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WATERLOO

Walking down from Waterloo
I saw them hug as lovers do
Along the river bank
And I would just have passed them by
If something had not caught my eye
That made me wander back
And getting close as I could get
I saw that both were soaking wet
Both soaking to the skin
And that their hug was less to love
And more as to some drifting wood
To which drowning sailors cling

They held each other in their arms
The way slow dancing lovers dance
Just rocking to and fro
And on their arms home-made tattoos
Whispered all they had to lose
Was lost long long ago
And as a couple turned away
I overheard the woman say
He’d pulled her from the Thames
And there they stood, lost and naive
Like children who still believe
Love songs with happy ends
As in defiance or self defence
She begged him

‘Will you love me
Every second of every minute
Of every hour of every day
Will you fight for me
Will you spit in angels’ faces
Will you curse love’s holy scriptures
Would you die for me
When all the world is aching
And there’s nothing left to live for
Will you breathe for me
When I am old and I am tired
And there’s no more breath inside me
Will you hold me when I am broken
Will you know me with words unspoken
And if the monsters come again
Will you lead me safe away
Will you hold me close and say
All our dreams will come true?’
And a cold wind ran through
Waterloo

Then one by one the people cleared
And as for them they disappeared
Alongside the river wall
Leaving as they walked away
Just a puddle there to say
They were ever there at all
And suddenly it seemed to me
Like she was you and he was me
And we were drowning just like them
Clinging just to stay afloat
Clinging still to every note
Of love songs with happy ends
So in defiance or self defence
I’ll tell you

‘I still love you
Every second of every minute
Of every hour of every day
I will fight for you
I will spit in angels faces
I will curse love’s holy scriptures
I would die for you
When all the world is aching
And there’s nothing left to live for
I will breathe for you
When you are old and you are tired
And there’s no more breath inside you
I will hold you when you are broken
I will know you with words unspoken
And if the monsters come again
I will lead you safe away
I will hold you close and say
All our dreams will come true’
And a cold wind ran through
Waterloo

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from Take The Slow Train, released April 18, 2016

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