‘One Step Closer To Home (1984 E-Zee Hire demo)’ [4:20] (Sharp/Twist), The Alarm

‘One Step Closer To Home (1984 E-Zee Hire demo)’ [4:20] (Sharp/Twist), The Alarm
Lead Vocals:Dave Sharp
Lyrics
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One two three four...

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Back in '75
When the kid was on the line
And he felt no pain
'Cause there was none
He would bend in the wind
Take in anything
Like sniffin' roses
And it was alright
Until he fell
And cut his hand
He just could not understand
He'd run away
Blame pretense
For defence
Or plain innocence

Say that's alright
The harder it fights
I'm one step closer to home
The harder it bites
I'm one step closer to home
You can tie my hands
Or whip my back
I ain't gonna give in
'Til the sky turns black
I may get lost

I'm ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME

Oh yeah he ran
Hitched, rides
Travelled light
And left his bags behind
Said he'd lost them
He said that's O.K.
I get money and a smile
From place to place
And they don't mind
I've had the heads of business men
I gave them right back again
I've got no need for device, disguise
Or for compromise

So that's all right
The tougher it gets
I'm one step closer to home
The more that I sweat
I'm one step closer to home
You can tie my hands
Or whip my back
I ain't gonna give in
'Til the sky turns black
I may get lost
I'm ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME

There ain't no need for this at all, at all
Surely you can help me out
Say, I know a lot of people just like you
Plently to live for and nothing to lose
So tear it all down
Smash it all up
Break it all down and then just 

Build it up

Build it up (up)
Build it up (up up)
Build it up (up up)
Ah build it up (up)
Come on now build it up, 
Build it up, build it up, build it up , build It up, build it up, build it 

And the tougher it gets
And the more that I sweat
And the deeper it fights
And the harder it bites
I'm one step closer to home
The harder it fights
I'm one step closer to home
And you can tie my hands
Or whip my back
I ain't gonna give in
'Til the sky turns black
I may get lost
I'm ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME

Notes
:Electric version.

Recorded 29th-30th November 1984: E-Zee Hire Studios, London. Demo tape sessions recorded by live sound engineer Nigel Luby. The band sent these tapes to America in December 1984 to legendary US record producer Jimmy Iovine who agreed to record the band in January 1985. The album was going to be titled “Absolute Reality” and a tour was booked to coincide with its projected release. Unfortunately, Iovine never came to Britain to record with The Alarm, Iovine claimed an illness in his family prevented him from travelling. However, it didn’t stop him recording “Once Upon A Time” for Simple Minds. Rumour has it that The Alarm were gazumped by Simple Minds who secured Iovine’s services for a larger advance payment.
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