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Casey's Last Ride

  • Words & music Kris Kristofferson

    Casey joins the hollow sound of silent people walking down
    The stairway to the subway in the shadows down below
    Following the footsteps through the neon-darkened corridors
    Of silent desperation, never speaking to a soul
    The poisoned air he's breathing has the dirty smell of dying
    'Cause it's never seen the sunshine and it's never felt the rain
    But Casey minds the arrows and ignores the fatal echo
    Of the clicking of the turnstiles and the rattle of his change

    Oh, she said, It's been so long since I've seen you
    Here, she said, Just a kiss to make a body smile
    See, she said, I put on new stockings just to please you
    Lord, she said, Casey, can you only stay awhile

    But Casey leaves the underground and steps inside the Golden Crown
    For something wet to wipe away the chill that's on his bones
    Seeing his reflection in the eyes of all the lonely men
    Who reach for anything they can to keep from going home
    Standing in the corner, Casey drinks his pint of bitter
    Never glancing in the mirror at the people passing by
    And he stumbles as he's leaving, and he wonders if the reason
    Is the beer that's in his belly or the tear that's in his eye

    Oh, she said, I suppose you seldom think about me
    Now, she said, Now you have a family of your own
    Still, she said, It's so blessed good to feel your body
    Lord, she said, Casey, it's a shame to be alone

    As sung by Iain MacKintosh

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