Crown of Thorns

from by Simon Hialta

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The sixth track on Rainbowlands, about a person I wordlessly passed on the streets of Manhattan and never saw again.


Who you are nobody knows
Underneath a pile of clothes
Avoiding February‘s claws
Steam in every breath you draw

How far back does your memory go?
How long have you been torn?
Who knew that you could fall so low?
Does anybody mourn?
Who gave you your crown of thorns?

Some are young and others old
But every passer-by is cold
Paying very little heed
To the hurdles in the street

Who ladles out your daily bread?
Who staples you with scorn?
Who‘ll cry for you when you are dead?
Who cried when you were born?
And who gave you your crown of thorns?

Down the beaten path I go
The street of Edgar Allan Poe


from Rainbowlands, released July 13, 2011
Music & lyrics: Simon Hjaltason



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