The Long Shadow

Streetcore, Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros

Contributors
Vocals, Guitar: Joe Strummer
Synthesizer, Guitar, Organ, Chamberlin, Tambourine, Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Mellotron, Drums, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone, Backing Vocals: Martin Slattery
Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Slide Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Cowbell, Backing Vocals: Scott Shields
Bass, Trombone, Guitar, Cello, Cornet, Backing Vocals: Simon Stafford
Drums, Congas, Loops: Luke Bullen
Violin: Tymon Dogg
Lyrics

Well I'll tell you one thing that I know
You don't face your demons down
You gotta grapple 'em, Jack
And pin 'em to the ground

The devil may care
Maybe God he won't
Ya better you make sure
You check on the do's and the don'ts

Crawl up the mountain
To reach where the eagles fly
Sure you can glimpse from the mountain top
Where the soul of the muse might rise

And if you put it all together
You won't have to look around
You know you cast
A long shadow on the ground

Then one day I could tell my tracks
By the holes in the soles of my shoes
And that's the day I said
I'm gonna make the news

And falling back in the garden
Of days so long ago
Somewhere in the memory
The sun shines on you, boy

Playing in the Arroyos
Where the American rivers flow
From the Appalachians
Down to the Delta roads

A man can think so long
His brain could well explode
There's trains runnin' through the junctions
And King Cotton's down the road

And if you put it all together
You won't have to look around
You know you cast
A long shadow on the ground

Listen to the country
The night jar and the bell
Listen to the the night stream-liner
Sounding like the wolves of hell

Head for the water
The waters of the cleansing spell
It was always our destination
On the express of the ne'er-do-wells

And we rock through Madison City
Man, we didn't even know she was there
And when we hit the baffles in Memphis
Beale Street didn't have no prayer

And I hear punks talk of anarchy
I hear hobos on the railroads
I hear mutterings on the chain gangs
It's those men who build the roads

And if you put it all together
You didn't even once relent
You cast a long shadow
And that is your testament

Somewhere in my soul
There's always rock an' roll
Yeah

Artist Bio

Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros

Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros

To celebrate the extraordinary life and career of musician Joe Strummer, Hellcat Records proudly announces the digital release of Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, The ...

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