Louisiana Sunrise

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The story of a Louisiana vampire hunter whose prey turns the tables. I challenged myself to write it without using the words "blood" and "vampire" at all.


Chorus 1
A Louisiana sunrise threatens
To burn me where I stand.
Time runs short on this long river.
A reckoning's at hand.
The waters churn
Beneath the paddle's turn
And before the breaking dawn
To New Orleans
And my sweet cherie
I promise I won't be long

Verse 1
Two days ago I tracked my mark
To an old riverside shack
I thought I had the drop on him
But his coven had his back
They drained me down so fast
I thought I'd surely met my end.
Instead they dished out irony
And turned me into one of them.

I woke up as the sun died off
on my final day.
No more a man than the creatures
I'd hunted only yesterday.
The only thought I had in mind
Was to see you one last time.
So I jumped a southbound steamer
And prayed to outlast the night.

Chorus 1

Verse 2
The closer I get, the more I hunger
For the strangest things.
Not beignets and cigarettes
On the side of Decatur street.
No gumbos or Étouffées
Can quench this evil need.
There's only one taste I crave
With the right seasoning

Chorus 1

Verse 3
As the sky turns red I'm off the docks
And stumbling into town.
Drowning in the people
Rushing all around.
To your door I make my way
And pound til you come outside.
On my knees, I take your hand,
And ask you to be my bride.

You smile and say the words
I've been missing all my life.
But no small kiss can seal our fate
Only a tender bite.
Without a word I sink my teeth
Deep inside your throat.
Now you're mine forever
And we'll never be alone.

Chorus 2
A Louisiana sunset
Can't touch us where we stand.
Time runs short on this long evening.
Our new life's at hand.
Our senses churn
And our hunger burns
Before twilight's gone.
To New Orleans
My sweet cherie and I
promise we won't be long.


from Until the End, released August 24, 2011
All music and lyrics ©2011 Mark Rossmore



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