And I smile a bitter smile
It's not a pretty thing to see
I think about a railroad platform
Back in 1983

And I stared at the number 10 on my old apartment's door
There's one ghost that can't bite me anymore

Coming in off Nova Scotia
Yellow sun in the blue sky
All those cattails in the wind
I got something in my eye

We both know you're leaving
You just don't want to say it yet
'Cause you don't want to hurt my feelings
So you gnaw your little holes in the net

Are you cleaning off the stone?
That's a sweet thing to do
Are you cleaning off the stone?
That's sweet of you

Open up the promise of the day
Drive the dark things away
I will do what you ask me to do
Because of how I feel about you

I remember Lima
I remember the good life
I remember Lima
I remember the good life

You don't wanna see these guys without their masks on
You don't wanna see these guys without their masks on

Deep is the midnight sea
Warm is the fragrant night
Sweet are your lips to me
Soft as the moon and sand
Oh, when shall we meet again?
When the night has left us, will the spell remain?

And I see a ship off the shore
And I imagine it sinking
And you smile and you say that you know
What it is that I'm thinking
That's not true
That's a rotten thing to say
That's a damnable lie
That's a damnable lie

Preacher in the soft brown sand begins to speak his piece
High winds in the treetops low flying winter geese
No one taking pictures everybody still
And then the water sought its course again the way that waters will

Gotta keep moving, gotta keep moving
Blues falling down like hail
Gotta keep moving
Blues falling down like hail
And the daylight keeps moving
There's a hellhound on my trail

I circled the house and I scattered them around
Let the water sink down into the soil
Stared a long time at the residue
Blood, milk and oil

How have we come to be mere mirrors to annihilation
How have we come to be mere mirrors to annihilation

I stretch and strain with all my might
Drift off into the velvety arms of the night
Kick and claw and scratch and bite
Fire up the grill, everybody eats tonight
Choked out

Come and sit by my side if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
But remember the Red River Valley
And the cowboy who loved you so true

And meanwhile outside, the stars have come out
And the humid summer air pulls at the ring in my snout
And you stand at your window looking down
And I spread wide my arms
Jump if you want to jump, jump if you want to
The water's warm

Now what did I do and what did I say
That ever could lead you to treat me this way?
If I've been untrue, I'm willing to pay
And darling, if that's not enough I'll do anything you say

Will you walk on in when the angel summons you?
Will you walk on in when the angel summons you?
If I don't see you go, I will let the minions flow
And I will wait, I will wait, I will wait

Somewhere in the damn forest
Where the fat vines look like my brother's arms
Thick and ripe

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