I walked these bridges as a child
Just once I knew desire and flight
And I sang mama I don't need no guide
'Cause I got this running rising tide
When did I sheer these baby curls?
Trade mother's arms for unstable legs?
'Cause they pound like Hades on your banks
And levitate on concrete slate
Both flowing through the same location
One of us with a destination
River, I will race you there.
Teary eyed and uniformed
Conscripted soul, but freedom born
I left my love to mind what's left
Of youth and beauty and protest
While the dreamer cries, a cynic smiles
Silence pressed in cardboard tiles
Care I if I stir to see the morn?
I've seen better days in Desert Storm
His heart to the westbound traffic cried
Just once I knew of fire and ice
And river, I will race you there
In this barbed wire fashioned corset frame
The cool restraints of modern days
A white snake red snake friction gyrates
Birds-eye views traverse the highways
And there are vagabonds in suits and ties
And there are fixtured change janglers alike
Promise ladened city slick
Give me refuge in your tortured brick
Navigate your twisted landscape
Pray that I'll be lost by daybreak
With not a star to guide this strange confusion
Damned to drown in light pollution
My dear forget the sweet surrenders passed here
Manifestos 'fore a life was laid to rest here
A simple corollary to the turning tide
Is not this river beautiful tonight?