Alan Parsons Project

The turn of a friendly card

There are unsmiling faces and bright plastic chains,
and a wheel in perpetual motion
And they follow the races and pay out the gains,
with no show of an outward emotion.

And they think it will make their lives easier
[For God knows up till now it's been hard/
*But the doorway before them is barred]
|: [But/No] the game never ends,
when your whole world depends
on the turn of a friendly card :|

There's a sign in the desert that lies to the west,
where you can't tell the night from the sunrise
And not all the king's horses and all the king's men
have prevented the fall of the unwise.



But a pilgrim must follow in search of a shrine,
as he enters inside the cathedral.


There are unsmiling faces in fetters and chains,
on a wheel of perpetual motion,
who belong to all races and answer all names,
with no show of an outward emotion.


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