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(Ian Hunter)

On the very first decade that we got to dream in
Our fathers were angry, our mother's were screamin'
At the clothes we were wearin' and the music we got off on
Hitler was dead, welcome to Babylon

Carved our initials out across the sand
The heart and the arrow, no-one understands
Then the tide rolled in and everything ran
And washed us away, washed us away, washed us away

Up in the attic ambition was burning
Now my fingers were bleedin' but the tables were turning
Down in the city the future was beckoning
And I hated myself on the day of reckoning
(Oh yeah)
Carved our initials on top of the cake
The heart and the arrow - the rattle and the snake
How was I to know that the Earth was gonna break
And wash us away, wash us away, wash us away

Everything's temporary in this world
Ain't it a shame when you lose someone
Here tomorrow, gone today
Wash us away, wash us away, wash us away

There was never a fool like a young fool alone in
A world without someone he can find a home in
And for all the wrong reasons we rescued each other
You bandaged my heart I never would recover
No river runs true, it always takes a twist
Hearts can be broken, arrows gonna miss
How was I to know that it was gonna come down to this
And wash us away

And we wrote our names on the Dead Sea Scrolls
The young and the restless, the brave and the bold
How was we to know it was gonna get outta control
And wash us away, wash us away, wash us away, wash us away, wash us away, wash us away, wash us away

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    This is the kind of bittersweet but ballsy song that ian hunter is so brilliant at writing. A kid is born in post-wwii england, right at this huge cultural turning point for the country, which he can see, even though he's young. He's got solitary ambition, falls in love with music, sets out to make his mark - "the heart and the arrow", representing his love for a girl, and for music - his passion for life. He thinks he can find meaning, and even safety, if he carves a big enough niche. He finds out all marks are temporary, and that being alone sucks. Has good and glorious intentions, but they don't pan out in a straightforward way.
    The song is about high aspirations, the world-conquering passion of youth, and a defiant, transcendent love of rock & roll. Also the disappointments that can happen when things don't live up to expectations, and the realization that nothing lasts forever, even you. Mostly you.
    It's never been said better than he says it here.
    This is great, inspiring rock & roll.
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