London Hymns (Best Of)

by Roy Smiles

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A compilation of tracks from the Roy Smiles albums:

DRUNKS & DREAMERS (Red Admiral Records) 2011
TIME'S MOVING ON (Red Admiral Records) 2012
SEIZE THE DAY (Red Admiral Records) 2013
AUTUMN SONG (Native Records) 2014
BREMEN (Reverbnation/Bandcamp/Grooveshark) 2014
THE TRAINS & THE RAIN (TBR 2015)

Guitar by Simon Walker on 'War With The East', 'Seize The Day', '(Just A) German Girl', 'Clancy' & 'The Sidewalks & The Subways'.
All other guitars by David Mayberry.
Keyboards by SImon Walker.
Tracks produced by Simon Walker at Loophole Studios, Brighton.
Album design by Roy Smiles. Painting: 'Faithful Servants' by Eric Bottomley.
Dedicated to: my son.

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released 16 December 2014

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Roy Smiles London, UK

Roy Smiles is a singer-songwriter from West London, of Geordie parents. 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' (TBR 2015). They are all available to hear on Grooveshark, You Tube & Bandcamp or to buy on I-Tunes.
Contact: roy.smiles@aol.co.uk.
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Track Name: Clancy
Clancy

I know your world has stopped its turning
Now the woman you loved has walked away
But all your boats are not for burning
Clancy don’t grieve your heart away
Clancy don’t grieve your heart away.

I know you’ll spend your days regretting
All the things you somehow did not say
And I know you’ll never start forgetting
Clancy don’t long your heart away
Clancy don’t long your heart away.

You know she never meant to hurt you
As you know there were reasons she couldn’t stay
And though it pains you that she’d desert you
Clancy don’t cry your heart away
Clancy don’t cry your heart away.

Chorus
There’s are cruel lessons for the learning
And life can sometimes tear you down
But when your woman’s not for turning
You either live or else you drown.

You know there are things she’ll never tell you
Like why your love had to end its days
Maybe it’s the bad times that befell you
Clancy don’t mourn your heart away.
Clancy don’t mourn your heart away.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

I know your heart is beyond its hurting
And self hating is always your normal way
But love is not a thing for deserting
Clancy don’t grieve your heart away
Clancy don’t grieve your heart away
Clancy don’t grieve your heart away.
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: Lorna Doone
Lorna Doone

Woman be happy, Woman be splendid
Woman may you know peace all of your days
Woman be gracious, adored & befriended
Woman may you know love in a thousand ways.

Woman be tender, woman be knowing
Woman be righteous, all of your days
Woman be faithful, woman be growing
Woman be exulted this much I pray.

Chorus
Hair tawny as autumn; eyes bright as the moon
I shall love you forever my own Lorna Doone
Hair tawny as autumn; eyes bright as the moon
I shall love you forever my own Lorna Doone.

Woman be merry, woman be contented
Woman may your skies be never grey
Woman be married, be my intended
Woman may laughter fill all your days.
Chorus
(Instrumental)
Chorus
Woman be wondrous, woman be glowing
Woman may be elated all your days
Woman be mighty, woman be flowing
Woman may you find love in a thousand ways.

Chorus

My own Lorna Doone, my own Lorna Doone, my own Lorna Doone.
Track Name: Ship That Died Of Shame
Ship That Died Of Shame

Though you’re gone you’re not forgotten
For the four winds call your name
As I sail these storm tossed oceans
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

All the words that stayed unspoken
I destroyed us: I take the blame
Now the sea’s my only lover
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

Chorus
And every land is left behind me
And no port shall call me home
I’m a ship without a compass
As these lonely seas I roam.

Past the years that stand between us
I carry your torch like a flame
And the rain recalls your crying
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

Chorus

Though I knew you loved me truly
I treated your love like a game
Now I sail a sea of heartbreak
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Damned to ride these tides forever
As your memory returns to maim
May God help this faithless sailor
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.
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 Better Land
A Better Land

Riding the Underground with a thousand strangers
On a train that's crowded, cold and grey
Wondering about the lives of all the strangers
Day dreaming the endless winter away.

