Songtexte - What it is

What It Is
The drinking dens are spilling out
There's staggering in the square
There's lads and lasses falling about
And a crackling in the air
Down around the dungeon doors
The shelters in the queues
Everybody's looking for
Somebody's arms to fall into
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

There's frost on the graves and the monuments
But the taverns are warm in town
People curse the government
And shovel hot food down
The lights are out in city hall
The castle and the keep
The moon shines down upon it all
The legless and asleep

And it's cold on a tollgate
With the wagons creeping through
Cold on a tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And It's what it is
It's what it is now

The garrison sleeps and the citadel
With the ghosts and the ancient stones
High up on the parapet
A Scottish piper stands alone
And high on the wind
The highland drums begin to roll
And something from the past just comes
And stares into my soul

And it's cold on a tollgate
Where the Caledonian blues
Cold on a tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And It's what it is
It's what it is now
What it is
It's what it is now

There's a chink of light
There's a burning wick
There's a lantern in the tower
Wee Willie Winkie with a candlestick
Still writing songs in the wee wee hours
On Charlotte Street I take
A walking stick from my hotel
The ghost of Dirty Dick
Is still in search of Little Nell
And it's what it is
It's what it is now
Oh it's what it is
What it is now



The Long Highway

Heard a bell being toll
Before the break of day
I heard my name being called
Down that Long Highway

Now you don't get long
You don't get long
You don't get long to stay

Kiss me once and I'll be gone
Down that Long Highway

Spirits call from way beyond
Lord I may not disobey
Spare a thought for the vagabond
Down that Long Highway
Down that Long Highway
Down that Long Highway



Let's See You

Tonight we pushed the border just a little too far for comfort
Thought I'd get my order in
Seing ??? sweet talking

You never had a way with words
So its something of a drag to hear you
Like a wind up bird
Telling all and sundry how come nothing is good
How you are misunderstood

You never had a lot upstairs
So it is something of a drag to see you
A legend in your own armchair
Telling all and sundry how things ought to be
What's wrong with the industry

And then it all comes back to you
You wanna know what you should do

Shut up and deal, let's see you do better
Shut up and deal, let's see you get it on
Shut up and deal, and put it all together
Let's see you, do it all

You say, "Well it's allright for him"
I got more talent in my little finger
And what about that game she's in?
How can she call herself a sinner or a saint?
She know's how to play the game

I know what it's leading to
You want to know what you should do

Shut up and deal, let's see you do better
Shut up and deal, let's see you get it on
Shut up and deal, and put it all together
Let's see you
Let's see you

Let's see you, do it all

All

Tonight we pushed the border just a little too far for comfort



Camerado

Camerado, see that cloud across the sun
There aint too many places left to run
There was a time when we go anywhere the wind would blow
Camerado

Camerado, they are fencing off the planes
I hate to hear the wistle of the train
The next thing you know they want your pistol and your tobaco
Camerado

Got a piece of a '44 on fire in my chest
Out here on the mesa I will rest
If you can hand me down that wiskey from my saddel bag
Camerado

Now the light is dying in the sky
That ain't gotta bother you or I
Seen enough to dying, almost know all that there is to know
Camerado

Now you have best ???lie out??? and ride
There's pretty women on the other side
See in Selinas you'll be free as air in Mexico
Camerado

 

 
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