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Acoustically Yours

Info

Format:CD Album Live
Label: Invisible Hands Music
Catalogue No: IHCD21
Country: UK
Released: 2002

Hazel O'Connor - Vocals
Cormac De Barra - Irish Harp / Backing Vocals
Cliodhna Quinlan - Fiddle / Backing Vocals
Mario N'Goma - Percussion

Recorded live at Quasimodo, Berlin by Michael Koening

Lyrics

Tracklist Lyrics
01 - Eighth Day Lyrics

Eighth Day
(© Hazel O'Connor)

In the beginning was a world
Man said: Let there be more light
Electric scenes a maze of beams
Neon brights to light our boring nights

On the second day he said: Let's have a gas
Hydrogen and Co are of the past
Let's make some germs, we'll poison the worms
Man will never be surpassed

And he said: Behold what I have done
I've made a better world for everyone
Nobody laughs, nobody cries
World without end, forever and ever
Amen, amen, amen

On the third we get green and blue pill pie
On the fourth we send rockets to the sky
On the fifth metal beasts and submarines
On the sixth man prepares his final dream:

In our image, let's make robots for our slaves
Imagine all the time that we can save
Computers, machines, the silicon dream
Seventh he retired from the scene

(Chorus)
And he said: Behold what I have done
I've made a better world for everyone
Nobody laughs, nobody cries
World without end, forever and ever
Amen (amen), amen (amen), amen (amen)

On the eighth day machine just got upset
A problem man had not foreseen as yet
No time for flight, a blinding light
Then nothing but a void, forever night

(Chorus)

(Chorus)

(Amen)
02 - Hanging Around Lyrics

Hanging Around
(© The Stranglers)

Big girl in the red dress
She's just trying to impress us
And she's got the barley fever
But she doesn't make a sound
She's just hanging around
She's just hanging around

Down the court road early
With the Hustlers big and burly
There's a million of 'em selling
And the buyers can be found
They're just hanging around
They're just hanging around

(Chorus)
Christ he told his mother
Christ he told her not to bother
Cos he's alright in the city
He's high above the ground
He's just hanging around (hanging around)
He's just hanging around (hanging around)
He's just hanging around (hanging around)
He's just hanging around (hanging around)

One of 'em comes over
Got a monkey on his shoulder
And the monkey's getting grinner
But his eyes are on the ground
They're just hanging around
They're just hanging around

I'm moving to a coleheme
With the leather all around me
And the sweat is getting steamy
But their eyes are on the ground
They're just hanging around
They're just hanging around

(Chorus 2x)

He's just hanging around (hanging around)
He's just hanging around
03 - If Only Lyrics

If Only
(© Hazel O'Connor)

What do you do when they turn on the light?
You guard your heart, so they steal your sight
You reach out in blindness, touch the alone
Its icicle fingers chill you to the bone

What do you do when the cat gets ya tongue?
No way to tell it's all going wrong
Mouth out the words on the telephone
Nobody answers, nobody's home...

(Chorus)
What's done has been done, and I won't be the one
Who despairs in the wheelchair, resigned to ''If only''
No, I'll stand up again and I'll run
I'll jump up till I touch the sun
Because I won't be the one to be bound
By the sound of ''If only, if only, if only''

Well, I reach out in blindness now, but what do I care?
I'll walk into walls and I'll stumble downstairs
I'll laugh like a fishwife, I'll cry like a clown
Up is the only way to go when you're down

When I reach a mountain top, then I start to climb
I'll walk on the water, I'll turn water to wine
Hope is the one thing we got on our side
Hope can be salvaged when all else has died

(Chorus)

(Chorus)
04 - My Friend Jack Lyrics

My Friend Jack
( Hazel O'Connor / A. Karner)

How many roads had I gone, I got to
Feeling like I can't go on and on
Lord it seems, it gets so lonesome when
You're following dreams
And why was I on that road, where
The angels fear, like a fool I chose
To give a stranger a ride in the night
He said, ''heh listen here darling, I'll
Open your eyes''

I've been up to the bottom, and down to the top
Better not give up until you drop
There's a time to live, there's a time to die
My friend Jack said, he'd tell me why

