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Nanci Griffith – St. Olav's Gate lyrics
(By Tom Russell)

Drinking black market vodka in the back of the Scottsman's saloon
Then it's red meat and whiskey like a coyote drunk on the moon
Outside in Oslo the buskers' all sing the same tune
And it's Waltzin' Matilda while the bagpipes play old Clare de Lune

She was a lady, she came down from Bergen she said
She spoke little English, they laughed and drank whiskey instead
In the mornin' he found it... A rose with a note on his plate
It said, "meet me at midnight on the corner of St. Olav's Gate"

[Chorus:]
Here's to the ladys you love and don't see again
The night is warm whiskey... The mornin's a cold bitter wind
The blue eyed madonna leaves town while the drunken man waits
Leaves him standing alone in the shadows of St. Olav's Gate

[Chorus:]
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