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Praetorian Underground

This song is by John Cale and appears on the album Caribbean Sunset (1984).

The Ministry of Music's having seconds thoughts again
About the past - aha
To debate and reconsider the evidence at hand
That the destiny of music will corrupt the heart of man
Defend the fool, offend the fool
Defend the fool, offend the fool
Pretend the fool will let you down

The world heard Krakatoa
An arrogant attitude
What's left of Krakatoa
Was blown halfway across the world
Into the heart of music
Into the heart of men
And angry Praetorian lovers rising up again
Offend the fool, defend the fool
Condemn the fool, condemn the fool
Pretend the fool will let you down

You can spot the James Dean forgeries by their uncertain ways
Like the underground musicians, nonchalant beggars of the day
Attended to by those accustomed to the bridle path
Pretenders to the Praetorian flame
Pretenders to the past
Offend the fool, defend the fool
Offend the fools, defend the fools
A forgery will always let you down

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