Set the Prairie On Fire

Fat City
Shawn Colvin
CD: Fat City
I love the lushness of the lyrics and the fact that the whole song is about sex without every explicitly stating that.


Full, full moon and that same sad nature
I wanna cover every inch of you like ink on paper
Like the blind parade of souls Consumed by religion
I can’t wait ’til I get you in that defenseless position
When we set the prairie on fire
we go down to the water, naked and slow
You and me and the heart of desire
We set the prairie on fire
How hard will the wind blow
How far will it go
When the feeling burns down to one solitary color
the velocity of longing, melting into each other
It’s a song our fingers play all at once and together
You can bet we never learned it, but we’ve know it forever
I dreamed that we were flying, carried up from the ashes
Black silhouettes of velvet against the crimson of passion
We can almost hear the echoes from the smoldering meadow
It’s the rapture of the angels and the rage of devil
In the cool dusk of horses through the rusted wires of sleep
With our arms around midnight, we’re headed for release
we go riding in the wind, we go riding in the dark
go riding, riding
When we set the prairie on fire
we go down to the water, naked and slow
You and me and the heart of desire
We set the prairie on fire
How hard will the wind blow
How far will it go.

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