Saiichi Sugiyama - The Band Played On

from Strength by Various Artists For The People Of Japan

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Won’t you play me a song she used to sing
Remind me of the days now so far away
Where did we go wrong? What have you done?
What took so long was gone in a day

Above the clouds of fire, he saw her light come shining through
From the tower of smoke, he held her hand and he flew

And the Band played on in the dark, till the dawn
The Band played on until the morning, when the night was gone

I woke up one morning into a bad dream
My heart turned to stone, what could I do?
Tears in their eyes were telling no lie
I was watching a world breaking in two

In the rush of water, she thought she heard the ghost of love
Reaching for the clear blue sky, she spreads her wings like a dove

And the Band played on in the dark, till the dawn
The Band played on until the morning, when the night was gone

And the Band played on through the tears amid the roars
The Band played on until the sunrise, when the fear’s no more


from Strength, released March 22, 2011
The Band Played On (Written by Saiichi Sugiyama; Additional lyrics by Pete Brown) © (P) 2004 Cedar Mountain Music

Sugiyama wrote the gospel style chorus a few months before 9.11 but couldn’t make sense of it. When the disaster struck New York, he wrote the rest of the song which fitted with the chorus like pieces of jigsaw. His lyrics, with inputs from Pete Brown, however are now more poignant than before in the face of the 2011 Japanese disaster.

Saiichi Sugiyama: lead guitars, acoustic guitar and vocals; David Hadley Ray: bass guitar; Simon Edgoose: drums; Clem Clempson: rhythm guitar; Zoot Money: Rhodes & Hammond; Malcolm Bruce: strings; Rietta Austin: backing vocals; Helen Hardy: backing vocals; Jim Stapley: backing vocals; Chris Constantinou: backing vocals; Henry Lowther and Lee Goodall: horn section; Pete Brown: percussions

Recorded and Mixed by Ben Matthews at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire in 2003; Produced by Pete Brown and Saiichi Sugiyama

Taken from the album “So Am I” (2004)

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