The Big Farewell

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I was ready to cross that border
leave my babe behind
yes ready to cross that border
where I thought that I'd gold to grind
Well I told her 'bout the fortunes
that I was gonna get
and how I'd come and pick her up later
in a brand new Corvette
or maybe in a streamlined custom jet
and how I'd knot my bandana and not forget

She said did I remember those rainy mornings
on the by-pass out of this place
trying to flag down long-distance haulers
she her handbag and me my case
and how we'd dreamed about being somewhere
where we could tune in
and all the times we had to turn back
and give in once again
and now you tell me that you'll not forget
to come and get me in your new Corvette

But what was that shadow 
- a rush in the street
was it a bat or a hobo that laid
beneath her pink silk-sheet
you know I really can't leave you
as your heart could stop to beat
yes, and the gold in your grind
is what in the end I really best need

Yes I went to see my babe
this would be the Big Farewell
many many teardrops I did expect
and love words to tell
you know, I left out all those
red-light streets with girls in procession
just to tell her who her sole was and
whole possession
and how I'd tell her not to fret
that I'd be back to get her in a jet...

But what was that movement?
a reflection on the blind
was it a cat or red-robin?
and what were those words
the gold in your grind
is what I really best need
you know I really can't leave you
as my heart would stop to beat
and the gold in your grind
is what I really best need

It was the Big Farewell.

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