"On The Flip Of A Coin" as written by and Michael Geoffrey Skinner....
From the point he gazed from the choice was made, but 'walk the cave or the shore?'
The oily cave seemed to breathe on him through gravestone jaws
His little hand grasped in anguish as he weighed up his coin
Somewhere a blue-eyed girl in the world is just waiting for a boy
Footprints trailed as if trod by slaves up to the grey cave floor
But not one graze from anything ever escaping this fort
So with coin on hand his joy came back when ordered to take the shore
'Why on earth', as he wandered the warmth, 'am I obeying this coin?'

Turn your life on the flip of this coin
Turn upside a choice you'd normally avoid
And promise me you'll follow what it says
Whatever it says

Again, walk within the trusted beach or swim the swell of the sea?
And again the scarier alternative looked like certain death to he
He'd never learnt to skill of swimming - it never occurred to be very easy
And again he winced as he flipped the coin and it twirled to his feet
'How is this sane?' he blamed the coin now aiming for the waves
As he hesitated at the swirl of water as it raged and rained
Blue-eyed girls were waiting and he was drowning in the spray
Blue-eyed girls he should have been acquainted with but for shouting and flailing

Turn your life on the flip of this coin
Turn upside a choice you'd normally avoid
And promise me you'll follow what it says
Whatever it says

He finally slugs it back to land feeling chewed-up and foolish
Empties his pockets on the sand spewing a pool each
Staggers back to his dad who's too cool to be
So he says 'why did you have me follow this stupid rule, please?'
To be honest little fellow I'll tell you
I was just as afraid as you
But you said you wanted to get with people and places ever new
And I got a bit scared of the fate of my baby son's future
So I invented a reason to see if you could ever make do
As soon as you appeared behind that rock looking angry at me
I soon realized what a hell of a man you've ended up being
I knew you'd worked out how to swim, which I hadn't had in me
And I stand as a companion of you, proudest a man has ever been

Turn your life on the flip of this coin
Turn upside a choice you'd normally avoid
And promise me you'll follow what it says
Whatever it says


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"On the Flip of a Coin" as written by Michael Geoffrey Skinner

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    General CommentI love the new direction The Streets is taking on this album, not one reference of a modern product or way of life, just mesmerising lyrics and fantastic music
    The way he tells this story is like poetry in motion - my favourite track of his by a long way already!
    muzakon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is apparantly based on "A Boy named Sue" by Johnny Cash
    cs93on September 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentseems like the "ocean" is more of a metaphor for the big, real world. great song, with astonishing lyrics.
    Cooldude!on October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh man! What a great beat. I love the drums on this track.
    Tyler2004durdenon October 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentperhaps an experience between him and his dad when he was little?
    not too sure though
    jackmxwaldenon October 22, 2008   Link

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