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Available on the album Tumbleweed Connection
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Bernie Taupin
Piano and vocals:Elton John
Drums:Barry Morgan
Bass guitar:Herbie Flowers
Acoustic bass:Chris Laurence
Congas and tambourine:Robin Jones
Acoustic guitars:Mike Egan, Les Thatcher
Organ:Brian Dee
You tell me there's an angel in your tree
Did he say he'd come to call on me
For things are getting desperate in our home
Living in the parish of the restless folks I know
Everybody now bring your family down to the riverside
Look to the east to see where the fat stock hide
Behind four walls of stone the rich man sleeps
It's time we put the flame torch to their keep
chorus:
Burn down the mission
If we're gonna stay alive
Watch the black smoke fly to heaven
See the red flame light the sky
Burn down the mission
Burn it down to stay alive
It's our only chance of living
Take all you need to live inside
Deep in the woods the squirrels are out today
My wife cried when they came to take me away
But what more could I do just to keep her warm
Than burn, burn, burn, burn down the mission walls
Now everybody now bring your family down to the riverside
Look to the east to see where the fat stock hide
Behind four walls of stone the rich man sleeps
It's time we put the flame torch to their keep
(repeat chorus)
© 1970 Dick James Music Limited
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