Karl Wallinger — Waterboys and World Party

 

Other Songs

Don't Bang the Drum (with the Waterboys) - 1985

Whole of the Moon (with the Waterboys) - 1985

Ship of Fools - 1986

She's the One (live) - 2012


"Don't Bang the Drum" - The Waterboys 1985
Opening track to their third album "This is the Sea"
Melody: Karl Wallinger Lyrics: Mike Scott

The first draft of the song's music was written by Wallinger. Scott reworked the arrangement, changing its rhythm and "feel", but Wallinger's melody and chords were preserved. "Having Karl in the studio", wrote Scott, "was like having a one-man orchestra around. There might have been a This Is the Sea without him, but it wouldn't have been the same  or as good".

Well here we are in a special place
What are you gonna do here?
Now we stand in a special place
What will you do here?
What show of soul are we gonna get from you?
It could be deliverance, or history
Under these skies so blue
Could be something true
But if I know you you'll bang the drum
Like monkeys do

Here we are in a fabulous place
What are you gonna dream here?
We are standing in this fabulous place
What are you gonna play here?
I know you love the high life, you love to leap around
You love to beat your chest and make your sound
But not here man - this is sacred ground
With a Power flowing through
And if I know you you'll bang the drum
Like monkeys do

Here we stand on a rocky shore
Your father stood here before you
I can see his ghost explore you
I can feel the sea implore you
Not to pass on by
Not to walk on by
And not to try
Just to let it come
Don't bang the drum
Just let it come
Don't bang the drum
Just let it come
Don't bang the drum
Do you know how to let it come now?
Don't bang the drum now
Just let it come now..
Don't bang the drum...
Don't bang the drum
Don't bang the drum