one sunday morning (song for jane smiley’s boyfriend) lyrics – wilco

this is how i tell it
oh, but it’s long
one sunday morning
oh, one son is gone

i can see where they’re dawning
over the sea
my father said what i had become
no-one should be

outside i look lived in
like the bones in a shrine
how am i forgiven?
oh, i’ll give it time

this, i learned without warning
holding my brow
in time he thought i would kill him
oh, but i didn’t know how

i said it’s your god i don’t believe in
no, your bible can’t be true
knocked down by the long life
he cried, ‘i fear what waits for you’

i can hear those bells
spoken and gone
i feel relief, i feel well
now he knows he was wrong

i am cold for my father
frozen underground
jesus, i wouldn’t bother
he belongs to me now

something sad keeps moving
so i wandered around
i fell in love with the burden
holding me down

bless my mind, i miss
being told how to live
what i learned without knowing
how much more that i owe that i can give

this is how i tell it
oh, but it’s long
one sunday morning
one son is gone

/ wilco lyrics