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Beautiful Country (Rough Mix)

Track #00 - Soundcloud // By: David Sylvian featuring Joan Wasser, Parker Kindred, and Fred Cash

(one, two, three, four)

The mind slept well
At high altitudes
All the way through Boulder
With the stupors pointing skywards
Like true believers
In crystal blue

The last of empire
December lake
Such a sweet decay
And we drive all night
‘Cause empires live long this way
Yeah we drive all night
And sleep by day

It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country
It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country

Joy grows from her fingers
And made of hands
Long roots burrow down
Into her stomach
Spilling the air out of her lungs
It’s the sharp end of the joyful life
We fell upon

The petals white
Veins are blue
She’s filled with wonder
At the life within her
And inside of you
At a lone translucent part
Inside of you

It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country
It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country

She’s been playing her games
I was spilling the kief/kiss
Changing the voice
I’ve been calling out with
Losing our way
Going up thin
She stole the face of the lord
So I won’t recognize him
But it’s all good
Yes it’s okay
We wouldn’t have it any other way
Made our bed, gonna lie in it
Watch the suns go down on the horizon

Way up in the pink hills
That drain the pools
The sandflies buzzing
And the desert sun split us in two
There’s an inland sea – Bombay Beach
With a near narcoleptic
And the fireworks tied
With their heads down in the sand

This is your land
And soon your land
Will by my land too

It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country
It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country

She’s been playing her games
To keep herself in
Changing the voice
I’ve been calling out with
Losing our way
Going up thin
She stole the face of the lord
So I won’t recognize him
But it’s alright
Yes it’s okay
We wouldn’t have it any other way
Made our bed, gonna lie in it
Watch the suns go down on the horizon

We’re setting up camp
Far from it all
Where the dirt roads rise
Behind the strip mall
Remove ourselves
We got nothing to give
Between the earth and stars
We’ll find a place to live

Dustbowl diving
We ride the curves
She’s railroad happy
And the longest trains
Hammer through
With their headlights blazing
For you

It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country
It’s a beautiful country
What a beautiful country

Ba da dum dum dum ba da da da

This track briefly appeared on Soundcloud with an explanation from David Sylvian.

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