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FOCUS TEKSTEN / LYRICS

 

 

FOCUS

 (Focus plays Focus / In and out of Focus)

 

Focus yourself on the love

You own mankind

Communication again

 

Lyrics: Hans Cleuver

                                                      

AVONDROOD (Zing je Moerstaal)

O avondrood

vlammengloed

O bloedbad in het westen

O late roos

lege doos

O stoffelijke resten

O medemensch

moederschoot

O onvervulde wensen

O bete broods

kind des doods

O verte

Gedicht: Jules Deelder

Van de verzamelelpee ter gelegenheid van de boekenweek 1976 waarop Nederlandse bands muziek schreven op bestaand werk van Nederlandse schrijvers

 

Evening glow

O evening glow

glow of flames

O massacre in the west

O late rose

empty box

O mortal remains

O fellow-man

mother's lap

O unfulfilled desires

O bite of bread

child of death

O distance

lyrics: Jules Deelder

from the compliation album "Sing your mother tongue"

 

BLACK BEAUTY (Focus plays Focus / In and out of Focus)

Night was dark, your skin was dark

Your eyes were shining bright

Oh black beauty, close in my heart

I was King Salomon who held his queen of Sheba tight

Oh black beauty, held in my arms

How we were told, love was not meant for us

Two different worlds stepped apart

Heart against heart

But we knew where to find an opportunity

Far away where no one was near

We could meet there at night and we’re impunity

Oh black beauty, love without fear

Our love was wonderful

So young and so pure

I held your trembling hands

I was so sure

Then when our lips met there was no returning

The fire was burning in our hearts

So we were told, love was not meant for us

Two different worlds stepped apart

Heart against heart

But we knew where to find an opportunity

Far away where no one was near

I was King Salomon who held his queen of Sheba tight

Oh black beauty, love without fear

Lyrics: Hans Cleuver

 

SUGAR ISLAND (Focus plays Focus / In and out of Focus)

Sugar island Cuba

You lay there just for fun

With all your colours and your pelts

A treasure in the sun

Sugar island Cuba

You lay there just for fun

With all your colours and your pelts

A treasure in the sun

Dabadabadabada

Dabadabadabada

Castro makes the poor man rich

And rings the rich man’s nell

He makes the island grey and pale

I wish he were in hell

Castro makes the poor man rich

And rings the rich man’s nell

He makes the island grey and pale

I wish he were in hell

Dabadabadabada

Dabadabadabada

Dabadabadabada

Dabadabadabada

Sugar island Cuba

You are no more for sale

This Castro makes the poor man rich

He makes the flowers pale

Sugar island Cuba

You are no more for sale

This Castro makes the poor man rich

He makes the flowers pale

Dabadabadabada

Dabadabadabada

Lyrics: Jan Staal

 

HAPPY NIGHTMARE (MESCALINE)(Focus plays Focus / In and out of Focus)

Only once in a life mescaline

Floating over a mountain

Made to seen

Step off into the sun

Feel the blood through you run

Only once in a life mescaline

Heavy nightmare I’ve flown

Lift it through

(Taste the beauty of the sweet red wine)

Grab for air see your skin

Turning blue

(Smell the freshness of the grass beneath the path)

There’s a man with three heads

There’s a girl with three beds

See they’re both running fast

After me

(Gonna get you, gonna fill you full of love)

Have your head filled to the top

With big booze

(Feel the softness of a mountain’s hill)

Then you hear someone’s dead in the world

(Think your body in a combat of nil)

You can bet your sweet life

That they fought with a knife

See they’re all running fast after me

(Wonna kiss you, run the fingers through your hair)

Get the feeling deep inside

That you’re dead

(Can’t you hear the clock of life ticking loud)

Try to run from the snake pitt

In your bed

(Then you’ll find what you got could not be found)

Smell the nearness of the grave

Wonder if you can be saved

All the world’s still running fast

After me

(When they get you gonna give you everything)

Only once in a life mescaline

Floating over a mountain

Made to seen

Step off into the sun

Feel the blood through you run

Only once in a life mescaline

Lyrics: Mike Hayes

 

WHY DREAM (Focus plays Focus / In and out of Focus)

Why dream about the future?

