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You Reach Me
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: Tad Kinchla

Moonlight's in her eyes and I can't see three feet in front of me
And its the middle of the day

Herculean tasks they come and go so easily
When her rods and her cones play

White bluely bathed in Elysian fields they run
And I don't care what time it is
I'd throw my watch away if I could hold the lunar surface
With the flicker of light that she witnesses

And if I'm reaching you
Don't you feel guilty
And there's nothing to do
And you can only help me
And I may never learn
But you can only teach me
I'm not sure where you're trying to go
All I'm saying is that you reach me

Some see the forest for the trees to avoid the trouble
Trouble might be what I'm looking for
Or surely I'd about-face and on the double
But it just doesn't work anymore

No longer up to me a compass leads the way
Restless evening spirit unwilling to cease
Responsible for what the Ouija board might say
Although it's my finger that moves the piece

And if I'm reaching you
Don't you feel guilty
And there's nothing to do
And you could only help me
And I may never learn
But you can only teach me
I'm not sure where you're trying to go
All I'm saying is that you reach me

I lash myself at the helm as my ship sails her reef
A violent storm is all around me
But before me only calm and welcome waters
As if at last she finally found me
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
And if I'm reaching you
Now don't you feel guilty
And there's nothing to do
And you could only help me
And I may never learn
But you can only teach me
I'm not sure where you're trying to go
All I'm saying is that you reach me

And I may never learn
But you can only teach me
I'm not sure where you're trying to go
All I'm saying is that you reach me

The wind chimes and you're mine a thousand times
Until my rhymes and other crimes have aged like wine
You are sublime, so fine
You reach me
You reach me

2001 Blues Traveler Publishing Corporation

First release: Bridge
Released: 05/08/2001
Earliest time played: 06/08/2000
Last time played: 10/17/2013
Playing frequency:
  443 plays (see all shows)
  23.84% of shows in the database
  48.20% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Other recordings of "You Reach Me":
  Live: What You And I Have Been Through, 2002
  Live: Thinnest Of Air, 2003
  Live On The Rocks, 2004
  Cover Yourself, 2007


Herculean tasks
The Greek mythological character Hercules was driven mad by his stepmother Juno and killed his wife. In order to regain his honor, the Oracle of Delphi instructed him to serve Eurystheus, king of Mycenae, for twelve years, and was given twelve extraordinarily difficult tasks to complete during his time of servitude.
rods and [...] cones
Rods and cones are the two types of photoreceptors found in the retina that enable vision. The rods enable us to differentiate between light and darkness but cannot distinguish color. The cones enable us to see in color but are less sensitive to light.
Elysian fields
The Elysian Fields, or simply Elysium, were the Greek equivalent of heaven.
see the forest for the trees
Someone who "can't see the forest for the trees" is too wrapped up in details to acknowledge the greater picture; i.e. someone may recognize a group of trees but not recognize it as a forest. The expression dates to at least the 16th century and was originally "cannot see the wood for the trees".
Ouija board
Supposedly a way of speaking to the dead, the Ouija board as we know it was invented in the late 19th century based on this type of board frequently used in seances. The creator of the most famous design, William Fuld, named his company, and the board, after what he claimed was the Egyptian word for good luck. The board itself consists of the 26 letters of the alphabet (in two rows of 13 letters), the numbers 0 through 9, and the words "Yes", "No", and "Goodbye". All members of the seance are supposed to put their fingers on a small piece called a planchette, and ask a question. The response will supposedly come by the piece moving under its own power to spell out the message, although the next line in the song says "although it's my finger that moves the piece", i.e. he is controlling what the Ouija board answers.
lash myself at the helm
It was common in the more dangerous days of seafaring for a captain to literally tie himself to the helm, or steering apparatus, to keep himself from being washed overboard during a storm.

A similarly-worded reference can be found in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Wreck of the Hesperus". It tells the story of a sailor who takes his daughter along on a voyage, only to sail directly into the face of a hurricane. In order to protect her, he ties her to the mast, and tries to sail on through the storm. When it finally dies down, these two stanzas follow; the first quote is from the daughter:
"O father! I see a gleaming light.
Oh say, what may it be?"
But the father answered never a word,
A frozen corpse was he.

Lashed to the helm, all stiff and stark,
With his face turned to the skies,
The lantern gleamed through the gleaming snow
On his fixed and glassy eyes.