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    Albatross

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    Albatross
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      About "Albatross"

      Lyrics for Judy Collins - "Albatross"

      The lady comes to the gate dressed in lavender and leather
      Looking North to the sea she finds the weather fine
      She hears the steeple bells ringing through the orchard
      All the way from town
      She watches seagulls fly
      Silver on the ocean stitching through the waves
      The edges of the sky

      Many people wander up the hills
      From all around you
      Making up your memories and thinking they have found you
      They cover you with veils of wonder as if you were a bride
      Young men holding violets are curious to know if you have cried
      And tell you why
      And ask you why
      Any way you answer

      Lace around the collars of the blouses of the ladies
      Flowers from a Spanish friend of the family
      The embroid'ry of your life holds you in
      And keeps you out but you survive
      Imprisoned in your bones
      Behind the isinglass windows of your eyes

      And in the night the iron wheels rolling through the rain
      Down the hills through the long grass to the sea
      And in the dark the hard bells ringing with pain
      Come away alone

      Even now by the gate with you long hair blowing
      And the colors of the day that lie along your arms
      You must barter your life to make sure you are living
      And the crowd that has come
      You give them the colors
      And the bells and wind and the dream

      Will there never be a prince who rides along the sea and the mountains
      Scattering the sand and foam into amethyst fountains
      Riding up the hills from the beach in the long summer grass
      Holding the sun in his hands and shattering the isinglass?

      Day and night and day again and people come and go away forever
      While the shining summer sea dances in the glass of your mirror
      While you search the waves for love and your visions for a sign
      The knot of tears around your throat is crystallizing into your design

      And in the night the iron wheels rolling through the rain
      Down the hills through the long grass to the sea
      And in the dark the hard bells ringing with pain
      Come away alone
      Come away alone with me.

      SONGWRITERS:
      COLLINS, JUDY
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