Ballad Exercise Lyrics - Page #2


Black-haired Girl
written and performed by Dave Alvin

There’s a black‑haired girl
Sittin’ behind the bullet‑proof glass
And she takes my money
Before I go and pump some gas
As the cold rain falls on the parking lot
The strip malls and housing tracts
I smile at her
But she don’t smile back.

Well the black‑haired girl
Is starin’ at the gossip magazine
And all the glossy pictures
Of today’s kings and queens
But it’s nearly three a.m.
And the whole world is dead,
except for her and me
And the sound of the rain
And the smell of gasoline.

Well that black‑haired girl
Looks like a woman I used to know
Back in some other world, several lifetimes ago
Yeah, we’d lay in her bed
Drinkin’ wine and makin’ love
And lettin’ time move slow
Well we lost touch somehow
But that’s just the way things go.

Well that black‑haired girl
Catches me lookin’ her way
And I feel a little uneasy
Maybe there’s something I should say
Should I ask her name
Or just warn her about all the tricks time can play
But I don’t say nothin’
‘Cause she’s gonna find out anyway.

There’s a black‑haired girl
Sittin’ beneath a flourescent light
Whatever fate has in store
Well I hope that she’ll be alright
I hope she finds real love
And all her dreams come true
Or at least she makes it through tonight
Then I drive away as she fades out of sight.

Three Babies
Sinead O'Connor

each of these
my three babies
I will carry with me
for myself
I ask no one else
will be mother to these three
and of course
I'm like a wild horse
but there's no other way I could be
water and feed
are not foods that I need
for the thing that I've chosen to be

in my soul
my blood and my bones
I have wrapped your cold bodies around me
the face on you
the smell of you
will always be with me

each of these
my three babies
I was not willing to leave
though I tried
I balsphemed and denied
I know they will be returned to me
each of these
my babies
have brought you closer to me
no longer mad like a horse
I'm still wild but not lost
from the thing that I've chosen to be

and it's 'cos you've thrilled me
silenced me
stilled me
proved things I never believed
the face on you
the smell of you
will always be with me