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It's Tough To Be A God
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Available on the soundtrack "The Road To El Dorado"
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Tim Rice
Piano and vocals:Elton John
Electric piano, keyboards and programming:Patrick Leonard
Nylon string guitar:Heitor Pereira
Drums:Curt Bisquera
Percussion:Luis Conte
Trumpet:Jeff Beal
Background vocals:Lynn Davis, Siedah Garrett, James Gilstrap, Dorian Holley, Kudisan Kai, Richard Page
Orchestral arrangements:Jeremy Lubbock
I hardly think I'm qualified
To come across all sanctified
I just don't cut it with the cherubim
The town's already on its knees
Being worshipped is a breeze
I barely know the words to any hymn
Listen if we don't comply
With the locals' wishes I
Can see us being sacrificed or stuffed
Let's be Gods, the perks are great
El Dorado on a plate
Local feelings should not be rebuffed
It's tough to be a God
Tread where mortals have not trod
Be deified when really you're a sham
Be an object of devotion
Be the subject of psalms
It's a terrifying notion
All those prayers and those salaams
Any normal man would bridle if he's forced to be an idol
And a normal man's exactly what I am
All the same it's pretty clear
The scoundrels don't keep much up here
They must have zillions under lock and key
But gods can force them to unleash
Enough to make us nouveau riche
Beyond our wildest dreams so follow me
Can't you see I won't relax
If religious maniacs
Tell me I'm all-powerful and sublime
How can I be their belief
When I'm lying through my teeth
Why don't we just say some other time
It's tough to be a God
But if you get the peoples' nod
Count your blessings, keep them sweet is my advice
Be nirvana be salvation
Be all things to all men
Butter up your congregation
Every Sunday score a ten
The alternative is dire
Simply frying pan to fire
So sign on two new gods for paradise
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