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Thread #20492   Message #3283626
Posted By: Jim Dixon
02-Jan-12 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: The Jeweler
Subject: Lyr Add: THE JEWELER
THE JEWELER
Tom Rapp
As sung by Pearls before Swine on "The Use of Ashes" (1970)

The jeweler has a shop on the corner of the boulevard.
In the night in small spectacles he polishes old coins.
He uses spit and cloth and ashes. He makes them shine with ashes.
He knows the use of ashes. He worships God with ashes

The coins are often very old by the time they reach the jeweler.
With his hands and ashes, he will try the best he can.
He knows that he can only shine them, cannot repair the scratches.
He knows that even new coins have scars so he just smiles.

He knows the use of ashes. (Da-da-da...)
He worships God with ashes. (Da-da-da...)

In the darkness of the night, both his hands will blister badly.
They will often open painfully and the blood flows from his hands
He works to take from black coin faces thumb prints from so many ages.
He wishes he could cure the scars. When he forgets, he sometimes cries.

He knows the use of ashes. (Da-da-da...)
He worships God with ashes. (Da-da-da...)
He knows the use of ashes.
He worships God with ashes. [REPEAT AND FADE]