OYSTERBAND'S SONG LYRICS

Dear Reader

Welcome to the Lyrics section.

It started life as a facility for ourselves, so we could check on the obscurer parts of our back catalogue in an emergency.  But once begun it seemed logical to include everything.

Or nearly everything:  we haven't included the words of other people's songs that we've chosen to cover.  Some music publishers - for quite defensible reasons - want payment to allow lyrics to be reproduced, and life just didn't seem long enough to toil through the process of contacting each publisher separately.

You also won't find any songs from recordings that are no longer in print, for example our home-made albums pre-1986 (the year we signed with Cooking Vinyl), the limited-edition EP "25", or a few singles B-sides that didn't make it on to any album.

But we've included texts of traditional songs as arranged by us:  we didn't write the words, but we chose to sing them and they're part of our world.

A great majority of Oysterband songs were written by some permutation of John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer. After nearly 40 years of playing and writing together our memory of who invented what part of which song can be hazy, so we haven't tried to separate the contributions out.  It's probably true that, over the years, John has created more of the vocal lines than anyone else, Alan done more of the arranging and harmonising, and Ian written more of the words; but actually that doesn't tell you anything about any particular song.  We've all been tough critics and editors of each other's ideas, and that's how the writing keeps going.

On, on...


(With warm thanks to Giolla Decair and Caz White, without whom this task would have taken much, much longer.)

