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"Pied Piper" is a song by Petra. It was written and composed by the band's guitarist and vocalist Bob Hartman. The song was released in 1983 as part of the band's sixth album, Not of this World.

LyricsEdit

Words and music by Bob Hartman

It's not so hard to understand what people see in you
You tell them it's okay to have their cake and eat it too
You traded truth for Godless gain and no one will suspect
You're such a clever counterfeit of all that you reject

(Chorus)
Pied piper, playin' the tune they want to hear
Putting a tickle in their ear
Pied piper, wanting them all to follow you
Not know where you lead them too
But all the time you're leading them astray

The sheep just sit there grinning as they listen to your lies
Never knowing when you pull the wool over their eyes
You've got them trained to say "How high?" whenever you say "Jump!"
And those who disagree with you, you always seem to stump

You may not mean to harm a soul you say you're innocent
But when the final tally comes, you made more than you spent
You knew they'd have to pay the price for listening to you
You knew before too long they'd have to pay the Piper too

CreditsEdit

Other versionsEdit

Live versionsEdit

"More Power to Ya" was part of "The Mellow Medley" featured in the 1986 live album Captured in Time and Space. It is the last song performed in the medley, after "The Coloring Song" and "Road to Zion". In 2005, the song was part of another live medley featured in the album Petra Farewell. In this medley, Greg X. Volz was invited as a guest vocalist.

RemakeEdit

In 2010, the song was remade and recorded by Classic Petra in the album Back to the Rock. This version features John Lawry on keyboards.

Cover versionsEdit

"Pied Piper" was covered in 1996 by The Stand for the tribute album Never Say Dinosaur. This version was produced by Nichols and Perkins.

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