London can be hard & unforgiving
But my days of self destructions are long gone
Since I've met you, girl, I believe in living
You're my truth in a world gone wrong.

Chorus
Woman, you and I can make a stand; together we can find a better land
Woman, we can fly just take my hand; together we can find a better land.

Depressions & recessions come like seasons
And banks are thieves who'd even steal the sun
But these bitter times will never kill my reason
'Cause you've shown me there's a better world to come.

Chorus

My dreams were left were dead in another lifetime
And I've spent too many years living in that past
But girl, with you I can live another lifetime
With you, girl, I'll build a better life to last.

Chorus

England was haunting me, England was haunting me
England was driving me down
England was haunting me, England was haunting me
England was driving me down.

Chorus

London sometimes drowns you in its sorrows
But with you, girl, I know I can be strong
We'll face each & every grey tomorrow
Now that love not hate is my song.

Chorus.
Track Name: War With The East
War With The East

Children screaming & horsemen riding; the madmen have been released
As the women cry and the old men sigh; as they talk of war with the east
As they talk of war with the east.

They’re gathering all the clansmen; fetching swords, armed to the teeth
As young men lie & hope to die, as they shout for war with the east
As they shout for war with the east.

Chorus
And I’m clutching at my children, shouting: ‘no more war!’
But the madness is upon them, to hell with peace or law
And I’m clutching at my children screaming: ‘no more war!’
But no man could even hear me, lost to the vicious roar.

The knights ride out to glory, their mad dogs snarl like beasts
The drums of war hammer at the door, as they drum for war with the east
As they drum for war with the east.

Like sheep to the ancient slaughter, the gods will have their fleece
The widows wail as the warships sail, they sail for war with the east
They sail for war with the east.

Chorus

Soldiers run into the setting sun, dreaming of battle & no more peace
Death to the dove & eternal love, as they run to war with the east
As they run to war with the east.

Holy are the righteous, Jesus? Well, he’s deceased
There’s no such gore like a Holy war, as they pray for war with the east
As they pray for war with the east.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Armies gather like cattle, the Pale Rider waits for his feast
For the Lord & his wrathful sword, there must be war with the east
There must be war with the east.

And so they march to Kingdom Come, like the Spartans of Ancient Greece
Their blood is red my dreams are dead as we go to war with the east
As we go war with the east, as we go to war to the east,
As we go to war with the east.
Track Name: Magpie
Magpie
Magpie: stay away from my window
Magpie: stay away from my door
Magpie: don’t tell me of your sorrows
Magpie: I won’t hear them anymore.

Magpie: you won’t kill my laughter
Magpie: you won’t spoil my day
Magpie: you won’t harm my karma
Magpie: why don’t you fly away?

Chorus
One for sorrow, two for mirth
Three for a funeral, four for a birth
Five for silver, six for gold
Seven for a secret that can’t be told
Eight is for heaven, nine is for hell
Ten is a love that treats you well; ten is a love that treats you well.

Magpie: you won’t be my fortune
Magpie: you’ll not break my heart
Magpie: love will be my tomorrow
Magpie: each day a brand new start.

Magpie: I know my woman’s waiting
Magpie: you’ll not destroy my love
Magpie: she will be forever
Magpie: the sun will shine above.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Magpie: fly away this morning
Magpie: don’t haunt my days again
Magpie: for better times are coming
Magpie: there’ll be no more bitter rain.

Magpie: there’ll be no more bitter rain
Magpie: there’ll be no more bitter rain.
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: The Subways & The Sidewalks
The Subways & The Sidewalks

Girl, I know that London’s for the leaving
Girl, I know you really have to go
But girl it would be pointless & deceiving
To say it didn’t hit me like a blow.

The Thames has turned to grey as if in mourning
London Bridge has hung its head in shame
Cathedral bells toll out a muffled warning
The statues cry after the broken rain.

Chorus
And the subways and the sidewalks call your name
But I know I’ll never see your face again
And the sidewalks and the subways call your name
But I know I’ll never see your face again.

