Now and Then

Ray Davies, released on UK Jive, © Davray Music Ltd. 1989

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In the beginning of it all there was the land

And the sea and she sky

Then into the middle of it all there came man

To live on the land.

And then a great nation

Put into operation an evolutionary plan

Now mighty corporations and politicians rule the land

Wish I could remember when

We were more innocent

Than all of those violent bitter men.

The world was much younger then

But we were much wiser then.

Before we were full of discontent.

It's too bad the simple ways came sadly to an end

I guess that's the difference between now and then.

In the beginning of it all there was the land.

We were much younger then

But we were much wiser then

We never questioned why or when

One day we'll be born again

Our lovers and friends will remain

To live in a world without suffering and pain

And I can see a day when enemies are friends.

And there'll be no distance between now and then.

In the beginning of it all there was the Land.

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