It should have been so soft, this morning as we left But the valley was infected, by a different kind of beauty And the Indians they knew, it was a devil's sanctuary.
Out of this unholy dawn, a car came stirring up the sand And a woman from a passion play Held up the limousine that brought me All this way today. And I didn't need to turn around So strong was the message, and the man who planned her life Commanded all that followed: Well they bellowed, and they hollered And they threw each other down, down in this valley This cruel and lovely valley, Oh it should have been an alley In some low down part of town
As the lights came up, there was no sun And brandy splattered all over the ground As this woman with her head held high Yelled love and why oh why, you're killing me oh follow me- As I watched safe and clean, from the frosted windows of that limousine
Well they bellowed and they hollered, and they threw each other down Down in this valley, this cruel and lovely valley Oh it sould have been an alley, in some low down part of town
Before he'd been so funny, imagining the best: That he'd escaper recrimination, for abandoning the nest He'd been joking and stoned, while he was entertaining me But then turned and was stunned, by her panic and her misery
And I was in the get-away car Giving him a chance, to get away Get away, get away
And how the valley smoked, as he crossed Route 25 With his cymbals and his shattered crown, leaving all alone His eyes fixed on the ground. And he didn't even turn around So strong was the message, and he fell into the shallow sky And was swallowed. Well they bellowed and they hollered, and they threw each other down Down in this valley, this cruel and lovely valley