Bremen

by Roy Smiles

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released 07 January 2014

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Track Name: Go Gently
Go Gently

If she is tired then go gently
If she is weary do the same
All these things are elementary
After all, love is not a game.

If she is crying then be tender
For her days can be hard
You must have sympathy to render
Times you need to let down your guard.

If she is angry bring her laughter
If she is bitter ease her pain
It may be tenderness she’s after
For when her life is constant rain.

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And if you build this house then she will come
And if you build this house then she will be the one
And if you build this house then she will come
If you build this house her love will be won.

If she is broken try to mend her
If she is lost then guide her home
Sometimes the message you must send her
Is that she will never ever walk alone.

If she trembles you must hold her
Let her know she has your heart
No matter what words you have told her
Tell me again you shall never ever part.

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(Instrumental)

Chorus

If she is tired then go gently
If she is weary do the same
All these things are elementary
After all love is no game.

If she is tired then go gently, if she is tired then go gently, if she is tired then go gently.
Track Name: (Just A) German Girl
(Just A) German Girl

Lonely old London, cold dirty town
I just wish that she was still around (that she was still around)
Dirty old pavements, crowded old streets
My heart’s been lost to this city’s beat (to this city’s beat).

A city of strangers, caught in the rain
I go to work and then to work again (then to work again)
Lost to the night-time, without the girl
She was my heart, my soul & my whole damn world (my whole damn world).

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She was just a German girl from down Aachen way
But I always knew she would fly away
She was just a German girl from down Aachen way
But I’m still glad she passed my way.

Shabby old sunshine, pale shabby moon
Seems like the mornings always comes too soon (always come too soon)
Millions of people: rat race nine ‘til five
But I know that somehow I will survive (somehow I will survive).

Chorus

I ride empty buses, I ride crowded trains
Dreaming of dreams that were all in vain (that were all in vain)
I walk by the river, retrace me and you
Past all the places that we ever knew (that we ever knew).

(Instrumental)

Chorus

So goodbye, my baby, as you fly the skies
Back to the land of a thousand sighs (of a thousand sighs)
Thanks for the good times & loving me
You know that your love will always stay with me (always stay with me).

Chorus

But I’m so glad she came my way
Lord, I’m so glad she came my way
Lord, I’m so glad, I'm so glad, I'm so glad she came my way.
Track Name: Maid Of The Morning
Maid Of The Morning

Maid, maid, maid of the morning
Long , farewell, what more can I say
Stay free as the wind; as the rain storming
May God bless and keep you on this wedding day.

Maid, maid, maid of the morning
Though we must part this child I pray:
Live bright as the sun; as the sky dawning
May God bless and keep you on this wedding day.

Chorus
Proud is this father
Of the girl by his side
As she walks beside him a blushing bride
Proud is this father
But though you leave home
Remember that you’ll never walk alone.

Maid, maid, maid of the morning
A kiss, a kiss, as you go on your way
The wedding march plays, your lover is calling
May God bless and keep you on this wedding day.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Maid, maid, maid of the morning
I give you this blessing as I give you away
The old priest is standing, your bridesmaids are forming
May God bless and keep you on your wedding day
May God bless and keep you on your wedding day
May God bless and keep you on your wedding day.
Track Name: Clean For A Day
Clean For A Day

They call her a slut, they call her a whore
They call her a skank, a junkie and more
Let them say what they will, Sweet Jesus I pray
I just dream she might be: clean for a day.

Born in the gutter; made to take pay
From dirt-bags and drunkards; in bedrooms she lay
She shoots the sun to numb nights away
But the dream she still dreams: is to clean for a day.

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With lust in their eyes men have laid her
Mistaking their lust for love
With lust in their eyes men have paid her
Mistaking their hate for love
With hate in their eyes men have used her
Mistaking addiction for love
With hate in their eyes men abused her
Mistaking oblivion for love
Mistaking oblivion for love.

