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    KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD
    (Words and Music by Joan Baez)

    The ship that sails the seven seas
    Has finally brought me to my knees
    It's not much to my liking
    The people standing on the rock
    Are innocent and they know not
    That the tide comes in
    Death rides it like a Viking

    The mountains rise above the mist
    And the golden prince I've never kissed
    He may die tonight
    And why do I want to ride with
    The prince whose alleged horse is white?
    Because when we ride together
    Our lives are cloaked forever

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes

    Oh, but I am hardy in these years
    Or I'd have sunk down with my tears
    To the earth beneath my feet
    I want to endure the slings and arrows
    That Hamlet spoke about
    But harrowed,
    He was forced to a ragged defeat

    There was a method to his madness
    But overcome by pride and sadness
    He did not endure
    Surely his death was a grave mistake
    How many deaths do we really calculate?
    Isn't it true, Lord
    Tragedies happen when you're bored?

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes

    You archangels, you have some nerve
    To watch all of this you are absurd
    You even have a choice
    Do you know all? I think you may
    And what is there for you to say
    But understand
    Why God took back your voice

    SIlence is golden, I believe
    And you are worth your weight
    In wreaths of purest gold
    While we are here with debts and bets
    And aircraft carriers and jets
    I call out fruitlessly
    Give me an archangel for company

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes

    Me in the woods at the break of dawn
    The candles of the night still on
    The chimes ring from the hollow
    I too am worth my weight in gold
    But the fishmonger and I are old
    When the mint runs out
    Our real lives will follow

    It was misfortune who woke you up
    To pour you the dregs from her broken cup
    Cast her aside
    The sunrise will appear with the mockingbird
    Who stays deep in the canyon and is heard
    Glorious in his song
    He cannot be wrong

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes
    There's another one just beyond
    Act quickly before it's gone

    © 1976, 1977 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP)


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