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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/Charlie Dore

 

You live by river and I live in the hills

200 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

Entwined

On paper on a scale of one to ten

The odds may taper but we're not listening

Though the chances of us making it this far, they are

Slim to nil

 

Greater 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 maverick awakens and blows away the logic he finds

Every time

Maybe there's supernatural glue that holds your heart so close to mine

To mine?

 

On paper on a scale of one to ten...

 

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 on a scale of one to ten...

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 coz

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 it's course

 

It comes round, it comes down

To this undeniable pull of the heart

And we're here, it 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 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, the sun bow down...


 

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, 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 was a God then, wouldn't he love all men?
Wouldn't he enfold them and not turn them away?


Will you stand shoulder to shoulder...

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

When you stand shoulder to shoulder....

With pride, with pride

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 , as my sister's hand I found

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

She would 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 turn into 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 we'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 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 fathers tender charms

With years to grow before the end's in sight

They took my sister away when we landed on that day

But 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/While

 

Roots and the veins , Roots and the veins

Roots and the veins,  Roots and the veins

 

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

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

And taking those first steps on your own

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

Finding your words finding your voice

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

Talking you chances and making a choice

This is the tree of life

 

It's how the wind blows as the crow flies...

The ache of your bones as they grow each day

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

You try to figure out how to do it your way

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

You can't keep still you won't slow down

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

Bruising your knees on shaky ground

This is the tree of life

 It's how the wind blows as the crow flies...

The joy and the pain when you lose your heart

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

Then it's the end of the world when it falls apart

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

You cry into your pillow till you're all cried out

(The roots and the veins in the tree of life)

That's what falling in love is about

This is the tree of life

It's how the wind blows as the crow flies...

  

Roots and the veins , Roots and the veins

Roots and the veins,  Roots and the veins 

 

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 the earth again

This is the tree of life

 

It's how the wind blows as the crow flies...

The roots and the veins

The roots and the veins

The roots and the veins in the tree of life

Nothing Yanks My Chain (Like You Do)

Chris While/Charlie Dore

 

 

There's something wrong I can't explain

I ain't sick and I feel no pain

Feels like a stone inside 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

But 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 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 remain

Oh oh oh you're draining me too

And toleration is a curse

Now I hate myself and that's even worse

But nothing yanks my chains 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

I’m gonna cure myself of you

Then you come around 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 its worth

If I'd have wanted a child I'd have given birth

Oh oh oh gas and air coz of you

But I gotta be truthful I gotta be clear

In not a victim I'm a volunteer

And nothing yanks my chain

No one gives me pain

Nothing yanks my chains like you do

Are We Human?

Julie Matthews

 

Build a fence, 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 were all desensitised

People running for their lives is not our problem

We are an island

 

Are we human....

Let's be human, let's be human

Leap of faith

Chris While/Charlie Dore

 

The lights go out 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 little girl

 

And blood is thicker than water

And it's water that's kept them apart

But the bond between mother and daughter

Ties 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

 

And blood is thicker than water...

 

Searching the crowd all the faces, embraces

A voice calls her name through the sound

Arms fold around her, mother and daughter

Finally found

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 see 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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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