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From the album Revolution Calls

Revolution Calls

Julie Matthews

All the young people standing in line
God it’s a shameful sign of the times
Doing the food bank hustle, Doing the barefoot shuffle
Doing the food bank hustle, Doing the barefoot shuffle

They’ve got you where they want you, down on your knees
Shoot you in the arm with their social disease
Doing the scare em all hustle
Doing the working class shuffle
Doing the scare em all hustle

Doing the working class shuffle

But there’s not enough of them to keep us all down
Rise up, rise up, revolution calls 

Hold your hands out and lower your eyes
Take what they give you and be satisfied
Doing the benefits hustle, doing the dole queue shuffle
Doing the benefits hustle, doing the dole queue shuffle

But there’s not enough of them to keep us all down
Not enough of them to keep us all down
Not enough of them to keep us all down
Rise up, rise up, revolution calls
Oh oh oh......

Revolution calls, Revolution calls
Oh oh oh......

Long Lost Friend

Chris While

You were loved
You lived in a house that was nestled in fields
That stretched over farmlands and down to the coastline
You were happy
You lived with your parents who loved one another
One little sister and a good looking brother called George
And we cycled through farm roads with the wind in our hair
Singing so loud cause we just didn't care who could hear us
They should stand up and cheer us


If I close my eyes I'm right back there 
I can feel my heart bursting with love and my lungs fill with air
I hear your voice as we walk on by
With our heads full of dreams, still dreaming it seems
But where are you now, long lost friend

I was loved
I lived on a street of identical houses
That sprawled through the suburbs and down to the town
I was happy
I lived with my parents that loved everybody
Two older brothers and a good looking sister called Sue
And I came to your house and we danced to the radio
Dancing outside, cares cast aside, let them see us
They'd be lucky to be us

If I close my eyes....

December came you lost your smile saw you drying your eyes
You wouldn't say why, then......

You were gone
You left the house that we filled with our dreams
And moved out to somewhere, but nobody told me
No way to find you
You left with your mother who stopped loving your dad
She fell for another and took you away from me
Summers and winters without you
Left me in dreams, dancing alone, hot tears stinging
But girl I'm still singing

If I close my eyes....

Landfill

Julie Matthews

What are we doing with all of this stuff
Mountains of trinkets that keep piling up
It’s never the right thing or ever enough, it’s landfill
And when will it stop this insatiable need
It’s spreading and growing as fast as a weed
When all that it’s destined to do is to feed the landfill
How long can we keep digging down?
Filling holes in with a cellophane skin
That’s not going anywhere ever, oh....


Beautiful, perfect planet, giver of life but can it, hold on
Hold on in spite of us, in spite of us all because
We will be landfill 

We use it and throw it and then walk away
Don’t look beyond what we’re doing today
But somebody sometime is going to pay for this landfill 
But we cannot plead ignorance, we can’t ignore
The sight of whale that has washed on the shore
With a belly of polythene choking it’s core with this landfill
How far can we keep pushing her
Over the edge, beyond the brink
Passing the point of recovering

 

Beautiful, perfect planet...

 

Two Halves Together

Chris While

Robert was a quiet and a thoughtful kind of man
Gifted with his hands, building his own world
Too shy to say a first hello or ask her for a dance
He wouldn’t stand a chance, not with that girl
Two halves together

Mary unafraid runs through life in giant leaps
Watch her as she sweeps across the floor
She tries to catch the eye of the handsome dark haired boy
She’s been working on a ploy, to raise the score
Two halves together, joined forever

Sometimes the answer’s there when you don’t know it
Just waiting for the universe to share
And you open up your eyes the truth is staring at you
Just hanging there to catch you unaware
Two halves together……

So they danced and fell in love and Robert asked to share her life
Didn’t want to spend another night without her
So in front of everybody two halves became a whole
The completion of his soul, he’d never doubt her
Two halves together

Mary helped him raise a perfect house with bricks and wood
In a suburban neighbourhood, their family grew
And a story grew from every wall and window in this place
A perfect space that everybody knew
Two halves together, joined forever

Then the years roll by and children fly and leave this happy home
And they dream of moving out towards the sea
But they couldn’t leave the house filled with its precious memories
So they’d have to find a different way to be, two halves together……

So they found a perfect piece of land with views out to the sea
In a quiet seaside town beyond the bay
And Robert soon decided that the house would be divided 
And reunited just a hundred miles away

So in Roberts’s skilful hands the house now sits down by the sands
The veranda facing to the ocean blue
And Mary welcomes travellers with sustenance and smiles
And Robert shares a story of two

 

Hearts together, joined forever..

 

Coming Out

Julie Matthews

 

Every last bit of the spit in her mouth has gone dry

Her knuckles are white from holding on tight

coz it feels like falling, Over the edge into the unknown

They’re standing right there but she still feels alone

Coz everything changes from this moment on

Coming out

 

She’s practised the words, she’s only heard in her head

She can’t meet their eyes, she tries

But then she just feels like running

Away from the truth and it all laid bare

Away from this room to anywhere

God only knows how she thought she could dare

 

Chorus

Coming out, showing the shape of her heart

Into the light from the dark

Coming out, saying the words out loud

Standing up, standing proud, Coming out

 

A whisper at first, the worst is the lump in her throat

Her voice starts to shake, break

And then all the floodgates open

Then what’s on the inside starts coming out

Courage takes hold and it’s not running out

Brave is the heart that can silence the doubt

 

This House Upon The Hill

Chris While

Another beautiful morning
Who could ever want more
Eggs are frying in the kitchen
Postman's knocking at the door
The sky is full of snow now
You can tell because It's cold and still
We're as happy as we've ever been
In the house upon the hill

The dog is wagging a welcome
The neighbour is singing a song
Birds are singing in the branches
"Wake up before the morning’s gone"
We gather warm around the table
With good coffee and good will
Cause we're as happy as we've ever been
In this house upon the hill.


