Lyrics, Poetry

Beck – Everlasting Nothing

“I woke up in a movie
Didn’t know if it was my whole life
When it ended I laughed before I cried
In the everlasting nothing.”

– Beck


Everlasting Nothing is the final track on singer/songwriter Beck’s album that was released at the end of 2019 called Hyperspace. The album was recorded following the breakup of the artist’s 15-year marriage and makes frequent reference to an emotional curve. Everlasting Nothing describes a series of experiences with an unreal bent in which there is a continuous push to ‘get back home‘. At one point, the dream sequence opens like a movie that is both comic and tragic, and the movie develops into something almost Fellini-esque with a crowd of people applauding the rising sun.


 

Everlasting Nothing

You threw the keys to the kingdom
Over a skyscraper wall
Sowing seeds somewhere obsolete
In the everlasting nothing

It’s been a long night in the slipstream
I thought I’d crash and burn if I came down
When I did I found a friend to take me home
In the everlasting nothing

Friends I’ve known come and go
Like a soldier with no song
Still I try to get back home
In the everlasting nothing

I woke up in a movie
Didn’t know if it was my whole life
When it ended I laughed before I cried
In the everlasting nothing

And I washed up on the shoreline
Everyone was waiting there for me
Like a standing ovation for the funeral of the sun
In the everlasting nothing

Friends I’ve known come and go
Like a soldier with no song
Still I try to get back home
In the everlasting nothing

Nowhere child
Keep on running
Nowhere child
Keep on running
In your time you’ll find something
In the everlasting nothing

 

Beck

From: Hyperspace

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