The Pegasus Awards

Scarlet Town

Cathy McManamon

Pegasus Nominations

Year Category
Sample
2014 Best Song of Passage

 

Scarlet Town

Music & Lyrics: © 2012 Cathy McManamon
Lyrics posted by permission of the author 

We set out
Danny and me
For the land of opportunity
Outside of the law
Outside of the norms
We set our sights on a distant shore
Once on board
Part of the crowd
Didn't care if we got a bit too loud
Ship of dreams
Ship of desire
Not even the ocean could quench our

Fire inside
We were rolling with the waves
And enjoying the ride
Dreaming of the day we wouldn't have to hide
In a scarlet town.

Decked out
In our leather and lace
She had starlight shining on her face
Didn't feel the chill
Of the salty air
As she kissed me here and there
Paid no heed
To what anyone thought
Breaking all the rules that they'd been taught
She whispered my name
I couldn't resist
And I followed her down to the

Fire inside
We were rolling with the waves
And enjoying the ride
Dreaming of the day we wouldn't have to hide
In a scarlet town

A thud and shudder
The ship grew still
Pulled away from Danny with all my will
"We're going down"
Someone said
"In a couple more hours we'll all be dead"
Made for the boats
They wouldn't let us in
The fine ladies said "we've no room for sin -
"Let them stay,
Let them drown,
Let the frigid depths take their demon

Fire inside
Let them roll with the waves
And curse the ride
Dreading the hell they'll find on the other side
In a scarlet town."

What do you say
To that kind of hate?
The righteous ones had determined our fate
So Danny and I
Laid down in our bed
Spoke all the words needed to be said
Determined to die
As we had lived
No regrets, nothing to forgive
And when the cold dark
Sucked us down
I swear there was steam from the

Fire inside
We rolled with the waves
And enjoyed the ride
Arriving in the place we wouldn't have to hide
From the fire inside
Eternally rolling with the waves
And enjoying the ride
Free at last to love on the other side
In a scarlet town.

 

 
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