Mark Seymour – Sylvia

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio 5:17 Mark Seymour Undertow album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live 4:47 Mark Seymour Roll Back The Stone album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

From Mark’s track by track guide to Undertow:

Sylvia came to live on the high side of town overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The years unfolded and with the wealth and privilege came routine and repetition.. She was fond of a drink. She got out.

 

Lyrics

Houses on the avenue
Where the eucalypts grow tall and strong
No one ever makes mistakes
Diaries are never wrong

Every brick and stone was paid for
They snared the killer ocean view
It doesn’t get much better than this
Time to join the chosen few

Sylvia was over it
She said it gets me where I live
There’s nothing here worth fighting for
And no one to forgive

Better ride on with no explanation
Ride on with no destination
She wont be back
Sylvia’s in black

Seven Margaritas
Enough to make a girl confess
Her life flashed by before her eyes
Frozen hours in that little black dress

On a cloudless night
In a white Suzuki with the soft top down
Someone said she was driving too fast
Burning rubber west of town

Better ride on with no explanation
Ride on with no destination
She wont be back
Sylvia’s in black

Ride on
Ride on

Better ride on with no expectation
Ride on with no destination
She wont be back
Sylvia’s in black

Better ride on with no explanation
Ride on with no destination
She wont be back
Sylvia’s in black

She wont be back
Sylvia’s in black

Ride on
Ride on