Midday heat I seek the shadows for protection
I’ve tried every line can’t find one good connection
If you feel alone your heart might need correction
It’s just the primal curse boy nothing else

See my father walking by the Civic Centre
Did he wonder when she left him if she’d meant to
Horizons spin and leave behind forever
A world lodged like a bullet in my chest

They say that I’m deluded like I’m thinking
I’m the king of time and no one stops me drinking
Or that men must die before the eyes of women
Just to prove their vision wasn’t blurred

As a boy I lived among the soft green valleys
Then I graduated to the neon alleys
Saw the moon shot down by tough guys in Miami
To make a silver backdrop for their game

Thought of cowboys in the films beloved by Billy
While the big screens sold big dreams in Piccadilly
Ate my fill but still this food it couldn’t fill me
Do you crave a comfort nobody can name

There were drifters on the hills of Tulorosa
Moving like the breeze on the Via Dolorosa
And a Gypsy who combed out her long black hair
As she watched her lovers fading in the coal

My tongue it marked me out as an outsider
Caught between two cities and at home in neither
Bought a wild white pony but I couldn’t ride her
As if I was a native of this soil

Wed a signorina the first day I kissed her
Had the ocean in her eyes like my soul-sister
Said babe follow me downstream to the rust river
Only then I saw the shiver on her skin

On the walls of my mind’s jail they hang together
These street-scenes from my heart’s beat-up projector
I can see the blue sheen of the magpie’s feathers
When it longs to fly and spreads its broken wings