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Green Lines

Written By: Ian Bustard, Rab Christy


Green Lines

NYC we’re landing
Questionnaire’s demanding
Answer all they ask me
I’ve never been a Nazi
Confess every sin
Any chance I’m getting in?
Passport do your worst
My Middle name should be first
EU crest and badge
But subject to Her Madge
My nationality
Is not in front of me
Do I put the pride of my nation
Before my new vacation?
Hello Guantanano Bay
I’ll write Scotland not UK

Hey now you, you, you x 4
You can try box me in
Where I’m from, where I’ve been,
You’ll see what you want to see
But you don’t know me

Mile, lines bloody files and signs
Narrow vision, narrow minds
You’ll see what you want to see
But you don’t know me

Tiree hit the bar
Win the game, Slàinte a var
Gaelic fancy flicking
My Language takes a kicking
All Gaels in my old village?
Or did my Grandad start the pillage?
Mon boys, off to Barra
Mon boys, Ciamar a tha thu
A wee bit energising
A big bit patronising
Sign-up smile and nod
Switch off every Mod
Eh, now, what’s been sung?
It’s Alba’s foreign tongue
We spout Anglification
In the cut-off generation

Hey now you, you, you x 4
You can try box me in
Where I’m from, where I’ve been,
You’ll see what you want to see
But you don’t know me

Mile, lines bloody files and signs
Narrow vision, narrow minds
You’ll see what you want to see
But you don’t know me

He’s in downtown Havana
The T-shirt’s Tennents Lager
Not for Glasgow brew
It’s any shirt will do
In Castro’s constitution
Bon Jovi means revolution
See this Rezillos song
It comes from where I’m from
A place that is worth knowing
If Escapees plan on going
At Sinatra’s Cuban suite
The welcome sure is neat
Senoritas holler
Asda shorts mean dollars
Venceremos order
Punks run for the border
To forge and to forget
Drown your tears in sweat
Like Sydney or Toronto
The places we moved onto
Boot-up liberty
Spark-up identity
If this land can nourish
My city can still flourish

Hey now you, you, you x 4
You can try box me in
Where I’m from, where I’ve been,
You’ll see what you want to see
But you don’t know me

Mile, lines bloody files and signs
Narrow vision, narrow minds
You’ll see what you want to see
But you don’t know me

Green Lines
Red Lines
Long Lines
Wrong Lines

Green Field In Glasgow

Written By: Ian bustard, Rab Christy

GREEN FIELD IN GLASGOW

VERSE 1

TAKE ME TO WHERE I AM HAPPY,
TAKE ME TO WHERE I LONG TO BE,
TAKE ME TO WHERE I’VE NO CARES OR WORRIES,
THERE’S ONLY YOU AND ME.

CHORUS

TO THAT GREEN FIELD IN GLASGOW,
TO THE HEATHER AND THE TYME,
TO THAT GREEN FIELD IN GLASGOW,
WHERE YOU SAID THAT YOU’D YOU MINE,
YOU SAID THAT YOU’D BE MINE.

VERSE 2

SOME SAY THAT LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT,
SOME SAY YOU REAP JUST WHAT YOU SOW,
BUT LIFE CAN BE SO CRUEL AND SO UNFULFILLING,
IT’S THEN THAT WE SHOULD GO.

REPEAT CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE 3

AND IN MY DREAMS I SEE YOUR BEAUTY,
THE PURPLE HEATHER ON THE HILL,
AND WHEN WE’RE OLD AND GREY THEN TOGETHER
WE’LL GO A ROAMING STILL.

REPEAT CHORUS

Stornoway Girl

Written By: Ian Bustard, Rab Christy

STORNOWAY GIRL

I WAS BORN IN THE STEERING BAY,
ON FRANCIS STREET I LOVED TO DANCE AND PLAY
BUT A FARAWAY VOICE CALLED TO ME
I IGNORED ADVICE, PUT MY RUCKSACK ON, WENT TO SEE WHAT I COULD SEE.
THE DEAR GREEN PLACE WAS MY FIRST PORT OF CALL
IT FELT AWFULLY BIG AND I FELT AWFULLY SMALL,
I DRUNK, DANCED, DARED AWAY WITH THE WEEDGIE CREW
AND AFTER TWO YEARS ON THE BUCKFAST I’D DONE ALL THE DRINKING I COULD DO.

CHORUS
I’LL DO MY TALKING WITH MY WALKING,
MY HEART WILL WANDER CROSS EVERY BORDER,
COZ IWAS BORN TO LIVE AND I WAS BORN TO BE,
I WAS BORN TO SEE THE THINGS I WANT TO SEE,
TODAY I HOPE YOU COME MY WAY.

VERSE 2
IN CAMDEN TOWN I DANCED ON EVERY FLOOR
MET MY SHARE OF MEN AND THEN I MET SOME MORE,
BUT STILL A DISTANT VOICE CALLED OUT TO ME,
I IGNORED ADVICE, PUT MY RUCKSACK ON, WENT TO SEE WHAT I COULD SEE
I MET PEOPLE FROM EVERY COUNTRY IN THIS LAND,
SPOKE A HUNDRED TONGUES AND DANCED TO MANY DIFFERENT BANDS,
MET A FEW LOVERS HERE ALONG THE WAY
BUT I NEVER REALLY TRUELY GAVE MY HEART AWAY.

REPEAT CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

BRIDGE
FROM STORNOWAY TO GLASGOW AND THEN TO LONDON FOR TWO YEARS,
FROM AMSTERDAM TO VIETNAM SHE LEFT AND SHED NO TEARS.
DAMASCUS, MELBOURNE, SYDNEY WHERE SHE DATED A KIWI
THEN SHE HEADED FOR NEW YORK TO SEE WHAT THERE WOULD BE.
AND THERE SHE MET HER TRUE LOVE AND ANOTHER CHAPTER STARTS
AND THEY TRAVELLED ON TOGETHER TO THE BEATING OF TWO HEARTS,
THE PASSION OVERTOOK THEM IN MANY A COUNTRY
AND THE BEATING OF THE HEARTS IT DID CHANGE FROM TWO TO THREE,
AND WITH A NICK, NACK AND A PADDY AND A WHACK THEY GAVE THE DOG A BONE,
AND WITH A LUMP IN HER BELLY AND HER ONE TRUE LOVE WELL THE STORNOWAY GIRL CAME ROVING HOME.

VERSE 3
NOW I FIND MYSELF AND MY LOVE IN MY HOME TOWN
WHERE ONCE I WAS LOST BUT NOW TOGETHER WE ARE FOUND,
AND ON FRANCIS STREET MY YOUNG GIRL WILL DANCE AND PLAY
AND WHEN MANY A SUN HAS SET LET HER WANDER ON HER WAY

REPEAT CHORUS