Crickets are chirpin' the water is high There's a soft cotton dress on the line hangin' dry Window wide African trees Bent over backwards from a hurricane breeze Not a word of goodbye not even a note She gone with the man in the long black coat. Somebody seen him hangin' around As the old dance hall on the outskirts of town He looked into her eyes when she stopped to ask If he wanted to dance he had a face like a mask Somebody said from the bible he'd quote There was dust on the man in the long black coat. Preacher was talking there's a sermon he gave He said every man's conscience is vile and depraved You cannot depend on it to be your guide When it's you who must keep it satisfied It ain't easy to swallow it sticks in your throat She gave her heart to the man in the long black coat. There are no mistakes in life some people say It is true sometimes you can see it that way But people don't live or die people just float She went with the man in the long black coat. There's smoke on the water it's been there since June Tree trunks uprooted beneath the high crescent moon Feel the pulse and vibration and the numbing force Somebody is out there beating a dead horse She never said nothing there was nothing she wrote She gone with the man in the long blcak coat.