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Thread #172546   Message #4177053
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Jul-23 - 12:14 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Seven Brothers (Richard Thompson)
Subject: ADD: Seven Brothers (Richard Thompson)
Robert Rodriquez asked me for the lyrics to Richard Thompson's "Seven Brothers," but I can't find the song right off. Can anybody find it?
Here's the recording, but I can't understand enough to transcribe accurately.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8dbYDnLQ48
-Joe-

OK, so here's what I hear. Any corrections?

SEVEN BROTHERS
(Richard Thompson)

There were seven brothers sat by the road
And everyone was dressed in black
The smiled at everyone who passed
They smiled at them but none smiled back

Stranger passed along the road
Says the first brother, he’ll be mine soon
I’ll clot the blood within his veins
And heart will burst like a child’s balloon

Another stranger passed them by
Says the second brother, soon he will moan
He’ll feel the claws, they got his balls
And he’ll pray to the God he’s never known

Another stranger passed them by
Says the third brother that job's in hand
With corruption I’ll fill his lungs
And he’ll drown standing on dry land

Another stranger passed them by
Says the fourth brother, the seed is sown
I’ll darken his mind with helplessness
And the hand on the gun won’t be his own

Another stranger passed them by
Says the fifth brother, his race is run
I’ll send this car to the edge of the cliff
And friends will mourn he died too young

Another stranger passed them by
Says the sixth brother, he’ll try to hide
He’ll seal each crack and pane indoor
But still the plague will get inside

Another stranger passed them by
Says the seven brother, this one I’ll reap
Peacefully in his old age
His breath will fault in his sleep

There were seven brothers sat by the road
Watching the human promenade
Filling their appointment books
Working at their father's trade

There were seven brothers sat by the road
And none could look them in the eye
They sent a shiver through the bones
Of every soul who passed them by