Clock Of St. James
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The clock of St. James looking down through the rain
In a city blackened with time
Alleys and the doorways are grim
Street lights dimmed from the soot and the grime
The pitiful scream from the Second Street bridge
Was drowned by the three o'clock chime
But the clock of St. James looking down through the rain
Knows I committed a crime

(Chorus)
Clock of St. James, clock of St. James
Like an eye in the sky looking deep in my brain
Seein' my weakness, seein' my shame
Where can I hide from the clock of St. James?

The clock of St. James looking down through the rain
Looking at the grim pantomime
The body that falls from the Second Street bridge
The splash in the watery slime
The lights of the bridge never touching the hand
Clutchin' the dollar and dime
But the clock of St. James looking down through the rain
Knows I committed a crime

Clock of St. James, clock of St. James
Like an eye in the sky looking deep in my brain
Seein' my weakness, seein' my shame
Where can I hide from the clock of St. James?

I run through the city, I run through the shadows
Of the buildings all blackened with time
The alleys and doorways are grim
My hand still clutching the dollar and dime
The pitiful scream from the Second Street bridge
Was drowned by the three o'clock chime
But the clock of St. James looking down through the rain
Knows I committed a crime

Clock of St. James, clock of St. James
Like an eye in the sky looking deep in my brain
Seein' my weakness, seein' my shame
Where can I hide from the clock of St. James?

Words and music by Jack Blanchard. Copyright  Jack Blanchard Songs (BMI).
All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of the author.


Discology Singles: Wayside/Smash WS-45-010, 1970 Mercury 6052 016 (UK/Germany) Mercury RF-26 (Australia) Albums: BIRDS OF A FEATHER (Wayside/Smash WSS 33-001 (US), Mercury RS-151 (Australia), 1970) THE EARLY YEARS '68-'70 (Earth NR3478) A LITTLE OUT OF SYNC (Velvet Saw VSCD 0801, 2001) LIFE AND DEATH (and almost everything else). (Omni OMNI-102, 2005 (Australia))

 

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