Keep you head down
Keep you head down
While they’re firing low
You’re too young child
To know the difference

Oh my pretty
Oh my sweet girl
It’s a marvelous place
They put weights down
In your coat tails to burn you out

Lest you fly
Lest you take off
And show whomever what’s what.
It’s one outrageous lie after another

Turn their lights out
Change the channel
Before we lose the heart
To fight against belief in what they’re saying

There’s a hotel
With a dark room
At the end of a corridor
I will meet you
To the strains of Allah

We will lie back
On a pillow of the whitest snow
And the silence we were promised
Will engulf us

Lay your head down
Keep your head down
While they’re firing low
You’re too young child
You’re too young child

We will wake up
From the dreams that bury us
We will tunnel our way out
By moonlight

From the dark room
To the white streets and the snow banks
We’ll invest in one another’s future

Oh my pretty
Oh my sweet girl
It’s a marvelous place
She designed it
With escape routes
For you and me

So to the library
With your new card
Grab your favorite books
Look for blueprints
To the strains of Allah
Here we go….

Benevolence is in back
Of everyplace you look
It’s not a monstrous face she is hiding

If I see her
I will tell you
You’ll come quickly
If you see her
Don’t hesitate just go

But til then

Keep your head down
Keep your head down
While they’re firing low
You’re too young child
You’re too young child

You’re too young child
Here we go…


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    General CommentBeautiful song, Sylvian is amazing. Part of this is a warning not to let the bastards grind you down, I wonder if it could be for his daughter, or perhaps it's just a song. I heard it as "to the strains of our love", but these lyrics are correct and match what is posted on his website.
    dotdashon August 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI also thought I heard it as "our love". A beautiful song from an amazing album. I agree that this is a warning to not let the machinery of society grind you down. I also see it as an encouragement to keep looking for benevolence and joy and wonder even though it gets hard.

    "Turn their lights out, change the channel, before we lose the heart to fight against belief in what they're saying." That has to be one of the most loving and beautiful sentiments I have ever heard in a song. I like to believe that he wrote this for his daughter and anyone else who cared to listen.
    mjoaon May 29, 2012   Link

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