Monday, June 14, 2010

Arlo Guthrie's "Prologue"

(Update: The video is no longer embedded. You will have to click, "Watch at Youtube," at the center of it to go to the YouTube page at which it can be viewed. Or, you can just go here).

I remember the day in 1979 when I first heard this song. It appeared on Arlo Guthrie's album, "Outlasting the Blues," which I purchased on a hot summer day at Odyssey Records in Las Vegas. 

The lyrics are powerful, which I reproduce below:
Prologue words and music by Arlo Guthrie In the event of my demise Be sure to include this statement When you are bent on closing my eyes Thinking about what my life meant Alone on a hill back in '65 Things looked a lot like changing Singing our songs that we harmonized Dreaming of worlds rearranging And I don't know why I'm singing tonight Maybe it's time someone told you Just because you say you've seen the light Doesn't mean nobody sold you I can remember all of your smiles During the demonstrations Taking on what seemed like the whole world Igniting the hearts of our nations And together we sang our victory songs Though we were worlds apart Every thing then has now passed away Except for the love in my heart Sitting at home on computerized beds Trying to come to conclusions Seeing reflections from rose-colored heads Ignoring the states of illusion Drunk in a world of material wealth No one can notice you falling Fantastic flights once good tor your health Now make you deaf to your calling And all alone the prophet groans With words as yet unseen Who'll be awake when the master returns Who will be lost in their dreams So in the event of my demise Be sure to include this statement Only the words of love kept alive Are worthy of not being wasted ©1979 Arloco Music Inc (ASCAP)

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