Suite Madame Blue

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by

Styx



Time after time I sit and I wait for your call
I know I'm a fool but why can I say
Whatever the price I'll pay for you, Madame Blue
Once long ago, a word from your lips and the world turned around
But somehow you've changed, you're so far away
I long for the past and dream of the days with you, Madame Blue

Suite Madame Blue, gaze in your looking glass
You're not a child anymore
Suite Madame Blue, the future is all but past
Dressed in your jewels, you made your own rules
You conquered the world and more heaven's door

America, America, America, America
America, America, America, America
America, America, America, America

Red white and blue, gaze in your looking glass
You're not a child anymore
Red, white, and blue, the future is all but past
So lift up your heart, make a new start
And lead us away from here

Writer/s: DE YOUNG, DENNIS
Universal Music Publishing Group
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I don't know that I would consider this song as one that "honors" American and/or the bicentennial celebration. Yes, clearly, the titular "Suite Madame Blue" is a metaphor for the United States, but this is not a fawning, rah-rah "God Bless the USA" kind of song. It is an honest assessment of the United States, warts and all, in the post-Watergate and post-Vietnam War years, by somebody who clearly loves his nation but who is honest enough to know it is far from perfect and has a lot of work to do.
- Ken, Philadelphia, PA
pedgalad - actually, it's in different KEYS but the same basic chord progression (if you're using Nashville notation). This chord progression was also used by The Beatles (While My Guitar Gently Weeps), Chicago (25 or 6 to 4), and Jimi Hendrix (forgot which song). I think Genesis used it once, too. Classic.
- Bob, Farmington Hills, MI
Great song! Richard from Chi Town, I don't think this song is about Cher, I think you meant "dude looks like a lady", by Aerosmith, now that song I can believe is written about Cher!
- kelly, san luis obispo, CA
I loved Styx ever since being turned onto "Lady" by a good friend in my teenage years. Definately one of the most underated bands of their era; their early stuff really kicked ass with the Panozzo brothers and James Young takin' it to it. The whole band cooked! Equinox is one of their better albums,IMHO. Had the pleasure of seeing them live a few tims, the last was in '89 I believe, when they performed Suite Madame Blue then as well. The solo with James Young was incredible! He's bathed in electric green light on one side, brilliant yellow on the other and he just lays into this incredible, soaring solo... time had a way of standing still for a while then. The feel was electric, ethereal - psychedelic (and I was the straight, designated driver! something I'll never forget. The whole place just went NUTS! This is one of those few songs where the band had a chance to stretch out a bit (A Day being the other great, long song that comes to mind) and I just can't help but wonder why progressive FM stations never quite "got it" when it came to Styx. Oh well, their loss! Peace.
- Paul, Croydon, PA
the opening to suite madam blue is bm, bm/a, g#m7-5, gmaj7, f#. the opening to babe im gonna leave you is
am, c/g, am/g4, am+1,e. so they are in the same KEY, not the same notes.
- pedgalad, willowdale, ON
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