SHADES  OF  GREY
Written by  Billy Joel
Performed by  Billy Joel
Some things were perfectly clear,
seen with the vision of youth
No doubts and nothing to fear,
I claimed the corner on truth
These days it's harder to say
I know what I'm fighting for
My faith is falling away
I'm not that sure anymore

Shades of grey wherever I go
The more I find out the less that I know
Black and white is how it should be
But shades of grey are the colors I see

Once there were trenches and walls
and one point of every view
Fight 'til the other man falls
Kill him before he kills you
These days the edges are blurred,
I'm old and tired of war
I hear the other man's words
I'm not that sure anymore

Shades of grey are all that I find
When I look to the enemy line
Black and white was so easy for me
But shades of grey are the colors I see

Now with the wisdom of years
I try to reason things out
And the only people I fear
are those who never have doubts
Save us all from arrogant men,
and all the causes they're for
I won't be righteous again
I'm not that sure anymore

Shades of grey are all that I find
when I look to they enemy line
There ain't no rainbows shining on me
Shades of grey are the colours I see

Shades of grey wherever I go
The more I find out the less that I know
There ain't no rainbows shining on me
Shades of grey are the colors I see
This is from River of Dreams, and is one of my favorite songs by Billy Joel.  I have been fascinated in watching how people change as they grow older.  Some become hard, and bitter, and absolutely inflexible.  Some, however, find that as they gain knowledge, they become aware of questions they never thought to ask when young.  This perspective is the source of wisdom.  No amount of book learning, street smarts, or instinct can replace what one can learn when they keep their mouths closed and their minds open.

The Escher pictures don't really have anything to do with the lyrics, but fit the theme that things are not always as they seem.
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