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The Great American Eagle Tragedy

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the great american eagle tragedy

Canzone che dà il titolo al secondo e ultimo LP per questa band-meteora della scena psychedelic rock dei tardi anni 60.
Come il testo (trovato qui), anche la copertina del disco è eleoquente: dal simbolo insanguinato della presidenza USA sembra affiorare un teschio; sullo sfondo bambini che sorridono, volti di persone che suonano e cantano, ma anche poliziotti e soldati e la scritta "America: love it or leave it"...
And call out the border guard.
The kingdom is crumbling.
The king is in the counting house,
Laughing and stumbling.
His armies are extended,
Way beyond the shore.
As he sends our lovely boys to die
In a foreign jungle war.

Huh, huh, huh, huh...

The queen is in the garden,
Moaning and weeping.
She spied the execution of Spades.
While he lay sleeping.
The Kingdom judge and jester
leaped together from the tower.
Lie still as fallen statues.
In the cultivated bower, bower.

And call out the border guard.
The kingdom is crumbling.
The king is in the counting house,
Laughing and stumbling.
His armies are extended,
Way beyond the shore.
As he sends our lovely boys to die
In a foreign jungle war.

Huh, huh, huh, huh...

The orchestra assembles,
and tries in vain to tune.
While outside in the stableyard,
the hounds are howling at the moon.
A blind man in the far off jungle,
his bamble hurt in flames.
Sits and whispers to his flute.
all the unremembered names.

And call out the border guard.
The kingdom is crumbling.
The king is in the counting house,
Laughing and stumbling.
His armies are extended,
Way beyond the shore.
As he sends our lovely boys to die
In a foreign jungle war.

Huh, huh, huh, huh... My god!

The scarlet cloaked and white horsed huntsman
Rides upon the meadow green.
His silver arrow scars the sky,
and I can hear the eagle scream.
The peasants watch in dumb struck wonder!
The gay procession passed them by.
The victory silence is consuming me!
And we've killed at last the eagle's cry!

And call out the border guard.
The kingdom is crumbling.
The king is in the pouting house,
Laughing and stumbling.
His armies are extended,
Way beyond the shore.
As he sends our lovely boys to die,
As we send our lovely boys to die,
As you send our lovely boys to die
In a foreign jungle war.

Ah, huh, huh, huh...

Why people, I can't stand it any more!
I, I, I can't stand it any more!

I god!
Oh God! Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!
Where is that place!

Bye, bye, bye, bye!
Die, die, die, die!
Bye, bye, bye, bye!
Die, die, die, die!
Oh no! oh no! OH NO!

STOP THE WAR! STOP THE WAR!
Oh PLEASE!

inviata da Alessandro - 5/11/2009 - 15:13



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