You Woke Up My Neighbourhood

plus Ontario Quebec And Me/Bread And Circuses/Heart Like A Wheel

As I wait for sleep to drag me under
In the evening gloom I sit and wonder
The words I should have said to you
The things I always meant to do
The bad dreams that all came true

Chorus:
You woke up my neighbourhood
Night after night we would row
You woke up my neighbourhood
Things are pretty quiet round here now

When I think of how we were together
I know we couldn’t be like that for ever
Beneath the Seven Sister stars
The night we let it go too far
I slept out in the car

Chorus

I remember skipping on the porch tilll it grew cold
I remember feeling like I was eight years old

Somersaults across the lawn
Singing dancing up till dawn
Every now and then we’d have a row
You woke up my neighbourhood
Things are pretty quiet round here now

Chorus (repeat)

You don’t need my Christmas cards
You already have my heart
This has been a holiday romance
Right from the very start

For we know how to spend the time
Who cares about the weather
We’ll dance in the town till the sun goes down
And push our beds together

From the Land of the Midnight Sunglasses
To the Mountains of the Moon
You could never stay a day too long
Nor never come back too soon

And you know what a fool I am
With my short attention span
Flying in the rainy season too,
Nothing can keep me away from you

Crowds gather ’round
Kneeling at the feet of common thieves
Hungry for the word
But God would never speak to such as these
Such as these

Who offer healing hands and balms
And redemption, a few would cross their palms
They’ll tell your troubles to the Lord
For how ever much you can afford

Hands holding hands
In the circle of the sinners and the saints
Memories that linger from the cradle
Placing puzzles in the grave
In the grave

No mortal skin and bone
Can live on bread and circuses alone
The spirit needs must drive
The mystery of why you’re alive

They look in their Book and they read
But their cold hearts say, “Follow me”

Dance in the dust
In the frenzy of the desperately in need
Led by the voices of the men who invoke
Ritual to hide their greed
Hide their greed

Come every tongue, every eye
Across the crumbling earth and cracking skies
The gates of hell stand open wide
But the path of glory, you walk single file

They look in their book and they read
But their cold hearts say, “Follow me”

These men make a cage
For the very souls that came here to be freed
They turn off their lights for their tents
They’re fixing to leave

They look in their Book and they read
But their cold hearts say, “Follow me”

They’ll close all their Books and they’ll leave
Their cold hearts say, “Follow me”
They’ll close their Book and leave
They’ll close up their Books and leave

Some say the heart is just like a wheel
When you bend it, you can’t mend it
But my love for is like a sinking ship
And my heart is on that ship out in the ocean

They say that death is a tragedy
It comes once, and it’s over
But my only wish is for that deep, dark abys
‘Cause what’s the use

And it’s only love
And it’s only love
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out

When harm is done, no
I know it happens frequently
What I don’t understand, oh please God, hold my hand
Is why it should happen to me

And it’s only love
And it’s only love
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out

Some say the heart is just like a wheel
When you bend it, you can’t mend it
But my love for is like a sinking ship
And my heart is on that ship out in the ocean
And my heart is on that ship out in the ocean

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© Billy Bragg 2019