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ian hunter – open my eyes lyrics

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(ian hunter/darrel bath)

(transcribed by colin ford)

on the avenue of dead umbrellas
in a place where nothin’ sleeps
no one’s pickin’ up the pieces – no one speaks
snow falls down – god dusts funky town
for once this place looks pure
tell that to the people who live in the wind – they ain’t so sure

in the middle of a violent night – in the glare of a naked light
in the middle of a nightmare
at the bottom of the deepest well – in the middle of a private h-ll
sh-t scared – out there – nowhere

then i open my eyes – ice on the window – the sun is tryin’ to break through

then i open my eyes – in the land of the livin’ – and it’s all right
seen a man rattle in a battle that no one could win
i had to turn my soul away
sh-t’s gonna happen – whether you like it or not
s’ just the way it is

then i open my eyes – boats on the river – headin’ down the east side
then i open my eyes – and the trash(? ) slips away
soft and supple – like some alibi
you been walkin in her sleep – there ain’t no cure for the secrets you hide

in the middle of my wildest dream – in a place where nothin’s what it seems

at the time of a great loss
from the hoods and the broken homes – this danger’s got a smell of it’s own
in the middle of c-c-chaos
in the valley of the shadow of death – the bellevue boys out kickin’ -ss
in the middle of fire
inside the belly of the beast – in a place where wonders never cease
you go higher, higher, higher

then i open my eyes – life in a nutsh-ll – it’s over ‘fore you know it
then i open my eyes

and the city wakes up – puts coffee in cups – when i open my eyes
and the kids go to school – imus rules – when i open my eyes
i love you n’ you love me
n’ it rains so i buy an umbrella from the guy on 23rd and second avenue


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