Nobody's Empire

Belle & Sebastian 2015.01.13 8
Lying on my bed 
I was reading French
With the light too bright 
for my senses
From this hiding place, 
life was way too much
It was loud and rough 
round the edges

So I faced the wall 
when an old man called
Out of dreams that I would 
die there
But a sight unseen, 
you were pulling strings 
And you had a different idea

I was like a child, 
I was light as straw
When my father lifted 
me up there
Took me to a place 
where they checked my body
My soul was floating in thin air

I clung to the bed, 
and I clung to the past
And I clung to the welcome 
darkness
But at the end of the night
There’s a green green light
It’s the quiet before the 
madness 

There was a girl that sang 
like the chime of a bell
She put out her arm 
And she touched me 
when I was in hell

Someone sang a song 
and I sang along
Cause I knew the words 
from my childhood
Intellect, ambition 
they fell away
They locked me up 
for my own good

But I didn’t mind 
cause the silence was kind
And you spoke to me in 
whispers
There was the 
sound of the wind 
in the cold cold dawn
And the quiet hum of 
business

Let me dangle a while in this 
waiting room
I don’t need to go 
I don’t need to know 
what you’re doing

Lying on my side you were 
half awake and your face 
Was tired and crumpled
If I had a camera 
I’d snap you now 
Cos there’s beauty 
in every stumble

We are out of practice 
we’re out of sight
On the edge of nobody’s 
empire
If we live by books 
and we live by hope
Does that make us targets 
for gunfire?

Now I look at you 
you’re a mother of two
You’re a quiet revolution
Marching with the crowd 
singing dirty and loud
For the people’s 
emancipation

Did I do ok, 
did I pave the way?
Was I strong when you 
were wanting?
I was tied to the yoke 
with a decent bloke
Who was stern but never 
daunting

And he told me to push 
and he made me feel well
And he told me to leave 
that vision of hell 
to the dying
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