And the house has eyes on the hills and the fields
And an ear to the wind outside
And that feeling that comes over you
When you're home by own fireside
They say its only brick and wood
Sitting on old landfill
We're as happy as we've ever been
In this house upon the hill

We've been on the road for weeks now
We love singing those songs
And the smiling faces cheer us
As the miles they roll along
But now we're be drawing closer
And we start to feel that thrill
That's made us happy as we've ever been
In this house upon the hill

Then everyone gathers in the kitchen
And we open a bottle of wine
We laugh and talk about the times we had
While we slowly unwind
And then we climb the stairs in the early hours
And we will dream until
We wake up as happy as we've ever been
In this house upon the hill.

 

Black Dog 

Julie Matthews
 

Black Dog

The whole wide world has gone to hell
The water's run dry in the wishing well
There's a mad man living in an ivory house 
With poison spilling from his mouth


Thank god for you, you and your big heart pull me through
You and your big heart make me laugh, keep me sane
Pull me back again
From the black dog

You take the black dog for a walk
So he might sleep and might not bark
And when he's snapping at my heels
You take him out running across the fields

And I worry more than I should and I take it all to heart
And I think myself in circles and I pull myself apart
But in the middle of the hurricane, the middle of this storm
You're the eye of calm

When I can't see beyond the dark
You reach inside my aching heart
When the night's as wide as a big black hole
You shed a little light into my soul

 

Reaching For The Stars Above

Chris While

Wish you could see yourself as everybody sees you
A beautiful face of the one they love
You would be amazed, nothing could faze you
You’d be reaching for the stars above

Wish you could hear your voice like everybody hears it
And feel the effect of the sound you make
You’d be singing night and day, sing your life away
You’d be reaching for the stars above

And your spirit it would soar like an eagle
Your light already bright would be aglow
Forget about the past, you’ll be flying at last
Flying on the wings of love
You’d be reaching for the stars above

Wish you could feel what it’s like to be wrapped in your arms
In the safest place I’ve ever known
You would never feel alone lost or unknown
You’d be reaching for the stars above

And your spirit....

Then clearly you will see a place where you will be
What you want to be
No room for any doubt just throw it all out
And you will see what we all see

 Wish you could feel the change when you walk in a room
And the darkest corner fills with light
You’d never leave that place you filled with such grace
You’d be reaching for the stars above

And your spirit....

Shake The Money Tree

Julie Matthews

What kind of fool believes 
The words of two-faced liars and thieves
Smoke and mirrors, slight of hand
But who cleans up the mess when the shit hits the fan
Snakes and hyenas are running the zoo
They don’t care for me and they don’t care for you
They say they have your back but laugh when it’s turned
But how do we cross this river 
When the bridges have burned


Shake the money tree
Shake that monkey business to the ground
Shake the money tree
Shake that monkey business, let me be a witness
Shake that monkey business free
Shake the money tree

What kind of evil mastermind
Could render half the people blind
Break a promise, move the lines
Time after time after time
They pocket the profits on our misery
The poor are getting poorer with austerity
The fat cats get fatter and look the other way
Vilify those who stand in their way

Shake the money tree

Break these chains (they’re holding down)
Shake them free (keeping you bound)
(They are few) Together we are many, when we

 

Shake the money tree

 

Seven Seconds
Julie Matthews

Seven Seconds

Every morning for seven seconds
I forget the world has changed
Everything is as it was, before this avalanche of pain
Before the loss, before the grief
When words of comfort bring you no relief
You hold on tight when mercy beckons
If only for these seven seconds

Every morning for seven seconds, ignorance is bliss
Keep your eyes closed, think of something
Anything but this
To keep the tide from crashing down
To keep your head up when you think you’ll drown
So hold on tight when mercy beckons
If only for these seven seconds

Every morning, seven seconds might turn into ten
Then ten becomes an hour someday, healing from within
But in this moment, lying here
This solace is about to disappear
So I hold on tight when mercy beckons
If only for these seven seconds

Stardust

Julie Matthews

Underneath this canopy of stars
I’m joining dots and following their course
A billion years ago that Star was born
Her light is strong but she’s already gone

Gone to stardust, back to the infinite light
Gone to Stardust, back to the one
To carry on

Looking up we only see the brightest
Vega, Rigel, Sirius, Polaris
And in between we only see the darkness
But through this lens the sight will leave you breathless

All this stardust, all of this infinite light
All this stardust, that’s part of the one
That carries on and on and on and on and on…........

We are only one light in the endless
Suspended in this canopy of stars
No matter what the universe may send us
We’ll always be what we already are

Stardust, we are the infinite light
stardust, part of the one


We are Stardust, we are the infinite light
Only stardust, part of the one
That carries on and on and on and on.....

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

From the album Shoulder to Shoulder

The Skin That I'm In                

Matthews & While

 

Everybody's chasing something
Everybody just wants more
Most of the time we don't know what we're looking for
Some of them dig for diamonds
Some of them dive for pearls
Others they look to stars for other worlds

I've been chasing rainbows, I've been running on sand
Spinning around in circles, chasing who I am
I got so close to the river, afraid of jumping in
Maybe it's time to begin, sink or swim
And start loving the skin that I'm in

Everybody keeps complaining
That nothing ever goes their way
Even when it does we chose to look the other way
Everyone else's grass is greener
Everyone else's job pays more
But it's easy to forget what you got when you're keeping score

I've been chasing rainbows...


