Man of Clay Lyrics

      Man of Clay - Clay Souls

This is a song about a ghost, a metaphor for a man who’s feeling extremely alienated from society. In the course of the song, he concludes there’s nothing more important than love and reaching out to touch another human being. Similar to being trapped in a desert, the man feels so disconnected from others it’s like being condemned to a ghostlike existence.

Man of Clay Lyrics

(Gibson/Carpenter/Kelley 2017)

 

Verse 1

In some other stark desert,

three women came from their

adobe huts, hovels of dirt,

expecting nothing fair.

 

Verse 2

These sands bring only trials

they’re obligated to live,

many tears, fewer smiles,

this land has nothing to give.

 

Chorus

Life is complicated for a ghost.

Nothing Is; it’s all just Almost,

I can only touch the innermost,

living here at the last outpost.

 

I don’t want to be a ghost.

 

Verse 3

Some alarm, some noiseless wrong

brought them outside to grieve;

they saw me writing this song:

all paused, waiting for me to leave.

 

Verse 4

Everyone waits for me to leave.

If they’re unlucky, I think to stay.

They don’t know what to believe,

never wanting to see the man of clay.

Chorus

Life is complicated for a ghost.

Nothing Is; it’s all just Almost,

I can only touch the innermost,

living here at the last outpost.

 

I don’t want to be a ghost.

 

Short Instrumental

 

Bridge

It’s so important to touch,

so necessary to love,

really doesn’t sound like much,

until you lose love and touch.

 

It’s so important to touch,

so necessary to love,

really doesn’t sound like much,

until you lose love and touch.

 

Long Instrumental

 

Chorus

Life is complicated for a ghost.

Nothing Is; it’s all just Almost,

I can only touch the innermost,

living here at the last outpost.

 

I don’t want to be a ghost.

 

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