STEVE HACKETT > Please Don't Touch


     AUK #38, US #103

Steve Hackett > Please Don't Touch






















Mai 1978
Virgin CDSCDR4012 CD (2005 remaster)



Original release

01 Narnia
02 Carry On Up The Vicarage
03 Racing In A
04 Kim
05 How Can I?
06 Hoping Love Will Last
07 Land Of 1000 Autumns
08 Please Don’t Touch
09 The Voice Of Necam
10 Icarus Ascending


Remaster (2005)

01 Narnia
02 Carry On Up The Vicarage
03 Racing In A
04 Kim
05 How Can I?
06 Hoping Love Will Last
07 Land Of 1000 Autumns
08 Please Don’t Touch
09 The Voice Of Necam
10 Icarus Ascending

11 Narnia (John Perry vocal)
12 Land Of 1000 Autumns / Please Don’t Touch (Live)
13 Narnia (Alternate version w/Steve Walsh vocal)




Steve Hackett : electric, acoustic guitars, Roland GR-500 guitar synthesizer, vocals, keyboards, percussion
John Hackett : flute, piccolo, bass pedals, keyboards
John Acock : keyboards, engineer
Maria Bonvino : guest female soprano on "Hoping Love Will Last"
James Bradley : percussion
Randy Crawford : vocals on "Hoping Love Will Last"
Phil Ehart : drums, percussion
Feydor : vocals on "The Voice of Necam"
Tom Fowler : bass
Richie Havens : vocals, percussion
Dave Lebolt : keyboards
Hugh Malloy : cello
Dale Newman : guest vocals on "Icarus Ascending"
Dan Owen : guest vocals on "Icarus Ascending"
Graham Smith : violin
Chester Thompson : drums, percussion
Steve Walsh : vocals on "Narnia" and "Racing in A"


Produced by Steve Hackett & John Acock
Notes :
"Narnia" is based on the children's book "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis.
"Carry on Up the Vicarage" is a musical tribute to Agatha Christie.
The original CD release had two seconds of silence between "Land Of A Thousand Autumns" and "Please Don't Touch." This was a mistake that was corrected on the remastered version.
"Please Don't Touch" was originally offered by Hackett to Genesis for Wind & Wuthering, but was rejected by the rest of the band. This rejection motivated Hackett's eventual decision to leave Genesis in 1977.



Narnia

Things they taught you at school

Can sometimes disappear
Why do you disbelieve
The things I said were true
Of a land nothing planned
It just happens
Girls and boys who shout come out to play

With a queen cold as ice
You'd best take my advice
To steer clear of her charm
She's easily annoyed
What's that sound, you turn around
There just happen to be bells
And reindeers drawing a sleigh

There troubled with snow covered peaks
Till the end of time
We know you're a daughter of eve
And a friend of mine

Yes I'm certain that you
Will influence the rest
She could turn you to stone
You're suitably impressed
And so easily led
There just happen to be reprecussions
Months ahead


Carry On Up The Vicarage

.....Body was found at the vicarage quarter past nine.....
.....People die from sudden strokes all the time.....
.....Verdict of misadventure mending the roof.....
.....The doctor's niece, whilst tending the rosehedge.....
.....Stung to death by a swarm of bees.....

....."My wife's cooking is out of this world take a bite.....
.....Died from some rare tropical disease in the night.....
.....Dab hand at pharmaceuticals, still no one guessed.....
.....The village vet was drowned in the pigswill
You wonder whose turn will be next

"In the world of sinners all are condemned
My son this gun's loaded"
(A missing floorboard) then screaming from the belfry he fell


Racing In A

When I feel I'm over reacting
And I'm trying too hard it might
Be that I need to get out in the country
My friend

There are many ways of seeking my fortune
I don't really have to lose my mind
On the highway (my) thoughts always racing

Away to the sun
No one's stopping me
From lying around
There's surely something to it all

Taking a friend
I know that I can share
Another day in the warm country air


How Can I?

The local radio says sorry time to go
But, I don't sleep too well.  Where are those Souther Belles

Tryin a' get a telephone line through South Caroline
Your call may bring somebody down from miles around
I'm watching her eyes again.  I won't use no fountain pen.

The lady isn't here.  The message wasn't clear.
She left an hour ago, screamed from the floor below.

Mother nature never gives in, she wants you to sing
But how can I go on just singing this song
My car's out of gas again.  Hurry home to see my friend

Money won't help you to win a new look at things
Loving can bring you down so you fall
Then why do you still try to get up at all
Your good'n bad side showin through
Problems are a part of you

You must love someone else or face life by yourself
You may expect a call.  She's waiting in the hall

See the garden grows and it grows nobody else knows
And you can wear just any old thing, the show can begin
I'm falling asleep to dream.  No more hills to climb it seems

Money won't help you to win a new look at things
You never give in
So why don't you sing
But how can I go on just singing this song
My car's out of gas again
I'll be home to see my friend.


Hoping Love Will Last

There are many friends, that I once knew
Who felt the same special thing that I share with you
They've grown apart in different ways
I wonder if someone hears as I start to say
Hoping love will last I'm hoping love will last on and on

Why do I dream love's labour's lost
I'm just a face with a name that you soon forgot
But when I'm scared the most, the nightmare ends
Then safe and sound I awake in your arms again -
Hoping love will last
Yes I'm hoping love will last on and on

How can I go on alone when your love is all I've known
Sometimes we stay many miles away
You know you're here every minute throughout the day
Within my thoughts, so take good care
I only wait for the moments we both can share
Hoping love will last I'm hoping love will last on and on.


Icarus Ascending

There are many things I would rather do
Many many places I would rather be

Splendour wings of ambition
Melted by the sun
To the sea of remorse
Graveyard come

Dogs that bark at night are fearful of the moon
Will the sound of children's toys remain in tune

The same light shines on vineyards
That makes deserts its true
What awaits me if I follow you

All that's behind me
And I flew this time
Never failing
Since your eyes first touched mine