By the bus stop on the boardwalk by the sand
He stands there with his guitar in his hand
And every emotion you can feel
He just pulls from his box of wood and steel

But late in the evening the music will lose its charm
And with shaking hands he'll tighten the belt around his arm

And he's gonna get high for a moment
He's gonna get by for a moment
He's gonna be fine for a while
With a half unconscious smile
Where the city and the ocean come to meet
Down on Rose Street

The tourist and the locals gather 'round
And he plays while they throw their quarters down
And God himself would be happy as hell
If he could play maybe half as well

But it's cold in the nighttime when you ain't got a room
So he takes his comfort from a lighter and a spoon

Now it's quiet on the boardwalk by the sand
And I pause in the place he used to stand
But when I close my eyes I hear the music even more
In the rhythm of the waves against the shore

And it makes me high for a moment
And I'm gonna get by for a moment
I'm gonna be fine for a while
As the memory makes me smile
Where the city and the ocean come to meet
Down on Rose Street


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