The Man Who Knew the Answer Song Lyrics

Flash and the Pan

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There's a sign down back of main street
Says: Dreams are not for sale
Took a life to find that out
Lost behind a veil
Born in line of duty
Awakened with a frown
Found it hard to readjust
Closed the old church down

Read a book of fables, of wizards and of gnomes
Reaped the autumn harvest, the seeds already sown
Didn't have a number, didn't have a name
The man that knew the answer, he couldn't play the game

Well he drank the cool clear water
And he breathed the old sunrise
Laughed away the mornings
Didn't hear the sighs
Joined the Manhattan party
Found himself at home
Climbed upon the ladder
Left for lands unknown

Then one autumn evening, as the day was on its last
Came out of the sunset, the legend from the past
Their heads were turned in wonder, in anger and in shame
From the man that knew the answer, that couldn't play the game

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Hey, St. Peter
  • 2 Man in the Middle
  • 3 Walking in the Rain
  • 4 The African Shuffle
  • 5 California
  • 6 Lady Killer
  • 7 The Man Who Knew the Answer
  • 8 Hole in the Middle
  • 9 Down Among the Dead Men
  • 10 First & Last
  • credits


    album: Track 7 in album Flash and the Pan
    release date: 1978
    popularity : 98 users have visited this page.
    genres: Electronic Rock Funk / Soul
    styles: New Wave/Synth-pop/Disco
    length: 4:23
    writer: George Young, Harry Vanda

    Album Information

    label: Epic
    country(area): Canada
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin