I know a sickness
So ancient and cross
No crucifix
Could ever fix enough
In the basement of a church
These people, they talk
There is a line
That must be walked
If you wanna make it stop
Then stop

I know a place
Where the future is denied
I know a hand
That twitches inside
For some of us the glass
Is filled with lights
But if the honey
Makes you sick
Honey, there is a line
That must be walked
If you wanna make it stop
Then stop

Slow down
You don’t have to talk
Lie down
Slow down
It’s not your fault
Look around
There’s so many of us
So many of us
You are not alone


Call in the backup and the backup comes
Nobody can help you if you won’t
Inside your chest your heart is just hurt
Behind your eyes a need replaced a want

I know a sickness so ancient and cross
A crucifix can never fix enough
I know a past when the future is lost
I know a line that must be walked

There is a darkness and there is a light
And there is a choice.
For a balance to be made every night
A weakness must be found
If you want it to stop

Stop” by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, from Cardinology

Thank you Dede for introducing this song to me when you introduced yourself. You’re a star. The honor really is all mine. 


RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Why Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Is So Scary : The ever-present danger of relapsing” by Seth Mnookin via

“There’s not much separation between my having a drink and my ending up alone in an apartment with a needle in my arm.”

2 thoughts on “Stop

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous song. Perfect in every way a song should be.

    I don’t know what there is about it, but of celebrity deaths, this one hits me the hardest. In part, I guess, because of the prodigious talent this man possessed, and because he was sober for so long, and by all accounts had a fulfilling life.

    One of the loveliest pieces I’ve read in the aftermath of the sad news, is this blog post by another person I happened to stumble upon.


  2. Dede

    I am thrilled that you loved this song! I listened to it on repeat when I first got sober. Thank you for all the inspiring words.


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