It's been a while since I've seen your face
It's been a while since I've walked this place
I see the monkeys riding on their bikesRacing through the impossible night
You say you're feeling like a new tree

Man they'll cut you from limb to limb
Pick your pocket with such delightShake it to the rightShake it in the light
Oh can't you see the glitter
The glitter in their eyesOh can't you see the glitter

The glitter in their eyes
Genius stalking in new shoesHave you got WTO bluesDust of diamonds
Making you sneeze
Kids on rollers ready for

Running through the junkyards
Breezing through the hallsRacing through the malls
Walking through the walls
They'll strip your mind

Just for fun
Quoth the ravenYum yum yum

Children children everywhere
Selling souls for souvenirsThey've been sold out like as not
Just for chunks of Ankgor Vat

They'll trade you up
Trade you downYour body a commodity
Our sacred stage
Has been defacedReplaced to graceThe marketplaceDow is jonesing at the bit42nd Disney StreetRagged hearts unravelingLook out kidsThe gleam the gleam
All that glittersIs not all that glittersIs not all that glitters


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"Glitter in Their Eyes" as written by Patti Smith Oliver Tompkins Ray

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    General CommentI see this as being about child slavery in third-world countries.
    "Diamond dust making you sneeze" is a reference to forced mining in Africa; "Your body a commodity", meaning that they're bought and sold frequently. Meanwhile, "Dow is jonesing at the bit", meaning that America is essentially ignoring this problem and profiting off of the backs of these children.
    Acephalouson December 13, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationMy predecessor Acephalous seems to be on to something, and coins often have two sides.

    I have that glitter, dazzled and bedazzled by the Televised and advertised. The want the want, there's so much need in the world but not in the malls, not in the halls of Dow or between the walls Disney -- where my want lives. I tune in but don't tune out -- with glitter I gaze, and my children's children's children, I taught them that same haze. The more the more, the want the want, and our gold, it glitters in the grasp of their hands.

    -Pie
    EatingPieon October 13, 2014   Link

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