“Turtles All The Way Down” – Sturgill Simpson at the Grand Ole Opry March 28, 2015 [YouTube Official Video]


Sturgill Simpson “Turtles All The Way Down” Lyrics

I’ve seen Jesus play with flames in a lake of fire that I was standing in
Met the devil in Seattle and spent 9 months inside the lions den
Met Buddha yet another time and he showed me a glowing light within
But I swear that God is there every time I glare in the eyes of my best friend
Says my son it’s all been done and someday yer gonna wake up old and gray
So go and try to have some fun showing warmth to everyone
You meet and greet and cheat along the way

There’s a gateway in our mind that leads somewhere out there beyond this plane
Where reptile aliens made of light cut you open and pull out all your pain
Tell me how you make illegal something that we all make in our brain
Some say you might go crazy but then again it might make you go sane

Every time I take a look inside inside that old and fabled book
I’m blinded and reminded of the pain caused by some old man in the sky
Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, and DMT they all changed the way I see
But love’s the only thing that ever saved my life

So don’t waste your mind on nursery rhymes
Or fairy tales of blood and wine
It’s turtles all the way down the line
So to each their own til’ we go home
To other realms our souls must roam
To and through the myth that we all call space and time

Sturgill Simpson’s “Turtles All The Way Down” is one of the wildest songs in country music history. The fact that he was able to play the song at country music’s most sacred institution, The Grand Ole Opry, is a testament to his talent. It also shows that the typically conservative country establishment is open-minded enough to appreciate that talent. Watch above, on the Opry’s official YouTube channel.

The performance is flawless. Simpson’s guitar and vocal ability draw from classic country, even as his lyrics discuss “reptile aliens made of light” and psychoactive drugs. The band behind Simpson lays down a steady groove with subtle touches that push the song to greatness. The tone and harmonics of the playing are beautiful, which can be a tough task given the nerves that can come with playing a venue of that magnitude.

“Turtles All The Way Down” comes from Sturgill Simpson’s 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Stream it and read our review right here on Zumic. It’s also available on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3).


Source: Grand Ole Opry YouTube