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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:45
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It’s been a long, hard day in Burlington
The favorite son’s turned stale, the wicked one’s prevailed
So the town’s folk all rally to get their guns
And settle things with might while only one soul resists the fight

Says; “find your peace, find your peace…
Don’t hastily react with base release,
Find your peace – There’s more to life than that”

Within the bowels of the town dwells a tragic girl
Who has given up on hope, lost all desire to cope
So she unplugs her heart and now fills her world
With shallow, empty tasks, in clichéd terms she raps

“I wish you peace, wish you peace…
Although any chance for me has surely ceased,
I wish you peace – Is there any life like that?”

It’s been a long, hard week in Jericho
As the aboriginal men are all called to arms
Except those first-born, they are sheltered from this miracle
What’s the harm? What’s the harm?

Live in peace, live in peace,
Your better days will doubtlessly increase
Live in peace – conduct your life like that

Out the doors of Walter Reed walked a serviceman
With 14 colorful charms just to the left of his severed right arm
Then some appeasers holding signs break into mindless chants
To which this hero calmly replies;
“For those people I would have honorably died”

To bring them peace, bring them peace
Against their own internal nihilistic beasts
To bring them peace – Do they deserve a life like that?

But it’s been a long, hard month in Babylon
Patriarchs must adapt to veils falling to the ground
And it’s been a long, hard year in Avalon
As the mighty ABC alliance begins to crumble down
I’ve seen the spring flower bloom in the desert sand
A new world opens its arms, extends its hand

Composition © 2005 Ric Albano
Publication © 2005, 2009, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on March 8, 2005
Recorded starting on May 9, 2005
at Saturation Acres, Danville, PA
Produced by Ric Albano
Engineered by Paul Smith
Mixed and Mastered in 2005
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Original Release: October 10, 2005
on Imaginary Lines I

Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bret Alexander
Electric Guitars
Ron Simasek

Listener Guide

Analysis: This is a really love/hate song that may sound brilliant or annoying depending on one’s mood. It was originallly intended to be the focal song from Imaginary Lines I, but is really in the bottom half of selections from that fine album.

Song Trivia
The song aims to portray the subjectiveness of certain words and terms by offering several distinct definitions of the word “Peace”.
During the song’s outtro, it twice jumps up a key, something influenced by the song “Seasons In the Sun” by Terry Jacks.

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