Sometimes I look in your eyes and see your soul.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 30, 2010
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Song of the Day: Sometimes via James.

Most times, I get a chill at 3:23.

There’s a storm outside
and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder
is closing in, is closing in

The rain floods gutters,
and makes a great sound on the concrete

On a flat roof,
there’s a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high,
calling “come on thunder, come on thunder”

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

It’s a monsoon, and the rain lifts lids off cars
Spinning buses like toys, stripping them to chrome
Across the bay, the waves are turning into something else
Picking up fishing boats and spewing them on the shore

The boy is hit, lit up against the sky, like a sign, like a neon sign
And he crumples, drops into the gutter, legs twitching
The flood swells his clothes and delivers him on, delivers him on

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

There’s four new colors in the rainbow
An old man’s taking polaroids
But all he captures is endless rain, endless rain…
He says listen, takes my head and puts my ear to his
And I swear I can hear the sea!

Sometimes, when I look in your eyes I can see your soul
(I can reach your soul)
(I can touch your soul)


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Sometimes I look in your eyes and see your soul.”

  1. Sej says:

    I've always loved this song. Thanks for putting it back in my head.

  2. […] don’t spend a single second alone, and definitely don’t get too quiet. Turn on the television, music, something. If it gets too quiet, you might start thinking. Worse yet, you might even let go of your […]

  3. This song is really sticking with me. I had heard it before but thought it was by The Waterboys…didn't realize it was James. And YES! The spot where they break into all the different harmonies gives me goosebumps!

  4. faye says:

    in my top 5 since 1992, age 15. absolute top. i remember translating this into French, my FAV class, during boring Physics class in high school.

  5. Amy Evergreen says:

    A very beautiful song! Haunting…True…Sad. For old souls only.

  6. DrAndrea says:

    this might be an insane question, but which comic is that from? jogged a great memory of me and my best friend when we were maybe 8 drawing out of her massive comic book collection, and one of the characters was a girl that looked like that 😉