The Prison (1975) Lyrics

Side 1

  1. “Opening Theme (Life, The Unsuspecting Captive)” (Nesmith)
  2. “Dance Between the Raindrops” (Nesmith)
  3. “Elusive Ragings” (Nesmith)
  4. “Waking Mystery” (Nesmith)

Side 2

  1. “Hear Me Calling?” (Nesmith)
  2. “Marie’s Theme” (Nesmith)
  3. “Closing Theme (Lampost)” (Nesmith)

“Opening Theme (Life, The Unsuspecting Captive)” Lyrics

Life, the unsuspecting captive
Of a million dreams
Chains of desire bind so fastly to the earth

Seeing the attachment formed
From knowing all those things
Being alone and at one with the joys of rebirth

Doesn’t freedom look good?
Would you go if you could?
Fear keeps you locked up for good without keys

But do not you suppose
That you could be among those
Standing in the shadows of release?

For life is an unsuspecting captive
Of a million dreams
Chains of desire bind so fastly to the earth

Seeing the attachment formed
From knowing all those things
Being alone and at one
Being alone and at one
Being alone and at one
Being alone and at one
Being alone and at one with the joys of rebirth

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“Dance Between the Raindrops” Lyrics

“Dance between the raindrops”
Were the last words that he said
As I tumbled headlong into the storm

So, rising to the challenge
I wrestled with the door
Using what I thought was my good arm

But there is no way in where you already are
There is no way out everywhere

No satisfaction can come
To that which is fulfilled
And all the lies will fall away with the cares

[break]

Leave the door closed loosely
So the messenger will know
That it’s alright, just walk in

This fear that you’ve been feeling
Has no substance of its own
And though the battle rages fiercely, you will win

For there is no way in to where you already are
There is no way out everywhere

No satisfaction can come
That which is fulfilled
And all the lies fall away with the cares

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“Elusive Ragings” Lyrics

Elusive ragings of hand over fist
Darken the half light of dawn
Drawing conclusions from out of the mist
With notions of reason and wrong

Heartbreaking tumult, the battle, it seems
Lies at the root of it all
But somewhere still smiling from canyons serene
The champions of freedom stand tall

It’s late again, it’s straight again
It’s hopeless, and it’s lost
Despair cries, “Retreat!” and then stands to watch
Then cascading, campaigning, the bright tones of relief
Form magic music chords and send for God

Outside, the winds beat unmercifully hard
Fear creeps like sand through the cracks
But inside, the stillness is consciously formed
As false goals and egos relax

[break]

Outside, the winds beat unmercifully hard
Fear creeps like sand in through the cracks
But inside, the stillness is consciously formed
As false goals and egos relax

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“Waking Mystery” Lyrics

Awake
Behold
The morning’s near

Confrontation conquers fear
Hope arouses, truth unfolds
The child of God as man is whole

Is it waking mystery?
Are you dreaming, still asleep?
Love’s not lost; you just are blind
Come, let go; embrace the light

Stumbling senses seem to hold
Some things precious and untold
But all is lost inside the lies
Sold as sight from mortal eyes

(Awake) Awake
Behold
The morning’s near

And confrontation conquers fear
Hope arouses, truth unfolds
The child of God as man is whole

Old horizons seeming small
Caught between the short and tall
But do not worry, just go on
Love will guide you to the dawn

Soon, the spirit will replace
Substance found in time and space
Oh, my friend, you are quite funny
You see, there is no other mind

Awake
Behold
The morning’s near

Confrontation conquers fear
And hope arouses, truth unfolds
The child of God as man is whole

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“Hear Me Calling?” Lyrics

Hear me callin’
Callin’ from deep inside of you
While you’re cryin’
Callin’ and telling you you’re fine

Wisdom speaking
Loving you all the while
While you are cryin’
Lovin’ you and knowing that you’re fine

See the lingering doubts cast
Now fading with the gloom
Showing you at long last
The welcoming arms of truth

So don’t cry, my good friend
Fear has no substance of its own
These problems simply
Are coming to be answered

See the lingering doubts cast
Now fading with the gloom
Showing you at long last
The welcoming arms of truth

So don’t cry, my good friend
Fear has no substance of its own
These problems simply
Are coming to be answered

Fear has no substance of its own
These problems simply
Are coming to be answered

Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’
Hear me callin’

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“Marie’s Theme” Lyrics

Her only remark was a closing remark
That one sometimes hears between friends
She began to emerge, without speaking a word
Into something quite different from him
For she usually would start
Where he usually would stop
And then blissfully wade right on through

Still, the ideas unfolded in their perfect array
Only hinting at what lay beyond for them
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth

I recall how a carnival meeting in late fall
Had brought me together with them
With no real direction but just simple reflection
Of movement as clear as the wind
We both stood there gazing
And not quite believing
Nor willing to change points of view

Still, the ideas unfolded in their perfect array
Only hinting at what lay beyond them
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth

[break]

So I’m watching another exceptional flower
Beginning to blossom and grow
As yet, still unspoken, but with more than a token
Reminder of times yet to go
And the frequent suggestion
Is that time is the question
And not so much which one you choose

Still, ideas will unfold in their perfect array
Only hinting at what lay beyond them
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth
Hidden behind all the logic one finds without truth

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“Closing Theme (Lampost)” Lyrics

Does the lamppost slowly turning
In the window that’s concerning
Re-evaluation for the sake of man
Carry news of broken weather
Which reveals the shallow gesture
Of ovations carved from mountains made of sand?

Low line falling, the distant calling
Collection from the past don’t seem to come
Tragic dancer tries to answer, but cannot
For he plays a broken drum

[break]

Flying, flying with time
Flying, flying with time

Distance and space
Reacting in kind
Oh {???}, for the price
Of the wisdom sublime
And the strength to shoulder the burden

Is the tale too early spoken
To the heads that nod a token
Of appreciation based upon the sound
Or do the words mean something
To the bold ones who are jousting
In determination to unseat the crown?

[break]

Rose thorn, forlorn
Guard the beauty’s trait
Carry your message sweet
And deliver as complete
The play’s
Unspoken line
Unspoken line
Unspoken line

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