"If Everyone Was Listening" as written by Roger Hodgson and Richard Davies....
The actors and jesters are here
The stage is in darkness and clear
For raising the curtain
And no-ones quite certain whose play it is
How long ago, how long
If only we had listened in.
If we'd known just how right we were going to be.
For we dreamed a lot
And we schemed a lot
And we tried to sing of love before the stage fell apart.

If everyone was listening you know
There'd be a chance that we could save the show
Who'll be the last clown
To bring the house down?
Oh no, please no, don't let the curtain fall

Well, what is your costume today?
Who are the props in your play?
You're acting a part which you thought from the start
Was an honest one.
Well how do you plead?
An actor indeed!
Go re-learn your lines,
You don't know what you've done
The finales begun.

If everyone was listening you know
There'd be a chance that we could save the show,
Who'll be the last clown
To bring the house down?
Oh no, please no, don't let the curtain fall.


Lyrics submitted by Philosophy, edited by sokorny

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    My InterpretationThank you to you 8 people who answered before me. We can debate whether CRIME is a concept album or not. Isn't that the best concept? One you have to debate its mere existence? What I am sure the 9 of us will agree that this gem of an album has a flow to it. It is even bookended with the wailing harmonica. Even if this is a Rick song and the track that follows it is a Roger song , it serves as the perfect setup for the closer. Like Mariano in the 8th before Wetland in the 9th. ( and I hate the Yankees). This song to me talks about regret and dread. Crime of the Century ( the song) is consequence , finality and the realization that WE are guilty. The blame is not out there. It is within. If everyone was listening seems to be the initial realization that maybe it is too late. The next track is the total realization that yes we could not stop the momentum and now live with the consequences. I believe we have to treat at least these 2 tracks together.
    ed10733811on January 14, 2020   Link

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