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    "The Wall" Lyrics

    John Kay feat. Steppenwolf

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    Words and music by John Kay, Michael Wilk and Rocket Ritchotte

    Crossing the line in the dead of night
    Five years old and on the run
    This ain't no game, boy, don't make a sound
    And watch that man with the gun
    Say a prayer for the ones we leave behind, say a prayer for us all
    Come take my hand now and hold on tight
    Take one last look at that wall

    Think of the shattered lives, think of the broken hearts
    Think of the battered dreams, of families still torn apart
    Wall of bitter tears, wall of crying pain
    Wall of chilling fear, you will never keep me here
    For I, I shall crawl right down through that wall
    I will crawl right on through that wall

    That fateful night I was one that got away,
    A young and restless renegade
    Chasing my dreams, still on the run,
    I had some moments in the sun
    Years flew by like a speeding bullet train, I sang my songs to one and all
    Then came the day when I had a chance to pay
    My respects to the names on that wall

    I saw the wooden crosses, saw the bloody stains
    Saw the gruesome pictures of all the ones that died in vain
    Wall of countless victims, wall of endless shame
    Had just one thing gone wrong I might have joined that list of names
    And I cried for all who died there at the wall
    I recall weeping at the wall

    "Freedom has many difficulties, and democracy is not perfect,
    But we've never had to put a wall up to keep our people inâ?¦
    While the wall is the most obvious demonstration of
    the failures of communism,
    We take no pride in itâ?¦for it is an offense against
    humanity, separating families,
    Dividing husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and
    People who wish to be joined togetherâ?¦
    All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin
    And therefore, as a free man I take pride in the words
    "Ich bin ein Berliner".

    (Excerpts from John F. Kennedy speech at the Berlin wall June 26, 1963)

    Turned on the news in November '89
    I could not move, I could not speak
    Something was burning up in my eyes,
    Something wet ran down my cheek
    All those laughing faces, all those tears of joy
    All those warm embraces of men and women, girls and boys
    Sisters and brothers dancing, all singing freedom's song
    God, if only I could be there to shake your hands and sing along
    Oh I, I would climb right up on that wall
    And join you all dancing on the wall
    Standing tall walking on the wall
    Tear it down, right down to the ground
    Tear it down, right down to the ground

    © 1989 Black Leather Music,
    Inc., (BMI), Michael John Music (BMI), Attlebrat
    This song was submitted on March 11th, 2011 and last modified on December 3rd, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC.
    Written by John Kay, Michael Wilk, Rocket Ritchotte.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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