Vanessa Collier

Saxophonist. Vocalist. Songwriter.

heart soul & saxophone

 

Devil’s On The Downslide

Written by vanessa collier

 

Found myself down at Snake & Jake's bar

Listenin’ to records so worn they just cackle and hiss

I was starin’ at the swayin’ bulbs flickerin’

Like lightning bugs swirlin’ in a jar

But I don’t go

I don’t go

I don’t go where the light is

 

I sat down beside a man of the cloth

His collar spotted with grease, slightly askew

Smudged all the way round, dirty glass in hand

His crooked old spine pokin’ through

Somethin’ had a hold of him

That much I knew

 

Well we got to talkin’ all about his fall from grace

He said maybe there’s no saving me

All sinners start out tryin’ to be saints

But maybe it’s a waste of time

When the devil’s on the downslide

 

I had one more drink to genuflect

Before I left my barstool pew

He was long gone when the mission bells rang out

But like stained glass he’d colored the lens I’d been lookin’ through

It was clear right then, clear what I had to do

Hunt the shadows, conspire against the twilight

Fight to stand up for everyone

Fly with the angels and toe the line

Cause everybody knows the real problems underlie

That’s why I don’t go where the light is

When the devil’s on the downslide

 

I used to be afraid of that hellhound howl

But now who’s he tryin’ to scare?

Amber eyes, lanterns burnin’ in the pitch black

He’s just a figment of fear

(He’s) Taking refuge in the dark

But I can beat him there

That’s why I don’t go

I don’t go

I don’t go where the light is