Russ Wilbury

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Different Times

Do you remember just a day ago
Walking along through the fresh-fallen snow
To the places only you would know
Live and let live and live and let die
Don’t ever stop and think and wonder why
Keep your eyes forward and toward the sky
Troubled man with long dark hair
Flying higher in the smoky air
Mr. Mojo risin’ way up there

Now he’s gone and life goes on
Leave the stage and bow
Cry and feel and life is real
That was then, this is now
Reel it in and let it go
Change has come, see the signs
A change of scene, a change of roles
Different forms; different times

Do you remember his bitter grin
Follow the cigar smoke trailing on the wind
He’s pounding on the door, do let him in
Become like they are, he and Romeo
Put him on it just for the show
Don’t let him feel or he’ll have to let go
The nowhere man lives at number thirteen
Across the street from our own James Dean
He works a lot and doesn’t keep it clean

Now he’s gone and life goes on
Leave the stage and bow
Cry and feel and life is real
That was then, this is now
Reel it in and let it go
Change has come, see the signs
A change of scene, a change of roles
Different forms; different times

Do you remember how we used to laugh
In the strawberry fields, away from the wrath
Strawberry fields forever, just a day and a half
He spoke to the people and they hung on his words
But what he said was not what they heard
Dynasty in a car wreck and yet nothing stirred
Dark times came and they drew nearer
All he could see was himself in the mirror
He wore Lennon’s glasses but nothing was clearer

Now he’s gone and life goes on
Leave the stage and bow
Cry and feel and life is real
That was then, this is now
Reel it in and let it go
Change has come, see the signs
A change of scene, a change of roles
Different forms; different times

When the gunshots rang out and the fire started
He waved goodbye and he departed
It doesn’t matter who pulled the trigger
Him in sorrow or them in vigor

Now he’s gone and life goes on
Leave the stage and bow
Cry and feel and life is real
That was then, this is now
Reel it in and let it go
Change has come, see the signs
A change of scene, a change of roles
Different forms; different times
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