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The House Band - Pharoah

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Published on Oct 28, 2009

Cover taken from The World Is a Wonderful Place: The Songs of Richard Thompson, 1994. "Pharaoh" appears in R.Thompson's lp Amnesia, 1988.

The House Band are:
Ged Foley (vocals, guitar); Jimmy Young (smallpipes, flute, whistle); Iain Macleod (guitar, mandolin); Chris Parkinson (melodeon, keyboards, piano accordion and harmonica)

Pharaoh he sits in his tower of steel,
the dogs of money all at his heel.
Magicians cry "Oh truth! Oh real!"
We're all working for the Pharaoh

A thousand eyes, a thousand ears,
he feeds us all, he feeds our fears.
Don't stir in your sleep tonight, my dears,
we're all working for the Pharaoh.

It's Egypt land, Egypt land,
we're all living in Egypt land.
Tell me, brother, don't you understand?
We're all working for the Pharaoh

Hidden from the eye of chance,
the men of shadow dance a dance.
We're all struck into a trance,
we're all working for the Pharaoh.

The idols rise into the sky,
Pyramids soar, Sphinxes lie.
Head of dog, Osiris eye,
we're all working for the Pharaoh.

And it's Egypt land, Egypt land,
we're all living in Egypt land.
Tell me, brother, don't you understand?
We're all working for the Pharaoh.

I dig a ditch, I shape a stone,
another battlement for his throne,
another day on earth is flown,
we're all working for the Pharaoh.

Call it England, you call it Spain,
Egypt rules with a whip and chain.
Moses free my people again,
we're all working for the Pharaoh.

And it's Egypt land, Egypt land,
we're all living in Egypt land.
Tell me, brother, don't you understand?
We're all working for the Pharaoh.

Pharaoh he sits in his tower of steel,
around his feet the princes kneel.
Far beneath we shoulder the wheel,
We're all working for the Pharaoh.

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