Somebody's Shadow
Lyrics Rodney Crowell

Written by: Rodney Crowell, Quinten Collier

Produced by: Steuart Smith, Dan Knobler, Rodney Crowell

I've seen her in the streetlight once
All edgy black and white
A flash of incandescence
Shape shifting in the night
I spied her in a clearing
Out beyond the switching yard
I've seen her in a fever dream
And the Empress tarot card
On every crooked sidewalk
I've ever stumbled down
Where all roads lead to nowhere
On the other side of town

She's leaning on a lamppost
Or slumped against the wall
Sneaking down the alley
Behind the billiard hall
There in a cafe window, a figure so forlorn
She's making me the enemy of every oath I've sworn
Has anybody seen her now?
Pray tell me what you hear
'Cause I just can't get over
How she shed me like a tear

Somebody's shadow
Is pulling out the stops
Somebody's shadow
Probably ought to call the cops
Somebody's shadow
Is sneakin' up behind
Somebody's shadow
Made a madhouse of my mind
A perfumed apparition
Out there fading into black
Somebody's shadow
Like a neon heart attack

She's lipstick on a Pall Mall butt
In an ashtray by the bed
Wine glass in the bathroom sink
And a porch light flaming red
Her eyes are cornsilk vapours
And her hair's like oil drum fire
The hoot owls in the belfry
Back-announce her heart's desire
Is anybody out there now
And can you hear my voice?
The moon dance on the rooftop
Is the phantom lady's choice

Somebody's shadow
Is making me a wreck
Somebody's shadow
Like a noose around my neck
Somebody's shadow
Is making me a slave
Somebody's shadow
Is digging me my grave
This paradise called yesterday
Is what I miss the most
'Cause somebody's shadow
Still haunts me like a ghost


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