Thrasher
Neil Young
They were hiding behind hay bales, they were planting in the full moon
They had given all they had for something new
But the light of day was on them, they could see the thrashers coming
And the water shone like diamonds in the dew

And I was just getting up, hit the road before it's light
Trying to catch an hour on the sun
When I saw those thrashers rolling by, looking more than two lanes wide
I was feelin' like my day had just begun.

Where the eagle glides ascending there's an ancient river bending
Down the timeless gorge of changes where sleeplessness awaits
I searched out my companions, they were lost in crystal canyons
When the aimless blade of science slashed the pearly gates
It was then I knew I'd had enough, burned my credit card for fuel
Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand
With a one-way ticket to the land of truth and my suitcase in my hand
How I lost my friends I still don't understand

They had the best selection, they were poisoned with protection
There was nothing that they needed, they had nothing left to find
They were lost in rock formations or became park bench mutations
On the sidewalks and in the stations they were waiting, waiting
So I got bored and left them there, they were just deadweight to me
It's better on the road without that load
Brought back the time when I was eight or nine
I was watchin' my mama's T.V., it was that great Grand Canyon rescue episode
Where the vulture glides descending on an asphalt highway bending
Thru libraries and museums, galaxies and stars
Down the windy halls of friendship to the rose clipped by the bullwhip
The motel of lost companions waits with heated pool and air-conditioned bar

But me I'm not stopping there, got my own row left to hoe
Just another line in the field of time
When the thrashers come and I'm stuck in the sun like dinosaurs in shrines
Then I'll know the time has come to give what's mine

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