will you be here with me my love
When the warm sun turns to ash
And the last tide disappear
All darkness near

I kept quiet so you'd think my heart was tough
I never showed you if I loved you enough
The dreams I had yeah I kept but I wouldn't dare
Share with you for fear of things still living in me

Will you be next to me my love
When the cold moon vanishes
And the last cries no yells
For it to hear

Floating

Come to me my love
One more night
Come on
Cause I don't wanna be without
Without you

In the air tonight
So cold and strange
Winter of loss
When I have changed
She is floating out too soon
So soon

In our room
Inside
With these ones
I want to hide
She is floating out too fast
Too fast

Come to me
My love
One more night
Come on
Cause I just wanna talk with you
Again

Come to me
My love
One more night
Come on
Cause I just wanna hold you close
Again

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#5 01-25-2004 5:38am

nick
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From: Perth, Western Australia
Registered: 11-27-2003
Posts: 7

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

Has anyone had any luck deciphering the lyrics to gentle moon

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#6 01-25-2004 6:09am

diogo
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From: lisbon
Registered: 11-05-2003
Posts: 315

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

i have the book..i'll post them soon wink

dont have the time right now sorry  roll

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#7 01-28-2004 7:50am

Alex
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From: Boston
Registered: 01-07-2004
Posts: 8

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

I hear:

Camp counselor
Of all the lovers I've burned through
Why do I still burn for you
I can't say

And the chorus:

Heal her soul
Carry her my name
On the Ohio

...all of which somehow makes more sense to me, but I don't want to argue with more definitive sources...

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#8 01-28-2004 11:28am

acab
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From: sweden malmo
Registered: 11-15-2003
Posts: 141

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

what? "Camp counselor" makes sense?

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#9 01-28-2004 10:14pm

godawful
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Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

it is certainly cant count through

though the camp councilor line is pretty unique!

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#10 01-29-2004 9:33pm

blackbird
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Registered: 01-18-2004
Posts: 2

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

I don't think it's camp counselor!!  Check out this transcription of the lyrics.

http://lowgradepanic.bloghorn.com/310c

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#11 01-31-2004 4:58am

diogo
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From: lisbon
Registered: 11-05-2003
Posts: 315

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

gentle moon...

in the book the title is "smile down on us sun" actually, guess Mark hadnt defined the title yet...just a curiosity.
very easy song to play as well.

smile down on us sun, show your rays
when things come undone
all animals lead, us to light
when we can't see
stars, saturn and moon, glow for those
who cannot get through
rain fall and voice sound for those of whom
still are not found

gentle moon, find them soon
gentle moon, find them

black sky and black sea, lighten up
when we can't breathe
all dreams escape fire, over worlds
fly but won't tire
slow down on us wind, hold us still
when everything spins
all secrets and lies, let them out

dreams escape fire, they won't tire
dreams escape fire, they won't tire

gentle moon, find them soon
gentle moon, find them soon

all calendars pass, days die off
and hope cannot last
but if love was like stone, then yours was mine
through to my bones
but how can we give back to those
with whom we can't live
when will the flame break
and spare the good people it takes

souls escape fire, they rise higher
souls escape fire, they rise higher

gentle moon, find us soon
gentle moon, find us soon

here it is as promised..

diogo

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#12 02-03-2004 2:23pm

lookingloo
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Registered: 02-03-2004
Posts: 3

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

Some like Jim Neighbors, some Bobby Vinton

This is incorrect. It's not "neighbors," but "Nabors."

He was TV's Gomer Pyle. Before that, he was a singer. He made what many call the signature recording of the song "The Impossible Dream." The idea is that he and Bobby Vinton would have been rivals, working in the same middle-of-the-road genre.

Some like Jim Nabors, some Bobby Vinton.

It's humorous because the narrator goes from comparing the guitarists in Judas Priest to comparing easy-listening crooners.

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#13 02-04-2004 10:45pm

Staralfur
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From: Virginia, USA
Registered: 11-26-2003
Posts: 61

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

Some like Jim Neighbors, some Bobby Vinton

This is incorrect. It's not "neighbors," but "Nabors."

He was TV's Gomer Pyle. Before that, he was a singer. He made what many call the signature recording of the song "The Impossible Dream." The idea is that he and Bobby Vinton would have been rivals, working in the same middle-of-the-road genre.

Some like Jim Nabors, some Bobby Vinton.

It's humorous because the narrator goes from comparing the guitarists in Judas Priest to comparing easy-listening crooners.

i knew that Jim played Gomer Pyle, but i hadn't taken the time to correct the spelling....otherwise, i didn't understand the Bobby Vinton reference.

thanks for setting me straight.  smile


Estaba pensando sobreviviendo con mi sister en New Jersey...
Rock Me, Joe!

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#14 02-05-2004 9:14am

lookingloo
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Registered: 02-03-2004
Posts: 3

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

Cool. Thanks for taking the time to transcribe these lyrics.

Bobby Vinton was another middle-of-the-road singer from the 50s. His most popular songs is probably "Blue Velvet" (as used in the film of the same title). It's the kind of argument adults would have had before rock-n-roll, sort of like Sinatra vs. Tony Bennett.

Incidentally, my guess is that Kozelek is either being funny or ironic with these lines. I don't know many people under the age of 70 who would really argue the relative worth of Jim Nabors vs. Bobby Vinton. Kozelek chose "Cassius Clay" instead of "Muhammad Ali"--keeping the mood very strongly in the past.

At first listen, these lyrics appear quite random, but I think they invoke rather than expose. I heard "Glenn Tipton" on a Philly public radio station and purchased the CD immediately, without any previous knowledge of Kozelek, SunKilMoon, or RHP. Besides the enticing acoustic guitar work, the most thrilling part of the initial listen was the mood invoked by the lyrics. Lovely.

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#15 02-06-2004 9:44am

ricosuave
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Registered: 02-06-2004
Posts: 9

Re: Lyrics to Sun Kil Moon's 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'

'Cassius Clay was hated more than Sonny Liston'

I thought it was 'Cassius Clay was HIT more than Sonny Liston'.

So even though Cassius Clay was/is thought of as the greatest boxer of all time, he took more punches than one of his great rivals, Sonny Liston. This could be construed as a metaphor for suffering on the way to achieving your aims or (sic) suffering for your art.

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