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Dying Sun

from The Powers That Be by Pharaoh

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They say the noonday sun burned a brilliant gold
On crystal palaces towering high
They sing of empires dancing for their queens of old
Whose soldier-scholars conquered the sky

All I see is the ember of a dying sun
All I know are these ruined mounds of the dead
All I hear are the strains of songs no longer sung
All I dream are words in books that can't be read

Now when I cast my mind back to early days,
A distant time not so long ago
All life seemed lit by warmer and brighter rays
And greater deeds were done in their amber glow

All I see is the ember of a dying sun
All I know are these ruined mounds of the dead
All I hear are the strains of songs no longer sung
All I dream are words in books that can't be read

Worn away, as by raindrops carving a canyon
Grain by grain, all our works are borne to the sea
Stars will fade, and the days dissolve into darkness
Cold and grey, nothing left to do or be

One debt we pay, everyone, the same:
the price of birth

Though I will die in the dark
I lived,
The last of my kind
On the sunlit earth

All I dream is the dying sun
All I hear...
All I know...
All I see...
All I feel… is the cold, dead sun

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from The Powers That Be, released June 18, 2021
music & lyrics: Johnsen

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