Monday, August 24, 2015

RICHIE HAVENS






                       RICHIE HAVENS


Richard Pierce Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013), known as 

Richie Havens, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His 

music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best 

known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), 

soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 

1969 Woodstock Festival.


Birth nameRichard Pierce Havens
BornJanuary 21, 1941
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
DiedApril 22, 2013 (aged 72)
Jersey City, New Jersey,
United States
GenresFolk rockfunkbluessoul
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, sitar
Years active1965–2013
LabelsVerve ForecastUniversal,MGMA&MPolyGramSolar,EpicSMERykodiscRhino

OVERTURE:
FREEDOM AT WOODSTOCK  1969..
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Long way from my home
Sometimes I wish I could fly
Like a bird up in the sky
Oh, sometimes I wish I could fly
Fly like a bird up in the sky
Sometimes I wish I could fly
Like a bird up in the sky
Closer to my home

Motherless children have a hard time
Motherless children have-a such a hard time
Motherless children have such a really hard time
A long way from home

Sometimes I feel like freedom is near
Sometimes I feel like freedom is here
Sometimes I feel like freedom is so near
But we're so far from home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5aPBU34Fyk

1.   YOU CAN CLOSE YOUR EYES


Well the sun is surely sinking down
But the moon is slowly rising
So this old world must still be spinning 'round
And I still love you

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, it's all right
I don't know no love songs
And I can't sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song
When I'm gone

It won't be long before another day
We gonna have a good time
And no one's gonna take that time away
You can stay as long as you like

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, it's all right
I don't know no love songs
And I can't sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song
When I'm gone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27mxvgEKGU


2.    THE GREAT MANDALA  ( THE WHEEL OF LIFE)


So I told him that he'd better shut his mouth
And do his job like a man
And he answered, "Listen Father".

I will never kill another
Thinks he's better
Than his brother who died
What the hell does he think he's doing
To his father who brought him up right ?

{Refrain :}
Take your place on the Great Mandala
As it moves through your brief moment in time
Win or lose now, you must choose now
And if you lose you're only losing your life.

Tell the jailer not to bother
With his meal of bread and water today
He is fasting 'til the killing's over.

He's a martyr, he thinks he's a prophet
But he's a coward, he's just playing a game
He can't do it, he can't change it
And it's been going on for ten thousand years.

{Refrain :}
Take your place on the Great Mandala
As it moves through your brief moment of time
Win or lose now, you must choose now
And if you lose you're only losing your life.

What's that rumbling in the courtyard ?
Seven thousand faces are turned to the gate
What's that they are saying ? Kill the traitor
Kill the traitor, kill the traitor, kill the traitor

{Refrain :}
Take your place on the Great Mandala
As it moves through your brief moment of time
Win or lose now, you must choose now
And if you lose you're only losing your life.

Tell the people they are safe now
Hunger stopped him, now he lies still in his cell
Death has gagged all his accusations.

We are free now, we can kill now
We can hate now, now we can end the world
We're not guilty, he was crazy
And it's been going on for ten thousand years.

{Refrain :}
Take your place on the Great Mandala
As it moves through your brief moment of time
Win or lose now, we must choose now
And if you lose you're only wasting your life.

If you lose you're only wasting your life
If you lose you're only wasting your life
If you lose you're only wasting your life
If you lose you've only wasted your life.

And do his job like a man
And he answered, "Listen".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozX0KazFoDk


3.      FOLLOW

Let the river rock you like a cradle
Climb to the treetops, child, if you're able
Let your hands tie a knot across the table.
Come and touch the things you cannot feel.

And close your fingertips and fly where I can't hold
you
Let the sun-rain fall and let the dewy clouds enfold
you
And maybe you can sing to me the words I just told you,
If all the things you feel ain't what they seem.
And don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream.

The mocking bird sings each different song
Each song has wings - they won't stay long.
Do those who hear think he's doing wrong?
While the church bell tolls its one-note song
And the school bell is tinkling to the throng.
Come here where your ears cannot hear.

And close your eyes, child, and listen to what I'll
tell you
Follow in the darkest night the sounds that may impel
you
And the song that I am singing may disturb or serve to
quell you
If all the sounds you hear ain't what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream

The rising smell of fresh-cut grass
Smothered cities choke and yell with fuming gas
I hold some grapes up to the sun
And their flavour breaks upon my tongue.
With eager tongues we taste our strife
And fill our lungs with seas of life.
Come taste and smell the waters of our time.

And close your lips, child, so softly I might kiss you,
Let your flower perfume out and let the winds caress
you.
As I walk on through the garden, I am hoping I don't
miss you
If all the things you taste ain't what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream .

The sun and moon both arise
And we'll see them soon through days and nights
But now silver leaves are mirrors, bring delights.
And the colours of your eyes are fiery bright,
While darkness blinds the skies with all its light.
Come see where your eyes cannot see.

