One Bell Ringing

Album: National Ransom (2010)
  • Raining slapping on the window pane
    An hour or more of teeming
    Storm punching like a hurricane
    That tore him out of dreaming

    Air screaming through the slightest gap
    Rattling between the frame and the sill
    Drapes hanging from the final act
    When I had you still

    One lonely bird is singing
    Lower the hood on his lament
    Dash him down on cold cement
    One bell ringing

    Flies buzzing round the strip search light
    They've got him down on his knees
    He dreams of honey dripping from a spoon
    Girls whispering in Portuguese

    Between the muzzle and the black site
    Electrical contact
    Deny your name then carry the blame
    Somewhat after the fact

    One lonely bird is singing
    Lower the hood on his last lament
    Dash him down on cold cement
    One bell ringing Writer/s: ELVIS COSTELLO
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • David from BostonAnybody else think this that song sounds remarkably like a Joni Mitchell composition?
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