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"Other Voices: Songs From A Room"

01. American Townland
02. Nowhere
03. Cain & Able
04. I Was Looking For Someone
05. Prayer Before A Voyage
06. Vaj Vaj
07. Gold
08. Breaking Out
09. I'm Your Man

 

American Townland

American townland
Snow in Iceland
Russian farmland
And the sword of Islam
The state of new Israel
Remembers Belsen
Now there's sand for Palestine
And grass for Israel

Won't you settle down, stop fighting for your gods...
Oh, settle down, stop fighting for your gods.
They can't hear you now, not with the noise of your guns.

Once were towering steeples
Now there's a soaring eagle
A crescent moon and a rising sun
Our prayers ascending, but what good will they bring?
If all that's willin' is more and more killin'

Won't you settle down, stop fighting for your gods...
Oh, settle down, stop fighting for your gods.
They can't hear you now, not with the noise of your guns.

The mountains of Mourne
The county Cork I was born in
This dirty old town
Where the rain's always fallin'..
Our prayers ascending, but what good will they bring?
When all that's willin' is more and more killin'

 

Nowhere

I've heard them the orange drums
Rapping out the battle cry
Metaphoric guns cracking in July
Then the crucifixes and the beads
And the twisted hands weaving Brigid's reeds
Recalling the Black and Tans
Round the cemetery by the church
Flowers of hatred bloom
While the still living march
To a dead piper's tune

I've heard them the orange drums
Rapping out the battle cry
Metaphoric guns cracking in July
Then the crucifixes and the beads
And the twisted hands weaving Brigid's reeds
Recalling the black and tans
Their dreams are old and senile
As the wreath marks the end of another life
The men in black shoot their salute
As the crowd turn from the wife
And the Prime Minister and the Brits go back
To where the others came from
Another death is offered to God
Belfast wakes to another dawn

 

Cain & Able

Naked men in the desert are feeding the peasants
And watch out for Cain he comes down like the rain
Abel's not able to eat from the table
Cause his throat got caught when Cain was using the razor.
Cain is now a barber heavy into fashion
And that Neolithic style is really all the rage
'Watch out for the Bible' cried the man inside a tower
But his mind was choked when the devil swung the rope

Why can't you see
It's not what I really wanted
Just you and me and what we believe

The feeling was growing like the flowers only faster
When the flies took a trip on the ship to disaster
By the time they came back the politician had the answer
So the problem unsolved soon led to disaster
Somebody blamed someone said we were responsible
I couldn't take it said I broke the handle
They came down really fast said 'Hey it's all over'
But I was only joking and the handle's still broken

Why can't you see
It's not what I really wanted
Just you and me and what do we believe
And what do we believe

 

I Was Looking For Someone

I was looking for someone
Thought it might be you
And I was hoping for hope, my love
Thought you'd pull me on through

These roads keep on changing
Broken, twisting and signs on every mile
I seriously can't remember the last time I smiled
You are the one, my only one
Bringing ease to my sorrow

Well I was looking for someone
Thought it might be you
And I was hoping for hope, my love
Thought you'd pull me on through

I was frightened they would see this man cry
Inside a rainy town
I was looking at the sunlight
When the night came tumbling down
I wandered through the darkening streets
Until I found you here
There was brightness in your face
As you dried all of my tears

Well I was looking for someone
Thought it might be you
And I was hoping for hope, my love
Thought you'd pull me on through

Darling take my two hands
We will run through cracking dawn
I seriously can't remember
Where or what we've running from
All I know is you're the only steady thing
You're rocking road and worn
Please please stay beside me

Well I was looking for someone
Thought it might be you
And I was hoping for hope, my love
Thought you'd pull me on through

 

Prayer Before A Voyage

Be my weather
Blow through me like the wind
Wind in invisible shapes about my ribs
Rain on me
Be my winter

For what do I wish?
Not for stone or for wood
Nor of water or of flesh
But to meet you in the space that lies
Between a joke and a smile
And beach comb the empty mile

Be my weather
Blow through me like the wind
Wind in invisible shapes about my ribs
Rain on me
Be my winter

 

Vaj Vaj

If Vaj Vaj left today
I wonder if I'd last
The bodies slow decay
But you cannot stop the time nor the rain
So blue because I love you

Horses stumbling
I saw the carriage stall
Where a face was turning
To hear the words that fall like the rain
So blue because I love you

Drag drag go the waves
Claw down a poisoned shore
The footsteps in the sand
Are gone for evermore like the rain
So blue because I love you

Mysteries are silent
Held in the air or stone
They stare at me like precious idols
From the temple of bone
Through to the rain
So blue because I love you

 

Gold

And I love her so
I wouldn't trade her for gold
Walking on moonbeams
I was born with a silver spoon

Hell I'm gonna be me
Gonna be free
Walking on moonbeams
And staring out to sea

And if a door be closed
Then a row of homes start building
And tear your curtains down
For sunlight is like gold

Hell you better be you
Do what you can do
Walking on moonbeams
And staring out to sea

'Cause if your skin was soil
How long do you think before they'd start digging
And if your life was gold
How long do you think you'd stay living

And I love her so
I wouldn't trade her for gold

 

Breaking Out

Together as we lye
The windows kiss a black night sky
You ask me who am I
And I make a sad reply

Then you told me of your friend
Who found his brother headless
With a shotgun still smoking in his arms
His mother never thought he'd come to any harm

So slowly as I die
You can look into my eyes
And see the cold March sky
Breaking out
Breaking out
I'm reaching out
And kicking down

Cars roll by with their windows closed
The city stands and watches them pass
Like a whore waiting for them to stop and ask
How much for a fuck without the mask

So slowly as I die
You can look into my eyes
And see the cold March sky
Breaking out
Breaking out
I'm reaching out
And kicking down

There is a corridor of paintings
Where every face is framed
I have taken you to walk there
You know communion's found in shame

Together as we lye
The windows kiss a black night sky
You ask me who am I
And I make a sad reply
I'm breaking out
Breaking out
I'm reaching out
And kicking down

 

I'm Your Man

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