Sep 16

When we know your talk is cheap.

The song by Van Morrison, titled Wonderful Remark expresses a sentiment that is profoundly apropos of the political elite.

Wonderful Remark

by Van Morrison

How can you stand the silence
That pervades when we all cry?
How can you watch the violence
That erupts before your eyes?
How can you tell us something
Just to keep us hangin’ on?
Something that just don’t mean nothing
When we see it you are gone
Clinging to some other rainbow
While we’re standing, waiting in the cold
Telling us the same old story
Knowing time is growing old.

That was a wonderful remark
I had my eyes closed in the dark
I sighed a million sighs
I told a million lies, to myself, to myself

How can we listen to you
When we know your talk is cheap?
How can we ever question
Why we give more and you keep?
How can your empty laughter
Fill a room like ours with joy
When you’re only playing with us
Like a child does with a toy?
How can we ever feel the freedom
Or the flame lit by the spark
How can we ever come out even
When reality is stark?

That was a wonderful remark
I had my eyes closed in the dark, yeah
I sighed a million sighs
I told a million lies, to myself, to myself
Baby to myse – e – e – elf

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Talk is cheap — An idiomatic phrase suggesting that it is far easier to say you will do something than to actually do it. Politicians are notorious for this kind of talk. Promises, promises but nothing changes. Compare; In the Christian Bible, the book of Mathew, chapter 7; verse 16, You shall know them by their fruits. A warning about false prophets. It is easy to judge the health of a fruit tree by the fruit it bears than to judge those who speak in lofty platitudes.

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2 comments

    • niki on September 25, 2016 at 9:57 am
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    WOW,wonderful songs!
    China is forbidden if any songs target to criticize the politics.
    hope we will have such freedom in future.

    1. Questioning authority is an important aspect of citizen participation in government. It is important for the government to understand that they serve at the consent of the people.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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