Yes, they call her a junkie, they call her a whore
Beaten & battered & busted by law
For each night a fix, for each fix a lay
Yet still the girl dreams: she’ll be clean for a day.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

One of these nights, I’ll snatch her back
From days on the streets & nights on her back
Give me this hope, Sweet Jesus I pray
So the woman might live: to be clean for a day
So the woman might live to be clean for a day
So the woman might live to be clean for a day.
Track Name: Yesterday's Sun
Yesterday’s Sun

We were young, the whole damn world was ours
We would talk for hours, under yesterday’s sun
We were wild, drunk and often stoned
But we almost made it home, under yesterday’s sun
We were free, no man could put us down
We were heroes, zeroes, clowns, under yesterday’s sun.

I’d had enough of small town lights; I’d had enough of small town fights
I know that I had to go
I’d had enough of small town girls; I’d had enough of small town worlds
I know that I had to go; I know that I had to go.

We grew up, through love and hate and pain
But friends we have remained, under yesterday’s sun
Now the days, have flown from weeks to years
Wives and children have appeared, we meet at weddings now
But I can recall a million crazy things
The fights, the fools, the flings; under yesterday’s sun.


I’d had enough of small town dreams; I’d had enough of small town themes
I know that I had to go
I’d had enough of small town nights; I’d had enough of small town spite
I know that I had to go; I know that I had to go.

(Instrumental)

So I flew, I knew I had to leave
But they were tugging at my sleeve under yesterday’s sun
A small town child, I could never stay
I had to get away, from under yesterday’s sun
But they’re still my brothers far from home
The best I’ve ever known, under yesterday’s sun
Under yesterday’s sun, under yesterday’s sun.
Track Name: Bedford Falls
Bedford Falls

I’d lasso the moon for you, Mary, I would ride the sun
Some nights I’d bring home heaven, Mary, if such a thing can be done
I’d buy you the New York skyline Mary, Macy’s and City Hall
But please don’t ever ask me, Mary, to stay in Bedford Falls.

I’d steal every planet for you, Mary, from Jupiter to Mars
The Milky Way just for the day & each & every star
Carve your face on Rushmore, Mary, large & proud & tall
But please don’t ever ask me, Mary, to stay in Bedford Falls.

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For the world is our oyster, Mary, it’s a million miles wide
Together we can go there, Mary, on a magic carpet ride
For the world is just a river, Mary, we can ride its tides
Together we share it, Mary, with love by our side.

I’d give you diamonds & rubies, Mary, any crown you need
Treat you like a princess, Mary, or better Donna Reed
I’d act out movies for you, Mary, Jimmy Stewart & his drawl
But please don’t ever ask me, Mary, to stay in Bedford Falls.

I would build you cities, Mary, skyscrapers that touch the sky
Buildings so fine & mighty, Mary, Lloyd Wright would stop and sigh
Of glass & steel & majesty ever gods would stand in thrall
But please don’t ever ask me, Mary, to stay in Bedford Falls.

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(Instrumental)

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My father is a great man, Mary, he worships this old town
From Main Street down to Potter’s Field, he’d never tear it down
But give me the wide world, Mary, this town is just too small
So please don’t ever ask me, Mary, to stay in Bedford Falls.

Some men dream of leaving, Mary, some men dream of home
Some are rocks that grow in moss, some are rolling stones
For me the world is waiting, Mary, a siren song that calls
So please don’t ever ask me, Mary, to stay in Bedford Falls
To stay in Bedford Falls, to stay in Bedford Falls.
Track Name: A Spinning Wheel
A Spinning Wheel

Twenty comes and twenty goes
Where it goes well no-one knows
All I know is I am no longer young
Twenty comes and twenty goes
Where it goes hell no-one knows
A young man yes once I was one
Yes once I was one…

Time is a spinning wheel spinning round and round
An ever turning spinning wheel it never makes a sound
Come one day and you are one the world is in your hands
Next day you are twenty one; time’s slipped through your hands
Time is a spinning wheel, spinning round and round
Spinning round and round.

Thirty comes and thirty fades
What becomes of all the days?
All I know is I am no longer young
Thirty comes and thirty fades
What became of the plans I made?
A young man yes once I was one
Yes once I was one…

Time is a spinning wheel spinning round and round
An ever turning spinning wheel it never makes a sound
Come one day and you are one the world is in your hands
Next day you are thirty one; time’s slipped through your hands
Time is a spinning wheel, spinning round and round
Spinning round and round.

