Forty Years Lyrics

Joe Jackson


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
album: Track 9 in album Big World
release date: 1986-3
popularity : 12 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Pop Rock
length: 4:31
drums: Gary Burke
lead vocals: Joe Jackson
recorded by: Michael Frondelli
arranger: Joe Jackson
guitars: Vinnie Zummo
composer: Joe Jackson
lyricist: Joe Jackson

Cover Art

Joe Jackson Big World cover art
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Here in berlin - people line up to get in
To wait for the end - living in glorious sin
They've looked around - and now there is no looking back
To when rivers ran red - now it's the sky that grows black

Shadows are cast as two giants roam over the earth
We light a match - but what is that little flame worth
Once allies danced and sang
But it was forty years ago

Here in d.c. - they talk about 'euro-disease'
And how the french are always so damn hard to please
Otions are passed in brussels but no one agrees

And no one walks tall - but no-one gets down on their knees
Once allies laughed and drank
But it was forty years ago
Where I come from

They don't like Americans much
They think they're so loud, so tasteless, and so out of touch
Stiff upper lips are curled into permanent sneers
Self-satisfied

Awaiting the next forty years
Once allies cried and cheered
But it was forty years ago


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Wild West
  • 2 Right and Wrong
  • 3 (It's a) Big World
  • 4 Precious Time
  • 5 Tonight and Forever
  • 6 Shanghai Sky
  • 7 Fifty Dollar Love Affair
  • 8 We Can't Live Together
  • 9 Forty Years
  • 10 Survival
  • 11 Soul Kiss
  • 12 The Jet Set
  • 13 Tango Atlantico
  • 14 Home Town
  • 15 Man in the Street