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Brazilian café
Portobello Canal
I’m looking out
Through my window
As the evening light wanes.
Fat lady
By the front door
Has fallen asleep
On her crossword
With her head in her hands
So she won’t have to go home
Alone.
Alone.

And now the rain is really coming,
It’s crashing in from the East,
Scores of lost souls
Scrambling
Home to warm, peaceful sheets.
The fat lady
By the front door
Has woken up
Out of her stupor
With that look in her eyes
I’ve seen in my own
So many times
And I wonder why we can’t shine.
Why can’t we shine?
Why can’t we shine?
And I wonder why we can’t shine.
Shine.

I said now something’s really bothering me.
I said now something’s really bothering me.
Late night talk shows
Broadcasting no hope
Dragging collective moral
Down to zero
Fat men with no ears
Who don’t care
Or don’t know
A nation of moaners
Bitchers
Complainers
Poets and prophets
Scholars and painters
Who’s only real sin
Was ever losing faith in itself
Well there’s a new fire burning
A new tide turning
Starting right here in a bedsit
In the damp heart of Dublin
And if you feel like I feel
Don’t let anyone
Ever
Put you down
Or put your fire out
Or waste your time
Or tell you happiness
Is a crime
‘Cos you and I will shine.
Shine.
It’s alright now
It’s alright now
It’s alright now
You and I will shine.
Shine.

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from Shine, released December 28, 2013

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