Lyrics

Five Years

pushing through the market square
so many mothers sighing
news had just come over
we had five years left to cry in
news guy wept and told us
earth was really dying
cried so much his face was wet
and I knew he was not lying

I heard telephones, opera house, favourite melodies
I saw boys, toys electric irons and T.V.’s
my brain felt like a warehouse, I had no room to spare
I had to cram so many things
to store everything in there

and all the fat-skinny people
and all the tall short people
and all the nobody people
and all the somebody people
I never thought I’d need so many people

a girl my age went off her head
hit some tiny children
if the black hadn’t a-pulled her off
I think she would have killed them
a soldier with a broken arm
fixed his stare to the wheels of a Cadillac
a cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest
and the queer threw up at the sight of that

I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour
drinking milk shakes cold and long
smiling and waving and looking so fine
don’t think you knew you were in this song

and it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor
and I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there
your face, your race, the way that you talk
I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you to walk

we’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
five years, what a surprise
we’ve got five years, my brain hu