SHROUD OF NEW YORK CHAPTER 1

IT LOOKS LIKE HE'S HOOFING ON THE EDGE OF THE WALL
THE GUYS AND DOLLS WAIT FOR HIM TO FALL
HIS FEET ARE NEON UNDERLINED
STANDING ON TOP OF THE ELECTRIC SIGN
THEN THIS GUY TAKES OFF TOWARDS THE GROUND
AND THE GUYS AND DOLLS DO NOT MAKE A SOUND

THIS GUY BANGS DOWN ON THE FLIVVER LID
AND HIS BODY SINKS DEEP IN THE THIN STEEL SHEET
THE SPRINGS SHUDDER DOWN AND THE CITIZENS GAB
THEN A SQUARE LOOKING GUY IN A BUSINESS SUIT
STEPS OUT OF THE CROWD AND QUIETLY SPEAKS
THIS GUY FROM A ROLLS PEELS SEVERAL GS
AND THE JOCKEY SMILES AND HANDS THE GUYS THE KEYS

NOW I FORGET ABOUT THIS AS I'M GOING AROUND
AND THINGS START TO BUZZ IN THE JOINTS DOWNTOWN
THERE'S GUYS GETTING COOLED AND COPS GETTING SCRAGGED
DOLLS GETTING HURT AND CASH GETTING BAGGED
I NEVER SEE THE OLD TOWN QUITE SO HOT
SOMETHING'S THE CAUSE BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT
THEN ONE FINE DAY I GETS A CALL
TO GO TO THIS JOINT CALLED THE MEETING HALL.
ALL THE GUYS FROM TOWN ARE THERE
THERE'S NOT MUCH PEW SPACE LEFT TO SPARE

THEN THE BUSINESS STEPS UP TO THE FRONT
AND SAYS 'NOW LETS ALL OFFER THANKS TO THIS GUY WHO TAKES AWAY OUR SIN
AND MAKES HOT THE TOWN WE'RE LIVING IN"
THEN HE STANDS ASIDE TO SHOW THIS THING
AND EVERYONE CLAPS SO I JOIN IN
NOW I CAN'T SEE RIGHT OFF WHAT IT IS
BUT THE GUYS ARE FILING PAST AND SO I WAIT
IT'S A GOLD FRAMED BOX ABOUT 4' BY 8,
INSIDE THERE'S THE CAB ROOF WITH THE GUY SHAPED DENT
AND AT THE BOTTOM THERE'S A PLAQUE THAT JUST SAY'S 'THE SHROUD OF NEW YORK'