Steve Winwood: Arc of a Diver

Steve Winwood Jan 1, 1980 Island Records
# Title Duration
1 Play While You See a Chance (Winwood, Will Jennings)
Stand up in a clear blue morning until you see what can be
Alone in a cold day dawning, are you still free? Can you be?
When some cold tomorrow finds you, when some sad old dream reminds you
How the endless road unwinds you

While you see a chance take it, find romance fake it
Because it's all on you

Don't you know by now no one gives you anything
Don't you wonder how you keep on moving one more day your way

When there's no one left to leave you, even you don't quite believe you
That's when nothing can deceive you

Stand up in a clear blue morning until you see what can be
Alone in a cold day dawning, are you still free? Can you be?
And that old gray wind is blowing and there's nothing left worth knowing
And it's time you should be going
05:12
2 Play Arc of a Diver (Winwood, Vivian Stanshall)
She bathes me in sweetness I cannot reveal
For sharing dreams I need my woman
This humble expression meagerly dressed
My eyes so mean it has no meaning

But jealous night and all her secret chords
I must be deaf on the telephone I need my love to translate

I play the piano no more running honey
This time to the sky I'll sing if clouds don't hear me
To the sun I'll cry and even if I'm blinded
I'll try moon gazer because with you I'm stronger
Arc of a diver effortlessly, my mind in sky and when I wake up
Daytime and nighttime I feel you near
Warm water breathing she helps me here

This time to the sky I'll sing if clouds don't hear me
To the sun I'll cry and even if I'm blinded
I'll try moon gazer because with you I'm stronger

Lean streaky music spawned on the streets I hear it but with you I had to go
'Cause my rock 'n' roll is putting on weight and the beat it goes on
Arc of a diver effortlessly, my mind in sky and when I wake up
Daytime and nighttime I feel you near
Warm water breathing she helps me here

With you my love we're going to raid the future
With you my love we're going to stick up the past
We'll hold today to ransom 'til our quartz clock stop until yesterday
05:28
3 Play Second-Hand Woman (Winwood, George Fleming)
Go down babe a slot machine to take my dime
Cunning diversion to pass the time
Flash in the pan a weekend trip in any town
She'll light the fuse and watch you drown

From a cut-price lady to second-hand woman
You're society's slave babe you're an ugly rumor

Go down babe a slot machine to take my dime
Cunning diversion to pass the time

I wanted to say please don't go away today
Tomorrow's okay
03:41
4 Play Slowdown Sundown (Winwood, Will Jennings)
Sundown coming down too soon, no time to be alone
So I'll take a glass of memories and understand the blues
Oh they're the last thing you lose
Slowdown sundown, all I really need is time
For faded love songs and feelings in the wine
Let them take me down the line
Sunrise, a woman's eyes, good loving one warm afternoon
Here's to all the strong ones who don't care if they win
The kind I'll never see again
Slowdown, give me just a little while
It's not the darkness, it's just the night's so long
Puts the sadness in the song
Here's to someday when someone understands it
Why life keeps turning like a mad thing
Until that someday I'll just play what I have to play though I play it alone
Slowdown sundown, all I really need is time
For faded love songs and feelings in the wine
Let them take me down the line
05:27
5 Play Spanish Dancer (Winwood, Will Jennings)
I can feel the heat, no one has to tell me
It's so good, once it starts I'll never let go
I can feel the beat like a Spanish dancer
Under my feet, making the world go 'round, I can't come down
You can't hold me when I get to feeling this way
It's all over, I'm inside that music that's playing
It takes me out across the wall
It makes my life a carnival
I go out on the street and take my chances
Don't even have to ask, I know the answers
05:58
6 Play Night Train (Winwood, Will Jennings)
Out of the night burning with light
Train shining black, I won't look back, life is running
Hoping some day someone will say I got it made
Pull up the shade, let the sun in

Down on the night train, I feel the starlight steal away
Use up a lifetime looking for the break of day

Border patrol looking through me
Towns without names all look the same, I hear crying
Paris to Spain, countries in pain
Caught up in flight, feeling the sight, Europe dying

Rolling on, hear the wheels singing, fever keep coming on so strong
My ticket paid, trying to fade
I hope I get there not just somewhere I was leaving
Out in the dark all the wolves bark
I fold my arms try to keep warm by believing

Hard rain following on, cold wheels moving on
Everybody they're so alone down on the night train
07:51
7 Play Dust (Winwood, George Fleming)
Time they call the universal healer but you're back every three days
Settling all around me
A feather duster's no substitute for the real thing
And the dust you left behind is settling still

With you dawn never tasted so good
Swept up like debris on a Saturday night
Did we ever have fun?
The dust, the gentle legacy you left behind
Is falling softly on my mind

Dust, the timeless memory of you, I love you
I do for all the little things you do and I guess I always will
The dust settles again to remind me still
Of memories I've cherished so long
Hold me close to your side 'cause my love won't decay anymore
Memories of hope of those long summer days
And the dust you left behind is settling still

Feeling your body stretched so long, what was it went to wrong, went wrong
That our love, our love it was gone but our friendship going strong
06:20

 

PLAYERS:

 

Steve Winwood: Synthesizer, Guitar, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals.

 

NOTES:

 

All Instruments Played By Steve Winwood

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed By: Steve Winwood

 

Cover by Tony Wright

 

AWARDS:

 

RIAA Certified Platinum

BPI Certified Gold

 

 

SINGLES:

"While You See a Chance" / "Vacant Chair" released as UK single, 12/80.

"While You See a Chance" / "Vacant Chair" released as US single, 1980. Peaks at #7, spends 17 weeks on Billboard Hot.

"Arc of a Diver" / "Dust" released as US single, 1980. Peaks at #48 on Billboard Hot 100 charts, spends 18 weeks on chart. Peaks at #11 on Album Rock charts.

 

"Spanish Dancer (Remix)" / "Hold On" released as UK single, 03/81.

"Night Train" / "Night Train (instrumental)" released as UK single, 09/81.

"Night Train" / "Night Train (instrumental)" released as US single, 1981.