Allan West

Allan West

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The Box

Written By: Allan West

THE BOX

VERSE 1
Well a little box is sitting in the corner of my room
It talks to me each evening and throughout the afternoon
It shows me what is happening across the planet Earth
It’s showing up the human race for what it’s really worth

VERSE 2
There’s footage of atrocities - a village lives in fear
A little boy is crying - Mum and Dad have disappeared
Gunshots, rocks and firebombs exchanged on city streets
A soldier shows contempt to each civilian that he beats

CHORUS
Box that’s in the corner please show me a different view
A view of how the world should really be for me and you
Show me smiling children not their frowning and despair
Don’t show places where I say ‘I’m glad that I’m not there!’

VERSE 3
High tech bombs designed to end the life of human beings
I simply can’t believe the crazy images I’m seeing
Ethnic cleansing, atom bombs and chemical warfare too
Our children need some peace and so do I and so do you

REPEAT CHORUS
Box that’s in the corner please show me a different view
A view of how the world should really be for me and you
Show me smiling faces not their hunger and despair
Don’t show places where I say ‘I’m glad that I’m not there!’

VERSE 4
The box is showing me these things I do not wish to see
But that same box is simply showing me reality
And that small box - it will not ever change its point of view
Because reality depends on me and you and you

REPEAT CHORUS
Box that’s in the corner please show me a different view
A view of how the world should really be for me and you
Show me smiling children not their frowning and despair
Show me places where I say ‘I wish that I was there!’

REPEAT CHORUS
Yeah, Box that’s in the corner please show me a different view
A view of how the world should really be for me and you
Show me smiling children not their hunger and despair
Show me places where I’ll say ‘I wish that I was wish that I was, wish that I was there!

Allan West

So Long

Written By: Allan West

SO LONG
(A tribute to legendary song-writers)

I just saw two old friends today
It really made me cry
We grew apart so long ago
And let the years roll by

I said "Well, let's go live it up.
Let's go and paint the town."
They said "Well thanks but no thanks pal;
We're tired and homeward bound.

Just yesterday, I saw old Paul
I said "Well, how'd'y'be?"
You haven't aged a single day"
But he just looked through me.

"Don't you recall those magic days?
Just the keyboard, you and me?"
But he just stared and apologised,
So I just let it be.

CHORUS
And it's been so long since I saw John
In fact I heard he died
Some mad guy shot him to the ground
I can't imagine why

It was a long long time ago
When Don and I would write
Abstract lines on my front porch
On a starry starry night.

We we're gonna write that classic song
The anthem of our age
I wonder if his hands are still
Clenched in fists of rage.

REPEAT CHORUS
And it's been so long since I saw John
In fact I heard he died
Some mad guy shot him to the ground
I can't imagine why

When times were changin’ I met Bob
He blew in with the wind
He stirred emotions deep inside
But he never cried or grinned
He made me high he made me fly
This hero of my own
But I listened to other points of view
And I sank like a rollin’ stone

And it's been so long since I saw John
In fact I heard he died
Some mad guy shot him to the ground
I can't imagine why

And it's been so long since I saw John
In fact I heard he died
Some mad guy shot him to the ground
I can't imagine why
No. I can’t imagine why.

ALLAN WEST