You Bowed Down

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Roger McGuinn

James Roger McGuinn (born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The Byrds' records. He is a member of th… more »

I suppose you're entitled to know
Why I'm making contact
With acqaintances scattered 
All over the land
I'd promise you now and again 
That I'd honor the contract
If it hadn't crumbled away in my hand
Well we broke that vow independently now
But I don't know why you absolutely deny

You bowed down
You bowed down

When you first looked away 
I might say it was really a kindness
I must have hurt to see how dreams sour
Now they say that justice and love 
Are the next things to blindness
Well you're getting plenty 
Of both of them now
And so you parade where 
Appointments are made
And never meant to be kept 
Unless you accept

You'll value the burnt amber of falling leaves
And you'll long to delay
You feel their breath as they whisper
It won't hurt you now to betray
If you just bow down

And now every time that we meet 
On the edge of hysteria
You're helping them sell off 
Some new party line
I remember a time when you 
Would have seemed so superior
Now you say "will you please 
Meet this good friend of mine"
So you're in demand as long 
As you kiss their hand
But all the applause 
Is for their name not yours

Written by: ELVIS COSTELLO

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You Bowed Down