Thursday, 23 October 2014

Lyrics, Politics and Time

'James Watt 1812'
Check out the live version on my youtube channel.
Feedback so far for the song varies a bit.  There is a query as to whether the song is too political for Glasgow 'Steam to Green'.  The song looks at scientific or industrial progress and asks whether we should be considering potential unintended consequences before implementing said progress.  To be fair the song also argues that there are good and moral people watching out for this and looking into it.

Views are currently divided as to the above.  Another issue is that the song is meant to be no more than 4 minutes long.  My song is 4 minutes 30 give or take.  I can't cut it down! Each verse adds to the meaning of the song and is part of the narrative.  I have included the lyrics below and will upload to soundcloud shortly.  I guess you can see what you think.

‘James Watt 1812’

I’ve walked the banks of this river every day for 40 years,
It flows through my veins,
Father built his ships at the mouth of your waters,
Each measured to precision, carved with a stroke of the hand.

I saw the logic in your stream, the rhythm held within,
I saw the pattern in your flow, It fed my quest for knowledge.

A letter came today and in it a clipping,
They’ve hung seven men to date, On the Frame Breakers Act.
I never dreamed that my search for answers,
Could cause such destruction, lead families to starve.

Now they write it in their prose, they question all I know,
They call the dead to rise, “Return to us again”

You should be living in this hour,
Man holds the heavens in his hands,
Who knows the limit to this power?
Man’s part in nature’s plans.

He looks on with eyes that question everything,
Walks the water’s flow so close to the edge.
An industry of steam, that’s what I built him.
Father to son, earth to the man, he forges ahead.

And now the future lies with him, to walk the narrow path,
To question all he sees and search for answers.

You should be living in this hour,
Man holds the heavens in his hands,
Who knows the limit to this power?
Man’s part in nature’s plans.

Now the future lies with you, to walk the narrow path,
To question all you see and search for answers.


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