"Josie's Tune" and "Curse Of The Traveller" from a 1987 Album "Dancing With Strangers".
Dancing with Strangers is the ninth studio album by Chris Rea, released in 1987. It became Rea's first major success in UK, peaking at #2, behind Michael Jackson's Bad, and spent 46 weeks in the charts, achieving Platinum accreditation. It reached the Top 10 in six other countries, including New Zealand where it became a number one album.
"Let's Dance" was released as the first single and, like the album, became a major hit for Rea in UK, peaking at #12. In tone with the success of the album, "Let's Dance" became a major hit in New Zealand as well, peaking at #2. The other singles released from this album were "Loving You Again" (UK #47), "Joys of Christmas" (UK #67) and "Que Sera" (UK #73).
Chris Rea - vocals, guitar, keyboards, slide guitar, synthesizer, accordion, mixing, producer
Robert Ahwai - guitar
Jerry Donahue - guitar
Davy Spillane - guitar, uilleann pipes
Eoghan O'Neill - bass
Kevin Leach - piano, keyboards
Max Middleton - keyboards
Martin Ditcham - percussion, drums
Dave Mattacks - drums
Adrian Rea -- drums
Stuart Ealses - engineer
Jean Jacques Lemoine - engineer
Justin Shirley-Smith - engineer
Jon Kelly - mixing
Willie Grimston - coordination
Mark Entwistle - cover illustration
On the restless road to nowhere There's no certain peace it seems Desire to keep on moving till the river of dreams Is it just 'cos someone told you Is it just because you found Old freedom feels uneasy when duty is around
When allegiance asks the questions Old freedom twists and turns And chokes on codes of honour On the sword of no return
And it's the curse of the traveller The curse of the traveller Got a hold of me And it won't let you be
And in sleepless nights You'll call her name And feel loneliness cold to the bone And when the daylight breaks This old tired heart aches To be such a long way, such a long way from home
And you cry for the harbour lights But you'll never be free Of the craving for refuge And the call of the sea Always wanting to sell up But always needing to buy So till the road leads to somewhere And that river runs dry
It's the curse of the traveller Ain't gonna let you be The curse of the traveller And it sure got a hold of me.
This video has been published with absolute respect and admiration to Chris Rea's music !