Lyrics: Walking Into Clarksdale

This page contains my transcription of the lyrics from this Page and Plant album.
Shining in the Light / When the World Was Young / Upon a Golden Horse / Blue Train
Please Read the Letter / Most High / Heart in Your Hand / Walking Into Clarksdale
Burning Up / When I Was a Child / House of Love / Sons of Freedom

It also includes the track Whiskey From The Glass which was released in Japan only.

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Shining in the Light

Big boat stealing through the darkness
Will you bring to me my love?
Will you bring to me my only love?
In night the light of oneness
And the one light guides you home
And the keeper turns his cards alone

The single version has an extra chorus here:
Shining in my light - shining in the light
Shining in my light - shining in the light --

From this shore my memory wandered
And I dance upon the sea
Can I dance with you upon the sea?
Oh, I love your brown-eyed madness
And your beauty was exposed
Now your memory's clinging to my clothes

Shining in my light - shining in the light
Shining in my light - shining in the light --

IconWhen the World Was Young

Oh yeah, here I am
I've been here since all the time began
Oh oh, I'm here and then
Go round and round and back again

Hey hey, come look and see
My footsteps through eternity
Riding hard and strong and free
The messenger will hold the key

I saw him - I knew him - I touched him
When the world was young
I saw, I knew and I touched
When the world was young
When the world was young

High on a hill
Home of my heart, take me dancing
Round, oh, round
Carry me still
Sweet home of my heart, take me dancing
Round, oh, round

Yes, I saw him - I knew him - I touched him
When the world was young
I saw you - I knew and I touched you
When the world was young

Round, round, round and round
I saw him - I touched him - I knew him
When the world was young
I saw him and I touched him and I knew him
When the world was young

Carry me still
Home of your heart, keep me dancing
Round and round

When the world was young
When the world was young

IconUpon a Golden Horse

First was a fire that burned
After came the sea
Crawling through the rain and storm
For you - for me

Slowly walk the sacred four
Countenance sublime
Shining in the light of love
Shining - shine

Oh, shine for me now
Oh, shine for me now

High upon a golden horse
Up on the sea
Moves a man with simple words
Some for you now and some for me

Burn for me, burn for me now
Oh, burn for me now
Dance for me, dance for me now

Out there where the wild wind blows
Oh, the soul is free now
You will be my brightest star
Shining - shine

Oh, shine for me now
Oh, shine for me now
Burn for me - burn for me, yeah
Oh, dance for me now
Dance for me, dance for me now

Oh, shine for me now
Oh, shine for me now

IconBlue Train

Another day is ended
And I remember when
My world came falling down
Out there the stars stopped dancing
Lost in my darkness now
The rain keeps falling down

Light of my life - where have you gone?
Love's true flame dies without the warmth of your sun

Here comes a blue train rolling
Across my heart it crawls
The rain still falling down
Another day escapes me
A little later maybe
Love will roll around

Light of my life [etc repeated]

I been waiting on a corner
Yeah, I been waiting for a sign to be found
I been waiting on a corner
I been waiting for a sign now
Oh, now

Light of my life [etc repeated]

So you know the blue train go
It carry my heart and my soul
Whistle blowing - blue train rolling
Carry my darkness all around
Whistle blow - blue train roll
Carry my heart

I been waiting on a corner
I been wishing for a sign now
I been waiting on a corner
I been waiting for a sign now
Whistle blowing - blue train going
Calling across my mind now

I been standing on the corner
I been waiting for the sun to go down
Yeah, the blue train - it's the blue train
Oh, it's a blue train rolling

IconPlease Read the Letter

Caught out running - just a little too much to hide
Maybe, baby, everything's gonna work out fine
Please read the letter - I nailed it to your door
It's crazy how it all turned out - you needed so much more

Too late, too late - the fool can read the signs
Maybe, baby, you better check between the lines
Please read the letter - I wrote it in my sleep
With help and consultation from the angels of the deep

