Category: Music

Here Comes The Flood – Robert Fripp and Peter Gabriel

I’m not so sure about Robert Fripp’s instrumentals here, but Peter Gabriel’s vocals are superb…

“Here Comes The Flood”

When the night shows
the signals grow on radios
All the strange things
they come and go, as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There’s no point in direction we cannot
even choose a side.

I took the old track
the hollow shoulder, across the waters
On the tall cliffs
they were getting older, sons and daughters
The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
and as the nail sunk in the cloud, the rain
was warm and soaked the crowd.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
in any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You’re a thousand minds, within a flash
Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me
And if we break before the dawn, they’ll
use up what we used to be.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
in any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

Undertow

Undertow by Genesis, from the album “…and then there were three…”, 1978


The curtains are drawn
Now the fire warms the room.
Meanwhile outside
Wind from the north-east chills the air,
It will soon be snowing out there.

And some there are
Cold, they prepare for a sleepless night.
Maybe this will be their last fight.

But we’re safe in each other’s embrace,
All fears go as I look on your face –

Better think awhile
Or I may never think again.
If this were the last day of your life, my friend,
Tell me, what do you think you would do then?

Stand up to the blow that fate has struck upon you,
Make the most of all you still have coming to you,
Lay down on the ground and let the tears run from you,
Crying to the grass and trees and heaven finally on your knees

Let me live again, let life come find me wanting.
Spring must strike again against the shield of winter.
Let me feel once more the arms of love surround me,
Telling me the danger’s past, I need not feel the icy blast again.

Laughter, music and perfume linger here
And there, and there,
Wine flows from flask to glass and mouth,
As it soothes, confusing our doubts.

And soon we feel,
Why do a single thing to-day,
There’s tomorrow sure as I’m here.

So the days they turn into years
And still no tomorrow appears.

Better think awhile
Or I may never think again.
If this were the last day of your life, my friend,
Tell me, what do you think you would do then?

Stand up to the blow that fate has struck upon you,
Make the most of all you still have coming to you,
Lay down on the ground and let the tears run from you,
Crying to the grass and trees and heaven finally on your knees

Let me live again, let life come find me wanting.
Spring must strike again against the shield of winter.
Let me feel once more the arms of love surround me,
Telling me the danger’s past, I need not feel the icy blast again.

Cara Dillon

The Streets of Derry – Cara Dillon with Paul Brady

There was a time when I had a television. One of the series I loved watching was “Transatlantic Sessions” where a bunch of folk musicians got together to play some beautiful music. If I remember correctly, it took place in a large old Perthshire house, and the sessions were interspersed with views across the gorgeous Scottish countryside. I have followed Irish lass Cara Dillon for a number of years and saw her once, in concert. She has incredible talent and is quite stunning. Here she is with husband, Sam Lakeman, and fellow countryman, Paul Brady.


After the morning there comes an evening
And after evening another day
And after a false love there comes a true love
I’d have you listen now to what I say

I swear my love is the finest young man
As fair as any the sun shines on
But how to save him, I do not know it
For he has got a sentence to be hung

As he was marching the streets of Derry
I own he marched up right manfully
Being much more like a commanding officer
Than a man to die upon the gallows tree

What keeps my love, she’s so long in coming?
Oh what detains her so long from me?
Or does she think it a shame or scandal
To see me die upon the gallows tree?

He looked around and he saw her coming
And she was dressed all in woollen fine
The weary steed that my love was riding
It flew more swifftly than the wind

Come down, come down from that cruel gallows
I’ve got your pardon from the king
And I’ll let them see that they dare not hang you
And I’ll crown my love with a bunch of green


Bold Jamie


Oh rise up my darling and come with me
I want to go with you and leave this country
To leave my fathers dwelling, this house and the land
So away goes Jamie, his love in his arms

They go over hills and the mountains and glens
Travelling all through the night in the mist and the rain
But her father has followed and has taken his men
And he captured poor Jamie, his love in his arms

Now home she was taken, her room she is bound
While poor Jamie lies on the cold stoney ground
And he knows all the while before the judge he will stand
For the stealing of nothing but his own true love’s hand

In the cold hard iron his hands they are bound
Handcuffed like a murderer and tied to the ground
And the goaler tells Jamie “last night I did hear
That your Lady will hang you or else set you clear”

But the judge says “this young girl being tender in youth
If Jamie is guilty she will tell the truth”
Then the radiant beauty before him did stand
“Oh I’m happy to see you my bold Irish lad”

But the father cries out “Lord have pity on me
For the man came to bring disgrace to my family
And he stole my only daughter, all part of his plan
And if you don’t hang him I will quit the land”

But the daughter is crying and begging is she
“The fault isn’t Jamie’s, the blame lies with me
I forced him to leave and run away with me
And I’ll die if I can’t save my bold Jamie”

