The Flamekeeper's Lament

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1) The moon’s gone to hiding
I find myself riding
Toward something I can’t explain
A Chevy’s my horse
And I feel no remorse
As I run from a lifetime of pain

2) The headlights are shining
Hypnotic and blinding
The road’s like an arrowhead
I find a motel
To rest a spell
In a vibrating bed

3) The owner looks tired
His help has been fired
He says it’s one hundred a night
If you need an hour
With some sweet young flower
I’ll cut you a deal alright

CHORUS
When the sun goes down
The road goes on forever
When I leave this town
The ghosts on the highway
Will follow me on my way home

4) So I park my car
Then find me a bar
In a forgotten old town
Where losers and talkers
And lonely sleepwalkers
Are trying their best not to drown

5) A newsman’s been drinking
He tells me he’s thinking
That no one believes what he says
A woman is bragging
‘bout men she’s been dragging
To sink/swim in the Sea of Cortez

6) An old Vaudevillian
With skin so reptilian
Says “tell us who you used to be”
They all buy me beer
They ask why I’m here
And what am I trying to see

(CHORUS)

SOLO

7) I tell them a tale
Of how I used to fail
At everything I’d ever do
They listen intently
And smile too gently
They think I’m telling the truth

8) The sun’s gone to hiding
The moon is providing
What little of light’s left to share
I’m ready for Hell
In an asbestos shell
Maybe it’s all better there

CHORUS
When the sun goes down
The road goes on forever
When I leave this town
The ghosts on the highway
Will follow me on my way
All gone now
Ever bound for nowhere
They’re all gone now
I’m a day sleeper
I’m just a flame keeper alone

credits

from Caught By The Sound, released April 25, 2016
Words by Morten Maehre, Music by Rick Amorphis

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