Star Baby Gap

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

A Robert Hunter song introduced on his solo tour in late 1998. I can't make out all the lyrics from the tape I have: any corrections/additions gratefully received.

Start at the top and roll all the way down
Bounce on the bottom as you roll out of town
Star baby gap in the bleachers of fate
Queen of the alley, though you're a little too late

You know I love you in heaven, I love you in hell
You won't find many who love you that well
I love you in mansions, I love you in shacks
I love you in ditches by the side of the tracks

Searching with a candle for one thing true
You miss it if you blink
Baby most, most of us do

Elevator coming down like midnight on the stroke
Opens up on silence and [a path the decent] smoke
So much desolation here, one tongue can never tell
It's far too dark for Eden, and much too damp for hell

Start at the bottom, roll right to the top
Goddamn, baby, don't you know when to stop
Been drinking alone, so long in the rain
Believing in nothing but the taste of your pain

I took a walk and went looking for you
You were drowning in your bottle like dead people do
I found you in trouble, I found you in debt
A gun to your temple and a rope round your neck

Searching with a needle for one thing true
You miss it if you blink
Baby most, most of us do

Elevator rising like a mountain from a plain
Clouds on the horizon promise nothing but rain
Kick away your ladder, leave you hanging from the rung
All your songs of innocence no longer to be sung

Start at the center, roll all the way out
I'm gonna tell you what it's all about
In words so real, there'll be no mistake
Never give a sucker an even break

And you'd better find out, you're just another damn fool
Still believe in what you learned in school
Once in a while you gotta trust someone
You're no mindreader when it's said and done

You're just searching in the spotlight for one thing true
You miss it if you blink
Baby most, most of us do

Elevator stalled between the devil and the blue
Can't account for everything, although sometimes you do
Some are long forgotten, others never did exist
Don't make no difference, baby, one and all be missed

Start at the top, and roll all the way down
Star baby gap, and the [bluebell ...]
[Love her in heaven, love her in hell]
She won't find others to love her as well

Searching [through the canyon], for one thing true
You miss it if you blink
Baby most, most of us do

There's so much desolation, human tongue can never tell
It's far too dark for Eden, and it's much too damp for hell

Star baby gap, [and ... again]
[The woman at ..] the edge of town
[...] I love you too late
I love in [?] by the side of the [?]

You'll miss it if you blink, baby, most of us do

 


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