A.K.A Shang-shang is the name I use for my solo music. I'll be adding tracks,

mostly ongoing demos or songs in progress, now and then, to the Jukebox.

Robert Priest wrote the lyric for Nevertheless and Neil Chapman arranged and

played everything on Evershall apart from the acoustic guitar.  

 

Brandon

 

Stand by the highway

Man you can wait for days

Out on the prairie

Where the coyote plays

Someone pulls over and you start to run

They drive away or they take out a gun

As night falls shadows fill the canyon

And you'll never get out of Brandon

 

We left the city

We should have took the bus

Now that we're stranded

Look what's become of us

We are the spirits of this place

Just some strangers no one will ever trace

All the roads that brought us here

Have been abandoned

And we'll never get out of Brandon

 

Here's a song that's strange but true

Put your ear to the ground

And we'll sing to you

Look up into the morning sky

And you can watch your life go by

 

There's not a journey

That goes without a hitch

Now your bag is lying

In a dried-out ditch

All day long the high clouds pass

And voices whisper in the singing grass

You'd give your right arm for just one companion

But you'll never get out of Brandon

No, you'll never get out of Brandon

 

And here's a song that's strange but true

Put your ear to the ground

And we'll sing to you

We'll sing to you

We'll sing to you.

 

 

 

 

 Hunger

 

It flew out of the sunrise

Like a shadow on the day

And it hovered in the clear sky

Like a bird of prey

 

It took the baby from the cradle

Stole the blankets from the bed

It sat down at the table

Drank their water, ate their bread

 

Hunger

Hunger

Crossed the fields like rolling thunder

How much longer

Must we feel this hunger?

 

It settled down among them

Like a guest who never leaves

It turned mothers against children

Turned brothers into thieves

 

Hunger, hunger

We get old and you get younger

Hunger is the king we're living under

 

I am not a patient man

But I can wait until

The morning rain falls down again

And we can drink our fill

 

Hunger

Hunger

We'll take a plough and dig you under

And one day they will wonder

What was hunger?

 

All the treasures of this world

Are waiting to be found

A sleeping seed that lies unseen

Beneath this stony ground

 

Hunger

Hunger

You may be strong but we'll be stronger

And one day they will wonder

What was hunger?

 

 

 

 

 

Lovers Leap

 

One day we're walking on water

One day we're walking on air

One day we're walking away

And it's just as if we were never there

 

We say we're hungry - where is our supper?

We're thirsty - who's got a beer?

We're lonely - will you be friendly?

We don't know anyone here

We don't know anyone here

 

While others sleep, we'll take a lovers leap

When life is cheap - we'll take a lovers leap

It won't keep, we're taking a lovers leap

I can't sleep, I'm taking a lovers leap

 

One day we're just little children

The next day we're as old as the hills

One day the world is our oyster

The next day we're paying the bills

 

We're sleepy - show us our quarters

We're sad, so tell us a joke

We're horny, where are your daughters?

Don't you have something to smoke?

 

Tell us a joke

Give us a smoke

 

Others sleep - but we're taking a lovers leap

Life ain't cheap, so we're taking a lovers leap

It won't keep - we're taking a lovers leap

I can't sleep - so I'm taking a lovers leap

 

One day we're waving a greeting

One day we're waving goodbye

One day we're walking away

It all goes by in the blink of an eye

 

But life is sweet, so I'm taking a lovers leap

Can't sleep - so I'm taking a lovers leap

It won't keep - we're taking a lovers leap

The road is steep - but it leads to lovers leap

We'll meet somewhere on Lovers Leap

 

Lovers Leap!

Lovers Leap!

 

 

 

 

 

House of Song

 

North Bay on a summer's day

We walked down by the silver water

Storm clouds were turning the town grey

Mist was rising up in the woodlands

 

Black smoke blew west in the wind

Gold and silver flashed in the river

A ray of sun on a yellow field

Made a day that will last forever

 

We drove out past the edge of the town

Down to a lake as wide as an ocean

Black rocks threw waves at the sky

The sun was dying in a red explosion

 

Dark night in your eyes

Wide as a sky

Lie here till daylight

Watch the stars sail by

 

And we'll have no regrets

We'll take what we can get

And pray we don't forget

Each hour we spent inside this house of song

 

North Bay on a summer's day

We walked down by the lonely water

Storm clouds were drifting away

The sun was shining up in the woodland

 

In the days when we are at peace

We never pray for better weather

A flash of sun on a yellow field

Can make a day that will last forever

 

Bright day in your eyes

Wide as a sky

Lie here till nightfall

Watch the sun fly by

And we will be content

With all the world has sent

And pray we don't forget

The hours we spent

inside this House of Song

 

 

 

  

 

Evershall

 

White Mountain in my window

High peak of fire and snow

Lost world of light and shadow

One day I'll have to go.

 

Wide river running by here

How come you never rest?

In the morning you're up with the sunrise

By nightfall you're way out West

 

And will I ever know you?

Will I ever know your name?

Will I ever know you?

I don't believe I ever shall

 

Spring rain runs down my window

A million raindrops in the leaves

Take a desert, make a meadow

A gift for everything that breathes

 

Will I ever know you?

Will I ever know your name?

Will I ever know you?

I don't believe I ever shall

I don't believe I ever shall

 

This world's too big for just one lifetime

I've been here for years

And I know nothing

 

Late at night I hear you crying

Flying V across the moon

From the North the wind is sighing

Fly fast and you'll be home soon

 

But will I ever know you?

Will I ever know your name?

Will I ever know you?

I don't believe I ever shall

 

I've been here for years

And I know nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Beach, California 1979     

 

 

 

All words amd music copyright Graeme Williamson 1986-1999; (Nevertheless copyright Robert Priest/Graeme Williamson.)  Page music: Brandon copyright graeme williamson 76

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