shank hill st. lyrics – shovels & rope

we’re buzzing like a locust, vibrating right out of my skin
pounding on the butcher’s wall, somebody come and let me in

there’s a black haired woman carrying a rolling pin
but your man’s got a secret but she knows where he been

and it’ll be a long time before the sun shines on shank hill street again

you see early in the morning before the warm wind of the dawn
she saw a thin man and a shadow make their way across the lawn
there was a rustle, was a razor, and the whisper of a prayer
and the rhythm of the mallet like a heartbeat in the air

and it’ll be a long time before the sun shines on shank hill street again

with a handshake like a hammer and a suicide grin
that wooden door creaked open and the butcher man let me in, just like that he let me in
but i wasted not a minute, i was on him like a whip
and for one last minute he’d feel that hot red drip

and it’ll be a long time before the sun shines on shank hill street again

/ shovels rope lyrics