Payphone

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The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun. It was golden, purple, violet, gray and blue. It lighted every peak, crevasse and ridge of the nearby mountain range with a clarity and beauty that cannot be described but must be seen to be imagined. It was that beauty the great poets dream about but describe most poorly and inadequately.

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lost down south of broadway
and i can't find a payphone
went drinking at the dive bar
i fell under the table
my mind's gone out for slaughter
it wants the mayor's daughter
drink gatorade and water
but i can't find a payphone

i could have been a captain of industry

afternoon in summer
and i can't find a payphone
the sun is in my stomach
the stars won't let me stay home
the city is my father
the city is my mother
there's typhoid in the water
there's roses in the gutter

i could have been a captain of industry
but i fell between the devil in the sea

lost down south of broadway
and i can't find a payphone
the radio's gone haywire
the signal's stuck in slomo
my girl is dressed in sable
she's dancing round the maypole
i've got to send a cable
but i can't find a payphone

i could have been a captain of industry
and i recited the scripture in the street
but i fell between the devil and the sea

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from Oil and Water, released December 1, 2008

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