Pretty Things Lyrics - Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters Blackbirds cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2015-2-10
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk/Country
length: 5:03

[Verse 1]
I knew a girl who said that beauty kills
Dulled the pain with wine and pills
Took that slow ride down the hill to nowhere
She said Pompeii crumbled and Athens fell
Heathens stormed the citadel
A girl like me ain’t got a chance in hell against ‘em

Oh pretty things, pretty things gone to ruin

[Verse 2]
Rained three days, when we awoke
Sun came out and the levee broke
Like some cruel and cosmic joke God’s playing
Now I don’t pretend that I believe
I know there ain’t no guarantees
Still morning finds me on my knees and praying


[Verse 3]
Come the flood you build an ark
Come the night you curse the dark
Inside your broken heart you bear the crosses
Some of us have got it made
Some of us have more than paid
But we’re all marching in this slow parade of losses


Lyrics licensed by
  • 1 Blackbirds
  • 2 Pretty Things
  • 3 When All You Got Is A Hammer
  • 4 Everything Falls Away
  • 5 The House On Auburn Street
  • 6 When you Comin’ Home
  • 7 Jubilee
  • 8 Black Ribbons
  • 9 Nashville
  • 10 The Cure For The Pain
  • 11 Blackbirds (Reprise)