A Sign of the Ages Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron


publisher: ©CARLIN AMERICA INC
writers: Brian Jackson Gil Scott-Heron
album: Track 8 in album Pieces of a Man
release date: 1971
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length: 4:04
conductor: Johnny Pate
electric piano: Brian Jackson
electric guitar: Burt Jones
flute: Hubert Laws
saxophone: Hubert Laws
drums: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
electric bass guitar: Ron Carter
bass guitar: Ron Carter
piano: Brian Jackson
mix: Bob Simpson
producer: Bob Thiele
lead vocals: Gil Scott-Heron

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It's a sign of the ages
Markings on my mind
Men at the crossroads
At odds with an angry scab

There can be no salvation
There can be no rest
Until all old customs
Are put to the test

The gods are all angry
You hear from the breeze
As night slams like a hammer
Yeah, and you drop to your knees

The questions can't be answered
You're always haunted by the past
The world's full of children
Who grew up too fast

Yeah, but where can you run
Since there ain't no world of your own
And you know that no one will ever miss you, yeah yeah yeah
When you're finally gone

So you cry like a baby, a baby
Or you go out and get high
But there ain't no peace on Earth, man
Maybe peace when you die, yeah

Track Listing

  • 1 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2 Save the Children
  • 3 Lady Day & John Coltrane
  • 4 Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  • 5 When You Are Who You Are
  • 6 I Think I'll Call It Morning
  • 7 Pieces of a Man
  • 8 A Sign of the Ages
  • 9 Or Down You Fall
  • 10 The Needle's Eye
  • 11 The Prisoner