"Zen Archer" as written by and Todd Rundgren....
Pretty bird with feathers falling
Pretty as a lady calling
For her pink and midnight lover
As she stares into the water

And a yellow moon is rising
And there can't be no disguising
That the pretty bird is dying
With a silver arrow lying at its side

Rivers of blood,
Oceans of tears,
Life without death,
And death without reason

To the whole United Nations,
To your greatest expectations
To the moment that you realize
As a dark figure slips from out of the shadow

Pretty bird closes its eyes, pretty bird dies
Another pretty thing dead on the end of the shaft
Of the Zen Archer

A man in parts forgotten
With an outlook that is rotten
And an attitude to match it
Finds relief inside a hatchet
And he halved someone in Boulder
Justifiability is in the hands of the beholder
And you just don't know what people will do next

Mountains of pain,
Valleys of love,
Death without life,
And life without meaning

To the promise kept and broken
To the love that's never spoken
Just as surely as I'm in your ears
A dark figure slips from out of the shadow

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"Zen Archer" as written by Todd Rundgren

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    General CommentThis is one of my all time favorites but...everytime I force my friends to listen to it, they get scared. lol
    doublexfantasyon August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've heard the popular Todd songs from the past, and I even saw him fronting the "New Cars" a few summers ago. But lately, my wife has urged me to give AWATS a listen. It's definitely one of those collections that takes a little while to digest. Repeated listenings are a must. But I find myself enjoying it more and more and THIS song is a big reason why. It's got an Eastern European, melancholy feel to it that is absolutely mesmerizing. I'm going to have to ponder these lyrics some, but it surely seems to be a song that captures the essence of life in all its extremes.
    akronzipfanon June 30, 2009   Link

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