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Like faithful oxen through the chalk,
With dragging tails of history walk.
Soon confuse the compass and the cross.
Carefully and cursively we fill our travelling diaries with loss.

Beneath an angry Bible flood,
Did you and I first learn to love.
In my father's car we came to know.
And shivered in our painted clothes and paired like every animal below.

As heavy as a history book can be,
I will carry it with me, oh Lord.
And maybe when the bitterness has gone,
There'll be sweetness on our tongues once more.

Barefoot in a rowing boat,
You lose your shoes and freeze your toes.
And say I wear my sorrow like a crown.
And throw your arms around my head, and see it there in gold and red and brown.

As heavy as a history book can be,
I will carry it with me, oh Lord.
And maybe when the bitterness has gone,
There'll be sweetness on our tongues once more.

We'll soon forget our parents' names,
Like dogs will drive the wolves away.
And weep with fingertips opposed,
Like a church where nobody congregates.

But sweetness sings in the pasture,
We throw ourselves on the mercy of the earth.
If sand and salt have the answer,
Then the act itself will be louder than the word.

And I'll be on your side.



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    UnregisteredAug 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm
    I think it's about a boy and girl, and one of them is very religious and is forbidden by their parents to see the other. They elope and they have troubles along the way, but they always stand by each other.
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    UnregisteredJul 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm
    I think it's about a childhood romance. He's thinking they keep doing the same mistakes over and over again "heavy history book", as happens with history,that is always repeating the same things along the time
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    UnregisteredMay 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    I think the song is about a past relationship in which the two participants became disillusioned with the path they were taking (compass and the cross) and realised that rather than heading for there same destination they were merely headed for the same direction but with different goals. The biblical references are intended to show what they were doing was dissaproved of by the community they lived in in quite a constricting way and that they felt so much guilt they eventually had to give into the "history book" and go their separate ways. Contrasting, after the second chorus is a celebration of them coming back together and cast off all their old worries and the oppression of their community. The last verse refers to a greener pasture on the other side and how they were prepared to cast away all earthly influences so that they could do as they wanted and be together. The refrain at the end refers to how everybody else is against them, he is on the side that she is on, the new pasture and has moved away from the old.
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    UnregisteredApr 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    I think its about two men that love each other but are opressed and their love is held back by the 'heavy' bible or 'history book'. I think they are made to be different people that they actually are by this christian prejudice towards homosexuality 'painted clothes' meaning made to look or act different.
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    UnregisteredApr 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    I think it's all about a journey and how you learn from your mistakes, from history. How you shouldn't forget people i'm your life but keep with you.

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