℗ 1975 Warner Brothers Records BS 2869
Return to Fantasy is the eighth studio album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. The experienced John Wetton was the band's new bassist. The original vinyl release was as a gatefold-sleeve, with the lyrics reproduced on the inner-liner. The band finally made the UK Top 10, reaching #7. Return to Fantasy remains one of Uriah Heep's best selling works. The singles were "Return to Fantasy" and "Prima Donna".
(Hensley — Byron)
Searching every day Looking every way Trying to make a connection To find a piece of the action Like a hungry poet Who doesn't know He is close to perfection Choice is the question Moonlight night After moonlight night Side by side They will see us ride But if they cared to look Then they would see It's our return to fantasy Fantasy, fantasy… Can you understand That in every man There's a need to unwind That's never been defined Somewhere deep within There's another being You are somehow abusing By the person you're using Moonlight night After moonlight night Side by side They will see us ride But if they cared to look Then they would see It's just our return to fantasy Fantasy, fantasy… Travelling faster than lightening Closer than ever before We can go on for you And take you nearer to The legend of mystery From the beginning of time Dreaming... time... dreaming We can return to The land of the good and the kind Time... dreaming... time... dreaming Why don't you come to our party And open your minds In another place There's a newer face Like an unfinished painting Your creator is waiting The brush and pen describe What it is inside That will set your mind thinking While the others are sinking
(Hensley — Box — Byron — Kerslake)
Out from St. Louis I wasn't choosy I just wanted to get Back on the road I hitched in cars And worked in bars Lookin' for a place To lay down my load I met a lady, a shady lady And someone told her I was all on my own She poured a beer And said when I'm finished here Hang around 'cause I'm taking you home Don't worry I'll treat you all right Don't worry You can stay all night I thought it was any easy ride But I didn't know where I was until I got inside She said, ok sonny Give me your money And don't start any foolin' around I said what, I said what Don't you think you're Turning me upside down She said, I don't care I've been everywhere And I've not been looking for you But I'll take you in And give you a spin You'll know some tricks By the time we get through Shady lady You want it all your own way Shady lady You won't let go of your prey Shady lady Eat me up and spit me out But let's get started now I know what you're talking about Now in the morning As the day was dawning Shady asked me if I'd stay there awhile I said stay, baby no way But I couldn't keep myself From a smile I said now no bye-bye's Go in and dry your eyes That ain't fittin' For a lady like you Why not be smart And give your life another start But take care now Whatever you do Shady lady I'm on my way Shady lady We'll meet again one day And don't worry 'cause when we do I'm gonna make sure That there ain't Very much left of you
I don't believe in Your kind of affection Your taking me In the wrong direction Don't give me none of That holy water Comin'on like you're The Devil's daughter Just take me to your chapel Show me to your leader Take me to your chapel I wanna meet your leader Come on How do you find the time to exist I've got to keep my Strength of mind to resist Don't give me none of That holy water Comin' on like you're The Devil's daughter Where do you come from And where do you go Can I touch without havin' to know Don't give me none of That holy water Comin' on like you're The Devil's daughter Come on now Come on now take me there
BEAUTIFUL DREAM Sail down the stream Such a beautiful dream Never stopping Never touching anything Till dawn awakes you With a breath of the Spring Far from the crowds Way above the clouds We can take you to The edge of the day And show you living in A new kind of way We'll take you floating to A sea of morning dew Where everyone's the same And no-one knows your name And there you'll see that you can Live your life to the extreme Such a beautiful dream
I'll go down fightin' But rather be delightin' All the people that come to see The Devil's from Chicago Nnow where the hell do they go When we get in our limousines 'Cause we just want to be Where it's all going on But tell me what do you do When it's over And everyone who Loved you is gone They're gone I said they're gone You're our kind of people You're the church And we're the steeple But we're all inside the hall If we've got what you need Then we'll give you the speed To get up and have a ball 'Cause we just want to be Where it's all going on But tell me what do you do When it's over And everyone who Loved you is gone You're just another Prima Donna of rock'n roll So please let me know When you want me to go
I was always the one Who did the thinkin' It was me, I'm sorry I who made the plans There was never a thought We might do somethin' between us It's so clear I think I'm beginning to understand I was the one who had to Lay it out and pay it out I would work all night Even though I wanted to Play out and stay out Now it's your turn to remember And it's your turn To try to understand But you never would, would you? When the time came For stayin' together You refused to even Talk about for ever It was easy telling me You love me And I was a little late in Finding out the truth The rule of love was there You had to bend it Now the damage is done It's impossible to mend it I can't mend it Now it's your turn to remember It's your turn to feel a little pain I feel a little better Talkin' about her Yet her memory's not good for me The skies are not so grey now I've found a new tune to play now It's a better song It'll be followin' on And when the time came For stayin' together You refused to even Talk about for ever It was easy telling me You love me And I was a little late in Finding out the truth The rule of love was there But you had to bend it Now the damage is done It's impossible to mend it You know I can't mend it Come on babe It's your turn to remember Your turn to feel a little pain
It's gonna happen Before too long It's gettin' hard to tell Who's right and who's wrong I can see it comin' So I gotta be strong There's gonna be a showdown There's gonna be Changes in this town We're gonna see a showdown A time's gonna come In the future when A whole lotta people Gonna think again We're gonna keep right on Till you break and then Do you want to be out of touch Only you can decide For something different You're out of luck 'Cause on we will ride On we're gonna ride Ride on, oh, ride on Come on The music explodes Like a gun in your hand We're gonna give you more Than your head can stand Then we'll sit down And talk man to man There's gonna be a showdown We're gonna see Changes in this town We're gonna see a showdown Showdown…
I woke up today With my head in daze 'Cause my love had gone With nothing to do Just to dream about you And how we went wrong But oh, why did you go I loved you so, didn't you know I walk into town With my head hangin' down Tryin' to hide my pain The people I meet As I float down the street Tell me try again When I remember how good it was It makes me cry 'Cause my life's been Turned upside down All I want is someone But how do you say Please will you stay Please will you stay I'll settle down to a life Of a clown to remain alive I'll work till I bleed And if I can succeed Maybe I'll survive
A YEAR OR DAY Seen from the height Of a thousand miles The earth looks the same as it did How is it we can fly faster than day But we can't find the things we need Young man said the old man Let the youth in your heart be at rest We may all be dead In a year or a day When the devil is put to the test … The day of creation Was our finest hour It's something we ought to defend But it's been so abused Since the first day of light That no glory can come in the end Young man cried the old man There is victory in staying alive And if you care so little For the world we're in Why and what do you Want to survive Can't we try To let the past go by With it's lessons firmly Settled in our minds To our children one by one And before the darkness comes Let us leave a world full of light Of a different kind In truth they should meet And with love Their hearts should beat And with patience Solve the problems of our time It wouldn't be so hard to do It's only up to me and you Let us not bequeath A life that is a crime Young man cried the old man Let the youth in your heart be at rest We may all be dead In a year or a day When the devil is put to the test Young man ...