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One Way
by Levellers

There's only one way of life
And that's your own

My father when I was younger
Took me up on to the hill
That looked down on the city smog
Above the factory spill
He said this is where I come
When I want to be free
Well he never was in his lifetime
But these words stuck with me

I ran from all of this
And I climbed that highest hill
And looked down on my life
Above the factory spill
I looked down onto my life
As the family disgrace
Then to all my friends on the starting line
Their wages off to chase
and all my friends and all their jobs
And all the bloody waste


I grew up, learned to love and laugh
Circled A's on the underpass
But the noise we thought would never stop
Died a death as the punks grew up
And we choked on our dreams
We wrestled with our fears
Running through the heartless concrete streets
Chasing our ideas

And the problems of the world
Won't be solved by this guitar
And they won't stop coming either
By the life I've had so far
And the bright lights of my home town
Won't be getting any dimmer
Though their calling has receded now
Like some old distant singer
And they don't seem so appealing
To the eyes of this poor sinner


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My Father passed away last night. These guys were his favourite, it was the soundtrack to my childhood. I'm playing this song in particular at his funeral. I don't even know why I'm writing this. This song is just so good and fitting for the man that raised me


i signed in just to give sum luv :)

Chester Davenport

Such a cool track! It speaks volumes about life!

james carrington

My father died 7 year's ago it doesn't get any easier but at least he introduced me to the Levellers back in 1990 and they've been my favourite band of all time and every time I listen to it it's almost here with me like the good old days, still miss you dad😑😑😑

unrepeatable raddish

Rob Troake well said bro

unrepeatable raddish

Carn Marth could you be a bigger fucking dickhead on this post???

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Tigger the cat

Saturday night at rock city Nottingham in the 90's.
me and the wife bouncing around to this. not a care in the world.
those were the days.

Jolly Infidel

I might have been there.
I know i saw them there in the mid 90s but i was so off my head so i don't remember much...
I've ruined countless gigs doing that.!


I know the place well! Was there every Friday night in the late 90's :)

bob long

I bet i was there too :)

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