The throne of time
Is a kingly thing
From whence you know
We all do begin
And dressed as you are girl
In your fashions of fate
Baby it's too late

Shallow all the actions
Of the children of men
Fogged was their vision
Since the ages began
And lost like a lion
In the canyons of smoke
Girl it's no joke

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by thedjb

Monolith Lyrics as written by Marc Bolan

Lyrics © NORTH HUDSON MUSIC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    that turntable scratch in the intro rules. supremely cool song, amazing production. You can really hear Bowie's "Ziggy" sound on this, especially the background vocal bits. And dressed as you are girl In your fashions of fate is a great line.
    Chinupon January 05, 2005   Link
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    the backround vocals are go go singers, marc started glam, not bowie..marc started it all, he was a pop icon and took music too a new level, he was a man before his time, and thats not a turntable scratch in the into you goof its his guitar..marc wasent about his homies scratchin up the joint givin him what whats, he was an electric god, and an acoustic wonder. marc bolan will live on in my heart forever.
    Child-Staron August 25, 2005   Link
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    yeah, what next? Bolan Raps?
    RabbitFighteron November 06, 2007   Link
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    The "turntable scratch" is actually a guitar with a wah effect (same as the leads in the song). And yeah, Marc started glam. Monolith/Electric Warrior was a year before Ziggy Stardust, and Marc had started glam nearly a year earlier with his TotP performance of Ride a White Swan (nearly 2 years before Bowie released Ziggy, his first glam outing). But, to the song... beautiful song. I remember (I think?), ages ago, hearing an interview with Marc where he describes the song as being about star/time-crossed lovers. To me, that's what the song is about... two lovers, or soulmates of some sort, desperate to be born in the same time and place (or at least trying to find each other but never aware enough to know where or how to begin) but it never happening. Kind of a continuation of Cosmic Dancer, which Marc often stated was about reincarnation. "From whence you know we all do begin/and dressed as you are, girl, in your fashions of fate/and baby, it's too late" and all that.
    DiamondMeadowson June 27, 2011   Link
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    The beauty of these lyrics is they mean nothing and everything at the same time. The guitar solo adds another intangible that takes you away from the cares of daily life. This song is darn near perfect.
    mondello1on September 21, 2012   Link

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