Earth Rising

by Chris Conway

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A masterpiece. A tale of a grand departure of dreaming people.

Brilliant songwriting, HUGE harmonies, awesome arrangements and that Conway trademark big sound. Yes this is the BIG album.

"Here folk makes friends with African, and Indian influences and produces plenty to enjoy" - Q Magazine

A feeling of rebirth and moving out of the darkness of Storming grew as the project went on. The concept took shape also. CC was taken up in a kind of fervour which makes this album such a special one for him.
As recording progressed a concept formed - of special creative dreaming people gathering together and leaving on a journey.

Influences - Paul Kantner, Alan Stivell , Vikki Clayton, Brain Wilson, Jimmy Web, Terry Riley

Reviews
Available for the first time, on the other hand, is Chris Conway's self-described "magnum opus so far", an even more ambitious work entitled 'Earth Rising'. Its themes of gathering, celebration and departure are delivered in a kaleidoscopic patchwork-quilt of sounds, vivid, articulate and moving.
If Conway's debut album was an assured artistic statement, then 'Earth Rising' is supremely confident music making.
It's to his credit that despite the scale of his ambition, embracing a variety of fashionable and less-fashionable styles - Celtic roots, rock, pop, eastern drones, an ecologically aware singer-songwriter's concerns for his home planet - the sheer class of his arrangements, and the performances from Conway and his numerous guests (including Vikki Clayton, Sally Barker, Clive Bunker, Jodi Krangle and Dan Britton) results in a sound which is nothing less than exhilarating. It's no mean achievement, for such a musical potpourri can all too easily fall flat.
Conway's vocal is the thread which connects all the contrasting styles and moods, though the variety is consistently complementary. There are some glorious harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics and plenty of impeccable playing. A splendid collection which hits the spot, time and time again.
- Dave White - RocknReel Magazine

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released February 2, 2000

Chris Conway - vocals, guitars, keyboards, tin & low D whistles, kalimba, zither, bamboo flute, samples, programming, percussion

Sarah Burt - appalacian dulcimer - 5
Neil Davenport - samples - 9
Clare Johnson - flute - 5

Dave Everitt - electric guitar - 15
Simon Styring - electric guitar - 2, 9

Mike Burnham - violin - 14
Roger Wilson - violin - 1, 7, 11

The Strung Out Sisters -13
Kate Easton - viola
Sally Ramsey - violin
Anne Mee - cello

Steve Cooke - double bass - 3, 5
Neil Segrott - bass - 1, 7, 8, 11, 14

Dan Britton - bodhrans, guitar - 2, 13, 15
Clive Bunker - drums, percussion - 1, 7, 8, 11
Andy Fitzsimons - congas - 5, 14

vocalists
Sally Barker - 5, 12, 14
Dan Britton - 2, 13
Vikki Clayton - 2, 9, 12
Kate Easton - 12, 13
Caroline Eling - 12
Jodi Krangle - 6, 10, 12
Debbie Robinson - 1, 8, 11, 12
Neil Segrott - 8
Linda Shanovitch - 5, 12
Baluji Shrivastav - 5, 12
James Lee Stanley - 3, 12
Simon Styring - 9, 12
Roger Wilson - 8
Zorpinda Zorpin - 12

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Chris Conway Leicester

Think David Crosby on a journey taking in Ireland, a jazz club, and Outer Space.

"Songs of Love & Peace & Outer Space" is his slogan and that sums it up well.

He has toured with ex-Monkees Peter Tork, played with members of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention as well as Vikki Clayton, Martin Carthy, Sally Barker, Pete Morton, Cathy Lesurf, & Tommy Emmanuel and Talvin Singh.
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Track Name: Life Magic & Love
Life, Magic & Love
I met a grey lady, out on the highway
If you were telling this story years ago
You might call her a sorceress, or maybe a witch
Today you'd maybe just call her crazy, I don't know
She just started talking and her eyes were kind
She was witty, strange and pretty
And she spoke into my mind and

She talked about life, like it was a real thing
She talked about magic, like it was a real thing
And she talked about love, like it was a real thing
Because it was a real thing, long ago

She took me up a mountain to see the beautiful valley
The river and the forest far below
She said, "I'll show you this valley the way that it was
Twenty thousand years ago".
I opened my up eyes. I wasn't too surprised
When the scene was still the same
She said, "Nothing here has changed!"

