40th anniversary shows

by Haze

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The Last Battle (P McMahon) My life has been a long one with many a song to sing I gave my heart, my sword & shield in the service of the King But when my soul grows weary I climb up on the hill And gaze across this land I love the place I know so well When war calls again I am sworn to answer All I ask is that when the fight is done I want to come back to the place I love I want to end my days here I want to lie back while the stars above Wash away the blood and the tears And if I should fall on the blood red field Carry my bones back home Lay me down underneath the ground of home I never feared the battle never feared the pain But now I fear to fall before I see this place again The years take their toll I grow slow and old All I ask is that when the fight is done Chorus The Saxon tide is rising The beacons light the sky And I must take up arms again to fight – perhaps to die So here on this hill I leave my soul waiting All I ask is that when my life is done Chorus
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Over The River (P McMahon 2002) The breath of life laid bare The faintest flicker burning Worn beyond repair By the years of love and learning Over the river you go before me Strong in faith spirit clear Full of purpose free of fear This I tell you A life that numbered days A gift so precious but so fleeting I never saw your face A heart too frail to keep on beating Over the river way beyond me For all the things you'll never see All you'll never grow to be This I tell you Every day I know you walk beside me Now and then I hear your voice inside me I know there will always be a part of you alive in me And I will keep it there forever And now it comes to me As I am growing older To set my spirit free Lift this burden from my shoulder Over the river no returning For all the things I've left undone Battles lost and battles won This I tell you Every day I will walk beside you If you need me I'll be there to guide you I hope there will always be a space inside your heart for me And I will be with you forever
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The Barrister And The Bargast (P McMahon) 2006 Across Paradise Square in his suit & bow tie The Barrister strode with a gleam in his eye His morals were low, but his fees were sky high For he knew how to cheat & he knew how to lie He worked late in the evening so he could charge more For his time and his knowledge of old English law The shadows lay deep as he walked from his door Through the old cobbled square from a time long before The Bargast awoke in the depths of his lair Hidden from mortal eyes under the square A huge ghostly dog with red eyes and black hair He lifted his nose and he scented the air What manner of man can give off such a smell? The stench of corruption and Old Spice as well It was worse than the stench in the bowels of Hell A smell which the Bargast knew only too well The Bargast came forth and the man stopped dead He looked as the size of the beast and he said "You better be licensed or woe betide you, I'll have you put down and your master I'll sue" The Bargast looked back with his red eyes aglow He said "My master is no one you'd know, I round up the guilty and I take them below, Now it's your turn to feel my teeth in your soul" The Barrister turned and he fled with some vigour But expense account luncheons had fattened his figure So the Bargast soon had the man pinned to the deck And he opened his jaws to rip out his neck The Barrister pleased and begged for his life He spoke of his children and his greaving wife The Bargast just stared the man deep in the eyes And said "This World has heard enough of your lies" "your children despise you they'll be glad when you go, Your wife left you three and a half years ago, You have all the appeal of a three week dead Cod, And you mistress loves only the size of your wad. "There's none that will mourn you I bid you farewell You soul is now forfeit, your place is in Hell, For justice and mercy you care not one Groat" And the noble beast ripped out the Barrister's throuat So hear me you Lawyers and learn from my tale With your nose in the swill and your thumb on the scales Beware of the Bargast and his sniffling snout Or be sure that you sins will rip your throat out!
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05:28
Train (C McMahon) I woke up early with the sun in my eyes and the dream still clear in my mind I walked out of my life and out of town, with my bags just as it started to rain I sat right down by the railroad track just like it had been in the dream I laid down my load, with nothing to lose and waited for the train Now after a while my friend came by just to see what I was goin through And we talked about the way everybody seemed to be waiting for something new to come along and change the way we are & what we’re gonna do and after a while she sat right down there and started waiting too A few days later folk were stopping by and some of them would stay we had tents & fires & music & stuff the biggest party that you ever saw soon we were getting organized building homes & growing our food/ I thought we’d really found a new way to live, a blueprint for a better way & I got so busy that I almost forgot just what I was waiting for A year has come & gone and you wouldn't believe just how things have changed everyday there’s more people here I never knew so many felt the same But still sometimes I think about the dream & how my life would have been on a rainy day in summertime waiting for the train Now our kids have grown old and I’m getting tired as I look back on what we've done we’ve schools & shops & doctors & things and a sense of who we are for sure But there’s still no sign of change in the world or the things that we’re hoping’ll come And sometimes I think maybe it’s all inside what we‘re waiting for In the dead of night I sat by the track all alone as the stars unfurled I felt younger as the world grew old and I don’t think I’ll be coming back put my ear to the ground and I heard a rumbling sound like thunder from another world then a blinding light and a screaming steam and the last thing I saw was the train coming down the track
