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Home Lies Onwards

from Follow The Gleam by The Boo-Hooray Theory



This will sound pretentious, but anyway…In the Orpheus myth, he was allowed to descend into hell to bring back his beloved Eurydice from death, but he had to agree to lead her by the hand without turning to look at her directly, or he would lose her forever. Myths often communicate important truths indirectly, and that very truth, as C.S. Lewis noticed, is itself communicated indirectly by the Orpheus myth. But it also says, I think, that you should take certain things on trust and not waste your life trying to recapture some great moment from your past if it can’t be done. You end up with nothing.


9. Home Lies Onwards

Certain things fill me with sorrow
for a past I never had.
Wish I’d messed around in school,
used the time to play the fool:
maybe then I wouldn’t feel so bad.

Like a film you saw in childhood
might have really touched your heart,
then one day out of the blue,
just a breath comes back to you,
but losing it tears you apart.

Don’t know what’s missing,
but it isn’t in the past.
I’ll never find it
if I try to make this moment last.
The only shelter
is to leave and not turn back again:
home lies onwards through the rain.

And I really think that sometimes,
like when a gale rips through the trees,
a certain feeling seems to start
the beating wings beneath your heart:
it almost brings you to your knees.

Don’t know what’s missing, etc.

And there’s no crisis in my life,
no sudden joys, no sudden depths of pain.
And my future is a map rolled out so plain:
just some foothills, and the endless rain.

Don’t know what’s missing, etc.


from Follow The Gleam, released January 22, 2013
composed by Heneghan & Lawson

Ben Heneghan: vocals, keyboards
Ian Lawson: piano, rhodes
Mike Heneghan:: bass
Andrew Lawson drums
Sylvia Strand: backing vocals
Kat Squire: backing vocals
Hwyel Maggs: guitar
Dan Jones: guitar
Gethin Liddington: trumpet
Gareth Roberts: trombone
Lee Goodall: alto sax
Osian Roberts: tenor sax


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The Boo-Hoory Theory is led by composers Ben Heneghan and Ian Lawson. The band records and performs original Heneghan & Lawson songs with a 'classic' 11-piece, line up.

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