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COMPASSION

ALBUM 2003

The songs on ‘Compassion' were written following a long period of musical blockage. One night over a pint in his local Lee got talking to an old steel fixer about the short, and sad life of little Jamie Bulger, something the old man said awoke a feeling of compassion in Lee, the dam broke, and the whole album was written in a month. It took a lot longer to record, working odd days at Room With A View Studio. Musicians who Lee had known and worked with over the years turned up to help, Noel Red Brown on slide guitar; Lee’s brother from the ‘God Given Right’ band on bass; Stuart (hot cat) heady keyboards; and the ever tasteful Steve Dow on guitar produces a note from heaven on the epic ‘Burning up the Blues. The bulk of the guitar work well handled by the ready steady Tony Wilson.The gem song the peach has to be the majestic ‘Over Her Head’, a tribute to incompatibility. Compassion! Lee’s writing at its best.It’s worth noting two songs from this album,’ The Sheriff and His Sister’ and ‘The Sons of Plunder’, feature on Lees acoustic collection London Clay.
Compassion
It took a drunk steel fixer to put me straight
To tell me what he knew of hate
How to forgive those kids that killed the little one
I told him ‘five minutes with a baseball bat’ he said ‘Yeah!’
Then you’ve got to live with that, you’d be no use to anyone.
Wasn’t I there for you when you were lonely?
Wasn’t I there for you when you were sad?
Wasn’t I there for you were broken?
Wasn’t I there for you when you were mad?
It was the longest day of my life.

So I spoke to god I said ‘Where were you when
your people called on you’
You blanked them and guess who got the blame
Now there’s piles of glasses piles of shoes
While the wise men look for clues and
There’s monsters that still haven’t got a name
Wasn’t I there for you when you were lonely?
Wasn’t I there for you when you were sad?
Wasn’t I there for you were broken?
Wasn’t I there for you when you were mad?
It was the longest day of my life.

I want to wrap the ones I love in fur
Chase the whale across the sea
Shoot my food out of the sky
I want to ride on the back of a fit black slave
Who learned piano and learned to save
Told me what she knew about compassion
How to understand the feminist witch
Who took the last thing I had to love

My pretty little girl she said “it’s just a fashion”
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