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Come Hell or High Water

This song is by Barry Adamson and appears on the album As Above So Below (1998).

"Libertine"; the name that falls from her lips and splashes on my shoes like sad beads of rain, penetrating the soil and making ready the harvest of our love.

And me?
I got a bug to squash.

This tale's been told a thousand times
So I think that I should've known better
Than to supplicate a girl on pedestal shoes
No pants and a real tight sweater

I'm laughin' too but it's from
My embarrassment that I tremble
When she saw that I was just
A hopeless imitation of the man that I most resemble

And the chords ring so familiar
To a man who's heard it all before
And the melody will forever linger
Like perfume in a hardware store

It ain't that I seek loneliness
I just downright fail to understand
How a customary girl on pedestal shoes
Can all but destroy one man

I wished I'd licked her to the ground
But I swallowed my tongue instead
Watched her from the shadows with a hideous frozen grin
While she carved her name in my head

And some folks talk around the way,
Sayin' "B you've really got it made"
But I crawl round my room from night till day
Wondering if your star will ever fade

And I'll be here come hell or high water
(Love you like you were my daughter
Buy you new shoes 'cause I oughta)
And only sometimes will my thoughts turn blue
Like the skies and every word is you

Now west of bloody sixteenth street
Are the remains of a man who was broken
By the rapture of a girl on pedestal shoes
And man I tell you that girl wasn't jokin'

I've killed my mind a thousand times
Now my thoughts stay firmly in the present
But there's a kinda ugly breach like an ocean in my soul
Keeps on naggin' me so incessant

And the silence is louder than a H bomb
That explodes when I close my eyes
Sending shock waves to the town you're from
In the hope that you'll stir and come alive

And I'll be here come hell or high water
(Love you like you were my daughter
Buy you new shoes 'cause I oughta)
And only sometimes will my thoughts turn blue
Like the skies and every word is you
Like the skies and every word is you
Like the skies and every word is you
Like the skies and every word is you

CreditsEdit

  • Written by Barry Adamson
  • Strings arranged by Barry Adamson and Seamus Beaghan
  • Seamus Beaghan: Hammond organ, piano
  • Malcolm Ross: guitar
  • Tim Weller: drums
  • Pete Whyman: saxophone
  • Barry Adamson: vocals, bass, vibraphone
  • Gavyn Wright: first violin/leader