the 1st time i saw you
i did try hard to burn my eyes
life was but a sad dream
i was but a sad breath
but you were something like sand
when sunlight hits the sea

the 2nd time i saw you
i was about to take the road
i asked would you wait for me
you said life ain't a highway
better if we'd been born
as siamese songbirds

the 3rd time i saw you
we went to the zoo
all steady hot beers, sorrowful monkeys
big eyes laughing
wish i had not held hands

the 4th time i saw you
it was like i was gonna die
i was waiting outside
you just had a new guy
asked me why, i, i

son, won't you come along?
we have no time for another song
won't you sing along?
we have no sea, child

the 5th time i saw you
he was traveling abroad
and your eyes, they were not here
you just made new friends
while i tried to stop with cigarrettes

the 6th time i saw you
i was properly insane
for the whisky i had drunk
the drugs i'd taken
gimme one way you will realise

the 7th time i saw you
you were married again
if i had just once kissed you
things wouldn't be the same
surely the sky'd be different

the 8th time i saw you
i was strummin' the guitar
& your ears were not for me
my ears were a-bleeding
the waiter was blind
please someone blind my eyes

the last time i saw you
it was about five a.m.
you approached me in a strange car
finally kissed me
then did wave goodbye
before you disappear

sometimes i ache, babe
or i ain't hard enough to stand
days they just drown me
coming back from work
having sour breakfast
seasick from your chest.