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by Sting
Lyrics by: Sting
# Debut Chart
1 Jul '85 Mainstream Rock
8 Aug '85 Hot 100

Lyrics

Under the ruins of a walled city Crumbling towers and beams of yellow light No flags of truce, no cries of pity The siege guns had been pounding all through the night It took a day to build the city We walked thru its streets in the afternoon As I returned across the fields I'd known I recognized the walls that I once made I had to stop in my tracks for fear of walking on the mines I'd laid And if I built this fortress around your heart Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire Then let me build a bridge for I cannot fill the chasm And let me set the battlements on fire Then I went off to fight some battle that I'd invented inside my head Away so long for years and years You probably thought or even wished that I was dead While the armies are all sleeping beneath the tattered flag we'd made I had to stop my tracks for fear of walking on the mines I'd laid And if I built this fortress around your heart Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire Then let me build a bridge for I cannot fill the chasm And let me set the battlements on fire


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This prison has now become your home A sentence you seem prepared to pay It took a day to build the city We walked through its streets in the afternoon As I returned across the lands I'd known I recognized the fields where I'd once played I had to stop in my tracks for fear of walking on the mines I'd laid And if I built this fortress around your heart Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire Then let me build a bridge for I cannot fill the chasm And let me set the battlements on fire

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