The Black Rider

-Tom Waits

Come on along with the Black Rider
We'll have a gay old time
Lay down in the web of the black spider
I'll drink your blood like wine

So come on in
It ain't no sin
Take off your skin
And dance around your bones

So come along with the Black Rider
We'll have a gay old time

Anchors away with the Black Rider
I'll drink your blood like wine
I'll drop you off in Harlem with the Black Rider
Out where the bullets shine

And when you're done
You cock your gun
The blood will run
Like ribbons in your hair

So come along wit hthe Black Rider
We'll have a gay old time

Come on along with the Black Rider
I've got just the thing for thee
Come on along with the Black Rider
I want your company

I'll have the veal
A lovely meal
That's how I feel
May I use your skull for a bowl

Come on along with the Black Rider
We'll have a gay old time

 

I was going to put 'innocent when you dream' up here. It seemed like that was the way I felt.

Then I remembered how the boy used to sing 'I'll shoot the moon' to me, and how
it made me want to smile and cry at the same time. He hasn't done that in a while.

I stumbled across 'the black rider' and remembered how I first heard the song
nearly 7 years ago on the radio.
How lovely and right it sounded years and years ago, (and how reading through it now),
it seemed the only appropriate thing to put up here.

-A