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Uriah Heep lyrics

Album: Firefly [1977]

Tracks8
 01  The Hanging Tree
 02  Been Away Too Long
 03  Who Needs Me
 04  Wise Man
 05  Do You Know
 06  Rollin' On
 07  Sympathy
 08  Firefly
all Uriah Heep lyrics



The Hanging Tree
(Hensley/Williams)

Passing through the arms of Satan
Reaching for the hands of God
Robbing every mind for wisdom
Running so he won't get cought
He's outlawed by majority
Been branded all his life
Some say that he's sinner man
As he rides from day to night

He's bad man so they say
Living for his love and living free
Riding swift and secretly
So he'll miss the hanging tree
Wounded spirit on the wind
Riding to his dream and destiny

He's laughing at the wanted posters
Calling for his friends to see
Laughing loud as he rides away
Kicking up the dust with speed
Time hands him down a pathway
And freedom is a horse he rides
Glory is a dream he's after
And fortune is his heart's delight

He's bad man so they say
Living for his love and living free
Riding swift and secretly
So he'll miss the hanging tree
Wounded spirit on the wind
Riding to his dream and destinyback to top
Been Away Too Long
(Hensley)

I'm comin' home
I've been away for too long
I'm leavin' it up to you
To understand

You may wonder why
When it was me who said the last goodbye
But cannot change my mind
One more time

It's high time
I can't wait any longer
It's my time
To find out who I belong to
It's breaking my heart waitin' for another day

When the time comes
You bet I'll be around
I've been patient
Standing my ground
Gotta see you and hold you, hear what you have to say

Do you wake up in the mornin' wantin' me
The way I wake up wantin' you
And in the same breath you keep hauntin' me
Does it ever occur to you
I've been in love too long to stop now
I've been away too long
I've been away too long

If you've ever cried
Then you'll know the pain I left inside
And just like me you pray
It's all untrue

But time along will tell
If you have learned life's lessons well
And maybe then you'll know
What I should do

I've been away too longback to top
Who Needs Me
(Lee Kerslake)

Don't take life for granted
'Cause you know that life won't grant you back
The feelings on the love that you once had

You've taken me for granted
'Cause you know I'm a lover just like you
And I'll do anything you want me to

Who needs me? Who needs me now?
You'll find someone, how you'll find one
Who needs me? Who needs me now?
You'll find another but no better

You can't argue with me now
I needed you and you did not know how

Don't let go of something
That is good when I'll tell you it's bad
Let 'em hear the story, make 'em sad

And if the price of love
Can cost you less than when it first began
I guess that you won't find a better man

Who needs me? Who needs me now?
You'll find someone, how you'll find one
Who needs me? Who needs me now?
You'll find another but no better

You can't argue with me now
I needed you and you did not know how
You can't argue with me now
I needed you and you did not know howback to top
Wise Man
(Hensley)

I sat before the wise man in the autumn of my youth
And I told him all the things I had to know
He said you have the future if you need to find the truth
And in his eyes I saw that it was so.

So I came right out and asked him the meaning of life
And as he smiled I saw a twinkle in his eyes
He said with all his years there's still so much he has to learn
And once again I saw that it was so

Keep on living, living, waiting your turn
Is the only way to case your concern
If you want to find your dream be sure you don't wake up too soon
Or you'll find it easier shooting for the moon

Wise man, wise man which way shall I run
There's so many roads so many ways to turn
I am like a blind man lost in the sun
I wanna be like you, and be a wise man too
But I'm looking for an easy way to learn.



Side Twoback to top
Do You Know
(Hensley)

All you seem to want to do is to break my heart
Seems to me we're a lot better off apart
Time was when you took a pride in puttin' me down
Well I've some news for you's gonna turn ya round

I got no time for no crazy lady
And the games you wanna play
'Cause a love like mine's gonna take some time
You can't save it for a rainy day

Well do you know do you know
Do you know what I'm tryin' to say
Love's not a game it's never the same
You gotta live your love from day to day

Lonely days are long and sad nights are oh so black
Then I get right down thinkin' maybe I could take you back
Till at morning light a new face appears at my door
As a kinda reminder that I ain't seein' you no more

I got no time for no crazy lady
And the games you wanna play
'Cause a love like mine's gonna take some time
You can't save it for a rainy day

Do you know do you know
Do you know what I'm tryin' to say
Love's not a game it's never the same
You gotta live your love from day to dayback to top
Rollin' On
(Hensley)

It come as the daybreak
Must surely arrive
Opened my eyes just to be sure I was alive
Another day, they're much the same
Twenty-four hours for me to try again
I'm rollin' on

I came as the judgement
We all have to face
Fickle hour you bring me joy, you bring me disgrace
I'll take your challenge
Man against Emotion
I'll wager my beliefs
Against my sin
I'm rollin' on

Rollin' on and on and on for ever
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on together
Rollin' on and on and on for ever
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on together

Yes I'm rollin' on to where I don't care
Crystal ball you let me down again
Rollin' down a road I've never seen
Meeting people seeing places I've never been
I'm rollin' on

Rollin' on and on and on for ever
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on together
Rollin' on and on and on for ever
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on togetherback to top
Sympathy
(Hensley)

Sympathy just doesn't mean that much to me
Compassion's not the fashion in my mind
And if you're looking for a shoulder to cry on
Don't turn your head my way
'Cause I'd rather have my music any day.

You and I are masters of our destiny
We look for consolation all the time
Until we find out things are not what they were meant to be, oh no
And if it doesn't suit our mood we'll call it crime.

Dedication's not an obligation
Or a figment of someone's imagination
It's the only way they say to learn to live from day to day
To make each passing way a small sensation.

Dreams are the possession of the simple man
Reality the fantasy of youth
But living is a problem that is common to us all
With love the only common road is truth.

Dedication's not an obligation
Or a figment of someone's imagination
It's the only way they say to live from day to day
To make each passion way a small sensation.back to top
Firefly
(Hensley)

My love lives at the end of rainbow
One day I'm gonna fly there on a firefly
High above white angry water
With a love song in my heart

Someday, somehow I know I'm gonna get there
I've been patient for so long
All my daydreams seem so much nearer now
And I beg you hear my song

Firefly on your glowing wings I'll ride
Till I sit beside this dream of mine
Firefly high on a risin' tide
Only wanna touch the things I've seen

Steppin' lightly from star to star
Cross a wilderness of blue
Wonderin' how much in love with me you are
'Cause I'm so much in love with you

Firefly on your glowing wings I'll ride
Till I sit beside this dream of mine
Firefly high on a risin' tide
Only wanna touch the things I've seen

Firefly can you take me
I ain't had no lovin' lately
Firefly bring me love
To my new horizon
The one that I've still got my eyes on
My my Firefly

To my new horizon
The one that I've still got my eyes on
My my Firefly

In my dreams you come to me
The answer to my prayer
As a bebin to feel you warm my heart
I awake and you're not there

Now and then I see your eyes
As the stars begin to shine
No rain to cool my passion
No! Not now, not now you're mine



John Lawton - lead vocals
Mick Box - guitars
Trevor Bolder - buss guitar
Lee 'The Bear' Kerslake - drums, vocals
Ken Hensley - keyboards, guitars, vocals

Produced by Gerry Bron
(P) Bronze Records Ltd. 1977back to top
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