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Chords
Verse: A E Bm
Chorus: A E Bm x3, A E D, A E Bm
Ending: F#m D, F#m E D

Lyrics
An old man said to me “I can see that you want more”
“Do you want to know the things that the future has in store?”
And since I was young, I just couldn’t see
That to know how it ends would be a curse on me

From that day forth my life was changed
Because every day had been rearranged
Into a movie script with a final line
And every second felt like borrowed time

[chorus]
So would you tell me, my friend, how you could live your life
If you knew the date and you knew the time?
Because all I know is I can’t live like this
Yeah, if knowledge is power, ignorance is bliss
Yeah, if knowledge is power, ignorance is bliss!

So your family and friends, now that you know how it ends,
Would you tell them?
And the people on the street, with their own problems to meet,
Do you tell them?
All the rowdy politicians, living life in their partitions
Do you tell them?
All the people in your life, your unborn kids, your future wife:
How could you tell them??

[chorus]
So would you tell me, my friend, how you could live your life
If you knew the date and you knew the time?
All I know is I can’t live like this
Yeah, if knowledge is power, ignorance is bliss
Yeah, if knowledge is power, ignorance is bliss!

[instrumental]

And on that final page, on that final day
When the visions in your head are all out in play
Do you hold your breath, do you turn and run?
Or do you simply smile cos it’s finally done?

Footnotes
This song was first written back when Songs From The End was a proper concept album, with characters and a clear storyline. Ultimately, the EP became a bit more thematic in nature, rather than having a concrete plot, but it’s still perfectly possible to imagine the characters and situations described in each song  being involved in the same cataclysmic event or, maybe, even being the same person.

Also, this song presents another example of my accidental-stealing of popular songs. It wasn’t until I was recording the instrumental that I realised that the chord sequence (and, in some ways, the theme of the lyrics) are almost identical to REM’s “Bad Day.”