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The Tower - Lyrics

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  1. GBD
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    I noticed some of you requested the lyrics for the album. Well..look no further

    The tower

    The skies are grey above our heads today
    and everyone seems to hold their breath
    The wolves are circling, looking for tender prey
    the scent's in the air - the smell of death

    The horsemen are out and hope is hard to come by
    when annihilation is at the door
    The shadows of war loom large in the memory of men
    we have all been here before

    Oh, but love
    will keep the wolves at bay
    will make the fog less grey
    will endure
    So resist
    never succumb to fear
    love is found everywhere
    love is pure

    Pray your leaders are the wisest of men
    pray they're not so easily riled
    Pray they seek concord and never go looking for fights
    pray their aim is to reconcile

    Only love
    will keep the wolves at bay
    will make the fog less grey
    will endure
    So resist
    never succumb to fear
    love is found everywhere
    love is pure

    Bartok of the universe

    Silver sleek, a line in the sky - an arrow of sorrow
    tomorrow/now - with power to let live or die
    Pointing to a future so bright - progress forever
    forever new - as mankind walks into the light

    Iron foundry - melt pig, cast a steal so blue
    arc light welder - change, transform and make anew

    Space age ace, a hero serene - man of tomorrow
    tomorrow's chief - unruffled so straight and so clean
    A figurehead so straight and so cold - a leader forever
    forever, man - so swift and so true and so bold

    Iron foundry - melt pig, cast a steal so blue
    arc light welder - change, transform and make anew

    Hot steel/cold fire, intent and real raw power
    a dream unraveled, the bell tolls every hour

    Brave new world, much better than this - a conquest of sorrow
    tomorrow/now - we balance with view to the abyss
    Know it's there and know it's for real - the sprawl is forever
    forever new - forever as new as a kiss

    Hot steel/cold fire, intent and real raw power
    a dream unraveled, the bell tolls every hour...

    A.S.F.E.

    Look out look out
    these are schmolitics really, but they're all outta wack
    it's so touchy and feely, the front is starting to crack
    c'mon c'mon
    well, it's bound to get crazy, it's just bound to get weird
    you know it's gonna get hazy, do you think they've prepared?

    You know it...but who's paying
    youandyouandyouandyou...
    You know it...i'm just saying
    whatcha gonna do?

    Look out look out
    you better watch where it's going, you'll be bought you'll be sold
    this little cockrel is crowing, his name's written in gold
    c'mon c'mon
    we've gotta pick it up people, these guys won't ever quit
    from the floor to the steeple, we'll be drowning in shit

    You know it...but who's paying
    youandyouandyouandyou...
    You know it...i'm just saying
    whatcha gonna do?

    There's a song for everyone and a singer for every song

    Look out look out
    these are schmolitics really, but it's all outta wack
    it's so touchy and feely, the front is starting to crack
    c'mon c'mon
    well, it's bound to get hazy, it's just bound to get weird
    you know it's gonna get crazy, do you think they've prepared?

    You know it...but who's paying
    youandyouandyouandyou...
    You know it...i'm just saying
    whatcha gonna do?

    There's a song for everyone and a singer for every song

    Intrepid explorer

    Intrepid explorer
    ever onwards seeking things you've never seen
    intrepid explorer
    going out to have a look into the dark within

    Intrepid explorer
    heading into darkness - into worlds unknown
    intrepid explorer
    never stopping not until your mind is blown

    withinwithinwithinwithin...

    Intrepid explorer
    ever onwards seeking things you've never seen
    intrepid explorer
    going out to have a look into the dark within

    Stardust

    Would you let me in your window if i asked you?
    would you let me come in?
    would you make room in your garden
    if i needed a place to stay?

    no faker, i won't lie, i won't cheat, no way
    and if i could i'd be on my way
    no taker, i'm not here to exploit or change
    whatever it is you are, brother
    i'm no alien, brother
    i'm a stardust just like you

    How does it make you feel about yourself
    when you shut me out
    when you turn me away
    are you proud and are you satisfied
    or do you feel just as mystified and betrayed?

    no faker, i won't lie, i won't cheat, no way
    and if i could i'd be on my way
    no taker, i'm not here to exploit or change
    whatever it is you are, brother
    i'm no alien, brother
    i'm a stardust just like you

    In every dream home

    He blew his mind out on a plane
    man, this one-upmanship's insane
    in every dream home there's a dream of something else

    this one paints gold the things he owns
    excretes sat on a golden throne
    in every dream home there's a dream of something else

    So cheap and nasty - but never enough
    it doesen't matter - when you have it, it's just stuff

    We run this world on greed and fear
    now it's to grab, it's not to share
    in every dream home there's a dream of something else

    Over here / over there
    the grass is greener everywhere
    only never just right here

    feel the urge / feel the need
    envy greener only feeeds
    a hunger endless, bread from greed

    Sometimes at night when you awake
    when all that's real just seems so fake
    you might think that it's too late

    ...but with love in your heart
    you can go right back to start
    you can tear the dark apart

    A perfect transient state of mind
    it's not "to own" it is "to find"
    in every dream home there's a dream of something else

    so when you find it - just pass it on
    you can't possess it - it's not for you to own