You see Jack was a guy back in Vietnam
He had a key to survival, to dream of a better time
And boy, joy is a thing of the past
You gotta believe in the future or you won't last

Oh I believe, I believe in love
Oh I believe in the lord above
Oh I believe in a better life for
You and me and you

Well, the next day he was gone, was he dead
Or had he up and run
And talk with him all his hopes and his dreams
Me I was left with my nightmares and screams

I've been up to the bottom, and down to the top
Better not give up until you drop
There's a time to live, there's a time to die
My friend Jack said, he'd tell me why

Well I made it back from that bloody war
My future what had it all been for
No heroes welcome and my woman had left
See my name is Jack in case you hadn't guess

Oh I believe, I believe in love
Oh I believe in the lord above
Oh I believe in a better life for
You and me and you

So little lady when your feeling lost
Remember old Jack, remember the cost
So you got no shoes and you wail and weep
But remember there's a guy who ain't got no feet
05 - Tell Me Why Lyrics

Tell Me Why
(© Hazel O'Connor
Major Black)

Tell me why, why oh why
When a man wants a woman
Does he give her his best
Does he try to impress
All the things he will do
For her why
When that man gets that woman
Does he tend to neglect her
Does he tend to forget all the things, all the things
That he said
To get her
All the promises that he made
Gonna lose what he gained
Cause the time has come for things to change
You gotta change

Tell me why, why oh why
When a woman wants a man
Does she give him her best
Does she try to impress
All the things she will do
For him why
When that woman gets that man
Does she give him her heart
Does she then fall apart
When he's late start to hate
All those long
Lonely nights alone
When the lovin' feeling has gone
When her homes not a home
When the time has come for things to change
You gotta change

And why does a woman
Why does a man
Turn something special
Into a battle ground
When they both know
What they're fighting
is just a losing battle
Against the power of love
Of which nobody ever wins

Tell me why, why oh why
When a man loves a woman
Why can't he change
Just rearrange all the things
That he does to hurt her why
When a woman gets a man
Why can't she forgive him
Cause time has come for things to change
You gotta change

Cause time has come for things to change
Gotta change
Gotta change
Gotta change
Gotta change
06 - She Moved Through the Fair Lyrics

She Moved Through the Fair
(Traditional)

My young love said to me my mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you for your lack of kind
As he stepped away from me this she did say
It will not be long love
Till our wedding day

And she stepped away from me and she moved thru the fair
And fondly I watched her go here and go there
She went her way homeward with one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake

And the people that no two were wed
That one has a sorrow that never was said
And I watched as she went with her goods and her gear
And that was the last time that I saw my dear

I dreamt it last night that my dead love came in
So softly she moved, her feet made no dir
She came close beside me and this she din say
It will not be long love till our wedding day
07 - Big Brother Lyrics

Big Brother
(© Hazel O'Connor)

They'll tear out your heart, throw it knee-deep in a cart
'cos that's what they do with the scum like me and you
And you feel as if you died, whilst you're standing on the line
And you wonder all the time why can't you cry?
But the people in control don't care for you
They're just a robot with a job to do
And when your use is exhausted, they'll be rid of you
As soon as look at you, go to the back of the queue!

(Chorus)
B-B-Big brother's got no heart
When I get my chance
I'm gonna kick him in the ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Big brother's got no heart
When I get my chance
I'm gonna kick him in the ah (sh) ah (sh) ah (sh) ah (sh) arse

His eyes are dull, they stole his soul
They left him to rot in some stinking council hole
Where they keep him doped on beer and hopes
Of television dreams he's living on the screens
He knows something that he used to believe in
That was: Every human being should have his freedom
But while his dungeon had a way to show him
He should be more useful, as they broke into his skull

(Chorus)

Big brother, beware, 'cos some of us do care
And the worm (and the worm, and the worm, and the worm)
May turn (may turn, may turn, may turn)
And the violence (and the violence, and the violence, and the violence)
In my head (in my head, in my head, in my head) is real
Bam-bam, you're dead!

