the sun is falling
like a burning zeppelin
tall buildings crash their shadows down
upon the good city people

when the night comes

the wind is howling
the new age is calling out
it rattles through our bones like a locomotive
sending out a warning

when the night comes



the needle falls
hammer in your hand
soon time and space won’t mean a thing
you can’t help yourself

can’t help yourself

the city beat
a red light rolling stone
strangers feed on flesh, stripped from your bones
you can’t help yourself

can’t help yourself

when darkness falls
a killer on the prowl
his blade is sharp and cold and he bleeds you out
you can’t help yourself

can’t help yourself



i’ve been up all night, walkin’ city streets
wonderin’ what i did to make her heart skip a beat
’cause now she’s gone

didn’t i care for you, give you everything you need
i treated you like a queen
now i know that i should’ve seen this comin’ on
’cause now she’s gone

my soul’s worn down, like a river bed stone
she left without a reason why and that cuts me to the bone
my heart still burns of the thought of her you see
someone put this fire out ’cause these thoughts won’t let me be
now that she’s gone



he’s run this town since time begun
like a barrel to the head from a loaded gun
he ain’t your friend and he ain’t your foe
but take heed now, don’t fuck with joe

takes his hammer, takes a stone
like a moth to a flame he will creep and crawl
to the light in the valley where you call it home
and break down your door when you’re sleeping sound

takes his cleaver, cuts your throat
a cold-hearted killer in a dark black coat
some say he’s the devil, just a bad mofo
one thing’s for sure you don’t fuck with joe

well there once was a trucker by the name of clyde
ran a little moonshine on the side
he knew damn well who owned that liquor store
but no one told him who wrote the law

found tied to a sleeper on the railroad track
it was the midnight train that broke his back
ain’t no way to die but then he shoulda had known
that he dug his grave when he fucked with joe

sue ray ran a house of ill repute
in the old shack down by the black bayou
had ’em lined up way round the bend
i think you know how the story ends

joe fucked her good with a shot to the head
her brains laid out all over the bed
he had no right to do the things he did
but if you fuck with joe you gonna wind up dead

you should’ve never stolen from butcher’s corner store
’cause now you find yourself upon the killing floor
his name’s on the wind, footsteps in the snow
i warned you three times already
i can’t warn you no more

so when he takes his hammer, takes a stone
breaks down your door while you’re sleeping sound
the light of the moon hits his cleaver to show
the red with anger, wild eyes of joe



a burning halo, beneath the sea
man i’m gonna hide, if you let me be
and i’ll simmer quiet, like a lion sleeps
soon i’m gonna rise

a heated pistol, torn at the seams
and a shot rang out like white lightning
over your city, on a red fault-line
like a live fuse wire
eras and ages, surge and recede
and i’ll hold my stride, ’til i’m on my knees

’til the end of time



on seven white horses i’ll take you away
no shackle or chain gonna keep me from you



i’ve been dreaming over and over, on my mind
i need to tell you this obsession, on my mind
this heart of mine you paralysed
i’ve been dreaming over and over, on my mind

this man’s possessed, a spell was cast upon my mind
i’d never tell a living soul the thoughts on my mind
you hypnotised so many times
i’ve been dreaming over and over, on my mind



love is done
hurts like a wreck
burning on the setting sun

blood runs wild
at the end of the last breath
the stars don’t shine no more
night falls on the bones of love

i won’t cry over you

i was blind
so blind that i couldn’t see

and everything went black
frozen in a heart attack
’cause you’re colder than the arctic snow
and it hurts like you’ll never know

i won’t cry over you



on the setting sun, the horizon burns
’til all that’s left, miles of blackened dirt

a flood of sour milk, across the killing floor
the taste of salted flesh, never taste so good

don’t cry no more, over broken bones



oh deceit
oh i can’t believe your deceit
all trust is gone in a wash of tears
oh deceit

a rotten core
concealed by lies that i believed. but now i can see
did you have to lead me on, hide and creep
oh deceit

for evermore
you’ll masquerade through this world, i cannot believe
did you have to do me wrong, lie and cheat
oh deceit



in the eye of a storm there’s place that i hold
further than centre and further through folds
she calls my name and i call the same
from a place that pushes, pulls and flows

deep and it’s dark, the depths of my heart
hard and it’s cold, the depths of my soul


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