You'll recall from the sagas, I hope, Grettis' last stand at Drangey
how his grip on the sword made his enemies cut off his hand
If he'd fled here instead and had tasted this terrible coffee
or read these letters you sent, he'd surrender and lay the blade down

And it's Halloween,
skinny ghosts dress like cowboys and rest
at the railing by my door
on their way from the Children's Ward

Bev Monroe and his Pembina Valley boys play at the party
and I practice my English on nurses, "Oh, that's a nice name"
And they may ask for mine, but the burns on my back from the x-rays
say I shouldn't show anyone anything ever again

In another year
I'll be buried or shivering here,
coughing at the grey spittoon
painted orange by the harvest moon

Pack up mother's clothes,
drive her down to the new Betel Home,
sell the boat to Arnison
and then go

Stand up straight
in the place you're longing for
and don't write to me anymore


Lyrics submitted by strakared, edited by HellionChild, Contaminator

Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentA few adjustments:

    I think Samson uses the form of 'Grettir's' for 'Grettis.'
    "Panel of ally boys" should be "Pembina Valley boys"
    And 'Betle Home' should be 'Betel Home'

    (I put a lot of work into transcribing, only to be beat to the punch! Good show!)
    superficieson January 17, 2012   Link

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