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TRICKSTER IN EXILE

WHEN I AWOKE

When I awoke
I saw them moving in
The vultures would descend
And circle back around again
 
I was hurried through a stall
Inside a rotten abattoir
Now I'm hanging by a thread
Underneath the diamond web
 
Thought I there is no end
Just a desert full of sand
Until I broke the hourglass
And blew away the wind

My arms are reaching for you
Caroline, falling through the sands of time
Where everything turns to dust
 
Dominoes
Dominoes are falling down
I'm gonna gather up the bones
Shake em up and shake em down
 
I was dancing at St. Luke's
And your skeleton was there
You moved so fast across the floor
You left it hanging in the air
 
You're always drifting to me
Caroline, I can see the blood in your eyes
Every tear rolling down turns to rust

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FLAMBEAU

I've got a bag of bones & an emerald stone
A lock of hair from Marie Laveau
Around your door, a pile of dust
A copper wire doll dressed in rust
 
I'm gonna do whatever it takes
I'm gonna drive you outta this place
I'm shaking off an evil blood embrace
 
A graveyard priest with galanga breath
Wore a nation sack around his neck
He wrote your name in the sand
John the conqueror in my hand
 
I'm gonna do whatever it takes
I'm gonna drive you outta this place
I'm shaking off an evil blood embrace
 
One step at a time
Dust all around your door

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TRICKSTER IN EXILE

I feel you slipping
But I'm still holding on
My hands are trembling
Reaching for the dawn
Under the moonlight
Under the moonlight
 
I look into the mirror
Who am I fooling?
I feel just like a stranger
Lost among the ruins
A trickster in exile
A trickster in exile
 
It's more than just a roll of the dice
You've got to look the King of Hearts in the eyes
Even if you're not able
Even if you're not able to shake off the doubt
You lay your cards on the table
I'm not betting on my luck running out
 
Your never ending
Constant trail of tears
Have left their mark pretending
The illusion was real
And when I pulled back the curtain
Your red eyes were uncertain
If the act was still working
If the act was still working
 
I can see you through your disguise
Behind your mask, you tremble like a child
But you got that look in your eye
Give it to me one wink at a time
I know you're trying to tell me something
I hope it's a lie
 
Like when you caught
A bullet in your teeth
That never left the gun
The end before the start
Of what never begun
Done is done
 
Beyond any reason
Beyond any doubt
Beyond any reason
Beyond any doubt
Beyond any reason
I wait for you day in
Day out

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CINDER SIFTER

I went the wrong way down
The rabbit hole
Never come, never go
 
Woke in a bone orchard
Could be worse
Marble eyes for the crows
Oh no
Cinder sifter
 
Here come the first of May
Hand that match
Sign said two over ten
 
Looking for my big black
Cannonball
Rolling over them all
Oh no
 
I never asked to be born
It's just something that happened
Don't know how to break the spell
Only time will tell
And time ain't talking
I just keep walking
 
Here come the switch man now
He's fleet foot
With two dogs foaming at mouth
 
Don't be a barnacle
Catch that drag
And just keep heading down south
Oh no
 
There is no calm in the storm
No shelter from the whirlwind
Who's got that map out of hell
Only time will tell
And time ain't talking
I just keep walking

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IMMORTAL WANDERER

Disembodied in time
You lit a torch in the void
A crow singing in rhyme
To the tune of the hopeless devoid
 
Suddenly, the moon!
Like a vision appeared
And like Our Lady Of Sorrows
The children wept and she disappeared
 
Fallen cherubim
Under the sun
Leaves turn in the autumn
Decaying golden
 
Mercury the Trickster has got you on the run
Quicksilver!
You'll have to keep moving
To keep from
Falling down
Falling down
 
Immortal wanderer
You're not going anywhere
Immortal wanderer
Your stench is everywhere
 
Plum petals are falling
You never paid any mind
And there's a fire burning
Behind your petrified eye
 
Drunk under the moon
A solitary reflection
Surrender to the tune
Like a tear lost in the ocean
 
Bare trees in the garden
The orchard is barren
Dead leaves keep on falling
And then there was none
 
