Down the city street I hear a heart beat
And what I give is returned

Someone stumbles in gets up and starts again
Says hey what have I earned
Out past the sun I hear a drum
And I hear a distant laugh
Out at empire’s end another begins again
And you lay in your bed

That’s why no one ever keeps up

That’s why the wise ones all give up

So take the fruit from the tree take it in your teeth
Take it for all it’s worth
And when my sober nose starts to smell a rose
It makes me light in the head
And when the wind clangs the chimes a sorrow beats in time
And it makes me smile
And you ask what I’ve learned I say it may seem absurd
But there’s nothing on file

That’s why no one ever keeps up

That’s why the wise ones all give up

And if the riots start somewhere out in the dark
Don’t wake me till daylight
Cause in these city walls the fever don’t run it crawls
And the mayor says stay right
And so I find a pub full of warm red blood
And I straighten my spine

And in the summer heat my heart finds a beat
And I tell you I’m fine

That’s why no one ever keeps up

That’s why the wise ones all give up


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