Angus Guild

Angus Guild

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

singer/songwriter, songs drawn from personal experience, varied in style, often with environmental and social themes.

Biography

has lived on Kangaroo Island for 30 yrs after moving from NZ. has an affinity for wildlife and environmental issues feature in originals.

Lyrics

Marama (Song to the Moon)

Written By: Angus Guild

Soft, yellow light, mystical charm,
Staircase on the ocean, deep and calm.
She smiles down on the Earth and the sea,
She smiles down on you and me.

(CH)
Marama, it's so nice to see your face again.
Marama, you're never in one place, but then,
Marama, what do you think of as you watch the race of Men?

You've seen all the changes since time began.
You've seen the evil and the good in Man,
But when we look at you, we only see one thing,
A wholesome purity that makes me want to sing......

(CH)

Do you know how you move us.... how you make us feel tonight?
We're so weary from the day,
But you make us feel like dancing in your light.
Gliding through the stars, peeping through the clouds,
On your endless journey around this world of ours.

(CH) x2

Tryin' to Follow the Sun

Written By: Angus Guild

I travelled to the land where my father grew from a bairn to a man.
I stood in the schoolyard where he once played and tried to understand.
Why did he leave home so young? Was he just tryin' to follow the sun?
Could he find no peace in these cobblestone streets?
Why did he leave home so young?

He took a job on a merchant ship and sailed to Aotearoa.
He made a new life and took him a wife, who soon became my mother.
Why did he leave home so young?
Was he just trĂ½in' to follow the sun?
He met a girl on the other side of the world,
Why did he leave home so young?

The family soon grew, there was nothing left to do except work to keep us from hunger.
Dad had three jobs and Mum worked too, they couldn't keep any younger.
Why did they leave home so young?
Were they just tryin' to follow the sun?
Working to feed us, they didn't need us.
Why did they marry so young?

The eldest child, rebellious and wild,
I flew to Australia and stayed.
Searching for truth, roaming mile after mile, dreams began to fade.
Why did I leave home so young?
Was I just tryin' to follow the sun?
I married a girl from the other side of the world And we're still tryin' to follow the sun.

Uranium Song

Written By: Angus Guild

(CH)
Let's keep uranium in the ground,
It's dangerous to handle.
We don't need no nuclear power,
When it's dark we light a candle.

Well, what's all the fuss about? Tell me if you know!
They say they need more power to make the factories go.
We all know the reason, it's easy to see why.
Those millionaires want more money, they don't care how many die!

So let's...(CH)

Well, I'm not a politician and I'm not a businessman,
But when it comes to common sense, I'm as good as the next man
Our Mother Earth is suffering a terrible fate and we gotta stop hurtin' her before it is too late!

So let's....(CH)

We get power from the hydro dams
and energy from the sun.
We sure can do without that uranium.
We got atom bombs and missiles aimed at other lands,
But with nuclear war our kids own kids would never understand!

So let's...(CH)

Tryin' to Follow the Sun

Written By: Angus Guild

I travelled to the land where my father grew from a bairn to a man.
I stood in the schoolyard where he once played and tried to understand
Why did he leave home so young?
Was he just tryin' to follow the sun?
Could he find no peace in these cobblestone streets?
Why did he leave home so young?

He took a job on a merchant ship and sailed to Aotearoa.
He made a new life and took him a wife who soon became my mother.
Why did he leave home so young?
Was he just tryin' to follow the sun?
He married a girl the other side of the world,
Why did he leave home so young?

The family soon grew, there was nothing left to do except work to keep us from hunger.
Dad worked three jobs and Mum worked too, they couldn't keep any younger.
Why did they leave home so young?
Were they just tryin' to follow the sun?
Working to feed us, they didn't need us,
Why did they marry so young?

The eldest child, rebellious and wild, I flew to Australia and stayed.
Searching for truth, roaming mile after mile, dreams began to fade.
Why did I leave home so young?
Was I just tryin' to follow the sun?
I married a girl from the other side of the world and we're still
Tryin' to follow the sun.

The Ballad of James K Baxter

Written By: Angus Guild

Though I barely knew him, the funeral made me cry; for he was precious in my heart and brother, that's no lie. From Otago in the South he came to Wellington to live
with a vision in his heart and a lot of love to give.

{CH} A SHINING LIGHT THAT BURNED AS BRIGHT AS THE SUN IN AFTERNOON; HEMI, HUMBLE HEMI, YOU LEFT US ALL TOO SOON.

In that fair city long he worked to free the social slaves; the junkie of the needle and the alkie of the craves. Tiring of the battles with the council and the cops, James K went to Jerusalem, away from pubs and shops.

{CH}

There, the Maori Elders, whose land they gladly gave, said "Hemi, here you have a home, for you are true and brave. Bring the homeless to these hills and teach them of our way. We know the lonliness of cities and for their souls we pray.

{CH}

Jerusalem was justly named, a village quiet and peaceful, nestled on the banks of the Whanganui, a river cool and graceful.But still the cops and newspapers gave poor Jim no rest. With their lies and implications they put his soul to test

{CH}

Baxter died of a broken heart early one Spring morning, but deep down I think he knew that a New Age was just dawning. Whe people would learn to love their lives and live together freely, establishing true community, based on human feeling.

{CH} x2