10​,​000 Miles​/​Heroes

from by Anne Lister

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As my own tip-of-the-cap to Nic Jones, my song is enclosed within the traditional song which he sang so beautifully. My song is a heartfelt tribute to so many friends who have joined the great session in the sky over the past few years, sadly now also including my great friend, recording guru and ally, Liv Elliot. When Mary and I recorded the song in her Boscastle studio we had no idea that she would not hear the completed album.


All my heroes have grown older, the excitement couldn’t last
And the nights are growing colder and I think the summer’s past
It’s far too late for dreaming. It seems a long way home
Standing straight instead of leaning but it’s tough to stand alone.

The highway’s full of stories and the streets are full of ghosts
I’m walking down the byways where I used to walk the most
They’ve pulled my old school down where my friends and I once played
And they’ve built upon the waste ground where my love and I once lay.

Last night we sang the old songs with our voices still as clear
Although some were far from strong and some others were not here
Old age is just a burglar with no compassion in his soul
And we wake one sunny morning wondering how we got so old.

So now the heat of summer has turned into autumn’s chill
And all those spring time blossoms have turned to compost fill
Time has destroyed so many, so many now dead and gone
Their memory is all that’s left in the echoes of a song.

I lean against my lover, the man that I love best
His arms are warm around me and I know that I am blessed
Let’s raise a glass to friends now gone and those who still remain
I’ll set my sights on what’s to come and start to sing again.


from Astrolabe, released December 28, 2019
Mary Mc Laughlin - harmonies


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Anne Lister Wales, UK

Anne is best known for her song "Icarus", recorded and performed by a number of different singers, including Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. "Astrolabe" is her ninth solo album.

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