Monday, October 11, 2010

strength









the alarm rang loudest on the anthemic title track of their second album released in october of 1985. it wasn't a big hit; but the epic earnest edgy power of this song has always resonated with me. with their political and religious themes, they were dogged by comparisons to the irish band with whom they toured; yet these welsh rockers had their own sound and identity (if not hairstyles). this was the first most of us heard from them.







http://www.thealarm.com/












give me love

give me hope
give me strength
give me someone to live for

who will light the fire


that i need to survive

who will be the life blood

coursing through my veins

like a river flowing

that will never change

i need someone

i can depend on


'cause i'm a man of emotions


who can't hide the tears

i'm a man of feeling

who can't hide the pain

i'm alone on the outskirts of town

where no one knows my name

i'm at the point in my life

where I need affection


wont you

give me love (give me love)
give me hope (give me hope)
give me strength
give me someone to live for

i need it now

i need it now

someone write me a letter


i need to know that I'm still alive

someone give me a telephone call

i need to hear a human sound

someone open up a door

and let me out of this place

i've been caged up for oh so long

i don't know if i'm living or dying


someone better

give me love (give me love)
give me hope (give me hope)
give me strength
give me someone to live for

i walk alone across the outskirts of town


i can't control what i'm going through now

will you light the fire that i need to survive

will you donate the life blood

coursing through my veins

will you open up the door & let me out of this place

i've been caged up for oh so long

i don't know if i'm living or dying





full album:




All songs written by Eddie Macdonald & Mike Peters, except "Strength", which was written by The Alarm

"Strength" - 5:34
"Knife Edge" - 5:09
"Spirit of '76" - 7:04
"Walk Forever by My Side" - 3:34
"Father to Son" - 4:05
"Deeside" - 3:10
"Majority" - 3:22
"One Step Closer to Home" (Electric version) - 4:28
"Caroline Isenberg" - 2:41
"Dawn Chorus" - 5:25
"Only the Thunder" - 4:42
"The Day the Ravens Left the Tower" - 4:46
"Absolute Reality" - 3:31
"Where Were You When the Storm Broke?" (live) - 3:30
"Deeside" (live) - 3:11
"Sixty Eight Guns" (live) - 6:59

"Knocking on Heaven's Door" (live) - 4:26

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