Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In a top secret location three hundred feet under the ground

I post a lot of music on this site in the form of video. This time, I am posting the lyrics first. This will be one of my favorite songs for a long time. Enjoy.

Josh Ritter - The Temptation of Adam

If this was the Cold War we could keep each other warm, I said on the first occasion that I met Marie. We were crawling through the hatch that was the missile silo door, and I don't think that she really thought that much of me.

I never had to learn to love her like I learned to love the Bomb. She just came along and started to ignore me. But as we waited for the Big One I started singing her my songs, And I think she started feeling something for me.

We passed the time with crosswords that she thought to bring inside, What five letters spell 'apocalypse' she asked me. I won her over saying 'W.W.I.I.I.' She smiled and we both knew that she'd misjudged me.

Oh Marie it was so easy to fall in love with you. It felt almost like a home of sorts or something. And you would keep the warhead missile silo good as new, And I'd watch you with my thumb above the button.

Then one night you found me in my army issue cot, And you told me of your flash of inspiration. You said fusion was the broken heart that's lonely's only thought, And all night long you drove me wild with your equations.

Oh Marie, do you remember all the time we used to take? We'd make our love and then ransack the rations. I think about you leaving now and the avalanche cascades, And my eyes get washed away in chain reactions.

Oh Marie, if you would stay then we could stick pins in the map, Of all the places where you thought that love would be found. But I would only need one pin to show where my heart's at, In a top secret location three hundred feet under the ground.

We could hold each other close and stay up every night, Looking up into the dark like it's the night sky, And pretend this giant missile is an old oak tree instead And carve our name in hearts into the warhead.

Oh Marie, there's something tells me things just won't work out above, That our love would live a half-life on the surface. So at night while you are sleeping I hold you closer just because, As our time grows short I get a little nervous.

I think about the Big One, W.W.I.I.I. Would we ever really care the world had ended? You could hold me here forever like you're holding me tonight, I look at that great big red button and I'm tempted.


mdeclouet said...

One of my favorite on that album. "Right Moves" is another great one. The show must have been great!

Luke said...

Great song. Great album. I heard him talk about this one on an NPR interview. It was interesting. You can probably find it on NPR Music if you are interested.

wilablog said...

Cool. Definitely interested. Just may not have time to go dig it up. It as officially landed on my hobby to-do list this morning though so we will see. Thanks!