Emerson, Lake & Palmer:Tarkus

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“Tarkus”
Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Albums: Tarkus (1971)

Studio Version

a) Eruption

(Instrumental)


b) Stones of Years

Has the dawn ever seen your eyes?
Have the days made you so unwise?
Realise
You are

Had you talked to the winds of time
Then you'd know how the waters rhyme
Taste of wine

How can you know where you've been?
In time
You'll see the sign
And realise your sin
Aa-aa-aa-ah

Will you know how the seed is sown?
All your time has been overgrown
Never known

Have you walked on the stones of years?
When you speak, is it you that hears?
Are your ears full?
You can't hear anything at all


c) Iconoclast

(Instrumental)


d) Mass

The preacher said a prayer
Save ev'ry single hair on his head
He's dead

The minister of hate
Had just arrived to be spared
Who cared?
The weaver in the web that he made

The pilgrim wandered in
Committing ev'ry sin that he could
So good

The cardinal of grief
Was set in his belief he'd saved
From the grave
The weaver in the web that he made

The high priest took a blade
To bless the ones that prayed
And all obeyed

The messenger of fear
Is slowly growing nearer to the time
A sign
The weaver in the web that he made

A bishops rings a bell
A cloak of darkness fell across the ground
Without a sound

The silent choir sing
And in their silence bring jaded sound
Harmonic ground
The weaver in the web that he made


e) Manticore

(Instrumental)


f) Battlefield

Clear the battlefield and let me see
All the profit from our victory
You talk of freedom
Starving children fall
Are you deaf when you hear the season's call?

Were you there to watch the earth be scorched?
Did you stand beside the spectral torch?
Know the leaves of sorrow turned their face
Scattered on the ashes of disgrace

Every blade is sharp
The arrows fly
We're the victims of your army's lie
Where the blades of grass and arrows rain
Then there be no sorrow
Be no pain


g) Aquatarkus

(Instrumental)