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Sunday Samples 283 (three days late)

July 4, 2012

I’ve got a good excuse this time! The derecho — from the Spanish word for “straight”, in analogy to saying “tornado” for “turning” — on Friday knocked out utility service to basically everyone in the DC area and I’ve only returned to my apartment yesterday.

The obvious choice for today would be something patriotic, but I think instead I’ll go for Tears for Fears’ song “Power”

Last year’s rivals share their blood
Sailors sworn to secrecy
Ride the waves and stem the flood
The tides of endless enmity

Power now is all the rage
Sons and daughters of the gun
Hungry babies come of age
Phasers switched and set to stun

[Power now]
[Power how]
[Power wow]
Here’s power

If you’re seeking power…

Doctor held you tight and torn
Boy, he was a lucky man
Out of you the future born
Slight of foot and slight of hand

Douse the candle, dim the light
Focus not on fire or flame
Don’t believe that might is right
Your soul can turn you just the same

[Power now]
[Power how]
If you’re seeking power [Power wow]
Here’s power

[Power now]
[Power how]
If you’re seeking power [Power wow]
Here’s power

If you take my breath away
The whole damn thing will turn and return
Redefined, rearranged
Rearranged

Until my dying the day
I guess I’ll have to burn just to learn
This the time, this the place
To show a human face

Dressed to kill we guessed you might
Friend or foe or family
We sacrifice the virgin white
Her death will be the life of me

Power now is all the rage
Don’t excuse it use it well
Keep the lion in his cage
Free from hunger, free from hell

[Power now]
[Power how]
If you’re seeking power [Power wow]
Here’s power

[Power now] Power now
[Power how] Power how
If you’re seeking power [Power wow]
Here’s power

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