About This Song

I once met a man going through rehab for his 14th time. Despite that, he seemed earnest and upbeat about his recovery. I found that very moving. Purification Ritual isn't about him, but it is about what his story came to mean to me.

To me, his story came to symbolize a broader truth: how we pledge ourselves to do better but then fall down. How we feel strong one day and then very weak on another. How we can cycle between hope and despair. It’s not manic— it's just human. It's the way of hearts. And isn’t it very beautiful when someone gets up after being knocked down? To ask for help? To try for renewal? To fight on in spite of evidence otherwise?

The video was directed by Bert McKinley and shot by Dave Horst.

Lyrics

Be near me 
Draw me into your embrace 
Guide me along my winding way 
I’ve made up my mind to come home again 
I’ve got earth on me!

I’m such a fool / always I do 
I’m such a fool / always I do 
I’m such a fool / always I do 
I’m such a fool / always I do

You spoke to me 
In the faces of those who have loved me 
In sweet summer breeze through the willow tree 
The tectonic plates deep below me 
I’ve got earth on me!

I’m such a fool / always I do 
I’m such a fool / always I do 
I’m such a fool / always I do 
I’m such a fool / always I do

Guide me through your love 
I can't do this on my own