Der Kölner Dom

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"The Cologne Cathedral". It's on the cover of the album. Some of my best memories involved taking the train up the valley of the Rhine from Mainz to Cologne and then being greeted by the twin spires next to the station.

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On the train along the Rhine
Count the castles along the way
Past Koblenz and the vineyards
In the distance, north of Bonn
You can see the mighty spires
Looking over the city

Leave the station, cross the square
Climb the steps and look around
Once the tallest of them all
Somehow survived through the war
Claimed forever unfinished
Dark and cold but beautiful

The three kings have settled here
If that's what they really are
Tombs below host centuries
Rows and rows of long deceased
Stained glass hovers in the hall
Abstract squares form a pattern

Climb the tower to the top
Take a look at what's below
Rebuilt houses painted bright
Parks and bridges and cafés
See the bend in the river
Somewhere there lies Drachenfels

In this ancient Roman town
They have built this grand old church
Towering over the rest
Watching history flow by

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from A Double Life, released May 16, 2011

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