Scrap Of Moonlight

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

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

Criminal sky with a black sun rising overhead
Creation's engine calling souls back from the dead
No feather pillow here, where virgins bled
Just a scrap of moonlight for your head

I remember rain when it fell from the ground
I remember thunder without any sound
I remember visionaries humbled in defeat
A wind that rippled like a winding sheet

Black smoke belching from a factory stack
As I walked out of hell and never looked back
Here's a kiss to build a dream on
A place to lay your head
Star filled skies to guide you
Till the end

Chariot high on the dark horizon, swing down low (note 1)
What worth there was, your love has made it so
I see the shadow of a circling crow
Like midnight velvet on the moonlit snow

Even though victims leap from every window
Even though werewolves lurk in every shadow
Even though my face is washed off in the rain
Drifting down the gutter with the ashes of my name

I will be your witness, I will plead your case
And if you stand convicted, I'll go down in your place
With a kiss to build a dream on
A place to lay your head
Star filled skies to guide you
Till the end

Something ancient, something borrowed, something blue
There has been no other, there was only you
Standing at the crossroads with a rose tatoo
Painting scraps of moonlight in the frozen dew

I remember cherry blossom snowing in spring
A group of schoolchildren learning to sing
The church clock chiming out the hour of night
Helicopter overhead, a motorcycle light

A ragged scrap of moonlight to remind me of
Something worth dying for - maybe it was love
Here's a kiss to build a dream on
A place to lay your head
Star filled skies to guide you
Till the end

A place to lay your head
Star filled skies to guide you
Till the end
Notes
(1) sometimes "... black horizon"