Before The Deluge          ----- Jackson Browne

Some of them were dreamers
Some of them were fools
Who were making plans and thinking of the future
With the energy of the innocent
They were gathering the tools
They would need to make their yourney back to nature
When the sand slipped through the opening
And their hands reached for the golden ring
In their hearts they turned to each others hearts for refuge
In the troubled years that came before the deluge.

Some of them knew pleasure
Some of them knew pain
And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
On the brave and crazy wings of youth
They went flying around in the rain
'Till their feathers once so fine grew torn and tattered
In the end they traded their tired wings
For the resignation that living brings
They traded love's bright and fragile glow for the glitter and the rouge
In a moment they were swept before the deluge.


So let the music keep our spirits high
Let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal its secrets by and by
by and by
When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky

Some of tehm were angry
At the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned to forge beauty into power
So they struggled to protect her from them
Only to be confused
By the magnitude of the fury in the final hour
When the sand was gone and the time arrived
In the naked dawn only a few survived
And in attempts to understanding this thing
So simple and so huge
Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge

So let the music keep our spirits high
Let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal its secrets by and by
by and by
When the light that's lost within us reaches the sky

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