Something you've heard
somewhere you've seen
too real to ignore
you've chosen not to believe
from the black of their pain
to the white of their fear
in the dust they die
while eden lies near

the freedom bought,
changed hands, was sold
this heat of love has turned ice-cold

we just can't escape it
like flames reaching out from the sun
we can't defeat it
like flames reaching out from the sun

from the garden of love,
been banished too long
and the balance will shift
between the week and the strong
once they would beg and they would plead
but now they demand
divided by those that need
and those that command

the freedom bought,
changed hands, was sold
the heat of love has turned ice-cold and
we never learn but we know too well
heaven's died and gone to hell

now you watch but you shoud have run
like flames that leap from the base of the sun
and you dream you're free but you'll awake
too much too late, too much too late

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    General CommentI found this song to be superior to the overplayed "Take My Breath Away", from the same album ("Count Three, And Pray").
    Excellent lyrics, and Terri Nunns' vocals are as dynamic as ever.
    Major Valoron September 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell said, Major. She makes good use of her range here.. but, what exactly is she singing about? Anybody?
    psykeson April 03, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationAs best as I can surmise, the first stanza is about social injustice, racism in particular, something their middle class listeners may have heard of but haven't directly experienced to any great extent, much less done much about. The chorus is about the fading of social harmony to be replaced with hostility. The "it" we can't escape is revolutionary sentiment leading into the next verse about the poor and disenfranchised rising to overthrow the rich and powerful, and a once prosperous and peaceful society dissolves into bloodshed and chaos or tyranny. "Heaven" has turned to "hell", and the illusion of freedom has been broken.
    Letmeinon April 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLooking back at 2020 with the pandemic, political chicanery, and BLM protests this one makes a lot more sense. The complacent don't understand how these issues affect them, but they will.
    FireClownon May 17, 2021   Link

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