Trader sailed a jeweled crown
Humanity rowed the way
Exploring to command more land
Scheming how to rule the waves.
Trader spied a virgin plain
And named it for velvet robes
Wrote home declaring,
"There's a place
Where totally folks are free
(Happily completely)
Nourishment fills the prairies and the hillsides
And animals stalk the mountains and the seaside
And fish abound the lakes and birds the skies
Signed sincerely."

Trader found the jeweled land
Was occupied before he came
By humans of a second look
Who couldn't even write their names shame
Trader said they're not as good
As folks who wear velvet robes
Wrote home again and asked, "Please help
Their breasts I see; they're not like me
Banish them from our prairies and our hillsides
Clear them from our mountains and our seaside
I want them off our lakes so please reply
Signed sincerely."

Trader he got the crown okay
Cleared humanity from his way
He civilized all he saw
Making changes every single day say
Shops sprang over the prairies and the hillsides
Then roads cut through the mountains to the seaside
The other kind fled to hide, by and by,
And so sincerely

Making it softly
Like the evening sea, trying to be
Making it go
Creating it gently
Like a morning breeze, a life of ease
Eyes that see
Beyond tomorrow, through to the time without hours
Passing the Eden of Flowers
Reason to live.

Embracing together
Like the merging streams, crying dreams
Making it full
Begging intently
For a slight reprieve, a night of ease
Hands to touch
Beyond the sorrow, on to the force without power
Piercing the crust of the tower
Reason to live.

Like a budding rose, humbling shows
Making it.
Struggling lonely
Like a desert field, break the seal, make it real
Ears to hear
Beyond the showers, on to the suns of tomorrows
Burning the flesh of all sorrows
Reason to live.
Reason to continue
Reason to go on
Reason to live
Reason to live
Reason to live

Lyrics submitted by Bobo192

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    General CommentSince no-one's done it for me:

    This one's about the discovery of America... and, so it looks, some takeover. I'm ignorant, so I don't know by whom.

    The Eden Of Flowers refers to the Bible: Genesis, where... yadda paradise... yadda snake... yadda temptation, everybody knows.
    Bobo192on May 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah, but what about the whole second part of the song?
    andrewcheesmanon March 22, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionA phenomenal lyric and song production by the late Carl Wilson. I still remember when it was released on the Holland album back in the early 70's which was recorded in The Netherlands.

    There (IMHO) have been a plethora of songs, poems and videos about colonial Europe "doing in" the Native American population. Usually a tale of rape, riot and mayhem.

    But the Beach Boys really succeed in contrasting the lifestyle and worldview of the Indians to that of the European settlers (or, if you prefer, conquerors). And hint of the spiritual duality of us all (body + spirit) and the coming of an eternal time "beyond tomorrow" ... "without hours". Very different, for example, with John Lennon's "Imagine" where disbelief in everything is the mantra.

    Rest in Peace, Carl Wilson. God Only Knows.
    NorthCoastRockon July 11, 2013   Link

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