Belle & Sebastian – Nobody’s Empire Lyrics

Lying on my bed, I was reading French
With the light too bright for my senses
From this hiding place life was way too much1
It was loud and rough round the edges2

So I faced the wall3 when an old man called
Out of dreams that I would die there4
But a sight unseen, you were pulling strings
You had a different idea5

I was like a child, I was lying strong
And my father lifted me up there
Took me to a place where they checked my body6
My soul was floating in thin-air7

I clung to the bed and I clung to the past
I clung to the welcome darkness8
But at the end of the night there’s a green green light
The quiet before the madness

There was a girl that sang like the chime of a bell9
And she put out her arm, she touched me when I was in hell10
When I was in hell

Someone sang a song and I sang along
Cause I knew the words from my childhood
Intellect ambition they fell away
And they locked me up for my own good11

But I didn’t mind, cause the silence12 was kind
It spoke to me in whispers
There was the sound of the wind and the cold cold dawn
And the quiet hum of business13

Let me dangle awhile in this waiting room14
I don’t need to go I don’t need to know what you’re doing
Know what you’re doing

Lying on my side you were half awake
And your face was tired and crumpled
If I had a camera I’d snap you now15
Cause there’s beauty in every stumble16

We are out of practice we’re out of sight
On the edge of nobody’s empire17
And if we live by books and we live by hope
Does that make us targets for gunfire?18

Now I look at you, you’re a mother of two
You’re a quiet revolution19
Marching with the crowd, singing dirty and loud
For the people’s emancipation20

Did I do okay, did I pave the way?
Was I strong when you were wanting?21
I was tied to the yoke with a decent bloke22
Who was stern but never daunting23

And he told me to push24 and he made me feel well
He told to me to leave that vision of hell to the dying25
Oh to the dying

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