Emerson, Lake & Palmer:Karn Evil 9

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“Karn Evil 9”
Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Albums: Brain Salad Surgery (1973)
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen (1974)

1st Impression, Part 1

Cold and misty morning, I heard a warning borne in the air
About an age of power where no one had an hour to spare
Where the seeds have withered, silent children shivered in the cold
Now their faces captured in the lenses of the jackals for gold
I'll be there
I'll be there
I will be there

Suffering in silence, they've all been betrayed
They hurt them and they beat them in a terrible way
Praying for survival at the end of the day
There is no compassion for those who stay
I'll be there
I'll be there
I will be there

There must be someone who can set them free
To take their sorrow from this odyssey
To help the helpless and the refugee
To protect what's left of humanity
Can't you see?
Can't you see?
Can't you see?
I'll be there
I'll be there
I will be there

To heal their sorrow
To beg and borrow
Fight tomorrow

Step inside, hello
We've the most amazing show
You'll enjoy it all, we know
Step inside, step inside

We've got thrills and shocks
Supersonic fighting cocks
Leave your hammers at the box
Come inside, come inside

Roll up
Roll up
Roll up
See the show

Left behind the bars
Rows of bishops' heads in jars
And a bomb inside a car
Spectacular, spectacular

If you follow me
There's a speciality
Some tears for you to see
Misery, misery

Roll up
Roll up
Roll up
See the show

Next up on the bill
In our house of vaudeville
We've a stripper in a till
What a thrill, what a thrill

Not content with that
With our hands behind our backs
Pull Jesus from a hat
Get into that, get into that

Roll up
Roll up
Roll up
See the show


1st Impression, Part 2

Welcome back, my friends
To the show that never ends
We're so glad you could attend
Come inside, come inside

There behind the glass
Is a real blade of grass
Be careful as you pass
Move along, move along

Come inside, the show's about to start
Guaranteed to blow your head apart
Rest assured, you'll get your money's worth
Greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth

You gotta see the show
It's a dynamo
You gotta see the show
It's rock and roll

Oh right before your eyes
We pull laughter from the skies
And he laughs until he cries
Then he dies, then he dies

Come inside, the show's about to start
Guaranteed to blow your head apart

You gotta see the show
It's a dynamo
You gotta see the show
It's rock and roll
Oh

Soon the gypsy queen
In a glaze of Vaseline
Will perform on guillotine
What a scene, what a scene

Next up on the stand
Will you please extend a hand
To Alexander's ragtime band
Dixieland, Dixieland

Roll up
Roll up
Roll up
See the show

Performing on a stool
We've a sight to make you drool
Seven virgins and a mule
Keep it cool, keep it cool

We would like it to be known
The exhibits at the show
Were exclusively our own
All our own, all our own

Come and see the show
Come and see the show
Come and see the show

See the show


2nd Impression

(Instrumental)


3rd Impression

Man alone, born of stone
Will stamp the dust of time
His hands strike the flame of his soul
Ties a rope to a tree
And hangs the universe
Until the winds of laughter blows cold

Fear that rattles in men's ears
And rears it's hideous head
Dread
Death
In the wind

Man of steel pray and kneel
With fever's blazing torch
Thrust in the face of the night
Draws a blade of compassion
Kissed by countless kings
Whose jewelled trumpet words blind his sight

Walls that no man thought would fall
The altars of the just
Crushed
Dust
In the wind

No man yields who flies in my ship

[Danger!]
Let the bridge computer speak
[Stranger!]
[Load your program, I am yourself]

No computer stands in my way
Only blood can cancel my pain
Guardians of a new clear dawn
Let the maps of war be drawn.

Rejoice, glory is ours
Our young men have not died in vain
Their graves need no flowers
The tapes have recorded their names

I am all there is
[Negative]
[Primitive]
[Limited]
[I let you live]
But I gave you life
[What else could you do?]
To do what was right
[I'm perfect, are you?]