Steve Winwood: Nine Lives

Steve Winwood Apr 29, 2008 Columbia / Wincraft
# Title Duration
1 Play I'm Not Drowning (Winwood/Godwin)
Black night down heavy on my weary brow
Light shining in the pouring rain
Can see somehow cold comfort in the broken trees

But I won't let it bring me to my knees
I'm not flying, but I'm not drowning now

Keep driving, don't matter if the highway's lost
Keep running, never turn your head
Count the cost ghost waiting where the roads all cross

Big deal waiting when you get to meet the boss
Clouds are breaking, I'm not drowning now, drowning now
Flying, but I'm not drowning now

Sad old man smiling with a shameful grin
He thinks that we never can lose
Never beat the dealer when he cuts the pack
First back to front, then deal front to back
Now I'm flying, I'm not drowning now, drowning now
03:32
2 Play Fly (Winwood/Godwin/Neto)
On a brave new morning, smiling at the sky
Every shadow of the past whispers goodbye
There is hope, if you can see
I give it all to you, you give it all to me
Every winter has the sun within its heart
And everything we think we knew we can forget
Maybe far but not apart
I know it's getting better and it will be better yet

So fly

Cause I know what you're feeling
When it turns out that way
And that emotion is healing
And we can fly..

Climbed a mountain, just to see the other side
We start with nothing, cause there's nothing left to hide
I believe in every new day
I'll never be that man who threw it all away
In the valley there's a river running through
Wherever it may take me, I will follow you
There's an answer to all the rain
It's when I turn around and hear you say my name

So fly..
And we can fly..
Oh what you're healing..
Cause there is nothing but clouds in your way
As we face the day..

So the time has come but I will say a prayer
As the day break, I know I will meet you there
By the shoreline ever-changing
I give my word to you, you gave your word to me
So the morning has a song to feed my soul
It was divided, but with you it feels whole
There's a life only we know
And there's a secret place where only we can go

So fly..
And we can fly..
07:49
3 Play Dirty City (Winwood/Godwin) (with Eric Clapton)
A gangster came to see by boy
When I was working nights to pay one more bill
He promised the kid a sweeter life
Said, "Gotta understand it's dog eat dog out there"

Well, I looked in his room when I got home
And underneath the covers found a loaded gun
He looked at me with empty eyes
He said, "It's time for me to be moving on"

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground

I spoke to my woman the other day
She said, "I need more cash, we can't pay our way"
She said, "Everything gets really hard
And I need something sweet, don't you understand?"

The roar of the train runs by my room
And on these summer nights I can't sleep anymore
I walk in the streets to greet the dawn
Or stay at home all night and stare at the floor

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground

Help me now, move on to a higher ground
Help somehow, make a move to a higher ground
Won't you help somehow? Make a move to higher ground
Won't you help somehow? I need a little help

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground
07:44
4 Play We're All Looking (Winwood/Godwin)
When waves crash by my sleepy pillow
I'm dreaming love will surely follow
See weeping shadows on my balcony
But there's more than I can see

We're all looking
Sometimes we find
We're all waiting
To see a sign

But we're searching
Deep in our own minds
We're all looking
Sometimes we're blind

When life is much too beautiful to bear
I still feel pain of it in there
And as I walk across the endless sky

And everything that brings me down to earth
Is just another day to pray
To while the day and wonder what it's worth
There's nothing left that we can say

We're all looking
Sometimes we find
We're all waiting
To see a sign

But we're searching
Deep in our own minds
We're all looking
Sometimes we're blind

We're all looking
Sometimes we find
We're all waiting
To see a sign

But we're searching
Deep in our own minds
We're all looking
Sometimes we're blind

We're all looking
Sometimes we find
We're all waiting
To see a sign

But we're searching
Deep in our own minds
We're all looking
Sometimes we're blind

We're all looking
Sometimes we find
We're all waiting
To see a sign

But we're searching
Deep in our own minds
We're all looking
Sometimes we're blind
Blind, blind, blind
05:25
5 Play Hungry Man (Winwood/Godwin/Neto)
Hot desert wind, burning sand
But this land it is my land
Wait by the well, rain don't come
River's dry, pray for my son

I'm just one, one more poor hungry man
Yes, I'm just one more poor hungry man

Sun in the sky hurts my eye
Mouth all dry, may God help me
Wait by the road, man don't come
Rice all gone for thirty miles

