Once we had a country and thought it so fair
If you look through the mirror you still find it there
But now our great country is broken and torn
And all of its promise and liberties worn

Procol Harum, “An Old English Dream”

In 2003 Procol Harum released their 11th album, The Well’s On Fire. That name, with hindsight, has a prophetic ring to it. I didn’t listen to this until several years later, at which time it was clear to me that two songs on the album, “The Blink of an Eye” and “Wall Street Blues”, could be read as foreseeing the global financial crisis of 2008.

Meanwhile I hadn’t noticed the prophetic nature of the verse from the opening track, quoted above.

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