The Trains & The Rain

by Roy Smiles

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released 17 October 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: Love Knows My Name
Love Knows My Name

Though I walk as if in mourning
For the girl I loved in vain
I know there’ll be a brand new morning
For love knows my name, for love knows my name.

Though it seems my heart is aching
For the love my lover’s slain
I know this heart is not for breaking
For love knows my name, for love knows my name.

Though it feels my hope has ended
And my skies are constant rain
I know that love must be defended
For love knows my name, for love knows my name.

Chorus
For as oceans flow & rivers run
I know that tomorrow I’ll find the sun
For as oceans flow & rivers run
I know that tomorrow new love will come.

Though I know I feel forsaken
And my soul is touched by pain
I know this heart will not be shaken
For love knows my name, for love knows my name.

Though each day’s a gloomy Sunday
A broken land where hurt remains
I will find my joyful Monday
For love knows my name, for love knows my name.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Though I know I walk forgotten
By the girl who became my bane
I won’t believe this heart’s ill gotten
For love knows my name, for love knows my name
For love knows my name.
Track Name: Winter Is Coming
Winter Is Coming

Summer loved me for a season
Its warm sunshine kissed my eyes
But summer leaves you for a reason
And it never leaves an alibi.

Autumn colours almost possess me
I lose myself in its browns and gold
October winds almost caress me
But autumn’s glory must turn cold.

Chorus
Winter is coming savage as a bitch
Cruel as a soldier, vicious as a witch
Winter is coming, a price must be paid
A bitter moon’s rising & I am so afraid.

Love is a lost summer memory
A recollection of things past
But like summer love is temporary
And nothing gold can ever last.

August’s woman had to leave me
She left my life when autumn came
Now winter’s here to mock & grieve me
So my heart must live as a cripple lame.

Chorus

October left me like another
November faded like the rain
December came like a cruel brother
And filled my days with its distain.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

England’s winters will not chill me
I shall play cold lovers games
No lover yet has ever killed me
Not while love still knows my name.

Chorus

And I am so afraid, and I am so afraid, and I am so afraid.
Track Name: Chav City
Chav City

Just one more day in Chav City
Just one more day in this dead end town
Just one more day in this land unpretty
And I will tear this whole town down.

Faces hating snarling sneering
Walking dead men white as clowns
Can go to hell with their scorn & jeering
I'm going to burn this whole town down.

Just one more day in Chav City
With poisoned minds whose souls are ill
I just know I will show no pity
As every building I plan to kill.

Chorus
All these people believe in nothing
All these people cling to fear
Saw a sign on a dirty wall that said:
'Jesus never lived here; Jesus never lived here.'

See the children Orcs in waiting
Their parents’ hatred growing in their eyes
Finding peace in their love of hating
No wonder angels cry.

Going to torch it like Atlanta burning
Going to raze it Carthage style
And when there's no more rubble for churning
Its the only time you will see me smile.

Chorus

Instrumental

Chorus

One more day & I'll burn down Chav City
Every snide boy & every sneer
Going to write on that dirty wall the sign:
'Jesus has to live here, Jesus has to live here, Jesus has to live here.'
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?
Track Name: Clapham Girls
Clapham Girls

Clapham girls are oh so pretty
And Clapham girls all work in the city
Clapham girls have long, long hair
And live their lives without a care
And even though I have no money
Clapham girls seem to find me funny
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
Yes, I’m in love with a Clapham girl.

Clapham girls love to ski on snow
And always know the right places to go
Clapham girls like to visit The Tate
And meet their dates on Guardian Soulmates
And I know they’ll never spite me
‘Cause Clapham girls just seem to like me
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl.

Chorus
Though I doubt I can afford you
Did I mention that I adore you?
Though I doubt I can afford you
I did I mention that I adore you?

