Country Boy


Words & Music: Jake Thackray

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There was a place in the square and it was always there
Where the blind and the cripples would lie,
Living their lives along, one day into another.
The country boy came to them and whispered his name to them
And shared the shame in their eyes,
Filling their lives with desire for no other hunger.

It was only a country boy, talking to a people in chains.
Come unto him, you hunchback people:
Open your hearts and he will take a part in the pain.

There was a girl in the town who's used to sleeping around
Oh she was easy, ay, ay, ay,
Living a life between the scandalised fist and the beckoning finger.
The country boy came to her and whispered his name to her,
Sharing the shame in her eyes,
Filling her life with desire for no other lover.

It was only a country boy, talking to a girl on the game.
Come unto him, you yearning people:
Open your hearts and he will take a part in the pain.

Outside the old city wall there was a corner where the small-
Time thieves were hung up to die,
Clinging to life with hands which have always been empty.
The country boy came to them and whispered his name to them,
Sharing the place by their side,
Filling their lives with desire for no other freedom.

It was only a country boy, talking to a people in pain.
Come unto him, despisèd people
Open your hearts and he will take a part in the pain.

It was only a country boy, talking to a people in chains.
Come unto him, you hunchback people
Open your hearts and he will take a part in the pain.


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