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.

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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