Neil Young Powderfinger LyricsArtist: Neil Young
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Look out, mama, thereâ€™s a white boat cominâ€™ up the river
With a big red beacon, and a flag, and a man on the rail
I think youâ€™d better call john,
â€™cause it donâ€™t look like theyâ€™re here to deliver the mail
And itâ€™s less than a mile away
I hope they didnâ€™t come to stay
Itâ€™s got numbers on the side and a gun
And itâ€™s makinâ€™ big waves.
Daddyâ€™s gone, my brotherâ€™s out hunting in the mountains
Big johnâ€™s been drinking since the river took emmy-lou
So the powers that be left me here to do the thinkinâ€™
And I just turned twenty-two
I was wonderinâ€™ what to do
And the closer they got,
The more those feelings grew.
Daddyâ€™s rifle in my hand felt reassurinâ€™
He told me, red means run, son, numbers add up to nothinâ€™
But when the first shot hit the docks I saw it cominâ€™
Raised my rifle to my eye
Never stopped to wonder why.
Then I saw black,
And my face splashed in the sky.
Shelter me from the powder and the finger
Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger
Think of me as one youâ€™d never figured
Would fade away so young
With so much left undone
Remember me to my love,
I know Iâ€™ll miss her.
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