The video hopefully gets you to hear the song and read the lyrics, but first, who is Phosphorescent? Matthew Houck is originally from Alabama and originally called himself Fillup Shack. I’ll let you link to the websites for any more facts but his latest album Muchacho was named the Number 1 album of the year by Paste magazine.
So, back to the lyrics – I guess he is quoting Johnny Cash in the beginning, (that’s the point), but then he finds the words to express his own poetic despair and recovery.
Some say love is a burning thing
That it makes a fiery ring
oh but I know love, as a fading thing
Just as fickle as a feather in a stream
See, honey, I saw love, you see it came to me
It put its face up to my face so I could see
Yeah then I saw love, disfigure me
Into something I am not recognizing.
See the cage, it called, I said, “Come on in”
I will not open myself up this way again
Nor lay my face to the soil, nor my teeth to the sand
I will not lay like this for days now upon end
You will not see me fall, nor see me struggle to stand
To be acknowledged by some touch from his gnarled hands
You see the cage it called. I said, “Come on in!”
I will not open myself up this way again.
You see the moon is bright in that treetop night
I see the shadows that we cast in the cold clean light.
Ah, my feet are gold and my heart is white
And we race out on the desert plains all night
See honey, I am not some broken thing
I do not lay here in the dark waiting for thee.
Oh my heart is gold, my feet are light
And I am racing out on the desert plains all night.
So some say love is a burning thing
That it makes a fiery ring.
Ah but I know love as a caging thing
Just a killer come to call from some awful dream
And all you folks, you come to see
You just stand there in the glass looking at me
But my heart is wild, and my bones are steel
And I could kill you with my bare hands if I was free.
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