Opium Trail

Album: Bad Reputation (1977)
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  • I took a line that leads you to the opium trail
    Oriental eyes reveal the lies, deceit, betrayal
    On this journey behold one who travels far
    You called him fool but now you are

    The wizard wanders through the world made from dreams
    The splashing whirlpool drowns the frightened streams
    Exotic dancers, flashing lancers, this mysterious space
    The fanfare advances, the warlord falls from grace

    It clears your pain
    But it's got you claimed again, my love
    You feel the need but it lets you bleed
    You must concede, my love

    No one to blame, no shame
    You crave again and again, my love
    No used to plead from you
    It feeds on your greed, my love

    I took a line that comes from the golden states of shan
    The smugglers trail that leads to the opium den
    The Chinese connection refines to heroin
    Depart the heart you crave again

    It clears your pain
    You soul is claimed again, my love
    You feel the need, it lets you bleed
    You must concede, my love

    No one to blame, no shame
    You crave again and again, my love
    No use to plead
    From you it feeds, my love Writer/s: BRIAN MICHAEL DOWNEY, PHILIP PARRIS LYNOTT, WILLIAM SCOTT GORHAM
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Jim from Christchurch, New ZealandPhil went prog on this song, one of his best songs ever!
  • Paul from Rothesay, Nb, CanadaWhat a killer track. Phil was a great songwriter, singer, front man...and a superb bass player, as this song proves!
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