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Across The Great Divide Lyrics

Standing by your window in pain
A pistol in your hand
And I beg you dear Molly, girl
Try to understand your man the best you can

Across the great divide
Just grab your hat and take that ride
Get yourself a bride
And bring your children down to the riverside

I had a goal in my younger days
I nearly wrote my will
But I changed my mind for the better
I'm at the still, had my fill
And I'm fit to kill

Across the great divide
Just grab your hat and take that ride
Get yourself a bride
And bring your children down to the riverside

Pinball machine and a queen
I nearly took a bust
I tried to keep my hands to myself
You say it's a must
But who can you trust?

Harvest moon shining down from the sky
A weary sign for all
I'm gonna leave this one horse town
Had to stall 'til the fall now I'm gonna crawl

Across the great divide

Now Molly dear don't ya shed a tear
Your time will surely come
You'll feed your man chicken every Sunday
Now tell me hun, what ya done with the gun?

Across the great divide
Just grab your hat and take that ride
Get yourself a bride
And bring your children down to the riverside
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great fuckin song.............................so tell me hun what ya dun with the gun, im guessing this is about gettin married and carrying her over the treshhold. idk maybe crossing the great divide U.S and canada

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I think the "great divide" here is between married life and bachelorhood. You lose control of your life ("take a ride"), get married, and baptise your children ("at the riverside") when you have them. The other verses are about his youth, and it seems he may have cheated on Molly with the queen.

Molly, clearly, is ready to cross the great divide, and is not too happy that he is not coming with her now. That unhappiness gives us that great line, "Now tell me hun, what you done with the gun." He tries to console her by indicating that she'll find someone else that she can "feed...chicken" to every Sunday.

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