This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road). demo, stereo mix, recorded Nov 1978 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London You are here, no place to go Lost in a world that's got no soul Mocking faces all around you Shifting about in ever restless irony We give you all our love And hope your heart can change your mind Yet I see you and me As we wander endlessly On this long lonely road Who are you, who have the right to say You lead us on and then you steal away With the gifts that were offered Time again and again We give you all our love And hope your heart can change your mind Yet I see you and me as we wander endlessly On this long lonely road Instrumental Could we but see The unrest that surrounds you and me Will produce a good that will far outweigh the evil of this world Seek within your soul and earn the right to know I cannot speak These words just drag me down Yes I see you and me As we wander endlessly On this long lonely road Written by: Dave Davies Published by: Dabe Music Dave - guitar and vocals Andy Pyle - bass Nick Trevisik - Drums Simon Davies - incidental arrangement and effects This one has a little more history attached to it I guess. Dave first attempted this one in 1975 at Apple Studios, but it was redone in 78-79 at Konk. The opening section before the instrumental break sounds like it is directed at Ray to me. The opening verse seems to perhaps look at Ray's attempts to write his musical plays, and it seems the world has no soul, because it mocks his endeavours. Then we move into the idea that we are all here with "you", trying to give you out love? participation.... But it ends up the "you and me" are just wandering along this long lonely road. The next verse suggests a leader of sorts, who is disconnected and by the context inferred is probably not very understanding of those with him. Possibly the next bits suggests that this leader has gifts, or is offered some, over and over, but to no avail? not sure... a somewhat typically vague Dave lyric.... but perhaps the vagueness of the lyrics save him from a fight with Ray, if Ray clicked to it? Then we get an instrumental section, that is followed by ... There is an unrest that surround "you and me" and it could produce some good stuff to combat the evil in this world. Look deep inside yourself and "earn the right to know"? But I can't speak, because this all just drags me down. And then we reflect on the fact that we just seem to wander along this long, lonely road. Again cryptic as ever, we have Dave writing lyrics that suggest, rather than say things, and it makes me wonder if sometimes this was to shield himself from the interpretations of his lyrics. Leaving them open enough to mean many things, yet focused enough for him to feel he had expressed what he needed to? We get an interesting bouncy, Latin? type rhythm opening us up, perhaps with a hint of a disco beat.... the bass and the drums sort of lean that way, without actually wearing the stack heels and glittery clothes. A pretty nice chord pattern during the intro, and into the verse a settles but moves to a nice resolve at the end of the verse. Then the chorus has an almost ominous kind of sound to it, melodically, and via the chord pattern... But we have this bouncy kind of rhythm in the background. There are a lot of textures in this track, and I think you can hear the effects that Simon put on here.... I gather some flanging, type, effects, and some delay effects. Then we move into the instrumental section.... that almost has a Santana kind of feel, with the way Dave is playing. It is a nice little lead break, that disappears into a wash of effected guitars, with the vocals low and melancholy underneath. The verse over this section is slow and mournful in its delivery, and we move to some effects washes, that end up coming back around to the opening arrangement .... This is another interesting Dave song, and I like it a fair bit, but yet again, it feels like a co-writer could have lifted this to the next level..... though it is somewhat unfair to look at it this way, as these are just demos of ideas that he obviously just grabbed the rhythm section to help him put them down while Ray was busy with something else?