By: Beck Hansen
Written by: Beck Hansen

Version Of: Orphans

This Version:
  • Orphans (3:16)
    Available on Modern Guilt and 1 other release.
    Recorded at: Anonyme Studios
    Jason Falkner: Bass
    Danger Mouse: Beats, Producer
    Drew Brown: Engineer
    Beck Hansen: Flute, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Percussion, Producer, Vocals
    Brian Lebarton: Keyboard / Synthesizer
    Cat Power: Vocals (Background)
Think I'm stranded but I don't know where
I got this diamond that don't know how to shine
In the sun where these dark winds wail
And these children leave their rulers behind
As we cross ten leagues from a rubicon
With matchsticks for my bones
If we can learn how to freeze ourselves alive
We could learn to leave these burdens to burn

Cast out these creatures of woe
Who shatter themselves
Fighting a fire with your bare hands

Now my journey takes me further south
I want to hear what the blind men sing
With their fossils and their gypsy bones
I'll stand beside myself so I'm not alone
How can I make new again what rusts every time it rains?
And the rain, it comes and floods our lungs
We're just orphans in a tidal wave's wake

If I wake up and see my maker coming
With all of his crimson and his iron desire
We'll drag the streets with baggage
Of longing to be loved or destroyed
From a void to a grain of sand in your hand

Ahhhh ooh ooh
Ahhhh oooh ooh
Ahhhh oooh ooh

Played live 29 times:
Earliest known live version: June 11, 2008
Latest known live version: March 26, 2009