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Thoroughfare

GOODBYE MY LOVE
R. Martin / J. Harris

After the work was done
Everybody else went singing
Up on the top of the hill
We walked alone watching the town from up above.

We were the only ones
Everybody else was already inside
Watching the stars in the sky
Up on the hill out in the cold
Watching them die
How could they have known
When they sang they sang of us?

Goodbye my love.

You put your hand in mine
Everybody else was sitting in a row
Drinking the ale down like gold
Up on the hill out in the cold
We watched
How could they have known
When they sang they sang of us?

Goodbye my love.

 

YOUR ARMS AROUND ME NOW
R. Martin / J. Harris

Even if I awake tomorrow
and the time that we had is through.
Even if I’m afraid that you won’t
Ever do what you say you’ll do.

Your arms around me now.

All around I can hear them talk
But nothings filled in the silence yet
Even if in a while you go back
Into the crowd like before we met

Your arms around me now.

 

THOROUGHFARE
R. Martin / J. Harris

This thoroughfare seems to flow endlessly.
Flows along endlessly.
Though the lines are unclear
I can still see you
See you from here.
Rolling in a stream of people around you.

This thoroughfare took you away from me
Took you away.
Rolling in a stream of people around you.

Let go of my hand
Follow
Take your chances.

This thoroughfare took you away from me
Took you away.
Rolling in the stream of this thoroughfare.

ARTHUR
R. Martin

Arthur is young but he looks like an old man
Struggling for heat on a Central Park night.
Watching all of the passersby
His hand held out to you and I

A cook
A beggar
A thief
A drunk

Just a skunk on the street they’d say
But they’ll never know the man called Arthur.

 

EMPTY HANDS
R. Martin

I see you in passing and I’m struck by your hands
As if for the first time I’d think of the songs that have passed through them.

From around the corner you appear
And you looked up at me like you knew you’d find me here.

How come I couldn’t reach you?
I’ll never understand.
Why I put what meant the world to me
In your empty hands.

“How’ve you been?” he asked with a big toothy grin
As if he ever cared what kind of shape I was in.
But I smiled politely in his company
In a moment he’ll be off again and leave me wondering.

How come I couldn’t reach you?
I’ll never understand.
Why I put what meant the world to me
In your empty hands.
So I’ll let you go to the rough seas.
Because I would never take away from you
What you took from me.

There he goes. Goodbye.

 

4th AND CORNELIA
R. Martin

4th and Cornelia is a still little street
In the middle of the night
In the middle of
Buses and subway cars
and shuffling feet
All the way downtown.

To a small café
Where the music sounds
In the middle of the night
In the middle of
Hordes of people all gathered to see
My sweet love.
At 4th and Cornelia.

The lights are of deep blue and violet
The room is bursting at the seams
I can’t wait for our next break
To tell you I have come
To 4th and Cornelia

 

JOEY
R. Martin / J. Harris

Joey where did you
Learn to turn your face into a sunny morning?
Bulb with yellow petals round it
Did they tell you I was there collecting bottles
Trying to drink my way up through the rain beside you
Joey

The joy on your face
Got replaced with something dark and unfamiliar
The flower’s now a nomad
Who’s out on the street
Picking through a garbage can and I’ve been wondering
How can I be bad when you’re bad?
Joey

Joey when did you
Learn to turn your eyes into those
Dim twin half moons
I don’t know how you see through them
Did you know that yesterday I idolized you
So then tell me how tonight could I despise you?
Joey

Are you in there?

 

AT DIFFERENT TIMES
R. Sexsmith

In the midst of all this welcome change
I can hardly wait
Oh, to welcome all that was estranged
To my life again

I thought I was on my own
At different times
Just a voice on a cold pay phone
At different times

Now I’m taken by these thoughts of how
We found you and I
In the midst of it all, in a northern town
Between the earth and sky

These thoughts of you come around
At different times
We watch as the sun goes down
At different times, at different times

I’ve been tempted by these open doors
You turned and I was gone
Now I pray that I was spoken for
In my absence, in my song

I thought I was on my own
At different times
Like a stranger in my own home
At different times, at different times

 

THE RED WALL
R. Martin / J. Harris

My mother died when I was born
Pushed me outside into your arms
We can meet today later on

By the red cathedral wall
Where we would go when I was small
and take a walk sometimes
Together.

Now I see you
Whats to say?
When I couldn’t bear the house
I burned it down
and walked away

So what is there to ask you now?
Useless advice would just bring me down
We can 
walk a while and back around

This red cathedral wall
Where we would go when I was small
Lets take a walk again
Together.

Now I see you
Whats to say?
When I couldn’t bear the house
I burned it down
and walked away.

Hold me tight
If only I would have spoke my mind
That’s what I  would have asked of you
But I’m too full of lies.

Now I see you
Whats to say?
When I couldn’t bear the house
I burned it down
and walked away.