In the flinty light, it's midnight, and stars collide
Shadows run, in full flight, to run, seek and hide
I'm still not sure what part I play,
in this shadow play, this shadow play

In the half light, on this mad night, I hear a voice in time
Well, I look back, see a half-smile, then it's gone from sight
Won't you tell me how I can find my way?
In this shadow play, this shadow play
In this shadow play, this shadow play

Sounds come crashing, and I hear laughing
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little bit of Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Sounds come crashing, can I hear laughing?
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little Dr. Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Thoughts run wild, free as a child, into the night
Across the screen a thin beam, of magic light
Things they just don't look the same
In this shadow play, this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play
I can't run away from this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play

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Shadow Play Lyrics as written by Rory Gallagher

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    Can't believe this awesome song has no comments? Beautiful piece of art!
    sampleon October 17, 2010   Link
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    I heard he wrote the lyrics while he was ill and forced to stey in bed
    RockNBluesAddicton October 07, 2022   Link
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    As a very young man , Rory toured with bands in several European cities including Hamburg. I imagine Shadowplay refers to him walking through the entertainment district, (The Reeperbahn) and trying to make sense of the bright neon signs and shady characters. Rory never married or had children. Perhaps the seedier side of the city left him bewildered enough to write a song about it, later in life. "Stars collide" may refer to the names of Top entertainers in neon lights , blurring into each other from the streetvew of Rory walking along the pavement. The "thin beam of magic light" is a cinema.
    Serpentspeakson December 20, 2022   Link

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