CAUGHT AT THE CROSS-ROADS   ( © Words and Music by Paul F. Cowlan)

Between the worlds, behind the masks; she wears a thousand different faces, each with the same meaning. Ready or not, she’ll be there to pick you up when the big day comes.


Caught at the cross-roads with a rainbow on my shoulder.
Before I get much older I should try to flag a ride.
And the woman in the cat-mask says, “I’ll come back for you later.”
She’s a green eyed terminator, with her claws tucked up inside.

The way she guns the engine makes me wonder if revenge in
any shape or form might be the kind of thing she would enjoy;
but she shifts the gears in gently and says, “Well, I must be going.
It’s late. Perhaps you’d rather wait if you’re otherwise employed.”

“You think that I’m a stranger, but that’s not true at all,
though I don’t always look the same;
and the moment you begin to see the bones beneath the skin
you’ll realize you even know my name.”


Something in her voice tells me there’s no real choice,
but I say, “It’s been quite a day, and I should really get some rest.”
She smiles and says, “Don’t worry. I’m not in any hurry.
So if you’re tired then you must do whatever you think best.”

I say, “Thanks for the offer. Perhaps some other highway.”
She says, “Oh, you’re going my way whatever road you take.
A black cat’s bone won’t save you if I catch you on your lonesome,
and I’ll be watching every single move you make.”

“When you ride along with me there’ll be no need for dreaming,
though you might sleep for ever and a day.
Maybe I hold the key for where you want to be,
but maybe the door is open anyway.”


Since then I’ve travelled everywhere, but always by the back roads;
with one eye on the tarmac and the other on the fields.
She could be somewhere up ahead, or maybe she’s behind me,
but I sometimes hear the purring of her wheels.


She says, “You think that I’m a stranger. But that’s not true at all,
though I don’t always look the same,
and the moment you begin to see the bones beneath the skin

you’ll realize you even know my name.”

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