"Burning Sky" as written by and Paul John Weller....
How are things in your little world?
I hope they're going well, and you are too
Do you still see the same old crowd?
The ones who used to meet every Friday
I'm really sorry that I can't be there
But work comes first, I'm sure you'll understand
Things are really taking off for me
Business is thriving, and I'm showing a profit

And in any case it wouldn't be the same
'Cause we've all grown up, and we've got our lives
And the values that we had once upon a time
Seem stupid now, 'cause the rent must be paid
And some bonds severed, and others made

Now I don't want you to get me wrong
Ideals are fine when you are young
And I must admit we had a laugh
But that's all it was and ever will be

'Cause the burning sky keeps burning bright
And as long as it does (and it always will)
There's no time for dreams when commerce calls
And the taxman's shouting, 'cause he wants his dough
And the wheels of finance won't begin to slow

And it's only us realists who are gonna come through
'Cause there's only one power higher than that of truth
And that's the burning sky

Oh and by the way I must tell you
Before I sign off, that I've got a meeting next week
With the head of a big corporate
I can't disclose who, but I'm sure you'll know it

And the burning sky keeps burning bright
And it won't turn off till it's had enough
It's the greedy bastard who won't give up
And you're just a dreamer if you don't realize
And the sooner you do will be the better for you
Then we'll all be happy, and we'll all be wise
And all bow down to the burning sky

Then we'll all be happy, and we'll all be wise
And together we will live beneath the burning sky


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"Burning Sky" as written by Paul John Weller

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    General CommentObviously a letter from a man now sucessful in business written to his old 'idealist' mate, only too happy to dismiss the past, which i'm sure is a common thing really.

    It reminds me of a few old friends actually, and in a small dose, maybe even myself. The line "'it wouldn't be teh same'cause we've all grown up and got our own lives..." is pretty spot on, and "there's no time for dreams when commerce calls" sums up the idea of losing your ideals once the utility bills begin to hit the doormat.
    SmithersJones87on October 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFire on the horizon is the drive for wealth to the exclusion of humanity.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe wrong lyrics above. Need to be replaced.
    Drydxbon January 01, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy does no one have anything to say about this song? a great song by a great band and filled with meaning
    jonutaon July 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was written in the form of a letter...a man caught up in the world of high-finance writes to his old friend back home.
    It starts off amiably enough but soon the writer can't help but reveal his contempt for what he has left behind including, probably, his friend. this song packs a mighty kick as do several other songs from this album.
    can anyone tell me the significance of the burning sky? i'd love to know.
    Boss Manon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the way they placed this right before Smither Jones on the album, as Smither Jones is like a guy like this getting screwed over by the "burning sky".
    Cpt-Sensibleon January 23, 2006   Link

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