Drunks & Dreamers

by Roy Smiles

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All songs written by Roy Smiles.
Guitars by David Mayberry.
Keyboards by Simon Walker.
Produced by Simon Walker, at Loophole Studios, Brighton.

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released 05 June 2015

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Roy Smiles London, UK

Roy Smiles is a singer-songwriter from West London. His six albums are: 'Drunks & Dreamers' (2011), 'Time's Moving On' (2012),'Seize The Day' (2013), 'Autumn Song' (2014), 'Bremen' (2014) & 'The Trains & The Rain' (2015). They are all available on I-Tunes. 'London Loves', 'Exile In Blue' & 'Clancy's Song' 3 Best Of's are also available on I-Tunes.
Contact: roy.smiles@aol.co.uk.
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Track Name: Christ This City
Christ This City

To be tired of London, is to be tired of life
But man this city cuts you, cuts you like a knife
There's people out there walking, who love hate like a wife
Christ this city sometimes gets me down.

Neighbours vicious strangers, they act like you're not there
They don't believe in talking, they can only swear
Millions of angry people but not one friend to care
Christ this city sometimes gets me down.

Chorus
And every dream you've ever dreamed
Has been drown by siren screams
And every hope you've ever known
Someone else has taken home
And every dream you've ever dreamed
Has been drown by siren screams
And every hope you've ever known
Someone else has taken home.

Where every shoulder knocks you, when every laughs a sneer
And every building mocks you, as you cry into your beer
And every sign's in neon, the brighter to hide your fear
Christ this city sometimes gets me down.

Christ this city sometimes gets me
Christ this city sometimes gets me
Christ this city sometimes gets me down.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

All of the queen's horses and all of the queen's men
Should pull down this city and build it up again
Bulldoze all the houses, send for Mr. Wren
Christ this city sometimes gets me
Christ this city sometimes gets me
Christ this city sometimes gets me down
Sometimes gets me down.
Track Name: I'll Give You The Sun
I'll Give You The Sun

I can't give you diamonds
That glitter like stars
I can't give you rubies
That shine from afar
But you'll wake up one morning
Thousand things to be done
Just look out your window
And I'll give you the sun.

I can't give you silver
Or cathedrals of gold
Nor give you the treasures
That the oceans might hold
But you'll wake up one morning
Thousand things to be done
Just look out your window
And I'll give you the sun.

Chorus
For though I am nothing
A working man's son
I'd give you the earth
If it were mine to be won
For though I am nothing
A working man's son
I'd give you the earth
If it were mine to be won.

I can't give you castles
Or a princess's clothes
I can't give you flowers
Not a solitary rose
But you'll wake up one morning
Thousand things to be done
Just look out your window
And I'll give you the sun.

Chorus

Yes, you'll wake up one morning
Thousand things to be done
Just look out your window
And I'll give you the sun.
Track Name: A Land Called Home
A Land Called Home

I wandered streets of silent dread
Where every heart was left for dead
In search of comfort, love or bed
Looking for a land called home
Looking for a land called home.

I searched through harsh and broken lands
Where all my dreams had turned to sand
Drunk and dazed and sometimes damned
Looking for a land called home
Looking for a land called home.

Chorus
Home is where the heart is
But I’m a man without a heart
If I had a heart, girl
We’d have never come to part
Home is where the heart is
But I’m a man who stands apart
How can I ever find a home?
When I don't know where to start?

I scoured the earth and all its bars
In trains and planes, coaches and cars
Scarred as the sun, lost as the stars
Looking for a land called home
Looking for a land called home.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Walked north and south and east and west
But where I walked I found no rest
A Don Quixote’s desperate quest
Looking for a land called home
Looking for a land called home
Looking for a land called home
Looking for a land called home.
Track Name: Angel Of The North
Angel Of The North

I’ve had enough of these London streets
They’re paved with pavement not with gold
And I’m getting old
I’ve had enough of the people I meet
The sadness never leaves their eyes
So it’s no surprise:

I’m going back to my home town where only the rain can grind me down
So let these rails take their own course back to my Angel of the North.

Chorus
Angel of Gateshead walk with me
Angel of Gateshead set me free
Angel of Gateshead take my hand
Through this dark, foreboding land.

I’m going back to the cold old Tyne, it’s only a river but it’s still mine
Tell Pat and Jean and Johnny Mac, the boy who left is coming back.

Chorus

I’m going back to the Northern Lights, where dreams are painted black & white
Tell Maggie Carr to man the phone, for this Jack Carter’s coming home.

(Instrumental)

I’ve had enough of these London streets
They’re paved with pavement not with gold
And I’m getting old
I’ve had enough of the people I meet
The sadness never leaves their eyes
So it’s no surprise:

Chorus

I’m going back to my home town, where only the rain can grind me down
So let these rails take their own course back to my Angel of the North
So let these rails take their own course back to my Angel of the North.
Track Name: St Jude's Lament
St. Jude’s Lament

The water’s wide and the ocean’s deep
Fly plane fly; while I get some sleep
Go tell St. Jude: no more I’ll ever roam
I’m coming home, I’m coming home.

