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Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality
Beyond the gilded cage.

Cast in this unlikely role,
Ill-equipped to act,
With insufficient tact,
One must put up barriers
To keep oneself intact.

Living in the Limelight,
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem.
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation,
Get on with the fascination,
The real relation,
The underlying theme.

Living in a fisheye lens,
Caught in the camera eye.
I have no heart to lie,
I can't pretend a stranger
Is a long-awaited friend.

All the world's indeed a stage,
And we are merely players,
Performers and portrayers,
Each another's audience
Outside the gilded cage.



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    LadyHawkeJun 14, 2009 at 7:08 am
    This song is the song that keeps popping up in my head when I see all the "celebrities" dealing with the paparazzi. It is a good summary of one of the prices of fame. It also hints about the unnatural interest in "celebrities" and the weird desire (sometimes taken to the extreme) to view the "celebrity" as a friend or an intimate. It reminds me of the exaggerated displays of grief by people who never met said celebrity when that actor/singer/etc. Dies. It is that "real relation" they seek (but ignore in their own life) when they busy themselves putting celebrities on pedestals and building altars to that "deity".
    Ps--littleblonde05 is talking about the Rush song "Freewill".

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