Radio Baghdad

Album: Trampin' (2004)
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  • Suffer not Your neighbor's affliction
    Suffer not Your neighbor's paralysis
    But extend your hand Extend your hand
    Lest you vanish in the city And be but a trace
    Just a vanished ghost And your legacy
    All the things you knew Science, mathematics, thought
    Severely weakened Like irrigation systems
    In the tired veins forming From the Tigris and Euphrates
    In the realm of peace All the world revolved
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    City of Baghdad City of scholars
    Empirical humble Center of the world
    City in ashes City of Baghdad
    City of Baghdad Abrasive aloof

    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    Deep in the veins of the great rivers
    That form the base Of Eden
    And the tree The tree of knowledge
    Held up its arms To the sky
    All the branches of knowledge All the branches of knowledge
    Cradling Cradling
    Civilization In the realm of peace
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    Oh Baghdad Center of the world
    City of ashes With its great mosques
    Erupting from the mouth of god Rising from the ashes like
    a speckled bird Splayed against the mosaic sky
    Oh, clouds around We created the zero
    But we mean nothing to you You would believe
    That we are just some mystical tale We are just a swollen belly
    That gave birth to Sinbad, Scheherazade We gave birth
    Oh, oh, to the zero The perfect number
    We invented the zero And we mean nothing to you
    Our children run through the streets
    And you sent your flames Your shooting stars
    Shock and awe Shock and awe
    Like some, some Imagined warrior production
    Twenty-first century No chivalry involved
    No Bushido

    Oh, the code of the West Long gone
    Never been Where does it lie?
    You came, you came Through the west
    Annihilated a people And you come to us
    But we are older than you You come you want to
    You want to come and rob the cradle
    Of civilization And you read yet you read
    You read Genesis You read of the tree
    You read of the tree Beget by god
    That raised its branches into the sky Every branch of knowledge
    Of the cradle of civilization

    Of the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates
    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    The face of Eve turning What sky did she see
    What garden beneath her feet The one you drill
    You drill Pulling the blood of the earth
    Little droplets of oil for bracelets Little jewels
    Sapphires You make bracelets
    Round your own world We are weeping tears
    Rubies We offer them to you
    We are just Your Arabian nightmare
    We invented the zero But we mean nothing to you
    Your Arabian nightmare

    City of stars
    City of scholarship
    Science City of ideas
    City of light City
    City of ashes That the great Caliph
    Walked through His naked feet formed a circle
    And they built a city
    A perfect city of Baghdad
    In the realm of peace
    And all the world revolved
    And they invented And they mean nothing to you
    Nothing to you Nothing

    Go to sleep Go to sleep my child
    Go to sleep And I'll sing you a lullaby
    A lullaby for our city A lullaby of Baghdad
    Go to sleep Sleep my child
    Sleep Sleep
    Run Run

    You sent your lights Your bombs
    You sent them down on our city Shock and awe
    Like some crazy T.V. show

    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization

    Suffer not The paralysis of your neighbor
    Suffer not But extend your hand Writer/s: OLIVER TOMPKINS RAY, PATTI SMITH
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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