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                              Wartime Prayers


                         Words and Music by Paul Simon


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Lyrics: Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations, Appeals for love or loves release, in private invocations. But all that is changed now, Gone like a memory from the day before the fires. People hungry for the voice of God Hear lunatics and liars Wartime prayers, wartime prayers In every language spoken, For every family scattered and broken. Because you cannot walk with the holy, If youíre just a halfway decent man. But I donít pretend that Iím a mastermind With a genious marketing plan. Iím trying to tap into some wisdom, Even a little drop would do. I want to rid my heart of envy And cleanse my soul of rage Before I feel. Times are hard, hard times, But everybody knows all about hard times. The thing is, what are you gonna do? Will you cry? And try to muscle through? And try to rearrange your stuff? But when the wounds are deep enough, And itís all that we can bear, We wrap ourselves in prayer. Because you cannot walk with the holy, If youíre just a halfway decent man. But I donít pretend that Iím a mastermind With a genious marketing plan. Iím trying to tap into some wisdom, Even a little drop would do. I want to rid my heart of envy And cleanse my soul of rage Before Iím through. A mother murmurs in twilight sleep And draws her babies closer. With hush-a-bies for sleepy eyes, And kisses on the shoulder. To drive away despair She sends a wartime prayer.
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