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Hats Off To Roy Harper

8 of the best from one of the most underrated singer-songwriters/lyricists of his era.
1Roy Harper
Flat Baroque and Berserk

I Hate the White Man ~ "And the reins of coloured thunder, of the stallion of the dawn / Ride the coal fire morning, on the beach where all is born / Where the emperor of meaning, is burning up his fort / And sits to warm his toes around a fire made up of useless thoughts / And when the children tempt him, with the riddles of their trance / He flings the flames of solstice, casting laughs into their dance"
2Roy Harper

Mcgoohan's Blues ~ "And I'm just a social experiment tailored to size / I've tried out the national machine and the welfare surprise / I'm the rich man the poor man the peace man the war man the beast / The festive consumer who ends up consumed in the feast / And my fife eyed promoter is clutching two birds in the bush / He's a thief he's as bad as the joker they're both in the rush / He's telling me Ghandi was handy and Jesus sold his ring / (Dunno who to, God maybe) / And everyone knows that this dough's gonna make me the king"
3Roy Harper

Me and My Woman ~ "I never know what kind of day it is on my battlefield of ideals / But the way she touches and the way it feels, must be just how it heals / But it's got a little better since I let her sundance... / I never know what time of year it is living on top of the fire / But the robin outside has to hunt and hide in the cold frosty shire / But he knows just what goes in between his cold toes and his warm ears / And he's got no disguise in his eyes for his love as she nears"
4Roy Harper
Flat Baroque and Berserk

Another Day ~ "And across the room inside a tomb / A chance is waxed and wanes / The night is young, why are we so hung up / In each others chains / I must take her, I must make her / While the dove domains / And feel the juice run as she flies / Run my winds under her sighs / As the flames of eternity rise / To lick us with the first born lash of dawn."
5Roy Harper
Sophisticated Beggar

Legend ~ "And as I hear you breathing life's last distant compliment / I know I can't have said much of what I really meant / The sky desolates the sky and the snowflakes face to face / And everything is just everything because everything just is."
6Roy Harper

One For All ~ "Soft and low the sun is setting / Deep into the sky we travel apart / As I sit here softly wakeful / Thinking of the ones I've loved on my way / How my dreaming longs to see you / Carnival of memories / Sat here in this dusk I see you / Meaning all those things you mean to me."
7Roy Harper
Flat Baroque and Berserk

Don't You Grieve ~ "Now you've got all the silver and no forgiveness in your hearts / And I've got twenty feet of rope to end just where your guessing game starts / I've got endless books to write you but my tale I cannot tell / The only way you'll hear me is if you're living in the same Hell."
8Roy Harper
Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith

Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith ~ "Me and my friends tell you what we're gonna do / Really no secret now that we are telling you / We're collecting the autumn leaves / Taking them home to the coal fire scenes / And spending the snow time painting them green / Ready for you all to see again in the springtime"
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