Where Peaceful Waters Flow



Restless hearts, it has been a long time,
Out here on the journey, for a glimpse of paradise,
It's getting hard to find a place to go,
Where peaceful waters flow;

I took a walk past the old saxon well,
Down by the cathedral, I heard the chapel bell,
And joined the people singing for a way to go,
Where peaceful waters flow;

And if you don't know by now, you never will,
Only love can find the door,
If you could see it now, it's in your hands,
Only love can reach the shore, to heaven,

Always, she is standing by my side,
She's my inspiration, and she's my battle cry,
And in her arms is the only place I know,
Where peaceful waters flow;

And if you don't know by now, you never will,
Only love can find the door,
If you could see it now, it's in your hands,
Only love can reach the shore, forevermore,

Where peaceful waters flow...
"That song wasn't really about being inspired, and I can't remember any actual moment of inspiration, but it's a melange of things. I would say one of them would be me having this record called Missa Creola, a Creole mass from South America. It's beautiful, very 'poeple', kind of religious music. I like that kind of music - I don't like high church music. I like the sort of songs that everybody sings together. So, that had something to do with it, which can be heard in the chorus with the choir singing along. Also, there's a song that used to be sung on Remembrance Sunday, which also influenced me. I can't actually recall the name of the hymn, but it used to move me every time I heard it - and the word 'restless' was in there, which I thought was nice. I didn't say 'I'm going to take this word out of the hymn and stick it in my song', it was only after I'd written the song that I realised that's why I'd written it. This frequently happens. It's not a deliberate thing of 'I'm going to take this and that, stick it all together and see what I come up with.' After you've written a song you sometimes think 'Oh, that's where I got the idea from.'"
The Getaway Gazette, June '90
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