Caveat Emptor

© 2017 Naomi Rivkis

Lyrics [pdf]

Am
  Welcome to the shop, my friend
Dm Am
This  place where road meets  road
Em7
The  purple highways have no end
Am Dm Am
But  just beyond the shad ows'  bend's
Dm Am
This  little shop that  I must tend
Em7 Am
Where  dreams are bought and  sold

The crossroads hold the marketplace
As everybody's heard
Where you can go to barter for
The things for which your heart is sore
I've everything you want, and more:
I've just what you deserve.
My shop is open all night long; I sell the stuff of dreams
But nightmare waits for some ambitious buyer
If you would buy betrayal then I'll take your pay in screams
You've nothing else to sell that I desire.
Your voice is grim and hushed as you
Confess what sears your skin:
The poison rage you hide from view,
The lost respect that was your due --
I pass the tea, and smile on cue:
The bargaining begins.

You barely saw the wonders and
The splendor on my shelf
But clutched within your trembling hand
That charm of soul and silk and sand
Commands the hatreds of the damned --
For that, you'd sell yourself.

Dm D5 D Am G
My m hop is open  all  night  long; I sell the stuff of  dreams
Em Am
But  nightmare waits for some ambitious  buyer
Am Em
If you would buy betrayal then I'll take your pay in  screams
Em7 G
You've  nothing else to  sell that I desire.

You stumble out, amazed and slow,
To my ironic bow
Your eyes shine with a wicked glow
But something in you quakes to know
You've paid for someone else's woe
And can't remember how.

I watch you make off with your prize,
Profoundly unimpressed.
My price is tailored, size for size,
But evil sells when evil buys
In peace, you'll never close your eyes
Nor find a wink of rest.
My shop is open all night long; I sell the stuff of dreams
But nightmare waits for some ambitious buyer
If you would buy betrayal then I'll take your pay in screams
You've nothing else to sell that I desire....
... If you shop for hell
Then you'll pay in fire.}