(Chorus)

(Chorus)

Arse!
08 - Will You Lyrics

Will You
(© Hazel O'Connor / Wesley Magoogan)

You drink your coffee and I sip my tea
And we're sitting here playing so cool, thinking ''What will be, will be''
But it's getting kind of late now
Oh I wonder if you'll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?

I move a little closer to you, not knowing quite what to do
And I'm feeling all fingers and thumbs, I spill my tea, oh silly me!
But it's getting kind of late now
I wonder if you'll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?

And then we touch much too much
This moment has been waiting for a long long time
Makes me shiver, it makes me quiver
This moment I'm so unsure
This moment I've waited for
Is it something you've been waiting for, waiting for too?

Take off your eyes, bare your soul
Gather me to you and make me whole
Tell me your secrets, sing me the song
Sing it to me in the silent tongue
But it's getting kind of late now
I wonder if you'll stay now, stay now, stay now, stay now
Or will you just politely say goodnight?
09 - Runaway Lyrics

Runaway
(© Hazel O'Connor)

You hate yourself, so you hate everybody else
People can make you feel small
Small is a size when age just won't rise fast enough
So you wait for the day, to be up get away
Run run as fast as you can
Over and Over and Over the hill far away

(Chorus)
Runaway
Is there something you're trying to say
Runaway
Please come home one day
Runaway
Is there something you're trying to say
Over and over and over and over again

I remember the day in a grey misty way
When we boarded the boat to the Hooke
I was sick to the sea that was beckoning me to it's end
In the light of the dawn, feeling ragged and worn
I pointed my thumb to the sky
Over and over and over that road again

(Chorus)

Now in the light of experience
There's something I want to say
Now in the light of experience
There's nowhere to run to
If from yourself you're really running away

(Chorus 2x)

Runaway!
10 - Spancil Hill Lyrics

Spancil Hill
(Traditional)

One night as he lay dreaming of pleasant days gone by
His mind being bent on rambling to lreland he did fly
he stepped on a vision and he followed with the wind
when at last he came to anchor at the cross of Spancil Hill

Then on the 23rd of June the day before the fair
When Ireland's sons and daughters and
friends assembled there
The young and the old, the brave and
the bold came their duties to fulfill
At the Parish Church in Clooney a mile from Spancil Hill

He went to see his neighbours to see how they did fare
The old ones were all dead and gone
the young ones turning grey
He met with tailor Quigley he's as funny as ever still
Johnny used to patch his britches
when he lived in Spancil Hill

He paid a flying visit to his one and only love
She's as gentle as a puppy and as pretty as a doll
She threw her arms around me saying
Johnny I love you still
Sure she's Ned the farmer's daughter and the pride of Spancil Hill

He dreamt he held, he kissed her as many a time before
Oh Johnny you're only joking as many a time before
The cock he crowed in the morning he crowed
both clear and shrill
He awoke in California many miles from Spancil Hill
11 - Driftwood Lyrics

Driftwood
(© Hazel O'Connor)

Sitting on the sunny shoreline, see some driftwood
come to rest
worn out by the tides, born up by its endless rides
never free, just a bit like me.
I've been that piece of wood I've been tossed about
Upon the ocean of illusion, confusion.
Bitter and twisted like waves lashing out at the rock.

Well I now know I just gotta find
that shore line oh yeah, that little peace of mind
and let the sun shine on me

I swam the sea of passion, jealousy and pain,
ignorance pretends to drown, grabs for your hands
again, drags you down again.
Yeah, but my soul cries out just to break those chains,
Well listen you who've travelled all these jungles
concrete and the other kind, you know there's more
you got your own key the door, go on open it open it up

Well I now know I just gotta find
that shore line oh yeah, that little peace of mind
and let the sun shine on me

Been a long time from my home and I want
to get back there,
but most of my memories got washed away with the tide
a friend waits for me at the edge of the sea
my soul is your lover I cry

Oh beloved wipe away these tears from my eyes
of my illusion, my confusion.
Brittle and twisted like waves lashing out at the rock

Well I now know I just gotta find
that shore line oh yeah, that little peace of mind
and let the sun shine on me...