Anthems of a Stranger Lyrics:

Ride to the Sea

Coming to our boundaries we find water
As sure as the sun meets the sky
Nothing in this circle of life is ever new
We stand where our fathers tread

Where we find light, we find truth
So let our voices speak as one
Where we find love, we find hope
And our strength is in our unity

Ride to the sea
Take your salt with me

Dreaming of the chances
In a life we never lived
A life without borders
Everything we do is done like this because we die
We live for the circle

Where we find light, we find truth
So let our voices speak as one
Where we find love, we find hope
And our strength is in our unity

Ride to the sea
Take your salt with me

» Andy Innes – vocal, 8-string acoustic baritone, slide guitar | Ashish Joshi – tabla | Hlengiwe Pitso – vocal

 

The Chains

Sisters of the Trojans
Bring your horses to my gate
Your love songs have the ring of old pain’s hate

Drape your lilies on my chest
And let me feel your love heat
We’ll cast their tables down while they sway to the beat

So you bend to the will of the sea
Hoping for the answers that your fathers seek
You vote with the majority
You feel you’re praying with strangers

Standing in my life
I hear my own confessions
My love stands in the hill, like time
We’re lost upon this wind
Passed by redemption
The ebb and flow of tides, the chains

The tall ships of reason
Stand assembled off your coast
Take to your guns and stand ready to face down the host

Tolstoy’s honey on your lips
The legacy of hope
The arguments of faith are the top of the slope

You bend to the will of the sea
Living for solutions that your fathers preach
You vote with the majority
Your soul is never in danger

Chorus

amaketang

» Andy Innes – vocal, 8-string acoustic baritone, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin | Trevor Donjeany – bass | Keith Marisheni – drums | Ron Brettel– Hammond A100 organ | Tlale Makhene – percussion | Mandisa Dlanga – vocals | Hlengiwe pitso – vocals & rave | Bongani Masuku – vocals

 

The Devil and the Rainbow

Remember how we first came together
Framed by the humid summer’s night?

Since then we’ve both made promises
Neither of us kept
Two hearts beating in the still of the night
Making love across the wires

We both know it’s not the way this could be
We both cried a thousand tears in the night
I know I promised I would never leave
But if it ever gets too much
You’ll find me

Somewhere between the devil and the rainbow
Walking the coast of pain
Somewhere between the devil and the rainbow
We’ll find love again

Now time has conquered our resistance
Our lives just drifted apart
Our past reunion is dust against the years
Here I am alone, I’m still living

Somewhere between the devil and the rainbow
Walking the coast of pain
Somewhere between the devil and the rainbow
We’ll find love again

Somewhere

» Andy Innes – vocal & guitar | Nicolas Fiszman – bass | Hlengiwe Pitso– vocal | Waldo Alexander – violin | Barry Van Zyl – drums | Tlale Makhene – Udu | Kerri-leigh Wayne – piano

 

Aliens

We leave our pastures for your greener river banks
Singing songs of freedom
Old ones left behind us
Migrating like the swallows of the season
We drag the chains that freeze our thoughts in time

Shared Language
Different plans
Anthems of a stranger

Now we’re aliens
trapped within your time zones
Dreaming of a distant land
We are aliens
Living out your lifestyles
Burning down our ships upon your sand

We tell ourselves we have a new dimension
And set our children tilling other fields
We shed our tears in darkness for the hinterland
Walking under strange constellations

Phyrric victory
Shadows cast on
Destinies unplanned

There are Aliens
Trapped within your time zones
Dreaming of a distant land
There are Aliens
Living out your lifestyles
Burning down their ships upon your sand

Buyelani emakhaya bakithi (“come home, our people”)

» Andy Innes – vocal, electric and acoustic guitars | Rob Watson – drums | Trevor Donjeany – bass | Tlale Makhene – percussion | Mandisa Dlanga – vocal | Hlengiwe Pitso– vocal | Bongani Masuku – vocal

 

Beyond These Mountains

These are our darker days
Our brothers have fallen

These are our blackest nights
what will we teach the children?

