Happy Isles

by luke hurley

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1.
04:39
In the happy isles of Oceania The people are free Beautiful mountains Beautiful rivers Beautiful lakes Beautiful beaches Beautiful people Everyone is clean and free - here Everybody lives in peace and harmony In the happy isles of Oceania We're the least corrupt place in the world Because we say so We are honest as the day is long And in the summer - day is long In the happy isles of Oceania We're so clean We're so green It don't even matter if you gotta problem You just gotta have the right kind of problem Then you can come and live with us In the happy isles Of Oceania We're here to help you In the happy isles Of Oceania Oceania Come and help yourself It's a free country No problem In the happy isles of Oceania
2.
The color of your skin Don't mean a thing What's pumping through your head Through the pleasure and the pain In a world locked in war Like I said before Don't know what we're fighting for And I don't know nobody who sanctions war Yet we're fighting nobody The color of our skin Don't mean a thing The color of our skin Yes you heard me right You bet your life It's not the color of your skin Or the place you’re living in Watching movies Cause we've been deceived We find a reason for a war What's pumping through your head Did you hear what I said The color that is spilt To justify a war But all the same color Is pumping through your heart Pumping through your head And you guessed again The color isn't red Not the color of your skin All the same color within The same color within The same color within The color is red Pumping through your heart Pumping through your head
3.
04:10
Ting tong, ting tong, ting tong My friend, my friend, ting tong Can call you darling Can call your dear I call you ting tong Ting tong Ting tong Don't need to write Don't need to call You near me anyway Always close Always near Ting tong my dear Shouldn't say But it's true You're my dear friend Ting tong, ting tong Absolute Fortunate Won't you Look out for you You look out for me You look out for you My dear My dear friend Don't need to call Don't need to write You're there You close all the time
4.
I remember the day I was learning to fly The instructor got out He said that you Are ready I said - are you sure He said you're ready You have control Go ahead and fly You have control I'll get out of your way So you can fly Never felt So afraid I never felt That I would make it I wasn't ready Alone to fly Fly It was so close I nearly died Learning to fly Never again for the rest of my life Did I try learning to fly Never again to try On my lonesome to fly You have control
5.
04:18
6.
03:24
Everybody stand before the little red man Waiting for the green man walking Rich or poor Strong or weak Young or old They don't need to do what they're told Cause all they do is stand for the little red man Waiting for the green man walking And the stranger by your side Could be a friend for life If you had the time Talking, waiting for the green man (talking) Everybody stand For the green man Man starts walking Everybody stand for the little red man Waiting for the green man Walking Do you have time Talking To the stranger Could become a friend Everybody knows Don't need to be told Everybody knows to stand before the little red man Green man
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06:03
How many miles into the sky Does the albatross dare to fly Wingspan wide, perfect flight With the fuel of hope inside Give me the answer I am a fool Divorced from nature And playing it cool Like an ignorant fool Trashing the earth For all that I'm worth I can fly higher and faster than you O what a prize - when I do The born again's say end will come any day The buddha didn't know and if he knew he wouldn't say Give me the answer Cause I am a fool (I'm) playing it cool Trashing the earth All that I'm worth Eat junk food Pollute the mind Working for money Or wasting time Chasing little fads And looking to find Your lonely perfect spiritual State of mind Give me the answer I am a fool Divorced from nature Playing it cool Playing it cool I'm just a fool Trashing the earth (For) All that I'm worth How many miles into the sky Can you fly? How many miles into the sky Does the albatross dare to fly Wingspan wide, perfect flight With a view of hope inside Give us the answer Playing it cool Playing it cool
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Captured/ Produced by Jan Bille in Diamond Harbour August 2019

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released February 25, 2020

Post production and mastering by Ian McAllister at Audio-Centric Christchurch. September-October 2019. No overdubs.

Luke Hurley lukehurley.co.nz Phone +64 21 025 92919
Made in the Happy Isles

Cover art: 'Te Anau' by Justin Summerton Oil on canvas.
Design: panaita.com

Many thanks to first edition sponsors: Holiday Records, Simon Raby, Chris Rankin, John Appleby, Dorothy Brown, Paul Hurley.

Guitars: Steve Barkman (Takoma and Takoma Baritone) and Steve Barkman custom 12 string.

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luke hurley Auckland, New Zealand

Luke is a guitarist and singer / songwriter. Born in Kenya, grew up in Zanzibar till age 12 then moved with family to NZ. He achieved a degree of early success on student radio with the song "Mona Lisa" in the early 1980s at University of Otago in Dunedin. All recordings are original songs by Luke. 2 songs were featured on the film 'Insatiable Moon'.12 string guitars made by Steve Barkman. ... more

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