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The Beat of Black Wings


by Mitchell Joni. Buy album CD: Other Songs A - Y


I met a young soldier
He said his name was Killer Kyle
He was shakin' all over
Like a night-frightened child
This is his story
It's a tough one for me to sing
Hard as the squawk and the flap
And the beat of--the beat of black wings
"They gave me a gun," he said
"They gave me a mission
For the power and the glory--
Propaganda--piss on 'em
There's a war zone inside me--
I can feel things exploding--
I can't even hear the fucking music playing
For the beat of--the beat of black wings."
He said, "I never had nothin'--
Nothin' I could believe in
My girl killed our unborn child
Without even grievin'!
I put my hands on her belly
To feel the kid kickin'--damn!
She'd been to some clinic
Oh--the beat of black wings."
"They want you--they need you--
They train you to kill--
To be a pin on some map--
Some vicarious thrill--
The old hate the young
That's the whole heartless thing
The old pick the wars
We die in 'em
To the beat of--the beat of black wings."
There's a man drawing pictures
On the sidewalk with chalk
Just as fast as he draws 'em
Rain come down and wash 'em off
"Keep the drinks comin' girl
'Til I can't feel anything
I'm just a chalk mark in a rainstorm
I'm just the beat of black wings."
1988 Crazy Crow Music BMI



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Album: Other Songs A - Y Lyrics
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  1. A Bird That Whistles
  2. Blonde in the Bleachers
  3. Blue Boy
  4. Cherokee Louise
  5. Conversation
  6. Cotton Avenue
  7. Dancin Clown
  8. Dog Eat Dog
  9. Electricity
  10. Ethiopia
  11. Fiction
  12. For the Roses
  13. Good Friends
  14. How Do You Stop
  15. I Think I Understand
  16. Impossible Dreamer
  17. In France the Kiss on Main Street
  18. Judgement of the Moon and Stars
  19. Ladies Man
  20. Ladies of the Canyon
  21. Lakota
  22. Last Chance Lost
  23. Lesson in Survival
  24. Let the Wind Carry Me
  25. Love
  26. Love or Money
  27. Lucky Girl
  28. Man to Man
  29. Marcie
  30. Michael from Mountains
  31. Moon at the Window
  32. Morning Morgantown
  33. My Best to You
  34. My Secret Place
  35. Nathan La Franeer
  36. Night Ride Home
  37. Not to Blame
  38. Number One
  39. Passion Play
  40. Rays Dads Cadillac
  41. Real Good for Free)
  42. Refuge of the Roads
  43. See You Sometime
  44. Sex Kills
  45. Shiny Toys
  46. Sisotowbell Lane
  47. Slouching Toward Bethlehem
  48. Snakes and Ladders
  49. Solid Love
  50. Song for Sharon
  51. Strange Boy
  52. Sunny Sunday
  53. Tax Free
  54. The Arrangement
  55. The Beat of Black Wings
  56. The Dawntreader
  57. The Drycleaner from Des Moines
  58. The Fiddle and the Drum
  59. The Only Joy in Town
  60. The Pirate of Penance
  61. The Reoccurring Dream
  62. The Sire of Sorrow
  63. The Tea Leaf Prophecy
  64. The Three Great Stimulants
  65. The Windfall
  66. Tin Angel
  67. Turbulent Indigo
  68. Two Grey Rooms
  69. Why Do Fools Fall in Love
  70. Willy
  71. You Dream Flat Tires
  72. Yvette in English

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