A distant car, a quiet night
Like starin' at the ceiling
My sleepy eyes, you smell so nice
It's such a funny feeling

Got no idea, what time it is
Delightfully confusing
The trees outside, the morning light
Arrives, like pirates on parade

Surprise, it's pirates on parade
A ray of light, between the blinds
I lie there in a stupor
I hear a thud, and then a flush

Guess it must be the neighbors
I blink my eyes, I laugh inside
Imagine what they're saying
I see your shape and through the night

Here come, those pirates on parade
Ahoy, it's pirates on parade
Through the rough and stormy weather
On a search for buried treasure

There's an island to explore
Every wave that whispers softly
"Stay in bed, 'cause it's still early"
Dolphins frolic by the shore

And the phone never rings when the pirates are singing
Well there's 16 men on a dead man's chest
In this hallucination
The map we got, x marks the spot

We're following directions
The 7 seas, the balmy breeze
The pleasure of surrender
The end is nigh, the sun is high

It's late, for pirates on parade
Too late, for pirates on parade
Traffic noises down below me
A helicopter circles slowly

Monsters sink into the deep
Mountainous and downy billows
Float among those fluffy pillows
Maybe I'll go back to sleep

And the phone never rings when the pirates are singing
This wicked life
So what's in store behind that velvet curtain?
The night is gone

And the day is here
The stupid sun is shinin'
The moon reflects
Your hair's a mess

It's lovely imperfections
My crew and I
The clear blue skies
Sail on, with pirates on parade
Sail on, you pirates on parade
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Pirates Lyrics

David Byrne – Pirates Lyrics

Songwriters: DAVID BYRNE
Pirates lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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