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Song title Albums
20th of April Trawler Granite
                Years 25th anniversary concert
A Careless Llife Wide
                blue yonder
A Clown's Heart Diamonds on the Water This house will stand
A Fire Is Burning Holy
                bandits
A River Runs Diamonds on the Water This house will stand
A Time Of Her Own Here I
                stand
After Rain Here I
                stand The Oxford girl and other stories
All That Way For This Deserters Granite
                Years
All Tomorrow's Parties Freedom and rain
And As For You Here I
                stand This house will stand
Angels Of The River Deserters The Oxford girl and other stories
Another Quiet Night In England Wide
                blue yonder Step Outside Trawler Granite Years
Ashes To Ashes Step
                Outside
Bells Of Rhymney Deserters Granite
                Years
Be My Luck Deep
                dark ocean Granite Years
Between The Wars Wide
                blue yonder
Blackwaterside Rise above 25th anniversary concert This house will stand
Blood-Red Roses The shouting end of life The Oxford girl and other stories
Blood Wedding Holy
                bandits Trawler Granite
                Years 25th anniversary concert
Bold Riley Step
                Outside This house will stand
Bonny Bunch Of Roses Ragged
                Kingdom
Boy's Still Running, The Meet
                You There
Bright Morning Star Rise above 25th anniversary concert This house will stand
Bully In The Alley Step
                Outside
Bury Me Standing SMeet
                You Theree
By Northern Light The shouting end of life Granite
                Years The Oxford girl and other stories
Call You Friend Diamonds on the Water
Cheekbone City Ride
Coal Creek Mine Wide
                blue yonder
Coal Not Dole Little rock to Liepzig Trawler Granite Years
Control Meet
                You There
Cornish Farewell Shanty, The The Big
                Session Volume 1 This house will stand
Cry, Cry Holy
                bandits
Dancing As Fast As I Can Meet
                You There This house will stand
Dark End Of The Street, The Ragged
                Kingdom
Dark-Eyed Sailor Ragged Kingdom
Day That The Ship Goes Down, The Step
                Outside
Deserter, The Deserters Granite
                Years
Diamond For A Dime Deserters
Diamonds On The Water Diamonds on the Water
Dives And Lazarus Freedom and rain
Don't Slit Your Wrists For Me The shouting end of life
Drunkard's Waltz Deep
                dark ocean
Early Days Of A Better Nation, The Wide
                blue yonder The Oxford girl and other stories
Elena's Shoes Deserters
Everybody's Leaving Home Rise above
Everything Must Go Meet
                You There
Everywhere I Go The shouting end of life Granite
                Years 25th anniversary concert
False Knight On The Road, The The Oxford girl and other stories
Fiddle Or A Gun Deserters
Finisterre Freedom and Rain
Flatlands Step
                Outside Wide blue yonder
Following In Father's Footsteps Wide
                blue yonder
Fountains Flowing Ragged
                Kingdom
Gamblers (We Do Not Do That Any More) Ride 25th anniversary concert
Gaol Song Step
                Outside
Generals Are Born Again, The Wide
                blue yonder
Gone West Holy
                bandits
(Gonna) Do What I Have To Do Little Rock to Leipzig
Granite Years Deserters Trawler Granite
                Years
Hal-An-Tow Step
                Outside Wide blue yonder Trawler Granite
                Years
Hangman Cry This House Will Stand
Heaven To Calcutta Ride
Here Comes The Flood Meet
                You Theree This house will stand
Here's To You Holy
                bandits Granite Years
Hills Of Shiloh, The Ragged
                Kingdom
I Built This House This House Will Stand
I Fought The Law Little Rock to Liepzig
I Know It's Mine Here I
                stand
I Look For You Holy
                bandits
I Once Loved A Lass This House Will Stand
If My Love Loves Me Ragged
                Kingdom
If You Can't Be Good Rise above 25th anniversary concert
In Your Eyes Here I
                stand
Jail Song Two Little Rock to Leipzig This house will stand
Jam Tomorrow The shouting end of life Granite
                Years
John Barleycorn The Big
                Session Volume 1
Judas (Was A Red Headed Man) Ragged
                Kingdom
Jump Through The Fire Here I
                stand
Just One Life Meet
                You There
Lakes Of Cool Flynn, The Wide
                blue yonder The Oxford girl and other stories
Lay Your Dreams Down Gently Diamonds on the Water
Leaves Of Life, The Ragged
                Kingdom
Liberty Hall Step
                Outside
Like A Swimmer In The Ocean Diamonds on the Water
Little Brother Deep
                dark ocean The Oxford girl and other stories
Long Dark Street The shouting end of life This house will stand
Lost And Found, The Wide
                blue yonder Trawler 25th anniversary concert
Love Vigilantes Ride Trawler Granite
                Years
Love Will Tear Us Apart Big
                Session 1 Ragged Kingdom This house will stand
Lullaby Of London Freedom and rain
Milford Haven Deep
                dark ocean Granite Years
Mississippi Summer Freedom and rain Granite
                Years 25th anniversary concert This house will stand
Molly Bond Step
                Outside Granite Years 25th anniversary concert
Moving On Holy
                bandits
My Dog (Knows Where The Bones Are Hid) Ride
My Mouth Rise above
Native Son Deep
                dark ocean Granite Years 25th anniversary concert
New Jerusalem, The The Big
                Session Volume 1
Never Left Deserters This house will stand
New York Girls Ride Little rock to Liepzig 25th anniversary concert
Night Comes In Freedom and rain
No Ordinary Girl Diamonds on the Water
No Reason To Cry Deep
                dark ocean
Not Like Jordan Deep
                dark ocean
Old Dance, The Step
                Outside
On The Edge Here I
                stand This house will stand
Once I Had A Sweetheart Diamonds on the Water
One Green Hill Trawler Granite
                Years
Only When You Call Deep
                dark ocean
Our Lady Of The Bottles The shouting end of life
Over The Water Meet
                you there
Oxford Girl Wide
                blue yonder Little rock to Liepzig Trawler Granite
                Years The Oxford girl and other stories
Pain Or Paradise Freedom and rain
Palace Of Memory Diamonds on the Water
Pigsty Billy Wide
                blue yonder
Polish Plain Ride Trawler
Put Out The Lights The shouting end of life Granite
                Years 25th anniversary concert The Oxford girl and other stories
Rambling Irishman Holy
                bandits Trawler Granite
                Years
Rise Above Rise above This house will stand
Road To Santiago, The Holy
                bandits Granite Years 25th anniversary concert
Rose Of England, The Wide
                blue yonder
Sail On By Deep
                dark ocean
Scattergun Here I
                stand
Seven Curses Ragged
                Kingdom
She's Moved On Here I
                stand This house will stand
Ship Sets Sail Deserters
Shouting About Jerusalem Rise above The Oxford girl and other stories
Shouting End Of Life, The The shouting end of life Granite
                Years 25th anniversary concert
Sins Of A Family, (The) Ride
Someone Somewhere Meet
                You There
Someone You Might Have Been Here I
                stand
Son David Ragged
                Kingdom
Soul's Electric, The Rise above The Oxford girl and other stories This house will stand
Spirit Of Dust Diamonds on the Water This house will stand
Steal Away Diamonds on the Water
Story, The Deep
                dark ocean
Street Of Dreams Here I
                stand This house will stand
Susie Clelland Freedom and rain
Take Me Down Ride
That Was My Veil Ragged
                Kingdom
This Is The Voice Here I
                stand 25th anniversary concert
This Town Here I
                stand
This Year, Next Year Ride
Tincans Ride
Too Late Now Ride Little rock to Liepzig
Uncommercial Song Rise above 25th anniversary concert This house will stand
Valentine's Day Is Over Freedom and rain
Voices The shouting end of life Granite
                Years
Walking Down The Road With You Meet
                You There This house will stand
Wayfaring Rise above
Ways Of Holding On Here I
                stand 25th anniversary concert This house will stand
We Could Leave Right Now Deserters Trawler Granite
                Years
We Shall Come Home Holy
                bandits Granite Years Big Session 1
We'll Be There The shouting end of life Granite
                Years
What Wondrous Love Is This? The Oxford Girl and Other Stories
When I'm Up I Can't Get Down Holy
                bandits Granite Years The Oxford girl and other stories
(When I Was No But) Sweet Sixteen Ragged
                Kingdom
Where The World Divides Meet
                You There This house will stand
White Rabbit 25th anniversary concert
Wilderness, The Diamonds on the Water
World Turned Upside Down, The The shouting end of life


Album title  
STEP OUTSIDE [1986] Step
                outside
WIDE BLUE YONDER [1988] Wide
                blue yonder
RIDE [1989] Ride
LITTLE ROCK TO LEIPZIG [1990] Little rock to Leipzig
FREEDOM AND RAIN with June Tabor [1990] Freedom
                and rain
DESERTERS [1992] Deserters
HOLY BANDITS [1993] Holy
                bandits
TRAWLER [1994] Trawler
SHOUTING END OF LIFE, THE [1995] Shouting end of life
DEEP DARK OCEAN [1997] Deep
                dark ocean
HERE I STAND [1999] Here I
                stand
GRANITE YEARS [2000] Granite
                years
RISE ABOVE [2002] Rise above
25th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT [2003] 25th anniversary concert
BIG SESSION VOLUME 1, THE [2004] bBig
                session volume 1
MEET YOU THERE [2007] Meet you
                there
OXFORD GIRL AND OTHER STORIES, THE [2008] The Oxford girl and other stories
RAGGED KINGDOM with June Tabor [2011] Ragged
                kingdom
DIAMONDS ON THE WATER [2014] Diamonds on the water
THIS HOUSE WILL STAND [2016] This house will stand

 

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