Driver

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Acoustics From The Beehive - Cover (front)


Driver was recorded during the 1982-83 era (duration: 3:17 min.) and is one of the Portastudio Demos of the time.

Although it was never released officially, Driver has come to light on various bootlegs, such as Acoustics From The Beehive, Before The Flood, Hard Reign, In The Shadow Of Angels and others. There have been speculations that this song could have been a potential canditate for a Sisters single.

The lyrics are mostly concerned with how the band will pile into a car, wind the windows down, and fly along the public highway, yielding reason to speed and power. Some early hints towards the way later release of Black Planet on The Sisters' first studio album First And Last And Always in 1985, maybe. The first two lines later became the first two lines of Heartland, and the music, too, is in the same line with Heartland

An instrumental version of this song has also surfaced on some bootlegs, in that case it is often named "Candle". That version is far superior to the recording quality of Driver. To get an impression, you might find an animated picture video here (Driver - fading) or still video here (Driver - full) with many thanks to the uploader endemoniada75.

Hard Reign - Cover (front)


Analysis / Notes

It is not yet clear who wrote the lyrics and the music to this song. There is, however some basic discussion on the lyrics in The Heartland Forums' Lyrics Section, see The Driver...

A very recommendable and informative article about Driver is also available at the I Was A Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan blog under the entry Driver (demo).

The Sisters of Mercy - Driver (fading)
Before The Flood - Cover (front)

Lyrics

Lay me down the long white line
Leave the sirens far behind me

Call me weird and call me Friday
Call me when the sun goes down
We will find a public highway
We will wind the windows down
Call me at the magic hour
When the morals run to ground
Effects yeild to speed and power
While the wheels go wheeling round and round

The Sisters of Mercy - Driver (full)


Life is short and life is cruel
But we have fear and we have fuel
We are never coming down

Drench the future on the glass
Lines across the middle
And the mountain places, ever faster
Rushing through the shame and shadow
While the pleasure flashes past
The sound that fills the big black cars
Is ours, the drum machines and fast guitars

In The Shadow Of Angels - Cover (front)


Candle (Demo) AKA Driver (Instrumental)

But use your mad acceleration
We are never coming down
We will live forever
While the wheels go wheeling round and round

Call me weird and call me Friday
Call me when the sun goes down
We will fly along the highway
We will wind the windows down
Call me at the magic hour
When the morals run to ground
Reason yeilds to speed and power
While the wheels go wheeling round and round


Words & music: unclear ...
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