Ballad of a Boy

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Ballad of a Boy

We watched elephants marching down Main Street
With short little girls on their backs
With sparkles in their hair
We jumped high, reached for the sky
We came right out of our shoes
We had absolutely nothing to lose
We were tumbling and growing
Going anywhere that we pleased
And we watched people flying
With the greatest of ease
The high wire walker took a bow
And you said I’ve seen everything now

We walked on railroad tracks
By the light of the moon
And one night we saw Elvis
Just kind of floating
And I looked at you, you looked at me
Oh we did not know
Should we pray, should we run away
Should we ask him for some do re mi
Then you cried out loud
I’ve seen everything now
I’ve seen everything now

Then we were sent to a foreign land
And our ears were exploding with commands
We could not understand
And the beautiful things that had been our guides
They were not there and you said
I don’t care for this at all
It has no grace or style
I think I’ll just float for a while
I’m going to go and hang out with the clouds
Cause I’ve seen everything now

Memories are bigger than tears
They cover the years
And everything runs into one
A circle completed
Lies good as gold
And I woke up to a quiet morning
In a world grown old
I looked at the sun on the sea and the sand
And in the shimmer I saw a man
And I felt a whisper blow across my brow
It said I’ve seen everything now
I’ve seen everything now
I’ve seen everything now


from Villa Maria Road, released October 17, 2013



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