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Morphine Song

Ray Davies


Listen to my heartbeat
Yeah, all fall down
Someone help me
Off of the ground
Listen to my heartbeat
Yeah, all fall down
Someone help me
Off of the ground

Nelson and Starr
He's got ten grandkids
She's the third missus
He grooves around
Intensive care
Strutting his stuff
He's got a perfect mullet
Hanging down his back
And Starr walks in
Gives a little wiggle
Makes old Nelson grin
He tucks me in
Touches my feet
"Hey buddy, you know
You got a slow heartbeat"

Listen to my heartbeat
Yeah, listen to my heartbeat
And the marching band
Plays along
Plays the morphine song
On the charity ward
Yeah, the marching band
Plays its song

Yeah, all fall down
Someone help me
Off of the ground
Yeah, all fall down
Someone help me
Off of the ground

And opposite me
Brenda the alkie
Coughs so deep
It's the drugs
And the drink
It could happen to anyone
Sure makes me think
And the bed beside her
Is full of cables and leads
Nobody visits
Nobody grieves

Listen to my heartbeat
Yeah
Listen to my heartbeat

Nelson and Starr
He's got ten grandkids
She's the third missus
Starr takes some blood
Out of my arm
Rolls me over
Just like that
Listen to my heartbeat
Slow but clean
While Brenda the alkie
Looks so mean
They wheel her out
She starts to cry
"If I don't get better
I'm gonna die
I'll go cold turkey
Till I'm clean
I'll go to jail
But you get the morphine"

Listen to my heartbeat
Lalalala, lalalala
Yeah, listen to my heartbeat
Lalalala, lalalala
And the marching band song
Plays in the morgue
At the charity ward
Yeah, the marching band
Plays its song

Yeah, all fall down
Someone help me
Off of the ground
Listen to my heartbeat
Yeah, all fall down
Someone help me
Off of the ground

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