70s Artist Watch:Ace

This rock group from the UK was fronted by Paul Carrick, and surprisingly the group had  only one strong album in the 70s called "Five-A- Side" from which the single "How Long" came from. The single was about bass player Terry Comer moonlighting for other bands. Despite five more singles, none of them charted, but this song remains in the music of the 70s memory, and Paul went on to work as a band member in Squeeze, Roxy Music, Frankie Miller during his 70s music career.






The "How Long" lyrics.
Like a blue bird with his heart removed, lonely as a train
I've run just as far as I can run
If I never see the good old days shinin' in the sun
I'll be doin' fine and then some

How long, how long
Woman will you weep
How long, how long
Rock yourself to sleep

Well I been doin' time in lonesome prison, where the sun don't shine
Just outside, the freedom river runs
Out there in that shiny night, with blood hounds on your mind
Don't you know it's the same sad situation?

How long, how long
Woman will you weep
How long, how long
Rock yourself to sleep

[Joe's instrumental]

Everybody feels alright you know, I heard some poor fool say (Somebody Ooooo)
Everyone is out there on the loose
Well I wish I lived in the land of fools, no one knew my name
But what you get is not quite what you choose

Tell me, how long, how long
Woman will you weep
How long, how long
Rock yourself to sleep

How long, how long (long and drawn out)
Muddy River runs so deep
How long, how long (long and drawn out)
Good night baby, rock yourself to sleep,
Sleep tight baby, rock yourself to sleep,
B-B-B Bye bye baby, Rock yourself to sleep




This was a great record to have in the music of the 70s, and is one I keep playing all the time.




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