Fall of the City

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sound of the city came crashing through
I was such a young boy
angry youth has hungry views
but I still played with toys
when I finally heard the sound
wouldn’t you believe it
there was one man
a solitary man
like flames rising out of black

I never learned a thing in the
“gilded age”
when the sky caved in and the
blitzkrieg raged. the fall of
the city didn’t come a minute too soon

every chord you played rang true
we were driven to a frenzy.
I believed every word you said
like the truth of a prophet.
and when you said it would never
end, of course we all believed you.
something must have died inside
you don’t stand for anything.

countless thousands following
the orders of a dead man
I guess they don’t realize
that you died a long time ago
we’re still trudging through the
muck when all of you are dead
and gone. Do you want to know
just what I learned? I learned
nothing at all.

thank you very kindly, captain
seize them
that’s a grave situation.


from No Feet on the Cowling, released July 1, 1989
Written by David Barbe



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