Replacement valve

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lyrics

One late November morning I woke up sneezing
The boiler wasn't working and the house was freezing
The plumber came and deep into its entrails he did delve
He said, 'I'll have to fit a replacement valve
For over seven years it has been opening and closing
Opening and closing, and now it's getting old
And if you do not replace it the fluid will stop flowing
And the winter nights ahead they will be cold.
The winter nights ahead they will be cold.'

I went to see the doctor, I'd been getting out of breath
He talked about his budget while he listened to my chest
He said 'The years with your aortic valve may well have been your best
But you'll need a replacement for the rest
For fifty-seven years it has been opening and closing
Opening and closing, and now it's fading fast
And if you do not replace it the fluid will stop flowing
And the winter nights ahead will be your last.
The winter nights ahead will be your last.'

And the booklet that he gave me read like a torture manual
It told me to go easy on the drugs and on the alcohol
And smoking was a pleasure to forget
And as for sex, well I shouldn’t count on it

So I went down to the pub to drink a final pint of lager
I lit a fat cigar and I chatted to the barmaid
But the publican was tearful as the beer flowed through the taps
She said, 'They're going to knock us down to build another block of flats
For ninety-seven years we have been opening and closing
Opening and closing, but now I’m calling time
For no replacement valve will keep the fluid flowing
And the winter nights ahead they will be dry.
And you’ll have to go to Tesco’s for another pint.'

credits

from The Hills of Arran, released November 5, 2015
John Meed: Guitar and vocals
Rhys Wilson: Guitars, piano, bass and drums

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