grace cathedral hill lyrics – the decemberists

grace cathedral hill
all wrapped in bones of setting sun
all dust and stone and moribund
i paid twenty-five cents to light
a little white candle
for a new year’s day
i sat and watched it burn away
then turned and weaved
through slow decay
we were both a little hungry
so we went to get hot dog

down to hyde street pier
the light was slight and disappeared
the air it stunk of fish and beer
we heard a superman trumpet
play the national anthem

and the world may be long for you
but’ll never belong to you
but on a motorbike
when all the city lights
blind your eyes tonight
are you feeling better now?

some way to greet the year:
your eyes all bright and
brim with tears
the pilgrims, pills, and tourists here
will sink fifty-three bucks to buy
a brand new halo

sweet on a green-eyed girl
all fiery irish clip and curl
all brine and p*ss and vinegar
i paid twenty-five cents to light
a little white candle

and the world may be long for you
but’ll never belong to you
but on a motorbike
when all the city lights
blind your eyes tonight
are you feeling better now?

/ the decemberists lyrics