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Thread #2285   Message #1198201
Posted By: GUEST,CMH
01-Jun-04 - 10:49 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: songs about the Kennedy assassination
Subject: Lyr Add: SECONDS and GLAD I'M NOT A KENNEDY
Art,
You're a godsend. Do you happen to know whether Paxton ever recorded Lay You Down? In thanks, let me add to this thread's impressive collection of lyrics.

The first song is called "Seconds" by a UK 1980s group, Human League:

All day
Hiding from the sun
Waiting for the golden one
Waiting for your fame
After the parade has gone

Outside was a happy place
Every face had a smile like the golden face
For a second
Your knuckles white as your fingers curl
The shot that was heard around the world
For a second

Refrain :

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds

(Refrain)

It took seconds of your time to take his life
It took seconds of your time to take his life
Seconds
Seconds

(Refrain twice)

For a second

(Refrain twice)

For a second

It took seconds of your time to take his life
Seconds of your time to take his life
For a second
For a second
For a second


The second song was a big hit in Australia and New Zealand in the 1985. It interweaved lyrics with extracts of JFK speeches quite well. The music video featuring JFK footage was also popular.

It was called "Glad I'm Not a Kennedy" by Shona Laing, a New Zealander:

Living on through politics
Body-guarded, heart in bits
A blue-eyed honesty
Indigo injury
The family tree is felled
Bereavement worn so well
Giving up on certainty
Wilderness society

Wearing the fame like a loaded gun
Tied up with a rosary
I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy

Imagine being a Kennedy
Rule without remedy
To watch your family die
The world loves a sacrifice
Prophets longing for the three
Honouring the tragedy
They hunger for the crime
The privilege to take a life

Wearing the fame like a loaded gun
Tied up with a rosary
Ooh, I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy

...and is not peace basically
A matter of human rights?
The right to live out our lives
Without fear of devastation?
The right to breathe air
As nature provided it?
The right of future generations
To a healthy existence?
Let us if we can step back from
The shadows of war and seek out
The way of peace...

I love the look in your eyes
I can see your soul sometimes and we laugh
When we try too hard we stop and start
Oh imagine being a Kennedy
I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy

Wearing the fame like a loaded gun
Tied up with a rosary
I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy

Imagine being a Kennedy
Ooh I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy

...the cost of freedom is always high,
Yet one path we shall never choose
- that is the path of surrender or submission.
When a man's way please the lord,
The scriptures tell us,
'He maketh even his enemies
To be at peace with him'.
We will not prematurely or unnecessarily
Risk the course of worldwide nuclear war
In which even the fruits of victory
Would be ashes in our mouths
Ashes in our mouths...
Ashes in our mouths...
Ashes in our mouths...

Regards
CMH