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stairs – smoking armada lyrics

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so long we were undoubtedly strong,
drawing on what we could draw
and looking tanks in the nose.
who knew that it could tumble so soon,
that change withers in a moment?
long days, we didn’t take any pay,
said what they told us to say–
it was the least you could do!
my girl, you were the rest of the world;
your face didn’t leave a moment…
come down, deliverer, and see what we’ve done!

come down, deliverer, and take your place!
too late–they didn’t offer to wait.
they took you out of my side,
just like a rib in a book,
and what returned to face me was understood
not to be the same thing.
so long i wondered where i went wrong.
i lifted up to the throne whatever jewels were around:
no answer.
but it’s better to dance in chains, waiting for a moment!
1917 or 18, gregorian or julian, numbers bring me down.
’68 was almost all right: paintings in the moonlight,
calling down the smoking armada