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IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

I remember when I was a girl
Our house caught on fire
And I'll never forget the look on my Father's face
As he gathered me up in his arms
And raced through the burning building out to the pavement
And as I stood there shivering
I watched the whole world go up in flames.
And when it was all over
I said to myself
Is that all there is to a fire?

Is that all there is?
Is that all there is?
If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is.

And when I was twelve years old
My Daddy took me to the circus
The greatest show on earth
And there were clowns
And elephants
and dancing bears,
And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads
And as I sat there watching
I had the feeling that something was missing
I don't know what
But when it was over
I said to myself
Is that all there is to the circus?

Is that all there is? Is that all there is?

Royal Albert Hall, October 2011. Stream now in HD
posted: 10.07.2014
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BBC Radio 4's Today programme - PJ Harvey's opening statement
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The full running order for PJ Harvey's Today programme, airing tomorrow January 2nd from 6am
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