Who Sang Tension? 10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs Secrets of the I Ching cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Al Frazier, John Harris, Paul Hartnoll, Philip Hartnoll, Carl White, Turner Jr. Wilson
release date: 1983
length: 3:31
Frail hinges pivot
On a case's door
Souvenirs from places

Containers change with occasion
Cellophane encased
Displaying paper

Credit years of service
A tool of central enterprises
The early hope
For permanence

The words the rings
Social security

The miracles high tragedy
A thought mistaken for a memory
Dress lengths assassinations
Fractured family ties and christenings

Local posts will list your friends
In order of disappearance
Lawn scattered tins feed birds
The portion baked

For absent guests
The mass edition icon
God sent comfort
Your salvation

But who grants absolution
For sins that never were committed
Tension makes a tangle
Of each thought becomes

Sound never penetrates
The servile edges break and faint
A thought mistaken for a memory

Clear the dust
From smiles in boxes
Pass the patterned wall
Recall their voices

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Grey Victory
  • 2 Pour de Chirico
  • 3 Death of Manolete
  • 4 Tension
  • 5 Daktari
  • 6 Pit Viper
  • 7 Katrina's Fair
  • 8 The Latin One
  • 9 National Education Week
  • 10 My Mother the War