perry county


[a song for lil' steph]
Written: 2004
Released: 2005 on 'Mr Jeays'



Your eyes are the colour of mud and gasoline
Rainbows swimming in skies of brown
Your hash brown hair falls lazy on your shoulders
As you untie it and let it tumble down
Then you say

You say you're leaving, you're leaving Perry County
And this gas station diner and all the rest beside
You're going to fly away, far away from Perry County
From the seasons and the silence and the clouds that stitch the skies

But there's a smile in the eyes of Perry County
There's nothing you can say he hasn't heard before
He's watched the young girls dream
He's watched the old men sighing
And he's watched them watch together
As the young men go to war

There's blood in the earth, in the earth of Perry County
The Yankee and the Rebel, the grey and the blue
Sometimes you'd swear, you'd swear the grass grows red there
And the trees are made of silver and the wind laughs just like you
When you say

You say you're leaving, you're leaving Perry County
And this gas station diner and all the rest beside
You're going to fly away, far away from Perry County
From the seasons and the silence and the clouds that stitch the skies

But there's a smile in the eyes of Perry County
There's nothing you can say he hasn't heard before
He's watched the young girls smile
He's watched the old men dreaming
And he's watched them watch together
As the young men go to war

The Devil took my soul on a road through Perry County
Tennessee River came too late to wash me clean
And as he dragged me down through the sulphur and the longing
I saw his hands they were the colour of mud and gasoline
And he said

You're never leaving, you're never leaving Perry County
Not this gas station diner nor all the rest beside
Oh you can fly away, far away from Perry County
But you know you'll always be here every time you close your eyes

And there's a smile in the eyes of Perry County
There's nothing you can say he hasn't heard before
He's watched the young girls leave
He's watched the old men dying
And he's watched them watch together
As the young men go to war

© Philip Jeays 2004
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