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Uncle Wonderful

Sniper Of The Heart

Janis Ian

When you take a chance, romance is waiting for you
Lurking at the corner bar
Every soggy street, a lonely alley that means
you don't have to search too far
Just check your shadow, kiddo
You know what you really are

Every false caress, a messy ending for
someone who'd rather jump the gun
Every lonely heart beating like a lark
Waiting for the cover to be broken and the games begun
It's tragic, magic
You know what you really will become

Sniper of the heart, you'll be taken
long before you learn to give
Sniper of the heart, someone's waiting for you tonight,
so guard your life
You may fall apart - all this waiting,
longing for the one who's right
Guard your hero's heart
You may own the night

Every passing face a racing shadow
in the marathon of lover's lane
Strangers in the night. Colliding bodies
when you're blinded by the hidden flame
And every stranger's danger
Wanderlust until you're tamed

When you steal a kiss, the risk is greater
than the given one you might have missed
Sneaking like a rat, quiet as a cat
Motion in the window there's a shadow
and a silent hit
You check your shadow, kiddo
I know what you really want to risk

Stranger of the heart, you'll be taken
Long before you learn to give
Sniper of the heart, I am waiting for you tonight
Guard your life
Sniper of the heart,
longing for the one who's right
Sniper of the heart
You will own the night

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