play Knock on the Door

from This Is Absolutely Real

n many a time, in many a land,
With many a gun in many a hand,
They came by the night, they came by the day,
Came with their guns to take us away

With a knock on the door, knock on the door.
Here they come to take one more,...One more.

Back in the days of the Roman Empire,
They died by the cross and they died by the fire.
In the stone coliseum, the crowd gave a roar,
And it all began with that knock on the door

Just a knock on the door, knock on the door.
Here they come to take one more,...One more.

The years have all passed, we've reached modern times,
The Nazis have come with their Nazi war crimes.
Yes the power was there, the power was found,
Six million people have heard that same sound

That old knock on the door, knock on the door.
Here they come to take one more,...One more.

Now there's many new words and many new names,
The banners have changed but the knock is the same.
In the War on Terror with right on our side,
I wonder who knows how many have died

From a knock on the door, knock on the door.
Here they come to take one more,...One more.

Look over the oceans, look over the lands,
Look over our leaders with the blood on their hands.
And open your eyes and see what they do,
When they knock for your neighbor they're knocking for you

With a knock on the door, knock on the door.
Here they come to take one more,
Knock on the door, knock on the door.
Here they come to take one more,.... One more.

I made small updates to the lyrics of verses 4 and 5, to bring them current.

- PW  

Credits:

PW:  acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Cheryl Prashker:  drums
Chico Huff:  electric bass
Gretchen Schultz:  backing vocals

written by Phil Ochs (Barricade Music Inc./ASCAP, admin. by Almo Music Corp)

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