Spring Again

by Harvey Andrews

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Guitar and vocals: Harvey Andrews
Bass guitar: Paul Pryor
Drums: Rob Hewin
Keyboards: Jonathan Dewsbury
Guitar, electric guitar, violin, viola: Phil Beer
Guitar, backing vocals: Mike Silver
Backing vocals: Wendy Atkinson

My thanks to Mike Silver, who produced the album and arranged the songs with taste and dexterity; to Jonathan Dewsbury, for musical input and engineering; and to Phil Beer, for versatility and imagination

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released January 1, 1994

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Track Name: House in the Hills
There's a house in the hills with an acre of land
And I've dreamed all my life of when I could stand
And say that this house, this acre of land
Is yours, love
Where nobody shouts, nobody fights
Only the stars come out at nights
There's a house in the hills with an acre of land
For you

There's a house in the hills with an acre of land
Not a millionaire's mansion, nothing so grand
The cottage for two, for me and for you
We've planned, love
But the years drift by and the times get hard
And the view that we have is the old back yard
But there's a house in the hills and an acre of land
For you

There's a house in the hills with an acre of land
And I'll keep to the dream, if you'll understand
That the best I can do is to prove to you I'm trying.
For one thing in life I've had to learn
You never get what you never earn
You can scheme, you can burn,
You can dream, you can yearn, till your dying

There's a house in the hills with an acre of land
No one to please, no one to demand
We'll take our ease, I'll walk hand in hand
With you, love
It's somewhere ahead some day we'll be there
With time as a friend, pleasure to share
There's a house in the hills and an acre of land
For you
Track Name: Youth in Age
Once I was part of the music I heard
On the bough, or sweet between earth and sky
For joy of the beating of wings on high
My heart shot in to the breast of the bird
I hear it now and I see it fly
A life in wrinkles again is stirred
My heart shoots in to the breast of the bird
As it will for sheer love 'till the last long sigh
Track Name: Wheels
I raised my son the eighties way
I never let him rest a day
I said wasting time can only lead to losing
When you're a man you'll be my son
And I've never lost, I’ve always won
There are those who serve, and those who do the choosing.

And I said always fight, don't lose face
Always lead, never chase
No one knows the second place
So hurt and bleed, but win the race

He was number one in every school
He couldn't stand a wimp or fool
Or anyone who dribble drooled of caring
He won the prizes, he won the fame
Till everybody knew his name
And they loved him for his devil-may-care daring

I liked his taste I liked his style
I knew that in a little while
He'd begin to use his charm and guile to make it
He'd be the boss man of this town
He’d let nobody push him down
He'd be the hardest, and the toughest and he'd take it

So when he passed the big exam
I was proud he came the big I Am
I could see he didn't give a damn who thought it
I said it’s time you had your wheels
So you can see how power feels
So I found the best and the fastest, and I bought it

In his sports car and designer jeans
He played the king of all the teens
And he soon found out money means best label
And the girls he had wore sweet perfume
Their scent still lingered in his room
In the morning he'd just smile across the table

Then last week in a country lane
In darkness and in pouring rain
A young kid must have been insane to try him
In a clapped out Ford with white-walled tyres
His chiming horn lit my son's fires
As he flashed his beams and tried to roar on by him

And like the man I knew he'd be
My son chose to disagree
And they raced together fast to see who'd weaken
And just as my son pulled ahead
A white-walled tyre lost its tread
And the two cars locked as flames became their beacon

And I said always fight, don't lose face
Always lead, never chase
No one knows the second place
So hurt and bleed, but win the race
I know I was right to make him so afraid of losing
Because there are those who serve
And those who do the choosing
Track Name: Spring Again
Forty years of winter, we never saw the sun
We never smiled at strangers, or talked to anyone
For there were walls between us, so no one came too near
And who knows who'd have seen us, we never lost that fear
We bowed our heads in silence, we all lived by their law
They ruled us with their violence, and the knock upon the door
We clung to hope with sorrow, tried not to hear the screams
Tomorrow and tomorrow, but still we had our dreams

