Hope

Album: Up (1998)
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  • You want to go out Friday
    And you want to go forever
    You know that it sounds childish
    That you've dreamed of alligators
    You hope that we are with you
    And you hope you're recognized
    You want to go forever
    You see it in my eyes
    I'm lost in the confusion
    And it doesn't seem to matter
    You really can't believe it
    And you hope it's getting better

    You want to trust the doctors
    Their procedure is the best
    But the last try was a failure
    And the intern was a mess
    And they did the same to Matthew
    And he bled till Sunday night
    They're saying don't be frightened
    But you're weakened by the sight of it
    You lock into a pattern
    And you know that it's the last ditch
    You're trying to see through it
    And it doesn't make sense
    But they're saying don't be frightened
    And they're killing alligators
    And they're hog-tied and accepting of
    The struggle

    You want to trust religion
    And you know it's allegory
    But the people who are followers
    Have written their own story
    So you look up to the heavens
    And you hope that it's a spaceship
    And it's something from your childhood
    You're thinking don't be frightened

    You want to climb the ladder
    You want to see forever
    You want to go out Friday
    And you want to go forever
    And you want to cross your DNA
    To cross your DNA with something reptile
    And you're questioning the sciences
    And questioning religion
    You're looking like an idiot
    And you no longer care
    And you want bridge the schism
    A built-in mechanism to protect you
    And you're looking for salvation
    And you're looking for deliverance
    You're looking like an idiot
    And you no longer care
    Because you want to climb the ladder
    You want to go forever
    And you want to go out Friday
    You want to go forever Writer/s: Leonard Cohen, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
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  • Mark from New York, NyThis is among the most beautiful songs ever written.
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