Seeds Lyrics

Home Up

 

Seeds Pat Gallagher and the Pendle Mountain Boys  All song lyrics Copyright ©2004 Patrick G. R. Gallagher
1441   Kitty Hawks   Running Water   Everyone Knows  

In 1441 we put ourselves to sea

Ferdinand and me and our fine Toledo steel

Half a dozen priests and all that they could eat

We fled the monsters of the deep 

As if they were real

When everybody knows...

 

Following the sun, feeling ages run

To savages who offer up their young

When everybody knows...

 

Dancing all around, El Dorado found

Aztecs and Incas in Puerto del Sol

When everybody knows...

 

Columbus sailed the ocean blue back in 1492

And Simon said to others do

What you would have them do to you

So it goes, everybody knows...

 

Everything you do, it all comes back to you

Everybody knows

Everything you do, it all comes back to you

To the least of my people

Estranjeros, retornaderos,

Everything you do, it all comes back to you

And in the end...

 

 

He died in the fall, the American Fall

They said he should fight, he couldnít see it at all.

Whatís to oppose, a silver star or a yellow rose?

Silent lights that flash across a screen

 

Itís only me and I am only sleeping

If you turn the music down you can hear my heart

Itís only me and I am only sleeping

I may be silent now but you can hear my heart

 

A hand pulls my sleeve in the market in Mombassa

I am so far from home, every inch of me a stranger

I am afraid;  afraid of what I would do if I were you

You smiled when you caught my eye

Showed me birds fighting in the sky

And said ďLook! Kitty Hawks!Ē

 

Itís only me and I am only speaking

Even though the words I say

Might sound strange to you

Itís only me and I am only speaking

I may be silent now but you can hear my heart

 

He died in the fall, the American Fall

 

 

You are running water

You are warmest night

You are my silent watcher

Evil spirits cannot touch me by your side

 

In a hundred years

The wind will lose our names

Our shadows never find us

But you were here

You knew me when I came

You spun the world around us

 

You are running water

You are warmest night

You are my silent watcher

Evil spirits cannot touch me by your side

 

And you never let me down

Any time I called on you

You always came around

You tamed me, renamed me

You wipe my debts away every day

 

As our dreams are caught

And painted on the ground

While the sun still shines around us

As you bathe my way

From mother nightingale to lady day-today

 

You are running water

You are warmest night

You are my silent watcher

Evil spirits cannot touch me by your side

 

The way that you hold me

The things that you told me

All seem clear to me now

Your words in my hand:

ďHope that Iíll understandĒ

Well I do, but youíll never know how

And everyone knows but nobodyís telling

So on it goes, over and over and over again

 

If this was the first time Iíd believe you

But this time I will leave you

You can play your sad and lonely songs to the wall

 

The words that you wrote

Like your hand on my throat

Have lost their grip on me now

Stories I told when you had a hold of me

Are turning out differently now

 

Everyone knows, no one needs telling

Wherever I go

Youíll never lay one more hand on me now

If this was the first time Iíd believe you

But this time I will leave you

You can play your sad and lonely songs to the walls.

You can play your crazy old songs to the walls

If this was the first time

You hadnít promised all those other times...

This time I will leave you

You can play your sorry songs to the wall

 

Bright New Morning   Take My Boots   Losing to Brazil   Take My Gun

Thereís something new about this morning

Iím going to find out what it is

Leave your darkened dreams

And dress yourself in sunlight

As I wake you with a kiss

 

I have seen no tomorrow but no day like today

Another sunrise is just promises and hearsay

Tonight we give this all away

 

Have you seen them? Angels advancing

Through my window, spinning and dancing

In the sunlight I can follow

Every twist and turn they take

 

Leave your darkened dreams

And dress yourself in sunlight

As I wake you with a kiss.

 

Have you seen them? Angels advancing,

Through my window, spinning and dancing.

Have you seen them? Angels advancing,

Through my window, spinning and dancing.

In the sunlight I can follow

Every twist and turn they take.

 

Breathe on me spirit of the morning

Breathe on me spirit of the day

Breathe on me spirit of the ages

Breathe on me, oh happy day

 

 

To cobbled streets and dusty trams,

From the western hills and the Black and Tans

The youngest son, just a hired hand

On the banks of the Clyde he landed

 

With his pretty wifeís dark Spanish curls

They made their home in a different world

And there they brought their two young girls

To speak with a different tongue

 

And many doors they were closed

When he opened his mouth.

