Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

There is no still point in all the Universe, and that is the rock upon which I stand

Monday, May 14, 2007

76 cents on the $, 2 kneEs beside the gRave

76 cents on the $, 2 kneEs beside the gRave

whatever happened to that girl who went to school
with your little brother, the poor little fool
we used to play out on the jungle gym
days would last forever, then gone again

she grew up, and she met some guy
they fell in love, no one knows the reason why
she got a job and then one more
her man got shot at the liquor store

family and friends all gathered round
they lay his body in that hole down in the ground
her children held their hands, they were very brave
she got 76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave

(chorus)
we used to play on the jungle gym
we used to jump, then we'd jump again
the sun was shining, glitterin'
we used to play on the jungle gym
she grew up, I think I stayed
76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave
she got 76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave

her son hides the key beneath the pot
takes his sister's hand, off to school they walk
mom already gone by five a.m.
after sunset she'll be home again

days are filled with all the to and fro
nights just vanish in the morning glow
children grow up, then they're gone
momma keeps working and singing this song

(chorus)
we used to play on the jungle gym
we used to jump, then we'd jump again
the sun was shining, glitterin'
we used to play on the jungle gym
she grew up, I think I stayed
76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave
she got 76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave

the kids on Mother's Day, they come around
they hold her head, help her with her gown
momma, momma, we love you so
we got you flowers, but they won't grow

nobody said that life is fair
if they did they're not all there
love while you will, love as best you can
some say there's laughter in the Promised Land

family and friends all gathered round
they lay her body in that hole down in the ground
her children held their hands, they were very brave
she got 76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave

(chorus)
we used to play on the jungle gym
we used to jump, then we'd jump again
the sun was shining, glitterin'
we used to play on the jungle gym
she grew up, I think I stayed
76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave
she got 76 cents on the dollar, two knees beside the grave

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