Apocalypse Diaries

from by Ray Zimmerman

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lyrics

Who goes there in the darkness was Gemimas inquisition,
To the shadow she saw moving that had first raised her suspicion,
Don’t shoot came the reply, please permit first to try,
Explain the roads I’ve travelled to be stood outside your door,
You’ve got 60 seconds she said then I’m gonna drop you on the floor,

The shotgun that she carried he thought was a little overreaction,
But as it turned out her ammo belt wasn’t his biggest distraction,
It was that he thought she looked pretty cute, in her bulletproof army issue boots,
Then she told him it’s your final warning said you’d best be talking fast,
You might want to sit down he said it’s quite a story I’ve amassed,

And there was something in the way he said it,
That made her put her weapon down,
She said okay fine, just come inside, but if you put just one foot out of line,
I won’t hesitate to put you 6 feet under ground,

When Billy met Gemima they didn’t know what they’d become,
Seems not even the apocalypse can stop 2 hearts becoming 1,

He proceeded to regale the stories of the roads that he had walked,
It was only when the sunrise came he realised how much he had talked,
I’m sorry girl for wasting so much of your precious time,
In fact it’s kinda nice she said I guess you can stay inside,

In that case let me ask you and my names Billy did I say,
Have you always been here on your own how did you manage to get away,
I thought that there was no one else, just myself I and me,
I cannot tell you how happy I was when you pointed that gun at me,

And please do tell did you see it as it fell I always wondered what I’d missed
She looked at Billy inquisitively and said it didn’t fall it slipped,

When Billy met Gemima they talked all through the night,
It was the first time in a while they thought it might turn out all right,

They filled their hours in the days back then, planting flowers they said let’s pretend,
That we’re just on vacation and we can go home any time we like,
But Billy could see it in Gemima’s eyes, the little red marks from the tears she’d dried,
And asked her my love is there anything I can do,
You’ve already done so much for me she said, I couldn’t ask for anything more from you,

My Gemima I know that you are yearning wondering if there’s more,
I always knew we’d have to go back out there to explore,
Just know my love it pains me so cos I’ve seen so many things,
There’s a lot of nightmares out there waiting for you in the wings,

And then that night she tossed and turned and wrestled with her mind,
I’m certain now I must go but I cannot make hm leave this all behind,

When Billy met Gemima he should have prepared to be bereft,
Like he was that Autumn morning reading the note that she had left,

Winter came and winter went, Gemima gave up hope for lent,
But by that time she’d forgotten her way home,
Billy I hope you’re safe she prayed,
I’m sorry I left I wish I’d stayed,
I’m so scared that I came out here on my own,

And monsters crept into her dreams of everything that she had seen,
The demons he had warned her all about,
If I don’t find a way real soon, I’m getting scared of what I’ll do, there must be a way to get them out,

When Billy met Gemima she didn’t know she’d end up here,
Somewhere in the middle of desolation dread and fear,

It was a cold and crisp October day, when she finally thought she’d find a way,
So she went and climbed the highest mountain she could find,
Billy when I leave this earth,I’ll tell you this for what it’s worth,
When I depart I’ll have only you on my mind,

Then Gemima took a running leap, and began dropping as she’d planned,
But before she’d fallen too far down she felt something grab her hand,

Gemima my love I’ve travelled far and wide, I could bear no longer to be from your side,
I left all we had behind I swear it’s true,
I gathered all my strength and pride and through blackest nights I rode astride,
A steed made only of my love for you,

And when all hope appeared lost,
I dreamt of the night our paths first crossed,
And when I woke I somehow knew the way,
Gemima when I caught your hand just now,
I knew I must, if you’ll allow, take a moment finally to say,

I love you more than you could know,
I can pull you up and take you home,
Unless you’ve got more searching out here to do
Billy she cried, will you make me your bride,
I never again want to be from your side
I want to spend all the rest of my days with you

When Billy met Gemima all the world was falling down,
Their thoughts turned to repopulation from the love that they had found

So gather round now children and hear how this story ends,
So you’ll be in no doubt when you shout it out to all of your little friends,
When Billy met Gemima it was quite some time ago
Evidently they wished to leave a note that they etched into this stone

So come and see the inscription here, and read it nice and slow,
This is what they thought to leave behind, so that all of us would know,

I’m Billy I’m Gemima is how the scripture goes
This life sure goes easier if you find someone to share the blows
I’m afraid there is no magic trick, that will assist in breaking through,
But in the spirit of cooperation we’ll leave behind this clue

Be ready with your loving arms for girls wearing army boots,
And offer up your heart and soul if she points her shotgun straight at you

credits

from Apocalypse Diaries, released May 12, 2018

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