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SWEET FREEDOM

Sweet Freedom Bronze ILPS 9245 Released in September 1973 Side A 1. DREAMER (Thain/Box) 3.41 2. STEALIN’ (Hensley) 4.49 3. ONE DAY (Hensley/Thain) 2.47 4. SWEET FREEDOM (Hensley) 6.37 Side B 1. IF I HAD THE TIME (Hensley) 5.43 2. SEVEN STARS (Hensley) 3.52 3. CIRCUS (Thain/Box/Kerslake) 2.44 4. PILGRIM (Hensley/Byron) 7.10 DAVID BYRON - Vocals KEN HENSLEY - Keyboards, Guitars and Vocals MICK BOX - Guitars LEE KERSLAKE - Drums, Percussion, Vocals GARY THAIN - Bass Guitar Produced by GERRY BRON Recording engineer PETER GALLEN Recorded at The Chateau D’Herouville, France, June/July 1973 All songs written & arranged by URIAH HEEP Equipment crew DEL ROLL, B.J. REISCH, TONY PATRICK Cover concept and photography by FIN COSTELLO Handtinting by WILLIAM C. KLEIN Art direction and design by PETER CORRISTON Singles Releases BONUS TRACKS ON REMASTERED 1996 RELEASE: 1. SUNSHINE (Thain/Box) 4.48 Originally b-side of ‘Stealin’ single. 2. STEALIN’ [single edit] (Hensley) 3.17 Edited from album version, released on several singles. 3. SEVEN STARS [long version] (Hensley) 5.29 Out-take, previously unreleased. BONUS TRACKS ON 2004 EXPANDED DE-LUXE EDITION CD: 1. SUNSHINE (Thain/Box) 4.47 Originally b-side of ‘Stealin’ single. 2. SEVEN STARS [long version] (Hensley) 7.01 Out-take. 3. PILGRIM [long version] (Hensley/Byron) 8.27 Out-take, previously unreleased. 4. IF I HAD THE TIME [Ken Hensley demo version] (Hensley) 6.00 5. SWEET FREEDOM [live version] (Hensley) 6.47 Recorded at Shepperton 1974. 6. STEALIN' [live version] (Hensley) 5.42 Recorded at Shepperton 1974. Expanded De-luxe Edition cover: Sweet Freedom Deluxe
DREAMER I’ve got a dollar deal hidden Down in my shoe So listen friends I tell you what I'm gonna do I’m gonna run up The road of mystery Hangin' by a thread to a fantasy A background black Showing my face Buried in the image Of an empty space I'm back on my feet Getting no sleep Makin' it all mine Give me a chance To follow the bands Waitin' for the sunshine Husslin' my will In a bar downtown And f it don't work out now ’ll keep movin' around and around ... Tll I'm back on my feet Getting no sleep Makin' it all mine Give me a chance To follow the bands I’m waitin' for the sunshine, yeah A dreamer, a dreamer Hangin' around A dreamer, a dreamer Trying to hitch a ride A dreamer, a dreamer Hangin' around A dreamer, a dreamer When I turn my back You're by my side Well I fought my way Through the back-stage door Staring at my goal Till my eyes get sore And working my way Through the little I say Caring no less just The light of the day A background black Showing my face Buried in the image Of an empty space I'm back on my feet Getting no sleep Makin' it all mine Give me a chance To follow the bands I’m waitin' for the sunshine, yeah Just a dreamer ... When I turn by back You’re by my side Dreamer ... STEALIN’ Take me across the water ‘Cause I need some place to hide I done the rancher’s daughter And I sure did hurt his pride Well, there's a Hundred miles of desert Lies between his hide and mine I don't need no food And no water, Lord ‘Cos I'm running out of time Fightin', killin', wine and women Gonna put me to my grave Runnin', hidin', losin', cryin' Nothing left to save but my life Stood on a ridge And shunned religion Thinking the world was mine I made my break and a big mistake Stealin', when I Should've been buyin' All that fightin', killin' Wine and those women Gonna put me to an early grave Runnin', hidin', losin', cryin' Nothing left to save but my life, life... So I stood on a ridge And shunned religion Thinking the world was mine I made my break and a big mistake Stealin', when I should've been buyin' I was stealin’ When I should’ve been buyin’ I was stealin’ When I should’ve been buyin’ Stealin’, when I should’ve been buyin’ I was stealin’ ... ONE DAY One day ... Didn't I tell ya Everything was gonna be alright I never doubted It was just a matter of time And though I've travelled Across the desert of despair I know I'll get there one day How times have changed I better re-arrange it everything But it can't change the love I bring When I get back home to you I am the same It's just a game that I chose to play But remember I can lose As fast as I won one day I still remember the hole in the wall Where we all sat though You said we'd fall The dusty yard and The broken down barn Where you and me Used to share a yarn But it's gone now But didn't