Millennium Hippies

by Brenda Liddiard & Mark Laurent

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STREETS OF AUCKLAND (Mark Laurent) I’ve lived in this town for all of my life And I’ve been around but I come back here every time Because a place is much more than lines On a map drawn together Or the beaches, or the mirror glass Or the uncertain weather But if you asked me why, I couldn’t explain The streets of Auckland. Up on K Road there’s a bag-lady walking In her second-hand clothes, with herself she’s always talking And I wonder why this is, did the city do this to her? The people walking by You know they just look right through her And if you asked me why I couldn’t explain The streets of Auckland. There’s a sleepy old man near the fountain In Albert Park He’s been there all morning And he probably won’t leave until well after dark Well the flowers grow and the rain comes down But he doesn’t seem to notice And all the students hurry by him You can see they think he’s kind of gross But if you asked me why I couldn’t explain The streets of Auckland. I walk these streets tonight for the ten thousandth time I’ve been this way so often now I could almost believe this whole town is mine And sometimes I think of leaving, but maybe that’s only talk Because the grass is always greener, they say On someone else’s sidewalk And if you asked me why I couldn’t explain The streets of Auckland.
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WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE (Brenda Liddiard) I AM A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE THERE ARE THOSE WHO’D LIKE TO LOCK ME IN A CAGE WRAP ME UP IN A SAFETY NET BUT I’M NOT READY TO GIVE UP YET. I AM A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE MY DOCTOR SAYS I HAVE A MALAISE HE’LL GIVE ME A COURSE OF HRT TO CURE MY INSTABILITY. NO LONGER YOUNG BUT NOT YET OLD WHY SHOULD I DO AS I AM TOLD? FOR I AM A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE MERELY IN A TRANSITIONAL STAGE MY NEW LEASE ON LIFE HAS JUST BEGUN YOU CAN BET THE BEST IS YET TO COME. YES, I AM A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE AND IF IT’S TRUE THAT ALL OF LIFE’S A STAGE THERE MUST BE A BETTER PART FOR ME THAN STAYING HOME JUST TO MAKE THE TEA. NO I WON’T BE GETTING BLUE RINSE CURLS OR WEARING A TWIN-SET AND PEARLS. FOR I AM A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE AND FLAME RED HAIR IS ALL THE RAGE SKIN TIGHT JEANS AND HIGH-HEELED BOOTS INSTEAD OF TWO-PIECE GREY TWEED SUITS. I AM A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE THERE ARE THOSE WHO’D LIKE TO LOCK ME IN A CAGE WRAP ME UP IN A SAFETY NET BUT I’M NOT READY TO GIVE UP YET.
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THAT’S WHAT IT’S LIKE (Mark Laurent) Well the dog jumped up and bit me my bird lay down and died I ran my kitty over as I backed out of the drive that’s what it’s like, that’s what it’s like when feeling down and troubled that’s what it’s like. My baby’s gonna leave me she told me just today said my best friend treats her beter besides he gets better paid that’s what it’s like… Is God still up in heaven is he anywhere around I saw a guy who looked just like him he was hitching out of town that’s what it’s like… There’s philosophies and religions they all try to save my soul I might just a well go down into my basement and dig holes that’s what it’s like… Can anybody answer me? can anybody tell? lord I think so much about heaven man it makes me feel like hell that’s what it’s like… Well I really don’t care too much about the answer anyway why should I worry about tomorrow when I can be depressed today? that’s what it’s like…
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Tracy's Song 03:24
TRACY'S SONG (Brenda Liddiard) What does it mean to be a superstar? high on a stage beneath electronic stars crying your soul to crowds who can never know who you really are What does it mean what does it mean? The telephone rings that was so silent before and the gossip hungry hounds are baying at your door you wanted success but did you realise what they had in store? What does it mean to you what does it mean? Chorus And here I stand with nameless tears gathering ready to spill over as you start to sing the spirit of simplicity is overpowering overpowering I have often dreamed of standing in the place you are to sing my songs of earth and love to the gathering stars but could it be the sacrifice is way too hard? Is that what it means to you is that what it means? And here I stand with nameless tears gathering ready to spill over as you start to sing the spirit of simplicity is overpowering overpowering
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Beaten Paths 03:55
