In The Bed Of A Younger Age

from Long Lost / A History Of Iniquity by The Chairman Dances

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I check my watch—oh, where is he
Stuck in the lobby
With the New York white coat

With a hook on his arm and two jealous eyes leering at me
Who says “Your Charlie’s
Probably down by the water…already on the boat”

Our lady in the royal blue uniform waves her clipboard, we gather around
One last advertisement sounds
For what she promises
Just past that coastline

With a sweep of her hand, the crowd files through the door
I check the time twice more
Look once towards the room, then follow behind

Welcome to Havana,reads a burlap sign hanging
The ship’s rumba band is playing
And the Americans clap when a few bars of a foxtrot are heard

A soldier asks where my husband is—“I do not know,” I confess
“Well, you’ll have another soon in that dress”
He joked, and we danced through the night unreserved

“Cut his goddam throat”—An honest blade appeared
A diamond bracelet fell near
A married man on his knees

And when the sun reached the tip of the sky
A knife of northern steel was wiped dry
Two unlikely heroes pried through the wallet of the deceased

And in the bed of some younger age
I mend what is torn, I pray
Turn my skin of clay
And sing of the dark in place

Then walking down that sovereign street
With the sun on my back, a new smile carved in his sleep
Well, I knock twice on that door
Oh, I can’t wait to see the look on Charlie’s face


from Long Lost / A History Of Iniquity, released July 15, 2011


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