The Parisian Translation

from by THE 21ST CENTURY

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lyrics

I found an old rope swing
hanging from the Golden Gate Bridge.
And I sat looking westward
and saw myself off to the distance.
You were in Baghdad painting a flag on a tank.
You said that it was your duty.
You were commissioned by Saddam Hussein.

And like two charlatans, we play dead
attempting to shine on the sun.
But this tomorrow is a love bird,
singing: "Hello there? It's so good to meet you.
You know, I can see you. Je ne sais pas dire, au revoir."

You said that I was a general
returning home from the Civil War.
And you cried when you saw me.
You said, you thought I was lost to the cause.
So we slept double-knotted
thawed by a wood-burning stove.
And we pealed off our skin
and danced around in our bones.

Danced around, danced around.
And we danced.

I said, "Oh my God, no!
I've never seen a reaction like that.
You have got carrots and diamonds
sprouting from the small of your back."
So we run up the doctor
and asked him what he could prescribe.
He said, "Start counting your blessings.
You got carotene in endless supply."

And like two charlatans, we play dead
attempting to shine on the sun.
But this tomorrow is a love bird,
singing: "Hello there? It's so good to meet you.
You know, I can see you. Je ne sais pas dire, au revoir."

credits

from THE CITY, track released January 6, 2012
Song by Bevan Herbekian; Music by THE 21ST CENTURY

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