Book Of Life

Blow the horn blow the horn
Give a voice to all the mournful souls who search to be reborn tonight
Forgiveness like the sharpest knife
Oh G-d inscribe me in the Book of Life
I’ve been hungry since before the dawn

Everybody’s empty but it’s not for food
Everybody’s praying here to be rescued
Examining our sins it’s hard not to conclude
We’re screwed
The worlds in flames these maddened days of black and white
No shades of grey to keep at bay the darkest night
There’s never been a song that could save a life

Blow the horn blow the horn….

Tired and full of uncried tears I still can’t shed
Stored up with the unsaid things we never said
You wanted forgiveness I wasn’t ready yet
Now you’re dead
For all the souls who lost themselves I sing for you
Apart from that there’s nothing more that I can do
And though I know it’s useless it kind of helps me through

Blow the horn blow the horn….

I want to see my children out in the world
Grown into women from little girls
Why didn’t you want that too?
The older you get the more friends you lose
Next year I won’t disappear in fire or flood
Next year I’ll still be here to do some good
I won’t be taken by pills or thrills or wine
I should be doing fine

Blow the horn blow the horn….

2 thoughts on “Book Of Life

  1. terry mullane

    This is a wonderful song. May it become the standard it deserves to be. I have heard it twice now live; at Basement Discs and today at Kew Court House. The song is so strong and the performance match is so very right for it. The more I listen to it the more the subtle inner rhymes hit me and the more the whack of the last lines of each verse hit home. Thank you.

  2. Matthew

    I heard this last night at the Clarendon in Katoomba and I felt that knot in my throat and a few tears welling in my eyes. I wandered what that was all about and what pain this song spoke to. Amazing performance. I am a lifelong fan of this extraordinary couple. That man in the audience who said your song writing skills are getting better with age was spot on. There is a great depth to your work right now, more than ever.

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