Emerson, Lake & Palmer:Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression

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“Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression”
Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Albums: Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen (1974)

Live version (1973)

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 yeah
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 yeah

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
Go inside
Go inside

We 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 upon the bill in our house of vaudeville
We've a stripper in a till
What a thrill
What a thrill
And not content with that
With our hands behind our backs
We pull Jesus from a hat
Get into that
Get into that

Roll up
Roll up
Roll up
See the show


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
The greatest show in heaven hell or earth
You've got to see the show
It's a dynamo
You've got to see the show
It's rock and roll

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

Carl Palmer on the drums

Soon the gypsy queen in a glaze of vaseline
Will perform on guillotine
What a scene
What a scene
Next upon 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 that were shown
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