The Fatima Mansions The Great Valerio Lyrics

Bertie's Brochures Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Behind the Moon
  • 2 Bertie's Brochures
  • 3 Shiny Happy People
  • 4 V.N. (Apology)
  • 5 Mario Vargas Yoni
  • 6 Smiling
  • 7 Long About Now
  • 8 The Great Valerio
  • (Lyrics / Music--Richard Thompson) Published by Warlock Music Ltd.

    High up above the crowd
    the great Valerio is walking
    The rope seems hung from cloud to cloud
    and time stands still as he is walking
    His eye is steady on the target
    His foot is sure upon the rope
    Alone and peaceful as a mountain
    and certain as a mountain slope

    We falter at the sight
    We stumble in the mire
    Fools who think they see the light
    Prepare to balance on the wire
    But we learn to watch together
    and feed on what we see above
    until our hearts turn like the seasons
    and we are acrobats of love
    CHORUS:
    How we wonder, how we wonder, watching down below
    We would all be that great hero
    The Great Valerio
    So come all you upstart jugglers
    Are you really ready yet?
    Who will help the tightrope walker
    when soon he tumbles to the net?
    So come with me to see Valerio
    as he dances through the air
    I'm your friend until you use me
    and then be sure I won't be there

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