Girl, I know these streets started to haunt you
Girl, I know that sadness gripped your soul
Girl, I know that life began to taunt you
In a city where no love can match the dole.

Chorus

Instrumental

Chorus

Girl, I know that London’s not for dreaming
Girl, I know you needed to be free
Girl, I hope you find life of some meaning
Girl, won’t you sometimes think of me.

Chorus (X2)

Your face again, your face again, your face again.
Track Name: Lighthouse Keeper
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: A Land Called Home
A Land Called Home

I wandered streets of silent dread
Where every heartl 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: Girls Of Summer
Girls Of Summer

Leaves will fall, sure as love will fail
The broken rain, is beyond the pale
August passed, as the year got stale
And the girls of Summer have gone.

Brown and gold are September's days
The sun will shine, only yesterday
The wind will blow, all your dreams away
And the girls of Summer have gone.

Chorus
Calling from your memory
Whispering from your past
Wondering if suddenly
The love you knew’s your last (last).

October comes, the trees will bare
November's storms disturb the air
Autumn dies; she's still not there
And the girls of Summer have gone.

Chorus

Snow will blind; the cold will rack
December's dark, its nights are black
Winter's cruel; she's not coming back
And the girls of Summer have gone.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Snow will blind; the cold will rack
December's dark, its nights are black
Winter's cruel; she's not coming back
And the girls of Summer have gone
Gone, gone; and the girls of Summer have gone.
Track Name: El Dorado
El Dorado

I went in search of El Dorado
I rode out wild, without a care
It was my quest for El Dorado
And the fortune & glory that I’d find there.

It was in need of El Dorado
I left my love so far behind
It was my greed for El Dorado
That froze my heart & stole my mind.

And so I searched for El Dorado
Down all the years and through my days
But found no sign of El Dorado
As the girl I loved slipped far away.

Chorus
To money we're peasants, to Mammon we're slaves
The wage packet our king from the cradle to grave
Fortune we worship, to riches we pray
But like Judas & silver: it's love we betray.

(Instrumental)

Middle 8
Over the mountain of the moon
Into the valley of shadow
I rode & rode in search of gold
And that place called El Dorado.

Chorus

And I came to hate that El Dorado
Losing my love in search of fame
For in that quest for El Dorado
I never saw my love again.

So tell the world of El Dorado
And let my story be sometimes told
No need to seek for El Dorado:
For love's that city made of gold
For love's that city made of gold
For love's that city made of gold.
Track Name: Seize The Day
Seize The Day

I walked out on a London morning
The threat of rain, all shades of grey
I didn’t mind the raindrops forming
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

I walked besides a grey old river
Big Ben chimed, I dreamed away
The autumn chill made me shiver
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

Chorus
Carpe diem, what can you say? I’m just happy to own a day
Carpe diem, what can you say? I’m just happy to own a day.

Trains went by; children were playing
I walked the Southbank all the way
October winds; trees were swaying
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

Chorus

Walked along to the cold old palace
Statues of soldiers glared away
They changed the guard but without Alice
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

Chorus

A shabby sun and a dirty rainbow
Rain spat down in a sad grey spray
Watched some boats to make the time go
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Let it rain I have my glory
I’m in love and in love to stay
Who she is? That’s another story
I’m just content to seize the day
I'm just content to seize the day
Carpe diem, what can I say?
I’m just content to seize the day.
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Track Name: A Man Who Walks Alone
A Man Who Walks Alone

I shall not know hope or glory
Now this heart has turned to stone
My life must be another story
Now I’m a man who walks alone.

Down these mean streets cold & forgotten
I will walk where no love does roam
In a land where something’s rotten
Now I’m a man who walks alone.

Chorus
If you seek then you will find
Only love can make you blind
If you seek then you will find
A shattered heart could never bind.

The rain is falling like angels crying
In a city that’s not my home
If these aren’t tears then I am lying
Now I’m a man who walks alone.

You said out love had grown too weary
You broke my heart: you used the phone
You plainly planned your treason clearly
Now I’m a man who walks alone.