Of spring again, the first we'd see
Of spring again, when we'd be free
The tales we'd tell of how we'd stand
As tyrants fell, across our land
Let Spring return once more to Prague
Take down the wall, disarm the guard
It's time to sing our long lost song
They said was dead, they said was wrong
Let Spring return, let playwrights rule
Let poets rhyme the sins of fools
Let Spring begin in Bucharest
And in Berlin, let Spring begin


Then we heard the whispers, they echoed on the wind
We stood in darkened corners where the posters had been pinned
Someone said "Together" someone said "We may"
Someone said "No, never" then someone said "Today"
So suddenly it happened, we never stopped to think
We filled the square with people before the guards could blink
They lost their day forever when they washed the stones with blood
The people were a river, then the river was a flood

It's Spring again, the first we'll see
It's Spring again, and we are free
The Summer calls, but we must stand
As tyrants fall, across our land
Let Spring return once more to Prague
Take down the wall, disarm the guard
It's time to sing our long lost song
They said was dead, they said was wrong
It's Spring again, the playwright rules
The poet rhymes the sins of fools
Let Spring begin in Bucharest
And in Berlin, let Spring begin
Track Name: Liberation
He saw them coming through the Berlin Wall
And there were tears in his eyes
He'd never thought he'd see that concrete fall
He felt their joy and their surprise
He saw them walking past the border guard
He saw them wonder at their gain
But deep inside he knew that every yard
They walked towards another pain
That needed liberation

He saw them in the Ku Dam shop and store
With freedom money in their hands
Soon it was gone but still they wanted more
To take back to their Motherland
He saw her move towards a pair of jeans
He saw him move towards a bar
But as they neither of them had the means
He knew they'd travelled much too far
Away from liberation

He'd been on the treadmill every day
He'd been the model employee
He'd built the miracle, but now he'd say
Where is the miracle for me?
He owed the bank, he owed the corner store
He owed the college, owed the town
Since shaking hands they'd showed him to the door
And then they'd closed his office down
And called it liberation

He saw them coming through the Berlin Wall
And there were tears in his eyes
He'd never thought he'd see that concrete fall
He felt their joy and their surprise
But as they came to roll those stones away
With all their hopes and all their dreams
He knew that day was not the time to say
Freedom is never what it seems
We all need liberation
Track Name: Song for Anne Frank
Come, lock the door up tight, the night's for sleeping
Hiding in the dark, no light must show,
And did you paste up pictures of your heroes
To ask of them the answers they don't know
Cowboy kings who wore the white of freedom
Where were they to save you from the flame?
The yellow star would never shine like silver
And the Sheriff would soon learn to live with shame

There was no help for children in the shadows
Who never knew the meaning of their pain
The reasons give no answers to the questions
And now the circle brings them round again
I pause inside your room and wait for whispers
An echo of a voice that calls your name
To tell you that the world still welcomes lovers
But the headlines for the news are still the same

They're still the same, still the same
Still the same, still the same

And hidden in the diary they are selling
You offer me a mirror for today
In which I see the image of tomorrow
And I stare awhile, then turn, and walk away
Track Name: Friends Till Then
Have I really known you such a long, long time?
How we both have grown as the years have flown
Now we're in our prime
Have I really known you since way back when?
Through the curves and bends, till the long road ends
We'll be friends till then

I am a rock, I am an island was the creed
I am myself, I am alone
No chance of anybody planting any seed
No roots could rest on solid stone

I've known you up, I've known you down
I've known you mad
I've known you right, I've known you wrong
But when I'm dark it's always colour that you add
And a harmony for every song

It isn't easy to believe in love today
Too many woes, too many wars
But when the greedy and the great get in my way
The hand I'm reaching for is yours
Track Name: Living in an Ugly World
We're living in an ugly world
Ugly boots on ugly feet
Ugly words to an ugly beat
Just look in every face you meet
We're living in an ugly world
Living in an ugly world

We're living in an ugly world
Ugly jokes for ugly clowns
Ugly streets for ugly towns
They're tearing all the lovely down
We're living in an ugly world
Living in an ugly world

And I want to see beautiful, I want to see clean
I want to see joy in the eye of a boy
Don't destroy his dream
I want to hear tuneful, I want to hear heart
I want to hear song about getting along
About being strong enough to right a wrong
I'm tired of this ugly world

We're living in an ugly world
Ugly walls for ugly homes
Ugly shelves for ugly tomes
Offices for metro-gnomes
We're living in an ugly world
Living in an ugly world

