Al Stewart - My Enemies Have Sweet Voices Lyrics




I was in a bar called Paradise
When the fiddler from the band
Asked me "Why do you stand there crying?"
I answered him: "Musician, this may come as a surprise
I was trying to split the difference
And it split before my eyes
And my enemies have sweet voices
Their tones are soft and kind
When I hear my heart rejoices
I do not seem to mind"

I was playing Brag in Bedlam
And the doctor would not deal
Asking me: "Why do you kneel down there bleeding?"
I answered him "Physician,
I think you would have cried
I was falling back on failure
The failure stepped aside
And my enemies have sweet voices
Their tones are soft and kind
When I hear my heart rejoices
I do not seem to mind"

I was blind side to the gutter
And Merlin happened by
Asking me "why do you lie down there bleeding?"
I answered him "Magician, as a matter of a fact
I was jumping to conclusions
And one of them jumped back
And my enemies have sweet voices
Their tones are soft and kind
When I hear my heart rejoices
I do not seem to mind"





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  1. Robert Parums

    "I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back". Classic lyric. Reminds me of the lyric from the Dire Straits song Solid Rock, "When you point your finger 'cos your plan fell through, there'll be three more fingers pointing back at you".

  2. Simon Thackray

    "My Enemies Have Sweet Voices" is a poem written by British poet Pete Morgan (7 July 1939 – 5 July 2010)

    Pat- Clarke

    Is this Pete Morgan's poem set to music, or is it just the title that Al Stewart's lifted?

    Peter Daniel

    @Pat- Clarke https://www.songfacts.com/facts/al-stewart/my-enemies-have-sweet-voices