Natalie Merchant - I May Know the Word Lyrics

Natalie Merchant Tigerlily cover art
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I may know the word
but not say it
I may know the truth
but not face it
I may hear a sound
a whisper sacred and profound
but turn my head
indifferent

I may know the word
but not say it
I may love the fruit
but not taste it
I may know the way
to comfort and to soothe
a worried face
but fold my hands
indifferent

If I'm on my knees
I'm begging now
if I'm on my knees
groping in the dark
I'd be paying for deliverance
from the night into day

but it's all grey here
it's all grey to me

I may know the word
but not say it
this may be the time
but I might waste it
this may be the hour
something move me
someone prove me wrong
before the night comes
with indifference

if I'm on my knees
I'm begging now
if I'm on my knees
groping in the dark
I'd be praying for deliverance
from the night into the day

but it's all grey here
but it's all grey to me

I recognize the walls inside me
I recognize them all
I've paced between them
chasing demons down
until they fall
in fitful sleep
enough to keep their strength
enough to crawl
into my head
with tangled threads
they riddle me to solve

again and again and again


Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 San Andreas Fault
  • 2 Wonder
  • 3 Beloved Wife
  • 4 River
  • 5 Carnival
  • 6 I May Know the Word
  • 7 The Letter
  • 8 Cowboy Romance
  • 9 Jealousy
  • 10 Where I Go
  • 11 Seven Years


  • Credits
    album: Track 6 in album Tigerlily
    release date: 1995-6-20
    popularity : 46 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Alternative Rock/Folk Rock/Soft Rock
    length: 8:09
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    mixer: John Holbrook
    engineer: John Holbrook
    assistant engineer: Todd Vos and Suzanne Dyer
    composer: Natalie Merchant
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant
    Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596174527
    script: Latin