Once I stood beside a well of many words
My house was full of rings and charms and pretty birds
Please understand me - my walls came falling down
There's nothing here that's left for you
But check with Lost and Found

Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote

One more song, just before we go
Remember, baby, the things we used to know
Please read my letter and promise me you'll keep
The secrets and the memory to cherish in the deep

Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote

IconMost High

Who guards the truth, oh Lord most high?
The frightened dove in the starless sky
Oh-oh - so high, most high, so high

Who hides the east from the blind man's eye?
In the land of peace when the righteous cry
Oh-oh - so high, most high, so high

Where are the words - I'm the king
Who moved the stars and I'm a son
To the light where my spirit was born
Bring this wanderer home

While mercy sleeps in the hearts of liars
And the olive tree is consumed by fire
Oh-oh - so high, most high, so high

Where are the words of the king
Who moved the star above the sun
To the light where my spirit was born
Bring this wanderer home

Come on, come on, come on

Now David's seed talks through his paper crown
And he spits hot steel - see all the kids fall down
Oh-oh - so high, most high, oh-oh

This verse is on the single but not on the album:
So high, most high, so high
While mercy sleeps in the hearts of liars
And the olive tree is consumed by fire
Oh-oh - so high, most high, so high

Come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on --

IconHeart In Your Hand

Do you gather flowers for me?
Moving softly through the trees
And the scent against your arm
Long ago I knew your charm
As I walk through the purple hills of soon forgotten woe
Then my heart was in your hand
And my heart was in your hand

Do your lips still call my name?
Would your mouth still taste the same?
There I learn the sweetest words
What price mercy yet?
Though I steal all across the years, the memory lingers on
All my heart in your hand
All my heart in your hand

Should I fall beside the road
Everlasting wandering soul
And my memory so blind
And my heart was there ahead
As I walk through the purple hills of long ago
I know my heart is in your hand
All my heart is in your hand
My heart is in your hand
All my heart

IconWalking Into Clarksdale

Variations in the live version are noted in brackets

When I was born I was running
As my feet hit the ground
Before I could talk I was humming
An old railroad sound
Things didn't get much better
When by the age of five
They found me [caught me] walking into Clarksdale
Trying to keep my friends alive

No time for celebration
Now there's [There was] no known cure
Seeing I was born and raised
On the wrong killing floor
And my loved ones gathered round
To see if the experiment had worked
I was misplaced, out of time
Privileged and worse

Oh mama please, don't cry for me
Tears to the river - tears to be free

Now I see twelve white horses
Yeah, walking in line
Moving east across the metal bridge
On highway forty-nine
And standing in the shadows of a burned out motel
The king of commerce Mississippi
Waiting with his hound [hounds] from hell

Oh, a shiny neon riverboat
Taking income from the poor
It is floating by the levee [It is moored across the mountain]
In an artificial pool
There's a six-mile tailback back on [out at] junction 304
A stranger at the crossroad
I believe I've seen his face before

Oh, don't cry for me
Tears fill [Tears to] the river - tears to be free

I'm sad to be leaving
The sun's going down and I've really got to go now
Sad to be leaving
The sun's going down - I've really got to go now
Yeah, really got to go now
I've got to go - I've got to move - I've got to move, yeah
  (that last line is not in the live version)

Sad to be leaving
Sun's going down - I've really got to go now
Sad to be leaving
The sun's going down and I've really got to go now
Yeah, really got to go now

IconBurning Up

My mind is cracked - I stand alone
And my way is dark as night
Back on the hill the wind did moan
And big black clouds fly by

The rain fell down - it drowned my heart
It raged inside my soul
A pain that tore the skies apart
And a twisted night unfolds

Oh, burning up - I'm burning up - I'm burning up

This lonely road that I must walk
All these tears that burn my eyes
Emptiness my torment draws
In my silent, loveless life