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The Wilderness of Eden (C & P McMahon 1995) I walked along the beach and watched the waves slip out of reach and I wonder why I saw the serpent shrug cut the cord & pull the plug and I had to cry I flew across the air and saw the dead ones lying there on the cenotaph I heard the dolphins sing about the man who would be king and I had to laugh And the glory of the world is fading It's raining in babylon the gardens are dead There's a full moon in avalon but it's turning blood red And they killed the last unicorn and cut off it's mane So the tower of babel is rising again Here in the wilderness of Eden I sat beneath the moon and saw the birds fly south too soon on broken wings I stared beyond the stars who will get the phone on mars when saturn rings I hailed a passing whale I asked him how it felt to fail he said you should know coz dear old noah sold the ark used the cash to build a theme park there you go
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04:43
Wave (P McMahon) Pity the man who has everything and knows the value of nothing Never appreciates anything always looking for something Wanting more taking everything he can Because he doesn't understand the world at all If faith says that fact doesn't matter And hate is a matter of fact If light is just a particle waving The least we can do is wave back Happy the man who knows what he needs and disregards the rest Never complains about anything doesn't insist on the best Because he knows that it's such a stupid game Where the winner takes the blame then takes a fall If dreams are for lovers and children And love is just a light in the black If light is just a particle waving The least we can do is wave back When the world calls you a fool 'cos you don't understand the rules That's perhaps because there are none There's just what you believe and that's up to you Thirty years on a helter skelter never reaching the end It's no surprise that I feel so jaded washed out faded and confused If life is a state of emotion And death is a chance to relax If light is just a particle waving The least we can do is wave back
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The Night (P McMahon 1979) Well there was never a moment when I believed that I was alone Though I never knew I could be so sure That when my mind was troubled I could call on you Never doubting you would help me How could I be so wrong? Why did I trust you? I placed all my hopes on you to be let down again But now now I see you were never there at all You see that I I could never doubt you But I can live without you I'm sure I can You see that I never needed you that was just a phase I was going through believe me All this time and nothing left to show But self deluding dreams than never grow Acid thoughts bite deep into my pain Ice cold fear drives bitterness insane I see now what I must do I guess I always knew And now now that all is said and done I never really cared You see that I I knew it all along But I took that pain and I was strong but not enough I can face the night but when that darkness leaves I just can't bear to face the dawn alone not alone
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08:55
The Load (P McMahon) silence, breathing, pulse beats slow lifeblood courses, veins dilate eyes stare blindly, pupils glow cataclysm imminent you can only wait reason nods politely slips out by the back door logic reels & shakes it's head & looks away intuition sighs, it's seen this facile play before manic laughter every mad dog has it's day limbs work disjointedly, mouth slack in vacant dismay a scarcely articulate puppet, the madman at play wake look around you the walls that surround you are padded and grey, there's no glass, there's no cutlery external sensory input is zero the psyche implodes, psychic shrapnel tears holes in your mind take the strain, the power can hold back the pain ebb and flow, alone you must carry the load chasing rainbows on where god knows
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07:17
Survive (Chris & Paul McMahon) Hello how are you it's nice ot see you, nice to talk again It's been a while since we last met, it's good to see an old friend I'm coming home just for a while, though I might not stay The road it seems to follow me, I rest when it says I may It's not easy holding on you wake to find your dream has gone And left alone with nothing left to say Waiting for the break of day so I can travel on, and on Times have long since gone the feeling starts to fade A dusty mirror cracked forgotten cold lost dark in the shade As they creep through my window I stare into the rain A darkened stream of wasted thoughts Distant silver laughter mocks the pain Cardboard people drift on by acting roles so false I have to laugh So I came back again but it's not the same Is there something you're trying to hide, or just that we've nothing left to say Well I know it's not something that we could change You know sometimes I'd like to try Remember when I took your hand though you walked alone Into the fading light to the sunset our refuge our home The light it just slips away the night the coldest stone Standing waiting for a sign though I know that it's gone My thoughts disjointed fragmented to a string of cliched line Like the words to this song I've tried to write so many times And as the echoes fade crashing through a darkened sky (And the nightmares came true) The waves engulf my soul as it screams oh please why? I see now that the ghost of my mind has betrayed only you The bright light blinds my mind somehow I cannot see so clearly now But through the dark I fear that I'll survive
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Long, Long Gone (Paul McMahon) 2012 I was there at the dawning, saw the birth of the day Found the road so I shouldered my load, and set out on the way I was young, I was young, I was young Wandered on through the morning, felt a change in the air Learned to choke on the bitter black smoke, felt the shape of despair I was strong, I was strong, I was strong Cos there's nowhere in this long forsaken work where I belong In the heat of the noonday, at the height of the sun On the grass there was no shadow cast, as I started to run I was lost, I was lost, I was lost I believed in the music, I had faith in the world Thought the song was the place I belonged, thought that I would be heard I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong Cos there's nowhere in this long forsaken work where I belong On the cusp of the darkess, on the edge of the night Turned away from the death of the day, walked away from the light I was gone, I was gone, I was gone And there's nowhere in this long forsaken work where I belong I was young, I was strong, I was lost, I was wrong, I was gone I was long, long gone
