Sunday, April 17, 2016

Crucifixion by Phil Ochs (Sung & Played by Jim & Jean)

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  1. Crucifixion by Phil Ochs (sung by Jim & Jean)

    And the night comes again to the circle studded sky
    The stars settle slowly in loneliness they lie
    'Til the universe explodes as a falling star is raised
    The planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazed
    But they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blaze
    With the speed of insanity, then he dies.

    In the green fields of turning a baby is born
    His cries crease the wind and mingle with the morn
    An assault upon the order, the changing of the guard
    Chosen for a challenge that is hopelessly hard
    And the only single sign is the sighing of the stars
    But to the silence of distance they are sworn.

    (Refrain): So dance, dance, dance, teach us to be true
    Come dance, dance, dance, 'cause we love you
    Images of innocence charge him to go on

    But the decadence of history is looking for a pawn
    To a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gate
    A blinding revelation is served upon his plate
    That beneath the greatest love is a hurricane of hate
    And God help the critic of the dawn.

    So he stands on the sea and shouts to the shore
    But the louder that he screams the longer he's ignored
    For the wine of oblivion is drunk to the dregs
    And the merchants of the masses almost have to be begged
    'Till the giant is aware someone's pulling at his leg
    And someone is tapping at the door.

    (Refrain)

    Then his message gathers meaning, and it spreads across the land
    The rewarding of the pain is the following of the man
    But ignorance is everywhere, and people have their way
    Success is an enemy to the losers of the day
    In the shadows of the churches who knows what they pray
    And blood is the language of the band.

    The Spanish bulls are beaten; the crowd is soon beguiled
    The matador is beautiful, a symphony of style
    Excitement is esthetic, passion places bets
    Gracefully he bows to ovations that he gets
    But the hands that are applauding are slippery with sweat
    And saliva is falling from their smiles.

    (Refrain)

    Then this overflow of life is crushed into a liar
    The gentle soul is ripped apart and tossed into a fire
    The death of beauty, the victory of the night
    Truth becomes a tragedy limping from the light
    The heavens are horrified, they stagger at the sight
    And the cross is trembling with desire.

    They say they can't believe it, it's a sacrilegious shame
    Now who would want to hurt such a hero of the game
    But you know I predicted it, I knew he had to fall
    How did it happen? I hope his suffering was small
    Tell me every detail, I've got to know it all,
    And do you have a picture of the pain.

    (Refrain)

    Time takes her toll and the memory fades
    But his glory is growing in the magic that he made
    Reality is ruined; there’s nothing more to fear
    The drama is distorted to what they want to hear
    Swimming in their sorrow in the twisting of a tear
    As they wait for the new thrill parade.

    The eyes of the rebel have been branded by the blind
    To the safety of sterility the threat has been refined
    The child was created to the slaughterhouse he's led
    So good to be alive when the eulogies are read
    The climax of emotion, the worship of the dead
    As the cycle of sacrifice unwinds.

    (Refrain)

    And the night comes again to the circle studded sky
    The stars settle slowly in loneliness they lie
    'Til the universe explodes as a falling star is raised
    The planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazed
    But they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blaze
    With the speed of insanity, then he dies.

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