One Evening

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ONE EVENING
adapted from the poem by W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

As I walked out one evening
I walked down Bristol Street
The crowds upon the pavement, they were fields of harvest wheat
And down by the brimming river I heard a lover sing
Beneath the railway arches
‘Baby, love has no ending’

He said
I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you
‘Til China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And salmon will sing in the street

The years shall run like rabbits, girl
‘Cos in my arms I hold
The flower of the ages and the first love of the world
Oh, but all the clocks in the city
They began to whirr and chime
‘Oh let not Time deceive you, son, you cannot conquer time’

I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you
‘Til China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And salmon will sing in the street

I’ll love you ‘til the ocean is folded and hung up to dry...

Plunge your hands in water, plunge them in up to the wrist
Stare into the basement, mate, and wonder what you’ve missed
Oh now look, look in the mirror, baby, look to your distress
Life remains a blessing although you cannot bless

I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you
‘Til China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And salmon will sing in the street

In headache and in worry, vaguely our lives leak away...

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from About Bloody Time, released December 11, 2013

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