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Forty-Second Street
By Mark Mangold

Earth, water, wind and fire All the elements of your desire - But the truth will make you out a liar As you run between your horror and the shame - Transform you from the eagle to the snake - Parade the dancing lights before you - Tempt the ground beneath your feet Heal the air that's come to taunt you Paradise has made you weak Finding words too hard to speak - Turn the corner can't you see - Here we are it's 42nd Street Here we are it's 42nd Street - This is not the way it has to be here we are here we are - Form the sands into your rosary - Count the tears before they dry - His arrival is not hard to see - A carnival of appetites - Let the circus that's surrounding you forge your crystal into Light - Has he come just to hang out with you or is this fantasy your life? - Will he steal your flesh and blood? Call it sex or call it love? - Honesty was not enough - Here you are on 42nd Street Here we are it's 42nd Street - This is not how it's supposed to be here we are here we are - Accused of slappin' you but the heat it ain't so rough, no - We consented to do Donahue but the crime had shed no blood, no blood - "Not dysfunctional enough" said the eagle to the dove - Children disappearing from the scene - T.V. cameras and the magazines pander to our darkest curiosities - as criminals collect their royalties - Never try to lift us up, hey, hey, yeh - Wanna sell us one more beer or truck - To drive ourselves right out of luck...and - Here we are on 42nd Street Here we are on 42nd Street - Hide from our vulnerability here we are here we are - Through the mist I see the mystery Hear the crowd inside my mind - Voices rise into a symphony as they clamor for my sympathy - I tried to introduce them all to me - Some are just content to hide - others rally by my side - All the voices come alive they're singin' - Here we are on 42nd Street Here we are it's 42nd Street - Take us far away from Germany (please) here we are here we are - Feel the winds of mediocrity Does the water make you weep - Cast your fate into the firelight Heal the Earth beneath your feet - All the elements of your design - They are changing before your eyes - And the truth is making you a liar - Send the smoke into the sky - One more time before we die - Turn the corner Got to try Got to try - Here we are on 42nd Street Here we are it's Forty Deuce - Doesn't matter how it used to be 'cause here we are here we are - Here we are on 42nd Street Here we are it's 42nd Street - This is not the way it has to be but here we are here we are

C. But For Music, Ltd. 1993 Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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