THE BOND (BRISTOL HYMN)

When the hour is small

and the thoughts are long

and the soft rain falls

and any one

can be your friend

and Mammon’s grip has been released

and Kronos’s reign has been sus-pended

 

You can feel the bond (you can feel the bond)

and you want to hold on (and you want to hold on)

until the cruel dawn (until the cruel dawn)

 

When the stones are old

where the pirates trod

and they’re still not cold

and any one

can draw some warmth

and Winter’s grip has been released

and Want’s mis-rule has been sus-pended

 

CHORUS

 

When the bricks are red

and the walls are tall

where they packed the weed

and anyone

can draw some peace

and the factory’s grip has been released

and Taylor’s rule has been reprie-ved

 

CHORUS

 

SHE SAID, IT’S NOT A WAR, IT’S A DANCE

BETWEEN THE TIDE AND THE LAND / BETWEEN THE GOOD AND THE BAD

AND THEN SHE STRETCHED OUT HER HAND

SWEET DARK AND

EVANESCENT

 

When the engines hum

as they load the bombs

when the guns are shipped

and anyone could be undone

and the flutter of life is on the wheel

and Aphro-di-te’s work lies bloody and broken –

 

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT

I DON’T WANT TO KNOW

IT ALL HAPPENED SUCH A LONG LONG TIME AGO

I DON’T WANT TO BELIEVE IT

I DON’T WANT TO CELEBRATE IT

I JUST WANT TO LEAVE IT IN THE HANDS OF FATE

AND HISTORY –

WE BUILT THIS CITY

WE BUILT THIS CITY

WE BUILT THIS CITY

ON BLOOD AND CHOC-OLATE

 

When the tide is high

and the boats are in

and the Stevedore flies

and anyone

can be his hand

and Neptune’s whims have been overcome

and Babel’s spell has been un-done

 

You can feel the bond (you can feel the bond)

and you want to hold on (and you want to hold on)

until the cruel dawn (until the cruel dawn)

until the cruel dawn

 

© Wolfgang Küchler 2013

 

THE BOND (BRISTOL HYMN)

JOE

Sometimes somebody comes

banging a different drum

not an inch between them

and the truth

and you know what makes them tick

and you know what makes you click

and you know you’re never gonna lose

that truth

 

Joe Joe Joe why did you go?

I wanna know

why the good die young

why did your body have to fail

long before

your song was song

 

Sometimes somebody speaks

right from deep inside

saying what you’ve a good mind to hear

and you know they coulda kept quite

coulda had an easy life

but now you know you’re never gonna give in

to fear

 

Joe Joe Joe why did you go?

I wanna know

why the good die young

why did your body have to fail

long before

your race was run?

 

Sometimes somebody stands

right in front of the line

knowing the time has come, come what may

and you know you wanna stand alongside

and there’s nothing wrong with pride

and the time has gone for hiding

today

 

Joe Joe Joe why did you go?

Oh yes I know

how the good die young

but why did your body have to fail

long before

your song was sung?

 

Sometimes somebody moves

leaves their past behind

not an inch between them

and the tide

and you know they’re not alone

and they’re not the only one

and the time has finally come

to take sides

 

Joe Joe Joe why did you go?

still wanna know

why the good die young

why did your body have to fail

long before

your race was run?

 

Sometimes somebody comes

banging a different drum

not an inch between them

and the truth

 

November 2014

JOE