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Holy Moses I have been deceived
Holy Moses let us live in peace
Let us strive to find a way to make all hatred cease
There's a man over there what's his color I don't care
He's my brother let us live in peace

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9 hours ago, kipper said:

Holy Moses I have been deceived
Holy Moses let us live in peace
Let us strive to find a way to make all hatred cease
There's a man over there what's his color I don't care
He's my brother let us live in peace

Elton John?

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You say you never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say "Do you want to make a deal?"

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So many too choose from.  Cannot pick just one "best".  Here are a few.

Her name is Brown or White or Black, you know her very well.  You hear her cries of mercy as the winners toll the bell.

She hears them talk of new ways to protect the home she lives in, then she wonders what its all about when they break down the door.

 There is a train that leaves the station headed for your destination, but the price you pay to nowhere has increased a dollar more.  And if you walk you're gonna get there, although it takes a little longer, and when you see it in the distance you will wring your hands and moan.

On the corner of Bleeker and Nowhere in the land of not quite day, a shiver ran down my backbone, face in the mirror turns grey

As the moon and the stars call the order
Inside my tides dance the ebb and sway
The sun in my soul's sinking lower
While the hope in my hands turns to clay
I don't ask that my field's full of clover
I don't moan at opportunity's door
And if you ask my advice, take it slower
Let  your story be your finest reward
 
 

 

 

 

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How I've waited for you to come
I've been here all alone
Now that you've arrived, please stay awhile
And I promise I won't keep you long
I'LL KEEP YOU FOREVER

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From the window of your rented limousine 
I saw your pretty blue eyes 
One day soon you're gonna reach sixteen 
Painted lady in the city of lies

Clutching pages from your teenage dream, in the lobby of the Hotel Paradise, Through the circus of the LA queens, how fast you learn the downhill slide

You said you dug me since you were thirteen, but you giggle as you heave and sigh

 

Exhibition is your habit, emotion second hand

If you fake it, mama
Baby, fake with all your might 
When you fake it, mama 
Please fake it right (for yourself babe)
When you fake it baby
You're fakin' it for your life, for your life

 

 

Edited by John M

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Cause no-one's gonna warn ya and no-one's gonna yell attack

And you don't feel the steel til it's hangin out your back

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Her face is cracked from smiling 
All the fears that she's been hiding 
And it seems that pretty soon, everybody's gonna know

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And her voice is sore from shouting 
Cheering winners who are losing 
And she wonders if their days are few and soon they'll have to go

 

Celebration Day is one of Plant's best lyrics ever.  I remember back in the 70s the critics would focus only on the chorus in pointing out how "insipid" Plant's lyrics were.  The chorus is brilliant satire in the context of the rest of the lyrics.  Critics never bothered to listen.

 

Edited by John M

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Another tribe, another brother
Torn between his lover and the gun
Another god, another mother
Weeps to justify the damage done
I wonder through the lies and dirt
I wonder, will the meek inherit all the earth?
As truth collides with propaganda
Just another victim on the run
The world outside, all fluff and candor
Seeks to justify the damage done
No wonder, so much pain and hurt
I wonder, will the meek inherit all the earth?
I think there may be, a war in heaven
Paradise beneath the smoking gun
As every saint and small town savior
Race to justify their chosen one
I wonder, as our world collides
I want to reach out there
Across the great divide

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They say that life's a carousel
Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well
The world is full of kings and queens
Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams

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Some folks are born made to wave the flag
Ooh, they're red, white and blue
And when the band plays "Hail to the chief"
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no
 
Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh
But when the taxman comes to the door
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no
 
Some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer "More! More! More!" yoh
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son, son
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, one

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I like the way you cross the street 'cause your precious
Moving through the Cleveland heat how precious
Taking rides and all the kicks was so precious
But you know I was shittin' bricks 'cause I'm precious

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I wait here in this hole
Playing poker with my soul
I hold the rifle close to me
It lights the way to keep me free
If I die in a combat zone
Box me up and ship me home
If I die and still come home
Lay me where the rose is sown

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It's deep and beautiful, open to all kinds of interpretation. I've always marvelled at this after first looking it up.

 

Sisters of the way-side bide their time in quiet peace
Await their place within the ring of calm
Still stand to turn in seconds of release
Await the call they know may never come
In times of lightness, no intruder dared upon 
To jeopardize the course, upset the run
And all was joy and hands were raised toward the sun 
As love in the halls of plenty overrun
Uh-uh, uh-uh, uh-uh, uh-uh
Still in their bliss unchallenged mighty feast 
Unending dances shadowed on the day
Within their walls, their daunting formless keep
Preserved their joy and kept their doubts at bay
Faceless legions stood in readiness to weep
Just turn a coin, bring order to the fray
And everything is soon no sooner thought than deed 
But no one seemed to question in anyway
Uh-uh, uh-uh, uh-uh, uh-uh
How keen the storied hunter's eye prevails upon the land 
To seek the unsuspecting and the weak
And powerless the fabled sat, too smug to lift a hand 
Toward the foe that threatened from the deep
Who cares to dry the cheeks of those who saddened stand 
Adrift upon a sea of futile speech? 
And to fall to fate and make the 'status plan' 
But no one there had heaven within their reach
Singing uh-uh, uh-uh, uh-uh, uh-uh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh
Where was your word, where did you go?
Where was your helping, where was your bow? Bow
Bow
Dull is the armour, cold is the day
Hard was the journey, dark was the way, way
I heard the word, I couldn't stay, oh
I couldn't stand it another day, another day
Another day, another day
Touched by the timely coming
Roused from the keeper's sleep
Release the grip, throw down the key
Held now within the knowing
Rest now within the peace
Take of the fruit, but guard the seed
They had to stay
Held now within the knowing
Rest now within the peace
Take off the fruit, but guard the seed
Take off the fruit, but guard the seed

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Here's two from PDA by Interpol

Yours is the only version of my desertion that I could ever subscribe to

 

You are the only person who's completely certain there's nothing here to be into

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Posted (edited)

The ______ in the forest brightly feathered
They are saying, "Forget the night.
Live with us in forests of azure.
Out here on the perimeter there are no stars
Out here we is stoned - immaculate."

Edited by kipper

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I said, "Look man, I'm outdoors you know
Can I stay with you maybe a couple of days?"
He said, "Let me go and ask my wife"
He come out of the house
I could see it in his face, I know that was no
He said, "I don't know man, ah she kinda funny, you know"
I said, "I know, everybody funny, now, you funny too"

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The killer awoke before dawn
He put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall

 

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