"Seconds" as written by Philip Oakey, Philip Adrian Wright and Jo Callis....
All day
Hiding from the sun
Waiting for the golden one
Waiting for your fame
After the parade has gone

Outside was a happy place
Every face had a smile like the golden face
For a second
Your knuckles white as your fingers curl
The shot that was heard around the world
For a seconds

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds of your time to take his life
Seconds
Seconds

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took secons

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds

For a second

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds

For a second

It took seconds of your time to take his life
Seconds of your time to take his life
For a second
For a second
For a second


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"Seconds" as written by Ian Charles Burden Adrian Wright

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  • +2
    General CommentOf course, having assumed it was MLK, it could be Kennedy:

    the "parade" is the cars going past and if you take the official stance to be true, Kennedy's assasin was in a high building which always seems pretty dark (ie "hiding from the sun") on TV documentaries!

    The "outside" would here be the people who had come out to greet Kennedy in Dallas Texas and obviously they would be happy if they were JFK supporters! And like MLK the "for a second" is referring to how quickly things turned to dismay that he had been murdered.

    The shot was definately "heard around the world," being heavily covered in the media for days.


    The only thing I could link to Lennon was the "waiting for your fame" which is pretty self-explanatory really!
    skistar123on February 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I saw this played live in concert, at one point on huge video displays, the projected 1963. I don't dispute the John Lennon comment, but wonder if they are making this song a bit more generic about assasination in general (Kennedy in 1963 etc).
    lynnzalon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSurely it's about the shooting of Martin Luterh King Jr - the line

    "After the parade has gone"

    surely referrs to the rally he addressed the day before (March 3rd 1968)

    furthermore,

    "Outside
    Was a happy place
    Every face had a smile like the golden face
    For a second"

    The "happy place" could be referring to the fact that the Civil Rights acts had been passed if you take "outside" to mean the African-Americans in the Civil Rights struggle. Then "for a second," of course is longer in real life, but for the purpose of the song, but obviously when MLK was murdered, this would have upset many people, regardless of the happiess that must have been felt after the Civil Rights Acts were passed.
    skistar123on February 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Cool song about the assassination of JFK. Sound very basic but it works.
    Starton February 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about the assassination of JFK. This is well attested. No mystery about it.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…#.22Seconds.22
    Strawsonianon October 08, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General CommentALL ABOUT THE DEATH OF JOHN LENNON.
    Lamprey pie.on September 12, 2007   Link

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