when the sun goes in


Written: 1992
Released: 2001 on 'The Ballad Of Ruben Garcia'



The day awakes across the plain
And settles on the buildings there
And high above stone angels curl their wings
While far below in this grand Italian square
There is a man who stands and shouts
When the sun goes in and his shadow disappears
He shouts until the sun comes out
Till the sun comes out and his shadow reappears
And we know nothing of his life
And we know nothing of his fears
Or how he sleeps at night
And only lovers cry for him
For only lovers know the pain
Of what happens in the brain
When the sun goes in

And no-one knows or they forget
The whats and whys that bring him here today
And people stand and stare and yet
Don't we all shout our fears in our own way
Don't diggers whistle at the grave
Don't rich men laugh and cowards lie
Don't soldiers roar through poppy fields
Don't drunkards curse the turning sky
Don't singers sing their simple songs
Don't sinners whisper in the dark
Don't children cry when they are lost
And women wail and stray dogs bark
And don't poets write on walls
Don't the guilty laugh too well
And don't hooligans betray
Their numbness with each yell
Listen above the wind
Above the pride before the fall
Above the brief disguise of smiles
And you can hear within us all

There is a man who stands and shouts
When the sun goes in and his shadow disappears
He shouts until the sun comes out
Till the sun comes out and his shadow reappears
And we know nothing of his life
And we know nothing of his fears
Or how he sleeps at night
And only lovers cry for him
For only lovers know the pain
Of what happens in the brain
When the sun goes in

© Philip Jeays 1992
Philip Jeays © Sean K

Released April 18th 2016 Take The Slow Train album

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