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The Watchman's Gone Lyrics Meanings
by Gordon Lightfoot

Singer/Songwriter
1987
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The Watchman's Gone Lyrics

Just like birds of a feather
We too have followed the golden sun
It feels so good,
Knowin' the watchman's gone

If I give you a rose, buddy
Would you please bury it in the fields?
I seen a rose
Watchin' it all fold out

There's a train down at the station
It's come to carry my bones away
Two engines on
Twenty-one coaches long
End to end
Twenty-one coaches bend
The watchman's out
Kickin' the bums about

If I wait for the right moment
You can bet I'll climb aboard unseen
I've done it before
I know I can do it in my sleep The watchman's out
Kickin'the bums about
The watchman's out
Kickin' your dreams about

As I leave you in the sunset
Got one more nothin' I'd like to say
"You don't know me
A son of the sea am I"
As I say to you, my brother
If you live to follow the golden sun
You better beware
Knowin' the watchman's always there

If you find me feedin' daisies
Please turn my face up to the sky
And leave me be
Watchin' the moon roll by
Whatever I was
You know it was all because
I've been on the town
Washin' the bullshit down

The watchman's out
Kickin' your dreams about
It feels so good
Knowin' the watchman's gone
It's like a song
Knowin' the watchman's gone

Writer(s): GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Gorgen is an alcoholic this tune is about trying to stay away from the watchman which is alcohol/the devil. Birds of a feather is a reference to alcoholics understanding what each other, as normal people cannot. The golden sun is the path to sobriety, and when your on the path the Watchman gone. The rose is about taking advise about how not to drink and that if you do, it will blossom, in your life. The train is the vehicle that takes him away from sobriety, now the watchman is out, of the bag and kicking the bums (his ass) around. He wants to drink and not be seen by his brothers, hes done it before and can do it in his sleep. He speaks to his brother, another alcoholic, more nothin' to say is the drunken worldly advise drunks give. If you want to be sober beware the watchman (the devil/alcohol) is always there, trying to stop you from staying sober. What ever I was, is a reference to the bad things he knows he said and did while drunk because hes been to town washing the bull shit (booze) down. When the watchman's out, hes drunk, kicking your dreams about. When the watchman's gone your on the road to sobriety.

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