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The Tune
Words and Music by: Larry Norman Once there was a tune and everyone knew how it went But as time went by, people began to forget Until at last no one could remember And there was hatred and wars and death. Then one day somebody said, "How does the tune go?" "There is no tune, there never was; it's only a myth." These were the philosophers. "You mean there's no tune at all?" "Well, it doesn't really matter what tune you play As long as you play something." These were the religious leaders. And so the world played on And there was hatred, wars and death. Then one day the people became weary of this song And they all sat down on the side of a hill And suddenly they heard a very strange voice And somebody said, "That sounds like the tune." "There is no tune, there never was, there never will be." "Well, it doesn't really matter what tune you play As long as you play something And you don't hurt anybody, especially me." But the people listened And a Man appeared before them With a smile on His face And a sad look too And He was singing the tune. And some of the people began to sing along. La, la, la, la.............. And the people who loved Him Decided to follow Him But the people who hated Him Decided to kill Him and they did. And when it was finished They went back to their houses of philosophy and religion And they sat down to their tables to eat and to drink. Suddenly, they were interrupted by a familiar voice And they ran to their windows and looked outside To see who it was It was Him. And they became confused and afraid And they wondered how they could be rid of Him Once and for all And while they were watching Him Something very strange happened. "How did He do that?" "I don't really know, but He's gone And when trouble goes, you don't ask where He'll never return ever again, I hope." Yet again they were interrupted This time they ran out into the streets to lay hold of Him But they couldn't find Him Just a lot of people smiling And they all knew the tune. La, la, la, la....... And when the people made a mistake They stopped and they listened. That's how they knew the tune Because they listened. La, la, la, la...... And if you listen You'll hear it It's all around you. Just listen to your radio Watch television Listen to your leaders To the authorities To the governors To the experts. But if you really listen You can hear another tune But you have to listen quietly And you have to listen every day.