Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river You can hear the boats go by You can spend the night beside her And you know that she’s half crazy But that’s why you want to be there And she feeds you tea and oranges That come all the way from China And just when you mean to tell her That you have no love to give her Then she gets you on her wavelength And she lets the river answer That you’ve always been her lover And you want to travel with her And you want to travel blind And you know that she will trust you For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind. And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said “All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them” But he himself was broken Long before the sky would open Forsaken, almost human He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone And you want to travel with him And you want to travel blind And you think maybe you’ll trust him For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.
Now Suzanne takes your hand And she leads you to the river She is wearing rags and feathers From Salvation Army counters And the sun pours down like honey On our lady of the harbour And she shows you where to look Among the garbage and the flowers There are heroes in the seaweed There are children in the morning They are leaning out for love And they will lean that way forever While Suzanne holds the mirror And you want to travel with her And you want to travel blind And you know that you can trust her For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.
Oh, the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song Oh, I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long
Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul Well, I’ve been where you’re hanging, I think I can see how you’re pinned When you’re not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you’ve sinned
Well, they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem
When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon Don’t turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night We weren’t lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right We weren’t lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right