"Czar" as written by and Charles Thompson....
Time, if he could travel time
He would have been on time
Instead of making rhyme
He didn't need a band
He was a mountain man

Oil, the national turmoil
They hide it in the soil
A singer and his spoil
Just singing thanks
I've got my own gas tanks

And there's no time for the man
Who has sung his bars
And there's no time
And there's no time for the man called Czar

Blues, extraordinary blue
Ten million porthole views
They're saying on the news
The Russians just said "No
You can't go"

And there's no time for the man
Who has sung his bars
And there's no time
And there's no time for the man called Czar



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"Czar" as written by Charles Thompson

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    General CommentThis is a song about John Denver and some weird facts that Frank Black seemed to amass/retain about him over the years.

    1st verse - can someone fill in the blanks?

    2nd verse - During the oil shortage crisis in the 1970's, long lines would form when gas stations would refill their often empty tanks. Because he had the means to avoid this crisis, John Denver had his own gas tanks installed at his home.

    Chorus - not sure if the Czar reference means anything more than Denver being extremely successful and powerful at the peak of his popularity.

    Verse 3 - John Denver was an avid pilot (you know) and space enthusiast. He reportedly was rejected by NASA upon requesting a trip into space on one of their missions. He then nearly succeeded in flying up with the Soviet Space Agency (long before any non-Astronauts were doing so) after offering them ten million dollars for the opportunity.
    chineselaundryon April 03, 2007   Link

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