A League Of Notions

Album: Just Yesterday (2005)
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  • I'm here sitting in the wreck of Europe
    With a map of Europe
    Spread out in a hall of Versailles
    And every single nationality and principality
    have come for a piece of the pie

    I'm sitting in the wreck of Europe
    With a map of Europe
    And the lines and the borders are gone
    We've got to do this jigsaw puzzle
    It's an awful muddle
    But somehow we've got to go on

    Lawrence of Arabia is waiting in the wings
    He's got some Arab sheikhs and kings
    And we're in debt to them somehow
    Lawrence of Arabia has got this perfect vision
    Gonna sell him down the river
    There's no time for him now

    I think I'm gonna take a piece of Russia
    And a Piece of Germany
    And give them to Poland again
    I'll put together Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia
    And hope that is how they'll remain

    Then I'll take a bit of Turkey
    Then a lot of Turkey
    This is all quite a heady affair
    There's Persia and Iraq to pick up
    And there's Churchill's hiccup
    And we can't leave it up in the air

    Woodrow Wilson waves his fourteen points around
    And says "The time to act is now
    Won't get this opportunity again"
    Woodrow Wilson has his fourteen points
    But Clemenceau turns to Lloyd George
    And says "You know that
    God himself had only ten"

    Today I'm carried by a league of notions
    (It's a league of notions)
    By a league of notions
    I don't think I quite understand
    (I don't think I understand)
    I only know from this commotion
    (From this commotion)
    There's a chance that we could turn
    The world in the palm of our hands
    (We can turn the world in the palm of our hands)

    Voices in the corridors of power
    Candles burning hour by hour
    Still you know that to the victors go the spoils
    Such a great responsibility to make it fair
    And there must be some reparations now
    And don't forget the oil

    Today I'm carried by a league of notions
    (It's a league of notions)
    By a league of notions
    I don't think I quite understand
    (I don't think I understand)
    I only know from this commotion
    (From this commotion)
    There's a chance that we could turn
    The world in the palm of our hands
    (We can turn the world in the palm of our hands)

    Pax vobiscum
    Wo-Oh, Pax vobiscumWriter/s: Al Stewart
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