Paul Bowen

Paul Bowen

BandPop

Think of bands of light entering a prism, each band a strand of American music. There's Folk, Country, Blues, Then there's Irish. Now think of a single beam coming out the other side. That's me, that beam; all those strands interwoven in my music. Me, I call it American Celtic. Welcome to my world

Biography

Born Belfast, Northern Ireland. Guitarist in Thin Lizzy for almost 30 seconds, honest, til I was thrown offstage - (drunk schoolboy in support band attempts to rescue concert after original guitarist, Eric Bell storms offstage, never to return. Beaten up by roadcrew. Well worth the bruises.) Member of Belfast band, The Starjets. Rehearsal guitarist for Rory Gallagher during his illness. Guitarist with Pogues splinter band, The Bucks, guest guitarist with Shane Mac Gowan and the Popes. Fundraiser for the George Best Foundation for Liver Research. You might be glad of that one day.

Lyrics

Beautiful Feet

Written By: Paul Bowen

BEAUTIFUL FEET
Words and music (c) Paul Bowen
LOVE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN
BRIGHTER THAN OUR BRIGHTEST DREAMS
HAS COME TO OUR CITY STREETS
THANKS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET

WARM LOVE SO BRILLIANT
SHINES OUT OF EVERY WINDOW
THROUGH THE NIGHT 'TIL GREY DAWN’S PEEP
KISSES YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET

YOU WERE THE BOY WE ALL WANTED TO BE
A PETER PAN CHILD ON AN OCEAN OF DREAMS
THROUGH ALL THE HIGHS, ADVERSITIES, JOYS AND DEFEATS
YOU HAD THE WORLD AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET

MANCHESTER UNITED
A CITY DIVIDED
IT’S A SMALL STEP BUT ONE GIANT LEAP
THANKS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET

THE GAME'S A MORE MAGICAL PLACE
ALL FOR THE GLORY, THE GRACE
WHEN YOU DEFIED GRAVITY
WITH WINGS ’NEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET

YOU WERE THE BOY WE ALL WANTED TO BE
A PETER PAN CHILD ON AN OCEAN OF DREAMS
THROUGH ALL THE HIGHS, ADVERSITIES, JOYS AND DEFEATS
YOU HAD THE WORLD AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET

YOU WERE THE BOY WE ALL WANTED TO BE
A PETER PAN CHILD ON AN OCEAN OF DREAMS
YOUR MAMA, SHE'S CALLING YOU, IT'S TIME TO SLEEP
FOR THE BOY WITH THE SMILE AND THE BEAUTIFUL FEET

SWEET GEORGIE BEST
YOU’RE HOME NOW, AT REST
LONG MAY THE ANGELS KEEP
WATCH OVER YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET
IN AWE OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET
THANK GOD FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEET

Veronica

Written By: Paul Bowen

VERONICA
For Veronia Guerin
Word and music (c) Paul Bowen

THERE’S A LOT OF ANGRY PEOPLE ON THE STREETS OF THIS TOWN
SILENCE WHERE YOUR VOICE ONCE SPOKE OUT SO LOUD
CRACKS IN CREDIBILITY AS PUNDITS STRAIN
TO BE HEARD ABOVE THE WIND TAKEN FROM THEIR SAILS

THERE’S A THIN BLUE LINE FROM THE CORRIDORS
WHERE YOUR NAME IS THEIR EMBARASSMENT
OUT TO THE BACKSTREET FRONT LINE
WHERE THE ORDER CAME--- PUT A STOP TO HER!

BUT YOU CROSSED THE BORDER FROM FRONT LINE TO FRONT PAGE
YOU PAID THE PRICE FOR YOUR COURAGE

THIS IS YOUR SONG VERONICA
THIS IS YOUR SONG VERONICA
I’M SOMEONE YOU NEVER KNEW
WHO WAS PROUD YOU STOOD AND SPOKE THE TRUTH
NOW YOU’RE GONE
MY HEART IS WITH YOU
VERONICA

IT’S A LONG LONG WAY FROM THE GARDENS OF ARTANE
LITTLE GIRL IN PIGTAILS PLAYING CHILDRENS’ GAMES
TO THE MEAN STREETS NEWS-HOUND CUT DOWN BY THE POWER
OF THE TABLOID GANGSTER THAT YOU MADE A STAR

IT TOOK THE LIFE OF A MOTHER AND WIFE TO SHOCK US TO OUR SENSES
YOU COULDN’T WALK AWAY, SO BRAVE BUT SO DEFENCELESS
THE PAIN OF A WOMAN WHO SAW IT ALL COMING
AND TOOK THE CONSEQUENCE

THIS IS YOUR SONG VERONICA
THIS IS YOUR SONG VERONICA
I’M SOMEONE YOU NEVER KNEW
WHO WAS PROUD YOU STOOD AND SPOKE THE TRUTH
AND NOW YOU’RE GONE
MY HEART IS WITH YOU
VERONICA

THERE’S A LOT OF ANGRY PEOPLE ON THE STREETS OF THIS TOWN...

On The Waterfront

Written By: Paul Bowen

ON THE WATERFRONT
Muisc and Words © Paul Bowen

WE STOOD UP ON O'CONNELL BRIDGE, WATCHED THE RIVER FLOW
BOUGHT THE GIRL A BAG OF CHIPS, BOUGHT MY GIRL A COKE
THE KISS, THE STATION, ALL THOSE YEARS AGO
WHEN THE RAIN CAME DOWN ON THE WATERFRONT

THE TEENAGE DREAM WAS BROKEN, THE DOOR BEHIND ME LOCKED
A TIME WAS STOLEN UNDER ONE O’CLERY’S CLOCK
ON THE LAST PURE TEENAGE LOVE SONG STRUNG OUT ON THE ROCKS
BY THE SIREN’S CRY ON THE WATERFRONT

DIVED IN THE RIVER, PASSED FROM THESE ANCIENT STREETS
WASHED MY SINS IN NEW WORLD WATER SINGING ‘I SHALL BE RELEASED’
AS A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE, WITHOUT WHICH I’D BE FREE
AS THE WIND THAT BLOWS ON THE WATERFRONT

I SANG YOUR SONG IN EXILE, STRING AND PAPER ROUND MY DREAMS
PRAYED THE RIVERRUN RECYCLED TO A THE FUTURE ON THESE QUAYS
NOT THIS SPIRITUAL FAMINE THAT HAS ME SICK WITH GREED
DOWN UPON MY KNEES ON THE WATERFRONT

WE STOOD UPON THE BRIDGE AND WATCHED THE RIVER FLOW
BOUGHT THE GIRL SOME CHIPS, BOUGHT MY GIRL A COKE
THE KISS, THE STATION, ALL THOSE YEARS AGO
WHEN THE RAIN CAME DOWN ON THE WATERFRONT
AND THE WHEELS WENT ROUND ON THE WATERFRONT
AND THE WIND WILL HOWL ON THE WATERFRONT
ON THE WATERFRONT

Discography

God Bless the Starjets (1980)
Action Music (1983-1990)
Take Four Girls (1994)
Tales Of A City (1997)
Beautiful Feet (2006)

Set List

I never do set lists. I always know what to play. The audience tells me - their energy is my guide.