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Eric Woolfson - Green Light Means Danger lyrics

In a place where the sun has forgotten to shine
And the moon has forgotten to rise
Where the faces are grey and they live just to play
And you won't see a light in their eyes

And the east could be west and the north could be south
And you can't tell your left from your right
But disaster is only a heartbeat away
And it's cold in the heat of the night

In a land where the sun has forgotten to shine
And the rain never falls, but it pours
Where the game never ends and they don't ever close
(So) they don't need a lock on the doors

And there isn't a window, you can't see the sky
(And) you won't see a clock on the wall

But they come here for fortune
They come here for fame
And they end up by losing it all

Green light means danger
Don't stand too close to the fire
You'll burn your fingers
While you're fulfilling your every desire

Luck is a stranger
With teeth as sharp as a knife
Green light means danger
Red light means you'd better run for your life

So the wheelmen spin and the cardmen deal
And the dice come tumb-a-ling down
And the wine so free and the light so bright
That you can't put your feet on the ground

And the dealers joke as a clown goes broke
Cause he just couldn't take anymore
And they count up the tips
And the rake in the chips
As another one walks in the door

Green light means danger
Don't fly too close to the sun
Amber means warning
That every chance is a million to one

Luck is a stranger
With teeth as sharp as a knife
Green light means danger
Red light means you'd better run for your life

There's a place in the desert that lies to the west
Where you can't tell the night from the sunrise
And not all the king's horses and all the king's men
Have prevented the fall of the unwise

And we think it would make our lives easier
For God knows up till now it's been hard

But the game never ends
When your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card

In the twilight gloom of a boomtown room
Is a gambler with holes in his shoes
For he once had a home and he once had a wife
Now he is broke and there's no more to lose

But he dreamed in his dreams of a golden key
But it left him with nowhere to go
For he lost his head, bet it all on the red
As the black came up ten in a row

Though he tried to leave when he had the chance
And he stood up and walked out the door
And he waved goodbye, taking all he'd won
But they knew he would come back for more

For the lights and the wine are the hook and a/the line
And the fish never seem to get wise
And the spider who's patiently spinning her web
Can be certain of catching some flies

Green light means danger
Don't stand too close to the fire
You'll burn your fingers
While you're fulfilling your every desire

Luck is a stranger
With teeth as sharp as a knife
Green light means danger
Red light means you'd better run for your life

So the icemen pay, and the stonemen play
And the dicemen tumble and fall
And the wheelmen spin, and the cardmen deal
And the eye in the sky sees it all

And your mind spins round as the chips go down
And you can't put your feet on the ground
And the dealers joke, as a clown goes broke
But the world keeps turning around

Green light means danger
Don't fly too close to the sun
Amber means warning
That every chance is a million to one

Luck is a stranger
With teeth as sharp as a knife
Green light means danger
Red light means you'd better run for your life

There are unsmiling faces in fetters and chains
On a wheel in perpetual motion
And we follow the races and play all the games
With no show of an outward emotion

And we think it will make our lives easier
For God knows up till now it's been hard

But the game never ends
When your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card

No, the game never ends
When your whole world depends
On the turn
Of a friendly

Green light means danger
Don't stand too close to the fire
You'll burn your fingers
While you're fulfilling your every desire

Luck is a stranger
With teeth as sharp as a knife
Green light means danger
Red light means

You'd better run
You'd better run
You'd better run for your life