Down by the river where the factories lie
And the Westgate stretches across the sky
I've moved north and I've lived south
But I always return to the river mouth

Out from the city all the secrets pour
Through pipes that were laid a hundred years ago
Love and ruin in the straining wells
Rags and bodies and teeth and gold

A woman of science in the tower above
Her laboratory a labour of love
There she worked while the war raged on
Never to marry or she'd lose it all

When I was young I never knew
That I'd be brought back here to you
No stranger thing than how we're drawn
Back to the place from which we're born


Lyrics submitted by birman-kai

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