Mike + The Mechanics – The Living Years (Official Video)


Mike + The MechanicsMar 20, 2018
Official video for “The Living Years” by Mike + Mechanics. Released in 1989, this single reached number 1 in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the US, while it was number 2 in the UK, where it went Silver.

The song has been covered many times including interpretations by Alabama, Chris De Burgh, West End theatre star Michael Ball, Marcia Hines, Engelbert Humperdinck, James Last, The London Symphony Orchestra, Christian artist Russ Lee, Rhydian, John Tesh, Russell Watson, the London Community Gospel Choir, the Newsboys, The Isaacs, The Katinas, Japanese singer Kaho Shimada, Italian band Dik Dik and Michael English.

In 1996 the legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach declared “The Living Years’ is one of the finest lyrics of the last 10 years.” It was nominated for 4 Grammy awards in 1990 and won the prestigious Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically & Lyrically in 1989.

Lyrics:

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I’m a prisoner
to all my father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage,
to all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him
in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got

You say you just don’t see it
He says it’s perfect sense
You just can’t get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defence

[Chorus]
Say it loud (say it loud)
Say it clear (say it clear)
You can listen
as well as you hear
It’s too late (It’s too late)
When we die (oh, when we die)
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It’s the bitterness that lasts

So don’t yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don’t give up,
and don’t give in
You may just be okay

[Chorus]
Say it loud (say it loud)
Say it clear (say it clear)
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late (It’s too late)
When we die (oh, when we die)
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

I wasn’t there that morning
When my father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I’m sure I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tears
I just wish I could have told him
In the living years

[Chorus]
Say it loud (say it loud)
Say it clear (say it clear)
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late (It’s too late)
When we die (oh, when we die)
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

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