Who Sang There Was a Man? Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine Balaklava cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1968
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Acoustic/Folk/Psychedelic Rock
There was a man came to our town
He wore a suit of red
He memorized with secret eyes
That he hid away in his head

He had a scar upon his head
Where there used to be a crown
But he sold his robes at the five and ten
And lived on the edge of town
That fall he showed us a magic leaf
That he could change to snow
He bought it partly with his grief
And partly with his soul
He scattered seeds in the alley way
He never seemed to rest
And when you went to ask him why
All he ever said was yes
He made a swan from waving grass
Beside a crystal shore
And a sunrise spun from broken glass
And many things wondrous more
But then his hands began to burn
When he heard the news from the war
When we cannot find each other he said
Then we can't run away any more
Next day with tears along his face
He passed us on the hill
No one thought to ask him to stay
And he knows that we never will
There was a man came to our town
He wore a suit of red
He memorized with secret eyes
That he hid away in his head

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Trumpeter Landfrey...
  • 2 Translucent Carriages
  • 3 Images of April
  • 4 There Was a Man
  • 5 I Saw the World
  • 6 Guardian Angels
  • 7 Suzanne
  • 8 Lepers and Roses
  • 9 Florence Nightingale
  • 10 Ring Thing