Barbaric Splendor

Lyrics: Joe New
Music: Joe New

Played by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in the late 1980s.

Just like the bird of paradise
Your eyes disguise the colors of the rainbow
Angel of the alleyways
Tonight I swear it's you making the streetlamp glow

Leather and lace on you tonight
The smile on your face says you feel all right
You make my old car look fast
The way you lean against the fender
I'm about to fall, you're standing there
In all of your barbaric splendor

Just like the rose of Harlem
You're a darling flower up around the [?]
Though I know you grew up wild
Out of style, a child to you, I'll make my pleasure

Well Fashion turns my heart to stone
But fashion turns you to the bone
If you run with me, you'll see
I can be tough, I can be tender
I'm about to fall, you're standing there
In all of your barbaric splendor

Just like the road in silence
There's a violence in your smoky stolen glances
Your promises so primitive
To love and live with you is taking chances

So let the lion roar till dawn
We'll learn this dream with walking on
You started up a rumble in my heart
Took my mind off on a [menu]
I'm about to fall, you're standing there
In all of your barbaric splendor
I'm about to fall, you're standing there
In all of your barbaric splendor
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album
     1978 Keep On Keepin' On
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2004 Fast Folk, Vol 8, No 1 Various Artists (Joe New)