When will it ever be, ever be enough for me
When will I ever see, what they see in me
This beautiful skin, that I'm in

 

I've been chasing rainbows...


 

Slim To Nil

Chris While

You live by river and I live in the hills

Two Hundred miles, it's very far
You fall asleep to sirens while I'm dreaming in the still
But still I feel how near you are
You talk in terms of deadlines and if you might have a window of time

While I gaze through mine
Maybe it's invisible but there's a thread that keeps our hearts entwined

On paper on a scale of one to ten
The odd may taper but we're not listening 
Though the chances of us making it this far, they are
Slim to nil 

Better minds than mine have written millions of lines
Still they don't know just why we fall

Universal rules are not applicable to fools
Rushing in to answer the call
The the maverick awakens and blows away the logic he finds, 
every time
Maybe there's a supernatural glue that holds your heart so close to mine

to mine

On paper...

All my vanities in vain I love that that you love that in me
All your sanity insane you love that that I love that in you
Love that in you love that

On paper...

Here It Comes Again
Julie Matthews


Here it comes again, here it comes, here it comes
Here it comes again, here it comes, here it comes
Here it comes again, here it comes again


We’re closing up the circle here
We’re putting all the pieces together
It’s been a long time coming but we’re
Gonna be better than ever, ’cause

 

Here it comes again


It never really went away
We were out there shining our own light
One breath, a heartbeat away
Strike a light, light it up, light it up

 

Here it comes again,


You can’t stop or hold off this undeniable pull of this force
The dam breaks the flood gates
And this river will follow its course


It comes round, it comes down
To this undeniable pull of the heart
And we’re here, it’s so clear
We’re better together than ever apart


Here it comes again../


And here I go again

Ordinary Day
Julie Matthews


Just an ordinary day in an ordinary town
A little overcast and grey with a chance of rain
Just the same as any other day in any other town
It’s cruelly strange how nothing has changed


Just the usual routine, nothing ceased, nothing altered
Or faltered so it seemed to the world out there, unaware
Life goes on and on just as it’s always done
But over there is an empty chair


The clocks should stop, the sun bow down
The moon fall from, from her starry crown
For if the world won’t change, if it just carries on

How will it know you were here and now you’re gone?


Breathing in and breathing out
How does the heart keep beating?
And carry on without any hope it can love again
It’s wired to endure, empty or replete
And though nothing remains, nothing has changed


The least I could expect that mirrors how I’m feeling
A mark of some respect
That would show the cost of what was lost
At least a star should fall and never burn again
At least not as clear as when you were here

The clocks should stop

Pride
Julie Matthews


She is not a stranger, she could be your daughter
Though her life’s in danger, she won’t die in shame
Denying who she is, denying who she loves
Denying how she lives, imagine a life like this

Will you stand shoulder to shoulder?
Will you do what must be done?
For your sisters and brothers, your daughters and your sons
Will you raise the rainbow banner
Even though they’re not your colours?
Will you fly that flag with pride?


He said he was a Christian, until the church denied him
Saying God would not abide him or any of his kind
But if there is a god then wouldn’t he love all men?
Wouldn’t he enfold them and not turn them away?

 

Will you stand...


Today I saw something I never dreamed that I would see
A million rainbow profile pictures colouring my screen
Like a million voices raised up in solidarity
Saying you are not alone, we are not alone


Will you stand...

 

Pinjarra Dreams
Chris While


They woke us up at dawn, said to put our best clothes on
And we climbed aboard a bus bound for the sea
Smiling faces I recall, children’s laughter that was all
As we stood in line waiting on the quay
The ship was like a building, at least ten storeys high
And two streets long as far as I could see
And when I looked around, my sister’s hand I found
And I saw that there were hundreds just like me

Now I wish I had a boat, I would row it back to England
And if I had a friend, he’d row my boat with me
But the hope I hold at night is gone by morning light
In Pinjarra dreams, Pinjarra dreams, Pinjarra dreams


As we sailed out on that day, watching England fade away
I could feel my happy heart turning to stone
Nobody said goodbye, no-one would tell me why
My family would leave us here alone
Then a stranger came to say that they had passed away
And now you’re going to Australia, where the sky is always blue
A better life for you in Pinjarra, there’s a new home for you there

 

Now I wish I had a boat...


Now I labour on the land, I’m just an unpaid hired hand
And the burning sun it shines from morn till night
No mother’s loving arms, no father’s tender charms
With years to grow before the end’s in sight
They took my sister away when we landed on that day
And I’ll find her when I’m old enough to go
But she won’t remember me and our journey on the sea
And who we were and the life we used to know

 

Now I wish I had a boat...

Tree Of Life
Matthews and While

It’s how the wind blows as the crow flies
It’s how the seed grows and the bloom dies
It’s birth to death and the endless strife
The roots and the veins in the tree of life
The roots and the veins in the tree of life


The pull and the pain just to be born
And taking those first steps on your own
Finding your words finding your voice
Taking your chances and making a choice
This is the tree of life

It’s how the wind...


The aching of your bones as they grow each day
You try to figure out how to do it your way
You can’t keep still, you won’t slow down
Bruising your knees on shaky ground
This is the tree of life

 

It’s how the wind...


The joy and the pain when you lose your heart
Then it’s the end of the world when it falls apart
You cry into your pillow till you’re all cried out
That’s what falling in love is about
This is the tree of life

 

It’s how the wind...


