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The Waking Hours

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Release Date: 1 TWO-Taurus♉ 13524 UCC (22nd April 2023 Gregorian)

Sun in Taurus♉ Release


Performed by:

Litmus A Freeman (vocals & guitars)

Gonçalo Marques (bass)

Miguel Simoes (drums)


Recorded by Miguel Simoes (drums) & Alexandre Picinni (remainder)

Mixed and Mastered by Alexandre Picinni

Produced by Litmus A Freeman & Alexandre Picinni


Artwork by Litmus A Freeman



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(9th July 1995 Gregorian)

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Ain't it strange how we change when we wake from the sleeping hours

And a stream of our dreams slips away In the morning shower

We're denied and deprived of the thoughts in our fantasies

And we rise to a world in which we no longer long to be


You can see us walking to work every day

In the sunshine, wishing the days away


And so few really do what they like and what they're good at too

Spend their time in 'The Times' hanging 'round on the underground


We spend years learning to be what we're not, and never sure

How to fit the profile that they're looking for


We turn up and try, in a shirt and a tie

While the part of us that we hide deep inside

Longs to reach for the sky, and fly, and fly, and fly...


Living out what's in your head is the best way to get you out of bed

To be you, just to do, what you like (and what you're good at too)


And to use the other side of your brain

And to leave, a part of your soul, behind in your name


There's a reason we dream, to make the most of the Waking Hours

We dream to make the most of the Waking Hours

So make the most of your Waking Hours

The Waking Hours



Other Versions

Original Home Studio Demo

Recorded on a Fostex 8 Track Reel to Reel (1995 Gregorian)


Recent - Live in Portugal - Version

At 'Barzinho', Ribamar - 5 Leo♌ 13521 UCC (26th July 2020 Gregorian)

Video by Miguel Simões


Previous - Live in Great Britain - Version

At the Harlequin Fayre 13514 UCC (2013 Gregorian)



The Story of 'The Waking Hours'

The Waking Hours Cover

Written in the corporate (matrix) world, with the realisation that there is WAY more to life than working a job for the man to pay the bills!

Young Litmus working

Young Litmus at Work!


Sitting in a dull, stuffy office on a beautiful summer's day is enough to depress anyone. That's where I found myself one day in 1995 having been to the pub over lunch with my old mate Cliff (actually the first of the words came to me sitting on the loo!!). It was one of the first times I really started to question what the hell I was doing wasting my life in the corporate world. Most days it certainly felt like trying to turn a big mill by hand...

So for me this is a special song and it's great to finally (13524 UCC/2023 Gregorian) have a good quality recording of it. The home studio demo wasn't the best quality (so hopefully the live versions helped) but it meant the song could be heard in the intervening 28 years! I had to put this one on the site as it's really the song that began 'The Journey Home' - my 'Road To Redemption' aka From Serf to Self

Make the most of your Waking Hours...


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