Now is the present as bad as the present can be

Why dream about the future?

The light is dark and darkness is all you can see

Planes go flight by flight

(Planes go flight by flight)

Ready for a fight

(Ready for a fight)

Ships pass in the night

(Ships pass)

Through the Bosporus

Marching columns sound

(Marching columns)

Reasons yet unfound

For me for you

For all of us

Why dream about the future?

The sun is shining upon a world full of fear

Why dream about the future?

When the clash and the bang of that future is coming to near

This is our time

(This is our time)

We will drink this wine

(We will drink this wine)

Reaches our cup

(Reaches)

And we like it fine

Please don’t hesitate

before it is too late

You had your chance and lift your fate

We dream about the future!

Where we can change things as they ought to be

We dream about the future!

Where we will be moving and choosing our own destiny

Lyrics: Hans Cleuver

 

MOVING WAVES (Focus II)

Moving Waves, the wind has left you

And you’re still in commotion?

Moving Waves, the wind has left you

And you’re still in commotion?

We are still repeating the word it has taught us

It moves our whole being to ecstasy

Waves why do you all become excited

And then all calm together?

Because behind our individual action

There is one impulse working

Because behind our individual action

There is one impulse working

Rising waves…….what motive is behind your impulse?

What motive is behind your impulse?

The desire to reach upwards!!

Lyrics: Inayat Khan

 

ROUND GOES THE GOSSIP (Focus 3)

Round goes the gossip (12 x)

Extemplo Libyae magnas it Fama per urbes

Fama malum qua non aliud velocius ullum

Mobilitate viget virisque adquirit eundo

Parva metu primo, mox sese attollit in auras

Ingrediturque solo et caput inter nubila condit….

Round goes the gossip (10 x)

Round goes….(14 x)

Uit de Aeneas van Virgilius

TRANSLATION

Forthwith Rumour runs through Libya's great cities

Rumour of all evils most swift

Speed lends her strength and she wins vigour as she goes

Small at first through fear, soon she mounts up to heaven

And walks the ground with head hidden in the clouds

From: Virgil's the Aeneid Book IV 173-177

Translation by H. Rushton Fairclough

 

LA CATHEDRALE DE STRASSBOURG (Hamburger Concerto)

La cathédrale (3x) de Strassbourg

Ding dong, ding dong

La nostalgie (3x) se réveille

Lyrics: Thijs van Leer

 

WELL DONE (Hamburger Concerto)

O, Kerstnacht schoner dan de dagen

Hoe kan Herodes het licht verdragen

Dat in Uw duisternisse blinkt

En wordt gevierd en aangebeden

Zijn hoogmoed luistert naar geen reden

Hoe schel die in zijn oren klinkt

Hij tracht d' onnozelen te vernielen

Door 't doden van onnozele zielen

En wekt een stad en landgeschrei

In Bethlehem en op den akker

En maakt den geest van Rachel wakker

Die waren gaat door beemd en wei

Gedeelte uit de rei van edelen van de "Gijsbrecht van Aemstel" door Joost van den Vondel

TRANSLATION

O, Christmas eve more beautiful than the days

How can Herod bear the light

That blinks in your darkness

And is celebrated and worshipped

His pride listens to no reason

How noisy it sounds to his ears

He tries to destroy the untaught ones

By killing untaught souls

And rises a crying all over town and country

In Bethlehem and on the field

And awakes the spirit of Rachel

That starts haunting fields and meadows

Excerpt from the 17th century dramatic play

The " Gijsbrecht van Aemstel"

by the Dutch play writer Joost van den Vondel

 

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