Download Fifteen Years (Levellers cover)

FAN REVIEW: The vocals come across as more tender/delicate after a few listens, which suits the song. It almost sounds like it was recorded in the bar the song’s about. Even further past melancholy than usual – more like a story set to music. Totally different to the original but the downbeat atmosphere makes you feel like you’re trapped in a nightmarish world you can’t get out of where everything’s hopeless. The crashing drums only emphasise the feeling of helplessness while tinkling piano and gentle guitar provide soothing musical accompaniment.

I never was a violent man
Said the man in the bar with his head in his hands
He’s trying his best to understand the cause of his dismay
But years of gin have broken him
And left him cold where he fitted in
It’s too late now to turn around and find another way

And all the laughs in the late night lock-in
Have faded away when he gets in
The girl from fifteen years ago
Has packed and gone away

She said it’ll never be what it used to be
What happened to that energy
You took too many liberties, I’m tired of being afraid
So night after night she took flight
Swollen eyes and wounded pride
The best years of her life denied, and sold for liquid shares

Chorus

Alex: “The victims of this world, are advertised on posters
A beach and a pretty girl, if you just drink their potions”

There’s another week ’til his cheque comes through
He’s got a fiver left to spend on food
But the doors of the bar are open, and he breaks another rule
He sits on a stool that bears his name
His favorite glass is called the same
He’s never been kept waiting, ‘cos he pays a landlord’s wage

Chorus