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by Andy Thornton

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Short of a minor miracle, short of a war We may be doing these very things ten years from today The great universe spins on and on Opening doors, but here we go again, walking through the same ones anyway Maybe the world is still out there? Maybe the keys are all inside? Maybe we’re hiding them away? Come on let’s climb every mountain, Let’s sail the ocean wide Seek and you will find Hide and you will seek nothing… and find it I caught a glimpse of everything, Was never so scared But still it draws me, it calls me The Restless Horizon. One slender glimpse of paradise, like nothing on earth, nothing so shocking, Knocking, and waiting to widen… One day the heroes surrender to the lovers within, and find the answers come in the walking Come on let’s climb every mountain Let’s sail the ocean blue Nothing here is true, there’s better things to do...
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Some people are born to sing Some people are born to flower We’ve all got some Forget me Not That lasts beyond life’s hour The soul trapped in the span of time Dreams beyond its being Like a songbird may be in a cage But sings of all its seeing. Some men sing of war and all that’s gone before us Some of Gods and circumstance The Happy and the Glorious But I was born to sing of love And search the earth for meaning So as a songbird to a mate I’ll wake you from your dreaming And if you wonder where I’ve gone, If you wished I’d carried on Wake up for the cry of dawn You’ll find me in the birdsong. Cos everything that lives must one day take it’s leaving So give all you can give And leave this world believing All the world’s a stage… A life that cycles forwards What happens in our wake Comes from the seeds we watered So take the strengths of summers gone And all the dreams you’re forming And burn them brightly til your song Returns with every morning So if you wonder where I’ve gone, If you wished I’d carried on Wake up for the sound of morning I'll be calling.. If you wonder where I’ve gone, If you wished I’d carried on Wake up for the cry of dawn You’ll find me in the birdsong
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When old Souls Fall in Love... They kiss this world with foolishness Like children playing games Where no one wins or loses Just feeling for the moment when everything amuses Cold hearts feel the sun When old souls fall in love When old souls leave the shore They walk in slow but go right under Have one eye on the world And the other eye on wonder Have one foot in the depths While the other walks on water Miracles sneak up When old souls fall in love When old souls find their trust Their every age finds happiness Their child and youth restored Through knowing love's caress The innocent, the wary, the wayward find their rest Grieving hearts heal up When old souls fall in love The last great hope comes good When old souls fall in love
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Once it was when summers took so long days suspended time as we grew strong With no beginning and no end Beginning, and no... just to wake And do it again Now I'm watching children do the same Round the circle goes and back again Who understands the way things are? We spark amongst the stars Then gone without trace But history knows your name; And invites you to its flame The years count less than this moment now So hold on Life's a three act play so don't pretend You can make the first last til the end You’ve got to pick up and let go To let the story commence No man is a strong as he may seem Though some may learn the script and play the scene But when the story falls apart it takes a broken heart for new light to get in And let the mystery grow And ease your troubled soul We're falling upwards not falling down So let go We're growing new not just getting old So hold on and open once again
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To Be Strong 03:46
All the way home she wanted to be strong Eyes on the road & ears inside her favourite songs Plucked her eyebrows on the way It’s a drive in on Saturday Sometimes you got to look back to move on She gathers stars like wishes in her hand Washes with tears as water on a barren land Then she’s Singing in the Rain When the World Knows Your Name Only the wild see the promised land! And one day when her heroes know her name And tell their children to do the same All of those crazy break-me-down games Will go down in flames When only the truth remains She turns the key but leaves the lights cold Heals in the dark, befriending the unknown But Someday My Prince Will Come Someday We Will Overcome Someday we all might be someone So here’s to the wanderings that show where we belong Here’s to the insults that tell us to be strong Here’s to the bad things that happen to good guys All the hard landings that tell us to fly Here’s to bruises that piece our resistance Here’s to the distance And the finishing line
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It’s a delicate matter, a contest from birth With each passing second four more on this earth Each shaped by the times, the place and the show of their skin And each one’s original and each one’s unique But caught in the crossfire at history’s peak The shape of the world gets clear as the fabric wears thin What is it, a mystery? A heavenly plot? Or an accident of history you got what you got At this time, in this place, in this skin? There's the essence of human compressed from the start In everyone’s nature, in each one’s Heart It waits to grow free and shake off the poisoned mind It throws off the shackles that keeps a man down It reshapes the future when it comes around It blows on the wind to join up the human and kind So can I request that you share out your lot You are what you are cos you got what you got At this time, in this place in this skin They’ll make you hate others and feed your fear And build up the borders and fight for dear life But it comes back to get us, that’s history’s way the peasants revolt and the empires decay I’ve seen my reflection in so many colours, In those gone before me, in faraway others There’s something like me in all that I meet So if you’ve got religion don’t let it destroy If you got the weapons don’t kill the joy You can’t shoot the spirit, can’t kill your way to peace There is no force on earth that could make a great nation So share what you have as a gift of creation at this time, in this place, in this skin
