Crucifixion by Phil Ochs (sung by Jim & Jean)And the night comes again to the circle studded skyThe stars settle slowly in loneliness they lie'Til the universe explodes as a falling star is raisedThe planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazedBut they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blazeWith the speed of insanity, then he dies. In the green fields of turning a baby is bornHis cries crease the wind and mingle with the mornAn assault upon the order, the changing of the guardChosen for a challenge that is hopelessly hardAnd the only single sign is the sighing of the starsBut to the silence of distance they are sworn.(Refrain): So dance, dance, dance, teach us to be trueCome dance, dance, dance, 'cause we love youImages of innocence charge him to go onBut the decadence of history is looking for a pawnTo a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gateA blinding revelation is served upon his plateThat beneath the greatest love is a hurricane of hateAnd God help the critic of the dawn.So he stands on the sea and shouts to the shoreBut the louder that he screams the longer he's ignoredFor the wine of oblivion is drunk to the dregsAnd the merchants of the masses almost have to be begged'Till the giant is aware someone's pulling at his legAnd 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 manBut ignorance is everywhere, and people have their waySuccess is an enemy to the losers of the dayIn the shadows of the churches who knows what they prayAnd blood is the language of the band.The Spanish bulls are beaten; the crowd is soon beguiledThe matador is beautiful, a symphony of styleExcitement is esthetic, passion places betsGracefully he bows to ovations that he getsBut the hands that are applauding are slippery with sweatAnd saliva is falling from their smiles.(Refrain)Then this overflow of life is crushed into a liarThe gentle soul is ripped apart and tossed into a fireThe death of beauty, the victory of the nightTruth becomes a tragedy limping from the lightThe heavens are horrified, they stagger at the sightAnd the cross is trembling with desire.They say they can't believe it, it's a sacrilegious shameNow who would want to hurt such a hero of the gameBut you know I predicted it, I knew he had to fallHow did it happen? I hope his suffering was smallTell 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 fadesBut his glory is growing in the magic that he madeReality is ruined; there’s nothing more to fearThe drama is distorted to what they want to hearSwimming in their sorrow in the twisting of a tearAs they wait for the new thrill parade.The eyes of the rebel have been branded by the blindTo the safety of sterility the threat has been refinedThe child was created to the slaughterhouse he's ledSo good to be alive when the eulogies are readThe climax of emotion, the worship of the deadAs the cycle of sacrifice unwinds.(Refrain)And the night comes again to the circle studded skyThe stars settle slowly in loneliness they lie'Til the universe explodes as a falling star is raisedThe planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazedBut they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blazeWith the speed of insanity, then he dies.