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Lyrics

Cassandra

(Who not only warned the Trojans about the Greek’s wooden horse but also warned them that taking in Helen would be a really bad idea in the first place)

Cassandra, Cassandra
No one loves a know it all
And you had no late night toll free line
No tarot cards or crystal ball
So no one believed you
They wanted to live the dream
That giant horse?
A gift of peace
After years of dark and bloody siege.

Cassandra, Cassandra
You had a friend in Laacoon
When he supported your opinion
He was “suppressed” by King Neptune.
So no one believed you
It was just Apollo’s curse
You blew him off, girlfriend
And hell hath no fury like a god who’s spurned.

Close your eyes and all you see
Is nightmare made reality
The truth is not a gift
If it can’t set you free.

Cassandra, Cassandra
I have no gift of prophecy
And I have not turned down a god
I can’t claim solidarity
But I believe you
20-20 hindsight sees
All those you loved and cared about
Destroyed by just not listening.

Close your eyes and all you see
Is nightmare made reality
The truth is not a gift
If it can’t set them free.

(Instrumental solo then up a half step)

Cassandra, Cassandra
I can’t claim I know how you feel
In fact besides the Illiad
I have no proof you that you were real
But I hear these trumpets
Praising senseless war and pain
And those of us who cry for caution
Are shouted down and held to blame.

Close your eyes and all you see
Is nightmare made reality
The truth is not a gift
If it can’t set you free.

Repeat chorus.


Copyright 2004 Marilyn Rucker Norrod