‘Steeltown (1984 E-Zee Hire demo)’ [3:20] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm

‘Steeltown (1984 E-Zee Hire demo)’ [3:20] (Macdonald/Peters), The Alarm
Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics
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The iron gates clang in a steelmill town
A man breaks down to that unemployment sound
A woman gives her love to a man disowned
A man who's alone in a world without hope
She gives him the strength to run his miles
Forge a will of iron, fuel for the fire

FIRE FIRE FIRE

And the odds are drawn even before you are born
Before your first dream dawned 
Before your name was called
There's men who'll wanna cheat
Men who'll wanna steal
Men who'll bring you tears to punctuate the fears

And the only touch you know comes from your own
They give you the strength, the fuel for the fire

FIRE FIRE FIRE

We built the ships, we set the sails
We crossed the sea of fools
We were dealt our cards, we played our hand
We knew we'd win or we would loose
We're all born, we all live and die

Hey now, uh-huh

And Lady Luck smiles on the few in this world
But I hope and I pray that she smiles on you
I ain't gonna preach, ain't gonna teach
I'm just gonna sing about this workingman's needs
A little bit of love, a little bit of hope
A little bit of strength, some fuel for the fire

FIRE FIRE FIRE

We built the ships, we set the sails
We crossed the sea of fools
We were dealt our cards, we played our hand
We knew we'd win or we would loose
We're all born, we all live and die

She gives him the strength to run his miles
Forge a will of iron, fuel for the fire

FIRE FIRE FIRE

We built the ships, we set the sails
We crossed the sea of fools
We were dealt our cards, we played our hand
We knew we'd win or we would loose
We're all born, we all live and die

And all around the world the lights are going down

Notes
:Different lyrics, title changed to “Deeside” when Big Country released “Steeltown” album.

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.
Mike Peters Notes
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