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Breaking Silence

Guess You Had To Be There

Janis Ian/Buddy Mondlock

Back in nineteen-sixty-three. we walked a fine line
We were taking to the streets, skating on a thin dime
We were searching after truth and beauty
Now they turn it into late night movies
How can I explain
that it's not the same

Guess you had to be there to be where
love belonged to everyone
Flowers in the long hair, we stood there
singing "We shall overcome"
Knowing the eyes of the world were on us
Knowing the whole world cared
Guess you had to be there

In the summer of our youth, we came together
and we knew that our truth would live forever
We were gonna make the whole world honest
when a bullet got the bravest of us
Somehow nothing else was sacred
and we all stood naked

Guess you had to be there to be where
love belonged to everyone
Flowers in the long hair, we stood there
singing "We shall overcome"
Knowing the eyes of the world were on us
Knowing the whole world cared
Guess you had to be there

Now we listen to the news, and it seems all hope is gone
Everybody feeling used, and there's nowhere left to run
Sometimes it feels like the memory
is all that's left of our used-to-be
but what can never be denied
is the way we changed inside

Guess you had to be there to be where
Love belonged to everyone
Flowers in the long hair, we stood there
singing "We shall overcome"
Knowing the eyes of the world were on us
Knowing the whole world cared
Guess you had to be there

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on July 10, 2019

  • Wednesday August 21

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    Phone: 860.510.0473

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    Janis closes out the summer with two solo evening at The Kate, one of her all-time favorite venues. After a long run with old pal Livingston Taylor, where sets had to accomodate the co-bill, this solo show should feature several brand new songs and a few blistering guitar solos!!

  • Thursday August 22

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    Phone: 860.510.0473

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis closes out the summer with two shows at The Kate, one of her all-time favorite venues. After a long run with old pal Livingston Taylor, where sets had to accomodate the co-bill, expect several brand new songs and a few blistering guitar solos in this magical solo evening!

  • Friday February 28

    E. J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio

    E. J. Thomas Hall

    Akron, Ohio

    Phone: 330-972-7570

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  • Sunday March 1

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater

    Bloomington, IN

    Phone: 812.323.3020

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