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1999.9 (Mike Borok)

Maybe you're old enough to remember Y2K, when some people thought the world would come to an end. Here's a pre-apocalyptic love story of sorts, with a blackly comic twist.

Meet me tonight at the edge of town
We'll watch the millennium sun go down
The sun may never rise again
The coming night may never end
And I don't want to be alone
There's comfort in the rubbing of flesh and bone
No one cares what we might do
Or if you love me, or if I love you

Now the lights are out, and the wild dogs run
Through the desolate streets of heaven above
In the dead of night, in the dark of the heart
Desperate souls making desperate love

I'd like to find out how you feel
Behind the crumbled brick and stained steel
Beneath the civilized veneer
Beyond the reach of hope and fear
If God has turned his face from us
And we will soon return to dust
Then, mouth to mouth and skin to skin
We'll say goodbye to what might have been

Now the lights are out, and the wild dogs run
Through the desolate streets of heaven above
In the dead of night, in the dark of the heart
Desperate souls making desperate love
Desperate souls making desperate love

So spread your coat here on the dirt
Undo the buttons of your shirt
You feel so hard, you feel so nice
My hands feel as cold as ice
We'll close our eyes and bruise our lips
As we kiss the apocalypse
That kiss will mark the end of time
Nineteen ninety nine point nine
Nineteen ninety nine point nine

Now the lights are out, and the wild dogs run
Through the desolate streets of heaven above
In the dead of night, in the dark of the heart
Desperate souls making desperate love
Desperate souls making desperate love
Desperate souls making desperate love

The unexpected dawn arrives
And only strangers have survived
Now there's nothing left to say
Good morning - Happy New Year's Day

Steve Meltzer - udu drum
Barbara - lead vocal
Mike - backing vocal, acoustic guitar, bass, harmonica