Papa Won't Leave You, Henry

Album: Henry's Dream (1992)
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  • I went out walking the other day
    The heat hung wet around my neck
    My head it rung with screams and groans
    From the night I spent amongst her bones
    And I passed beside the mission house
    Where that mad old buzzard, the reverend
    Shrieked and flapped about life after you're dead
    Well, I thought about my friend, Michel
    How they rolled him in linoleum
    And they shot him in the neck
    A bloody halo, like a think-bubble
    Circling his head
    And I bellowed at the firmament
    Looks like the rains are hear to stay
    And the rain pissed down upon me
    And washed me all away
    Saying

    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    Well, the road is long
    And the road is hard
    And many fall by the side
    But Papa won't leave you, Henry
    So there ain't no need to cry

    And I went on down the road
    He went on down the road
    Oh yeah, I went on down the road
    He went on down the road

    Well, the moon it looked exhausted
    Like something you should pity
    Spent an age-spotted
    Above the sizzling wires of the city
    Well, it reminded me of her face
    Her bleached and hungry eyes
    Her hair was like a curtain
    Falling open with the laughter
    And closing with the lies
    And the ghost of her still lingers on
    Though she's passed through me
    And is gone
    Well the slum dogs, they are barking
    The rain children on the streets
    And the tears that we will weep today
    Will all be washed away
    By the tears that we will weep
    Will weep again tomorrow

    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    For the road is long
    And the road is hard
    And many fall by the side
    Well, Papa won't leave you, Henry
    So there ain't no need to cry

    And I went on down the road
    He went on down the road
    Oh yeah, I went on down the road
    He went on down the road

    And I came upon a little house
    A little house upon a hill
    And I entered through, and the curtain hissed
    Into the house with its blood-red bowels
    Where wet-lipped women with greasy fists
    Crawled the ceilings and the walls
    They filled me full of drink
    And they led me round the rooms
    Naked and cold and grinning
    Until everything went black
    And I came down spinning
    I awoke so drunk and full of rage
    That I could hardly speak
    A fag in a whale-bone corset
    Draping his dick across my cheek
    Well its into the shame
    And its into the guilt
    And its into the fucking fray
    And the walls ran red around me
    A warm arterial spray
    Saying

    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    Well, the night is dark
    And the night is deep
    And its jaws are open wide
    Yeah, well Papa won't leave you, Henry
    So there ain't no need to cry

    And I went on down the road
    He went on down the road
    Oh yeah, I went on down the road
    He went on down the road
    Yeah, woah, woah

    It's the rainy season where I'm living
    Death comes leaping out of every doorway
    Wasting you for money, for your clothes
    And for your nothing
    Entire towns being washed away
    Favelas exploding on inflammable spillways
    Lynch-mobs, death squads, babies being born without brains
    The mad heat and the relentless rains
    Well if you stick your arm into that hole
    It comes out shit up to the bone
    And with her kisses bubbling on my lips
    I swiped the rain and nearly missed
    And then I went on down the road
    He went on down that road

    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    Papa won't leave you, Henry
    Papa won't leave you, Boy
    Well, the road is long
    And the road is hard
    And many fall by the side
    Well, Papa won't leave you, Henry
    So there ain't no need to cry

    And I went on down the road
    He went on down the road
    Oh yeah, I went on down the road
    He went on down the road
    Bent beneath my heavy load
    Under his heavy load
    Yeah, I went on down that road
    Yeah, he went on down the road

    Woah, woah
    Woah, woah
    Woah, woah
    Woah, woah
    Woah, woah
    Woah, woah
    Woah, woah
    Woah, woah
    And I went on down that road Writer/s: Nicholas Cave
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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