Autumn Song

by Roy Smiles

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All songs written by Roy Smiles.
Guitars by Simon Walker save 'Rome Wasn't Built' & 'A Broken Fool' by David Mayberry.
Keyboards by Simon Walker.
Produced by Simon Walker, at Loophole Studios, Brighton.
Album design: Caspar Williams.

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released 30 November 2013

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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' is to be released by Native Records in August 2014. Contact: roy.smiles@aol.co.uk. ... more

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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: 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: The Subways & The Sidewalks
The Sidewalks & The Subways

Girl, I know that London’s for the leaving
Girl, I know you really had 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 bitter 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: A Broken Fool
A Broken Fool

There is a man who sheds no tears
Who walks in shadows as if in fear
Just another clown to his own King Lear
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

He thinks that love is a false emotion
A clichéd word best left unspoken
A wretched thing, a pointless token
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

Chorus
And all this fool ever knew
Was no woman could stay true
So he walks with a broken mind
Opened eyes: blinkered & blind.

He's a man who counts the cost
Of the woman he loved but lost
Who’s life is cold - an early frost
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

His heart is winter, always austere
As he walks alone from year to year
His soul as dark as a midnight clear
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

Chorus

There is a man who takes a pride
In never ever feeling inside
I am that man and I cannot hide
Walk a mile with a broken fool
Walk a mile with a broken fool
Walk a mile with this broken fool.
Track Name: Bury My Heart (In Reading Gaol)
Bury My Heart (In Reading Gaol)

I had a woman, I cut her down; she fell to earth without a sound
The mist descended like a veil so bury my heart in Reading Gaol.

The judge & jury never smiled as they sentenced me to my last mile
The gallows wait: wood, rope & nail so bury my heart in Reading Gaol.

Chorus
Roses are red, violets are blue; all I ever knew is no woman was true
Roses are white, lavenders blue; all I ever knew is no woman was true.

She loved a soldier, another man; her cheating heart I could not stand
On a boat to hell I know I’ll sail so bury my heart in Reading Gaol.

I found her there in her lover’s arms; I cut them both, I did them harm
Mighty was my hate like a gale so bury my heart in Reading Gaol.

Chorus

For each man kills the thing he loves by each let this be heard
Some do it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word
The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword
Yet each man kills the thing he loves by each let this be heard.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

And now I sit in this lonely cell when dawn will come I cannot tell
I shall not pray to a god that failed so bury my heart in Reading Gaol.

So hang man build your gallows high; I shall not flinch, I shall not cry
Come sweet death: cold, hard & pale and bury my heart in Reading Gaol
And bury my heart in Reading Gaol, and bury my heart in Reading Gaol.
Track Name: Song For Orla
Song For Orla

You must skip these dirty streets, you must run down lanes
You must laugh & tumble, through sad old London rain
You must bring your sunshine to a city cold & grey
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day.

You must race through puddles, you must play in parks
You must finish puzzles and stay up after dark
You must chase the pigeons until they’ve all flown away
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day.

Fly child be free. Fly child be free. Fly child be free. Fly child be free.

You must sing to Disney songs as you brush your teeth
You must bounce on trampolines & chase the cats beneath
You must laugh at cartoon shows & leave coats as they lay
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day.

You must be a princess & you must take your bows
You must ring your best friend & you must ring her now
You must play a thousand games ‘til the sun has flown away
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day.

Fly child be free. Fly child be free. Fly child be free. Fly child be free.

Although me & your mother sadly had to part
You know you’ll always be part of my heart
Although me & your mother sadly had to part
You know you’ll always be part of my heart.

(Instrumental)

You must catch a butterfly & you must find a star
You must draw some castles, you must count some cars
You must do a million things ‘til sleep gets in the way
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day.

London will be your kingdom and you will be its queen
Every playground honour you, your life a happy dream
And may your joy & laughter blow the dark clouds away
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there’s no end to your day
Orla there’s no end to your day, Orla there‘s no end to your day

Fly child be free. Fly child be free. Fly child be free.
Track Name: Somewhere Like Elba
Somewhere Like Elba

Since she’s gone away
I have found that there are no more words to say
I don’t know how to face another day
What can I do? Exile in blue.

