Virgin Shades

“I wrote this song when I woke up one morning – one morning when I was pretty glad to wake up. ‘Cause some mornings you just don’t know if you’re gonna get there.”

-Introduction from a live performance on 23 June 1988


I saw the virgin shades of dawn this mornin’.
I heard the sparrows praise the sun.
I’ve been greeting mornings all through my whole lifetime.
But they were never quite like this one.

Seems late last night down in the hueless kingdom,
A thought did trample across my mind.
That tomorrow’s got no guarantee stamped on it.
And that’s why today I’m goin’ sun-blind.

Chorus:
And I know that cynicism
Is just all the rage these days.
And I’m sure the gods are angry
With the pagans’ nasty ways,
But in the face of Armageddon
I have seen the infant smile.
You may be ready for the shelter,
But I’m kickin’ back a while.
I’m kickin’ back.

Well you people in your hurry, bound for burn-out,
In a rat race that no human race can win.
Well I’m sure you think you know just where you’re going
And long since forgotten where you’ve been.

Well  just look at me here, on the fringe of nothing.
And laugh your way down to the bank.
But just keep in mind those sturdy ocean liners.
Beneath the weight of certainty they surely sank.

repeat chorus

I heard the words of wise men whispered, like bad rumors.
I read the headlines: “Mankind’s down the road of doom!”
Well in a world of lies you just are what you believe in.
And I believe there’s too much logic to assume.

Because I saw the virgin shades of dawn this mornin’.
I heard the sparrows praise the sun.
And I’ve been greeting mornings all through my whole lifetime.
But they were never quite like this one.

repeat chorus

 

“Virgin Shades” appears on Medicine and The Medicine Tribute.


© and ℗ 1990, 2012 Marques Bovre