Bremen

by Roy Smiles

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All songs written by Roy Smiles.
Guitars & keyboards by Simon Walker.
Keyboards by Simon Walker.
Produced by Simon Walker, at Loophole Studios, Brighton.
Album design: Caspar Williams.

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released 08 July 2014

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Roy Smiles London, UK

Roy Smiles is from West London. His first three albums 'Drunks & Dreamers', 'Time's Moving On' & 'Seize The Day' are released by Red Admiral Records. His fourth album ''Autumn Song' was released by Native Records. An internet only album 'Fools & Angels' is available on Grooveshark/Bandcamp. His 6th album 'Bremen' was released by Native Records in August 2014. Contact: roy.smiles@aol.co.uk. ... more

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Track Name: Lorna Doone
Lorna Doone

Woman be happy, woman be splendid
Woman may you know peace all 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 exalted 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 never be grey
Woman be married, be my intended
Woman may laughter fill all your days.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Shine like the sun, shine like the sun
Shine like the sun, shine like the sun.

Chorus

Woman be wondrous, woman be glowing
Woman be elated all your days
Woman be mighty, woman be flowing
Woman may you know love in a thousand ways.

Chorus

My own Lorna Doone, my own Lorna Doone, my own Lorna Doone.
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: Bremen
Bremen

Sharp was the wind, dark were the skies
It snowed as we flew; I stared at your eyes
A North German shore, a Europe in grey
We knew we were done, before Christmas Day.

We’d known so much love, but love needs to grow
We stepped from the plane, we walked through the snow
We took the tram, through the city where you’d grown
You said you felt dread about your childhood home.

Chorus
Bremen - you heart is always winter
Bremen - your heart is always cold
Bremen - I’ll not be your child of winter
Bremen - your shall never make me old.

You said that you knew, my soul was too wild
My drinking too much, when you wanted a child
I felt that your heart was always in reserve
And love’s not a thing that only sometimes you serve.

We walked to your home, your family was there
The shadows of war were too much to bear
We went for a walk, we stared at the fields
You said you had scars that no years could heal.

Chorus

Shall we cry for a Northern skies? Shall we sigh for a Northern skies?
Shall we cry for a Northern skies? Shall we sigh for a Northern skies?

(Instrumental)

Chorus

We borrowed some bikes, we cycled to town
We stared at the statues: kings without crowns
You held my hand & said you were afraid
As you knew that love has a price to be paid.

We flew back to London, through the wind & the snow
I said I would leave, I’d find somewhere to go
And so it was Bremen where our love had to end
But Duchess you’ll always be my friend
But Duchess you’ll always be my friend
But Duchess you’ll always be my friend.
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).

Chorus
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: Fallen King
Fallen King

Once I built a castle out of air
And made you queen of all that was there
And every dream was just as it should be
I found your love as a river finds the sea
But now that kingdom’s lost and can’t be found
Now I’m just a king without a crown; lord, now I’m just a king without a crown.

Once the sky was the colour of your eyes
And the wind recalled the lightest of your sighs
The sun reflected the colours in your hair
And every day was lived without a care
But now that kingdom’s lost and can’t be found
Now I’m a just a king without a crown
Now I’m just a king without a crown.

Chorus
My hope is lost, now that you’re not here
I’m a fallen king in a land of tears
My hope is lost, now that you’re not here
I’m a fallen king in a land of tears.

Once you sat so proudly by my side
You were my faith, my soul,my pride
Happy was the land where we knew love
And a golden sun shone brightly from above
But now that kingdom’s lost and can’t be found
Now I’m just a king without a crown
Now I’m just a king without a crown.

Chorus

Dreams are all they ever give for free
And you made me the man that I should be
I gave you the castle that was my heart
And swore to you that we would never part
But now that’s kingdom’s lost and can’t be found
Now I’m just a king without a crown
Now I’m just a king without a crown
Now I’m just a king without a crown.

Chorus

In a land of tears, a land of tears, a land of tears.
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 never be told
Eight’s for heaven, nine's for hell
Ten is for a love that treats you well (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)

Winter is coming, why don't you fly?
Back to the land where dreams go to die?
Winter is coming, why don't you fly?
Back to the land where dreams go to die?

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: 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.

Chorus
And if you build this house she will come
And if you build this house she will be the one
And if you build this house 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.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

If she is tired then go gently, if she is tired then go gently, if she is tired then go gently.
Track Name: What Fools These Mortals Be
What Fools These Mortals Be

Their days as cold as snow, their lives an empty show
They think that they are free, what fools these mortals be.

