Benediction
By: Thurston Moore

Written by: Thurston Moore

Versions:
  1. Benediction (5:16)
    Available on Demolished Thoughts.
    Credits
    Recorded at: The Library
    Bram Inscore: Bass
    Joey Waronker: Drums
    Thurston Moore: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
    Darrell Thorp: Mix
    Beck Hansen: Producer
    Samara Lubelski: Violin
 
Lyrics:
Benediction [Version (a)]:

With benediction in her eyes
Our dearest gods are not surprised
You better hold your lover down
And tie him to the ground

Whisper "I love you"
One thousand times into his ear
Kiss his eyes and don't you cry, girl
He won't disappear
But I know better than to let you go

With benediction in her mind
She'll never you get you back in time
You better hold your lover down
And tie her to the ground

Simple pleasures strike like lightning
Scratches spell her name
Thunder demons swipe her halo
And then they run away
But I know better than to let her go

With benediction in her eyes
Our dearest gods are not surprised
You better hold your lover down
And tie her to the ground

Simple pleasures strike like lightning
Scratches cross her name
Whisper "I love you, my darling"
Life is just a flame
But I know better than to let her go

I know better than to let you go
I know better than to let her go
I know better than to let her go
I know better
I know better
I know better
 
The Song:

Thurston Moore's 2011 solo album, Demolished Thoughts, was produced by Beck. It was recorded in Beck's home studio, which is called The Library. "Benediction" is the first track on the album.

Thurston Moore wrote a less-than-serious track-by-track guide, and this is what he wrote about "Benediction":

On day one I played the first song sitting in front of a Beck-wired microphone, its design informed by the cut of Joseph Beuys’ cerebellum. The jam is called “Benediction”, where the camera records the adult girl reading a love letter written on the back blank pages of her hymnal where he knew only she could find it.


"Benediction" has a nice warmth to it, with lots of Thurston's acoustic guitar mixing with swells of violin all over the song. Beck's rhythm section at the time, Joey and Bram, play a subtle bass and drums beat underneath. I may be biased, being a Beck website and all, but the production is quite amazing, leading to a very simple and straightforward, yet striking track.