Fish:Vigil

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“Vigil”
Artist: Fish
Albums: Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
For Whom the Bells Toll! (1993)

Live version (New Years Eve 1991)

Listen to me
Just hear me out
If I could have your attention
Just quieten down
For a voice in the crowd
The crowd
I get so confused
And I don't understand
I know you feel the same way
You've always wanted to say
But you don't get the chance
You're just a voice in the crowd

We're in the crowd

I don't know the score anymore (anymore anymore anymore anymore anymore ...)
It's not clear anymore (anymore anymore anymore ...)
I can't tell right from wrong anymore (anymore anymore anymore ...)
I just don't understand

All right
Edinburgh Playhouse
Here we go
C'mon


I was just sitting here thinking
Of exchanging a new world for old
Like changing the channels on TV
Or the dirt we stand in to gold

When I was young my father told me just the bad guys die
At the time just a little white lie
It was one of the first but it hurt me the most
And the truth stung like tears in my eyes
That even the good guys must die
There's no reasons to crime and I never knew why
Even now it still makes me cry

If there's somebody up there
Could they throw me down a line
Just a little helping hand just a little understanding
Just some answers to the questions that I'm asking you
If there's somebody up there
Could they throw me down a line
Just a little guiding light to tell wrong from right
Just some answers to the questions that I'm asking you
I keep a vigil in a wilderness of mirrors
Where nothing here is ever what it seems
You stand so close but you never understand it
For all that it seems
Is not all that it seems
Am I blind?

Oh yeah yeah yeah

Hum diddle ay
Hum diddle ay

And you sit there and talk revolution
But can you tell me just who's in command?
When you tell me the forces we are fighting
Then I'll join and gladly make plans
But for now only our t-shirts cry freedom
And our voices are gagged by our greed
Our minds are harnessed by knowledge
By the hill and the will to succeed
And if that's not what you believe
Would you just let me know I'm not standing alone
That I'm not just a voice in the crowd

If there's somebody up there
Could they throw me down a line
Just a little helping hand just a little understanding
Just a little understanding to the questions that I'm asking you
If there's somebody up there
Could they throw me down a line
Just a little guiding light to tell wrong from right
Just some answers to the questions that I'm asking you
I'll keep a vigil in a wilderness of mirrors
Where nothing here is ever what it seems
I'm reaching out, I'm so close I can touch it
But it all disappears
When it's always so near
One day we will find
That we stand in the light
I'll keep a vigil in a wilderness of mirrors
Where nothing here is ever as it seems
I'm scared to shout in case I draw attention
From the powers
That preside
Over our minds
And our lives
When they find
What I want
It's the deadliest weapon
It is truth

Day by day
I'm getting stronger
And day by day
We're getting louder
But when I can't scream no more
And I need reassurance
I listen to the crowd

And the boy stood
And he stared at the hill
And the hill
Stared back