#71 Hand on my Heart

#71 Hand on my Heart – Shriekback

I tend to think of Shriekback as being synonomous with Barry Andrews but I’ve just had a count-up and there are at least 16 other people who’ve played on various tracks (notably Carl Marsh and Martyn Barker of course). It’s also just occured to me that I used to live in Kentish Town in 1981. Anyway this track is from “Jam Science” which is Shriekback’s 2nd album (there seems to be some confusion as to who released which version of the album first on what label but whatever), There were 2 singles: this track and Mercy Dash, which I’m also trying to jam into this playlist somehow. The lyrics for this (as with most Shriekback songs) are of a quality which is just above.

Lyrics

And you can say well
And you can pray yeah

What about those days we break up the alphabet
Some itch and ripple bones beneath the flesh
No hesitation keeping the theory in trim
What about that stuff that keeps on pouring in
I wouldn’t cry no pleasure in doing it but
There are those days the luxury ain’t too much
I wouldn’t bother if it was all in the mind
It’s in the body; the body still knows best

And you can say well there goes a lucky guy
Amd you can say well there goes the neighbourhood
And you can say well there goes a bob or two
And you can pray that it would or wouldn’t happen to you
And all of this is not imagination
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
And all of this is not in explanation
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart

What about those days we make up a secret pact
To splash and paddle into the dark and back
No hesitation never a shadow of doubt
What about that stuff you keep on shouting out
Oh I could try to weigh it up and measure it but
Most of the time the effort is just too much
I wouldn’t bother if it was all in the mind
It’s in the body; the body still knows best

And you can say well there goes a lucky guy
Amd you can say well there goes the neighbourhood
And you can say well there goes a bob or two
And you can pray that it would or wouldn’t happen to you
And all of this is not imagination
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
And all of this is not in explanation
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart

And you can say well there goes a lucky guy
Amd you can say well there goes the neighbourhood
And you can say well there goes a bob or two
And you can pray that it might just happen to you…
And all of this is not imagination
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
And all of this is not in explanation
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart

And all of this is not imagination
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
And all of this is not in explanation
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart
It’s just me putting my hand on my heart

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