Lyric Of The Week

David Gray – “Nemesis”

I’m still thinking about that David Gray/Ray LaMontagne show and I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it for a long long time. During the show, David Gray said he and his band had been having a lot of fun with the song “Nemesis” – a track from 2009’s Draw The Line album. They proceeded to jam out on the tune, and it lasted for about 7 or 8 minutes I’d say. I loved hearing this one live, with all sorts of changes… but the lyrics alone make this song outstanding – so simple, but so telling:

“Neath an avalanche
Soft as moss
I am a creeping and intangible sense of loss
I’m the memory you can’t get out your head
But if I leave you now
You’ll wish you were somewhere else instead

I’m the manta ray
I’m the louse
I am the photograph
They found in your burned out house
I am the sound of money washing down the drain
I am the pack of lies
Baby that keeps you sane

Gates of heaven are open wide
God help me baby I’m trapped inside
Feels like I’m buried alive

I’m the bottom line
Of the joke
I am ecstasy
Spilling like bright egg-yolk
I’m the thoughts you’re too ashamed to ever share
And I am the smell of it
You’re trying to wash out of your hair

Gates of heaven are open wide
God help me baby I’m lost inside
Feels like I’m buried alive
Possibilities limitless
Just give me something that’s more than this
One shot and I’ll never miss

I’m the babe that sleeps
Through the Blitz
I am a sudden and quite unexpected twist
I am your one true love
Who sleeps with someone else
I am your nemesis
Baby I’m life sweet life itself ”

David Gray


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  1. Jenn

    Wow. That is awesome.

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