This is the day
The day of the death
The death of the matinee idol

Still so beautiful as the angels
as the angels came down from on high
So sweet and so soft
So charmingly daft
So young was the matinee idol
Lips of crimson slightly open
As the flash and all fame put to rest

Walk, walk along that wall
No it is not from the academy
Walk, walk along that wall

From this moment you'll cease to be
The undying love of the public eye
And so goes one more
Away from the maze
Away for to sit at the table
Above Babel,far from this world
While standing on the boulevard

But still, whomever has looked at
Looked at beauty is marked out
Is marked out already by death
Still so beautiful as the angels
As the angels came down from on high

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    General Commentits about river phoenix
    jeannieon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"I would rather quit while I was ahead. There's no need in overstaying your welcome."
    -River Phoenix
    myhotelyearon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about Rock Hudson...
    duckgirlieon March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was actually about James Dean
    blooryon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentRufus explains this song right before he plays it at Park West Chicago (tour for the first album) and mentions it is about River Phoenix who he calls "an all-American sexpot, like myself!"
    azbiblioteon November 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe song's about River Phoenix, Wainwright said so. Much-loved and much-missed actor.
    boulevard1on January 28, 2013   Link

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