(note: the first "verse" is, mysteriously, not sung on the record.)

A song for a girl who lives for the future
A song of the fremen [sic] camps near the river
After the fall -- before the beginning
We build the watchfire every night
We control the water flow
We control the power from fusion
Reactor #12
The walls of the city crumble
I would sing a song fifty feet long
Sweet breezes on pine beaches
The sound of fire
Let it shine let it shine let it shine

Shut down the city lights I want to be with my lady
Build up the watchfires turn down the sun
I been too long in the green fields of rapture
I been too long without bein on the run
Carry the fire from the heart of your lover
Carry the fire where the wild things run
There’s a monster lurking deep in the forest
Let’s go and get him when the mornin comes

Rose I need you
Rose can’t go without your love
Rose I need you
I can’t go without you
I won’t go without your love

Oooh rose do you remember all the dances
Remember the miracles and all the crazy chances we took on
Love, love, love -- I want to go beyond
Love, love, love ------ let’s go
Inside the walls of forbidden halls
Beyond everything I’ve ever hoped or sung
Carry the fire -- beyond all desire
Carry the fire -- brighter than the sun

Lightning rose
I won’t leave without you
I can’t go without your love

Love is a fire in the rose
She rocks me

Shut down the city lights I want to be with my baby
Build up the watchfires turn down the sun
Rose I need to feel you near me
Lightning rose I need you to be strong

Come together warm around the watchfire
Come together till the mornin sun
Open the floodgates and let loose the waters
Stand by the banks and watch the water run

Carry the fire to the heart of the darkness
Carry the fire each and every one
Carry the fire in your hands if you need to
Carry the fire the fire the fire

Let it shine let it shine

Look into the night sky
The walls fall before you

Lyrics submitted by Major Valor

Lightning Rose song meanings
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    General CommentThe character Rose appears in more than one JS Kantner songs. She is the archetypal female warrior who battles against the oppressors of her time. Sort of a Joan of Arc of the future. She is also the symbol for eternal love, both romantic and humanitarian.

    This song itself is sort of a science fiction story, taking place in the future. There is a group of survivors after a holocaust and they carry on with Rose as their leader, to guide and inspire them. She is romantically involved with one of the group and he and the rest call out to her, to help them CARRY THE FIRE of hope for the human race.
    brumuson November 29, 2008   Link

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