There was pavement laid on diamonds
a sky was built on smoke
an old man is dealing newspapers
in a place where no one goes.

There's a wind that's got me sideways
like those treaties Old Boy signed
and a landscape strewn with lovers
who just can't stay inside
and I can't stay inside.

i've been thinking 'bout a letter
that Blind Boy Grunt did write
said hope's just a word
at least, that's what you learn
at the Grand Canyon at night.

You'll hear a Ballad of Big Shoulders
that town I left behind
The nervous girl, she waits for me
knows I'll be there by night
and I'll be there by night.

I saw a river cutting through us
a train engine on fire
a crowd of strangers huddle close
they're riding the Red Line.

I remember when I met her
in a town not much like this
in a street-level apartment
in a room she's made me miss.

i've been thinking 'bout a letter
that Blind Boy Grunt did write
said hope's just a word
least, that's what you learn
at the Grand Canyon at night

You'll hear a Ballad of Big Shoulders
that town I left behind
The nervous girl, she waits for me
she knows I'll be there by night.
and I'll be there by night.

You'll hear a Ballad of Big Shoulders
that town I left behind
The nervous girl, she waits for me
she knows I'll be there by night.
and I'll be there by night.
so rest your weary eyes
'cause I'll be there by night.


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