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Well they call me William the Pleaser
I sold opium fireworks and lead
now I'm telling my troubles to strangers
when the shadows get long I'll be dead

now her hair was as black as a bucket of tar
her skin as white as a cuttlefish bone
I left Texas to follow Lucinda
Nnw I'll never see heaven or home

I made a wish on a sliver of moonlight
a sly grin and a bowl full of stars
like a kid who captures a firefly
and leaves it only to die in the jar

as I kick at the clouds at my hanging
as I swing out over the crowd
I will search every face for Lucinda's
and she will go off with me down to hell

I thought I'd broke loose of Lucinda
the rain returned and so did the wind
I cast this burden on the god that is within me
and I'll leave this old world and go free

the devil dances inside empty pockets
but she never wanted money or pearls
no that wasn't enough for Lucinda
she wasn't that kind of girl

now I've fallen from grace for Lucinda
whoever thought that hell he'd so low
I did well for an old tin can sailor
but she wanted the bell in my soul

I've spoken the god on the mountain
I've swam in the Irish sea
I ate fire and drank from the Ganges
I'll beg there for mercy for me

I thought I'd broke loose from Lucinda
the rain returned and so did the wind
I was standing outside the Whitehorse
oh but I was afraid to go in

I heard someone pull the trigger
her breasts heaved in the moonlight again
there was a smear of gold in the window
and then I was the jewel of her sin

they call me William the Pleaser
I sold opium fireworks and lead
now I'm telling my troubles to strangers
when the shadows get long I'll be dead

her hair was a black as a bucket of tar
skin as white as a cuttlefish bone
I left Texas to follow Lucinda
I know I'll never see heaven or home

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from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Remastered), released November 21, 2006

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