The Incredible String Band - The Actor Lyrics
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    The Actor

    The actor leaves the stage with a rose in his hand
    He settles in the back seat, his thoughts are like fine sand
    Driven through the rain swept streets casting a melancholy stare
    Upon two enraptured lovers kissing without a care

    The dreams of an actor spill slowly by
    Like the thoughts of a dreamer or the casting of a die
    Talking to gay fellows of the follies on which they perch
    But he saw a lovely lady beneath the arches of a church

    Cigarettes in the airless twenties
    And an estate well filled with dust
    In the evening reading Swinburne
    Eating mightily with some false lust
    But a kiss was what we found
    What we found, what we found
    On damp but friendly ground

    The lady wore no makeup but she stood like a swan
    Thin body of a dancer, her dress was quietly torn
    Her eyes, they searched his distant heart that lingered in the ram
    But his friends caught his iron gaze and carried it away again

    Broken-hearted in the loveless twenties
    Where a wink was like an embrace
    Making love on blue Fridays
    From across some foggy space
    But a kiss was what we found
    What we found, what we found
    On damp but friendly ground

    Tea was like a mirror, a reflection never there
    His thoughts upon that ring of love that burned upon her stare
    Her eyes, her lips, her chin, her grace, the rain upon her hair
    Thus it gripped his white-gloved heart, oh can anyone be so fair

    Untied in the breezy twenties
    With a hand held in my hands
    Bearing my heart to the hallowed spires
    Of this quiet and ancient land
    For a kiss was what we found
    What we found, what we found
    On damp but friendly ground

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