The story unfolds through every age
The telling and the turning of every page
The joy and the wonder, the pull and the pain
Till our roots return to the earth again
This is the tree of life

Nothing Yanks My Chain (Like You Do)

Chris While and Charlie Dore


There’s something wrong I can’t explain
I ain’t sick and I feel no pain
Feels like a stone in my shoe
Like an eyelash sticking in my eye
Won’t come out and I don’t know why
But nothing yanks my chain like you do
In a room of takers you take the cake
I keep making the mistake
Oh oh oh I’m the back of the queue
You never buy a ticket and you still win
I got the bubble but you got the pin
And nothing yanks my chain like you do


There’s a ridge and a wrinkle in my sheet
And a gap where the mattress
And the headboard don’t meet
And the pillows slip right through
There’s a hole in the curtain
Where the sun pokes through
And a pigeon on the roof going coo coo coo
But nothing yanks my chain like you do
There’s radiators and there’s drains
You’re the second but I still remain
Oh oh oh you’re draining me too
Toleration is a curse
Now I hate myself and that’s even worse
And nothing yanks my chain like you do


You played me like monopoly
And you go straight to jail
But you always know, I’ll pay your bail


So I helped myself to a little self help
’Cause if you won’t change
I’m gonna help myself
Gonna cure myself of you
Then you come around here
With your devilish charm
Turn my head and you twist my arm
And nothing yanks my chain like you do
I’ll repeat myself for what it’s worth
If I’d have wanted a child I’d have given birth
Oh oh oh gas and air ’cause of you
But I gotta be truthful, gotta be clear
I’m not a victim I’m a volunteer
And nothing yanks my chain
No one gives me pain
Nothing yanks my chain like you do

Are We Human?
Julie Matthews


Build a wall, make it high
Only a desperate fool would try
To get in, keep them out, turn your back
We are an island
Use their numbers not their names
Make it easier to explain
It’s a pity, it’s a shame but all the same
We are an island

Are we human? Are we flesh and blood and bone?
Where compassion has a home
Have a heart, are we human?
Are we human? Then where is our humanity?
Are we all too blind to see they are human?
Are we?


Block the tunnel, guard the beach
Keep our shorelines out of reach
Turn back the boats, don’t throw ropes
Throw them out, we are an island
Let the tabloids spin us lies
Until we’re all desensitised
People running for their lives is not our problem
We are an island

 

Are we human?...

Let's be human

Leap Of Faith
Chris While and Charlie Dore


The lights go on in the harbour as the sun slips away from the day
Only seven days to go before Christmas and snow’s on the way
The heat of the day reaches 40 on the other side of the world
Looking for a perfect gift to buy a stranger
From her lost little girl

And blood is thicker than water
And it’s water that’s kept them apart
But the ties between mother and daughter
Tie two halves of one beating heart
But the years in between they don’t matter
And distance won’t stand in the way
When that heart takes a run at forever in a leap of faith


Now everything’s ready, she feels joy, she feels fearful
Would anybody but her flesh and blood forgive her
It’s been twenty five years
The plane lifts up from the runway
Her mind is a blur
And now she’s got a family for Christmas
Waiting for her
Searching the crowd all the faces, embraces
A voice calls her name through the sound
Arms fold around her, mother and daughter
Finally found

And blood is thicker than water...

My Salty Dog And Me
Julie Matthews


I’m going to take my old boy on a sailing boat
Take him out to sea
I’m going to teach him all about the sailor’s life
My salty dog and me
And he’ll take the rudder and I’ll hoist the sails
Keeping company with the fishes and whales
Out in the middle of the deep blue sea
My salty dog and me


Lying underneath the moon and stars
Peaceful as can be
I’m playing sad songs on my old guitar
His head upon my knee
He’s looking up with those beautiful eyes
He sees my breaking heart right through my disguise
But there’s no place on earth that we’d rather be
My salty dog and me


When we find safe harbour
When we reach that distant shore
When we leave behind salt water
We will go to sea no more
Out in the middle of the deep blue sea
My salty dog and me

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the album Who We Are
If This Were Your Last Day
Julie Matthews

 

She says I'm running out of time to do this

All the things on my bucket list

The clock's ticking and I can't stop thinking

Of all the chances that I might have missed

I should have, I could have, If only, oh lets

Cut a hole in the deep deep pocket

Where we keep our sad and sorry regrets

 

She's always waiting for a break in the weather

A silver lining in a stormy sky

But even when the stars line up together

She can't remember how to read the signs

These useless, excuses, they're veiled in a thin disguise

We should cut a hole in the deep deep pocket

Where we keep our, reasons and whys

 

Oh watching the big hand turning

You could be all the way round the world, back again

Catching stars not counting them

Oh watching the hourglass empty

You settle for less than plenty

But would you do it another way

If this were your last day?

 

We're all guilty of procrastination

We'll put it off for another day

That song, that book you've been writing

You say you'll get to it along the way

But you're finding, your timing, has slipped behind it seems

We should cut a hole in the deep deep pocket

Where we keep our ifs and might have beens

Oh watching the big hand turning...

