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Cygnet Committee - The Song

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Words and music by David Bowie

Lyrics

I bless you madly, sadly as I tie my shoes
I love you badly, just in time, at times, I guess
Because of you I need to rest
Because it's you that sets the test

So much has gone and little is new
And as the sparrow sings
Dawn chorus for
Someone else to hear
The Thinker sits alone growing older
And so bitter

    "I gave Them life
     I gave Them all
     They drained my very soul...dry
     I crushed my heart to ease Their pains
     No thought for me remains there
     Nothing can They spare
     What of me?
     Who praised Their efforts to be free?
     Words of strength and care and sympathy
     I opened doors that would have blocked Their way
     I braved Their cause to guide, for little pay
     I ravaged at my finance just for Those
     Those whose claims were steeped in peace, tranquility
     Those who said a new world, new ways ever free
     Those whose promises stretched in hope and grace for me"

I bless you madly, sadly as I tie my shoes
I love you badly, just in time, at times, I guess
Because of you I need to rest, oh yes
Because it's you that sets the test

So much has gone and little is new
And as the sunrise stream
Flickers on me,
My friends talk
Of glory, untold dream, where all is God and God is just a word

    "We had a friend, a talking man
     Who spoke of many powers that he had
     Not of the best of men, but Ours
     We used him
     We let him use his powers
     We let him fill Our needs
     Now We are strong

     And the road is coming to its end
     Now the damned have no time to make amends
     No purse of token fortune stands in Our way
     The silent guns of love will blast the sky

     We broke the ruptured structure built of age
     Our weapons were the tongues of crying rage
     Where money stood
     We planted seeds of rebirth
     And stabbed the backs of fathers
     Sons of dirt

     Infiltrated business cesspools
     Hating through Our sleeves
     Yea, and We slit the Catholic throat
     Stoned the poor on slogans such as

     'Wish You Could Hear'
     'Love Is All We Need'
     'Kick Out The Jams'
     'Kick Out Your Mother'
     'Cut Up Your Friend'
     'Screw Up Your Brother or He'll Get You In the End'

     And We Know the Flag of Love is from Above
     And We Can Force You to Be Free
     And We Can Force You to Believe"

And I close my eyes and tighten up my brain
For I once read a book in which the lovers were slain
For they knew not the words of the Free States' refrain
It said:

    "I believe in the Power of Good
     I Believe in the State of Love
     I Will Fight For the Right to be Right
     I Will Kill for the Good of the Fight for the Right to be Right"

And I open my eyes to look around
And I see a child laid slain on the ground
As a love machine lumbers through desolation rows
Ploughing down man, woman, listening to its command
But not hearing anymore -
Not hearing anymore
Just the shrieks from the old rich

And I Want to Believe
In the madness that calls 'Now'
And I want to Believe
That a light's shining through
Somehow

And I Want to Believe
And You Want to Believe
And We Want to Believe
And We Want to Live
Oh, We Want to Live

We Want to Live
We Want to Live
We Want to Live
We Want to Live
We Want to Live

I Want to Live
I Want to Live
I Want to Live
I Want to Live
I Want to Live
I Want to Live

Live
Live
Live

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