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Where are they now Lyrics by Al Stewart
Where are they nowby Al Stewart
I sent my crack divisions through the early morning mist When they fell on your positions you were powerless to resist Encircling and probing for the weakness in your lines By night you were surrounded and your territory mine I called for your surrender; this you swore you would not do So I stormed the very fortress that you thought could shelter you I saw you then upon your knees and turned to give my thanks To the regiments assembled in their ranks Where are they now? Where are they now?I raised you to your feet and with you hand inside my own We set off upon a journey, each together each alone And in the days that followed oh our lives did overlap I knew the contours of your body like the roads upon a map I savoured every evening, and you sweetened every day And just when I was certain it would always be this way You slipped beyond the reach of my outstretched fingertips With all the kisses you placed upon your lips Where are they now? Where are they now?I'm sure, You're close Hey, come shine a light Here, somewhere near Maybe just out of sightI went in search of alchemy to resurrect the dead And sent my spies to fathom out the secrets in your head They said they heard your laughter Ringing through the summer night In the company of strangers And your eyes were wild and bright And though I grew reclusive and my days became withdrawn I held the banner of our love, now tattered and forlorn And thought that it would one day fly above us once again To do this, I had my reasons then Where are they now? Where are they now?I'm sure, you must be close Once again, bring the light Here, very near Oh you're just out of sightPerhaps there are some passions that are tempered by the years You reach accommodation, the intensity recedes Some of that occurred to me the time I saw you last Your face familiar in a way, your voice out of the past Every gamut of emotion shared from tenderness to rage Fell away between us in the turning of that page It seems like only yesterday we swore that we'd be true Two innocents believing that they knew Where are they now? Where are they now? Where are they now? Where are they now?