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MEMORIAL DAY (Carly Simon) Carly Simon - 1979 It should have been so soft This morning as we left But the valley was infected by a different kind of beauty And the indians, they knew It was a devil's sanctuary Out of this unholy dawn A car came stirring up the sand And a woman from a passion play Held up the limousine That brought me all this way today And I didn't need to turn around So strong was the message And the man who planned her life Commanded all that followed Well, they bellowed and they hollered And they threw each other down Down in this valley This cruel and lovely valley Oh, it should have been an alley In some low-down part of town As the light came up There was no sun And brandy splattered all over the ground As this woman with her head held high Yelled "Love!" and "Why, oh why!" "You're killing me, oh, follow me!" As I watched safe and clean From the frosted windows in the limousine Well, they bellowed and they hollered And they threw each other down Down in this valley This cruel and lovely valley Oh, it should have been an alley In some low-down part of town Before he'd been so funny Imagining the best That he'd escape recrimination For abandoning the nest He'd been joking and stoned While he was entertaining me But then turned and was stunned By her panic and her misery And I was in the getaway car Giving him a chance to get away Get away, get away Get away, get away, get away And how the valley smoked As he crossed Route 25 With his cymbals and his shattered crown Leaving all alone His eyes fixed on the ground And he didn't need to turn around So strong was the message And he fell into the shallow sky And was swallowed Well, they bellowed and they hollered And they threw each other down Down in this valley This cruel and lovely valley Oh, it should have been an alley In some low-down part of town (Contributed by David Roberson - June 2005)

    


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