Oh, burning up - I'm burning up - I'm burning up

Oh, can you hear me?
Hear me calling 'cross a thousand miles
Oh, would you lead me?
If I die, I die a thousand times

[Like a volcano] I'm burning up
[Like a volcano] I'm burning up --

IconWhen I Was a Child

I was reaching for the future
Slowly floating in the blue
When I was a boy
I dreamed a dream of you

I danced upon the tree-top
I drifted with the stream
When I was a child
I held you in my dream

Once I was a soldier
In my castle strong
Oh, I stood so tall then
I could do no wrong
Innocence and slumber
When I was a boy

I was walking with a stranger
He left without a trace
When I was a boy
I slept at heaven's gate

Once I was a soldier [etc repeated]
Once I was a soldier [etc repeated]

IconHouse of Love

Oh, speak to me - tell me the truth
Why don't you let me know?
Oh, throw me the key - I'm locking it up
I think it's time to go

And when I think about it now
We built a house of love somehow

Oh, talk to me - you're packing your clothes
You leave me walking the floor
Oh, feels strange to me - I'm losing control
I cant feel you any more

And when I think about it now
We built a house of love somehow
It hurts a little too much
It hurts a little too much

Oh, my crazy arms - so empty now
So cold, like dying slow
Oh, remember me - I can't forget
You touched my very soul

And when I think about it now
We built a house of love somehow
A little too much
It hurts a little too much
It hurts a little too much
It hurts a little too much

Ah, you hurt me girl
Oh, you really, really do now
Ah, you hurt me child
You know you really, really do now
But things get better, baby

When I was born I was running
Just running so hard
But things get much better baby
It's so hard - it's so hard, so hard
Keep a-running, keep a-running, yes
Things get better, baby

My crazy arms - so empty now
So cold, like dying slow
Oh, remember me - I can't forget
You touched my very soul

And when I think about it now
We built a house of love somehow
Just a little too much

Yeah, too much
It's just a little too much
It's just a little too much

IconSons of Freedom

Won't you fetch another white girl
To play with in the sand
The one I have right now is broke
The one I really had has planned
To get religion - to find another way
She's at the temple - all I've got to say

I've got to face it - I'm home alone
I feel quite naked - I'm so forlorn
I am united - in disarray
I've no intention - I go and pray

On other dream-boats I can sail away
Adrift in warm devotion - no memory - I feel no pain
I live for new beginnings
Ride the wind to win the day
Out on the ocean - I decide I'm here to stay
I can't get started - I'm at an end
She's got religion - I've lost a friend
I talk in circles - I make no sense
I get so nervous - no recompense

I have to face it - I'm home alone
I feel quite naked - I'm so forlorn
I am united - in disarray
I've no intention - I go pray

Bring me the brightest star that I can wish upon
I close my eyes so very tight, pretending you're not gone
So deep is my distraction, maybe I'll disappear
With stronger plans then - I'm not lonely when you're here
I can't get started - I'm at an end
She's got religion - I've got a friend
I talk in circles - I make no sense
I get so nervous - no recompense

I have to face it - I'm home alone
I feel quite naked - oh, so forlorn
I am united - in disarray
I've no intention - I go pray, hey hey

I can't get started - I'm at an end
She's got religion and I've lost a friend
I talk in circles - I make no sense
I get so nervous - no recompense

Go fetch another nice girl
Another nice girl
Another nice girl --

IconWhiskey From The Glass

Oh, take the whiskey from my glass and run
Yes, take the whiskey from my glass and run
Take the love from my heart - take it all now
You tear it up and tear it apart
Oh, take the whiskey from my glass and run

Oh, you broke my heart and gone
Yeah, you broke my heart and gone
You tore it up - you tore it down
Little bitty pieces on the ground
Yeah, broke my heart and run
Oh yeah

Oh, take this chain from my heart and run
Yes, take these chains from my heart and run
Take these chains from my heart - I can't explain
How it can tear me apart if you call my name
Oh, take the whiskey from my glass and run

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