Atlas and beyond

The heartbreaking story of Gulliver and Deirdre
(Written by Henk Harmsen ©1978 ©2016)

I
shrewd boy
shrewd girl
they come and knock you on the floor
they won’t let you go
until the moment you’ve been shorn

wicked, lewd and mangy, tiny hands
grab and grabble
furious little men

II
you know I’ve been here
for a long time
I won’t be back again
no I won’t be back again
but give me some faith

love, I’m down
for such a long time
I won’t be strong again
I’ll never be strong again
but give me some trust

III
oh, oh, oh how the sun burns
upon exhausted flesh
colours of the rainbow
dissolving in a grey mash

oh lord, the ache is getting so unbearable

oh, oh, oh how the dice roll
no chance that we can win
the oracle predicts the hell
we might even loose our skin

oh lord, the ache is getting so unbearable

IV
have you heard the message
heaven’s coming down
near wall street
do you hear the flourish
god, it sounds so shrill

do you fear the angels
splendour of the sun
it dazzles
play the harp and sackbut
wall street’s burning down

and in the ashes they will write
we’ve lost the fight

V
shrewd boy
shrewd girl
your problems cannot be reduced because
dwarfs and giants cannot loose