The Other Side of the River

Words and music by Bill Price

She stood in line - clicked her hi-heels
Stranded in the shadow of the cold gray steel
Next stop was Juarez - end of the line
Border towns were breathing like a neon sign when it hums

I remember flagpoles - desert sand
Petroglyphs and parrots and off key bands
Fools and flats - a sweating black train
A dot on the horizon just to ease the pain when it comes

I don't want to promise you something I can't deliver
I don't want to say to you things will be different
Once we cross the river

Endless enchantment - red chile on her lip
Queen Mary and the padre board a sinking ship
Without fault without work
Broken-hearted Rita and the motel clerk disappear

Somewhere inside silence - loud as a horn
Gabriel's mission sounds a silvery scorn
Heed the heat - shade your bloody eyes
You can count on one fist the clouds in the sky so clear

I don't want to promise you something I can't deliver
I don't want to say to you things will be different
Once we cross the river

A sombrero in tatters - an Anasazi queen
Nothing like the story in the magazine
A sword and a gown nailed above her bed
With a postcard of the moon over a bathed in red ghost town

The pueblo kid keeping time with his cane
Scorpion hospitality yet I still remain
The sun paints a shadow - the sky turns to rust
Medusa on the mesa leaves her cowboy busted down

I don't want to promise you something I can't deliver
And I don't want to say to you things will be different
Once we cross the river

© 2006 Mr. Quill Music (BMI)