The Spring

I went to see how it was born a river

How there were stones piled up, human hands

Hiding hiding

But you will greet the world you hidden river

You’ll belong and you’ll be strong,

Finding finding

Finding for me the secrets that are lost

for anyone but me…hiding

Then I’ll go and disappear under a pile of stones

Just like you, under a pile of stones,

My end is your beginning

You’ll be born again from salty water

And me, and me from filthy earth

I went to see how it was born a river

How there were stones piled up

Finding, hiding

Apocalypse Later

when west meets east

or east meets west

and all that we have loved the best is scorched to ash

there is no pale dove

where roaches reign

or any sign of olive branch

and no rainbow in the sky

 

cars rusted, bridges twisted

can the rain fall from the sky?

when all the rivers have gone dry

can I give a bloody toss

for this lost race?

and all is lost,

the karmic wheel is flat and busted

 

shrivelled 'n' frail,

keeps a weather eye

no wisdom left

clings to bones tenaciously

she clings to life,

anxious voices

ungraciously

she's falling now

 

cold in her bones,

all feeling gone

she's falling now,

shrivelled 'n' frail

fading, fading in the night

falling through the failing light

 

when west meets east

and east meets west

and all that we have loved the best has gone

and all the gods and demons all

will turn to dust

and fall like dry snow

 

every word the prophets shouted,

every book the gods have puked

will burn quite nicely on the pyre

for everything that we held dear

when we end up floating dust

Give Me a Lover

never heard a thing

I slept without fear

reached out a hand

found you near

 

never saw a thing

I couldn't explain

took all your love

 

never said a thing

I kept my mouth shut

would have called you back

found I could not

 

got me a shirt

its colours are plain

heart on the sleeve

ripped up and stained

 

give me a lover

I'll give you a frown

give me a tether

I'll tie him back down

give me a lover

I'll give you a frown

give me a tether

I'll tie him back down

 

never changed my mind

I flew with your tenderness

would be too scared

if I weren't in your arms

 

rated you twice

your wonder and pride

curled in a box

closed mean and tight

 

give me a lover

I'll give you a frown

give me a tether

I'll tie him back down

 

never heard a thing

I slept without fear

reached out a hand

found you near

 

never saw a thing

I couldn't explain

took all your love

poured it down the drain

Cars & Trains

I have tarried here too long

So far from your shore

Your quiet love cannot bring me home

Cannot bring me home

 

I have strayed so very far

Been gone from your door

Nor wings of birds nor your sweet song

Will ever bring me home, will ever bring me home

 

I have gone so very far

Been away so long

Cars and trains and sailing ships

Cannot bring me home

 

I have tarried here too long

So far from your shore

Your quiet love or grace of God

Cannot bring me home

Will never bring me home

Golden Boy

saw him with his head on his knees

wouldn't wave, wouldn't wave goodbye

everyone gone, everyone distant

oh, but he wouldn't move

like a stone in the river

 

golden boy, where is your mother, where is your brother

are you here alone

oh, but you wouldn't move

still and unseen

just the wind in the trees

and the red in the sky

and the black of the church

and the cracks of the earth...

boy, where will you go now

 

everyone leaves

tears flowing freely

a stone in the river

silence, silence is king

 

everyone leaves, everyone dies

oh, but you are not moved, my golden boy

 

with your tongue like silver, my golden boy

with your tongue like silver, my golden boy

my golden boy, my golden boy

A Girl in a Hat Like That

a girl in a hat like that can be whatever she wants she can float untied

on the same breeze blowing those harlequin plumes

 

she's her own mistress, in her wild hat, she's the queen of Victoria Park

from bandstand to ice-cream van

but she's not there, nor here nor there, or anywhere

and will she ever, ever pay her bill?

 

a girl in a hat like that can be whatever she pleases and float untied

on the same breeze blowing those harlequin plumes

 

she's gone, lost in the streets, how many times has she changed her name?

she knows exactly what she wants

another dream, another town, another chance

another hook to hang that sodding hat

 

a girl in a hat like that can be whatever she wants she can float untied

on the same breeze blowing those harlequin plumes

 

she's her own mistress, in her wild hat, she's the queen of Victoria Park

from bandstand to ice-cream van

but she's not there, nor here nor there, or anywhere

and will she ever, ever pay her bill?

 

a girl in a hat like that laughs her socks off

as she she drives you mad, and she drives you mad

she pulls the strings that make you dance

 

without a back, a backward glance, at the Empire

a girl like that will break you in half as she goes Dutch

a girl like that, a girl like that, a girl like that...

 

how many times has she changed her name?

how many times has she changed her keys?

how many hats has she had like that?

who knows?

All lyrics ©  2017 S. Bossy Retti & R.Hayden

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