Lyrics: Here In Silence

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Here in Silence and Man of Iron were two songs recorded in 1972 by Sandy for the sound track to a short half-hour film, Pass of Arms. The film won a prize at that year’s Cork Film Festival but doesn’t appear to have ever been on general release. The soundtrack, including a poem recited by Christopher Logue, was issued by Island Records on an EP.

Summer skies are gone for ever
Nothing left but to remember
Morning leaves a bed of echoes
Tears of blood in weaping meadows

Can you see me, can you hear me
Can you leave me here in silence?

Drums and flags and trumpets playing
Armies in the night are praying
Hymns of hate to have their souls blessed
For the morning’s bloodshed harvest

Can you reach me, can you hold me
Can you leave me here in silence?

Take my children, golden children
Grow them, train them, cut them, kill them
For the justice of your Jesus
For the service of your leaders

Can you feel me, can you touch me
Can you leave me here in silence?

Innocence is gone forever
Nothing left but to remember
Autumn cracks the leaves of pity
Winter chokes the cries of mercy

Can you free me, can you love me
Can you leave me here in silence?

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