The signs and the planets are lining up like before….Rumours of War.

Rumours of War – Al Stewart (1984) FLAC HD Video

“Rumours of War” was released in May 1984 on the the album Russians & Americans, which was the tenth studio album by Al Stewart. Haven’t uploaded any Al Stewart in awhile, so wanted to do a quickie for this wonderful track from the Russians & Americans album. I wanted to make a video focusing of lives in the times before WWI or II, ended up with mostly footage from the periods after rumours had long ago turned into war itself? Lots of marching! Anyway….it’s a great song and most any footage works! 🙂 Enjoy! …and thanks as always for watching, liking and commenting!

It was released on LP and then CD in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The US version deleted two tracks found on the UK version of the album, and substituted two new tracks in their stead. In 1993, EMI (UK) release a compilation with tracks from both versions and three live tracks from “The Blue Album”. The album was re-released on the Collector’s Choice label in 2007, with all tracks from both issues.

The track “1-2-3” is a cover of the Len Barry hit from 1965. However, instead of the romantic lyrics put forth with the original, Stewart has altered them using the context of political overreach and how such victimizes other nations and indigenous peoples. In fact, very few of the song’s lines escape change excepting: “One, two, three, that’s how elementary it’s gonna be” and “…Like taking candy from a baby.”

Known for his songs that use historical events as inspiration, Stewart instead focused on the very real tensions between the two superpowers of 1983.

[Lyrics]
We met on the beach amid rumours of war
Your head in your hand, what you saw you won’t say
As the newspapers blew in the wind
I can see you’re one of that kind
Who carry round a time bomb in their mind, no one knows
When you’ll slip the pin
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
I see that your dress is torn at the edge
You were lost, intense, like a man on a ledge, waiting to jump
As the waves break over the shore
You say there’s a storm that can’t be delayed
And lately it seems to be comin’ this way, you can hear it break
Like the slam of a door
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
You tell me, just look all around
At the past and the present, the cross and the crescent,
The signs and the planets are lining up like before
There are souls on fire in the day and the night
On the left and the right, in the black and the white
You can see it burn in the eyes of the rich and the poor
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
Rumours of war
Rumours of war

 

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‘Cause it hurts, oh.

It Hurts – Greg Lake (1981) FLAC Audio HD Video

“It Hurts” was released on Greg Lake’s self-titled debut solo album, in late September 1981. Though ELP is probably the most popular progressive rock band that I never really got into, I did purchase and enjoy both of his first two solo albums. “It Hurts” is a favorite, mainly due to the fact that it features some typically wicked Gary Moore guitar playing.

This vid has been sitting around for many years unfinished because i couldn’t get it right….it’s not still, but close enough to move it out so I don’t need to look at this project folder anymore. 😉

From Allmusic.com: After the breakup of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1978, Greg Lake set out to launch a solo career. He teamed up with guitar virtuoso Gary Moore and enlisted the talents of Bruce Springsteen’s sax player, Clarence Clemmons, as well as Toto veterans Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Jeff Porcaro. The result was his 1981 self-titled debut album. After more than a decade with prog-rock legends ELP and King Crimson, it is clear Lake was looking for a musical change and a chance to perform as a guitarist, his primary instrument, after more than a decade mainly playing bass. The album is a guitar driven venture into straight forward rock & roll which features well written songs and some sizzling guitar work by Gary Moore. Lake’s voice soars, as it did with ELP, and we see that his guitar prowess is something too often hidden in the past. His skill as a producer is also evident as he brings out the power of each note with a big, energizing sound. There are probably Greg Lake fans who would not wish to see him take this path with the rest of his career, but you can definitely tell that he enjoyed stepping out, and it translates to a powerful and enjoyable album.

[Lyrics]
There’s no reason for you to love me
after all of the heartaches we’ve been through.
But I love you, I just can’t help it.
You’re so beautiful, what else can I do?
You say you didn’t make me love you,
and you tell me that you’re not to blame.
But it still hurts me the same.
Baby, love is not a game.
‘Cause it hurts, oh.
It hurts, yeah.
Mm.
I can’t stand it, but I can’t leave you.
Either way I’m a loser in the end.
I can’t shake it, I just can’t free you.
It is no use me trying to pretend.
If I didn’t really love you,
then maybe I could let you go.
But as sure as the fall winds blow,
I just can’t help but love you so.

And it hurts, oh.
It hurts, yeah.
Mm.
Do you know that love can actually hurt you
enough to make you die?
And if your baby says she’s going to desert you,
what you gonna do?
You’re sure gonna have the blues tonight.
I can’t help it, I’ve been so lonely.
Life without you is nothing but a drag.
There’s no other, you’re my one and only.
I would love you in riches or in rags.
If I knew you didn’t love me,
I could turn my back and walk away.
It’s so easy to say,
but it’s so hard to find a way.
‘Cause it hurts, oh.
It hurts, yeah.
Oh, it hurts

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