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  1. Broken Cup

From the recording Thief and Rescue

Lyrics

batten down the hatches, boys
a storm is blowin’ through
come on down to the broken cup
we will all wait there with you

in the morning there’ll be signal flags
chrome yellow, red and blue
all hail the valiant engineer
all hail this ragged crew

tell everybody in this fleet
tell everybody… tell everybody…
tell everybody we will meet

the old crow rattles from a hollow chest
with his peg leg and his chain
see that the captain doesn’t fall
when he bends in to speak again

I hear tell, it’s just as well
if a storm cloud follows you
you go on down to the broken cup
they will all be there for you

down at the far end of this street
tell everybody… tell everybody…
tell everybody we will meet

look for the girl with the sawtooth smile
and a voice like glowin’ coal
she sings that song about goin’ home
where the rippling waters flow

petals fall down from her lips
velvet petals on a pinewood floor
let me see your face again
and I won’t ask anymore

tell everybody on your street
tell everybody… tell everybody…
tell everybody we will meet

batten down the hatches, boys
a storm is blowin’ through
all hail the valiant engineer
all hail this ragged crew

in the morning there’ll be signal flags
chrome yellow, red and blue
but tonight we’re down at the broken cup
and we’re waiting here for you