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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. more »


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On a field of red one gold star 
Raised above his head
Raised above his head
He was not like any other
He was just like any other 
And the song they bled 
Was a hymn to him 

Awake my little one
The seed of revolution
Sewn in the sleeve 
Of cloth humbly worn
Where others are adorned

Above the northern plain 
The great birds fly 
With great wings
Over the paddy fields
And the people kneel 
And the men they toil
Yet not for their own
And the children are hungry
And the wheel groans 

There before a grass hut
A young boy stood
His mother lay dead 
His sisters cried for bread
And within his young heart 
The seed of revolution sewn
In cloth humbly worn 
While others are adorned

And he grew into a man
Not like any other 
Just like any other
One small man
A beard the color of rice
A face the color of tea 
Who shared the misery
Of other men in chains
With shackles on his feet
Escaped the guillotine

Who fought against 
Colonialism imperialism
Who remained awake
While others slept
Who penned like Jefferson
Let independence ring
And the cart of justice turns
Slow and bitterly
And the people were crying
Plant that seed that seed 
And they crawled on their bellies
Beneath the giant beast
And filled the carts with bodies
Where once had been their crops

And the great birds swarm 
Spread their wings overhead
And his mother dead 
And the typhoons and the rain
The jungles in flames
And the orange sun
None could be more beautiful 
Than Vietnam
Nothing was more beautiful 
Than Vietnam

And his heart stopped beating
And the wheel kept turning 
And the words he bled
Were a hymn to them
I have served the whole people 
I have served my whole country
And as I leave this world 
May you suffer union
And my great affection 
Limitless as sky 
Filled with golden stars

The question is raised
Raised above his head
Was he of his word
Was he a good man
For his image fills the southern heart
With none but bitterness

And the people keep crying
And the men keep dying 
And it's so beautiful 
So beautiful
Give me one more turn 
Give me one more turn
One more turn of the wheel 

One more revolution
One more turn of the wheel

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