Books Are Burning

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XTC was a New Wave band from Swindon, England, active between 1977 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982), but are perhaps even better known for their long-standing critical (rather than … more »

Books are burning in the main square 
And I saw there, the fire eating the text
 Books are burning in the still air
And you know where they burn books, people are next

I believe the printed word should be forgiven 
Doesn't matter what it said
 Wisdom hotline from the dead back to the living 
Key to the larder for your heart and your head, unh

 Books are burning in our own town
 Watch us turn 'round and cast our glances elsewhere
 Books are burning in the playground  Smell of burnt book is not unlike human hair

Well, I believe the printed word is more than sacred  Beyond the gauge of good or bad
The human right to let your soul fly free and naked  Above the violence of the fearful and sad, mmm mmm yeh

The church of matches  Anoints in ignorance with gasoline 
The church of matches  Grows fat by breathing in the smoke of dreams, it's quite obscene

 Books are burning, more each day now
And I pray now, you boys will tire of these games
 Books are burning, I hope somehow 
This will allow, a phoenix up from the flames


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