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Harbour lights
Copyright George Papavgeris, August 2005

Like a bright string of pearls
Clean and shiny and dazzling
On the neck of the town
That I once called my own
Like the eyes of its girls
Both beguiling and puzzling,
Harbour lights at the end of the foam.

As the night's purple cloak
Covers angel and sinner
And a blanket of mist starts to fall
Over distance and time
Only hearts can consider
Silent sirens insistently call

And they burn in my mind
For as night time approaches
And wherever I happen to roam
Harbour lights now are calling me home.

Winter snow for a gown
Neon lights for her jewels
The town looks to the sea
For a lover's return
On her face like a smile
With anxiety fuelled
Hopeful harbour lights constantly burn

Through the wind and the rain
Never wavering or dimming
Silent welcome they seem to spell out
Make the sailor's heart glad
And the migrant's eyes brimming
Votive candles that never go out

And they burn in my mind
For as night time approaches
And wherever I happen to roam
Harbour lights now are calling me home.

Yet the harbour lights lie
Hiding more than they're showing
For the shadows they throw
Only help hide the truth
If they look like a smile
It's a smile that is knowing
Like the face of a whore past her youth

It's a face full of pain
And with memories plenty
And it's loving, but not free of guile
Still she will treat you kind
If you slip her a twenty
And she'll see you all right for a while

Yet it burns in my mind
For as night time approaches
And wherever I happen to roam
Harbour lights now are calling me home.

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