We're living in an ugly world
Ugly thugs with ugly guns
Ugly fathers, ugly sons
Marching to the rap-tap drums
We're living in an ugly world
Living in an ugly world

We're living in an ugly world
Ugly voices, ugly speech
Ugly learn and ugly teach
That tells you never overreach
Don't ever leave your ugly world
Stay loyal to your ugly world
Track Name: You Get Back
You get back what you put in
So don't take out, if you must borrow
What you need will come tomorrow
What you want may have to wait.
And don't waste time, it can't be bought
Don't spend your dreams on what they're selling
Close your ears to all their yelling
And you'll get back what you put in

My old man said, it's only gold
And there is more to life than labour
There's so much more you can savour
So many roles you can play

My old man said, there's joy in life,
There's joy in love, there's joy in giving
If you make wealth your goal for living
Then you'll miss out on all the rest
Track Name: One Machine
Dear sir, in answer to your letter
Our position is no better
We have but one machine
And though you're in a weak condition
We can't alter our position
We have but one machine

Our panel gave consideration
To your urgent application
For use of our machine
But we'd just had a motion carried
Any person still unmarried
Can't use our machine

You'll understand how hard we try
Though charities help us to buy
We have but one machine
But as your situation’s grave
Perhaps you have some money saved
To buy your own machine?

As there are hundreds more like you
It's very hard to choose the few
To use our one machine
We're hoping soon for further gains
But at this time the fact remains
We have but one machine
Track Name: The Way We Lived Then
Caviar on the table, Champagne in the glass
We laughed and we jeered at the poor working class
We drank to their ruin, we drank to their shame
We pissed on their problems, said they were to blame
Oh the way we lived then, the way we lived then,
The way we lived then.

Jason wore braces and slicked his hair down
Ben had the number of each deb in town
I was a member of every new club
And I used my gold card to pay every sub
For the way we lived then, the way we lived then,
The way we lived then

Oh, the way we lived then
Selling Deutschmark or Yen
Never thinking of where did it come from
How long would it last us, or when
Would we all have to pay for this mad holiday
For the Porsche and the Rolls that were our only goals
Me and Jason and Ben,
Oh, the way we lived then

Jason met Sarah, a girl in P.R.
They had a white wedding all paid for by Pa
Borrowed a fortune to buy their first pad
It was two hundred K, but then prices were mad
The way we lived then, the way we lived then
The way we lived then

Jason said, three years, we'll sell and move on
Then suddenly, terribly, Maggie was gone
Ben said don't worry, she's schooled them all well
So we drank to the sending of Labour to hell
Oh, the way we lived then, the way we lived then
The way we lived then

Sarah got pregnant, then Jason got fired
Ben took a pay cut and I felt too tired
Burnt out at thirty and sacked on the day
The repo man took my red Roller away
Oh the way we lived then, the way we lived then
The way we lived then

Now there's bread on the table and beer in the glass
It's merely a set back and bad times will pass
Monopoly money means always pass go
And we'll surely pass you if you're going too slow
And live it again, the way we lived then
The way we lived then

Yes, we'll live it again
Selling Deutschmark or Yen
Only this time we'll know where it comes from
We'll know how to keep it, and then
We'll make someone else pay for our mad holiday
For the Porsche and the Rolls that are our only goals
Me and Jason and Ben
We'll live it again
The way we lived then
We'll live it again
Track Name: Lovely Lonely Lady
You're a lovely lonely lady
I can see it in your eyes
You've been told too many stories
You've believed too many lies
Now each love is one more heartache
That just takes you by suprise
Let me be the love who'll be your last
My lady

Let me be the one to hold you
Let me be the one to care
Let me be the one who told you
He would always need you there
Let me be the one to love you
Let me be the one to share
The sunrise with your first kiss in the morning

Young love may be sweet love
But young love may be blind
Young love may be brighter
Than the other loves you find
But young love's just a memory
Of a face you've left behind
Let me be the love who'll be your last
My lady

Well I built a fortress round me
Now it's just an empty shell
You took it with a glance my love
And you took my heart as well
So let's take a chance just one more time
For time alone will tell
If we've found a love to grow and last
My lady