A Church Is Burning

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Simon & Garfunkel were an American music duo consisting of singer-songwriters Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. They formed the group Tom & Jerry in 1957 and had their first success with the minor hit "Hey, Schoolgirl". As Simon & Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single "The Sound of Silence". Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate (1967), propelling them further into the public consciousness. more »

A church is burningThe flames rise higherLike hands that are praying a-glow in the skyLike hands that are praying the fire is saying, "You can burn down my churches but I shall be free."Three hooded men through the back road did creepTorches in their hands while the village lies asleepDown to the church where just hours beforeVoices were singing and hands were beatingAnd saying I won't be a slave any more.And a church is burningThe flames rise higherLike hands that are praying a-glow in the skyLike hands that are praying the fire is saying,"You can burn down my churches but I shall be free."Three hooded men, their hands lit the sparkThen they faded in the night and they vanished in the darkAnd in the cold light of morning there's nothing that remains But the ashes of a bible and can of kerosene.And a church is burningThe flames rise higherLike hands that are praying a-glow in the skyLike hands that are praying the fire is saying,"You can burn down my churches but I shall be free."A church is more than just timber and stoneAnd freedom is a dark road when you're walking it aloneBut the future is now, and it's time to take a standSo the lost bells of freedom can ring out in my land.And a church is burningThe flames rise higherLike hands that are praying a-glow in the skyLike hands that are praying the fire is saying"You can burn down our churches but I shall be free."

Written by: PAUL SIMON

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A Church Is Burning