Joan Baez - Kingdom Of Childhood Lyrics




The ship that sails the seven seas
Has finally brought me to my knees
It's not much to my liking
The people standing on the rock
Are innocent and they know not
That the tide comes in
Death rides it like a Viking

The mountains rise above the mist
And the golden prince I've never kissed
He may die tonight
And why do I want to ride with
The prince whose alleged horse is white?
Because when we ride together
Our lives are cloaked forever

Happiness is temporary
Believe me, I know
It can arrive as a shining crystal
And leave as the melting snow
Come all you lads and lasses
The Kingdom of Childhood passes

Oh, but I am hardy in these years
Or I'd have sunk down with my tears
To the earth beneath my feet
I want to endure the slings and arrows
That Hamlet spoke about
But harrowed,
He was forced to a ragged defeat

There was a method to his madness
But overcome by pride and sadness
He did not endure
Surely his death was a grave mistake
How many deaths do we really calculate?
Isn't it true, Lord
Tragedies happen when you're bored?

Happiness is temporary
Believe me, I know
It can arrive as a shining crystal
And leave as the melting snow
Come all you lads and lasses
The Kingdom of Childhood passes

You archangels, you have some nerve
To watch all of this you are absurd
You even have a choice
Do you know all? I think you may
And what is there for you to say
But understand
Why God took back your voice

Silence is golden, I believe
And you are worth your weight
In wreaths of purest gold
While we are here with debts and bets
And aircraft carriers and jets
I call out fruitlessly
Give me an archangel for company

Happiness is temporary
Believe me, I know
It can arrive as a shining crystal
And leave as the melting snow
Come all you lads and lasses
The Kingdom of Childhood passes

Me in the woods at the break of dawn
The candles of the night still on
The chimes ring from the hollow
I too am worth my weight in gold
But the fishmonger and I are old
When the mint runs out
Our real lives will follow

It was misfortune who woke you up
To pour you the dregs from her broken cup
Cast her aside
The sunrise will appear with the mockingbird
Who stays deep in the canyon and is heard
Glorious in his song
He cannot be wrong

Happiness is temporary
Believe me, I know
It can arrive as a shining crystal
And leave as the melting snow
Come all you lads and lasses
The Kingdom of Childhood passes
There's another one just beyond
Act quickly before it's gone





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  1. Han Vroman

    One those happy days songs...i got it on the tape "gulf winds"... very relaxing song..

  2. Eugene M. Grygo

    Kingdom of Childhood

    Joan Baez

    http://bit.ly/2IgQ9Qz

    The ship that sails the seven seas
    Has finally brought me to my knees
    It's not much to my liking
    The people standing on the rock
    Are innocent and they know not
    That the tide comes in
    Death rides it like a Viking
    The mountains rise above the mist
    And the golden prince I've never kissed
    He may die tonight
    And why do I want to ride with
    The prince whose alleged horse is white?
    Because when we ride together
    Our lives are cloaked forever

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes

    Oh, but I am hardy in these years
    Or I'd have sunk down with my tears
    To the earth beneath my feet
    I want to endure the slings and arrows
    That Hamlet spoke about
    But harrowed,
    He was forced to a ragged defeat
    There was a method to his madness
    But overcome by pride and sadness
    He did not endure
    Surely his death was a grave mistake
    How many deaths do we really calculate?
    Isn't it true, Lord
    Tragedies happen when you're bored?

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes

    You archangels, you have some nerve
    To watch all of this you are absurd
    You even have a choice
    Do you know all? I think you may
    And what is there for you to say
    But understand
    Why God took back your voice
    SIlence is golden, I believe
    And you are worth your weight
    In wreaths of purest gold
    While we are here with debts and bets
    And aircraft carriers and jets
    I call out fruitlessly
    Give me an archangel for company

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes

    Me in the woods at the break of dawn
    The candles of the night still on
    The chimes ring from the hollow
    I too am worth my weight in gold
    But the fishmonger and I are old
    When the mint runs out
    Our real lives will follow
    It was misfortune who woke you up
    To pour you the dregs from her broken cup
    Cast her aside
    The sunrise will appear with the mockingbird
    Who stays deep in the canyon and is heard
    Glorious in his song
    He cannot be wrong

    Happiness is temporary
    Believe me, I know
    It can arrive as a shining crystal
    And leave as the melting snow
    Come all you lads and lasses
    The Kingdom of Childhood passes
    There's another one just beyond
    Act quickly before it's gone

    © 1976, 1977 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP)
    Songwriters: Joan C. Baez
    Kingdom of Childhood lyrics © Gabriel Earl Music

  3. Mata Pöze

    As I already wrote somewhere about this song, it is a bit sad that she doesn't sing it anymore, in Live. It would be turned into a very beautiful acoustic hit! She doesn't trust herself about her song writing, but she did it very well! Maybe I will sing it one day in another way, more acoustic, or in acoustic reggae, who knows...?

  4. Mara Pg

    BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!

    Carla Thomas

    My favorite joan baez iriginal..luv the harmonies.

  5. Stanley Moskowitz

    super joan .

  6. Eve Brown

    This is like a JB does Fleetwood Mac but with her killer voice and crazy images

  7. Andreas Jurewitsch

    Thank you for putting this on YouTube. I had this album when I lived in Germany and it was always one of my favorites of hers, even though it was not one of her greatest commercial successes. I could never find it again. Unfortunately, some of the songs don't seem to have sound. Thank you for the ones that do!

  8. meltzerboy

    Although I thought I was very familiar with Joan Baez' music, having several of her albums as well as attending her concerts for many years, I had never heard her singing this piece before nor am I familiar with the album from which it comes. Live and learn! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Sparky Widgets

    There you are...that young beautiful songstress that sings like no other. You were right!

  10. Le Ménestrel

    I listen this song again since three days. It's too beautiful. It reminds me my youth. I had bought this album one day. Joan is a wonderful singer and songwritter; I love her... and I shall love her forever.This arrangments with vocal and instruments is really nice.
    God bless you my friend,
    Jean

  11. Le Ménestrel

    I really love this song which was on the album "Gulf Wind" of Joan Baez in the end of the seventees...
    Thank you so much to share this beauty with us
    God bless you
    Jean

    Mara Pg

    nondepouk
    LINDA MÚSICA. FÃ DE JOAN BAEZ TBEM. 🙋🙋

  12. anshuman sinha

    this was similar to dylans blood on the tracks.....joan baez right through this album seemed so vulnerable...looking for validation.

    Mata Pöze

    I agree

  13. anshuman sinha

    @nightwish1951 they dont sell the good stuff anymore.

  14. occiaballa

    @Scout4Me1 Isn't this the "Gulf Winds" version?

    Robin Haun-mohamed

    Yes, 1976 or so. Vinyl

  15. fingal42

    True story: I didn't know music until I heard this lady sing. Thank you babes.

  16. Dennis Hartnett

    Oh, this takes me back!!!
    Many laughs since 1976, and more than enough tears.
    Such a beautiful, complicated, sad song - thank you so much for posting this - Gulf Winds is my very favorite JB disk -

    Love in 2010 to you! :) dennis

  17. Mata Pöze

    Thanks for posting it. I didn't know this version. I prefere the one on the Gulfwinds album. it sounds more latino than this one even if I agree with Taddy, she performs it in a very good way on this!

  18. taddyd1

    Love this arrangement (jackson browne like) and how it drives Joan's singing.
    Her wonderful background vocals sometimes sound like an organ.
    This is my favorite cut on Gulfwinds.
    thanks, Scout4Me1!