‘Spirit Of 76 (June 1985 Marcus Studios rough mix)’ [7:07] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm

‘Spirit Of 76 (June 1985 Marcus Studios rough mix)’ [7:07] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm
Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics
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Well I find myself in reverie
'Bout what we might have had
And what might have been
We had something going once
That was such a long, long time ago
It was way back in '76
Our friendship formed of pure innocence
We thought we might change the world
We were all so much younger than today
A sign stands over a door, it says
"Four lads who shook the world"
In the depths of those heady nights
We would dream of those bright lights
Oh my friend, Oh my friend, Oh my friend

And my friend John, he went away
And he made some mistakes
Got himself put in jail
And now when I see him we still talk
But there's no light shining in his eyes
And Jenny, she was seventeen
And more beauty in this world
I swear you'll never see
I was gonna be king
And she was gonna be queen
But now all she does is hide behind the tears
If there was more sense in this world
And work wasn't so hard to find
You would not be going your way
I would not be going mine
Oh my friend, Oh my friend, Oh my friend

Somewhere tonight out on the street
Somewhere beneath this city's heat
In the eyes of strangers who pass me by
Oh life is cruel and so unkind
Oh the SPIRIT OF '76

And me I've seen my dreams come true
But that don't make me no hero
I'm just one of the lucky few
If a man can't change the world these days
I still believe a man can change his own destiny
And nothing comes for free in this world no more
You got to fight hard for what you want and more
And if you don't you'll never unlock the door
You'll always be faced with the things that you never tried for

I will never give in until the day that I die
Get myself some independence
Carve out a future with my two bare hands
Oh my friend, Oh my friend, Oh my friend

Somewhere tonight out on the street
Somewhere beneath this city's heat
In the eyes of strangers who pass me by
Oh life is cruel and so unkind
Oh the SPIRIT OF '76

I've been down, down to the river
Down to the river of love
I'be been down, down to the river
Down to the river of love

Somewhere tonight someone just might be crying
Somewhere tonight someone just might be dying
Somewhere over the rainbow

I can hear you now
I can hear you now

Somewhere tonight out on the street
Somewhere beneath this city's heat
In the eyes of strangers who pass me by
Oh life is cruel and so unkind
Oh where's it gone
The SPIRIT OF '76

Notes
:A backing track rough mix.

Recorded at Marcus Studios, Westbourne Grovem London, June – July 1985.
Mixed at Marcus Studios 27th June 1985.
Mike Peters Notes
:The song that means the most to me on Strength is “Spirit Of ’76” because it’s an autobiographical story of me growing. I didn’t want to write it for this record because I didn’t think I’d yet acquired the skill, but the rest of the band loved it and pushed me through it. I like it because it doesn’t make any illusions. It’s a real-life story about real-life people in a real-life place.

(Strength Tour Program, 1985)

The song is about the most important time in my life. I had my whole
life mapped out before me and life seemed pretty unexciting. Then I
saw bands like The Jam and The Buzzcocks and U2 and things and they really had an impact on my life. It gave me the courgae to leave
something behind, and go out and try to build a new life for myself, on be where I’d be a lot happier and one that was a lot more exciting. It’s a take on that sort of struggle and the fight to establish yourself in this world on your own terms. The music that I heard was the motivation for that, and I tried to capture that feeling in the song.
It involves my friends, my story.

(1985, Backstage Pass 91X)
Dave Sharp Notes
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