The Waterboys-This Is The Sea

I think when you’re in love there are always certain albums/songs that stay with you forever, and The Waterboys-This Is The Sea is one such album.

The album first came to my attention via the whole of the moon ,hearing it on the radio,in 1985 was great , before it had been played to death as it has been now ,made me go out and buy this album

Starting with Dont bang the drum this album is just fantastic and as I play it now it moves me back 26 years to a certain girl who lets just say I may still be carrying a torch for!

Next up is the whole of the moon which moves into spirit

and followed  by  the pan within it sends shivers down my spine, evocative memories of driving up and down to Leicester to see the girl with this album on a loop for months in the cassette player ,and the girl driving me down to london so I could see west ham!

and that was just side one!

Stand out tracks on side 2 are trumpets

a beautiful love song

“and to be with you is to find my self in the best of dreams”

and then finally the title track this is the sea!

These things you keep
you better throw them away
you want to turn your back
on your souless days
once you were tethered
now you are free
once you were tethered
now you are free
that was the river
this is the sea

now if you are feeling weary
if you’ve been alone too long
or maybe you been suffering from
a few too many plans that have gone wrong
and you’re tryin’ to remember
how fine your life used to be
running around banging your drum
like it’s ninteeen seventy three
well that was the river
this is the sea

now you say you got trouble
you say you got pain
you say you got nothin’ left to believe in
nothin’ to hold on to
nothin’ to trust
nothin’ but chains
you’ve been scouring your conscience
raking through your memory
scouring your conscience
raking through your memory
that was the river
this is the sea

now i can see you’re waverin’
as you try to decide
you’ve got a war in your head
and it’s tearing you up inside
you’re tryin’ to make sense
of something that you just don’t see
tryin’ to make sense now
and you know that you once held the key
but that was the river
and this is the sea

now here is a train
it’s comin’ on down the line
you realise if you hurry
you got still enough time
and you don’t need no tiket
and you dont pay no fee
and you don’t need no ticket
and you dont pay no fee
because that was the river
and this is the sea
that was the river
this is the sea
that was the river
this is the sea
the river, the river, the river, the river
the river, the river, the river
and this is the sea

sea mmmmmm sea
Behold The Sea

I still listen to this album a lot usually in the dark on the headphones, it brings it all back to me of being youngish and in love, happy times.

im not a good enough writer to explain how this whole album makes me feel about this girl but lets just say if i could turn the clock back to those times and right some wrongs i would do it like a shot! Youth is wasted on the young.

after this the waterboys went more irish and released fisherman blues which has its moments but this album is a band at their peak without a doubt, you really need to get this album or at least give it a listen and not on shuffle either!

 

 

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3 Comments on “The Waterboys-This Is The Sea”

  1. Damien says:

    Aww man! You’ve done it again. This is the Sea is a cracking album and obviously made for young, doomed love affairs! It is now back on my cd player, taking me back to Tumblers (remember that?) and my desperate attempts to woo one of the Bradford Girls Grammar School 6th formers…youth is definitely wasted on the young. I loved A Pagan Place, too. Thanks for posting.

    • hitsvilleuk says:

      Ha an album for the broken hearted obviously! love this album still, and loved the previous 2! i remember tumbelers of course! we may of even stood next to each other at the bar! thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Jim Condon says:

    A wonderful band and for 3, maybe 4 albums in a row they were nailing it every time. After Fisherman’s Blues I lost track of them. For a few months there mid 80’s they were imperious.


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