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Turn around, go back down, back the way you came
Can’t you see that flash of fire ten times brighter than the day
And behold the mighty city broken in the dust again
Oh God, the pride of man, broken in the dust again

Turn around, go back down, back the way you came
Babylon is laid to waste, Egypt’s buried in her shame
Their mighty men are beaten down, their kings have fallen in the ways
Oh God, the pride of man, broken in the dust again

Turn around, go back down, back the way you came
Terror is on every side, though the leaders are dismayed
Those who put their faith in fire, in fire their faith shall be repaid
Oh God, the pride of man, broken in the dust again

Turn around, go back down, back the way you came
Shout a warning to the nations that the sword of god is raised
On Babylon that mighty city, rich in treasure, wide in fame
It shall cause thy tower to fall and make it be a pyre of flame
Oh God, the pride of man, broken in the dust again

Oh thou that dwell on many waters, rich in treasure, wide in fame
Bow unto a god of gold, thy pride of might shall be thy shame
Oh God, the pride of man, broken in the dust again

And only God can lead the people back into the earth again
Thy holy mountain be restored, thy mercy on thy people Lord

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  • Dirk March 13, 2022, 7:27 AM

    Absolutely perfect Sunday morning music.

    Thank you


  • Boat Guy March 13, 2022, 8:07 AM

    Dunno bout “Sunday Morning Music” but certainly apropos for the time.
    “Pride of Man” has been a favorite since I first heard it; reading the lyrics makes it fresh again, unfortunately.
    All the rest are still favorites even as they remind me of what I thought were the worst times I’ve lived through. Wrong again.

    • Dirk March 13, 2022, 9:03 AM

      Boat, sorry these tunes remind you of bad times. For me my “ bad times” are what made me strong, made me who I am today. Music is so ingrained in me, hear a song it takes me places, subconsciously.

      Think it important to visit the past, to understand one’s future.

      Life is the Lesson.

      • Boat Guy March 14, 2022, 1:17 PM

        “Life is the Lesson”aye.

  • HDS March 13, 2022, 8:21 AM

    That is a Gordon Lightfoot song from the 60’s..That’s where I first heard it

    • Klaus March 13, 2022, 8:45 AM

      Actually Gordon’s version is a cover of Hamilton Camp’s song. I like Quicksilver Messenger Service’s version best.

      • Gnawbone Jack March 13, 2022, 4:23 PM

        Love me some Quicksilver and a hit of Fresh Air.

    • Jack March 13, 2022, 9:08 AM

      I’ve always loved Gord’s version. He was pretty young when he cut this:


  • pbird March 13, 2022, 8:57 AM
  • James ONeil March 13, 2022, 10:33 AM

    & then there’s Sunday Morning Coming Down

  • Skorpion March 13, 2022, 1:43 PM

    John Cipollina: the most underrated lead guitarist in rock history.

  • KCK March 13, 2022, 9:23 PM

    We had our formative years in the Sixties. A few here served in Vietnam; most of us didn’t, but we belong to a culture where the Vietnam War was a big part. I may’ve seen Barry McGuire sing that song, in person, but my 60s-70s memories are too many to sort and maybe that was BJ Thomas I saw, or maybe it was both. Shakes head wistfully.

    OK, so what is Vietnam Syndrome? It’s more than they say in the internets – it’s a mind melt and a brain freeze. It’s PTSD, flashbacks and overdoses. It’s bad memories and psychological overload – it makes for great rock music and a handful of very good movies (and a big handful of some really bad ones [Platoon]). All of a sudden I wonder why there isn’t more really great art from the war – possibly the photography was so good it left little room for painters to portray the war. I had a supply sergeant under me who was very good, and his job in ‘Nam was as an Air Force photographer. His portfolio was unforgettable: F-5s and B-52s flying Thailand to North Vietnam – mostly in B&W. I served with hundreds of guys fresh from Vietnam and they were real people – real great guys and sometimes real fukt up. Nightmares, divorces, inability to work jobs, thousand-yard stares.

    Where was I? Oh yeah: Vietnam Syndrome. You think that no foreign war is winnable or advisable, and America is the bad guy and colonialist and imperialist. The military, as a corporate entity, is evil and unintelligent.

    Brothers. Leave that shit behind. There is as much truth in 17th-19th century warfare than there is in our Vietnam experience. War is always with us, and the better you understand it (just like understanding human nature and politics) the better off you’ll be. It’s complicated, and it’s difficult to face emotionally. War, that is. A guy once told me that survival in war is an attitude of absolute determination to not give up. Believe me, he knew (Pearl Harbor and The Slot veteran). Don’t give up, and don’t freak out.

    Ukraine ain’t Vietnam. Far from it. It’s something new, and it is: a shit sandwich. In my opinion, our national leadership is worst now than ever. They are historically under qualified. Yes, this amplifies the danger we are in. I agree with many here that want to avoid war to bail out Ukraine (those ungrateful cucks). However, that paradigm will shift, and soon. My opinion is that as the Russians trip over their own spurs, the Chinese put their Taiwan invasion on hold for longer.

    Anyway, war will come to you soon enough. I’m rather old, but I did do some preparations in my long lifetime for war. Coughs. Pours another shot of Bourbon. Thinks about the Vietnam soldiers.

  • ghostsniper March 14, 2022, 4:45 AM

    I’m betting the war will come from within. The US gov’t, and it’s many factions, against the common man trying to live peacefully. Other than slavery, there is no reason for outside forces to attack. But that gets shot down for the same reason low IQ fails on all fronts, it’s almost impossible to get them to work. It’s not that they don’t know but that they can’t even be taught. 3 generations of slaves that will need to be beaten within an inch to become productive. The outsiders see that as pretty low odds.

    • KCK March 14, 2022, 9:36 AM

      Ghost said: there is no reason for outside forces to attack.

      War doesn’t follow reasons. Wars are fought for fear and for hubris.

      But, the war from within: for certain. It’s already going. The 2A assures me that the governbent and her citizenry are actually the two party system. Politicos versus people. They want me gunless, and I don’t want guns so much as I need them. It’s too bad I don’t own any. Nor, any ammo. Nor: magazines. What I really need are crew served weapons, and possibly some tanks. I understand there is an open market of good, intact tanks somewhere in eastern Europe. What do you suppose those gypsy farmers are asking for a working T-76? I’m asking for a friend.