High Time



Woke up this morning only thinking of you
I found the meaning to the things that you do
I was only saying just the other day
Maybe you'll need some time to wipe your tears away

But you go down that road it seems so far
No turning back you know it's hard to go home
There's so many of you who tried it before
Let's stop pretending and I'll unlock the door

'Cause it's high time to witness a lie
I saw the struggle, don't know who's in your side
But it's high time, witness a lie
I saw the struggle, don't know who's in your side

Although the time has gone it seems like yesterday
We got together, had some luck on our way
And for the life of me, I cannot understand
You're that, the reason it seems so long to land

'Cause you've gone down that road it seems so far
No turning back you know it's hard to go home
There's so many of you who tried it before
Let's stop pretending and I'll unlock the door

'Cause it's high time to witness a lie
I saw the struggle, don't know who's in your side
But it's high time, witness a lie
I saw the struggle, don't know who's in your side

Yeah it's high time
Well it's high time
It's high time
It's high time

There I'll go down that road I'm touching the sky
No turning back I feel like I'm gonna fly
You will now join the queue who tried it before
Let's stop pretending and I'll unlock the door

'Cause it's higher time to witness a lie
I saw the struggle don't know who's in your side
But it's higher time to witness a lie
I saw the struggle don't know who's in your side
Yeah it's high time

It's high time
It's high time
'Cause it's high time
It's high time


Lyrics by:
Brown / Mounfield / Maddix / Ipinson

Music by:
Brown / Mounfield / Maddix / Ipinson

Written:
1996

Personnel (live):
Aziz Ibrahim (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Robbie Maddix (drums)
Nigel Ipinson (keyboard, backing vocals)

Produced by:
N / A

Available on:
Never released on any official album. Live performances available on Portugal (10th August 1996) and Reading (25th August 1996) bootlegs.

First live performance:
Vilar de Mouros Festival, Portugal (10th August 1996)

Details:

 

 

Top left: Nirvana lit the touchpaper for a new kind of alternative existence. The setting for the crowning moment of the Seattle sound would also serve as the death-knell for Manchester's finest. Instead of joining Paul Weller as godfathers to Britpop, the Roses quickly became its senile, incontinent grandparents: embarrassing themselves in public and pissing all over their past glories.
Top right: A jaded-looking Ian Brown at the 1996 Reading Festival. On the night before the festival, Ian went out with former band member Cressa, smoking weed, thereby ruining his voice for the gig. Backstage during the performance, Cressa could be heard bewailing: "It's a nightmare, it's awful. Tell him ! Just tell him how bad it was. Tell him to finish it, it's a travesty !"
Second row: Sunglasses were a staple of the rock 'n' roll fraternity; the real Stone Roses rarely, if ever, did shades. Things were coming full-circle at the 1996 Reading Festival; journalist and friend of the band John Robb recalls overhearing members of the audience criticising Ian Brown for attempting to impersonate Liam Gallagher. Meanwhile, Nigel Ipinson was doing his best Mr Motivator impression ("Let's hear you sing it" ... "Let's see some hands together !"), and Robbie Maddix working the festival crowd ("Let's see those hands in the air !") amidst the smoke on stage was the stuff of DJ Ray Von. Daphne & Celeste got bottled for less.
Bottom: 1996 Reading Festival lineup. In an inglorious last stand, Ian and Mani were both scathing in their criticism of Squire at the Reading press conference (the Western font serving as a backdrop only enhanced the sense of a showdown); Mani and John quickly patched up their differences, while Ian and John remained on non-speaking terms for many years after the split. It would not be until December 2011 that the songwriting duo would share a stage again. One ill-judged comment made by Mani at the Reading press conference was that Squire wouldn't even bother to phone his house in the event of a family bereavement. It was at the funeral of Mani's mother years later that a band reconciliation would take place.

The Stone Roses lost the second member of the classic lineup on April Fools' Day 1996, when John Squire announced his decision to leave the band. Squire's last encounter with his colleagues took place at the London offices of their lawyers, Babbington & Bray. "When the rights to the name came up, I said, 'You can have the vowels and I'll have the consonants.' Mani laughed, then checked himself. With Ian, steam was coming out of every orifice." (John Squire speaking to Q magazine, February 2005). Recruiting former Asia and Simply Red session guitarist Aziz Ibrahim to fill Squire's shoes, the band persevered for only another six months, before Ian Brown and Mani dissolved the group in October 1996. While Ice Cold Cube was released on Ian's debut solo LP, High Time has never seen the light of day, with Ian's explanation being that he lost the master tape. The Reading performance of this song is a ray of light emerging from an otherwise utterly dismal affair.

High Times is a New York-based monthly magazine founded in 1974 by Tom Forcade, advocating the legalization of cannabis.


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