I'm just one, one more poor hungry man
I'm just one, one more poor hungry man
Yes, I'm just one more poor hungry man
I'm just one, one more poor hungry man

Shout at the truck passing by
No reply, dust in my mouth
Somebody soon find me here
Drowning here in baby's tears

Love in the world hear me soon
Save us all and save my child
Birds in the skies flying low
Baby no, his tears all dry

I'm just one, one more poor hungry man
I'm just one, one more poor hungry man
Yes, I'm just one more poor hungry man
I'm just one, one more poor hungry man

I'm just one, one more poor hungry man
Yes, I'm just one more poor hungry man
I'm just one, one more poor hungry man
Yes, I'm just one more poor hungry man
07:07
6 Play Secrets (Winwood/Godwin/Neto)
It's hot down on the borderline,
Running guns, he's just killing time
He keeps his back against the wall
Never trust your friends in crime

He's the quiet kind
Doesn't need a plan
You can't read his mind
He's a secret mand, talking 'bout the man

You drink Mojitos with the boys
Smile as if you know what they know
You show them all your pretty toys
Make a deal, don't make a show

He's the ace of spies with a golden hand
You can't read his eyes
Cause he's a secret man
He's the quiet kind
Doesn't need a plan
Can't read his mind at all
He's a secret man, talking 'bout the man

Tell you no secrets,
I tell you no lies..
06:41
7 Play At Times We Do Forget (Winwood/Godwin/Neto)
Well, the world's no perfect place
We're only doing what we can do
When the night comes over me
Open my eyes up to a brighter sky

And the light shines above every nation
But at times we do forget about them
Like my brother who is falling down

But at times we do forget about him
The truth is an empty word
Spoken in vain, yeah, like we all do
Blind hate the modern way
But every life has a beautiful name

And the light shines above every nation
But at times we do forget about them
Like my brother who is falling down
But at times we do forget about him

No regrets can save us
And only our hearts have any answer
Oh, it's you

And the lights shines above every nation
But at times we do forget about them
Like my brother who is falling down
But at times we do forget about him

Time to break out now
Out of the prison of our own mind
There's a rhyme where there's a reason
Everyone's dreaming of the same dream, oh, dream on
Forget about it, oh, forget about it
05:57
8 Play Other Shore (Winwood/Godwin/Neto)
There'll be times at sunrise when my heart speaks your name
For you left with no warning but there's no one left to blame
All those days full of golden sun when you walked by my side
And everything that you gave to me can never be denied

And sometimes the other shore is so far away
And that darker river's edge is too far away
And across the waterline is far away

On a new tomorrow cooling breeze shows a star
There can be so much sorrow when you've traveled from afar
But there's nothing that can harm you when the night's closing in
In the bright lit heavens above us you know we'll meet there again

And sometimes the other shore is so far away
And that darker river's edge is too far away
And across the waterline is so far away

In the rush of our breathing there is always passing time
There is always somebody leaving and someone's always left behind
But something endures in the morning's blue light
I have you and you have me
And it'll be alright when the skies all clear 'cause we're all born to be free

The other shore is so far way
And that darker river's edge is too far away
And across the waterline it's so far away

And sometimes the other shore is so far away
And across the river's edge is so far away
So far away, far away, so far away
So far away, so far away, far away
So far away, far away, so far away
06:41

 

PLAYERS:

 

Steve Winwood: Guitar, Organ, Vocals

Jose Pires De Almeida Neto: Guitar

Karl Vanden Bossche: Percussion

Richard Bailey: Drums

Paul Booth: Sax/Flute

 

Produced By Steve Winwood

Associate Producer: Johnson Somerset

Recorded and Mixed by: James Towler

 

NOTES:

 

“Thank You: A big thank you to Eugenia, Mary Clare, Eliza, Cal and Lilly for your love during the making of this album.”

“Many thanks also go to Eric Clapton, Jose Neto, Paul Booth, Karl Vanden Bossche, Richard Bailey, Tim Cansfield, Johnson Somerset, Peter Godwin, Ross Mitchell, Mick Newton, and especially James Towler for helping me make the record…

and finally to my fans for your support.”

 

Nine Lives Bonus DVD contains 30+ minute interview and behind-the-scenes footage with Steve Winwood, filmed at Wincraft Studios in England.

Director: Sam Erickson.

Producer: Kate O’Keefe