What if you reached the age of reason Only to find there was no reprieve Would you still be a man for all seasons? Or would you just have to leave We measure our days out In steps of uncertainty Not turning to see how we've come And peer down the highway From here to eternity And reach out for love on the run While the man for all seasons Is lost behind the sun
Henry Plantagenet still looks for someone To bring good news in his hour of doubt While Thomas More waits in the Tower of London Watching the sands running out And measures the hours out From here to oblivion In actions that can't be undone A sailor through the darkness He scans the meridian And caught by the first rays of dawn The man for all seasons Is lost beneath the storm
And I should know by now I should know by now I hear them call it out all around Oh, they go There's nothing to believe in Hear them, Just daydreams, deceiving They'll just let you down
What if you reached the age of reason Only to find there was no reprieve Would you still be a man for all seasons? Or would you just disbelieve?
We measure our gains out in luck and coincidence Lanterns to turn back the night And put our defeats down to chance or experience And try once again for the light Some wait for the waters of fortune to cover them Some just see the tides of ill chance running over them
Some call on Jehovah Some cry out to Allah Some wait for the boats that still row to Valhalla Well, you should try to accept what the fates are unfolding While some say they're sure where the blame should be falling You look round for maybe a chance of forestalling Bot too soon its over and done And the man for all seasons Is lost behind the sun
Writer/s: AL STEWART
Publisher: Spirit Music Group
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Rabbi Meyer from Central WisconsinI was confused by Al's reference to "Henry Plantagenet" since Henry VIII was a Tudor, but I figured Al knew what he was doing; after all, he is so well-versed in history. But some thirty years later I read in an interview that he'd made a mistake and it had plagued Al all these years. Still a great song, especially the lyric "Well you try to accept what the Fates are unfolding/While some say they're sure where the blame should be falling..."
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.