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Lyr Req: Letter From Bilbao

quokka 17 Oct 08 - 09:22 AM
Amos 17 Oct 08 - 11:21 AM
quokka 17 Oct 08 - 12:05 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Letter From Bilbao
From: quokka
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 09:22 AM

Does anybody have the words to the song 'Letter From Bilbao' by Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Hawkins? It's a very powerful song about a soldier during the Spansh Civil War writing to his sweetheart back home. I've only heard it the once on the radio and once live in concert, but when I saw the thread mentioning Bilbao I thought I'd ask.



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Subject: Lyr Add: LETTER FROM BILBAO (Lowest of the Low)
From: Amos
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 11:21 AM

I am writing you this letter in desperation I'm afraid
And I won't be back to Lindsay for the veterans' parade
'Cause I got banged up pretty good in a street-fight in Bilbao
And I won't be coming home to see your young and pretty face

I am far too young to feel so old
And far too tired to care
That I took down twenty bastards
Before they left me lying here

When I landed here a year ago I know that I believed
That it was better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees
And it's not that I care any less for that philosophy
But I would spend one night with you in trade
For all that I've achieved

'Cause I was never much on dreams
And they were never big on me
And I can't dream my way home
From a grave-site by the sea

So I'll clench my fist and once more sing the Internationale
And I'll say, 'goodbye, I love you.'

'Cause it's time that I should go

This is variously attributed to "Lowest of the Low" and "Shakespeare My Butt", two groups of which I have no cognizance whatsoever, I am afraid...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Letter From Bilbao
From: quokka
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 12:05 PM

Thank you, Amos. Lowest of the Low was Ron Hawkins' band (from Montreal, I think) and "Shakespeare My Butt" may have been one of their albums. Ron has been solo for a while but there is talk of the LOTL getting back together. Ron did a tour of Australia early this year. Well worth checking out. Really fine songwriter.



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