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"Pride of Man" by Quicksilver Messenger Service

A band from the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960’s and early 1970’s and one of the most popular live bands. Influenced by Dave Brubeck, Moby Grape and Greatful Dead they utilized great electronics, feedback as a part of musical statement and a tight powerful musical sound beyond most rock bands capability, using 2 lead guitarists who mixed as if one mind controlled. I never saw them live but had all their albums until John Cippolina left and still consider them one of the era’s musical treasures. They were early on making political and social statements with music. This song was prophetic in that it shows why America would descend from it’s place of world dominance and moral leadership, repeating history of a people blessed by God only to become prideful as proclaimed by Ezra Taft Benson. This song is worth a listen both as a powerful Rock song of late 1960’s and a piece of literature to call America to repentance.

Turn around,
go back down,
back the way you came,
Can’t you see that flash of fire ten times brighter than the day?
And behold a mighty city broken in the dust again,
Oh God, Pride of Man, broken in the dust again.

Turn around,
go back down,
back the way you came,
Babylon is laid to waste, Egypt’s buried in her shame,
The mighty men are all beaten down, their kings are fallen in the ways,
Oh God, Pride of Man, broken in the dust again.

Turn around,
go back down,
back the way you came,
Terror is on every side, lo our leaders are dismayed.
For those who place their faith in fire, their faith in fire shall be
repaid,
Oh God, Pride of Man, broken in the dust again.

Turn around,
go back down,
back the way you came,
And shout a warning unto the nation that the sword of God is raised.
Yes, Babylon, that mighty city, rich in treasures, wide in fame,
Oh God, Pride of Man, broken in the dust again.

The meek shall cause your tower to fall, make of you a pyre of flame,
Oh you who dwell on many waters, rich in treasures, wide in fame.
you bow unto your God of gold, your pride of might shall be a shame,
For only God can lead His people back unto the Earth again.

Oh God, Pride of Man, broken in the dust again.
A Holy mountain be restored, and mercy on that people, that people

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