Long Shadow

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Well I'll tell you one thing that I know
You don't face your demons down
You got to grap them, Jack
Bend them to the ground

The devil may care - And maybe God he won't
You better make sure you check on the do's and the don'ts
Crawl up the mountain reach where the eagles fly
Sure you can glimpse from the mountain top
Where the soul of the muse might rise

And if you put it all together
You won't have to look around
You know you cast a long shadow on the ground

Then one day I could tell my tracks
About the holes of the soles of my shoes
And that's the day I said
I gonna make the news
And falling back in the garden
Of days so long ago
Somewhere in the memory
The sun shines on you, boy

Playing in the Arroyos
Where the american rivers flow
From the Appalachians
Down to the delta roads

A man can think so long
His brains could well explode
There's trains runnin' thru junctions
King Kongs down the road

And if you put it all together
You won't have to look around
You know you cast a long shadow on the ground

Listen to the country - the night jar and the bell
Listen to the night streamliner
Sounding like the wolves of Hell
Head for the water - The water of the cleansing spell
It was always our destination
On the express of the never do wells

And we rock thru Madison City
Man, we didn't even know she was there
And when we hit the buffees in Memphis
Beale Street didn't have no prayers

And I hear punks talk of anarchy
I hear hobos on the railroad
I hear mutterings on the chain-gangs
It was those men who built the roads

And if you put it all together
You didn't even once relent
You cast a long shadow
And that is your testament
Somewhere in my soul
There's always Rock and Roll
Yeah


Writer/s: Joe Strummer

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