Chorus

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long long way from home.

Like a thief you stole my feelings
Your smile as frozen as a winter’s bone
You drown my soul & left me reeling
Now I’m a man who walks alone.

Chorus

And so I walk without hope or glory
A broken reed that’s tossed and blown
That’s my tale, the ending's gory
Now I’m a man who walks alone
Now I’m a man who walks alone
Now I’m a man who walks alone.
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, the forgotten and the damned
Won’t you be guided by St. Jude’s hand?
The lost and the lonely, the forgotten and the damned
Won't you be guided by St. Jude's hand?

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: Dreaming Of Toronto
Dreaming Of Toronto

I’ve travelled north to cold Alaska; I’ve travelled south to the Yuma sands
But, girl, I’m dreaming of Toronto and Canada - my true heart’s land.

I’ve travelled west to California; I’ve travelled east to old Cape Cod
Now I’m dreaming of Toronto, I’ll never leave again - I swear to God.

I’ve travelled many different places, In search of dreams that turned to dust
But now I’m dreaming of Toronto and better days for the both of us.

Chorus
Oh Canada you know I never spurned you
You stayed with me down all the years
You kept me believing through the bad times
In cities where men live by the sneer.

I’ve known the cruel winds of Chicago; I’ve known the cool winds of Mexico
But now I’m dreaming of Toronto and the girl who’d never let me go.

I’ve known the bitter streets of Vegas where every night’s a losing game
And I’ve lived in New York City where no man ever knew my name.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Casa Loma are you still standing under the gentle, swirling snow?
And do the wild geese keep on calling across the mighty Lake Ontario?
So let The Maple Leaf keep riding to Canada, where you wait for me
Girl, I’m dreaming of Toronto - and your love that’s haunted me
And your love that’s haunted me; and your love that’s haunted me.
Track Name: Time's Moving On
Time’s Moving On

No nursery rhymes can help me now
I’ve grown up, supposed to be a man
No poems for me, written on playground swings
No mumbling choirboys in church halls sing
Time’s moving on.

No Chopper bikes, no climbing trees
No playful fights in fallen leaves
I’m a grown up man in a grown up world
Of angry looks and broken words
Time’s moving on.

Chorus
Fly away Wendy, fly away Paul
It doesn’t matter, not at all
Just close your eyes and fly away
To the land where lost children play.

No Airfix kits, no Hornby trains
No holding hands down Lovers Lanes
No Tommy Gun, no Flashing Blade’s
Just silent tears at the lives we’ve made
Time’s moving on.

Instrumental.

Chorus

No Rubber Souls, no Apollo flights
No jumper goals, no bonfire nights
Just broken hearts and red, red wine
Not cowboy books but passing time
Time’s moving on
Time’s moving on
Time’s moving on.
Track Name: Vera (In Autumn)
Vera (In Autumn)

Now that someone murdered summer or, at least, left it for dead
As August drown in glory and September turned & fled
Now the autumn leaves are falling but I wonder if they’re true
For what use is autumn, Vera, when I live without you?
What use is autumn, Vera, when I live without you?

I will jog across the Common; I will run through the park
As a shabby sun shines weakly as if a traitor to the dark
And the autumn leaves are falling, almost ashamed they ever grew
But what use is autumn, Vera, when I live without you?
What use is autumn, Vera, when I live without you?

Chorus
When you’re lost to your woman there is nothing to be done
When you’re lost to your woman you are lost to the sun
When you’re lost to your woman where do you run?
When you’re lost to your woman you are lost to the sun.

In the playgrounds kids are playing, they run & kick the leaves
As the rain pours down from heaven as if angels need to grieve
And the autumn leaves are falling ‘cause winds too bitter blew
But what use is autumn, Vera, when I live without you?
What use is autumn, Vera, when I live without you?

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

I will sit in crowded cafes; I will drink my sour wine
I will think about the old days & the passing of our time
And the autumn leaves are falling in a sky more black than blue
But what use is autumn, Vera, when I die without you?
What use is autumn, Vera, when I die without you?
What use is autumn, Vera, when I die without you?