{ Lyrics verified on Nick Cave's official site (http://www.nick-cave.com) } { Chords and lyrics transcribed by Andrew Frederico ([email protected]) } Chords: So without a thought I thought I'd take a final walk The tide of public opinion had started to abate The neighbors (bless 'em) had turned out to be all talk I could see their frightened faces peering at me through the gate Was looking for an end to this for some kind of closure Time moved so rapidly I had no hope of keeping track of it And I thought of my friends who had died of exposure And I remembered all the ones who had died from the lack of it And in my best shoes I started falling forward down the street Stopped at a church and jostled through the crowd Love followed just behind me panting at my feet as the Steeple tore the stomach from a lonely little cloud Inside I sat seeking the presence of a God Searched through the pictures in a leather-bound book And I found a wooly lamb dozing in an issue of blood And a gilled Jesus shivering on a fisherman's hook Babe It seems so long Since you've been gone away And I just gotta say That it grows darker with the day Back on the street I saw a great, big smiling sun It was a good day and an evil day and all was bright and new And it seemed to me the most destruction was being done By those who could not choose between the two Amateurs, dilettantes, hacks, cowboys, clones The streets groaned with little ceasars, napoleons, and cunts With their building blocks and their tiny plastic phones Counting on their fingers with the crumbs down their fronts I passed by garden so you with your flowers The camellias, magnolias, and azaleas so sweet I stood there invisible in the panicking crowds You looked so beautiful in the rising heat I smell smoke see little fires bursting on the lawns People carry on regardless listening to their hands Great cracks appear in the pavement, the earth yawns Bored in disgusted to do us down Babe It seems so long Since you've been gone away And I just gotta say That it grows darker with the day All these streets are frozen now; I come and go Full of a longing for something I do not know My father sits slumped in the deepening snow As I search in and out, above, about, and below Babe It seems so long Since you've been gone away And I hope and I pray That it grows darker with the day

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