Years of writing books long behind him now.
A nihilistic confidence and a smile upon his face.
Johnny Marinville and his Harley through the desert
One last ride to make him feel young again.

He came back from Vietnam:
only one to escape the bomb that tore apart
the bar in which he drank with his friends.

Living with the question
of why he was the sole survivor.
Fighting the dreams that plague him
and wondering when they'll end.

This cynic smiles and feels the wind
as he speeds by the policeman on the road.
He's stopped and beaten, thrown in the cell
with the others the bleeding cop has found.

Collie takes the one, the boy's mom Ellie,
and drags her screaming away.

Young David prays to the God he found
when his friend, run-down, lies dying in his arms.
And with his faith, the boy escapes
and frees the desert's other captives.

They stumble across David's dead sister
and they bury her with tears in their eyes.

Only boy, only a man
drawn together in God's plan.
In the desert, purposes emerge:
all are here to love and serve.

All across this desert town
they see the butchered bodies of the dead.
What could have caused this hell on earth?
Just what evil made this madness happen?

As even as they hide, Tak returns,
possessing now a different body...


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Desperation, Part II song meanings
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