Shock Corridor

January 9, 2013
  1. A life lifted off a news page.
  2. A pictorial of you alone in your room, fighting off suicide furiously, with the Astronettes bootleg and a bent-back spoon.
  3. A bus tour through drab poverty.
  4. I came over and you offered me the guest room.
  5. A lie for a single pageview, courtesy of the assailant-who-loves-you.
  6. Advice for the heartsick clergyman.
  7. The snake in the grass and the ghost at the feast, the jack of all asses and the last of the least are all flown, first-class, to the team retreat.
  8. The inventor of anger.
  9. The perfector of being distracted when someone is talking to you, but just slightly – super slightly.
  10. She said, “I don’t care who you are and don’t care what you were – you can’t look away from the Shock Corridor.”
  11. So punch the day in the face and charge through a haze of gorse.
  12. Behind you, your own mother’s living ghost tears her hair out.
  13. It’s freedom – don’t you want it?
  14. A light haze of rain dark-flecks the grey slate.
  15. The actor can’t escape from his cold oval.
  16. Blazed-out hours, rolling, cold and (relatively) sober, as she says, “I don’t care who you are and don’t care what you were – you can’t get away from the Shock Corridor.”
  17. When there was nothing left to talk about, we talked specifically about a white-hot penny plunging through the concrete and hissing into that buried river.
  18. Or cutting into the earth’s red-hot sobbing heart.
  19. And I’m sorry I was a shit.
  20. I didn’t know why I was doing it.
  21. I’m not needed, and why would you really want to hear my voice even?
  22. I’m the light from a star that deserved to implode, and did, six million years ago.
  23. I’m the Orange Crush can, crumpled in the woods, when the kid who tossed it is going through his third divorce.
  24. I used to lie back in my teenage bed and feel love so much heart-busting love, just this surge of love for everything, everything, everything…
  25. Now I lie on the couch with my brains bashed out and my tools and my toys all lying around, and I wish I could feel that way about really anything, anything, anything, anything…
  26. Still, she says, “I don’t care who you are and don’t care what you were.
  27. You can’t get away from the Shock Corridor.”

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9 Responses to “Shock Corridor”

  1. Hadar

    “I used to lie back in my teenage bed and feel love – so much heart-busting love, just this surge of love for everything, everything, everything…”

    I thought no one other than myself else feels this….
    so then, is #25 my fate as well?

  2. Dawn McClain

    Perfect. I saw your first headline/solo show at the Way Out Club in Saint Louis, MO (and others since) and this, this is wonderful. Thank you.

  3. Shadrach

    Holy Cow. This song is fantastic. Everything about it is magic. You have to share this, Will. You are the mouth that speaks for so many.

  4. Virginia

    This is so different from your work as Okkervil River. It’s a beautiful song. I hope the whole album is forthcoming soon. Thank you for sharing it.

  5. Virginia

    I honestly listen to this on repeat practically all day. I can’t wait for more!

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