The Old Man of Charing Cross

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lyrics

Far away now to the windward or the lee
Five paces from the summit of the rock that sets me free
I can feel the castle that once stood here long ago
On the paths that the merry folk all know

I have stood here forever, I've never seen my home
I have lived in the city, I've heard the engines groan
I have laughed with the Old Ones in Southwark and in Bow
I have touched the feathers of the crows

It doesn't happen very often, don't you see
Once in every thirteen billion years and sixty-three
Vapour isn't matter unless I can take her hand
In the temple to the taxis on The Strand

I have towered far above you before this city grew
I have lived in the darkness when the hydrogen was new
I will be here tomorrow when the stars start to fade
I wish my love could hold me once again

And it all seems so unfair
This cross isn't all I have to bear
It makes no sense at all
The tide won't turn and the railway hears my call

Undecided, cauterised and bound
Choked and blinded by the mercenary sounds
The ship of human cargo left from here to distant shores
All their fathers recruited to the cause

I have known every mountain that crumbled in the rain
I have followed every tunnel, every hight street, every lane
I have howled to the thunder: 'this wasn't meant to be'
I have crushed the hope inside of me

And it all seems so unfair
This cross isn't all I have to bear
It makes no sense at all
The tide won't turn and the railway hears my call
And it's hard to see the sun today
High in the mist and far away
I might not make it now
Tell my love I'll see her when these stones have fallen down

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from The Sun Destroys The Sky, released September 18, 2016

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Chris Manasseh Warrington, UK

Chris is an original singer-songwriter with folk and indie influences. His songs combine instantly memorable tunes with poetic and thought-provoking lyrics.

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