The Chains Of Pain

This never meant much to me. The song's too clean. There's nothing special about it. A nice melody, some nice idea, but at the end of the day, nothing but nice. To me this song is what is called an album track, a song to either fill a CD which isn't quite long enough otherwise or a song to build a bridge that makes it easy to take you from one major song to another.

The lyrics to the song are rather political but when trying to bring across a strong point of view, I think, the song should be a little stronger, too.

A Rose At Night and No Small Wonder

Are the slow and gentle couple of songs on the album. Very relaxing, songs to lean back to and enjoy.  A Rose At Night being a sad love song, while No Small Wonder tells the story of any-old-day-in-the-life-of-Bob-Geldof. The lyrics to No Small Wonder are great:

So I walk over to Battersea Park, Down by the Sri Chimnoy Mile, Past the Peace Pagoda, It's good, You can have a personal religious experience, And get healthy at the same time, Which obviously is important for a busy man like me, I set the alarm clock ready for another day at work, Another day in life's great adventure, It's no small wonder........

I think this is a song that everybody must be able to relate to. Haven't we all got our own little routines which might mean nothing but - as a whole - make up ourselves and our lives and everything that we are and stand for? My local might not be the Fulham ABC but the Elbe-Wochenblatt but at the end of the day, they are the same, aren't they?

 Walking Back To Happiness

Talking of one's 'local', this must be Dun Laoghaire's local. The song tells the story of Bob and his Dad taking long walks up and down the East Pier of Dun Laoghaire's harbour, this being the chance for them to really talk. It doesn't really matter if you've ever been to Dun Laoghaire and have seen this pier or not, I'm sure everybody's got a place like this. A refuge that you always return to, in order to talk to someone at length and in depth or simply to have the time to let your mind flow and follow you own thoughts.

And this is just what this song does. It goes on forever, takes you along for a long, long walk, gives you time to let you mind drift off, think about things, dream about dreams, or think about dreams and dream about things.

Where do they go? Eastward Ho

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