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NY Prophesie
Lyrics: Robert Popper, John Popper
Music: Chan Kinchla

A thousand times a prophet
A New York City prophet
They lie there all forgotten
I wonder who will hear them next

Well it won't be me it won't be you
Kind of makes you wonder who
Any sympathetic ear would do
Who's gonna hear them next

Lie prophet lie
For the sky is much too high
Keep it in your eye
And memorize the moon
Dream prophet dream
Don't you listen to them scream
We know they didn't hear you yet
But you're bound to get there soon

What do you think we'd hear them say
Would they drop down on their knees and pray
Would they tell us that it's all OK
Who do you think will ease their pain

And if we dare to listen
As the tears freeze up and glisten
With the current savior risen
Who do you think will ease their pain

Lie prophet lie
For the sky is much too high
Keep it in your eye
And memorize the moon
Dream prophet dream
Don't you listen to them scream
We know they didn't hear you yet
But you're bound to get there soon

What will our mighty future be
For there ain't no prophet here to see
That narrows it down to you and me
Do you want to live or die

Well we've chosen death with its toll begun
(You know) I've always pictured life more fun
Too bad we couldn't ever act as one
Do you want to live or die

Lie prophet lie
For the sky is much too high
Keep it in your eye
And memorize the moon
Dream prophet dream
Don't you listen to them scream
We know they didn't hear you yet
But you're bound to get there soon

1993 Blues Traveler Pub. Corp.

First release: Save His Soul
Released: 04/06/1993
Earliest time played: 02/06/1992
Last time played: 10/11/2013
Playing frequency:
  779 plays (see all shows)
  41.93% of shows in the database
  48.33% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  According to in-concert pronunciation, the correct way to say prophesie [an incorrect spelling, incidentally - prophesy or prophecy are both acceptable spellings] rhymes with "lullaby".

Other recordings of "NY Prophesie":
  Blues for the Mitten State, 1993
  Love and Greed, 1993
  Rock Me Tonight, 1993
  King of New York, 1993
  Run-Around, 1994
  Chunky but Funky, 1995
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  Independence Day - Set One, 1996
  Nascar 2000 [Sony PlayStation], 1999
  Cover Yourself, 2007
  25, 2012


memorize the moon
Part of a line from the Broadway musical The Fantasticks. The main female character is a teenager given to daydreaming, who "Read Romances, studied cloud formation in lazy afternoon, and instead of reading textbooks, tried to memorize the moon". The musical is based on a 19th-century play titled Les Romanesques, written by Edmond Rostand, who is also the author of Cyrano (see Sweet Pain).
With the current savior risen
A reference to the Second Coming, or the return of Jesus Christ to the earth, a sign of the end of the world for those who have not repented of their sins.