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Wishbone Ash - You See Red
Wishbone Ash - You See Red

Wishbone Ash - You See Red Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

Album: No Smoke Without Fire
Released: 1978

You See Red Lyrics

You See Red
  • This song was inspired by a personal relationship. After the band moved to the States, guitarist Laurie Wisefield became engaged to an American girl, but when they returned to England their relationship ran into difficulties.

  • Wishbone Ash - Lady Jay
    Wishbone Ash - Lady Jay

    Wishbone Ash - Lady Jay Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: There's the Rub
    Released: 1974

    Lady Jay Lyrics

    Hear me when I cry,
    Listen to my song
    The jay, my lovely lady,
    To the earth she did belong.

    I can't trace her,
    Lost her from my life,
    But the manor lady's bright young son
    Can take her for his wife.

    Under the forest branches
    She came to me,
    Until the day she cried aloud
    A father I should be.

    That was the last time that we met,
    I never saw her again,
    For she took her life on princeton wharf
    To save my worthy name.

    She found death's open arms
    And lay in them in grace
    I watched as icy fingers
    Clawed her lovely face.

    Now I stumble through the mist
    To where they laid her in the grave,
    And maybe I'll remember
    The flowers for my days.

    Far beyond the sand
    I will take your hand,
    The spirit of our love will live forever.
    Far beyond the clouds
    We will laugh aloud,
    The spirit of our love will live again.
    Publisher: Peermusic Publishing
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    Lady Jay
  • This was inspired by a grave on Dartmoor; there is a photograph of it in Blowin' Free , the official biography of the band. Check out the grave in Song Images.
  • Bass player Martin Turner explained that in days of yore there was a young peasant girl who got pregnant by the son of the Lord of the Manor. When they couldn't marry she committed suicide. At that time, suicide was regarded as a sin, and suicides couldn't be buried in consecrated ground. After that, her lover used to travel there every day and place fresh flowers on her grave. Legend has it that when he died, fresh flowers continued to appear there every day and still do today.
  • Turner visited the grave with some friends on a windy winter's night and found it "A very weird, spooky experience".
  • Most versions of the story are far less sympathetic to the girl's lover than the one apparently heard by Martin Turner. Kitty Jay is said to have been seduced or even to have beep raped by a farmer's son who then abandoned her, and the flowers which are left on her grave are said to be placed there by "piskies" - Cornish fairies.

  • Wishbone Ash - Doctor
    Wishbone Ash - Doctor

    Wishbone Ash - Doctor Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Wishbone 4
    Released: 1973

    Doctor Lyrics

    Doctor can you help me please
    I'm laying on the floor
    I need a glass of something
    Like you gave me once before
    I'll send my little messenger
    He'll bring the money to you
    He'll slowly make his way back home
    There'll be no horror show today my friends
    And me well be up and get away
    If I fill your every need
    You won't feel so empty
    In my web I'll bet your life
    You're dead before you're thirty
    Doctor can you help me please
    I trust you like my mum
    I know that you won't stop me turning
    All the whole world on
    You know that I'll always come to you
    When everything goes wrong
    You pick me up, don't let me go down
    To the horror show today my friend
    And me well be up and get away
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

  • This song was inspired by someone Martin Turner and his brother Glen knew from Torquay, where they grew up. According to bass player and vocalist Martin Turner in the band's official biography: "The first time I saw her she really looked like a witch". She was a heroin addict and "used to send someone round to the doctor to plead for an extra prescription because she was lying on the floor with withdrawal symptoms" - which wasn't true. When she got the drug she used to share it with her junkie friends.
  • In October 2008, he expanded on this in his on-line question and answer forum:
    "Doctor", he said, "was from an idea I had back in the 60s before WA. Musically a bit Who-ish again. The lyric was about my brothers girlfriend circa 67/68 whom I have to confess to having spent a crazy night or two with. She was a state registered heroin addict being treated with Methedrine or Methadone as it its called now. Beautiful girl, a successful model at only 16, but boy was she heavy duty. Had a bunch of young lads staying in her flat all of whom had run away from home, Mark Emery (Hobbit) would remember her. She blazed a trail and made it to her 30s but has been gone a long time now. Thanks for the song babe."

  • Wishbone Ash - Blowin' Free
    Wishbone Ash - Blowin' Free

    Wishbone Ash - Blowin' Free Lyrics and Youtube Music Videos

    Album: Wishbone Four
    Released: 1973

    Blowin' Free Lyrics

    I thought I had a girl
    And all because I seen her.
    I thought I had a girl
    And all because I seen her.
    Her hair was golden brown (yes it was)
    Blowin' Free like a cornfield.

    She was far away
    I found it hard to reach her.
    She told me you can try
    But it's impossible to find her.

    In my dreams everything was all right
    In your schemes you can only try.

    Publisher: EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

    Blowin' Free
  • This song is about Annalena Nordstrom, the Swedish girlfriend of bass player Martin Turner from his days with Empty Vessels, an Ash precursor. They were playing at Torquay when there were about 200 Swedish girls on holiday. When he met her again in London a few years later, "She hadn't changed a bit."
  • In an in-depth interview with Lawrence Pugliese at the Moonshine Theatre, Scranton, during the 2005 Ashfest, Andy Powell was asked about "Blowin' Free." He said it was one of the very first songs they ever wrote, about 1971. Although he didn't comment on its inspiration, he remembered where it was written, at the Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset Boulevard.

    By "they" he meant himself and Wishbone Ash as it was then, because by the time of this interview, he was the only remaining original member, having clocked up over 35 years with the band, (although the original bass player and vocalist Martin Turner was still performing as Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash).
  • In our 2013 interview with Andy Powell , he talked about coming up with the guitar riff on this song: "We were on tour with the Who, and I liked some of the chord progressions that Pete Townsend was doing, so all I did was take some of those ideas that he was coming up with and sped them up."

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