BEATEN PATHS (Mark Laurent) Dawn light stains the horizon I crawl from the bed on my won Whisper “Goodbye” and I’m stepping out now Into the yawning world all alone. This town is puckered with mountains A many-breasted mother earth she lies Sometimes in the morning I will climb one Get the traffic haze out of my eyes. I walk the slope up past the tree-line The stars fade and streetlight are winking out, too I’m playing a game with the sunrise Can he reach the summit before I do. Beaten paths are for beaten men I think I heard somewhere or heard someone say Most of the roads in this town are well worn Most of the men are the same way. When I finally get to the top of the mountain My heart beats hard and my knees are weak So I just stand and stare into sunlight He’s staring back, there’s no need to speak Just for a moment I have transcended All the world’s troubles and most of mine Here I am, the king of the castle The wind is my bread, the sun is my wine. So I spare a laugh for the toy town below us And I s pare a laugh for the sky so huge I spare a laugh for the Tui who’s singing Every morning the earth is made new. Beaten paths are for beaten men I think I read somewhere or heard someone say Most of the roads in this town are well worn Most of the men are the same way. But I’m a child of the earth and I will go down Back to my home, to breakfast and friends May a dew-drop of sunrise go with me To touch beaten paths, and bless beaten men.
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Your Name 04:15
YOUR NAME Brenda Liddiard) There is a part of me never feels any older And there is a part of me always adrift on the sea There's always a part of me looking back over my shoulder Hoping to banish the shadow that's following me. I'm watching the fishing boats follow the tide to the harbour I'm catching the last of the sun at the end of the day I feel if the pull of the water should get any stronger I'll have to sever this anchor and drift away. I wish I could fly with the wings of a dove And I hope I can rise far above this earthly plane this sea of pain I call your name. I know there will always be things to make me falter I know there will always be things that I wish I could change But here I am laying these ghosts to rest at your altar And yet when I leave here a part of me will remain. I wish I could fly with the wings of a dove And I hope I can rise far above this earthly plane this sea of pain I call your name.
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Crazy 03:41
CRAZY (Mark Laurent) If I act crazy just ignore me I’ll probably work it out in an hour or two If I act crazy please forgive me I never mean to take it out on you when I act crazy Sometimes I crawl into myself like an ostrich I pretend I’m somewhere else but you, you see through my disguise through my silence and through the clouding of my eyes well I should have known that I I cold never hide from you because your love sees right through me love sees right through me when I act crazy Once, once I was a child and I talked child talk I learned to pout, I learned to whine by now you’d think I’d grow out of these gsmes but it’s amazing how some things sty the same still I never thought that I I would learn the lie that men aren’t supposed to cry men aren’t supposed to cry but I act crazy… … just ignore me I’ll probably work it out in an hour or two If I act crazy please forgive me I never mean to take it out on you when I act crazy
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IN THE BACKGROUND (Brenda Liddiard) There are things that we carry in the back of our minds all the time and we don’t even know that they are there most of the time. Memories that surface on the glimpse of a memory the hint of a perfume a scene from an old movie. Stirring fragments of a past put aside slide shots of faces it’s easier for us to hide but oh, how your heart aches from missing those smiles and those eyes oh, how your heart aches from missing those smiles and those eyes. And most of the time we don’t even know this is happening so strong are the heart’s defences against feeling so pressing the urgency of the day’s demands so pressing the urgency of the day’s demands. Love lies waiting in the background love lies waiting in the background love lies waiting in the background for you to hear it’s forgotten song.
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FUNNY THAT WAY (Mark Laurent) Sometimes I’m big, sometimes I’m small And sometimes I feel nothing at all Some days I’m short, some days I’m tall I’m funny that way. Some days I’m happy, some days I’m sad Today I’m not feeling too bad Maybe I’m just a peculiar lad Well I’m funny that way. Maybe things’ll change when I get older But until then can I rest upon your shoulder? Some days I’m young, some days I’m old Sometimes I’m timid, but sometimes so bold This is not so unusual, I’m told that We’re all funny that way. Some days are gray, some days are blue I know that you have days like that, too I guess I’m not all that different to you And we’re all funny that way. So maybe things’ll change when we get older But even if they don’t, you can still rest upon my shoulder. Sometimes I’m big., sometimes I’m small And sometimes I feel nothing at all This magic, it happens to us all Because we’re all funny that way.
