Alive in the Days

by The Lone John Harps

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Second part and side of the first Album, "A-biding my time". Five new songs written in Paris and dealing with a broader variety of subjects, such as Politics, Sex, Religion and Society.

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released May 24, 2013

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The Lone John Harps Paris, France

The Lone John Harps draws on diverse influences to attempt a new, ambitious and fresh take on the mythical figure of the troubadour singer in a 21st century context and to try and offer a new kind of universal Folk music.

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Track Name: Pale Boy's Burden
I have to admit there’s no denying I’m a fucking arsehole
can't be arsed to care bout anything but me at all
and I don't want no one to remind me
to remind me of a life outside of the hiding place that is my mind

I’ve had to realize that I am a fucking idiot
ready to believe there's nothing more important than my views
and I don't want no one hammering home the news to me
don’t want to forego the distance, take a losing stand
Although I hate to be accused, I’d rather stuck my head in the sand

Lay off my bones
I don't know what you want
As much as it may hurt
cannot save the world

I have to be sincere for all my thinking I must be fucking stupid
Shell-shocked and stunned silent by the violence of their greed
And I don’t want no one to make my soul bleed
Like they bleed the earth and soil my eyes like they do oceans

Lay off my soul
I don't know what you want
As much as it may hurt
cannot save the world

I have to admit there’s no denying I’m a fucking fool
Coolly winding out my theories and ideas of what appears to be the truth to me
And I can’t want no one to soothe my conscience
Cause as much as I howl against injustice and society
I’m too much of a coward to be in the streets
Track Name: Goddam Blues
Oh what a beautiful day
When the eye meets the sunlight blaze
But the wars shroud the world in a haze
We wanna give thanks or lay blame
but no one knows who to so we turn to you then
everything that happens must be part of a bigger plan
It´s too easy walking in your shade
I too would wanna be blind but not to be made


Oh what a beautiful girl
Fair-skinned and with beautiful curls
She’s either saint or she’s gotta be whore
Depending what they will need her for
Those who stifle love and life and all, for God´s sake
Double-faced zealots who condemn and who’d burn at the stake if they still could
I too would wanna love but certainly not your kind

God you might be beautiful
God you might be true
But I know that I just can´t believe in you
But these rainbows, yeah these rainbows in the skies
But these rainbows, yeah these rainbows in her eyes
Well they make me wonder why

Oh what a beautiful age
This is ourselves, our time, and our page
But hatred still remains and the rage
Of those terse warriors rehearsing for apocalypse and judgment day
Self-professed prophets that are too busy shouting to be aware of their days
I too would like to see this epoch collapse but not to give way to them

God you might be beautiful
God you might be true
But I know that I just can´t believe in you
But these rainbows, yeah these rainbows in the night
But these rainbows, yeah these rainbows in her night
Well they make me wonder why
Track Name: For your own safety (Nothing But fear itself)
We will pick your food for you
Tell you what is good for you
We will build your homes for you
teach you what is norm

We will create laws for you
against all awful things that threaten you
uniforms for our generations
don't be afraid
just forget what you once cared for
For your own safety
For your own safety
Lean on us brother
Lean and don't bother
we got a masterplan
don't ask again

We will find new needs for you
whatever suits, whatever sells, you're in
we got solutions in store
don't ask what for

We will shape your thoughts for you
put your mind to peace for you
it’s easy to sleep
it’s better than before

For your own safety
For your own safety
Lean on us brother
Lean and don't bother
we got a masterplan
don't ask again

We've got everything under control
We've got everything under control
We've got everything under control

Don't cling on,
just let go
just let go of it all today
you might lose your soul
but we'll find a way

And though it may ache sometime
you know it'll be fine
what you get in exchange
is worth all of the pain
so don't complain
Track Name: Well-made Doll
Seeing you I felt like I woke up
Like seeing after years of having been blind
Like somebody kicked open the doors to my mind

Bowing to those masters you cast off in your youth
Deriding all the idols and ideals that you used to call truth
A shell of hardness growing over you as you sneered
And the music drifted to a whisper and disappeared

Won't change the world if you can't hear your voice
in a senseless swirl of flashlights and noise
your old soul sold as you kneeled and you crawled
watching your songs burning on bonfires of notes

Enter the world of attainment, entertainment and fame
tame your art, put your words in a frame
you had nothing to lose so you wanted it all
let their music in and danced like a well-made doll
Track Name: Game of Joy
Endless movement
in each single fret
my fingers meet, are met
by blank white sheet
on which nothing is yet

Fluttering soul trapped deep beneath
these bars, a cage that’s cupped beneath
my fingers stretch as far as they can reach
a-sketching marks of blood and sweat

waiting for the heat
the swelling heartbeat
streaks of light
err straight into my brain
straight into my lungs

Of what we have felt nothing remains
all to be start anew
but what our blood believed and said and felt
was always true