Around the strangers moved, the shouts I felt within
New panoramas seen (I loved it as it was).
Forests of pylons built, the scaffolding is raised
And how the men pursue their worrk
They act convinced of freedom.

Crossed over by the bridge
The brook was running ill.
We recognised the place - places we knew as children
We wept upon the sight, and progress tore our hearts
Fences divide the land, homes boxed like rabbit hutches.

Goodbye to the village
Goodbye to the village

Where soil will not provide, no king and land are one
Monopolise the holy ground, all that we hold as sacred
No harvest moon shall rise, no valley homestead seen
And now the cities never end, and how the cities stretch forever

And in the morning promise me great times will come again
And the homelands in our hearts will never fade away
Let the legends promise me the earth shall rise again
And homelands in the hearts of men shall never fade away.

Goodbye to the village
Goodbye to the village
Goodbye to the village
Goodbye to the village

I'll never never see my home
I'll never never see my home

You'll never never see your home
You'll never never see your home

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"Goodbye to the Village" as written by Matthew Ferguson Jeremy Coleman

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    General CommentThis is my favourite from this album. "Rubicon", "Goodbye to the Village" and "Exile" make a perfect, bitter ending of a perfect, bitter album "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns".
    The meaning of this song is pretty clear. It describes pain felt inside after realizing that the nature had been replaced with civilisation. I only wonder if it's a 100% metaphor of the changing world or if Jaz really had spent his childhood in a village which later was turned to a city.
    Sapromindon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat great song!
    it should have been a single
    or even a hitsingle back in 86
    but hey..!
    as shockingly crazy but true as this is ( to me it is anyway =) this superb killing joke tune wasn't even on the record 'brighter'!..
    only released with the cd as a bonus track..
    i don't know how that could have happened but i regret it because its inclusion would have made benefited the album greatly.
    naivadaon August 29, 2007   Link

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