Rich Men (Smile In Their Sleep)


Long ago in a distant land,
The gods cried out and the people ran,
Born away by a fantasy
That was not real, but that seemed to be;
Ê The trees would shriek and the wind would howl,
Ê Dark spirits barred the way;
Ê But the brave could lead and the meek would follow,
Ê And the cries soon grew fainter each day.
Wise men speaking in dulcet tones
Explained the wind and the shape of stones.
Told the truth and it set them free,
But they kept their slaves with their charity.
Ê They learned to sell and they learned to borrow,
Ê They learned that life was cheap.
Ê And the brave made war and the weak knew sorrow,
Ê While the rich men just smiled in their sleep.
ÊÊÊ I see them, I see them, I see them, I see them,
ÊÊÊ The rich men that smiled in their sleep.
Our master pulls on our strings for fun,
He gives us choice, but thereâs only one.
Fills our brains with a fantasy
That is not real but that seems to be.
Ê We live to buy and we live to borrow,
Ê We sell ourselves so cheap;
Ê And we dream about the great tomorrow,
Ê While the rich, they just smile in their sleep.
ÊÊÊ I see them, I see them, I see them, I see them,
ÊÊÊ The rich that still smile in their sleep


Rob Glaser

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