Let it blow right through you
Let it come down hard
Let it fall on to you
A changing of the guards
 
Immortal wanderer
You're not going anywhere
Immortal wanderer
Your stench is everywhere
 
The promise of an eternal sleep
Broken when I woke from a dream
Discovering the shadow was mine
When I lifted up a cup of wine
With the moon and the shadow, we make three
I can use these two for my company
Endlessly

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MOON OVER MANAGUA

September rain
Washes the blood stains
From the cobblestone
On the streets of León
 
Amparo wept
Under a dark cloud
Next to the marble steps
When inside the cathedral
 
The lion stirred
Upon the tomb
They're gonna get what they deserve
And it's coming soon
 
Amparo don't you cry
Revenge is near!
Rigoberto walked right through the needle's eye
A blood sacrifice
 
Sugar cane
Below the volcano
You ran your bath and then
Looked on Momotombo
 
On the balcony
Carnelian trumpets
Bloom over the marketplace
And the moon over Managua
 
Is on the rise
Over the palms
I hear Dario's lullaby
Serenade the dawn
 
And the space between two thoughts
That you thought was lost
Tied you in a knot

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I MUST HAVE BEEN DEAD

I must've been dead at least three days
Before my sister and my mother came to take me away
They brought me to the river and they washed my face
And then they led me through the deep cool water to wade
 
Steam rising up
From the morning dew
I'm gonna wade in the water
I'm gonna drown these blues
 
I've got to shed this skin
Wash away the mask I've been living in
I'd love to come clean but I won't say where I've been
 
You know what they say perhaps it's true
You take one step up and go down two
So many ways to make it through
But only one way back to get to you
 
I'm gonna wade in the water
I'm gonna drown these blues
 
Eyes rolling back in my head
The robes of my disguise weighing down like lead
I don't intend to die before I make my dying bed
 
And my blood is bled
And the river runs red
And the serpent is fed
With the poison
Of forbidden fruit
Remove this venom noose
Cut this devil loose
I'm wading in the water
Gonna drown these blues

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SHOT IN THE DARK

The rosy fingered dawn tossed
The moon like a coin
Rolling through paradise lost
Waiting to rejoin
 
Maybe I'm still standing
Underneath these fading stars
Wishing for one to fall down dying
Like an arrow through a heart
 
That will never miss its mark
That will never miss its mark
That will never miss its mark
A shot in the dark
 
I leave a candle burning
All through the night
You might pass by some evening
And be drawn to the light
 
Remember how we used to waltz
Beneath our gleaming infinite arc
That was held up by a dream we had
Until we woke up alone in the dark
 
How did we ever stray so far
Planets explode then drift apart
You know the arrow missed its mark
A shot in the dark

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FORBIDDEN DUET

Monk wandered off alone
Out into the heat
Trouble's always looking for an easy way out
And feeling like a cheat
Monk came down to your parlor
Unhurried by his doom
He wants to watch your little rosebud bloom
 
Pushed back in the corner
Sand was falling through the glass
The birdie on your shoulder
Said "It's never gonna last"
"Well who put thoughts like those into your head?"
"Everybody's got them" that's what you said
"Now set your boots down by the bed"
 
Monk lit a roman candle
And placed it on the floor
The figurines on your mantle
Their eyes fixed on the door
Rose water on your neck
Honey on your breath
Your temple to protect
 
These walls are closing in on you with memories
Of all the times you struggled to forget
The very thing that brought you to your knees
Once
When you were young
A forbidden duet
 
Monk was looking out your window
You were blowing on the fire
Under your kimono
The palace of desire
Shadows on the wall
Dancing in the moonlight
You could forget it all
You could forget it all
You could forget it all

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SAHARA

Sahara
Who will lift your veil
Sahara
Infinitely pale
 
The fragile moon
In your eyes
A flower blooms
Then it dies
 
Come out and stand in the light
 
Sahara
The wind is dying down
Sahara
Won't you come around
 
Give me your hand
Tonight
Upon the sands where
You hide
 
Come out and stand in the light

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