Forty comes and forty goes
Every year is like a blow
And all I know is I am no longer young
Forty comes and forty goes
Like pretty maidens in a row
A young man yes once I was one
Yes once I was one…

Time is a spinning wheel spinning round and round
An ever turning spinning wheel it never makes a sound
Come one day and you are one the world is in your hands
Next day you are forty one; time’s slipped through your hands
Time is a spinning wheel, spinning round and round
Spinning round and round.
Track Name: Carnival Of Clowns
Carnival Of Clowns

Days of hope & days of glory
Days of hate & days of dole
Days of light & ‘hunky dory’
Days a dark night of the soul.

Days of miracle & wonder
Days of doldrums & despair
Days of storms & violent thunder
Days of suns that kissed the air.

Chorus
This is a life with all its faults the circus is in town
Won’t you join the madman waltz of a carnival of clowns?
This is a life with all its faults the circus is in town
Won’t you join the madman waltz of a carnival of clowns?

Days of honesty & caring
Days of cowardice & lies
Days of heartbreak & soul-baring
Days of women and goodbyes.

Times of majesty & money
Times of down & out & poor
Times of life loud & funny
Times of sorrows at your door.

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(Instrumental)

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Days of peace & of wars raging
Days of kestrels and of knaves
Days of battles well worth waging
Days of cradles & of graves.

Years of tragedy & triumph
Years of mothers, brothers, sons
Years of families & their silence
Years of love & years of none
Years of love & years of none
Track Name: Oslo (Through Her Eyes)
Oslo (Through Her Eyes)

The winter sea will crash, the ocean it will moan
As I’m guided by the stars and set the sails for home
My woman waits for me so it comes as no surprise:
Until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

The skies turn dark & black; the waves do rage and swell
A thousand leagues from home, a voyage that’s close to hell
But my woman waits for me, so I know I can surmise:
Until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

Chorus
And her eyes are as tender as the morning
And her heart contains the warmth of the sun
And I’ll never leave her on any other morning
Once this voyage is done, once this voyage is done.

My homeland calls to me like a long lost sailor’s song
The storms of northern seas can do me no more wrong
For my woman waits for me, while ragged seabirds cry
So until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

Long I have been gone for desperate was my desire
In search of glory’s gold my greed was like a fire
But now my woman waits with love until I die
Until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

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(Instrumental)

Chorus

So thunder, lighting, rain; unleash all heavens’ tears
I’ll never quit my quest until her heart is near
For my woman waits for me there’ll be no more sad goodbyes
And until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes
I’ll see Oslo through her eyes; I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.
Track Name: Benefits Street
Benefits Street

Living on the dole can kill your soul but they still call you a cheat
And the PM will never be your friend when you live on Benefits Street
When you live on Benefits Street, when you live on Benefits Street.

Oxbridge bores make war on the poor; in parliament where they meet
The rich get richer as the poor stay poor as they walk down Benefits Street
As they walk down Benefits Street, as they walk down Benefits Street.

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They’re the kings of the castle, you’re on the dole: you’re dirty rascal
They’re the kings of the castle, you’re on the dole: you’re a dirty rascal.

There’s no surprises: unemployment rises, you can’t get on your feet
Bailiffs call, Wonga owns your balls, in the days on Benefits Street
In the days on Benefits Street, in the days on Benefits Street.

Chorus

The Gas & Electric fleece you blind ‘til you can’t afford their heat
As winter kills & all is still as they shiver on Benefits Street
As they shiver on Benefits Street, as they shiver on Benefits Street.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

For god’s sakes tear them down; for god’s sakes tear them down
For god’s sakes tear them down; for god’s sakes tear them down.

Chorus

Recession, depression & double dip: all their words sound sweet
But their wages rise as they tell their lies in a land called Downing Street
In a land called Downing Street, in a land called Downing Street.

Chorus

Parliamentary fools, from public schools, brag, swindle & cheat
While they outlaw, help for the poor, and the lost on Benefits Street
And the lost on Benefits Street, and the lost on Benefits Street.

Chorus

You’re a dirty rascal, you’re a dirty rascal, you’re a dirty rascal.