Spring Again

by Harvey Andrews

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1.
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
2.
02:56
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
3.
05:00
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
4.
05:46
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
5.
04:09
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
03:15
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
10.
02:14
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
11.
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
12.
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

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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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