Stern faces composed

When his name was pronounced.

But the railways were growing still

There were railway menís boots to fill

He walked the lines fixing plates

Until his soles wore through

 

If you take my boots how can I dance?

Where can I run?

If you take my boots how can I dance?

 

Through the marches and the strikes

He woke a fire with the first light

Lost a child to consumption

Saw the rest through school

 

And many doors they were closed

When they opened their mouths

Same faces composed

When their name was pronounced.

But the people were changing now

Immigrants spreading out.

They learned the dances and wondered why

He would never go home

 

If you take my boots how can I dance?

Where can I run?

If you take my boots how can I dance?

 

We mark our passing

By the cars on our driveway

Four years of Ford.

And every Sunday get the chrome shining

Count the scratches on the door

Feels like losing, losing to Brazil

 

We give our precious children gold stars

We donít see them grow

And then we leave them in the schoolyard

To learn what other children know

Feels like losing, losing to Brazil

 

Itís like Dave Narey, EspaŮa 86

Puts us in the lead

With some kind of crazy long range kick

And every dream we ever dreamed

Seemed possible then

Until one hour and 20 minutes later when

Once again...

 

We were losing, losing to Brazil

 

If you take my gun

You take the best part of me

If you take my gun

You can close the box and carry me home

If you take my gun

You take the best part of me

You can close the box today and carry me home

 

If you take my HiFi

You take the best part of me

If you take my HiFi

You can close the box and carry me home

If you take my HiFi

You take the best part of me

You can close the box today and carry me home

 

Home on a last chance glory ride

One slow drag around the hometown square

Drop me in the churchyard with my daddy

Tell the kids to come and see me there

 

If you take my guitar

You take the best part of me

If you take my guitar

You can close the box and carry me home

If you take my guitar

You take the best part of me

You can close the box today and carry me home

 

Crossed the Clyde   Townlands      Jesus went the Whole Hog Seeds  

If I crossed the Clyde once

Iíve crossed it 1000 times

Followed this road that will lead me to you

The river unwinds as the mountainside climbs

But they bring me no nearer to you

 

I wish I could see you again

Wish I knew where youíd gone

Wish I could tell you so many things

Wish I could see you again

 

I followed the signs

By the light of the morning

Followed the lights at the end of the day

Followed the stars

And Iíve followed their warnings

They brought me no nearer to you

 

I wish I could see you again

Wish I knew where youíd gone

Wish I could tell you so many things

Wish I could see you again

 

If I crossed the Clyde once

Iíve crossed it 1000 times

Followed this road in my longing for you

I wish I could know that when the river is gone

This traveling would bring me to you

 

From Gania More out across Ardbane

See those black rocks? Just follow my hand

What the waves leave there might as well be sand

With the first light on them I will leave this land

 

For forests and mountains reaching to the sky

Prairies wider than my eyes

Where trees can grow

And these wild Atlantic winds donít blow

Weíll leave these townlands far behind.

 

We crossed the mountains in the springtime

Along the little Tennessee

The snows were gone when we moved the Injuns on

They left a farm just right for me them Cherokee

 

And forests and mountains reaching to the sky

Prairies wider than my eyes

Where things can grow and faster than you know

We left those townlands far behind

 

Echota, buried under the flood...

 

Now Iím as rich here as a landlord

Lord of all that I survey

But these loughs and hills are strangers to me still

Names I cannot even say so far away

Names I cannot even say

 

Jesus went the whole hog

Thatís what Jesus done

Not just ďIím a friend of GodĒ

He said, ďIím his sonĒ

And when they had him in a hole

And his race was run

He just kept digging, digging

Until he was done

 

Lots of truth, lots of trouble

So much to build and so much rubble

Take that shovel, aint too much trouble

And youíll be digging, digging

Until you are done

 

Riding on a donkey, riding on a plane

Where we are all going

You will get there just the same

But thereís no one there to cheer you

In the 3rd aisle in the rear

If you aint digging, digging

Until you are done

 

Lots of truth, lots of trouble,

So much to build and so much rubble.

Take that shovel, aint too much trouble

Youíll be digging, digging

Until you are done

 

You were young when you wrote those words

He was old and had to fail

Just 10 bucks from Baltimore

Every Christmas mail

The faces gone, the names go on

Until no-one remembers

And no-one knows where they're from

 

Planting seeds in every soil

Laying withered husks beneath the earth

Broken by a lifeís work

Saying prayers and playing airs

And giving just enough to pay the fare