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The Publius Enigma

By Nicholas Palffy

The Lyrics

"Poles Apart"

Did you know . . . it was all going to go so wrong for you
And did you see it was all going to be so right for me
Why did we tell you then
You were always the golden boy then
And that you'd never lose that light in your eyes

Hey you . . . did you ever realise what you'd become
And did you see that it wasn't only me you were running from
Did you know all the time but it never bothered you anyway
Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes

The rain fell slow, down on all the roofs of uncertainty
I thought of you and the years and all the sadness fell away from me
And did you know . . .

I never thought that you'd lose that light in your eyes

Poles Apart = Opposition, Antagonism, Separation, Conflict. Oxymoron...

Right / Wrong; light / darkness opposition > Solstices

Golden Boy = Sun, rising Sun - Oedipous or Chrysippos (Golden Horse)

Leading the Blind: Tiresias or Oedipus who blinded himself with a golden brooch

Steel in the Eyes: The blinding of Oedipus

Roofs of uncertainty = (p)roofs of uncertainty?

"A Great Day For Freedom"

On the day the wall came down
They threw the locks onto the ground
And with glasses high we raised a cry for freedom had arrived

On the day the wall came down
The Ship of Fools had finally run aground
Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight

I dreamed you had left my side
No warmth, not even pride remained
And even though you needed me
It was clear that I could not do a thing for you

Now life devalues day by day
As friends and neighbours turn away
And there's a change that, even with regret, cannot be undone

Now frontiers shift like desert sands
While nations wash their bloodied hands
Of loyalty, of history, in shades of gray

I woke to the sound of drums
The music played, the morning sun streamed in
I turned and I looked at you
And all but the bitter residue slipped away . . . slipped away

wall = Wall of Berlin

Threw the locks / on the ground: Freedom of the slaves!

with glasses high (Cheers!) we raise a cry for freedom...

Ship of Fools = Argo. Ship of Fools = East Block politics?

At the winter Solstice the sun starts to rise again toward the Summer Solstice.

Life devalues day by day = LIGHT decreases day by day from the autumn equinoxe

Shades of Gray = Equinoxes?

Morning Sun = Promises of renewal