Dead Man’s Handle

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There’s a line but I think we’ve crossed it
Now we’re right up against the wire
There’s a way but I think we’ve lost it
One false turn, and it’s ice or fire

I can’t shut out the world no more
I know that the worm is turning
I hear their voices outside my door
Saying let me in ‘cause the ground is burning

We pour the wine, we light the candles
We ride the train to another land
But there’s a sign and there’s a dead man’s handle
Waiting for a dead man’s hand

You go through hell to be so holy
You work like the devil to be so dumb
You sound like a sage but your thoughts are lazy
You strut like a peacock, but you’re under their thumb

And when the captain is just a rich man’s whore
And all his cannons are rolling round on deck
And his praise, well it ain’t worth fighting for
Is it any wonder that the ship gets wrecked?

You’re on your own, and now you’re stranded
No response to your command
Just a sign and a dead man’s handle
Waiting for a dead man’s hand

And O my daughter will you be there
When they fight for water, food and air?
And O my son will you still come
When we’re at rock bottom and the race is run?

So take these sins and wash them away
Let these errors be your guide
When the night comes in, never let them say
We had the knowledge but we locked it inside

And when the time has gone for anger
And making lines, making lines, in the sand, in the sand
There’s a sign and there’s a dead man’s handle
Waiting for a dead man’s hand