THE BIG HEAT


the room was dark • it looked like someone had to get out fast
a window open by the fire escape
"how long have you been following this guy?" the bellboy asked
... not long enough 'cause we got here too late ...
"and everybody wants another piece of the pie today" he said
"you gotta watch the ones who always keep their hands clean"

well we followed him from Tuscon • ended up in Baton Rouge
we trailed him with the information by
a woman he knew in Barstow that would like to see him dead
that was four weeks ago ... well maybe five
"and everybody wants another piece of the pie today" she said
"you gotta watch the ones who always keep their hands clean"

a block away he wondered if he'd left behind a clue
the front page of the paper dated 1992
he remembered when he used to be the chairman of the board
but that was when the world was young and long before the war
"and everybody wants another piece of the pie today" he said
"you gotta watch the ones who always keep their hands clean"

it's the big heat
there's someone followin' you
it's the big heat
step aside • we're comin' through

                                                 stan ridgway