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Only The Song Survives

This song is by John Hiatt and appears on the album Crossing Muddy Waters (2000).

I woke her up twice in the middle of the night
To ask what her name is and where she might live
To ask how many fingers she saw in this light
To ask if she might know what gives

She said we rolled that Camaro like a cowboy cigarette
Out on the highway in a puddle of beer
That's just about how close to death you're gonna get
'Till the only thing standing is fear

Oh darling, faces will change
The names of the innocent, the story at five
Oh darling, places get strange
But only the song survives

She said, well don't you remember they put a patch on your eye
Like Dread Pirate Roberts, you looked so unplanned
They cut off my wedding ring and you started to cry
A one-eyed Niagara Falls man

Cryin', oh darling, faces will change
The names of the innocent, the story at five
Oh darling, places get strange
But only the song survives

Well I never married - I said with surprise
And is this the diamond you said that you lost
It was under my eyelids when they flushed out my eyes
Hell and I don't know what the thing costs

Singing, oh darling, faces will change
The names of the innocent, the story at five
Oh darling, places get strange
But only the song survives

Singing, oh darling, faces will change
The names of the innocent, the story at five
Oh darling, faces get strange
But only the song survives

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