Pieces Of Eight
by Styx

Album: Pieces Of Eight (1978)
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  • It's six O'clock, good morning sounds are everywhere
    The warmth of spring, a gentle breeze blows through my hair
    I hurry through my life never stopping to see
    How beautiful it was meant to be

    I'm just a prisoner in a king's disguise
    Broken dreams as we shuffle by

    It's six O'clock, it's quitting time I'm done for the day
    Out on the streets, I overheard a lady say
    We now have everything, or so people say
    But now this emptiness haunts me every day

    We seek the lion's share never knowing why
    Come alive spread your wings and fly

    Pieces of eight, the search for the money tree
    Don't cash your freedoms in for gold
    Pieces of eight can't buy you everything
    Don't let it turn your heart to stone

    Pieces of eight, the search for the money tree
    Don't cash your freedoms in for gold
    Pieces of eight, treasures filled with emptiness
    Don't let it turn your heart to stone

    Pieces of eight, the search for the money tree
    Don't cash your freedoms in for gold
    Pieces of eight, treasures filled with emptiness
    Don't let it turn your heart to stone Writer/s: Dennis De Young
    Publisher: Wixen Music Publishing
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Comments: 2

  • Paul from Croydon, PaWell said Randy! Definately one of the best songs penned by Dennis DeYoung and one where the fine musicianship of the band comes together with the lyrics to drive exactly your point home - money sure as hell ain't everything!
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhThis is perhaps one of my favorite Styx songs- not to mention from one of my favorite Styx albums. When I had first heard the lyrics to the song, it did remind me of how someone would commit a crime for financial gain, only to be caught and imprisoned- that this person would give up his freedom for greed. I also think about this song for those who have jobs- most notably managerial positions that pay well, but are forced to work long, stressful hours. This song is definitely an example as to why money cannot always buy happiness- and not to trade your life for the almighty dollar.
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