SONY ACADEMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER FROM COUNTY DURHAM

SONS OF THE CENTURY

SONS OF THE CENTURY
J.Lowe – Lowe Life Music 1995

The head of the world hung in shame,
And was looking for someone to blame,
For all of the changes, and the dangers,
And somebody mentioned my name.

And I have to admit it was me,
That’s caused all the trouble you see,
Yes, me and the lads dealt the good and the bad,
The to be and not to be.

CHORUS
And these ears are red and burning,
You can put the blame on me,
And these backs on us are turning,
But I say Hey, we’re only the sons of the century.

 

It’s only a blink of an eye,
And a hundred years have gone by,
I was nowt but a child, so young and so wild,
Out to fight and defy

I scared them with my fast cars,
I bombed them with my world wars,
I showed them a need for power and greed,
And left them counting the scars.

I swept the factory floor,
I bolted the old coal-house door,
First they were lazy, soon they were crazy,
With nothing to do any more.

They said I was getting too bold,
I wouldn’t do as I’m told,
I stamped my feet, and danced in the street,
Their kids were out of control.

So you judges and juries take heed.
When you point the finger at me,
Take my name in vain and I’ll take the blame,
But hear how for mercy I plead,

Was I meant to follow you blind,
Was I meant to be toeing your line,
Cos a line hanging loose slips into a noose,
Its only a matter of time.

 

NOTE – Until its inclusion on the Three Nations Tour, Jez had only performed this song, the opening track on 1995’s TENTERHOOKS album a couple of times, including one very different solo version on BBC’s Folk On Two in 1994. The recent version is very much based on the album arrangement, with Northumbrian pipes and fiddle handling the startling instrumental motifs.

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