serpentine westlay road

                                                      © words and music :   garnett betts

east end low river

warehouse brick and stone

dock laid down the bottom

of serpentine westlay road

a thousand men delivered

by the dark before to dawn

now wood and rust and creosote

all they left written done

     serpentine westlay road

yeah, the grey light’s just a shiver

on these rusted old bones

on work long forgotten

but never gone

yeah, muscle steam and sweat

moved this world around

up and down river

up hill and into town

     serpentine westlay road

chorus:

but hanging on

   no one works that way no more

       hanging on

            to the last crate trucked away

                 now there’s only one light left

                     been keeping score

                       and the two jimmy’s bar

                            is the light above the door

                                 down serpentine westlay road

bridge:

and what will severance do

here at fifty two

you can cuss and scrap and lose

when it all comes down to you

when the world you breathe  in

doesn’t need you

and the job that moved the clock

and all the hands that stopped say

“change will come for you

and change will have to do”

chorus:

but hanging on

    no one works that way no more

        hanging on

            to the last crate trucked away

                there’s only one light left

                     been keeping score

                       and the two jimmy’s bar

                            is the light above the door

                                 down serpentine westlay road

now is that east end low river

just stone and broken glass

or a world left down the bottom

of our serpentine past?

down serpentine westlay road

chorus:

but hanging on

   no one works that way no more

       hanging on

            to the last crate trucked away

                 there’s only one light left

                     been keeping score

                       and the two jimmy’s bar

                            is the light above the door

                                 serpentine westlay road

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