Clapham girls always go the gym
And always swim to keep really thin
Clapham girls all have cats
And never live in Council flats
And even though I have no place
Clapham girls seem to like my face
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
Yes, I’m in love with a Clapham girl.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Clapham girls drink champagne on planes
And ride bikes instead of subway trains
Clapham girls go to yoga classes
But still make love to the working classes
And even though I have no money
Clapham girls seems to find me funny
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
I’m in love with a Clapham girl
I’m in love with a Clapham girl.
Track Name: Ahab's Song
Ahab’s Song

For many years you’ve roamed lost and far from home
Ahab don’t go back to the sea
Too many years you’ve roamed with a heart like stone
Ahab don’t go back to the sea.

For many years you’ve sailed in search of the whale
Ahab let your passions be
Too many years you’ve failed in your quest for that whale
Ahab set your spirit free.

You left this land like a sailor damned
Ahab don’t go back to the sea
While the years slip by like grains of sand
Ahab don’t go back to the sea.

Chorus
And like Ahab I’ve been searching
Save that love has been my goal
And like Ahab I’ll keep on searching
For only love can save my soul.

Ishmael don’t follow that mad old man
You’ll never return from the sea
Ishmael don’t sail with that damned old man
You’ll never come home from the sea.

Ishmael a whale is a child of god
Mighty and noble and free
If you sail you’ll be damned by god
Ishmael don’t go down to the sea.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Ahab you have a wife and child
You must let your hatred be
The ocean’s a thing too cruel and wild
Ahab don’t go back to the sea.

Love is an ocean left untamed
But I’ll sail in search of my quest
‘Til I find the woman who calls my name
And this heart will find some rest
And this heart will find some rest
And this heart will find some rest.
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.

Chorus
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 give you the whole world, Mary, I'd tear down its walls
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.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

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 London Room
A London Room

London can be as lonely as a mountain
Since you went away it’s lost its soul
London rents are mighty & keep mounting
And these buildings seem to take a bloody toll.

Since you went away my heart is grieving
Since you went away my world is wrong
Love is nothing more than a heart wanting:
That life should be more than a lonesome song.

Chorus
So I sit in the gloom of this shabby London room
As the shadows on the walls whisper your name
So I sit in the gloom of this lonely London room
Writing songs about the trains & the rain
Writing songs about the trains & the rain.

Once upon a time we talked of weddings
I dreamt I’d be a father to your child
Guess I didn’t know where we were heading
Guess that our love had me beguiled.

We were going to live & learn together
We were going to somehow grow & grow
I suppose I thought out love would be forever
So why you walked away I’ll never know.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

May your days always bring you sunshine
May your child forever find her smile
May your life be joyous as a fine wine
May your days flow softly as the Nile.

Chorus

Writing songs about the trains & the rain.
Track Name: Make It On Through
Make It On Through

You’re a long time living as you’re a long time dead
You’re a long time fighting the ghosts in your head
But you keep on believing for what else can you do?
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through.

It’s a mountain you’re climbing with a long way to fall
The years aren’t for counting but you have to stand tall
So you keep on scheming for what else can you do?
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through.

It’s a long day’s working; it’s a short night’s sleep
And though you are strong, some doubts sometimes creep
Yet you carry that burden for what else can you do?
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through.

Chorus
There may be days when things go wrong
But you’ve got to keep on keeping on
There may be times when you’re not strong
But you’ve got to keep on keeping on.

There’s times you’ll be broken by the luck you have known
When your job defeats you & you feel like you’re owned
But you keep on working for what else can you do?
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through.

And your children aren’t always aware of your pain
And sometimes your woman forgets to whisper your name
Yet you keep on hoping for what else can you do?
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

And your children may sometimes think your best’s not enough
And just raising a family can be tougher than tough
But you keep on dreaming for what else can you do?
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through
When you’re the father of children you’ve got to make it on through.
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.