I’ve been to lands where no wars were won
Known seas of sand; an unforgiving sun
Seen bullets fly in cities made of stone
I’m coming home, I’m coming home.

I’ve done my duty, I’ve served my time
I’ve walked through hell but I held the line
Been blown to pieces; cut right to the bone
Now I’m coming home, I’m coming home.

Chorus
The lost and the lonely, forgotten and damned
Won’t you be guided by St. Jude’s hand?
In fear and in darkness, in the evil of the night
Let St. Jude guide you home tonight.

Once I was lost but now I’m found
While better men lie, buried in the ground
Go thank St. Jude: I never walked alone
I’m coming home, I’m coming home.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

The ocean’s deep and the water’s wide
My woman waits; so ride plane ride
Go tell St. Jude: no more I’ll ever roam
I’m coming home, I’m coming home
I’m coming home, I’m coming home
I’m coming home, Lord, I’m coming home.
Track Name: Lighthouse Keeper
The Lighthouse Keeper

I am a lighthouse keeper, I watch a barren sea
They say no man’s an island, no man, that is, save me
I am a lighthouse keeper, these tides are memories
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time.

I am a lighthouse keeper, I search for the mast
Of the boat that frees me, from the shadows of my past
I am a lighthouse keeper; each drink will be my last
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time.

Chorus
Drown, drown, oceans flood round
Won’t you tear this old lighthouse down
Drown, drown, oceans flood round
Won’t you tear this old lighthouse down.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Let the storm clouds gather, let the storm clouds blow
Blow out the light, from this worthless soul
Let the storm clouds gather, let the storm birds crow
Blow out the light, from this worthless soul.

Chorus

I am a lighthouse keeper, I guard a jagged shore
On whose rocks ex-lovers, will wreck their love no more
I am a lighthouse keeper, I scream as oceans roar:
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time
Rachel’s been gone a long, long time.
Track Name: Raven Black
Raven Black

I will see her in the glory of the morning
I will hear her midst the madness of the day
I will feel her when the winter winds are storming
And the birds of summer have flown away.

I will touch her in the gentle breeze of autumn
I will know her in the howling rain’s refrain
I will sense her in the empty nights of cities
And I’ll remember Tel Aviv again.

Chorus
The woman walked as if she were in shadow
And where she walked there was no going back
Here eyes were filled with many untold sorrows
And her hair was as dark as - raven black.

I will call her name in dreams of silent worry
As the troubles in the Middle East go on
I will see again the distant gun-ships flying
As she sang to me her sad and angry songs;

Chorus

Some men stay as some men leave
I will remember Tel Aviv
Some men take as some men need
I will remember Tel Aviv
Some men love as some men grieve
I will remember Tel Aviv.

Instrumental.

Chorus

I think of her when dawn is slowly rising
I think of her as night reclaims the day
May there one day be peace and understanding
Keep Sheila safe and well ‘til then I pray.

Chorus

And her hair was as dark as - raven black
And her hair was as dark as - raven black.
Track Name: Drunks & Dreamers
Drunks & Dreamers

I shall not walk with guardian angels
I shall not talk of times with kings
No, I shall not walk with guardian angels
Nor ever wear a wedding ring
Lord, nor ever wear a wedding ring.

Chorus
But if I can sing to drunks and dreamers
To the souls who don’t belong
If I can preach to drunks and dreamers
And maybe teach them my song
And maybe teach them my song.

I shall not march to tunes of glory
Nor ever be sweet fortune’s slave
No, I shall not march to tunes of glory
But lie buried in a pauper’s grave
Lord, lie buried in a pauper’s grave.

Chorus

I went swimming in a river of wine
Not waving but crying
I was saved in the nick of time
Not drowning but trying
I went swimming in a river of wine
Realized what I had done
And found my salvation
In the eyes of my new born son
Yes, and found my salvation
In the eyes of my new born son.

(Instrumental).

I shall not march through streets of Eden
Nor know the touch of my true love’s hand
No, I shall not run through streets of Eden
Nor ever find my promised land
Lord, nor ever find my promised land.

Chorus

Teach them my song.
Track Name: Sea Song (Above Us The Stars)
Sea Song (Above Us The Stars)

I’m worn out by this city
Of buildings monstrous grey
I’m weary of the subways
I yearn to get away
I’m broken by the hating
Voices that bark and bray
I need to leave this city
To feel the ocean’s spray.

Chorus
Let’s ride to the river: a ship will set us free
Above us the stars: beneath us, beneath us, beneath us the sea.

I’m tired of the people
Who tell you how to live
Who kill the love inside you
No matter how much you give
I want to see the night sky
Lost to this city’s glare
I want to kiss your warm lips
As the wind blows back your hair.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

We’ll leave behind the faces
And places we have known
And work again for no man
Nor call a house a home
Let’s leave behind the dark clouds
And cast away our fears
We’ll leave behind this city
And sail away our years.

Chorus

Above us beneath us, beneath us, beneath us the sea.
Track Name: Girls Who Ride On Trains
The Girls Who Rise On Trains

I shall not love the models of modern Rome
Or the movie s who call L.A. their home
Not the rich young things or the sad girls on the game
I shall love forever the girls who ride on trains.