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NOT A HUSBAND (Brenda Liddiard) WHAT I NEED IS NOT A HUSBAND BUT A WIFE SOMEONE TO TAKE THE DRUDGERY OUT OF LIFE THEY SAY A WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE BUT SUPPOSING YOU’RE THE MOTHER AND THE FATHER IN ONE NO, I DON’T NEED A HUSBAND, I NEED A WIFE. WHEN I GET HOME AT THE END OF A LONG, HARD DAY PICKING UP MY TIRED AND HUNGRY KIDS ALONG THE WAY I DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY TO BE A MUM CAN’T FIND THE LEVITY TO HAVE SOME FUN YOU KNOW I SOMETIMES WONDER HOW ON EARTH I EVER ENDED UP THIS WAY. NOW IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THE WIFE IS A MAN JUST AS LONG AS HE HAS THE DOMESTICATED HAND HIS JOY IN LIFE IS COOKING ME A MEAL HE CAN UNDERSTAND THE WAY I FEEL. WELL NOW YOU MAY THINK THAT THIS IS THE MOST SEXIST RAVE YOU’VE EVER HEARD AND YOU MAY NOT WANT TO EVEN LISTEN TO ANOTHER WORD BUT YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE THAT IF YOU WERE ME THE FEMININE TOUCH IS WHAT YOU’D WANT TO SEE GIVE ME A LOVER WHO’LL SCRUB MY TUB AND I’LL BRING HOME THE PAY CHECK AT THE END OF THE MONTH I WANT A HOME WITHOUT ANY STRIFE NO I DON’T NEED A HUSBAND, I NEED A WIFE.
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RIVER OF LIFE (Mark Laurent) River of life flow through me I’m just as weary as a traveller can be I need your water to wash over me river of life please flow through me River of life flow through me I’m just as weak as a baby can be I need your power to strengthen me river of life please flow through me I was lost in the desert I was dying of thirst but I would never have found you if you hadn’t found me first River of life flow though me I’m just as dead as a sinner can be I need your spirit to revive me river of life please flow through me Well we’re all on a journey it’s a hot, dusty road but without you to sustain us we’d never get back home River of life flow through me I’m just as lonely as a pilgrim can be I need your song to comfort me river of life please flow through me I need your water to wash over me river of life please flow through me.
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Same Place 03:12
SAME PLACE (Brenda Liddiard) It was against the odds that you would make it through it was against the odds that I could talk to you against the odds that you would listen to me but against the odds is what a friend should be. Now I’m sad to hear you down the telephone line it’s as if all you’ve been through was a waste of time how can you turn your back on the truth you found how can you turn back into that same old clown. CHORUS Same place, same time same face with a few more lines Same eyes, same smile same line in cheating style. Now I don’t know exactly what you hope to gain except the same old endings and the same old pain for a while there I thought you’d turned the page ‘til I saw that cloud move across your face. CHORUS Same place, same time same face with a few more lines Same eyes, same smile same line in cheating style.
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I JUST WANNA B GOD (Mark Laurent) I don’t want to be the president of some fortune 500 company And I don’t want to be the mayor of some overpopulated, polluted big city I don’t want to have tea with the queen or form a trio with Bono and Rod I don’t want too much of anything - I just wanna be god. I don’t need a big white mansion and I don’t need a swimming pool I don’t need to be a pillar of fashion or somebody’s dancing fool I don’t need a genuine Picasso hanging on the wall just to prove how much taste I’ve got I don’t need anything special - I just wanna be god. I don’t like too many possessions I don’t like a stressful life I don’t like religious obsessi0ons and I only want one wife I don’t like to be a pawn in the hands of manipulative men who rip you off I don’t like to make a fuss - but I just wanna be god. I can play pretty good guitar and I can sing a song for you I can take a book of words and make them say anything that I want to I could grab a little piece of earth and make of it a slice of heaven if you want I think that this life is pretty fine - but I’d still like to be god So if I can ever find the time - I’d just like to b god And I hope that you don’t mind - I’d jut like to b god.
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Lifeline 03:25
LIFELINE (Brenda Liddiard) Time moves so slowly Think I’ll go down to the store Like a thousand times before Not that I need much Except maybe some company That’s what I’m hoping for. CHORUS And it doesn’t really matter what you say The weather isn’t very good today I think it’s going to rain. You say you’re busy There’s never enough time Would you like some of mine? It’s hard to remember But I guess I used to be like you Now you are my lifeline. CHORUS I got your letter The postman brought it yesterday From so very far away And as I read it You seemed to be so close to me I wish you could always stay. And it doesn’t really matter what you say The weather isn’t very good today I think it’s going to rain.
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NEAREST THING (Mark Laurent) I’ve been looking at the garden On the first morning of spring And I’ve been thinking about the winter-time And the blessings that hard times can bring They say every cloud is silver If you jus look hard enough Well I’ve been looking through these cloudy eyes And I’m wondering, is silver quite enough? What we sow is what we’re reaping What you give you will receive And the hard times I have tasted Well they’ve given quite a few things to me All the seeds that we have scattered They’ll return eventually And I must’ve done something right For God to’ve given you to me. I believe in heaven I’m going to get there in the end But the nearest thing to heaven Is the love of a friend. One life is just a season In the tapestry of time Yet every thread is needed So I’m thankful you found a place for mine And if the angels sing in glory I’ll be glad to sing along And I hope that you will be there, too That’s the reason why I sing this song. Because I believe in heaven I’m going to get there in the end But the nearest thing to heaven Is the love of a friend.
