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

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