Somewhere in the Stars

by Harvey Andrews

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1.
La Jeusseliniere (free) 04:26
As the sun rises high And the circling bird’s cry Is the only sound I ever hear As the barn shadow falls On the old cottage walls I know why this place calls me each year For it’s here I find peace Where the world’s sorrows cease And my heart is released from its toil Where the tree offers fruits The vine sends its shoots And the wild cherry roots in the soil And I leave well behind All those things that I find Cause me pain and distress and despair They don’t travel with me When I sail ‘cross the sea And drive down to La Jeusseliniere My friends bring their song And their laughter along Both belong on the sweet summer air Wine warms the night ‘Till the stars in delight Shine so bright on La Jeusseliniere And when winter brings cold So my body feels old And the ice and snow hold us in thrall I will still close my eyes Till my freed spirit flies Where the circling bird cries for us all And I’ll leave well behind All those things that I find Cause me pain and distress and despair They won’t travel with me when I sail ‘cross the sea And drive down to La Jeusseliniere They won’t travel with me When I sail ‘cross the sea And drive down to La Jeusseliniere
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Somewhere in the stars, somewhere that isn't here There are buildings without bars Lives lived without fear Somewhere in the stars, somewhere that isn't here There are bodies without scars Loved ones always near And sometimes in a dream, I can see it shine See its golden gleam, feel it could be mine A field of nature's grain A windmill on a hill Then I wake again And I'm here still I would grieve if I could cry I would leave if I could fly I would crawl through all the mud and rain If I could see my home again But somewhere in the stars, somewhere that isn't here No leaders, kings, or czars No missile, gun, or spear Somewhere in the stars, somewhere that isn't here Everyone can sing, and everyone can hear End sometimes in a dream, I can see it shine See its golden gleam, feel it could be mine, Each day a day of peace A day of your goodwill, Then the dreamings cease And I'm here still But somewhere in the dark, somewhere beyond this night There glows that tiny spark That could be grown to light Yes somewhere in the dark, there must be something more Than all this blood and rage This madness we call war And sometimes in a dream, I can see it shine See its golden gleam, feel it could be mine All the gods asleep So no one has to kill Then I hear the children weep 'Cause they're here still But somewhere in the stars Somewhere that isn’t here...
3.
When she slammed the door and left that day He stood to watch her go Taking all his hopes and dreams away With not much left to show The kids she'd send one long weekend She'd tell him where and when Oh may those who've loved and been thrown away Be found and loved again And when her calls were not returned, She knew this time he'd gone He'd tried before, but now she'd learned She was not the only one With pain inside, she vowed with pride She'd never needed men Oh may those who've loved and been thrown away Be found and loved again Found and loved, found and loved, Found and loved again May those who've loved and been thrown away Be found and loved again Those who leave can't count the cost Those who grieve know what's been lost So when they met they danced the dance The hurt ones always do As both said no to one more chance But thought it might be you So as we pray that come what may Our hopes will find them then Oh may those who've loved and been thrown away Be found and loved again. May those who've loved and been thrown away Be found and loved again
4.
It’s costing a fortune the house of your dreams Deceptively spacious with through lounge and beams Then you drive out to view but it's not what it seems They never tell you that It’s next to a pig farm, it leans to the right The quarry behind it is worked day and night And the new power station’s a wonderous sight They never tell you that It’s tasteful, proportioned, and sought after too Charming and rural and smart Executive home with exceptional view Its garden will soon win your heart But the pleasure of weeding easily cloys Dogs from next door were born to make noise And the doors and the windows are painted turquoise They never tell you that Herbaceous, vivacious, audacious and sweet Delicious, auspicious, ambitious, a treat But it’s right where the bypass and motorway meet They never tell you that But still we go hunting for oak and for beam The agents still sell us the hope and the dream It’s a dwelling of status to bring us esteem Have we seen the fishpond, the gurgling stream? So we buy their nightmare and they get the cream They never tell you that Try renting a flat
5.
When you live your life as Charlie Brown You sometimes smile you mostly frown You sometimes float you mostly drown 'Cause you are Charlie Brown When you miss the chances, you miss the clues You know just how it feels to lose And you know that is the role you choose Then you are Charlie Brown Yes, you are Charlie Brown my friend You are Charlie Brown And though you try to fly it right Still your kite comes down When you live your life as Charlie Brown You play King Lear, they call you clown They say there's one in every town Who's name is Charlie Brown When you pitch that ball it comes right back So you defend while they attack Then you find a quiet place to crack 'Cause you are Charlie Brown Still your kite comes down Still your kite, still your kite, Still your kite comes down Good old Charlie Brown. When you live your life as Charlie Brown You know you'll never wear that crown You know you'll never find renown 'Cause you are Charlie Brown Oh, Mister Schultz, you know me well I see it in the tales you tell For you know that heaven's made in hell When you are Charlie Brown Yes, you know that heaven's made in hell When you are Charlie Brown
6.
Impressions 03:35