Chorus
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.
Track Name: Empty Nest
Empty Nest

I’ve been beaten, broke & broken; sometimes wondered how I ever stayed alive
Been loud, drunk & outspoken but somehow I’ve always survived
All my dreams never happened but my heart never turned to stone
But since my son went to college this seems like any place but home
Yes, since my son went to college this seems like any place but home.

I don’t believe there’s a God in heaven; I don’t believe there’s a place called hell
I just believe in living & treating each & any person well
I’ve been ten kinds of lonely yet with the kid I never felt alone
But since my son went to college this seems like any place but home
Yes, since my son went to college this seems like any place but home.

Chorus
It’s an empty nest when a child has flown & you find yourself all alone
It’s an empty nest when your child has flown
It’s an empty nest when a child has flown & you find yourself all alone
It’s an empty nest when your child has flown.

18 years of loving hoping he'd never know ard times like I had
18 years of I’ve loving hoping he'd known good days instead of bad
The boy became a good man; I'm so proud of the man he's grown
But since my son went to college this seems like any place but home
But since my son went to college this seems like any place but home.

He grew up in love & laughter; he never knew a bitter day
So it was hard as hell to say goodbye on the day he drove away
The weekends are so empty now; a restless, frozen lonely zone
But since my son went to college this seems like any place but home
But since my son went to college this seems like any place but home.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

It’s a Sunday morning feeling waking in a house without the boy
Though I know he's loving learning and his life is a constant joy
And I'll see him in the holidays and often speak to him on the phone
But since my son went to college this seems like any place but home
Yes since my son went to college this seems like any place but home
Yes since my son went to college this seems like any place but home.
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.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

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
Years of love & years of none.
Track Name: One Year
One Year

One year of hurt & tears & pain
One year of not knowing if I’d stay sane
One year of heartbreak & trying to stay strong
One year since my lover has gone; one year since my lover has gone.

One year of waking up alone
One year of trying to atone
One year of grieving & finding all life wrong
One year since my lover has gone; one year since my lover has gone.

Chorus
I have howled like a drunkard to the moon
I have railed against the passing of the rain
I have lived like a shadow inside a room
I have damned love like an Able to a Cain
I have fought against the brightness of the sky
I have shunned the joy of a day begun
I’ve walked blind to the truth in my eyes
I’ve denied the hope of a brand new sun
I’ve denied the hope of a brand new sun.

One year of empty broken days
One year of walking in a daze
One year without a place or belief in a dawn
One year since my lover has gone; one year since my lover has gone.

One year of carrying a flame
One year of dreaming of her name
One year without rest or sleep or the strength to say so long
One year since my lover has gone; one year since my lover has gone.

Chorus

One year of just trying to survive
One year of doubting I was quite alive
One year of shattered dreams & thoughts & songs
One year since my lover has gone; one year since my lover has gone
One year since my lover has gone.
Track Name: London Loves Me
London Loves Me

From the roads of angry drivers to the cry of subway trains
To the dome of the cathedral under skies where bombers came
From the endless suburban houses to the famous football fields
To all the playing children & the frightened cops with shields
From the ghosts of Bill & Nancy to the winos on the town
To the dark & swirling river where dreamers go to drown.

Chorus
And I know life can be heaven & I know life can be hell
But I know that London loves me & I know it loves me well
And though the bells of hell might mock me
The bells of Bow will set me free
And tonight if only for one night:
London belongs to me; London belongs to me.

From the stream of slavish shoppers to the happy clappy schools
To the haunted white bicycles & streets of drunken ghouls
From the gangstas & the geezers riding every snail race bus
To the cock eyed cockney cabbies driving through their own disgust
From the bad boys on the lager to the good girls on the pill
To the kids in constant motion too busy living to stand still.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

From the churches singing joyful to the clubs where you can’t move
To the chancers and the dancers who know their every move
From the prophets on the pavement & the vendors yelling loud
To Lord Nelson on his column as lonely as a cloud
From the mass of maddening faces to the man who walks alone
To all the broken hearted just trying to get home.

Chorus

London belongs to me, London belongs to me.