SONY ACADEMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER FROM COUNTY DURHAM

A DREAM OF STEAM AND FREEDOM

A DREAM OF STEAM AND FREEDOM
Jez Lowe – Lowe Life Music 1998

A man had a dream by this river one night,
And he woke like sight to the blind,
And he dreamed of steam and freedom
For himself and all mankind.
He said ‘Someday I’m gonna blow like the wind from here,
And run for all that I’m worth,
And I’ll take men and metal and their wishes and wills
To the farthest ends of the earth.

CHORUS – 
He dreamed of steam and freedom,
running around the world.

He said ‘I’ll cross big rivers and leap deep valleys,
I’ll be howling like a man gone mad,
Then I’ll shoot like an arrow through a mountain side,
And as fast as any dream you had.
I’ll carry lovers and letters and the pick of the yield
From factory, forest and farm,
I’ll pull the bulk of the ton like a handshake,
And as safe as any babe in arms.

He dreamed of steam and freedom,
running around the world.

I’ll bring colour to creed, and sower to seed,
In places no man ever named,
I’ll go faster and further with a fire in my belly,
That‘ll burn the brightest flame.
And you’ll sleep in my bosom as the night slides by,
And I’ll rattle you under the ground,
And you’ll wake in the sun like I did,
And gasp at the world we’ve found.

He dreamed of steam and freedom,
running around the world.

 

NOTE – This was written for the 1999 album A FULL HEAD OF STEAM, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the world’s first steam train journey which took place in North East England. It is performed on the CD by ex-Bad Penny Bev Sanders, backed by Jez and Jake Walton. Subsequently Jez performed the song himself on tours with James Keelaghan and it was a highlight of the recent Three Nations Tour.

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