Certain Slant of Light   Run Time: 5:02

Written by Bill Mallonee for Irving Music, Inc., Allegiance Music, Russachugama Music and CyBrenJoJosh (BMI) ©1995

gather up these weary bones
another day to muster
yeah twisted wreckage spent
held in strictest confidence

lamp burning in the sitting room
empty house pouring salt in my wounds
close the door and throw the bolt
and await the results

there's a certain slant of light
and the hope that's in your eyes
and i hardly realize
as i slip beneath those waves

yeah this rain seems to last and last
heavy heart yearning gray sky overcast
in this womb for a while
i collapse like a small child

let the doubts all perish at sea
you've got to learn to dream all over again
how long it's hard to tell
in the belly of your whale

tell me your deep dark secret
yeah and i will tell you mine
oh is that your deep dark secret
oh well never mind

Did You Know?

The phrase "Certain Slant of Light" most likely first appeared in the Emily Dickinson poem, "There's a Certain Slant of Light." Bill has said that his inspiration for the song did not come from Dickinson's poem, though he does remember reading the poem in school and there might have been some subliminal connection. Elisa Hadley provides backup vocals.

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