River wild and river free Past rocks and stones Flowers and trees Take my true love To wait for eternity To fail. I am spirit She is flesh, For good and bad Both there is no rest, Tied to the masthead On winding road home. I tell you the only way is You got to break your Body down. You've got to break that Body down. Soften her with bottles Of rum, Platters of Saint Pedro Before the sun Shoots his ray gun And calls that boat Back into harbor. Green fairy nights, Sugar cube delights; Eat temptation Before you turn Out the lights . . . Tenderize the mind So the soul can run Oh you got to break Your body down You got to break Your body down Smash yourself into The wall, Break out of jail Bend all the rules, Free the saints from The dusty halls - Give them back Their thumbs And forearm bones! Oh you got to break your body down Joan will tell you you got to break That body down . . . and Set yourself up on the fire, Make yourself a funeral pyre! You are a log, a tinder stick For Love’s loving rose bud prick, And everything you ever learnt Is holding you back from the Gold you earnt; Forehead ashes sweeten, Lick your thumb The world doesn’t turn it runs When you learn how to Break that body down. You got to break that body down! Acid bath pinned to the mast Vines entwine on foreheads past Stones and rocks on the river bed Seaweed child goes to your head But I watch you break your body down No shame in breaking that sweet body down! You sweat and shake, Your bitten lip betrays the ache. You reduce the flesh to a fire break! You sugar the pot just enough to take A taste of the bitter draught. Blood and fire. Earth and rain. Broken bodies feel no pain When you take the mystic reins And break your body down Break your body down Lamb so sweet taste the flesh On a hill where the lions rest And the eagles fly you into their nests Missing limbs turn into sacred hymns I’d give it all just to win The gold I found in this honied town The rest of it is but the frown of a clown Who learnt to Break the body down Break the body down Break That Body Down.