Phil Ochs - No More Songs Lyrics




Hello, hello, hello
Is there anybody home?
I've only called to say
I'm sorry
The drums are in the dawn
And all the voices gone
And it seems that there are no more songs

Once I knew a girl
She was a flower in a flame
I loved her as the sea sinks[?] sadly
Now the ashes of the dream
Can be found in the magazines
And it seems that there are no more songs

Once I knew a sage
Who sang upon the stage
He told about the world
His lover
A ghost without a name
Stands ragged in the rain
And it seems that there are no more songs

The rebels they were here
They came beside the door
They told me that the moon was bleeding
Then all to my surprise
They took away my eyes
And it seems that there are no more songs

A star[?] is in the sky
It's time to say goodbye
A whale is on the beach
He's dying
A white flag in my hand
And a white bone in the sand
And it seems that there are no more songs

Hello, hello, hello
Is there anybody home?
I've only called to say
I'm sorry
The drums are in the dawn
And all the voices gone
And it seems that there are no more songs

It seems that there are no more songs
It seems that there are no more songs





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  1. Jack Kelly

    That medieval sound in the background is epic. What a brilliant but sad song.

  2. Josh Ward

    I heard Henry Cow's version of this first and this song is absolutely fantastic. If you can stand bizzareness go listen to the Henry Cow version, which I absolutely love. Didn't know it was a cover and it's cool to hear the original

  3. Shimon de Valencia

    His farewell song, is one of the most beautiful farewells ever penned. His sincerity, and voice stand testament to a life spent fighting for justice, tolerance , and peace. This song moves one to the core, and
    leaves sweet tears in tribute to a life that left us too soon. A gentle soul, truly missed.

  4. Dano Pierce

    We need the Phil Ochs of today to rise!

  5. Carol Rozier

    He wrote deep songs, and sang them beautifully. He succumbed to his illnesses, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, by committing suicide at the age of 36. What a damned shame.

  6. Eric Bartczak

    He had a unique voice, both tonally and metaphorically.

  7. Nancy Benefiel

    God. I miss him

  8. T.J. Phoenix

    Yes, it was one of his last songs. The lyrics are hard for me to read. He truly was saying goodbye. But a goodbye, he did not want to make. He did want to be saved, and before someone tells me that sappy bullshit, "You can't save some one else, I cry: "Bull shit! You sure as fuck can as any dedicated mother, father, brother sister or dedicated friend could tell you. It's just a matter if you want to expel the energy it would take. And the jester, bowed again, slipping from the room for a moments private tears.

    basqye9

    +T.J. Phoenix I think this is less about saving or not saving someone, than it is an enunciation of what one must say- no more songs? Do we linger then? Until when? Unto what harsh back road? Its a greeting, a farewell, a condemnation of fumbling words that attempt...

    David Webster

    Yes! and his sorrow was multicausal.

  9. ceri james

    Phil wrote some outstanding songs this being one of them - genius in many ways - what an epitaph!

  10. Marilyn Maki

    tears are falling again-every time I hear this. his voice rose to the heavens just as I'm sure he did.

  11. Ginny

    I like the medieval background 

  12. Lynn Neumann

    Phil was a beautiful and effectual angel who tirelessly fought for peace and justice.  He held firm to his beliefs and to his grand vision.  There will never be another artist comparable to him.

    Keltic34 1ThoughtYouKnuskii!!1

    Lynn, Music Composer Fuck em

  13. benmcfee

    @skorziks
    Amen to that, my friend. But even more tragic to me is the spoken part at the end where he tells the person "Don't worry. I'll be around for awhile."

  14. jxronan

    Understand, a whole generation felt this way. He was a spokesperson for the sixties. Many of us felt despair.

  15. SteveonLI

    sadly, several of phil ochs' songs were suicide notes, in one way or another

  16. BlackAdder6

    Well, It is a depressing song to me. Beautiful, Haunting, with poetic lyrics, but still depressing nonetheless.
    You're right about the last part though. I should have said, considering the part of his life in which he wrote this song. not his life as a whole

  17. BlackAdder6

    One of the most depressing songs ever. Especially considering this man's life. Almost a suicide note in itself