She talked about life, like it was a real thing
She talked about magic, like it was a real thing
And she talked about love, like it was a real thing
Because it was a real thing, long ago

She said, "I'll show you this valley
a thousand years in the future".
I opened my eyes. I cried out loud
Gone was the river, gone was the forest
There was just a desert and a dark black cloud
She took me back to the present
She said, "We cannot change the past.
The future's still in our hands but we've got to act fast"

We talked about life, like it was a real thing
We talked about magic, like it was a real thing
And we talked about love, like it was a real thing
Like it was a real thing, long ago

And we went on talking late into the night
About how to right all that was wrong
And when I woke by first morning's light
She was gone, and the years rolled on

I met a young lady, out on the highway
If she was telling this story years ago
She might call me a sorcerer, or maybe a wizard
Today she might just call me crazy, I don't know
But I just started talking
Everything just seemed to flow
And I took her up that mountain to see the valley far below

I talked about life, like it was a real thing
I talked about magic, like it was a real thing
And I talked about love, like it was a real thing
Because it was a real thing once again, once again
Track Name: City Breakdown
City Breakdown
There were times
When you could walk this city
Without worries, without fear
Now we hold our breath
Walking down the alleyways
Afraid of our own children
Every night of the year

chorus
Feel the city fall, city breakdown
From the outside in and around our ears
Feel the city fall, city breakdown
It's time to move to where the air is clear

Night and morning
See the grand procession
Of lonely people in their pretty machines
In one big rush, going nowhere
I can hear each and every silent scream

chorus

Well I know, it doesn't matter anymore
No one will listen to a single word I say
But I feel trouble - I hear it knocking at the door
And I don't know why it has to be that way

There were times
When every man, woman and child
Could expect shelter overhead
Now they line the streets - living statistics
With paper and cardboard to line their bed

And when did all the locks
And all the burglar-alarms
Go up on every window, every door
Young families and old ones, hide behind barricades
Like they were living through another war

chorus
Track Name: Age of Miracles
Age of Miracles
We live in an age of miracles
Of instant light and flying machines
Food exchanged for the cold touch of plastic
We amuse ourselves with pictures dancing on a screen

And while I'm singing, there are men in space
Gazing down on the Earth
On the cold and the hungry people
Who know what a miracle is really worth

When the dream dies, what happens to the dreamer?
And without the dreamer, what happens to the dream?

Years ago I used to sit in a café
I'd spin out hours there with my book
Against the chance that you would walk in that day
How precious each and every look

Now the years have flown by
You could say that I missed my chance
But I don't understand why
I passed you today without a second glance

When the dream dies, what happens to the dreamer?
And without the dreamer, what happens to the dream?

I sing my songs for dysfunctional people
Each one special in their own way
Each one sidelined by the mainstream world
They're never asked and there's so much they've got to say

But I feel spirits rising
Reaching for higher ground
And when we gather together
I believe that the walls could really tumble down

When the dream dies, what happens to the dreamer?
And without the dreamer, what happens to the dream?
Track Name: Premonition
instrumental
Track Name: To The Four Winds
To The Four Winds
The east wind it blows cold
From the fen land to my home
The flicker of a winter candle
Angels walking on my grave
Ghosts walk the night
And trees roar like a wave
Whistling around the angles
Feelings in my bones
Release the whispered cries
Of souls forever locked
Inside the stones

The west wind brings the rain
From the mountains, across the plain
Landing on my window
Flowing down in racing trails
Is this the same west wind
I used to fill my sails
To carry me from the old country
To where I've found my place
Watching the west wind
With a smile of recognition
On my face

The south wind brings the heat
City dust spins down the street
A summer long ago
A veranda in the evening sun
Hands held across the sky
As we watched the colours run
Something in this sultry air
Blurs the future and the past
The wind in my hair makes
This summer seem to blend
Into the last

