Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lyrics - Nathanial Miles by Fr Justin Mathews

That song I downloaded (see last entry) doesn't seem to have lyrics up anywhere, so I thought I'd see what I could do...

Nathanial Miles, by Justin Mathews.
from the album Confessing Between the Lines (also available on iTunes).

Nathanial Miles was a good man,
Always willing to stay late or lend you a hand.
Come from the deep south, from old Alabama,
Met him at forty-eight, I was 24, but
He didn't seem to mind...

Picked him up at 6am by the radio station
Stopped for some coffee saying he felt like talking
Told me 'bout his wife and kids and the day she left him
How he spent 20 years living out of box cars,
A life that almost killed him.

I've been looking for a heart I've never known
Searching for someone to sing me sweetly home

He said, I slid off the rail by that old rescue mission,
The crave and the DT's had shaken the hop from him.
Got a hot meal and a warm cot, but I laid awake,
Something that the preacher said, about the thirsting dead,
And the water that Jesus had...

I've been looking for a heart I've never known,
Searching for someone to sing me sweetly home

(instrumental interlude)

With the last sip of coffee he said,
Here's the part that i bet you would never guess

Upstairs the mission offered life recovery,
Powder for the shot to those losing the war.
Thought about my wife and kids and the years I've been running,
And I made up my mind, it was long past time,
To put the past behind

I've been looking for a heart I've never known
Searching for someone to sing me sweetly home
I've been looking for a heart I've never known
Searching for someone to sing me sweetly home
Sweetly home
Sweetly home

3 comments:

The Mathews Family said...

He said, "I slid off a rail by that old rescue mission"
:^)
JM+

The Mathews Family said...

met him at 48 I was 24 but he didn't seem to mind...

... the crave and the DT's had shaken the hop from him...

...some thing that the preacher said about the thirsting dead...

... with the last sip of coffee he said, here's the part that I bet you would never guess...

... upstairs the mission offered life recovery... powder for the shot for those losing the war...

:) The lyrics are in the cd jacket but these corrections will help some... JM+

Smitty said...

Thanks Father!
Finally updated, after...a month :$

Just as an aside - it's amazing that a little mishearing can totally change the meaning of part of the song - a good reminder for chanters to be very careful when enunciating words!