UB40 - The Piper Calls the Tune Lyrics

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He wields his flute with an expert hand
And then, all too soon
The dancing stops and the children stand
The piper calls the tune.

He holds their future in his palm
An old and powerful man
With missiles poised and bombs at hand
They wait for his command.

With songs of fear and bigotry
A cruel, hypnotic sound
He plays his last tune greedily
And strikes the children down.
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 So Here I Am
  • 2 I Won't Close My Eyes (remix)
  • 3 Forget the Cost
  • 4 Love Is All Is Alright (remix)
  • 5 The Piper Calls the Tune
  • 6 The Key
  • 7 Don't Do the Crime
  • 8 Folitician (remix)
  • 9 The Prisoner


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue, Terrence Oswald Wilson
    album: Track 5 in album UB44
    release date: 1982
    popularity : 47 users have visited this page.
    genres: Reggae Pop
    styles: Dub/Synth-pop
    length: 3:50
    Album Information
    label: DEP International
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin