Pinwheel of Death

Melanie Safka


SONGS

Writers Melanie Safka

Genres Pop

Recorded 1970

Lyrics LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.
LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.

WE WERE SO CLOSE,
THERE WAS NO ROOM,
WE BLED
INSIDE EACH OTHER'S WOUNDS.
WE ALL HAD CAUGHT
THE SAME DISEASE,
AND WE ALL SANG
THE SONGS OF PEACE.

LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.
LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.

SO RAISE THE CANDLES HIGH,
'CAUSE IF YOU DON'T,
WE COULD STAY BLACK
AGAINST THE NIGHT.
SO RAISE THEM HIGHER AGAIN,
AND IF YOU DO
WE COULD STAY DRY
AGAINST THE RAIN.

LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.
LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.

SOME CAME TO SING,
SOME CAME TO PRAY.
SOME CAME
TO KEEP
THE DARK AWAY.

SO RAISE THE CANDLES HIGH,
'CAUSE IF YOU DON'T,
WE COULD STAY BLACK
AGAINST THE NIGHT.
SO RAISE THEM HIGHER AGAIN,
AND IF YOU DO
WE COULD STAY DRY
AGAINST THE RAIN.

LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.
LAY DOWN,
LAY DOWN,
LAY IT ALL DOWN,
LET YOUR WHITE BIRDS
SMILE UP
AT THE ONES WHO STAND
AND FROWN.
Writers Melanie Safka

Genres Pop, Folk

Recorded 1972

Lyrics WELL,
YOU KNOW
THAT I'M NOT A GAMBLER,
BUT I'M BEIN' GAMBLED ON,
THEY PUT IN A NICKEL
AND I SING A LITTLE SONG.
DADN DA DADN DA
DADN DA DA DA,
DA DADN DA DA DA,
THEY PUT IN A NICKEL
AND I SING A LITTLE SONG.

WELL,
I DON'T MIND
THAT THEY'RE LUCKY,
BUT IT SEEMS
LIKE THEY ALWAYS WIN,
AND GAMBLING
IS ILLEGAL
IN THE STATE OF MIND
I'M IN.
AND IF I HAD A NICKEL
FOR EACH TIME
THAT I BEEN PUT ON,
I WOULD BE THEIR NICKEL
MAN,
AND I'D SING
A NICKEL SONG.

THEY'RE ONLY PUTTIN' IN
A NICKEL,
AND THEY WANT
A DOLLAR SONG,
OH YEAH,
THEY'RE ONLY PUTTIN' IN
A LITTLE
TO GET RID OF A LOT
THAT'S WRONG.

WELL,
I DON'T KNOW SO MANY THINGS,
BUT I KNOW
WHAT'S BEEN GOIN' ON,
WE'RE ONLY PUTTIN' IN
A LITTLE
TO GET RID OF A LOT
THAT'S WRONG.
AND IF WE HAD A NICKEL
FOR EACH TIME
THAT WE'VE BEEN PUT ON,
WE'D ALL BE THEIR NICKEL
MAN,
AND WE'D SING
A NICKEL SONG.

THEY'RE ONLY PUTTIN' IN
A NICKEL,
AND THEY WANT
A DOLLAR SONG,
OH YEAH,
THEY'RE ONLY PUTTIN' IN
A LITTLE
TO GET RID OF A LOT
THAT'S WRONG.

OH, THEY'RE ONLY PUTTIN' IN
A NICKEL
TO WIN A DOLLAR SONG!
Alt. Title Look What They've Done To My Song

Writers Melanie Safka

Genres Pop

Recorded 1972

Lyrics LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.
WELL, IT'S THE ONLY THING
I COULD DO HALF RIGHT,
AND IT'S TURNING OUT ALL WRONG,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.

LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY BRAIN,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY BRAIN.
WELL, THEY PICKED IT
LIKE A CHICKEN BONE
AND I THINK I'M HALF INSANE,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.

I WISH I COULD FIND
A GOOD BOOK TO LIVE IN,
WISH I COULD FIND
A GOOD BOOK.
WELL, IF I COULD FIND
A REAL GOOD BOOK
I'D NEVER HAVE TO COME OUT
AND LOOK
AT WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.

BUT MAYBE IT'LL ALL BE ALRIGHT,
MA.
MAYBE IT'LL ALL BE O.K.
WELL, IF THE PEOPLE
ARE BUYING TEARS
I'LL BE RICH SOMEDAY,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.

LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.
WELL, THEY TIED IT UP
IN A PLASTIC BAG
AND TURNED IT UPSIDE DOWN,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.

LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG,
MA.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.
IT'S THE ONLY THING
I COULD DO ALRIGHT
AND THEY TURNED IT
UPSIDE DOWN.
LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG.