Wasn’t I Joe? (live 2003)

Released at September 23, 2003

Release date:

September 23, 2003

Copyright:

Opium (Arts) Ltd.

Length:

various

Status:

Unofficial

Publisher:

Opium (Arts) Ltd.

Lyrics

I was strong myself when I started, in on you… Wasn’t I Joe? Normal strength?

Don’t stay away too long love
I sense that somethings wrong
Don’t stay away too long love
Don’t stay away too long

And the minutes last a lifetime
We’ve mastered ways of moving slow
She took the children and the checkbook
Should I have really let her go?

Don’t stay away too long love
Don’t stay away too long

I was strong myself when I started, wasn’t I Joe?

There’s a moving recitation
Played out inside my head
With an eloquence I don’t possess
I think its better left unsaid

Where’s the examples that we needed
A man and wife who walk the line
Give me something to aspire to
Not in a lifetime, not in our lives

I was strong myself when I started, wasn’t I Joe?

Don’t stay away too long love
I know that somethings wrong
There’s a sadness I can’t live with
Don’t stay away too long

Today’s the day before I met her
And these things pass unrecognized
These are the shoes, that was the workplace
And this the car in which we cried

So many hours of conversation
I doubt there’s anything left unsaid
No hope of reconciliation
Slowly pacing ’round my bed

And the walls hear no disturbance
The screaming from the insides too
She with left with everything we lived for
The everything of me and you

I was strong myself when I started, in on you… Wasn’t I Joe? Normal strength?

I was strong myself when I started, wasn’t I Joe? Wasn’t I Joe?

Lifelines run throughout the notebooks
A life in letters scribbled out
There’s no place left now for reflection
We’re not leaving room for doubt

I’ve got you pictured in my mind love
You’re off the bus and running free
I’ll keep the memories and the pretense
The ghosts of who we used to be

And I’ll be nothing like my father
We’ll wash the sheets as if by hand
And you’ll be nothing like my mother
We’re abandoning the plan
(Unsure What he says here)

Wasn’t I Joe?
Wasn’t I Joe?

I was strong myself when I started, in on you… Wasn’t I Joe? Normal strength?

And sometimes life is frightening
And everything comes on strong
So we’re holding on for dearlife
‘Til something better comes along

‘Til something better comes along
‘Til something better comes along

 

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Performed during the Fire In The Forest 2003 and 2004 tour.
The samples used in the song appears to have come from the Samuel Beckett tv play “Eh Joe” – which contains the lines “I was strong myself when I started ……wasn’t I Joe” which are used in the song.
(thanks to Ray Cockram)

lyrics provided by fans.

The woman’s voice praying in italian is from the Italian edition DVD of “Nostalghia” by Andrei Tarkovsky.
During one of first scenes there is a procession  dedicated to the Virgin Mary… first woman of the procession open the dress of the statue of Mary and some swallows fly away (you can hear swallows at the beginning of the sample)
The woman talking is a litany.
(thanks to MariaCristina Buttignoni, who recieved the news from user ‘kitaj’ @ davidsylvian.it‘s forum)

 

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