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Tunnel Vision (lyrics P McMahon music C & P McMahon 1986) Don't expect me to deny the space between us Yet I see no reason why there should be walls There's no nead to lock ourselves away There's no need for us to fear The danger that lies in strangers disguise Let's open our eyes break out from this chorus (haze version) Tunnel Vision, Tunnel Vision Seeing only the walls of our prison chorus (world turtle version) Black box Tunnel vision you're living in a fools prison Black box Tunnel vision you know that's a dangerous religion I don't ask you to believe what I believe in But at least we could agree to disagree There's no hate in contradiction Ask yourself why you should fear The danger that lies in strangers disguise Let's open our eyes break out from this Tunnel Vision, Tunnel Vision Seeing only the walls of our prison Make a start try and open up your heart We are as the others each one just another viewpoint open wide your blinkered eyes let the walls come tumbling down We are not the only ones lets not be the lonely ones There's no need to live with Tunnel Vision, Tunnel Vision Seeing only the walls of our prison
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Wolf (P McMahon) The beast is out he's on the streets again The midnight city bursts to life in petrol glass and flame In the darkness behind the barricades Glowing feral eyes survey the wasteland he has made I believe he's on the hunt tonight I believe he's coming your way Above the storm he rises. Blood red in tooth and claw The master of disguises The wolf is at your door The beast parades across this war torn land Every shell case bears the imprint of his hand Down snipers alley where the shrapnel kisses fly Burt out basements echo to that savage haunting cry Front line 1999 via radio telephone Documenting slaughter of the boys that won't get home The ugly mindless chatter of a semi-automatic Then screams then laboured breathing then silence pierced by static Then a sound comes through the radio a voice as old as lies Saying that the beast canot be conquered It lives inside. Look inside
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Dragonfly (P McMahon) We will dance across the fields the reaper and the grinding wheel The blood that falls onto the fields will bind us As water falls onto the seed across the silent soil we bleed We will be together when they find us We will dance across the sea let the breakers set us free The power of the untamed sea will grind us You can be the air I crave I will be your tidal wave We will be together when they find us We will dance across the sand the prophet and the burning man The light reflecting from the sand will blind us The blazing sun will burn our skin and bring to life the flame within We will be together when they find us We will dance across the sky the eagle and the dragon fly blaze a trail across the sky behind us You will be my healing flame I will be your final frame We will be together when they find us We dance across the universe a silent scream an ageless curse we will leave this barren earth behind us The poetry and timeless grace the beauty of your bloodless face We will be together when they find us
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Seven Stones (Chris & Paul McMahon) Day breaks light into a dark world Stars fade I see where I am Blue skies turn to grey inside me Flying high and into the rising sun Don't wait for me any longer By tomorrow things could have changes It couldn't be the same Seven stones seven stars above you Dying in the courtyard there's one white tree Memories fading from the old world Living in a dream that's dead and gone Don't wait for me any longer I think already it's too late It couldn't be the same I'm not waiting any longer By tomorrow things could have changed It couldn't be the same
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The Vice (lyrics P McMahon music C & P McMahon 1981) When the vice of sleep lies broken And the curtains of night hang torn Unbidden thoughts are awoken In the uncertain light of dawn you think you see Well it can give you the strangest feeling So gently it slips away And the friends that you once thought so near Seem to fade in the light of day Well it's always been that way And I think it's too late now It may be too late So much time has passed since then I am no longer sure just how I feel I don't know why they call time a healer When it tears your flesh apart Wipes out all your feelings Squeezes tears of blood from your heart Yes it's always been that way And I think it's too late now Yes I'm quite sure it's too late Why does time take all our lives And rip up apart it tears us apart Hardens hearts & closes minds As fetid hands choke life from life to dust I was there even in your darkest hour Fight despair only fear & hate devour I was there even in your darkest hour Fight despair only fear & hate devour
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Stone House (lyrics P McMahon music P McMahon 1987) Line by line we build our scriptures With the power of words shining in our hands It's our story it's our story we live It's our story it's our story we live Stone by stone we lay foundations With the strength of faith the rock on which we build It's a labour it's a labour of love It's a labour it's a labour of love In the arms of the tallest mountain high above the shifting sand In the world we build together this house of stone shall stand Day by day we pull together With the fires of hope burning in our eyes It's the future it's the future we make It's the future it's the future we make In the eyes of a thousand children in the voices of the crowd By the light that fills the heavens this house of stone shall stand

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Double 40th anniversary live CD recorded at Sheffield Greystones 23 June 2018 and Southampton Talking Heads 24 June

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released December 20, 2018

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Haze Sheffield, UK

Sheffield progressive rockers Haze celebrated 40 years of making music with two anniversary shows in 2018. Both shows were recorded for CD & DVD release.
The bands first studio CD of new material since 2013 'Back To The Bones' will be released on CD & digital download on 4th July 2020
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