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David Wilcox


play Young Man Dies

from Underneath

There's a young man dying

as he stands beside the sea.

You can see him smiling, unbelievably free:

wind in his hair, light in his eyes.

He looks a lot like you, and you look so surprised

that he would send you on your way

with no good-byes.

But he can't go, and you can't stay,

'cause in the years it takes

to make one man wise, the young man dies.

Meanwhile you're sailing,

as you wave good-bye to shore.

You're anticipating what these new days

will hold in store.

It's the mystery of the ocean,

but now he's in over his head.

This is no place for the young man,

he's got to send you on instead.

And still you're looking so surprised

that this change has come as prophesied

but the years won't compromise,

'cause in the years it takes

to make one man wise, the young man dies.

The young man:

He was such a lonely boy.

Yeah, but he could dream, all right.

He could picture you a perfect sunrise

in the middle of your darkest night.

And he could take a sip from someday,

like he had a secret well.

He could listen to the voices calling

from a distant time will tell.

It's you in that picture where you're looking far away

like you hear a whisper of the things

you'll know someday.

But back then your heart was hungry

for something hard to find; you were

just holding out for someday,

but you've left that pain behind

'cause he walked you through those mountains,

for as long as he could bear.

He never reached the fountain,

but he could take you there.

The young man's dying

'cause in the years it takes to make one man wise,

the young man dies.

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