Believing they can live, without the need to give
So blind they cannot see, what fools these mortals be.

They hide inside their shells, as if in prison cells
In penitentiaries; what fools these mortals be.

Chorus
For love is salvation you cannot walk alone
For love is salvation your heart is not a stone
For love is salvation wise men always say
For love is salvation don't let it slip away.

They live above the fray; more lonely every day
Their pride their enemy, what fools these mortals be.

Pretending not to care, that no-one's ever there
Lost in purgatory, what fools these mortals be.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

They say that love is pain; it saves us all the same
A thousand clowns agree, what fools these mortals be

What fools these mortals be, what fools these mortals - be.
Track Name: Yesterday's Sun
Yesterday’s Sun

We were young, the whole damn world was ours
We will 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.

Chorus
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.

Chorus
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: Devizes Fair
Devizes Fair

I knew her once in a faraway England
Her smile was like sunshine, it banished the rain
I saw her standing by the green of the fairground
She turned and smiled and called out my name.

I was a stranger lost in a strange town
Hated at school and unhappy at home
Sixteen and scared and somewhat forsaken
Always in trouble - always alone.

Her face was as tender as an angel in waiting
She’d make the Madonna turn and stare
But with a jangle of bracelets and murmur of laughter
I was loved by the girl from Devizes Fair.

Chorus
I was dark while she was light
She was day while I was night
I took flight and flew away
Earthbound she had to stay.

I sit upstairs on rainy day buses
I close my eyes and suddenly she’s there
Auburn haired and smelling of autumn
Gentle and gracious; tender and fair.

We parted the summer that I went to college
I was too haunted to ever go again there
But with a jangle of bracelets and murmur of laughter
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Time marches on and another day closes
I self destruct with my usual flair
But with a jangle of bracelets and murmur of laughter
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair.
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.

Chorus

(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: Tomorrow Without Guns
Tomorrow Without Guns

I don’t believe in somewhere over rainbows
Shangri-La’s a place I will never see
I just believe that earth could be a heaven
If our children could someday play free.

I don’t believe that Jesus owned a rifle
I believe he said the meek shall own the earth
And those that say that guns were made for owning
Shouldn’t judge the world by a bullet’s worth.

Chorus
I would have hours that move like a glitter of dancers
Far from the guns that flash & boom
I would have hours that move like a glitter of dancers
Not live our lives under a killing moon
I would have hours that move like a glitter of dancers
Far from the guns that flash & doom
I would have hours that move like a glitter of dancer
May that day come one day soon.

It takes more than guns to make a nation
It takes more than prayers to move a heart
If we could just take guns out of the cities
Then maybe then peace could make a start.

I don’t believe in Brigadoon or Eden
I just believe in a future for our young
I don’t believe in yesterday’s of hatred
I just believe in tomorrow without guns
No, I don’t believe in yesterdays of hatred
I just believe in tomorrow without guns.

Chorus

I don’t believe in hating other people
But I don’t believe in the words of the NRA
I just believe in no guns in the valley
After Shane has gone away
I don’t believe in somewhere over rainbows
Just a kinder world under a gentle sun
I don’t believe in the yesterday’s of hatred
I just believe in tomorrow without guns
No, I don’t believe in yesterday’s of hatred
I just believe in tomorrow without gun
No, I don’t believe in yesterday’s of hatred
I just believe in tomorrow without guns.
Track Name: The Lorelei
The Lorelei

The Lorelei will call to you
Will call you to your grave
And drag your heart down to its doom
And make your soul her slave.

The Lorelei will call to you
And tempt you with her sighs
She will drown all of your dreams
So don’t believe her lies.

Chorus
And I was that lonely sailor
Who heard her siren call
Who wrecked his love on her stony heart
The Lorelei was my fall
Don’t heed her call, don’t heed her call
Don’t heed her call, don’t heed her call.

The Lorelei will call to you
With her haunting song
She will wreck all of your hopes
She will guide you wrong.

The Lorelei will call to you
And drown you in your tears
Break the ship that is your love
And haunt you all your years.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Yes, the Lorelei will call to you
Will call you to your grave
And drag your heart to its doom
And make your soul her slave.

Chorus

Don’t heed her call, don’t heed her call, don't heed her call.
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: 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.