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Wrong Side Of The Fire

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Oleander come to bloom
But don’t break the skin
It won’t close again
You can’t imagine
It’s just like when we return so warm
All swollen from the outrage
They’ve come to inhabit
Low lights will start in scores
Until the edge of the water’s lost
From our vantage
And if the burning should hold them forth
Well the Gulf has got a thousand ways
That aren’t so tragic
Every husk will drift unturned
Loathsome tide, drag them out again
It feels so drastic
But wicked things have become
They’re chasing us from the West End
Badmen, it’s savage!
So just remind me what I said
In case I have to take it back someday
Out of habit
Because we’re only lonely outside
When you hide yourself
Because your old life just no longer had it And we’re lonely outside
When the inside’s gone black
And it stems from the awe
Of low-lying damage
But we’re just lonely outside
So our insides can stoke the flames
And they’ve gone and slipped away
Oh, badmen, gone and swept away
Badmen gone and swept away
Gone and swept away


from Bonfire On West Beach, released September 14, 2012



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