Kevin Morby

Piss River

 

 

I saw you coming, so I got to running
Like hell, I could tell that you played for keeps
Now I live on a boat that sits on a moat
On top of piss river, outside your castle
And when death comes 'round, we all sing, "Oh, what an asshole"
He stirs quite the fuss and he causes quite the hassle
We all buy black suits
as our lives go on mute
And meet under the belfry to cry and say sorry

 

And oh my God
Mama, I’m scared

"I know you are, baby, I am scared, too"


Do you want to play chess inside my chest?
You move, I move, you choose, I choose
And who, who, who? I beg like an owl
As I sit on my perch, and I stare and I scowl
I know I left you, but I cannot forget you
Now I only know how to harm or upset you
See, I came for your love, but I stayed for your anger

And you rocked me, mama, like a babe in a manger
 

And oh my God
Mama, I'm angry
"I know you are, darling,” but she's angry, too
And oh my God
Mama, at who?
"Oh, Kevin
She’s angry at you"

I tried to pray, but I didn't know what to say
So I just mumbled some names
I said, "I hope they're okay," then "amen"
They were the names of my family and friends
Oh, the planet's so lonely and the planet's so cold
And if I'm so lucky, I'll die when I'm old
I pray no disaster, no fire, no rain
And I pray that no devil gets inside my brain
As the world does its twirl ’tween the moon and the sun
Casting clock shadows beyond everyone

 

And the hours devour us


As I stare out my window, as I ride this bus
And man, it goes fast, and man, what a blur
But I’d ride it the same, oh, just as it were
It's that feeling in my stomach when the light was low
And I’d get warm in my chest when my heart would slow
And that feeling in my head when that music played
Get dizzy in my soul from the glad song they sang
What a dream to have ever felt the air so warm
What a dream to have even ever been born

Kevin Morby, a singer-songwriter with four solo albums and an international
fanbase, lives in Kansas City. His most recent album is
OH MY GOD (Dead Oceans, 2019).

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