I tell ya That everything was Gonna be alright I never doubted It was just a matter of time Though I've travelled Across the desert of despair I know I'll get there one day One day ... I’ll get there one day SWEET FREEDOM As you look around you Do you like what you see? Though it sometimes Makes you lonely Do you like being free? And are you sure you'll be okay Without my company? I just want you to be happy Even if it's not with me Sweet sweet freedom Sweet sweet sweet Will the line between all this And my love ever meet Sweet sweet Freedom Sweet sweet sweet What I'm really tryin' to say Is that I will be around Should you find that after all You can't get by With what you found Oh, it wasn't just my heart you took And gently tossed into the sea Though it's hard to find The words I need - I guess it was me Will the line between all this And my love ever gonna meet Sweet sweet Freedom Sweet sweet sweet Oh sweet, oh sweet sweet freedom So sweet, so sweet
IF I HAD THE TIME If I had the time To re-live my life I don't think I'd care To change a thing As long as I find Just a little peace of mind I can dream and laugh And I can sing I can have my fun With the silver stars I can watch the sun Fall in the sea And if it rains I will smile just the same For the rain Will make the flowers sing I know how it is to feel sad I know how it is when things go bad But I'm sure that I have found the way I'm happy here and here I'll stay Here I’ll stay SEVEN STARS Don't try to be anything else But what you are Don't try to do anything else But the things you do 'Cause I had a dream About seven stars And the seven good things That you are to me The very reason I'm livin' Is just for lovin' you And the seasons are changin' Makin' it all come true ‘Cause with the spring And clearing skies Love's soft light Will fill my eyes for you Who fills my head With these dreams As I'm leaving my mind Seven new stars are born Seven are waiting to die The very reason I'm livin' Is just for lovin' you And the seasons are changin' Makin' it all come true 'Cause I had a dream About seven stars And the seven good things That you are to me Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz ... CIRCUS Walkin' around this concrete garden Viewing all in vain Thinking why a dream Is driving everyone insane Then something will come And make you feel The master in control Still you're picking up And screwing anyone Who's got a soul I've been here Far too long to remember Sights and sounds From this town of clowns Makin' up, dressin' up Walkin' around Thinkin' that you're Greta Garbos I'm sorry my dears But we only sat down And laughed and laughed in sorrow But it was you That opened the door And it's that we thank you for Everyone insane ... Everyone’s insane PILGRIM A pilgrim at the grey of dawn Leaving in the mist of morning On his journey of goodness Heaven sent, God blessed Pilgrim laughing at the world Spreading joy At the touch of his hand Wiping out all the misery Making love and history Those of us who don't know war We shouldn't try to make it So many did and even more died Do you think you could take it? Love lies waiting at my back door Such a beautiful matter of fact Life's like an apple With love as the core And I'll tell you ‘bout that Just a man in my prime Love was there But I had no time I was cheered and adored And I thought fame Was all the world Battles won and victory cheers Were the sounds I'd heard for years But the women I really loved Was losing me To all this blood I only knew I had to win And build a world where I was king But leaders come and leaders go And that's the truth I came to know Love or war I couldn't choose And so both I had to lose
SUNSHINE For many years I felt like a man Feeling his way through darkness This priceless treasure For which I’ve searched Appeared to me nothing more Than a mirage in the sea But when the vision faded From this struggle and dream Suddenly my illusion is diarry I’ve now discovered what’s reality Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine I’ve found you Even if you’re only Even if you’re only Even if you’re only Destined for a while Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine I’ve found you Even if you’re only Destined for a while I’ll be both most impressions And I arrive this with a smile As the picture book shows Stanley Standing at the source of the Nile Download all lyrics as PDF file from Downloads page Next AlbumPrevious AlbumBack To Album Index