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(ian hunter)

(studio version)

(transcribed by justin purington)

In 1935 I was living in paradise, I had a friend up in cicero.
We used to go out to the track, we'd knock a few whiskeys back.
I'd lose my shirt and then I would lose my way home

I was driving my stutz black hawk through justice in the dark,
When suddenly the blood froze in my veins.
She was standing by the road in an incandescent glow,
My heart stood still, my foot slammed on the brakes.

She said "please, please would you dignify my wish?
I'm trying to get to heaven, could you tell me where that is? "

On a wild chicago night, with a wind howling white,
I caught my first sign of resurrection mary.

I was trembling like a leaf, I was scared beyond belief,
After all my conscience ain't that clear.
I used to work for mickey finn, I did the numbers for big jim
Perhaps my day of reckoning lies here?

I said "please, please, I would dignify your wish.
But when it comes to heaven, I'm just a little bit amateurish."

On a wild chicago night, with a wind howling white
I cheated time with resurrection mary.

And I felt tears form in my eyes,
For the first time I felt something deep inside,
And the first time I saw angels high in the air,
For the first time in my life,
And I said "mary, go to the light, it's gonna be alright."

I got down on my knees, I said "sweet mary, please,
Dignify these wishes before you run.
Will you tell him I've reformed, will you tell him I'm reborn? "
She closed her eyes and then she spoke in tongues

I said "please, please, tell me what he said."
She said "you must die
The day before the devil knows you're dead."

On a wild chicago night, with a wind howling white
I waved goodbye.

On a wild chicago night, oh with a wind howling white
I lost sight
Of resurrection mary
Of resurrection mary
Of resurrection mary
Of resurrection mary
With the naked eye
With the naked eye
With the naked eye
With the naked eye

There are a number of differences to the lyrics in the live version as performed at the mick ronson memorial concert at london's hammersmith apollo, 29th april 1994.

(live version, transcribed by wim woittiez)

In 1935 I was living in paradise, I had a friend up in cicero.
We used to go out to the track and knock a few whiskeys back.
I'd lose my shirt and then I'd lose my way home

I was driving my stutz back home through justice in the dark,
When suddenly the blood froze in my veins.
She was standing by the road in an incandescent glow.
My heart said 'run' but my foot slammed on the brakes.

She said "please, please would you justify my wish?
I'm trying to get to heaven, will you tell me where that is? "

On a wild chicago night, with a wind howling white,
I caught my first sign of resurrection mary, rm, rm, rm.

I was trembling like a leaf, I was scared beyond belief,
After all my conscience is not clear.
I used to work with mickey finn, I did the numbers for big jim
Perhaps my day of reckoning was here?

I said "please, please, I'd love to dignify your wish.
But when it comes to heaven, I'm just a little bit amateurish."

On a wild chicago night, with a wind howling white
I cheated time with resurrection mary, rm, rm, rm.

Yeah the tears were forming in my eyes,
For the first time, I felt something deep inside,
And for the first time I saw angels high in the air,
For the first time in my life.
I said "mary, go to the light, it's gonna be alright."

I got down on my knees and I said "sweet mary, please,
Justify the wishes before you run.
Will you tell him I've reformed, will you tell him I'm reborn? "
She closed her eyes and then she spoke in tongues

I said "please, please, will you tell me what he said? "
She said "you must die
The day before the devil knows you're dead."

On a wild chicago night, with a wind howling white
Well I waved goodbye to ressurection mary, rm, rm, rm.

On a wild chicago night, with a wind howling white
I lost sight
Of resurrection mary
Of resurrection mary
Of resurrection mary
Of resurrection mary
With the naked eye
With the naked eye
With the naked eye
With the naked eye.



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