Gone Girl Gone

Matthews/While

She took a slow boat to the island, out of the tourist season

She didn't leave a number, she didn't give a reason

She left a note pinned on the door, left for anyone

Gone girl gone

 

She took a room up on Elizabeth street with a view out on the ocean

The tide rolled in and out again in a never ending motion

In her heart she knew that it was over and done

Gone girl gone

No word of explanation, no forwarding address

No sign or salutation, no-one would have guessed she'd be

 

Gone girl gone, moving on

Close the door and never look behind you

No anchored town can hold her down

If you try she will run and be gone, gone girl gone

 

She dresses for the weather and walks along the sand

And closes her fist around the pebble in her hand

Throws it to the water, it sinks and then it's gone

Gone girl gone

Somewhere in a distant bar a band has started playing

She stretches out her open arms, she's circling and swaying

It reminds her of somebody, somebody long gone

Gone girl gone

No word of explanation, no forwarding address

No sign or salutation, no-one would have guessed she'd be

 

Gone girl gone...

 

She takes a long look in the mirror, thinks she sees a smile

Its hard to recognise what's been missing for a while

Shes ready to be going, its time for moving on

Gone girl gone

 

Gone girl gone...

Get Through This Somehow

Chris While

 

Lately I've been scared the phone ringing

And the threat of more bad news it might be bringing

And my ragged heart is drumming

Cause It knows what might be coming

Gotta a find a way to get through this somehow

 

Cause you let me down and now you've gone and found me

And I just got used life without you around me

And now the old familiar fear is creeping up so near

Gotta find a way to get through this somehow

 

Gotta plant my feet into the floor, can't run from this anymore

It's only in my mind that there's a fight

I've spent far too long god knows hiding in the shadows

Now it's time to turn put my face into the light

 

Cause I really hate the way that I'm responding

But it wasn't me who went and broke the bond and now

After all this time, I'm protecting all that's mine

Gotta find a way to get through this somehow

 

I've been on an island, surrounded by quick sand

Need to build myself a bridge inside my mind

Now there's an angel on my shoulder who makes me feel bolder

So I'll cross that bridge and who knows what I'll find

 

Need to take a deep breath and then one deeper

Want to break through this shell that's been my keeper

Want to face this head on, been carrying it too long

Gotta find a way to get through this somehow

 

 I'm gonna find a way to get through this now

I Don’t Know

Matthews/While

 

Last light bleeding from the sky

My life has left me wondering why

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, anything anymore

And it's not for want of trying, and it's not through lack of faith

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

 

My heads been buried in the sand

Can't look for fear of what I'll find

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, anything anymore

My eyes and ears are covered, this blindfold has to go

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

 

The older I get, the less I know

The more I ask, the less the answers show

Maybe I'm asking the wrong questions

Banging on the wrong door

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, anymore

 

Plain truth looks pretty dressed in lies

Seen through paparazzi eyes

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, anything anymore

Just one honest answer is worth it's weight in gold

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

 

The older I get...

Last light bleeding from the sky

My life has left me wondering why

I don't Know, I don't Know, I don't Know, anything anymore

But I've got to keep on trying, I can't hide anymore

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, anymore

Anything anymore, anything anymore

Dancing Under the Gallows

Julie Matthews

 

If I'd lived the life you've led, I'd be proud to meet my maker

'Cause I'd have listened more than I had said, and given more than taken

Taken all the rough with all the smooth

Without the need to plead or prove

If I'd lived the life you've led I'd be, a million miles from me

 

If I'd walked the roads you have, endured the loss you suffered

Would I still compassion have, when not one ounce was offered

And every time they broke me down, would I rise again and stand my ground

If I'd walked the roads you have I'd be, a million miles from me

Dancing under the gallows

Where there's music, the spirit follows

Dancing under the gallows

This is the heart's defence

When the music plays we dance

 

If I'd seen the things you saw, enough to shame the heavens

Could I bear the burdens that you bore, enough to keep on living

Living without bitterness or hate, with beauty in the music that make

If I'd seen the things you saw I'd be, a million miles from me

 

Dancing under the gallows...

Heaven is changing

Chris While

The news filtered slowly like ink from a pen
And the chapel bell that constantly rang
With fear and dread they closed and locked their happy homes
With a sign on the door they had to hang
Then the itching and the sneezing
And the silent tearful eyes
And knowing there was nothing they could do
But wait for the sleeping, the sleep that never ends
And pray to god the rumours weren't true

I watch from the distance safely from the side
Walk down as near as I can dare
Hearing the weeping carried in the wind
But couldn't see that anything was there
Then I saw something from the corner of my eye
A bundle underneath the Hawthorne tree
A baby was crying with hands as cold as stone
I swept her up and took her home with me

Heaven is changing, Eden is gone
Laughter has left for evermore
But I'll keep the baby safe in my arms 

If god keeps the devil from the door

I searched her small body for cruel tell tale signs
Relieved to find nothing there at all
Just wailing and hungry with her fists all balled up tight
And a note in a desperate mother's scrawl
Take care of my darling till the fever passes through
I've seven other children lying here
And I'll stand by the boundary every single day
But be careful not to bring her too near

Cause Heaven is changing...

It was a bright and sunny morning
We took our daily walk
Waited for hours by the well
I knew it was over, oh she'd never miss a day
My tears on her baby's face fell
She'd struggled through the worst of it
And they'd perished one by one
Mother father children one and all
And just one full moon after the fever was all gone
And just one tiny child survived them all

Cause Heaven is changing...

Drop Hammer

Chris While

 

There's a pounding in the city

And a beating in the air

And a foundry making cold steel

You can hear it everywhere

 

Hear the drop hammer

Hear the drop hammer

Hear the drop hammer

All day and all of the night

 

The men have all gone marching

And we'll see them who knows when?

So the women here will keep the factories running until then

 

Hear the drop hammer...

 

There's me and my three sisters

And seven cousins too

And my old mother will mind the kids while we our duty do

Hear the drop hammer...

 

We sing while we are working

That Tipperary song

Depending on each other till the working day is done

Hear the drop hammer...