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MILLION MILES (Brenda Liddiard) I sometimes wonder who you might have been and I sometimes think of what you might have seen and I know that it’s a bit late for regret but I’m sure you know I never will forget. And I know that I can’t make it up to you but I was so afraid, what was I to do? do you know how much it tore me up inside? and there was nowhere that I could run and hide. I’m sorry that we never got to meet and for the journey you weren’t able to complete and I pray that you will find another way and you’ll be able to forgive me some day. Some things never go away they never let go of you no matter how you want them to. Some things never go away you can run a million miles they’re still inside of you.
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MILLENNIUM HIPPIES (Mark Laurent) On the fringe of cyberspace A mellow revolution is taking place Far out from reality Where your dreams can be Whatever you want them to be. The cosmic comedy Just shifted left into absurdity But that doesn’t bother me ‘Cause one day pretty soon we’re all gonna be set free. I’ve got some real good friends They’re al searching for the rainbow’s end I hope that they find it quick Before there’s a global shortage Of candles and jos sticks. Millennium hippies Millennium hippies Millennium hippies are going to change the world.
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Give Away 03:29
GIVE AWAY (Brenda Liddiard) There are fences across the landscape fences across our minds keeping out intruders keeping us in line. And there are armies of regulations watching our every move but it’s just our imagination that tells us we’ve something to prove. CHORUS ‘Cos I know, as you know we reap just what we sow and love is the best seed that you can grow. The more that we give away the more that comes back to stay so give all your love away today. All our questions will stay unanswered while we hide behind castle walls and if we never step off the platform why, there’s not danger that we might fall But so many are out there waiting for the touch of a friendly hand to soothe a heart that’s aching and to talk to someone who’ll understand. CHORUS ‘Cos I know, as you know we reap just what we sow and love is the best seed that you can grow. The more that we give away the more that comes back to stay so give all your love away today.
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Nothing Else 03:48
NOTHING ELSE Adapted words of St John Of The Cross (Mark Laurent) From now on I am always at your door I’ve given away my heart and my fortune I have no flock to shepherd any more And there’s no other work in my future. My only occupation is love Nothing else. If people ask for me tell them I’m off on an adventure I’m lost on purpose, to be found by love. My only occupation is love Nothing else.
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RUSHLAKE GREEN (Mark Laurent) There is a row between the fields The secrets of the world conceals And I walked there one balmy day More beauty than a man can say I plucked one summer head of wheat To taste its life so sharp and sweet Nothing in fantasy competes With one grain of dust from heaven’s streets. I spent some time on Rushlake Green Such peaceful places seldom seen Smell the rose and taste the wine And know the love of friends so fine I could search one thousand days And walk a million winding ways But never find myself at all Yet here I am, after all. Some days the rain is all we know Sometimes the sun refuses to show It’s then I close my eyes to dream And walk again on Rushlake green I’m thankful for the chance to live For all the blessings God can give This world’s not big enough to hide The joy that’s waiting deep inside.

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released January 11, 1998

Brenda Liddiard; guitar, mandolin, vocals
Mark Laurent; guitar, Rowan lute, harmonica, body percussion, vocals
George Barris; bass
Vic Singe; percussion
Chris Price; djembe
Duncan Davidson; whistle
Recorded @ Braeburn Studio, Khandallah, Wellington, by Robbie Duncan in 1998.

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Mark Laurent Auckland, New Zealand

I've been a professional guitarist/singer/songwriter for 40 years, & I've recorded & worked on many albums. I'm also an author with 4 collections of poetry & an illustrated children's storybook published, & I've written articles & reviews for various magazines. I live in Auckland, New Zealand. As well as cafes, concerts & churches I also do a bit of busking to keep in touch with the 'real world'. ... more

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