Take my fear and cross this jungle
Take my heart and bridge this fear
We can bridge this darkling ocean

Beyond these mountains
We will find peace
Beyond these mountains

I’ve seen your mothers cry
For those we lost

This is my naked dream
We must forgive the sinners

Take my fear and cross this jungle
Take my heart and bridge this fear
We can bridge this darkling ocean

Beyond these mountains
We will find peace
Beyond these mountains

Oh, the autumn leaves are falling
On these grey, grey lands
Our consciences are calling
Towards the wide horizon…

» Andy Innes – vocal, guitars, synth guitars | Neill Ettridge – Drums | Jonathan Noyce – Bass | Tlale Makhene – percussion | Mandisa Dlanga – vocal |Hlengiwe Pitso – vocal | Bongani Masuku – Vocal | Johnny Clegg – outro vocal

 

Desiree

Tell me
How you’d write the story of your life
And I’ll tell you
How I mean to write you into mine

Look through this window
I’ll show you my truth
I still can’t believe that it’s you

Desiree
Tell me you don’t look at all the boys that way
Desiree
I don’t have a thing to prove to you

Show me
All the things you said that I could do
Hold my hand
And feed me with the joy of being with you

Step in this water and I’ll give you my truth
You’ll see the light shining through

Desiree
Tell me you don’t look at all the boys that way
Desiree
I don’t have a thing to prove to you

» Andy Innes – vocal, electric and acoustic guitars | Rob Watson – drums | Trevor Donjeany – bass

 

 

Angels – for our free press, wherever they may hide

I, I wish they’d be silent
Because none of this makes any sense to me
A darker cloud is threatening our future
As if it weren’t enough that they’ve all betrayed our past
I believe

There are Angels
Watching over me
Trying to break the silence with a song
Angels watching

I’ll render unto Caesar
If he’ll do the same for me
And I’ll take the point if morale is worth defending
But you and me, we can’t be free
If our captain broke his vow
We have to say our piece or march in silence
But I believe

There are angels
Watching over me
Trying to break the silence of our reverie
Angels are watching

izingelosi (“Angels”)

» Andy Innes – vocal, electric and acoustic guitars | Derek “Bokkie” De Beer – drums | Trevor Donjeany – bass | Ron Brettel – Hammond A100 organ |Mandisa Dlanga – vocal | Hlengiwe Dlamini – vocal | Bongani Masuku – vocal

 

The River

Traveling ten miles further down the stream
Casting loose from demons on the pier
I saw the fourth watchtower all ablaze in the night
And all its victims crying in my dream

Ghosts of women dancing in my mind
With the spirits of a love that died alone in the light

Carry me home
Carry me to the river
Carry me past the sentinels and the visions in my life
Carry me home

It’s hard to weed out the truth from the lies
I don’t know if we’re Samson or Delilah
This sweet August will pass into December
And freeze the northern passage to the sea

Looking down this river past the islands of despair
I see a shattered dream that was my hero

Carry me home

» Andy Innes – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitars | Neill Ettridge – drums | Denny Lalouette – bass

 

The Instrumental Tracks:

 

Gitane

» Andy Innes – guitar | Kevin Gibson – drums | Shaun Johannes – bass

 

Delilah

» Andy Innes – electric & acoustic guitars | Kevin Gibson – drums | Shaun Johannes – bass

 

Nuit Blanche

» Andy Innes – electric & acoustic guitars | Neill Ettridge – drums | Denny Lalouette – bass

 

Tugela Crossing

» Andy Innes – electric guitar, Zulu acoustic guitars, nashville hi Zulu guitar | Rob Watson – drums | Tlale Makhene – percussion | Trevor Donjeany – bass

 

Emaweni

» Andy Innes – electric guitar, Zulu acoustic guitar, nashville hi Zulu guitar, VG-99 midi sitar | Johnny Clegg – Umhupe Zulu mouth bow | Neill Ettridge – drums | Denny Lalouette – bass | Ashish Joshi – tabla | Tlale Makhene – perc

 

Low Flyer

» Andy Innes – guitars | Jonathan Noyce – bass | Barry Van Zyl – drums

 

All songs written, arranged, programmed and produced by Andy Innes | recorded at: Undahaus, Johannesburg; StudioPxc, Johannesburg; ICP, Brussels;Jon’s Place, London; The Signal Path, Ottawa; SUN studios, Stellenbosch | Undahaus sessions engineered by Robin Walsh | Derek’s drum takes engineered by Ken Friesen assisted by Alex Benn | Kerri’s piano recorded by Justin Versfeld | Project mixed by Neal Snyman except tracks 2, 9, 12 & 13 mixed by Johan Griesel and track 1 mixed by Andy Innes | All tracks mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, USA | legal services by Marc Friedman