 

It's the sound of the heart of Sheffield

It's the arm that's never still

And I bet my heart will stop before that hammer ever will

 

There's a pounding in the city

Nd a beating in the air

And a foundry making cold steel, You can hear it everywhere

 

Hear the drop hammer...

White Feather

Julie Matthews

 

Our eyes met across a crowded London street

She was like a vision after everything I’d seen

And the people parted, like it was meant to be

As she opened up her fingers and held them out to me

 

I’d never seen her face or looked into her eyes

But the thing there in her fingers wasn’t hard to recognise

It was a white feather and suddenly I knew

The eyes only see what the heart tells us to

 

White feather, your blood runs yellow

Why should another man die in your place?

Like my brother, my father, my lover

Go on and take this, white feather of shame

 

She never looked beyond the civi clothes I wore

At the shrapnel in my shoulder and the bullet wounds I bore

Or that my heart was on some muddy, bloody battlefield in france

I didn’t get to tell her this, I never had the chance

 

White feather, your blood runs yellow

Why should another man die in your place?

Like my brother, my father, my lover

Go on and take this, white feather of shame

 

I watched her walk away, changing her direction

With a pocketful of feathers and a mind of misconceptions

I dropped and watched the feather fall, floating to my feet

With a dozen judging pairs of eyes around me on that street

 

White feather, your blood runs yellow

Why should another man die in your place?

Like my brother, my father, my lover

Go on and take this, white feather of shame

Mad Men          
Matthews & While

It's the glue that seals the heavens

A shadow from the sun
It's a precious thing we're given, soon gone
It's the debris in the orbit, Circling in space
Used and discarded, comic waste

It's the breaking in the dark skies

too much water in the ground
It's the frozen eastern seaboard, ice-bound
It's the burning in the desert, the river beds all dry
No harvest, no clouds in the sky

The winds of change now are blowing in
Fire and rain will be following
They tried to tell you, you weren't listening
You called them mad men, mad men! mad men

It's the melting of the ice caps

And the cooling of the core
It's the drilling where we've never drilled before
It's the stripping of the forest, the earth can barely breath
It's choking on the footprints that we leave

 

The winds of change now are blowing in...


 

That's Not Who We Are          

While & Matthews


Can we take a moment now
Forget about the past
The cloud that's lifting will allow
This day to clear at last
Words were spoken, Left us broken
Burning the bridges between us to keep us apart
Can we just forget what we've become
Cause that's not who we are

I wear my pride like a crown of thorns
Your silence is your shield
I push too hard, you step away
Our differences revealed
Separated, unrelated
How did we ever allow it to go so far
Can we just forget what we've become
Cause that's not who we are

What could we possibly gain
From both of us walking away

Can we take a moment here
Find some hope somehow
Cast our swords and shields to ground
Make our truces now
Peace descending, no pretending
Time to recover our senses and heal this scar
Oh let's forget what we've become
Cause that's not who we are

From the album Infinite Sky

This Beautiful Life

Julie Matthews

 

Up on a hill, under a tree

There is a rock where I can sit and see the world, or my corner of it

Some days are grey, some days are blue

Some days the rain clouds open up and soak me through

But either way, I love it

‘Cause one thing’s certain I have learned

Bad weather rolls in and out and fortunes turn

 

It’s a beautiful life if you live it

Hold onto your nerve and roll with it

Throw back your head and laugh at yourself taking it oh so seriously

‘Cause hard times are gonna get better

And bad luck won’t last forever

You’ve gotta keep the faith, you’ve gotta shine a light

On this beautiful life

 

Look at your head, always hung low, chin on your chest

How could you ever hope to know, which way you’re going

You say “what’s the point, the future looks bleak”

But you never look beyond the far end of the week

And your cracks are showing

If you could only keep your eyes on

All the possibilities past your horizon

It’s a beautiful life if you live it...

Half a World Away

Chris While

 

There's a barely discernible breeze in the suburbs tonight

The sun’s disappeared and the edge of the world's looking bright

But even the moon and the stars here won't please me today

‘Cause I'm missing you now and you're half a world away

 

Rosellas are whirling and calling in the sky round the house

Everyone else is asleep and as quiet as a mouse

The coffee smells good in the bright morning warmth of the day

And I'm missing you now and you're half a world away

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy you're living your dreams

And everyone says that it won't be as long as it seems

But it's not just a journey by road I can do in a day

And I'm missing you now and you're half a world away

 

Into the city and the sun is so high in the sky

The traffic moves slowly, as slowly as time passing by

I see people happy, that feeling just won't come my way

‘Cause I'm missing you now and you're half a world away

 

If I spoke to you now I know that I won't feel so sad

But this is the longest silence that we've ever had

And it won't be too long before I hear your loving voice say

That I missing you now and you're half a world away

 

Tonight there'll be music and laughter and I'll be okay

But tomorrow I’ll miss you you're half a world away. 

Inconvenient Hero

Julie Matthews

He walked into the smoke, up the stairs and into the flames
As the world held a breath and then forever changed
Not knowing what was waiting or then what would remain
After the planes

While the world was crashing down, he was climbing higher
From the ash on the ground, to the fury of the fire
No other call of duty, would ever be the same
After the planes


Four hundred brothers lost and gone, we should honour every one
And those who god knows how survived, now you can't look them in the eye
You lied and he's the living proof
An inconvenient hero, an unforgiving truth


He walked into the dust, they led him to believe
The worst of it was past, the air was safe to breathe
And he went without question to seek what could be saved
After the planes
Four hundred brothers lost and gone……

As the world began to heal, he was falling apart
With no hope of relief or government support
But they cannot hide the truth now or cover up their shame
After the planes


Four hundred brothers lost and gone...

