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Klaatu - So said the lighthouse keeper & Hope (lyrics on clip)

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Published on Jan 1, 2012

'delightful slideshow' according to Klaatu-The Band itself on Facebook
(If you want to watch without lyrics on screen: http://youtu.be/CUX-4k9g86g)
So said the lighthouse keeper
Hope (from 05.49)
artist: Klaatu
album: Hope (1977)

So Said the Lighthouse Keeper + Hope are the last two songs on the concept album 'Hope', Klaatu's second album. On the inner sleeve of the lp the lyrics to So Said the Lighthouse Keeper are followed by an Epilogue that I included in the slideshow. I perceive it as the bridge that binds these two tracks together. Also, the lyrics to Epilogue belong to a track that didn't make it to the album Hope, but was eventually published on Sun Set (2005)

Klaatu was for years speculated and rumoured to be a secret Beatles-reunion
but they are:
John Woloschuk : vocals - bass - guitar - keyboards
Terry Draper : vocals - drums - guitar - keyboards - slide trombone
Dee Long : vocals - guitar - keyboards
Klaatu was formed in 1973 in Toronto, Canada
For more information on Klaatu and on where to buy their music: http://www.klaatu.org/

Slideshow by Rapunzzl
I do not claim to own the music, nor the images I used, I just put things together like this
Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976,
allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism,
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Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might
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Lyrics:

So Said The Lighthouse Keeper
(John Woloschuk)

"I am the very loneliest of all creatures in the universe
Indeed I am an epitaph to man
For having witnessed mass destruction like you've never dreamed and worse
I fear I shall bear witness once again."

So said the lighthouse keeper
As he struggled up the spiral stairs
Which led him to the laser flare which spanned the cosmic void
Where keeping constant vigil
He'd forewarn this gallant guard of guards
Beware all ships the space graveyard and its stones of asteroids

"For though my race was thought immune
Themselves they did consume
So be warned or be mourned tomorrow
And from your deafness do desist
And pray take heed of this
For your present course can only end in sorrow..."

So said the lighthouse keeper
As he wiped a teardrop from his nose
Upon which his spectacles rose and gazed out to the stars
And like a portrait still he stared
And sighing to himself declared
"I must invent the perfect prayer
Not yours, not mine, but ours

Which in the name of charity
Might lead us to eternal peace
The ultimate philosophy
Some simple, single phrase." The old and much encumbered man
Then came to rest with head in hand
He thought
and thought
and thought away
His last remaining day.



Epilogue

When to his end the old man came
Death told him "You'll not die in vain"
And on his lips the fatal kiss was placed

But from within his falling chest
The old man uttered one last breath
And had we heard his parting word
We'd know that he had said...


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Hope
(John Woloschuk)

Hope is like a lighthouse keeper's beam
Hope, the master cobbler of our dreams
For Hope believes in desert streams
The mightiest of stars
The microcosm in a jar
Vast or small, they all revolve on Hope

Hope the guardian angel of the dove
Hope a gift of guidance from above
For Hope is the heart in mother's love
No plans could be conceived
No ships could fare the seas
For there would be no courage were it not for Hope

Now the path before us lies before our very eyes
Don't you see
And it leads up to the gateway
Lead me through
Don't you see

Then come and take my hand
Raise up your head
And dry your eyes
For up ahead I see
Woh woh yeah
A ray of peace
A-shining on me

So let us feel Hope
And feel the sunrise in our minds
To give Hope is to enlighten all mankind
Ah but lose Hope and life seems black as blind
When faith gives way to fear
When motivation disappears
All is lost if one abandons Hope
All is lost
If one abandons Hope

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