Albatross

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  • The lady comes to the gate dressed in lavender and leather
    Looking North to the sea she finds the weather fine
    She hears the steeple bells ringing through the orchard
    All the way from town
    She watches seagulls fly
    Silver on the ocean stitching through the waves
    The edges of the sky

    Many people wander up the hills
    From all around you
    Making up your memories and thinking they have found you
    They cover you with veils of wonder as if you were a bride
    Young men holding violets are curious to know if you have cried
    And tell you why
    And ask you why
    Any way you answer

    Lace around the collars of the blouses of the ladies
    Flowers from a Spanish friend of the family
    The embroid'ry of your life holds you in
    And keeps you out but you survive
    Imprisoned in your bones
    Behind the isinglass windows of your eyes

    And in the night the iron wheels rolling through the rain
    Down the hills through the long grass to the sea
    And in the dark the hard bells ringing with pain
    Come away alone

    Even now by the gate with you long hair blowing
    And the colors of the day that lie along your arms
    You must barter your life to make sure you are living
    And the crowd that has come
    You give them the colors
    And the bells and wind and the dream

    Will there never be a prince who rides along the sea and the mountains
    Scattering the sand and foam into amethyst fountains
    Riding up the hills from the beach in the long summer grass
    Holding the sun in his hands and shattering the isinglass?

    Day and night and day again and people come and go away forever
    While the shining summer sea dances in the glass of your mirror
    While you search the waves for love and your visions for a sign
    The knot of tears around your throat is crystallizing into your design

    And in the night the iron wheels rolling through the rain
    Down the hills through the long grass to the sea
    And in the dark the hard bells ringing with pain
    Come away alone
    Come away alone with me.Writer/s: JUDY COLLINS
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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