Flash's Dream (The Final Elbow)

Ray Davies, released on Preservation: Act 2, © Davray Music Ltd. 1974

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[Voice:] Cooee. Cooee. Flash. Flash

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[Flash:] Who is this?

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[Voice:] Wake up Flash. Can you hear me Flash?

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[Flash:] Who is this? Who dares to wake me from my slumber?

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[Voice:] Need I announce myself? Am I such a stranger to you?

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[Flash:] Say your name. Speak!

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[Voice:] I am your soul.

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[Flash:] My soul?

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[Voice:] I have come to show you who you are.

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[Flash:] Show me who I am? I know who I am you upstart! How dare you intrude.

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[Voice:] You lied and schemed and took over a simple village and turned it into a vulgar playground for your own money-making ends. Before you came people lived simple lives. This was a happy place. Then you ploughed up the fields, sold off the land and lined your own pockets with the profits.

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[Flash:] Lies! Lies! I did it to help the nation

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[Voice:] You did it for your own preservation!

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[Flash:] No! No!

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[Voice:] Prepare yourself Flash, there are many who suffered at your hands. They are craving for vengeance. Time is running out.

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[Flash:] Can this be the end? Can this be the swan song? The final elbow? I will not go. The people need me.

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[Voice:] Men like you will always come and go, but the people will go on forever. Take one final look at the past Flash. Enjoy it, because you have no future.

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[Flash:] No! No! No! I can't stand this.

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Trumpets herald the final confrontation between Flash and himself.

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