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Waylaid the Stranger

You waylaid the stranger

somewhere in the shadows of the night.

He never guessed the danger

in that soft touch or those sad dark eyes.

You wore a mask that he didn't see

and lady-o, you touched him easily.

You waylaid the stranger.

You held him so close he couldn't go

and though you would tell it later

you had just needed someone to hold,

what did you say back in the dust,

lady-o, when you wanted his trust?

Didn't you tell him, "Stop a while

and let someone get to know you, stranger."

He gave you the chance, why,

why didn't you take it?

You waylaid the stranger

and you took from him everything true.

Asking nothing he came here

and you left him hurting through and through,

and only then did you let him go free,

lady-o, with just your memory.

Rough cut video posted to YouTube 9/2/09. Click here to watch the video.

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