Latest Waxing

by Henry Sparks

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If you would like a hard copy of the Latest Waxing CD please contact me with your address and I will send you one (the Seven Songs CD also if you wish). It does not matter where you are in the world.
The contact button is at the bottom of the page on the right hand side.

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released August 2, 2016

Thanks to the musicians who worked on the 'Latest Waxing' project: Catriona Bryce, Chris Burn, Alan Cook, Sue Hudson, Anthony Johnson, Alan Prosser, Jef Reynolds, and Julie Walkington.

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Henry Sparks Canterbury, UK

HENRY SPARKS lives in England, plays guitar, writes and sings songs.
His music is informed by experience as a farm hand, pizza slinger, carpenter, architect and lecturer.
 Folk - English and American - and a fascination with song-writing have driven his playing and creativity. He now makes music locally with Canterbury legends The Country Counts, and plays in or out at any opportunity. ... more

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Track Name: While we were building Jerusalem
While we were building Jerusalem

While we are building Jerusalem
While we are building Jerusalem
While we are building with our tired hands

While we were building Jerusalem
Whilst our backs were turned
A roofer up and switched the plans
The pattern books were burned

The architects of Jerusalem
They are dead and gone
In bitter days and twisted ways
It’s hard to carry on

Hello can you hear me
Hello can you hear me
Hello can you hear me
Anyone in the darkness
I shall not cease from mental fight
Nor shall peace slip through our tired hands

While we are building Jerusalem
While we are building Jerusalem
While we are building with our tired hands

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Princes and thieves have other plans
Those men will wake one day to find
They have all their temples burned

The flaw in the city of Jerusalem
Is enmity itself
The end of days the darkening ways
We have to carry on

Hello can you hear me
Hello can you hear me
Hello can you hear me
Anyone in the darkness
I shall not cease from mental fight
Nor shall peace slip through our tired hands

While we are building Jerusalem
While we are building Jerusalem
While we are building with our tired hands

Guitars & Vocal: Alan Prosser. Cello: Catriona Bryce.
Vocals: Chris Burn. Guitar & Vocals: Henry Sparks.

Henry Sparks © 2015
Track Name: If she falls
If she falls

In a laugh we capture
The wings of the moment
Touch hands then cartwheel and fly
All her sunbeams and sonnets
Her calico bonnets
Girl of the raven blue hair

Dancer at the window pane
Oh she’s gone again

If she falls I will catch her
For nothing else matters
It’s a gift of love for today

I will carve her name
On some wayside stone
Which shall stand as the time drifts away
We shall embark on ships
Burn any bridges
Speak tongues that we always have known

Dancer at the window pane
Oh she’s gone again

If she falls I will catch her
For nothing else matters
It’s a gift of love for today

For nothing else matters
For nothing else matters
For nothing else matters today

Fiddles: Anthony Johnson. Guitar & Vocals: Henry Sparks.
Bass: Julie Walkington.

Henry Sparks 2015 ©
Track Name: So like a child
So like a child

Orchards I picked apples in have all been torn down
The planners and the tarmac have covered the ground

And so like a child with trembling hands
I come with you to stand

Parents they gave me love I threw it all away
Too busy mowing the orchards that aren’t here today

And so like a child with trembling hands
I come with you to stand

Vocals: Chris Burn. Cello: Catriona Bryce.
Guitar & Vocals: Henry Sparks.

Henry Sparks 2015 ©
Track Name: The cowboy song
The cowboy song

Hope and dreams the rain washed down
Love it seems is dust on the wind
I’m losing the trace in that empty sound
I’m running away from my heart

I turn my face on the old pale hills
Turn my back on the sun
To have and to hold for good or ill
The sand slips through your fingers then you’re done

Chorus: I am the lonesome cowboy on the prairie of your heart
I ride through the canyons all alone
I will ride that way forever or until I grow old
Or until you say you love me
Or until the grass turns to gold

One day the rose I saw it from the street
Some way I lost you the thread of my days
I’ve wandered this land of dust and heat
The towers of desolation in the haze

Chorus:

Sky come down and bury me in the ground
Horizon is the trick the dead can pass
Calling and calling don’t you be long
This dream of angels shall last

Chorus:

I’m hanging from the wire of heartbreak and desire
Turning slowly in the wind
In the dead quiet valley the horse turns away
The world has nothing to say
The world has nothing to say
The grass is turning to gold
The grass is turning to gold

Lap-steel & Pedal-steel: Alan Cook. Vocal: Sue Hudson.
Bass: Jef Reynolds. Guitar & Vocal: Henry Sparks.

Henry Sparks © 2014
Track Name: Migrant
Migrant

Three of us died on the train today
One fell chasing a truck
Some curse their gods
Others just curse their luck
We ask around for David
People say that he’s gone
Gone to meet his maker
Or travelling clean away
Far and away over and away

Freedom’s a queen finest I’ve seen
Freedom’s a lover careless and free
Freedom appears calling me home
Those longest last few miles
This day next day someday soon
Lonely scared far from home

I ran down the fenceline
It’s all that we ever do
Searching out the weakness
Trying to find the way through
A lark rose up beside me
Climbing into the air
Rose up singing beside me
Climbing into the air
Higher and away over and away

Freedom’s a queen finest I’ve seen
Freedom’s a lover careless and free
Freedom appears calling me home
Those longest last few miles
This day next day someday soon
But who will see that my grave is kept clean
But who will see that my grave is kept clean

Guitar & Vocal: Henry Sparks


Henry Sparks © 2015