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    SCARLET TIDE
    (Elvis Costello/Joseph Henry Burnett)

    While I recall his parting words
    Must I accept his fate
    Or take myself far from this place
    I thought I heard a black bell toll
    A little bird did sing
    Man loses all when he wants everything

    We'll rise above the scarlet tide
    That trickles down through the mountain
    And separates the widow from the bride

    Man goes beyond his own decision
    Gets caught up in the mechanism
    Of swindlers who act like kings
    And brokers who break everything
    The darkest night was swiftly falling
    Into the dawn of day
    Why would I want him just to lose him again

    We'll rise above the scarlet tide
    That trickles down through the mountain
    And separates the widow from the bride

    © Sideways Songs, administered by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd. (ASCAP) and Bug Music B.V. (BMI)


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