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Spring Heeled Jack

This song is by Marc Almond and appears on the album The Tyburn Tree (Dark London) (2014).

He steadies a second and then leaps down
To the heart of the rookery where hope is drowned
His eyes reflect the thin crescent moon like a
Candle light in a red brothel room
Don't doubt his wrath don't doubt your faith
For doubters won't be left unscathed
And the preacher's rant goes on and on
He's the Devil in another form
Part of him is part of everything
The Darkness from whence light does spring

Spring Heeled Jack in silver and black
Know wrong from right, dark from light
Is the real it matters not a jot
When all you have is just have nots
He distracts us from the pain and strife
Of insufferable and pointless life
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick

At Horse Guards Parade near Westminster Abbey
Jack's passing shadow make the stallion whinny
And the stallion's cry arouses the stable
As the bloodhound bitches stretch their cable
And the clink of the bloodhounds' chain aroused
The Palace guards as they lolled and drowsed
Gravel under boots alerts the fox
To call out to her pups to stand to attention
And the yelps of the vixen smite the dream
Of the girl in the palace from girl to queen

Spring Heeled Jack in silver and black
Know wrong from right, dark from light
Is he real it matters not a jot
When what you have is just have nots
He distracts us from the pain and strife
Of insufferable and pointless life
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick

A couple strolling take the air
And Jack leap out 'cross Shadwell Square
Saw him clear as gin she said
Thought we was done for good as dead
The man spoke out with considerate calm
There are monsters among us who mean us harm
Later on thinking back on what did befall
A more colourful version they did recall
Attacked by the Devil and left for dead
Then we went home and went to bed
Spring Heeled Jack in silver and black
Know wrong from right, dark from light
Is he real it matters not a jot
When what you have is just have nots
He distracts us from the pain and strife
Of insufferable and pointless life

And rumour spread like a terrible plague
And truth is disregarded like an old bridesmaid

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick

Don't doubt his wrath don't doubt your faith
For doubters won't be left unscathed
And the preacher's rant goes on and on
He's the Devil in another form
Part of him is part of everything
The Darkness from whence light does spring
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick

Spring Heeled Jack in silver and black
Know wrong from right, dark from light
Is he real it matters not a jot
When what you have is just have nots
He distracts us from the pain and strife
Of insufferable and pointless life
Spring Heeled Jack in silver and black
Know wrong from right, dark from light
Is he real it matters not a jot
When what you have is just have nots
He distracts us from the pain and strife
Of insufferable and pointless life

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