"Tapestry" as written by and Don Mclean....
Every thread of creation is held in position
By still other strands of things living.
In an earthly tapestry hung from the skyline
Of smoldering cities so gray and so vulgar,
As not to be satisfied with their own negativity
But needing to touch all the living as well.

Every breeze that blows kindly is one crystal breath
We exhale on the blue diamond heaven.
As gentle to touch as the hands of the healer.
As soft as farewells whispered over the coffin.
We're poisoned by venom with each breath we take,
From the brown sulfur chimney and the black highway snake.

Every dawn that breaks golden is held in suspension
Like the yoke of the egg in albumen.
Where the birth and the death of unseen generations
Are interdependent in vast orchestration
And painted in colors of tapestry thread.
When the dying are born and the living are dead.

Every pulse of your heartbeat is one liquid moment
That flows through the veins of your being.
Like a river of life flowing on since creation.
Approaching the sea with each new generation.
You're now just a stagnant and rancid disgrace
That is rapidly drowning the whole human race.

Every fish that swims silent, every bird that flies freely,
Every doe that steps softly.
Every crisp leaf that falls, all the flowers that grow
On this colorful tapestry, somehow they know.
That if man is allowed to destroy all they need.
He will soon have to pay with his life, for his greed.

Lyrics submitted by sakebox

"Tapestry" as written by Don Mclean

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    General CommentWow. Don McLean is a hippie! And I love it! Such awesome poetry written into song. This, as with most of his songs, the music is only scenery, it's all in the lyrics!!
    ikeon March 11, 2007   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIn the second line of the third verse, it should be 'yolk', not 'yoke'.
    klaveon July 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentpeople should have heeded his message in 1970. this song is as topical today as it was then will we ever learn
    gary62on June 13, 2013   Link

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