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The Painted Desert

This song is by 10,000 Maniacs and appears on the album In My Tribe (1987).

The Painted Desert can wait ‘til summer
We've played this game of just imagine long enough
Wait ‘til summer
When I'm sure the rain has ended
The blooms have gone
Every one killed by the morning frost

Is a cactus blooming there
In every roadside stand
Where the big deal is cowboy gear
Sewn in Japan

The Painted Desert can wait ‘til summer
We've played this game of just imagine long enough
Wait ‘til summer
When I'm sure the rain has ended
The blooms have gone
Every one killed by the morning frost

Is a cactus blooming there upon the Northern Rim
Or in the ruins of the Hopi Mesa dens

You met a new friend in the Canyon
Or so you wrote
On a blanket in the cooling sand
You and your friend agreed that the stars were so many there
They seemed to overlap

The Painted Desert can wait ‘til summer
We've played this game of just imagine long enough
Wait ‘til summer
When I am sure the rain has ended
The blooms have gone
Every one killed by the morning frost

Was a cactus blooming there as you watched the native boy
In a Flagstaff trailer court you wrote the line
He kicked a tumbleweed and his mother called him home
Where the Arizona moon met the Arizona sun

I wanted to be there by May at the latest time
Isn't that the plan we had or have you changed your mind
I haven't heard a word from you since Phoenix or Tucson
April is over, will you tell me how long
Before I can be there

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