Man alone; born of stone;
Will stamp the dust of time
His hands strike the flame of his soul;
Ties a rope to a tree and hangs the Universe
Until the winds of laughter blows cold.

Fear that rattles in men's ears
And rears it's hideous head
Dread .... Death .... in the wind ....

Man of steel pray and kneel
With fever's blazing torch
Thrust in the face of the night;
Draws a blade of compassion
Kissed by countless Kings
Whose jewelled trumpet words blind his sight.

Walls that no man thought would fall
The altars of the just
Crushed .... Dust .... in the wind ....

No man yields who flies in my ship
DANGER!
Let the bridge computer speak
STRANGER!
LOAD YOUR PROGRAM. I AM YOURSELF.

No computer stands in my way
Only blood can cancel my pain
Guardians of a new clear dawn
Let the maps of war be drawn.

Rejoice! Glory is ours!
Our young men have not died in vain,
Their graves need no flowers
The tapes have recorded their names.

I am all there is
NEGATIVE! PRIMITIVE! LIMITED! I LET YOU LIVE!
But I gave you life
WHAT ELSE COULD YOU DO?
To do what was right
I'M PERFECT! ARE YOU?




Lyrics submitted by thedanman344, edited by HumayanIslam

Karn Evil 9: Third Impression song meanings
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    General CommentThis is my favorite tune by this amazing trio. These lyrics are poetry. Without attempting to do a line-by-line analysis of them, I'm just going to sum it up: The song begins with the narrator facing a great battle...against some evil invader. Possibly alien. The humans, led by their Captain, battle valiently, suffer grave losses...yet emerge triumphant. With all their enemies destroyed, they believe themselves invincible, with no more enemies to stand in their way. But there is...the very machine that they created to be their servants, has become so advanced and powerful...it becomes their master. This song, 35 years later, has proven prophetic. How many of US cannot function without our computers, cell phones, and GPS?
    Phx4stringeron October 04, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI'll give this one a shot.
    Part 3 of the Karn Evil 9 trilogy.

    This is the end of humanity. Machine beats man.
    Man against Man's creation.

    Forever we thought we would live, not ever realizing we've created our own worst enemy.

    Side note:
    I always felt the line: "Guardians of a new clear dawn"
    was sung specifically like "Guardians of a nuclear dawn".

    Both work in stating some kind of revolution will take place, but one will be utopian while the other is total annihilation.

    One of my favorite songs from ELP (can I say that? I love em all!!) but BSS is such an amazing album.
    richtestanion June 13, 2015   Link

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