 

 

South America (Come Home Soon)

Chris While

 

You're going away love and I have to stay love

You'll be flying to some foreign land

You'll be walking on mountains 

Where the air is so thin

You'll be swimming in waters 

Where cruel waves rush in

So take care love, over there love

 

Where the coffee grows over Blue Mountains

And the vast green savannas are wide

Where the eagle flies through Peruvian skies

And music and laughter collide

You'll be drinking the golden Tequila

And you’ll sleep by the light of the moon

In South America, South America, South America

Come home soon

 

You're going away love and I have to stay love

You'll be walking on some distant shore

You'll be speaking the tongue of that old Spanish town

And the Mexican sun will turn your skin brown

And I'll be here love, here dreaming of

 

Where the coffee grows over Blue Mountains…

 

You're going away love, I have to stay love

You'll be sleeping in some far off land

You'll be dreaming of home and the welcoming smiles

And the end of your journey of ten thousand miles

Then you'll be here love, still dreaming of

 

Where the coffee grows over Blue Mountains…

Gravity     

Julie Matthews                                                     

 

We were like planets spinning circles round each other

Constantly orbiting the truth of the matter

So much push and pull and keeping our distance

Until the heart gives up all hope of resistance

 

Like Gravity

There’s no denying your hold on me

‘Cause I’ve fallen for you and it’s now I see

You can’t fight the laws of gravity

 

Where’s it written you’re forbidden to my heart

The fates would draw us in then split us apart

But like a boomerang thrown and sliced into the wind

Somehow I always found my way back here again

Like Gravity…

 

So let them take good aim and shoot the star we wish on

You can’t stop a comet on a path and a mission

And under cloud cover the heavens look so bare

And though we don’t see them all the stars are always there

Like Gravity…

Nie Wieder (Never Again)      

Julie Matthews

 

In Germany when I was young, life was good and I belonged

That didn’t last for long Nie Wieder

I had a gift for jumping high, the Jewish girl that touched the sky

But Jewish girls aren’t meant to fly Nie Wieder

Never will I speak my Mother’s tongue again, Nie Wieder

 

My parents sent me overseas for schooling in a place of peace

Where prejudice and fear would cease Nie Wieder

But threats of repercussions made, my family I now must save

So I returned to jump again Nie Wieder

Never will I speak my Mother’s tongue again, Nie Wieder

 

The token Jew within the team so all the watching world could see

The rumours, lies of Germany Nie Wieder

And as the fuehrer’s games grew nigh

Though no-one else could jump as high

They pulled me out and told a lie Nie Wieder

Never will I speak my Mother’s tongue again, Nie Wieder

 

With just four dollars to my name I fled my homeland and its shame

And vowed I’d not come back again Nie Wieder

A lifetime all but came and went, a generation now repents

The shame and the embarrassment and so the invitation’s sent

A stadium named after me, my name in books of history

But nothing cleans the memory Nie Wieder

Shaky Town       

Matthews & While                                                        

 

Shaky town, Shaky town, what went up all came down

Landmarks gone, lost my way, cones and hard hats here to stay

Hope I never hear that sound, thunder under shaky town

 

Shaky town, Shaky town, broken dreams, fractured ground

People packed, moved away, others say they’re here to stay

Hope they never hear that sound, thunder under shaky town

 

Rise up, like a phoenix rise up

Rise up, like a phoenix rise up

 

Shaky town, Shaky town, debris lying all around

Demolition every day, wait for fear to fade away

Hope we never hear that sound, thunder under shaky town

 

Rise up, like a phoenix rise up

Rise up, like a phoenix rise up

 

Shaky town, Shaky town, see you soon, shaky town

Hold your nerve, stand your ground, better days are coming round

Hope you never hear that sound, thunder under shaky town

 

Hope you never hear that sound, thunder under shaky town

Come on Over

Chris While

When your heart's feeling cold as stone

And you’re tired of being on your own

Don't even pick up the phone, just come on over

 

I don't know where it's coming from

But I know there's something going on

It's worse when everyone's gone, so come on over 

 

I still recall when your heart was warm

Before you conjured up this storm

Now your resolve's growing thin and worn

So let it all go

 

I understand what you're going through

But you're not hurting anyone but you

You don't believe me but you know it's true, so come on over

 

You turned your face into a mask

You won't talk, and I won't ask

So break your silence at last

And let it all go

 

So I'm asking you one more time

You won't ever have to cross that line

I'll be your friend if you’ll be mine, and come on over

I'll be your friend if you’ll be mine, just come on over

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Apologise

Julie Matthews

 

For the words that I said, and those that I didn’t, I apologise

For the things that I showed and those I kept hidden, I apologise

But what’s the use saying it over again

When hearts end up broken and armoured with blame

 

And I’m human, flawed and I’m damaged

It’s written like proof in my eyes

‘Cause I hurt you and all that I managed

Were two words that sounded like lies

I apologise

 

I pushed you away, I put up a wall and I apologise

What made sense to me made no sense at all, I apologise

But time won’t afford us the gift to return

To piece back together the bridges we burned

And I’m human…

 

I know I can’t mend all the damage I’ve done, but I apologise

I pulled at the threads ‘til the seams came undone and I apologise

There’s only cold comfort in our fleeting truces

I hold up my hands with these worthless excuses

I’m human…

Broken Crash Barrier

Chris While

The road was clear nothing coming my way

It was pleasing, all the trees in a row

The sun was low and far away

It was soothing, I was moving so slow

Then I saw the flames, I heard the cry

And I saw her face as I drove by

Well I should have known, yes I should have known

When I saw that broken crash barrier

 

