All this time
All this changing of mind
Foolish pride and bitter denial
Way of the world, of me, and my kind
Far from grace and weak by design

And when we meet again
I will run into your arms
And when we meet again
I will fall to my knees
And rise to your needs

Beauty enslaved
Slave to the veil
Drawn to the flame
Of bitter betrayal
Way of the world, of me, and my kind
Far from grace and weak by design


Say goodbye
Say my goodbyes and go
People and property
All that I know
Way of the world, of me, and my kind
Far from grace and weak by design


Ain't that the way of the world?

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"Diary of a Hollow Horse" as written by Johnson Daley

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    My InterpretationThis album was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan so I can't get away from the phrase "my kind" which works the same in this song as in the equally cryptic Rikki Don't Lose That Number." This 1989 song, which may be the epitome of the 'tragedy and mystery' of China Crisis' songwriting, has not received any commentary or interpretation as of yet. So allow me.
    On it's surface, this is the plea of a husband caught cheating and facing the end of his marriage. It being the "way of the world for me and my kind (adulterers, like in the Steely Dan song) is no excuse for his "bitter betrayal" and he knows it.
    What is a Holllow Horse? I think of the legend of the Trojan Horse, a false gift that let to destruction and doom. Thus his marriage was a false promise of fidelity to his wife (a "slave to the veil" - ouch) as he was "drawn to the flame" as in the image of the moth drawn to a flame and it's own demise. The chorus seems to invoke a fantasy, a different world, another life, where he and his missus meet again and he can rise to being faithful. But this is real life and there is no turning back. This song is often China Crisis' concert closer. The last verse is devastating: 29 words that sum up the song and the situation, the end of a love and a marriage in one verse. One of the most powerful verses I've heard sung, to end one of the most profoundly sad and poignant songs I know.
    HomerWellson July 02, 2016   Link

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