The north wind brings you back to me
Flying in across my memory
A house north of the border
This breeze blew past your door
Carried across hills and heather
To waft across my floor
Visions from disorder
I know how it all begins
I can see forever when I
Set my mind to fly
The four winds
Track Name: A Little Bit of Loving
A Little Bit of Loving
Just a touch, on my forehead when I'm waking
Just a touch, when my poor heart is aching
Just a touch, when my spirit is breaking
Just a touch is all I need

Just a look, across this cold empty floor
Just a look, would open the door
Just a look, to say we've been here before
Just a look is all I need

chorus
Because a little bit of loving goes a long, long way
While we were staring out the window
The sky has turned grey
And we're stood here like strangers
With no more to say
And little bit of loving right now
Would go a long, long way

Just the sound of your sweet voice at last
Just the sound, of a song from our past
Just the sound, of your footsteps up the path
Just a sound is all I need

chorus

Too bent on destruction to see the damage all around
We've been shouting so loud, we can't hear a sound
Only fools would keep fighting in a house that's burning down
From all of this rubble, a little bit of loving can still be found

Just a smile, would tear down the wall
Just a smile, would help me break my fall
Just a smile - in spite of it all
Just a smile is all I need

chorus
Long way…
Track Name: Earth Rising
instrumental
Track Name: Run By You
Run By You
I'll never be easy
As long as I'm alive
Leaving people
And places behind
One last look
One last sigh
One more river
One last time
One last time
One last time

You had a pattern
For the years ahead
Somehow you lst the instructions
Lost the thread
Now there's just pieces
Floating in your head
That can't be woven
Together again
Together again
Together again

So take my hand
And we'll step right through
Silver tapestries
And all those empty rooms
You'll run by me
And I'll run by you
But hold on tight now
This road is new
This road is new
This road is new, new, new
Track Name: Love On The Run
Love On the Run
Hear me, hear me, hear me
Hear the magic words
I'll whisper softly
Because words of magic seldom go unheard
Hear me, hear me, hear me
Catch the sound of my voice
Don't ever lose it
Don't confuse it in the chaos and the noise
Hear me, hear me, hear me
Because I'm only passing through
Hear me, hear me, hear me
I'll be coming back for you
I'll be coming back for you

Hold me, hold me, hold me
Shelter me from the sky
Let me know that you need me
But don't ever tell me why
Hold me, hold me, hold me
As if it was the last
Strange every memory to be
Seems to melt away so fast
Hold me, hold me, hold me
'Cos words are not enough
Hold me, hold me, hold me
Surround me with your love

I can see clear forever
Past the rays of burning light
You and me running together
Hands of gold across the night

Mercy, mercy, mercy
With your eyes so wild
The way the see past my defences
Make me feel just like a child
Mercy, mercy, mercy
Across the great divide
We'll never open up the future
If we're scared of what's inside
Mercy, mercy, mercy
And face the rising sun
Mercy, mercy, mercy
Like the world has just begun
And love is on the run
Track Name: Wherever
Wherever
Sometimes the easy lessons are hard to learn
My pages go on the fire, but some don't seem to want to burn
Life's a tangle to unravel
Not an easy road to travel
But the love you've given will carry me far
And I know you're with me wherever you are
Wherever you are

It's easy to say goodbye, but it's hard to let you go
There's so much I want to say to you,
So much you need to know
But I could stay until tomorrow
Try to repay all I've borrowed
But you can't cut that deep without leaving a scar
That will always be with me wherever you are
Wherever you are

Wherever, wherever
I wanted to thank you
Wherever, wherever
But words don't seem enough
Wherever, wherever
I know that I'll think of you
Wherever, wherever
Wherever I find love

Quiet moments of memory, my thoughts turn to you
And though our time went far too fast, there's nothing I can do
Another bitter pill to swallow
Not an easy act to follow
You always told me to reach for the stars
And I know I'll find them wherever you are
Wherever you are
Track Name: The Real You
The Real You
Some smiles are for summer mornings
And some are for winter nights
Some never dim their brightness
When you turn out the light
Some barriers block your progress
Some you can step right through
Tell me which of them is you?

