"Pride of Man" as written by and Hamilton Camp....
Turn around go back down go back the way you came
Can't you see the flash of fire ten times brighter than the day
And behold the mighty city broken in the dust again
Oh God the pride of man broken in the dust again

Turn around go back down go back the way you came
Babylon is laid to waste Egypt's buried in her shame
Their mighty men are beaten down the kings are fallen in the ways
Oh God the pride of man broken in the dust again

Turn around go back down go back the way you came
Terror is on everyside though the leaders are dismayed
Those who put their faith in fire in fire their faith shall be repaid
Oh God the pride of man broken in the dust again

Turn around go back down go back the way you came
Shout a warning to the nations that the sword of god is raised
On Babylon that mighty city rich in treasure wide in fame
It shall cause thy towers to fall and make it be a pyre of flame
Oh God the pride of man broken in the dust again

Thou that dwell on many water rich in treasure wide in fame
Bow unto a god of gold thy pride of might shall be thy shame
Oh God the pride of man broken in the dust again

And only God can lead the people back into the faith again
Thy holy mountain be restored thy mercy on thy people Lord


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"Pride of Man" as written by Hamilton Camp

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    General CommentOne of my favorite Lightfoot songs. I always thought of him as a troubadour, a storyteller of the oral tradition with song as his medium. This song really illustrates that, and has a very Old Testament feel to it. The lament and the warning he pours into the lyrics are palpable: Beware thy pride, and know that civilization is a transitory thing against the backdrop of a world old beyond reckoning. Whether you call it God or nature or chance. That's what this song means, to me.
    Nalderson February 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you'll find that while Lightfoot did record a version of this song, he didn't write it. Pride of Man was written by Hamilton Camp. Also, while Lightfoot's version isn't bad, the best recording of this song was by the Quicksilver Messenger Service in their debut album in 1968.
    MJacobsonon December 27, 2007   Link

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