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Forty Years of John

by Generations

These songs were composed across two generations of a man's life and performed by him and three musicians who are two generations younger than him. They tell the story of a life journey with "John".
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Tarry On (Andrew's Song)
2:21 album only
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2. Medico in the War
3:19 album only
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3. Three Marys and John
4:39 album only
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4. A Little Earlier
4:18 album only
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5. Two White Doves
4:53 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
GENERATIONS
(Elie Abdulnour, Maya Aghniadis, Kamal Badr, Carl Ferneiné, )

“FORTY YEARS OF JOHN”

Tarry On (Andrew’s Song) (2001)

Kamal Badr: Vocals and Guitar
Elie Abdulnour: Bass
Carl Ferneiné: Keyboards
Maya Aghniadis: Drums

I’ve been to London, to see John
That’s where they told me, it all began
Why weren’t you there? When will you come?
“I’ll never leave you. Carry on”

So I went to America, to find John.
But when I got there, he was gone
Why were you killed? Who pulled the gun?
“Got shot in my back going home to my son.”

So I went back home and took my son
And to my amazement, there was John
Why did you leave? What took so long?
“I was just waiting for this song”
“I was just waiting for this song”
“I was just waiting for our song”


Medico in the War (1976 RKB Music)

Kamal Badr: Vocals and Guitar
Elie Abdulnour: Bass, Harmonica, Guitar and Backing Vocals
Carl Ferneiné: Cello and Backing Vocals
Maya Aghniadis: Drums
Special chord by Elie Ramly

I close the gate and running so fast
I am taking the bomb – hysteria
Panting down I sit as a man
Is starting to talk – bacteria

Ref:
And the day begins
For a medico in the war
Yes the day begins
Like it never ever ever did before

I look around and search for a smile
I realize – that I look in vain
Someone waves from the back
I wonder who’s that – oh it’s you again

Ref

But I don’t want to say
That I don’t want to play no more
For though I have had the thrashing of my life
I’ve had it many many times before
And though we’ve had a hard time getting by (not getting high)
We never did it alone

Every day you live and survive
You’re thanking the laws – of probability
And as you lay closing your eyes
They could be closed – for eternity

And the day will end
For a medico in the war
Yes the day will end
Like it never ever ever did before

Three Marys and John (2005)

Kamal Badr: Vocals and Guitar
Elie Abdulnour: Bass and Guitar
Carl Ferneiné: Organ
Maya Aghniadis: Drums

Three crying Marys
At the feet of the Son
All His friends are on the run
All but for one
I can still see John
For all the men on the run
From a mother, from a son
Look at John

In the beginning was the Word
He created the world
And filled it with light
But they still wouldn’t see
And it seemed for a while
Like darkness had won
Then the Word came to John

Late in the evening
Three Marys and John
Then He speaks from above
To The Friend whom He loved
And who stayed till the end
It is the will of The Son that Mary and John
Shall be mother and son
Mary and John: Mother and son.

A Little Earlier (1975 RKB Music)

Kamal Badr: Vocals and Guitar
Elie Abdulnour: Bass, Guitar and Backing Vocals
Carl Ferneiné: Piano and Synth
Maya Aghniadis: Drums
Special flashback appearance from 1977 by Richard Khuri on Harmonica and Guitar

Come a little earlier tonight
I’ll tell what it means to be alone
Stay a little longer in the night
I’ll show you what it takes to greet the dawn
I’ll tell you all my plans
What makes me what I am
So make a point to stay
Please don’t go away
And come a little earlier tonight

Place the little light against the wall
I’ll tell you what it means to be a lover
Let your mug of wine redeem it all
We’ll talk of memories over and over
I’ll tell you all my dreams
I’ll show what it takes to be me
So open up your mind
Who knows what we may find
And stay a little hang on a while tonight

It feels a little cozier you know
If I had your sleepy head across my shoulder
Clouds above are dripping down their snow
I’d have kissed your lips if I’d been sober
We’ll talk “philosophie”
To be or not to be
So nod your pretty head
Agree with what is said
And stay a little we’ll laugh a little tonight
And come a little earlier tonight
Come a little earlier tonight

Two White Doves (2006)

Kamal Badr: Vocals and Guitar
Elie Abdulnour: Bass and Guitar
Carl Ferneiné: Piano
Maya Aghniadis: Drums and Backing Vocals
Tatiana Saadé: Backing Vocals
Nour Al Jalbout: Backing Vocals

My heroes and my prophets all were dead
Life did not turn out the way they said
All we were asking was for someone with the Truth
They told us: “Imagine” it instead

I could not just imagine anymore
Then lose my head to some dancer on the floor
I did not imagine right there in the sky
I saw two white doves that I‘d been waiting for

When I was a boy
And life was fantasy
I played that I was John
Then I was a man
In this reality
And found “I AM”

We each must face a dragon, red and evil
But after every dove here comes the Eagle
Fly on his wide wings to where you’ve never been
And then come back a white dove
Just like him

When you were a child
And life was fantasy
You played “Where I Could Be”
Then love comes to you
You too your white doves
And love will take you home
But now here we are
In this reality
You don’t need to imagine anymore
You don’t want to imagine anymore
You don’t have to imagine
“Come and see”

All songs written by Kamal Badr
Recorded and Mixed by Carl Ferneiné at 2A7AD RECORDS, Beirut, Lebanon
Mastered by Simon Gibson at ABBEY ROAD Studios, London, UK
Special thanks to Fadi Tabbal and Elie Ramly

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