"The Prizefighter and the Heiress" as written by and John Patrick Vivian Flynn....
The prizefighter and the heiress
Both talented in their way
Both fighting for inheritance
Both entitled to their day
Said the fella 'I've thrown my gloves
And loosed my shoes
Come join me in the ring my friend
Quit these lonesome blues
Quit my lonesome blues'

The lady thought the longest while
And bathed the time in light
She came to the conclusion
That he hadn't won the fight
'Put your gloves back on,' she says
'And steady with your pride
You've dealt the eldest hand my love
But that part of me has died'

I'm a fortune telling concubine
I'm a troubleshot saloon
You're a welterweight companion
And you're light as a balloon
I'd rather chase my options now
And place you in the past
The future's not yet written
Though the die behind me is cast
The die behind me is cast

I don't know anything about you
But I'm sure that the doors of perception
Are true in their ways
In the face of it all
In the stark-staring face of it

If you ask me where I'm going
I'll tell you where I've been
'Cept you don't remember yesterday
And I don't remember anything

Journey me west
Or journey me south
Said please put me down
Where my heart meets my mouth
Meets my mouth

End of the requiem
End of the fight
End of the struggles
At the end of the night

Stop where you laugh
And look where you walk
Manage your head
As you lighten your talk

Solace made bones
And they're chanting for air
Sucking from mead
In the coast of Rosslare
Of Rosslare

End of the requiem
End of the fight
End of the struggles
At the end of the night

Me and my dream
As me and my girl
Have more than
A thousand square miles to twirl

The earth loves her children
Look and don't break your stride
Keep watching forward
Got an owl watch my pride
Watch my pride

Thanks for the dark
Thanks for the light
Thanks for my guide
At the end of the night

End of the requiem
End of the fight
End of the struggles
At the end'
At the end'
At the end of the night


Lyrics submitted by cariadonffol, edited by flynner

"The Prizefighter and the Heiress" as written by John Patrick Vivian Flynn

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    Song MeaningOops....I´m the first to write a comment here. And the only thing I can say is: I don´t understand the meaning of this song, not at all. I think Johnny´s lyrics are not only symbolic but cryptic here. Nevertheless if someone has any deeper insight I´m interested to read it.

    I wouldn´t post here at all, if I didn´t like the music so much. I love the music, I even love the monotony of the music! First the slow part with the cool trumpets and the "raining" background, then the faster part with fantastic guitar rhythm and this simple, heart-moving melody. Maybe my favourite together with "The Wrote and the Writ". Johnny is a great and very gifted musician.
    BirdonaBirchon May 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a fight he had with his now wife. It looked like he was ready to end the whole relationship, and then he rested on it and woke up realizing he didn't want to do that. He realized that they have a rough road ahead but he's willing to weather that for her.

    "Me and my dream
    As me and my girl
    Have more than
    A thousand square miles to twirl"
    smilescarton March 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'd rather chase my options now
    And place you in the past
    The future's not yet written
    Though the die behind me is cast

    Johnny's an amazing writer, this whole song is a masterpiece.
    The three notes going down (dun dun dun) on the guitar before 'if you ask me where i'm going, i'll tell you where i've been' gives me chills.
    ldnenigmason January 04, 2014   Link

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