I don't know where they're going; I don't know what they've been
I don't know what they're knowing or the many things they've seen
Though they may be strangers and I'll never know their names
I shall love forever the girls who ride on trains.

Chorus
Lonely is the rider of a distant rail
When every jolt reminds him - love has failed
Lonely is the rider, warm a woman's eyes
And every station passed a sad long
A sad long - a sad long .

I'll ride the rails to Scotland; I'll ride the rails to home
Rushing in search of something, a place to call my own
Sad when I have reached there, 'cause everything's the same
Wishing I could return to the girls who ride on trains.

Chorus

Some may call me dreamer: maybe that I am
Life has not been lucky, I'm a disappointed man
But God will never spite me nor make me blind in shame
And I shall love forever the girls who ride on trains
And I shall love forever the girls who ride on trains
And I shall love forever the girls who ride on trains.
Track Name: Happy (Clare's Song)
Happy (Clare’s Song)

Woke up this morning feeling happy
Guess I’ll feel happy tomorrow too
Can’t think why I should be happy
‘Cept I’m waking up next to you.

Never thought that I could be happy
Not after all my family’s pain
But here I am kind of happy
Just hearing you whisper my name.
Chorus
Run for a coffee, run for a bus
Run for a taxi, the two of us
Going to a café, drinking some wine
Who’d have thought I’d be ever doing fine?

Walked the streets feeling happy
Riding to Camden on a train
Knowing with you I can be happy
You have made me whole again.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Don’t know if I’ll be forever happy
But with you I just might be
For every day with you makes me happy
And every hour with you sets me free

Chorus

Woke up this morning feeling happy
Guess I’ll feel happy tomorrow too
Can’t think why I should be happy
‘Cept I’m waking up next to you
‘Cept I’m waking up next to you
‘Cept I’m waking up next to you.
Track Name: Wooden Ship
Wooden Ship

Tear down the stars; make the night nothing
Unleash the rain; let all things drown
Rip down the moon and do it laughing
Leave it to die, without a sound.

Switch off the sun; just bring me darkness
Let there be chaos, let there be fear
Let women cry, let children whimper
Let there be rivers of desperate tears.

My woman has gone
My woman has gone
My woman has gone.

Chorus
There’s a wooden ship that carries my heart
Let that ship burn now we’re apart
There’s a wooden ship that’s my love’s pyre
Let my heart burn in its scorching fire.

Napalm the world; all seven wonders
Bomb all the mountains, mighty and tall
Murder the clouds; kill every rainbow
Let Eden fester; let angels fall.

My woman has gone
My woman has gone
My woman has gone.

(Instrumental)

Go tell the Gods; I curse their living
Go tell the Fates; I curse their name
Don’t talk of love, for now there’s nothing
Only despair, hatred and pain.

Chorus

My woman has gone
My woman has gone
My woman has gone.
Track Name: All That I Know
All That I Know

Did you hear the news? A war starts today
Our soldiers must fly to a land far away
Our cause is just the newspapers say
Yet all that I know is young men will die
Yes, all that I know is young men will die.

Did you see the news? A city in flames
Battles were fought like video games
They counted the dead without knowing their names
Yet all that I know is young men will die
Yes, all that I know is young men will die.

Chorus
And the bells of victory ring
And the choirs of glory sing
But what words are left to be said?
To the mothers who bury their dead?
And the bells of victory ring
And the choirs of glory sing
But what words are left to be said?
To the widows who bury their dead?

Instrumental

Did you read the news? It happened again
The cluster bombs fell like poisonous rain
And all of it done in democracy’s name
Yet all that I know is children will die
Yes, all that I know is children will die.

Chorus

Did you hear the news? The coffins came home
Draped in a flag that nobody owns
The bugles will sound in gardens of stone
Yet all that I know is young men have died
Yes, all that I know is young men have died
Yes, all that I know, yes all that I know
Yes, all that I know, yes all that I know.
Track Name: Angel Of The North (Ballad Version)
Angel Of The North

I’ve had enough of these London streets
They’re paved with pavement not with gold
And I’m getting old
I’ve had enough of the people I meet
The sadness never leaves their eyes
So it’s no surprise:

I’m going back to my home town where only the rain can grind me down
So let these rails take their own course back to my Angel of the North.

Chorus
Angel of Gateshead walk with me
Angel of Gateshead set me free
Angel of Gateshead take my hand
Through this dark, foreboding land.

I’m going back to the cold old Tyne, it’s only a river but it’s still mine
Tell Pat and Jean and Johnny Mac, the boy who left is coming back.

Chorus

I’m going back to the Northern Lights, where dreams are painted black & white
Tell Maggie Carr to man the phone, for this Jack Carter’s coming home.

(Instrumental)

I’ve had enough of these London streets
They’re paved with pavement not with gold
And I’m getting old
I’ve had enough of the people I meet
The sadness never leaves their eyes
So it’s no surprise:

Chorus

I’m going back to my home town, where only the rain can grind me down
So let these rails take their own course back to my Angel of the North
So let these rails take their own course back to my Angel of the North.