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Greenwood

This song is by Peter Yarrow and appears on the album Peter (1972).

This song has been covered by Peter, Paul & Mary under the title "Greenwood".
I've seen a thousand people kneel in silence
I've seen them face the rifles with their songs
I always thought that we could end the killing
But now I live in fear that I was wrong

The killer and the cynic waltz together
Their eyes are turned into their skulls
They do not feel the bullets in their bodies
They do not hear the dolphin or the gull

If we do these things in the greenwood
What will happen in the dry?

If we don't stop there'll come a time when women
With barren womb will bitterly rejoice
With breasts that dry and shrivel with no promise
Gladly they'll not suckle one more life

Is this then the whimper and the ending?
The impotence of people raised on fear
A fear to blind the sense of common oneness
That common love and life and death are here

If we do these things in the greenwood
What will happen in the dry?

Will no one light the candle in the darkness
Will no one be my guide, not let me fall
I've lost the sense that tells me where the path is
I feel the chill of winter in my soul

There's no way I can say the words more plainly
There's no one left to point at anymore
It's you and me and we must make the choice now
And not destroy this life we're living for

If we do these things in the greenwood
What will happen in the dry?

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