When Prussians came to take the house I could not stop them then They filled the rooms with horses With sheep as well as men I tried for poor old Camille’s sake For Monsieur Monet too But they were Prussian soldiers There was little I could do Camille had fled to England Monsieur Monet followed on When war came both made certain That they never saw a gun They left me to look after All the things they left behind But so much in so small a house The troops were sure to find The store room full of paintings Fifteen years of Camille’s life Pictures of our village Of his children and his wife And when the rain made good earth mud And rivers of the lanes The soldiers laid them end to end And walked on canvassed frames The colours and the pigments merged And Monsieur Monet’s blue Joined the reds, the greens, the browns To form another hue And poor Camille’s 'plein air' became A blackened, blasted land As boots tore holes with muddied soles Sent from the fatherland They burned the rest for daily warmth The paint and oil were good And gave more heat to blistered feet Than shower dampened wood But when they left I tried to clean The pictures that I found By Camille and his friend Monet Deep trodden in the ground But why I bothered I don’t know Camille’s a silly fool No one buys his paintings They’re all laughing as a rule And Monsieur Monet’s eyes can’t see He’s never finished yet No details, just impressions Is the best that he can get When they return and find the truth Maybe they’ll see the light And do an honest job for once It never has seemed right A life spent painting pictures We all wonder why they try See this one here, yes, take it sir, A Monsieur Monet sky That no one wants to buy
7.
Oh, my mother's in my pocket and she'll never go away She tells me that I have to keep my mobile on each day And 'where you going?' 'what you doing?' is all she'll ever say Oh my mother's in my pocket and she'll never go away Now my wife is in my pocket and she'll never go away She tells me that I have to keep my mobile on each day And 'where you going?' 'who you seeing?' is all she'll ever say Oh my wife is in my pocket and she'll never go away See us on the street, the train See our faces etched with strain Not a minute of our own Lives lived on a mobile phone Now my boss is in my pocket and he'll never go away He tells me that I have to keep my mobile on each day 'Where you going?' 'how's the selling?' is all he'll ever say Oh my boss is in my pocket and he'll never go away Soon I'll empty all my pockets And I'll throw them all away These gadgets and these gizmos That have taken all my day And where I'm going, what I'm doing, only I will say When I empty all my pockets and I throw them all away Someday Someday One day
8.
Sons and daughters leaving Going far away See them sadly waving Wishing they could stay All they see about them Darkness and decay Sons and daughters leaving Going far away Job in South Australia Out along a bay House with half an acre Mortgage they can pay Sandy beach and blue sky Safe for children’s play Job in South Australia Out along a bay Letting go the children Telling them goodbye See you in the summer Yes, I know you’ll try A better life for certain Break the bonds that tie Letting go the children Telling them goodbye Should have gone in ‘80 Things were different then Now you’re so much older Couldn’t start again Smile and say it’s all right That was way back when Should have gone in ‘80 Things were different then So you’re on your own now That’s the way life goes Home’s too big and empty Bid for bungalows Learn to send an email Leaving out life’s woes So you’re on your own now That’s the way life goes With sons and daughters leaving Going far away See them sadly waving Wishing they could stay All they see about them Darkness and decay Sons and daughters leaving Going far away Sons and daughters leaving For a better day
9.
Golden pennies, see them shining in the sun Golden pennies, lying there for anyone Pan the river, bless the waters as they run For golden pennies and the freedom that you’ve won There’s adventure waiting in this promised land Leave old England, take the future in your hand Leave your troubles on that cold and distant shore Here’s Australia, with golden pennies by the score Golden pennies It’s hard on a woman when she gets out here It’s hard on a woman, I know But there’s something special ‘bout the new frontier And it takes someone special to go Will you have me, will you be a poor man’s bride Will you love me, will you stay here by my side And build a country with our hope and with our pride I won’t fail you though there’s others who have tried For golden pennies
10.
It was the last train of the evening The sun was setting low As we pulled out of the station I glanced up to see its glow In the window a reflection Of a face I used to know In an old life, in a young life We both lived so long ago She could dance from dusk till dawning She could twist and shout with joy And I was hers forever, her first and only boy. But in that old life, in that young life I was far too smart to know That the one regret I'd harbour yet Was that I let her go She was reading as I watched her Till she turned another page From the lines upon her face now You could never tell her age But I knew I looked so different Time just hadn't been that kind On my face were etched the failures Of the life I'd left behind As we slowed she closed her novel Stood to take her suitcase down Turned and paused and stared at me Then shadowed by a frown Shook her head, took her case, Moved towards the door, Another time, another place, But leaving me once more
11.
