Jesus

Jesus

I’m down in a hole with Jesus and his brother.

There was blood on my hands,

I didn’t know; I have discovered.

I would give just about anyone’s true heart away.

I’d give this stomach full of whiskey,

and the pockets of my sister,

and the hinges on that silver gate.

 

On the blindest day you’ve ever known

It’s the blindest day you’ve ever known

 

When the sky it is a blank, and the thought a ghost undone,

when the note it is electric, and the lyric is a bullet,

and the microphone a rusty gun.

I may come to you with sorrow; I may come to you with the stains of crime upon me.

You may offer me forgiveness; you may head off the enemy when I run.

 

On the blindest day you’ve ever known

It’s the blindest day you’ve ever known

I’m up here dancing on the blindest day you’ve ever known

 

So, I’m down in a hole with Jesus and his brother.

He says, “It’s Rome up there; it’s murder, as you’ll discover.

But I’ll wait for you, I’ll wait for you, I’ll wait for you, sheltered from the sun. 

Come back when you’ve decided, or else send someone. 

For you must fill the hole you make when you have gone.

That’s the heavy price you pay to know Jesus for a day and leave innocent.

That’s the heavy price you pay to know Jesus for a day and leave innocent.”

 

On the blindest day you’ve ever known

It’s the blindest day you’ve ever known

I’m up here dancing on the blindest day you’ve ever known

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2001)

James O'Brien