chorus
Shine a light to guide be to you
Past the darkness in your eyes
Shine it bright so I can see right through
All of your disguises
Shine a light
On the real you

The way you are with old friends
The voice you use on the phone
The voices that only you hear
When you are on your own
The look that says, "I love you"
The look that says, "I don't care"
Tell me is anybody there?

chorus

The tricks, the camouflage, and the stooge
White lies and diplomacy
Back projections and subterfuge
It's all so hard to see
The reality

The person you thought you could be
Or the one that you left behind
Are you the person of strong convictions?
Or with doubts at the back of your mind?
Reflected on bevelled mirrors
Deflected onto silver screens
You have to be believed to be seen

chorus

Chris Conway - vocals, acoustic 9string guitar,
keyboards, tin & twin whistles
Debbie Robinson - vocals
Roger Wilson - violin
Neil Segrott - bass
Clive Bunker - drums, percussion


12. Gathering of the Kindred Spirits
Chris Conway - vocals, keyboards
Sally Barker, Vikki Clayton , Kate Easton, Caroline Eling,
Jodi Krangle, Debbie Robinson , Baluji Shrivastav, Linda Shanovitch,
James Lee Stanley, Simon Styring, Zorpinda Zorpin - vocals


13. Blueprints/Preparations for Departure
First snow of winter takes me back
Back to the river
That flowed through the garden
The first I had known
And the bridge that washed away
Was rebuilt each year
I'm still building bridges today
But the rivers have grown

chorus
Actions of children
Who never thought twice
Soundtracks for living
Blueprints for life

I was there when the great ship
Crossed the ocean of night
Singing The Prisoner's song
Through the corridors I ran
How many years since landfall
Have I been singing?
And why, when the walls close in
Do I still run if I can?

chorus

I can't take you there
There's nothing there anymore to see
But there are echoes everywhere
Of someone who used to be me

I was there when the future was better
Than it is today
It once shone like a lighthouse
Guiding our minds
But now the tide has turned
Away from the vision
But some dreams are way too strong
For me to leave behind

chorus
Track Name: Gathering of the Kindred Spirits
instrumental
Track Name: Blueprints - Preparing for Departure
Blueprints/Preparations for Departure
First snow of winter takes me back
Back to the river
That flowed through the garden
The first I had known
And the bridge that washed away
Was rebuilt each year
I'm still building bridges today
But the rivers have grown

chorus
Actions of children
Who never thought twice
Soundtracks for living
Blueprints for life

I was there when the great ship
Crossed the ocean of night
Singing The Prisoner's song
Through the corridors I ran
How many years since landfall
Have I been singing?
And why, when the walls close in
Do I still run if I can?

chorus

I can't take you there
There's nothing there anymore to see
But there are echoes everywhere
Of someone who used to be me

I was there when the future was better
Than it is today
It once shone like a lighthouse
Guiding our minds
But now the tide has turned
Away from the vision
But some dreams are way too strong
For me to leave behind

chorus
Track Name: Before I Go
Before I Go
I can see the mist
And it's clearing off the water
I can see the island
Coming in to view
And I don't care now
If I've said it all before
Because I never
Have said it to you.
And if I have,
It wasn't true then
But it's strangely
True today.
And on the island
There is a harbour
And I'm expected
To make my way.

But I don't know
If it's worth talking anymore
When we can read each other's minds
Before I go
I'm determined to explore
Before I leave it all behind

I can see the ship
Is veering off its course
And I know the Captain
Is a fool,
And I know the crew
Are expecting me to act
Because they know
I always do.
But all I can see
Is that the stars are bright tonight
And their strange music
Is calling me.
And I can see the sails
Are far, far below me
Because I'm flying now
Flying free

And I don't know
If it's worth talking anymore
When we can read each other's minds
Before I go
I'm determined to explore
Before I go…
Track Name: Going...
instrumental