CAN'T IGNORE THE TRAIN - Natalie Merchant

    steep is the water tower
    painted off blue to match the sky

    can't ignore the train

    night walks in the valley silent
    you could swear the earth just moved

    can't ignore the train

    dust to be kicked up
    in the crack faced
    idle sinister town
    screen door to the rail station
    devil in her shoe

    ran along side the wasted tracks
    hem pins darted her calves

    can't ignore the train

    one spoiled girl with the tidiest apology
    some how wedged inside her throat

    can't ignore the train

    patience their virtue
    but I never could abide by that
    dungeon life with electric light
    a clean towel and a basin
    mantle figures mind their place
    laughs where they belong

    through adventure we are not adventuresome

    rage to share with a wardrobe mirror
    in a room so beige and cold

    can't ignore the train

    window days saw the children pick their
    street games on thirty afternoons

    Molly the boys are
    starting in the rhymic again
    teasing more and more....

    the second daughter
    how she fell
    young locked in Some Folk's Prison
    made to dwell
    til they're braiding
    her grey hair

    sitting in the wishing chair
    sitting in the wishing chair
    sitting in the wishing chair


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