There's a chance peace will come in your life please buy one

For sometimes when I am feeling as big as the land
With the velvet hill in the small of my back
And my hands are playing the sand

And my feet are swimming in all of the waters
All of the rivers are givers to the ocean
According to plan, according to man

Well sometimes when I am feeling so grand
And I become the world
And the world becomes a man

And my song becomes a part of the river
I cry out to keep me just the way I am
According to plan

According to man, according to plan
According to man, according to plan

For sometimes when we have reached the end
With the velvet hill in the small of my backs
And our hands are clutching the sand

Will our blood become a part of the river
All of the rivers are givers to the ocean
According to plan, according to man

There's a chance peace will come
In your life please buy one.



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    General CommentExplain this to me - please buy one what?
    I know some will say "bible" and others will say "joint" (and a few cynics will say "copy of the Candles In The Rain LP") but there must be a less obvious answer, mustn't there...?
    imrazoron July 27, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationDuring the Vietnam War, bracelets were sold with the names of individual POW-MIA's. They were a statement that the wearer was against war and would wear the bracelet until the POW-MIA returned to the US.
    It is possible that these bracelets are what Melanie was referring to.
    Ouija60on July 03, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningThe "one" in "please buy one" refers to "a chance" in the previous line. "Please buy one [chance that peace will come]".
    Buying a ticket in a raffle (with the hopes of winning a prize) is popularly referred to as "buying a chance".
    MonkeysMonocleon August 14, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationShe’s talking about the little badges with messages.
    Miguelito49on October 24, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationI had always thought this song (especially the "please buy one") line, referred to the Glastonbury Fayre in 71', when there was nearly an terrible riot because people thought,like woodstock, they could come through the fences without buying a ticket. Hence, getting their heads cracked by police. And in the effort to stop the riot, Melanie had quickly come up with the lyrics or maybe it was a new song,and she added that line, please buy one, referring to buying a ticket, before anyone else got hurt. Sort of like, ok... Come on. let's just be cool. Buy a ticket so we can squash this shit and have a good time. I'm not 100% sure. But it makes sense. Anyone?
    fryguy82on December 12, 2017   Link
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    My OpinionI think she does not say "please buy one" but "please be one": if you listen to the song "Goodbye Ruby Tuesday" you can hear that Melanie pronounces the y somewhat typical: It sounds like rubai tuesday. Also; the text "according to plan" is (read her lips on one of the videos) followed by "according to man" (or men) which which could mean men or mankind and is also different from the lyrics as we find them here and on other places on the internet that publish song lyrics.
    So I think that please buy one is please be one which means please be one of the chances that peace will come; be part of the group of people who want peace and act accordingly
    BaobabBonsaion February 02, 2018   Link
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    General CommentDoes this song warrant a darker interpretation?

    (seems to be "buy one" not "be one" based on listening to youtube.com/… and archive.org/details/… )

    There is repeated references to "man" and not just as in "humankind":
    According to plan, according to man
    but then:
    And the world becomes a man

    and
    And my hands are playing the sand
    later becomes:
    And our hands are clutching the sand

    and
    Will our blood become a part of the river

    in her intro in her 1973 performance of "Beautiful People" she refers to her more innocent past, 10 years before. archive.org/details/lp_melanie-at-carnegie-hall_melanie/disc2/…

    so is this a turn toward darkness through the song, and hence the cynical interpretation of "buy one" turning on the Peace call.
    BrewsterKahleon November 23, 2019   Link

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