"Spirit of 76" as written by and Edward James Mac Donald Michael Leslie Peters....
Well I find myself in reverie
'Bout what we might have had
And what might have been
We had something going once

That was such a long, long time ago
It was way back in '76
Our friendship formed of pure innocence
We first met in Mathew Street

Where we heard something that would set us free
A sign stands over a door, it says
"Four lads who shook the world"
In the depths of those heady nights

We would dream of those bright lights
Oh my friend, Oh my friend, Oh my friend

And my friend John, he went away
He made some mistakes
Spent time in Walton jail
And now when I see him we still talk

But there's no light shining in his eyes
And Susie, she was seventeen
And more beauty in this world
I swear you'll never see

I was gonna be king
And she was gonna be queen
But now all she does is hide behind the tears
If there was more sense in this world

And work wasn't so hard to find
You would not be going your way
I would not be going mine
Oh my friend, Oh my friend, Oh my friend

Somewhere tonight out on the street
Somewhere beneath this city's heat
In the eyes of strangers who pass me by
Life is cruel and so unkind
Oh, Oh the SPIRIT OF '76

And Pete has seen his dreams come true
But that don't make him no hero
He's just one of the lucky few
If a man can't change the world these days

I still believe a man can change his own destiny
But the price is high that has got to be paid
For everyone who survives there are many who fail
I've seen my friends caught out in that crossfire

All their dreams and hopes smashed on the funeral pyre
I will never give in until the day I die
Get myself some independence
Carve out a future with my two bare hands
Oh my friend, Oh my friend, Oh my friend

Somewhere tonight out on the street
Somewhere beneath this city's heat
In the eyes of strangers who pass me by
Life is cruel and so unkind
Oh, Oh the SPIRIT OF '76

Mersey lights shine in the distance
Same as they did for us then
Mersey lights shine bright in the distance
Where are you now my friend?

You see some nights when I can't sleep
I still think of you

And all the promises,all our dreams we shared
I know those lights still call to you
I can hear them now
I can hear them now

(Still shining for us)
(Let em shine)

(Can you hear them)
(Can you hear them)

(Lights are still shining)

Somewhere tonight out on the street
Somewhere beneath this city's heat
In the eyes of strangers who pass me by
Life is cruel and so unkind
Oh- Oh
Where's it gone
The SPIRIT OF '76


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"Spirit of 76" as written by Michael Leslie Peters Edward James Mac Donald

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    General CommentThis is about the price of success. If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to leave a few of your friends behind, because most who try don't make it big.
    audiowannabeon January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHeh, you really think "The Spirit of 76" refers to a willingness to abandon your friends in pursuit of (financial) success? Unlikely. The singer wants survival and independence in a harsh world, not so much "making it big" and leaving his friends behind.

    The song is being sung by a disillusioned man to one of those four lads he met as a youth, or perhaps even to his younger self. This song title refers to a sense of optimism about life. The kind that four young friends and dreamers have when they meet in college and set out to make their own way.

    Yes, there are some failures and disappointments along the way. Maybe a lot of them. But the singer still feels that same hopeful spirit he had when he was a younger man.
    GunWillTravelon April 18, 2017   Link

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