    The Maypole

    Summertime
    oh, how the children own the night
    secret sign magic time
    come celebrate tonight

    behold this summer night
    it's midnight sun, it's polar light
    the solstice ritual has begun
    underground is overground and
    no one knows what's up or down
    in this dance around the sun

    midsummer mayhem
    hear the children sing tonight
    holy sites, pagan rites, what a sight!
    all hail the light

    behold this summer night
    it's midnight sun, it's polar light
    the solstice ritual has begun
    underground is overground and
    no one knows what's up or down
    in this dance around the sun

    Run the maypole up,
    the gentlemen are eagerly
    awaiting ladies oh, so fair
    the faery queen is here
    Pan is somewhere over there
    - it's a sight beyond compare

    Light the pyre - set the effigy alight
    solstice fire - let us all stay up all night
    wild flower bunches, honey dew and sweet sweet wine
    io Pan, come to me - from Sicily, from Arcady
    come to me!

    A Pacific Sonata (Pt1: Malibu)

    Out in Malibu where the rich folks live
    on a mountain top i will put my tent right up
    and be a holy man, oh, so deep and true
    a shoe less holy man with a view

    How could i ever tell a lie?
    no truth would ever pass me by
    how would you ever be in doubt?
    come see me, learn what i'm about

    Come to Malibu
    the Pacific air will let you dissapear
    hear the music of the spheres
    feel the canyon heat
    such a magic scene
    so benign/serene: evergreen

    How could i ever tell a lie?
    no truth would ever pass me by
    how would you ever be in doubt?
    come see me, learn what i'm about

    How could we ever tell a lie?
    no truth would ever pass us by
    how would you ever be in doubt?
    come see us, learn what we're about

    Malibu...

    The Cuckoo

    We swear we're innocent but not that's all illusion
    the opiate fog just finally seems to clear
    enough to show the cracks, enough to bring confusion
    and now our swagger's swung in fear

    The cuckoo settled in, he's busy - feeding, growing
    he'll be claiming everything we've known
    we let him slip right in, how could we think we knew him?
    now it doesn't feel like home...

    Pull the curtains back and let the light come shining
    catch him while he's busy putting up his throne
    keep the searchlights on, you better keep them burning
    the sun ain't turning him to stone

    in our haste to really clean it
    we've gone and thrown the baby out
    is this really what we wanted?
    is this what we're all about?

    Faced with reality compassion is first to go
    faced with uncertainty some turn unkind
    keeping the fear in check - you die if you don't
    maybe not vigilant, but never blind

    Keep holding the mirrors up - Narcissus is holding court
    hope isn't the only thing we might lose today
    invincible empire - with pride comes the fall
    grace isn't the only thing we might lose today...

    Ship of Fools

    Hoist the sail on the ship of fools
    sail away on a breeze so cool
    never surrender
    catch the tide - anchors aweigh
    chart the course - clear the straights
    never surrender
    sail away on your ship of fools
    never surrender

    This ship could take us anywhere - deep into the darkest night
    but i never thought we'd end up here - fallen from grace, deprived of the light
    never saw it going here - out of reach and out of sight
    and now i can't get off of here - full blown borderline

    I won't crew your ship of fools
    i will never crew your ship of fools

    The lighthouse has been sold for scrap - nothing gained, nothing won
    but no one thought to bring a map - crash and burn into the sun
    we're headed into dire straits - dinosaurs in cities of gold
    rudderless with unsure fates - tightening the stranglehold

    I won't crew your ship of fools
    i will never crew your ship of fools

    Who told him he could speak for me - we all know our will is free
    and take away my rights from me? - i know what belongs to me
    who told him i would play along? - we all know what's going on
    I will forever sing a different song - justice for all under the gun

    I won't crew your ship of fools
    i will never crew your ship of fools

    --

    Please let me know if there are any typos in there. Enjoy

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. shakti
    Member

    It has to be said - these are the best lyrics since on a Motorpsycho record since...I don't know when. They just *work*, and every word feels important. Well, I'm not too keen on the lyrics to The Tower - they seem to signal too clearly (both by words and music): ATTENTION: BOLD AND IMPORTANT STATEMENT TO FOLLOW!...and then not quite deliver on that promise. But other than that, this album is, both lyrically and musically, stunning. It is the most "complete" Motorpsycho record since the 90s, and on some levels surpass those masterpieces. But comparison is useless when you get to this level - suffice to say that Motorpsycho couldn't have made this record 20 or 25 years ago, just like they can't (and won't) remake Timothy's Monster today.

    How about some thoughts about the meaning(s) of the lyrics? In Every Dream Home is obviously a put-down of consumerism and materialism. But what about The Cuckoo? I must say my thoughts immediately went to xenophobia and the rise of neo-fascism/neo-Nazism, but what do I know...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. GBD
    Member

    I would argue that The Cuckoo = Trump! Makes total sense

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. shakti
    Member

    That would also work, I suppose. But that last paragraph of Ship of Fools is clearly aimed at the POTUS though, isn't it?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. GBD
    Member

    In a way the whole lyric of SOF could be a comment on the blind devotion of his followers, and the notion that they elected him without really understanding what they we're doing until it was too late...

    Posted 2 months ago #

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