This was the first song I wrote, back in 1993, that worked. It wasn't "great," but it follows basic rules of songwriting to be kinda catchy. I played it with my college bands Sometimes Y and Sandhead. People seemed to dig it.
That original version had some lyrics that didn't really stand up. I was trying to capture some kind of religious thing, but I don't think I really knew what. Plus, I was 18. What did I know anyway? They were much more vague than my lyric writing has become.
The lyrical changes here were an attempt to get this song to blend in with my newer, creepier songs. I think it works a little better, a little darker, but they're still messier that I'd like.
What exactly does "burn me on the radio" mean? I think I had a sense that if the word "radio" was in a song there was a greater chance of it being played on the radio. It didn't seem to work.
The past few day I've covered from the sun
In a couple more I can tell you who has won
Cover yourself from our heavenly host
Until you become nothing but a ghost
My inside wants to see the light, my outside wants to see the dark
Hard to remember where did I start
My inside burns to see the sun that my outside has won
Oh Sun God
Burn me on the radio
Blind me I pray to you
Show me the light
You are the one keeping me awake
Visions of your return, signals make me quake
When you shine I believe
But you're haunting my nights with waking dreams
The God in the sun might just be the same
As the God underground, long may he reign
A fist full of dirt that the wind blows away
Still waiting for a sign, I wait for days