And close your eyes, child, and look at what I'll show
you;
Let your mind go reeling out and let the breezes blow
you,
And maybe when we meet then suddenly I will know you.
If all the things you see ain't
quite what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream .
And you can follow; And you can follow; follow...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjefIsixrfU

4.    STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA


I was bruised and battered and I couldn't tell what I
felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
Saw my reflection in a window I didn't know my own face
Oh brother are you gonna leave me wastin' away
On the streets of Philadelphia

I walked the avenue 'til my legs felt like stone
I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone
At night I could hear the blood in my veins
Just as black and whispering as the rain
On the streets of Philadelphia

Ain't no angel gonna greet me
It's just you and I my friend
And my clothes don't fit me no more
I walked a thousand miles
just to slip this skin

The night has fallen, I'm lyin' awake
I can feel myself fading away
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss
or will we leave each other alone like this
On the streets of Philadelphia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98PbGd4x9aI



5.   IF I.....


If I could tell a story, what secrets I would tell
Of those who have gotten the glory
And those who went to hell.

If I could show the pictures,
Of the faces I believed
They'd all be children smiling
With nothing up there sleeves.

I'd remember ever detail, I'd remember every flaw
And every time we failed to open every door.

If I could change the ending, no one would ever lose
Id keep this road from bending, no one should have to
choose
We walked this line together, then share what can share
Then we'd all do this forever, then that should get us
there.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8w2NSIBD9Q

6.  I DON'T WANNA KNOW  

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love

Sometimes it gets so hard to listen
Hard for me to use my eyes
And all around the gold is glistening
Making sure it keeps me down to size

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil
Only wanna know about love

(Knowledge is power)

I'm waitin' for the planes to tumble
Waitin' for the towns to fall
I'm waitin' for the cities to crumble
Waitin' till I see you crawl

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil
Only wanna know about love

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love

And yes it's getting hard to listen
Hard for me to use my eyes
And all around the gold is glistening
Making sure it keeps us hyp-n-o-tized

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P97WYy7QKY


7.   WE ALL KNOW NOW.

We all know now that somewhere
The weather is something that is right
Someone there that keeps all from knowing

We all feel that some day we will finally win this fight
For today is the day that the mighty wind is blowing.

You are not to blame for anything you did not do
We all know the scoundrels have our numbers
And you are not responsible for everything they did to
you
Today is the day that we will learn more truth.

Talk about, giving
Talk about, living
Talk about, giving now.

You cannot hide from anyone who is staring in your eyes
We all know the scoundrels are through the roofs
And will not stand inside the stampede of their lies
For todays the today we all come up from under.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41tLbEHHefI                     ( ALT. )

8.   PUTTING OUT THE VIBRATION AND HOPING IT COMES HOME  
Brighter days ahead
Step out from the shade
Brighter days ahead
See what you have made
Of yourselves
Of your lives

Brighter days ahead
In these present eyes
Reach out from the haze
In these present eyes
See what you have made
Of these days
Full of hate
Full of strife

Brighter days ahead
See the morning from your knees
Peace at noontime saves the sun
See the evening if you please
Love and peace and life are one

Brighter days ahead
Let all men realize
Brighter days ahead
That this truth they prize
In their eyes
In their eyes
Brighter days ahead



9.  SLOW DOWN

The faces in my sleep
Are buried very deep
They only surface when I run in circles

As I go round and round
I cannot make a sound
I hear a voice
And it sounds like a miracle

Slow Down, Slow Down
You know that everything 's a showdown
Slow Down

The echoes in my mind
They 're working overtime
I cannot keep them all from testifying
A captivating smile
Really not my style
The pace is picking up there's no denying

Slow Down, Slow Down
You know that everything's a showdown
Slow Down

The bar is closed tonight
Everybody's out of sight
Such a quiet light
When all Hell is breaking

But I keep moving on
Until the night is gone
I' ve got just one more chance
And that chance I ' m taking

Slow Down, Slow Down
You know that everything's a showdown
Slow Down

Slow Down, Slow Down
You know that everything? s a showdown
Slow Down

Slow Down, Slow Down
You know that everything' s a showdown
Slow Down


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR_eJpfZ2UQ


10.  DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS


It brings a tear,
Into my eyes,
When I begin,
To realize,
I've cried so much,
Since you've been gone,
I guess I'm drowning in my own tears,

I sit and cry,
Just like a child
My pouring tears
Are runnin' wild
If you don't think
You'll be home soon
I guess I'll drown in my own tears

I know it's true
Into each life
Some rain, rain must pour
I'm so blue
Here without you
It keeps raining
More and more

Why don't you
Come on home
Oh yes so I won't
Be all alone
If you don't think
You'll be home soon

I guess I'll (drown in my own tears)
Ooh, don't let me (drown in my own tears)
When I'm in trouble, baby (drown in my own tears)
Oh, yeah, baby don't let me (drown in my own tears)
I guess I'll drown in my own tears
Oh, mmmmm.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WKXEREOtEc

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