the road to hell (part i) lyrics – chris rea

stood still on a highway
i saw a woman
by the side of the road
with a face that i knew like my own
reflected in my window
well she walked up to my quarterlight
and she bent down real slow
a fearful pressure paralysed me
in my shadow
she said “son, what are you doing here?
my fear for you has turned me in my grave”
i said “mama, i come to the valley of the rich
myself to sell”
she said “son, this is the road to h*ll”
on your journey ‘cross the wilderness
from the desert to the well
you have strayed upon the motorway to h*ll
well i’m standing by a river
but the water doesn’t flow
it boils with every poison you can think of

and i’m underneath the streetlights
but the light of joy i know
scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
and the perverted fear of violence
chokes a smile on every face
and common sense is ringing out the bells
this ain’t no technological breakdown
oh no, this is the road to h*ll
and all the roads jam up with credit
and there’s nothing you can do
it’s all just bits of paper
flying away from you
look out world take a good look
what comes down here
you must learn this lesson fast
and learn it well
this ain’t no upwardly mobile freeway
oh no, this is the road to h*ll

/ chris rea lyrics