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​The Actor

This song is by Tygers Of Pan Tang and appears on the album The Cage (1982).

You thought you were the master of your life
You thought you had it all worked out
But times have changed and days don't seem so sweet
Don't let the floor drop out from your world

The lights go on and the story seems so old
You've seen this on TV so many times
But now you are the actor living out the role
There's no cameras there, no script to keep the hero whole

You are the actor
The lights upon the stage
You are the actor
The encores never came

And when your brothers lie in pieces on the ground
You shed your tears, say you didn't realize
And when the righteous pin the medals on your shirt
Do you think that God will shake your head?

You are the actor
The curtains never closed
You are the actor
The story's never told
You are the actor
You're living on the role
You are the actor