You who were born with the sun above your shoulders
You turn me on you turn me on
You have to know
You who were born where the sun she keeps her distance
You turn me on you turn me on
But so does she


You who were born there where beauty is existence
You turn me on you turn me
Your body heals my soul

You who were born where you shiver and you shudder
You turn me on the girl is gone so come on
Let's go

All the pearls of China
Fade astride a volta
Don't sew beelines to anybody's hide
Save your poison for a lover who is on your side

One way is Rome and the other way is Mecca
On either side on either side
Of our motorbike
One way is home and the other way is papa
On either side on either side and
Prepared to strike

When I get back I will bleed after my beating
Don't leave me here don't leave me here
I'm scared to death

All the pearls of China
Fade astride a volta
Don't sew beelines to anybody's hide
Save your poison for a lover who is on your side

All the pearls of China
Fade astride a volta
Don't sew beelines to anybody's hide
Save your poison for a lover who is on your side


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  • +2
    General CommentSome of these lyrics are wrong...I think what he says is

    "When I get home, I will dream in Barnes and Nobles Don't leave me here, don't leave me
    Where angels fear to tread

    When I get back, I will bleed after my beating
    Don't leave me here, don't leave me here,
    I'm scared to death
    effiemon April 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is another great rufus song...Rufus Wainwright can do no wrong in my book
    DADSonACIDon June 24, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'Where Angels Fear to Tread' is a novel by E. M. Forster. Lillia goes to Italy and falls in love with a handsome Italian, if you're searching for parallels.
    foreign_handon January 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. It's written as a conversation between two lovers, one a visitor to Greece and the other a native. This is based on an affair Rufus had. He said that he would prefer the beating to dreaming in Barnes and Noble.

    I definitely relate to it.
    wingofasongbirdon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a really lovely, relaxing song
    YourPerfectVerseon April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment9/10 song
    benighted2006on November 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat violin ... the soloing one ... that's the most beautiful thing, um, ever.
    Aoshieon August 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not entirely sure what this song is about, although the description wingsofasongbird gave is correct. I think I may have read that somewhere also. Anwyays, I love this song. I love the violins and the beat. It's such a beutiful soothing song, one of my favorites when I'm feeling down. Rufus is such a musical genius! But I'll refrain from pointing out the obvious :]
    StarkRavenMadon September 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe solo instrument is not a violin, it is a traditional Chinese instrument called an erhu with two strings. It is played with a bow, like a violin, but has its own special sound. I thought it pretty cool that he talks about the pearls of China and then features a Chinese instrument for the solo.
    azbiblioteon November 19, 2012   Link

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