Then I saw the car, half submerged

Somebody was screaming, squealing brakes, I jumped out

The lights went out as the waters surged

Daylight fading, I waded out

Then I saw her face through the glass

I tried the door and I smelled the gas

Well I should have known, yesI should have known

When I saw that broken crash barrier

 

By now the sky was inky black

Up to my waist, no turning back

I saw her hands pressed to the glass

And I felt the door move at last

 

Then they pulled me out, back to the shore

Water was crashing, blue lights flashing around

I pleaded please, go back for more

But he didn't hear me, I heard him say I was drowned

She'll never know how much I tried

To save her life, how we both died

Well I should have known, yes I should have known

Well I should have known

Well I should have known, yes I should have known

When I saw that broken crash barrier

Hope Springs 

Julie Matthews

 

The darker the night, the brighter the star

The further away, the closer you are

When your well of faith runs dry, no comfort it brings

While the stars stud the sky, hope springs

 

The harder the climb, the sweeter the view

Each step that I’m taking, I’m taking with you

I carry you with me, you’re in the wonder of all things

With every heartbeat you give me a sign that hope springs

 

And the heart can detect it, in the smallest of things

And when you least expect it to

Hope springs

 

Till every last drop of the ocean runs dry

While there’s a beautiful sun and moon in a glorious sky

While the mystery of love still unfolds and gives our heart wings

Hope springs, hope springs

From the album Hitting the Ground Running

Carved in Stone

Julie Matthews

 

There’s a name on a stone on the side of a mountain

A reminder of a life long gone

And the date there is faded, like time isn’t counting

Could be a day, a year or a century gone

 

Ah – ooh – I want to leave a mark before I’m gone

Ah – ooh – Before my name is carved in stone

 

Did she look out like I do on this Andalusia Blue?

Did she long to spread her wings and fly away?

Or was it just enough to know, if she wanted she could go

And knowing made it easier to stay

Ah – ooh...

 

From this mountain (The wind will carry me and take me where I will)

Across the ocean (I want to drink it in until I’ve had my fill)

To the great unknown (And leave a mark upon your heart)

Carved in Stone

 

The heat of the day is all but passed away

While I’ve been passing time with one unknown

There’ll be many travellers who, wonder like I do

About the name without a date here carved in stone

Ah – ooh...

 

From this mountain (The wind will carry me and take me where I will)

Across the ocean (I want to drink it in until I’ve had my fill)

To the great unknown (And leave a mark upon your heart)

To where ever I’m blown (I want to leave a leave a mark upon your heart)

All the way back home (I want to leave a leave a mark upon your heart)

Carved in Stone

The Coldest Winds Do Blow

Chris While

Oh the world is black and cold today

No hope for sunny skies

And the wild geese flying o’er my roof

Can’t wait to say goodbye

But I wish that I could take to flight

For its south that I would go

Into my lovers arms again

For the coldest winds do blow

 

Oh I have a loving family

And friends so fair and kind

And a thousand words that I could write

To occupy my mind

But I wish that I could take to flight...

 Fly away, fly away, fly away

Into my lover’s arms

 

Oh the winter’s breath has cooled the sun

Turned colour into grey

And the shadows they grow longer

As the night steals from the day

But I wish that I could take to flight...

And If I could walk three hundred miles

I’d tie my boots today

But I must bide until the spring

Then I’ll be on my way

But now I wish that I could take to flight...

 

Fly away, fly away, fly away

Into my lover’s arms x 2

Rock Of Gelt

Julie Matthews/Ruth Notman

 

These hands were meant for nobler things

These swords now sheathed have conquered kings

Now see how much our empire’s grown

These hands weren’t meant for carving stone

These leather sandals marched to war

The gods have smiled on us so far

And it’s for Rome I did it all

These hands weren’t meant for building walls

 

On this stone this Rock of Gelt

I’ll leave a mark of how I felt

It’s not pride its duty keeps me here

Building the Empire’s last frontier

 

The winter bites in these hard hills

But we follow where our Emperor wills

My hands are bloody carving stone

My heart is heavy for my home

My heart is heavy for my wife

Three years without her by my side

They say our sacrifice is small

To build a roman emperor’s wall

 

On this stone this Rock of Gelt...

 

Hitting the Ground Running

Matthews/While

 

He says, “She’s too young to know”

She says, “You’ve got to let her go”

They say, “Don’t listen to the other”

 

He says, “It’s a crazy world”

She says, “She’s not a little girl”

Pulled between the father and the mother

 

He says, “Its gone bad before”

She says, “I want her out the door”

They say, “I know better than you”

 

He says, “They’re just teenage years”

She says, “It’ll end in tears”

Caught between the devil and the deep blue

 

(What about me) Have you no belief in the things that I can do?

(What about me) Have you never thought I just want to be me not you?

I will show you, you won’t see me coming

I’ll be, hitting the ground running

 

He says, “You’ve got a lot to learn”

She says, “Your head’s been turned”

They think I need an education

 

So I’m barrelling down this mountain side

Caught between their great divide

Drowning in a sea of expectation

 

(What about me)...

 

He says, “She’s too young to know”

She says, “You’ve got to let her go”

He says, “It’s a crazy world”

She says, “She’s not a little girl”

He says, “Its gone bad before”

She says, “I want her out the door”

He says, “They’re just teenage years”

She says, “It’ll end in tears”

 

Hitting the ground running, hitting the ground running