You asked: Lyrics “The People are heroes now”

So you wanted to know the lyrics of ‘The People are heroes now’ and you stumbled on a rant about Civ 4 (I’m still trying to find out about the performance details of that specific track in the game). I forgot to mention that it comes from John Adams’ opera ‘Nixon in China’ (wikipedia). Note, generally if you look for lyrics for operas (or fragments of songs in an opera), include the word ‘libretto’ to your search. You would probably get better results than the one posting you came up with on this site. But without further ado:

The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow
The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow
The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow

When we look up
the fields are white
the fields are white with harvest in the morning light
And mountain ranges one by one
rise red beneath our harvest moon
And mountain ranges one by one
Rise red beneath our harvest moon
Rise red beneath our harvest moon
When we look up
the mountain ranges rise beneath,
the moon and fields are white

The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow
The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow
The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow

The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow
The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow
The people are heroes now, the behemoth pulls the peasants’ plow

See also the Civ 4 entries on this site

One thought on “You asked: Lyrics “The People are heroes now”

  1. porcelainmonkey

    Hey,
    Thanks for the lyrics, I was always interested what the exact wording was, but couldn’t quite pick it up myself.
    Cheers

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