"Shapes Of Things" as written by Jim Mccarty, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-smith....
Shapes of things before my eyes,
Just teach me to despise.
Will time make men more wise?
Here within my lonely frame,
my eyes just heard my brain.
But will it seem the same?

(Come Tomorrow) Will I be older?
(Come Tomorrow) May be a soldier.
(Come Tomorrow) May I be bolder than today?

Now the trees are almost green.
But will they still be seen?
When time and tide have been.
Fall into your passing hands.
Please don't destroy these lands.
Don't make them desert sands.

Chorus, Lead.

Soon I hope that I will find,
Thoughts deep within my mind.
That won't displace my kind.


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"Shapes of Things" as written by Jim Mccarty Paul Samwell-smith

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    General CommentLove this song, from the crescendoed beginning to the frenzied guitar solo in the middle to the repeating chord at the end. I assume it has something to do with an aversion to war and the way the turmoil that the world was going through in the mid-60s. Sort of a "Blowin' in the Wind" sentiment -- "Will time make men more wise?" is similar to "How many times must a man..."?
    Bluewaveson August 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA real ripper. This is one of those rare gems that STILL sounds GREAT over 40 years later! Jeff Beck is superb on guitar here, pushing the heavy rock envelope and taking the Yardbirds to places they'd never been before...

    I had always thought the line went:

    Now the trees are almost green,
    But will they still be seen
    Where diamonds might have been?

    Instead of "When time and tide have been"... oh well, I suppose I've been singing it wrong all these years!!! In any case the meaning is clear: Will I grow up to change the world for the better, or am I just going to toe the line and let things continue to get worse?
    RayManon August 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's interesting how the subject of the lyrics connects his own (warped) conscience with the future of mankind.
    I'll take a wild guess that "Shapes of things before my eyes" is a reference to LSD induced perceptions.
    In that light, the general feeling of the song is: "this world is going to hell, I might as well get stoned out of my mind".
    caralhovoadoron January 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLove the feeling of this song. Im liking your insight, caralhovoador.

    It's completely true.

    The "come tomorrow" part is my favorite for some odd reason.
    jobama25on April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have seen the lyrics all over the internet display two different wordings in song. One is "my eyes just heard my brain" and other version is "my eyes just hurt my brain". I always thought it was hurt my brain and to me that makes more sense.
    HolyGhoston September 15, 2014   Link

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