“Good Lord he has stole all her jewels and her rings
Gold watches and amber, all my precious things
And it cost me a fortune in thousands of pounds
And I’ll take the life of Jamie before I lie in the ground

“Good Lord I gave them as a token of love
An when we are parted I’ll have them removed
But a true lovers token wear on your right hand
And think of me darling when you’re in a foreign land”

Winter Song



Winter Song, sung by Zee Avi and Kina Grannis (a Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson cover)

This is my winter song to you
The storm is coming soon
It rolls in from the sea

My voice, a beacon in the night
My words will be your light
To carry you to me

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love…

They say that things just cannot grow
Beneath the winter snow
Or so I have been told

They say we’re buried far
Just like a distant star
I simply cannot hold

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

This is my winter song
December never felt so wrong
‘Cause you’re not where you belong
Inside my arms

I still believe in summer days
The seasons always change
And life will find a way

I’ll be your harvester of light
And send it out tonight
So we can start again

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

This is my winter song
December never felt so wrong
‘Cause you’re not where you belong
Inside my arms

This is my winter song to you
The storm is coming soon
It rolls in from the sea

My love, a beacon in the night
My words will be your light
To carry you to me

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

Smile

A beautiful song performed beautifully by Zee Avi (KokoKaina)

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
Though there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fears and sorrows
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

The Moon Represents My Heart – Zee Avi and her dad

Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away – Phil Collins

You were lonely and you needed a friend
And he was there at the right time with the right smile
Just a shoulder to lean on
Someone to tell you it’ll all work out alright

Don’t let him steal your heart away
No, don’t let him steal your heart away

Don’t let him steal your heart away
No, don’t let him steal your heart away

You can look at him the way you did me
And hold him close say you’re never letting go
But any fool can see you’re fooling yourself
But you ain’t fooling me

So don’t let him steal your heart away
No, don’t let him steal your heart away, no

And don’t pack my suitcase, I’ll be back
And don’t take my pictures off a’ the wall
Oh, did you hear me?
Don’t let him change a thing ‘cos I’ll be back
Just tell him to pack his things and get out of your life
Just give me one more chance
I’ll show you I’m right, I’m right
‘cos I’ve been thinking and I know it was me
leaving you lonely
But hoping you could be strong
But could you look at me straight
Tell me what else can I do but say I was wrong?

So don’t let him steal your heart away
No, don’t let him steal your heart away

Well he’s gonna try to make it work for you
Make you think your whole life’s been leading to this
But whatever you do
Think about me and don’t be fooled by his kiss

And don’t let him steal your heart away
Please, don’t let him steal your heart away

Don’t pack my suitcase, I’ll be back
And don’t take my picture off a’ your wall
D’ya hear me?
Don’t let him change a thing ‘cos I’ll be back
Just tell him to pack his things and get out of your life
And just give me one more chance
I’ll show you I’m right
You know I’m right

Cos you were lonely and you needed a friend
And he was there at the right time with the right smile
Just a shoulder to lean on
Someone to say don’t you worry it’ll all be alright
But he’s no good for you
He’ll make you think your whole life’s been leading to this
And whatever you do
Think about me, oh, and don’t be fooled by his kiss

Oh no, no, no-no
And don’t let him steal your heart away
your heart away
Don’t let him take it
Don’t let him steal your heart away
Don’t leave me
Don’t let him steal your heart away
Don’t you let him take it

U2 – Unknown Caller

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the band U2. They’ve had their moments in the past, for me, but in recent years they seem to have been churning out the same old stuff: variations on themes and becoming a bit… umm, plasticky.  When I heard their album No Line on the Horizon, 2009, I thought my beliefs validated, and I remember telling others not to bother. I’ve barely listened to it in the last three years but this morning I gave it another go, and BOY, how could I have missed this GEM of a song!  Unknown Caller – I’ve played it over and over and it just keeps getting BIGGER!!!  See what you think. Give it a fair trial and play it a few times. It grows and GROWS! I’ll bet this sounds fantastic live. Be warned, watch your ear drums! Superb stuff, especially the guitar playing by The Edge:

U2’s 360° Tour, Live at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, 2009

Sunshine, sunshine

Sunshine, sunshine

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh

I was lost
between the midnight and the dawning
In a place of no consequence or company
3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face
Speed dialling with no signal at all

Go, shout it out, rise up
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh
Escape yourself, and gravity
Hear me, cease to speak, that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh
Force quit, and move to trash

I was right there at the top of the bottom
On the edge of the known universe where I wanted to be
I had driven to the scene of the accident
And I sat there waiting for me

Restart and re-boot yourself
You’re free to go
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh
Shout for joy, if you get the chance
Password, you, enter here, right now
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh
You know your name so punch it in
Hear me, cease to speak, that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh
Then don’t move, or say a thing

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And a surprisingly good cover by MiniedgeU2 (feat. Ernie) 🙂