You knew we were coming for 60 years now You knew we were coming and you told us how You’d greet us and treat us and keep every vow Cause you knew we were coming for 60 years now You knew we were coming and we’d need your care You knew we were coming, we all paid our share But what we all dreamed of is now our nightmare But you knew we were coming and we’d need your care We are the babies you counted and grew The boomers who’ve worked 40 years just for you For your golden handshakes and your knighthoods too And now we’re demanding you give us our due Yes you knew we were coming, Maggie and Ted Lord Home and Wilson and Callaghan said There’d be a pension, a nurse and a bed ‘Cause you knew we were coming, Maggie and Ted You knew we were coming, and now we are here Be patient you tell but one thing is clear Patience wears thin when there’s hope and there’s fear But you knew we were coming, and now we are here ‘Cause now we’re arriving, the glad to be grey We’re the kids of the 60’s, don’t stand in our way We’ve marched before now we’ll have our say ‘Cause now we’re arriving, the glad to be grey And you knew we were coming for 60 years now You knew we were coming but you never said how You’d cheat us, defeat us and break every vow But you knew were coming, and here we are now Yes you knew we were coming, And here we are now!
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13.
BILLY There’s a sunset that we’ve never see Over mountains where we’ve never been And I’d like to make that long long climb ‘Cause I’ve waited for a long long time SANDRA There’s a poem that we’ve never read Saying all the things we’ve never said And I’d like to make those verses rhyme ‘Cause I’ve waited for a long, long time TOGETHER Could we change our lives you and me Be the lovers we were meant to be Are we trapped in days that just tick by Or could we take our chance and try BILLY There’s a door that opens every day Let’s not close it let’s just slip away Don’t look back it’s all a pantomime And it has been for a long, long time SANDRA There’s a journey that we’ve never made Never taken, always been afraid Don’t you think that it would be a crime If we didn’t for a long, long time TOGETHER Could we change our lives you and me Be the lovers we were meant to be Are we trapped in days that just tick by Or could we take our chance and try There’s a sunset that we’ve never seen Over mountains where we’ve never been So let’s go and start that long, long climb And let’s make it last a long, long time
14.
Times are hard, times are tough It's time for change, we've had enough Let me say, there's a way, To improve your every day It's a simple recipe, It suits the way I like to be You know life can be so sweet, When you don't eat meat. Please don't cut that throat for me, I'll eat mushroom fricassee Wheat and corn, you ain't born, Till you've tried some home fried quorn Steamed or stuffed, creamed or puffed Glazed or braised, ain't that enough Veg can be a treat, when you don't eat meat. Mister butcher, spare that lamb, Please don’t turn that pig to ham We can solve all farming's ills, If we stick to pasta quills There's no need for blood and murder, Just chomp on this nice bean burger And here's a baby beet, don't eat meat. Boil that rice, oh that's nice, Pancakes you could just eat twice An aubergine, a butter bean, Something green, I feel so clean Mangoes, apples, melons, limes, Add the good fruit of the vines It's all great to eat, bin the meat Let's let lambs baa and bleat, Don't mince up that udder teat Cows and calves don't eat meat, So why do we, let me repeat There's a simple remedy, So why don't you join with me And life could be so neat Don't eat meat
15.
Old face 05:01
Milly has an old face She calls it her new face Milly has an old face Showing all its years Remembering the heartaches Harsh words and remakes Treasuring the keepsakes That help to hide the fears Yes, Milly has an old face Smiling at the retraced Memory of an embrace That was always there When life was something grown in Love was sometimes thrown in But never ever shown in A place with others near In old eyes the young girl dances Takes her chances While she may And in old eyes The young man watches As time notches one more day And Billy has an old face Moving at an old pace Not afraid of disgrace Bringing up the rear Taking time for musing Not afraid of losing Happy in his choosing To be a mutineer Yes, Billy has an old face Living in an old place Searching for the misplaced Memories very dear Telling all the tall tales Storm wind and sea gales Lost oars and torn sails Till the glass said clear In the mirror there's an old face Waiting for the young face In the mirror there's an old face Showing all its years We'll remember our heartaches Harsh words and remakes We'll treasure the keepsakes That help to hide our fears When we're an old, old face With lines like the finest lace Folded in times embrace Proud of our old, old face When we're an old, old face With lines like the finest lace Folded in time's embrace Proud of our old, old face

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While some singers find their voices diminishing in depth and power as they grow older, others become somehow richer and more resonant, the emotion thickening with the years. Andrews falls comfortably into the latter category, the warmth, the passion, the humour and, when it strikes, the anger, all keenly felt.

Admirably truculent, self-confessedly grumpy but still a humanist, romantic and battered optimist not yet ready to settle for the twilight of cocoa and slippers, Andrews once again confirms his position in the premiere league of veteran English singer-songwriters whose work continues to turns his audience’s eyes upon themselves and the world in which they live.

Mike Davies

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released January 1, 2004

My thanks to:
Mike Silver, who proved solid silver yet again;
John Kirkpatrick, especially for his arrangement of my first instrumental;
Joe Broughton and John Shepherd, for inspiration;
Grant Baynham, for his flying fingers;
Alistair Gillies, for use of his studio and expertise.

Vocals: Harvey Andrews
Keyboards: John Shepherd
Accordian and Concertina: John Kirkpatrick
Violin: Joe Broughton
Guitar: Mike Silver, who appears courtesy of Faymus Productions
Guitar: Grant Baynham (on Fruit and Veg and House of your Dreams)

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