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I grew a tree where my secret heart Had roots from longing deep and strong Its trunk was hope which gave life into Branches and leaves which every night held birds with songs of tender love. And how I welcomed their voices and how I sang out their words… but no fruit grew and Summer leaves turned red, and then brown, and slowly fell down. Until every day was Autumn, and she was long gone... Don’t plant trees alone Wait until her love is shown. - - - - - - - All the lights have gone green on my Happy Avenue I can hear children sing as the sky turns blue. Call this the test of time: you learn to too late And there’s no rewinding… no rewind. Every song has a voice that is waiting for a tune Every tune has a dream that it comes out true So raise your voice and sing And cry for love in everything Oh Judy (and your kind) I called you love1,000 times But boys who dream alone make their ghosts at home With each love lost song There’s a hole in the sky that is deep and dark & wild It’s got a pull like the heart of a love-lost child Don’t wish upon that star But cry for love with all you are. Yeah Judy, I’m alive, I got broken down 1,000 times Got strong inside these bones Stopped choking and got moving on Standing strong… choose this song When I’m dead and gone.
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Canary Wharf towers like a hive full of bees Stoking up fuel so God saves the Queen Extending our hopes beyond our means Stringing us out on a life of dreams til one man's brief, busy working hour Demands 100 times the next one’s power That's how it seems What is it binds us, is it blood or money? What can divide us, is it blood or money? This once flattened land from bombs of war Forgets the history that binds us all The same blood that flowed from rich or poor Was the pain that joined us like never before And taught us how we're all the same One flesh and blood, one short lived flame That's a forgotten law What is it binds us, is it blood or money? What can divide us, is it blood or money? So use the skin, the language, the look or the land, Use the faith, or the sex, use all you can Until divided an conquered were less than human Living off scraps from the unseen hand But there’s no market, no means test when you reach death's door Just the love of a child trusting life holds more Take that hand What is it binds us, is it blood or money? What can divide us, is it blood or money?
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Lahore Moon 04:43
Turn on the page the new day comes unwritten: A holy book we're born to find and write, And carve a brave tale – for the message and the meaning fire in each gaze of this night This mad-dash street Where every soul is a light of God Is a million cries of ragbag stars & saints A heart beat in time – a tapestry of survival; With a stitch of life in every passing face. Lahore Moon: the only uncrowded place in sight Look down on us as Allah’s kindly eye And peer into the atoms with delight Lahore Moon: alone above the struggles of the years bend down and hear our prayer with a mother’s ears And grow us as you would your only child So Azaan cry, rise over the clash of this traffic Tell us there’s more than fighting our way back to home Enrapture the air, and cherish this devotion And conjure more than eyes are shown Lahore Moon: the only uncrowded place in sight Look down on us as Allah’s kindly eye And peer into the atoms with delight Lahore Moon: alone above the struggles of the years bend down and hear our prayer with a mother’s ears And grow us as you would your only child
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Look around you see these buildings, Don't you think they're mighty boy? See how those who went before you placed each stone with pride and joy All the years of island trading Gold and goods from foreign lands Made a country so amazing Soon we'll leave it in your hands And here's your story that we'll place Inside your civic DNA British men of faith and valour Stopped the shame of human trade Wilberforce and Holy Bible: How the hearts and minds were changed Not a word of chain and rifle Bearing those who rule today Cos this is cruel Britannia Britannia ruled the waves Then stole the land And made the people slaves All that you see This mighty city Knew no pity then called itself “Great “Britain I come from the generation Whose wallcharts of the modern world were coloured in to show the nations Safe beneath our British rule All that's left is London city Trading off the blood long gone From blacker skins whose liberty was Sacrificed to make us strong Chorus This tainted beauty From guns and duty that Slaughtered for “Great” Britain So count your blessings Count the money in your hands See the portraits of the men who made us grand Not the faces of the labourers we damned To build up Sterling as we went stealing The riches of our mother earth Now I've uttered the unspoken Let me tell you this my son You've just joined the world's awoken Who don't see this as Kingdom come. Who don't see every man an island Surrounded by a hostile sea But know that fear is broken down When can have as each one needs Not like cruel Britannia.. Britannia ruled the waves and stole the land Superior to each race Name them rightly - the high and mighty The British psyche Was made in cruel Britannia.
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Bush Baby 04:03
Born in Toronto married in Lahore I woke up in France dreaming of us in New York Lost in downtown, no address and no phone Now I'm washed up and floundering alone Bush baby, Sufi lady Maybe one day we can do that whirling dance Bush baby, Sufi lady, Maybe one day we can rise up to the skies Meet the Prophet and the Christ Breathing us to life. Rain on the canvas fizzes in the night There's a child in my manger waiting for the light All of my failings, all I've come to know Are his for the taking now, It's too late for another go Hush baby Bush baby, Sufi lady Maybe one day we can do that whirling dance Bush baby, Sufi lady, Maybe one day we can rise up to the skies Meet the Prophet and the Christ Breathing us to life.
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Remastered - From the album 'Victims and Criminals'
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Safely Home 04:30

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released August 26, 2020

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Andy Thornton UK

Andy Thornton has been writing songs since the day he first picked up a guitar at age 14. His instinct for telling a story is only equalled by his passion to get beneath the surface of everyday life and unveil the secrets of the human heart; whether it be anger, frustration, tenderness, love or hope of justice. ... more

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