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Tree of Heaven

(Scott Cornwell)
TREE OF HEAVEN


I GO DOWN TO THE RIVER,
DOWN WHERE THE WATER FLOWS,
DOWN BY THE OLD TRAIN TRACKS
AND THE BROKEN FACTORY WALLS
AND THE LOT WHERE THE TREE OF HEAVEN GROWS.

I GO DOWN TO THE WATER
REST MY BACK AGAINTS SOME COLD CONCRETE SLAB
I HEAR THE CITY SLEEP
I HEAR THE SIREN CRY
FOR SOME DREAM, SOMEBODY NEVER HAD.

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES
OF THE WINDOWS AT NIGHT
AND I WONDER,
CAN WE MAKE IT THROUGH ANOTHER DAY ?

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES
OF THE LONLEY STREETLIGHT
AND I UNDERSTAND,
IT’S JUST A HARD GAME WE’VE GOT TO PLAY

YOU AND ME ARE CAPTIVE OF
REALITY THAT WE’VE CREATED
GIVEN OPPURTUNITY
TO CHANGE THE WAY WE’RE SITUATED

WILL WE FOLLOW NATURES CALL ?
OR WILL BE TO PROUD AND BLOW IT ALL ?

WE’RE UP AGAINST THE WALL
UP AGAINST THE WALL.

HOMEBOYS ARE SHOOTING C-LOW
PINHEADS LOOKING FOR A ROCK
JAMAICANS ON THE CORNER
SMOKING A BLUNT AND EATING FISH
PUERTORICANS FIX THEIR CARS ON BLOCKS

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
IT’S THE THIRD STOP ON THE RUN
SEE THE CHILDREN PLAYING HAPPILY
A LOLLIPOP AND A LOADED GUN

YEAH I SEE FLOOD AND I SEE FAMINE
SEE THE FIRE COMING FROM THE SKY
SEE A BABY WITH A RATTLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLE
AND NO HOPE IN HIS EYE

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
IT’S THE THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN
BETTER JUST BE COOL THINK GOLDEN RULE
AND PRAY CAUSE THE DAYS HAVE COME.