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​China Lake

This song is by David Baerwald and appears on the album Triage (1992).

We've done this every Labor Day since 1969
We all go up to China Lake to spend a little time
In a Minnesota summer beneath the Minnesota sky
We celebrate the newborns and remember those who've died
At China Lake

We're all worried about Richard; he sits staring through the day
That straw hat on his head and nothing much to say
At night I hear him wandering through the trees and down the lanes
Of China Lake

He was always known for brooding but this year there's been a change
I'm not the only one who's noticed something ain't the same
At China Lake

But there's this shine, a shine
A shine on China Lake
The vistas here stretch out forever
A shine, a shine, a shine on China Lake
Here it's only quiet; no hurricanes or riots
But hovering there behind it, the pain and the shame of surrender

Last night I had this dream it was a strange dream indeed
I cut my arm a thousand times but nowhere did I bleed
The crippled all were dancing and the blind they all could see
And a vendor selling streamers walked the quiet empty streets
Of China Lake

There was a pale horse; it was a pale horse that I rode
And I sat there by the shoreline and I watched the sky explode
At China Lake

In the shine
A shine on China Lake
The vistas here stretch out forever
A shine, a shine, a shine on China Lake
Here it's only quiet; no hurricanes or riots
But hovering there behind it, the pain and the shame of surrender

These are strange uncertain days...

Music by:

David Baerwald and David Ricketts

Lyrics by:

David Baerwald