BILLY BRAGG lyrics - Party Of God

BILLY BRAGG
"Party Of God"

In a busy street a man sits down
Oblivious to the traffic sounds
No chaos, no frenzied shrieking crowd
Thank God their silence walking heads bent down

Come when they saw us
Called it lethargy
The treadmill turns
There down below their feet

Should I pray for an end to come
Quickly (quickly), quickly (quickly)
Or cross the waves of an angry sea
Risking (risking) and braving (braving)
The shipwreck and the mutiny assailing
Assailing

In a haunted doorway and from the light of day
See another life fall to ruin in pain
False smiles from even children it seems
Landlocked ground for empty and lost dreams

A league against me (a league against me)
I hear him say
It's not worth half the effort
Or the price you pay

Should I pray for an end to come
Quickly (quickly), quickly (quickly)
Or should I raise my face to the heavens above
And tell God (dear God) stop jeering (and jeering)
As our human frailties and all our failings
Are we failing

Pound pound on an endless street
Again and again the nightmare scene
All stained against the tightened rope
Not one with a lasting lingering hope

There's evidence
Everywhere you see
Put a quarter down at the newsstand
So that you can read

Should I pray for an end to come
Quickly (quickly), quickly (quickly)
Or should I raise my face to the clouds above
Entreating (entreating) their mercy (some mercy)

But as clouds will do they'll rain down
First gently (gently) and sweetly (so sweetly)
Until they silence me with a burst of thunder (thunder)
And lightning (and lightning)
And helpless landlocked screaming

I know God must be agreeing
It's the worst part of watching
It's the worst part of watching
It's the worst part of watching
It's the worst part

Landlocked in screaming
God must be agreeing
To be helpless is the worst
Must be the worst part of watching
The worst part of watching