The Box

John Denver


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Kendrew Lascelles
album: Track 12 in album Poems, Prayers & Promises
release date: 1971-5
popularity : 21 users have visited this page.
length: 2:49

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country(area): United States
script: Latin

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John Denver Poems, Prayers & Promises cover art


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Once upon a time in the land of Hushabye
I came across a sort of box
And labeled kindly do not touch; it's war
Decree was issued 'round about
And a gaily colored mascot tripping lightly on before
And please, don't ever play about with war
Well, the children understood
They were just as good around the time of yore
They never tried to play about with war
Mummies didn't either
Cause they were quiet, and sweet, and pretty in those wondrous days of yore
For opening up that deadly box of war
But someone did
And spilled the insides out across the floor
And all the tears, and horror, and the death that goes with war
It bounced right out
And bumping into everything and stored
Or why, or what, or for
It bumped the children mainly
It bumps them every day, and more and more, and leaves them dead and burned and dying
Cause when it bumps, it's really very sore
Now, there's a way to stop the ball
All it takes is wisdom; I'm absolutely sure that we could get it back into the box
No one seems to want to save the children any more
Well, that's the way it all appears
In spite of all the wisdom since those wondrous days of yore
Bound up with chains and locked with locks


Track Listing

  • 1 Poems, Prayers and Promises
  • 2 Let It Be
  • 3 My Sweet Lady
  • 4 Wooden Indian
  • 5 Junk
  • 6 Gospel Changes
  • 7 Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • 8 I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado
  • 9 Sunshine on My Shoulders
  • 10 Around and Around
  • 11 Fire and Rain
  • 12 The Box