Friday, April 24, 2015

Theft#17 - Stealin' Back Death - PostScript: "The Twist"

NOTE:  This is the video of "The Twist" referred to in the previous post, words written by Terry Taylor, originally recorded by The Swirling Eddies, and here performed by Daniel Amos.  Lyrics are below. 




The Twist

hang on, believe 

there's nothing up my sleeve 
i've got no magic tricks to save the day 
put down the gun 
you're not helping anyone 
and i'm not about to run or back away 

don't walk the fence 

then come to my defense 
i don't need fair weather kinds of friends around 
so watch and pray 
as a traitor's kiss betrays 
and rest your feet of clay on shaky ground 

and look me in the face, at least what's left of it 

tell me you still love me just a little bit 
or nail me down, break the skin 
hard enough to do me in 
but don't leave me hanging 
dying and dangling 
twisting in the wind 

here, touch my side 

let doubt be crucified 
nailed with your wounded pride 
to love's grim altar 
here, taste my flesh 
my bloody humanness 
i am no phantom guest 
no skinless martyr 

so taste and feel 

there's nothing to conceal 
you always knew the deal 
was sacrifice 
stand up, be strong 
when all you've got is gone 
i left the light turned on in paradise 

and look me in the face, at least what's left of it 

tell me you still love me just a little bit 
or nail me down, break the skin 
hard enough to do me in 
but don't leave me hanging 
dying and dangling 
twisting in the wind 

and when the walls cave in 

and the curtain's torn asunder 
you'll know we're near the end 
you'll hear me in the thunder 
and when the sun grows dim 
this will be your sign and wonder 
that soon we'll meet again 
just like we did last summer

(from the album "Zoom Daddy"

- by The Swirling Eddies
Words by Terry Taylor, 
Music by Terry Taylor, David Raven, 
Jerry Chamberlain & Tim Chander
©1988 Broken Songs)

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