A Voice In the Dark




A Voice In the Dark


You can read right through a book of matches
But that won’t make you smart
You can laugh in the face of watches
But time will only break your heart

Kings reign beneath umbrellas
Hide pennies down in cellars
And money pours down and yet
Not everyone gets soaking wet

When bores and bullies conspire
To stamp out your spark
Listen for…
A Voice In The Dark

Not a moment too soon as we blue the moon
And a wolf began to howl in tune
I announced for all mankind
A boon
Stand aside you big baboon
Now I’m the prize invention
You’re the image of yourself
Forget your cares
You disapproving stares
I’m not here to try to jump your borders
Just ask your nieces and your daughters

I’m flat as sole, I’m happy as a clam
But you don’t know the kind of man I am
Little fish swimming in a jealous shoal
Now my net is overflowing
And suddenly I seem to be all seeing and all knowing
I’ve got something right here
You might want to hear
I have no fear
Lend a hand
Lend an ear
If your rent-money is in arrears

We’ll be striking up a symphony bandstand
Long of hair and loose of tooth
There’ll be pirouettes and startling handstands
But who but acrobats know how to tell the truth
When all is said and then redundant
They gallivant in peg-leg pants
I‘ll be your servant
You’ll be my pal
And I’ll be faithful you know I shall
There’s no fool like an old fool
Who blames it all upon his youth
When times are tough and you find you’re down
Without a star to wish upon
Listen for…
A Voice In The Dark

I was striking through a box of matches
Hoping that one would spark
I heard somebody calling to me
A voice in the dark
A sound both wild and gentle
Daring and confidential
I thought there was music playing
But it was all and only talk
When liars and bullies conspire to stamp out your spark
Fill up that empty space in your heart
Listen up as the herald says, “Hark”
Believe in a voice in the dark…

National Ransom

Released on Jan 1, 2010
Published by ℗ Elvis Costello. Under exclusive license to StarCon LLC d/b/a Hear MusicTM

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