Rosetta
Time-Life Swing Era Vol. 3 Lyrics


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In that morning
I want to be walking, yeah
I want to be walking on
I want to be walking on to glory

On line of the horizon I can see
City lights shining, yeah
Shining like a diamond,
Lord I believe I'm coming home

Guitar

You gotta help me now
You gotta help me now

You say you looked for the light in the words of St. Matthew
Took heed of the call to come and congregate
I got me a ticket for that gospel train
But lord I got to the station just a little too late

But into the night, I went looking for angels,
Only to find that I was walking alone

Searching the line for some sign of salvation, lord
But I found none

Mississippi Guitar

You gotta help me now
Some brother, some sister, somebody
You gotta help me now

I buried my bible at the back of the barroom
I bought me a bock
Jukebox plays Jerry Lee
I stumbled and staggered in the heat of the moonshine
A whole lotta shaking going on in me
Up in the skies, thunder is rolling,
A river is running to red down below
I'm gonna raise up my hands in some sweet supplication




It's coming, coming on strong now
So help me now

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Rosetta" by Time-Life Swing Era Vol. 3 speak of a journey towards glory and a longing for salvation. The song starts with a desire to walk on the path towards glory, with the line of the horizon representing an optimistic outlook. The city lights shining like a diamond symbolize hope and belief in finding a sense of home or belonging.


The singer seeks guidance, asking for help to navigate their spiritual journey. They mention looking for the light in the words of St. Matthew, indicating a search for wisdom and guidance in religious texts. Despite having a ticket for the gospel train, they feel that they arrived at the station too late, implying a feeling of missed opportunities or chances for redemption. The search for angels is a metaphorical quest for salvation, but ultimately culminates in a realization of being alone.


The lyrics take a turn as the singer buries their bible and succumbs to the temptations of the barroom. The mention of Jerry Lee, the jukebox, and moonshine alludes to a reckless and indulgent lifestyle. However, there is a sense of self-awareness, acknowledging that the shaking inside them is a desire for something more profound.


The song reaches a crescendo with thunder rolling in the skies and a river running to red below. This imagery suggests a looming sense of impending judgment or reckoning. The singer raises their hands in supplication, seeking a form of redemption or salvation with a sense of urgency.


Ultimately, "Rosetta" explores themes of spiritual seeking, missed opportunities, and the yearning for salvation amidst a backdrop of temptation and recklessness.


Line by Line Meaning

In that morning
At the start of a new day


I want to be walking, yeah
I desire to move forward


I want to be walking on
I want to make progress


I want to be walking on to glory
I aspire to achieve greatness or success


On line of the horizon I can see
In the distance, I can see


City lights shining, yeah
The urban lights are vibrant


Shining like a diamond
Radiant and captivating


Lord I believe I'm coming home
I have faith that I am returning to a familiar place


Guitar
Instrumental portion


You gotta help me now
I need assistance


You say you looked for the light in the words of St. Matthew
You searched for enlightenment through biblical teachings


Took heed of the call to come and congregate
You responded to the invitation to gather together


I got me a ticket for that gospel train
I obtained a pass to join the spiritual journey


But lord I got to the station just a little too late
But unfortunately, I arrived after the opportunity had passed


But into the night, I went looking for angels
Yet during the darkness, I sought celestial beings


Only to find that I was walking alone
To discover that I was without companionship


Searching the line for some sign of salvation, lord
Scouring the path for indications of deliverance


But I found none
Yet I encountered no such signs


Mississippi Guitar
Instrumental segment


You gotta help me now
I need your assistance


Some brother, some sister, somebody
Any compassionate and supportive individual


You gotta help me now
Please come to my aid


I buried my bible at the back of the barroom
I concealed my religious book in the rear of the establishment


I bought me a bock
I purchased a type of strong German beer


Jukebox plays Jerry Lee
The jukebox is filled with songs by Jerry Lee Lewis


I stumbled and staggered in the heat of the moonshine
I clumsily moved while under the influence of homemade alcohol


A whole lotta shaking going on in me
I am experiencing a great deal of internal turmoil


Up in the skies, thunder is rolling
Overhead, thunder is resounding


A river is running to red down below
A stream is flowing fervently downwards


I'm gonna raise up my hands in some sweet supplication
I will lift my hands in a sincere prayer


It's coming, coming on strong now
It is approaching forcefully


So help me now
Please aid me immediately




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Written by: John Precious, Piers Marsh, Robert Bailey, Robert Spragg, Simon Edwards

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