Since she has gone
Every turning of the world seems very wrong
I take no comfort in the music or the song
What can I do? Exile in blue.

And now I am alone
Waiting & hoping for her to call me on the phone
Opening doors to find that nobody’s home
What can I do? Exile in blue.

Chorus
I’m somewhere like Elba, there’s a tolling bell
How I came to this island, I just cannot tell
I’m somewhere like Elba but closer to hell
All I only know is I must wish her well.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

I’m lonely in a crowd
I find people too hurtful & too loud
I would cry but I am much too proud
What can be said? When love is dead?

I turn away from friends
I can only think of when our love had to end
As I know this broken heart can never mend
What can I do? Exile in blue.

Chorus

Once upon a dream
Love was a whisper & not a lonely scream
I wish my mind could only play another theme
What can I do? Exile in blue, exile in blue, exile in blue.
Track Name: Spanish City
Spanish City

The world was another place, the sky had a different face
My grandmother and me, we rode to the sea
We took the train to Spanish City in the rain
Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain.

The North was another town, the sun was like half a crown
A city in grey, was left for the day
We took the train to Spanish City in the rain
Spanish City in the rain, to Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain.

Chorus
A thousand miles from Barcelona, a thousand miles from Madrid
A thousand miles from Pamplona, a thousand miles from Cadiz
A thousand miles from Barcelona, a thousand miles from Madrid
A thousand miles from Bilbao, a thousand miles from Cadiz.

The days were in black & white, life was a hard day’s night
A cold Geordie shore, an ocean that roared
We took the train, to Spanish City in the rain
Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain.

The summers were longer then, the accents were stronger then
There was Jean, there was Paul; my father would call
As we took the train, to Spanish City in the rain
Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

There were aunties & uncles then, cousins, a hundred friends
There was Wendy & John, we laughed like a song
As we rode the train, to Spanish City in the rain
Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain.

Those days were another time, my life took a different line
But I still recall, the memories stand tall
Of when we took the train, to Spanish City in the rain
Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain, Spanish City in the rain.

Chorus.

A thousand miles from Cadiz, a thousand miles from Cadiz.
Track Name: Autumn Wind
Autumn Wind

Autumn wind blowing in the sunshine
Autumn wind proud & wild & free
Autumn wind gentle as a fine wine
Won't you bring my woman back to me?

Long ago, when life was for the learning
I went away, away across the sea
Suddenly before the year was turning
My love was lost, was lost to me.

I have searched unto the end of rainbows
But no man can tell me where she'd be
Autumn wind tell me where my love goes
Won't you bring my woman back to me?

Chorus
Autumn wind won't you tell me what you know?
Why do oceans roar & mighty rivers flow?
Autumn wind won't you tell me what you know?
Where does love & loving go? Lord, where does love & loving go?

Autumn wind I have searched the oceans
And deserts where hopes have gone to die
Lost to god devout in my devotion
Through cities as haunted as the sky.

I have walked down streets of desperation
Past highways dark & cold and mean
A hundred ports, a thousand railway stations
But every day was another broken dream.

Chorus

Instrumental

Chorus

Autumn wind the nights are for self-hating
Autumn wind the days are bitter grey
Autumn wind my heart & soul are breaking
Won't you tell her I'm sorry I went away?

Autumn wind blowing in the sunshine
Autumn wind won't you hear my plea?
Autumn wind bring back what was once mine
Won't you bring my woman home to me?
Won't you bring my woman home to me?
Won't you bring my woman home to be.
Track Name: A Miner Died Today
A Miner Died Today

There’s no cortege, no sobbing hordes
No princes pass clutching at swords
No heads will bow in the House of Lords
A miner died today.

There’s no salutes from muffled guns
No guardsmen march, no sound of drums
No choirs sing of kingdom come
A miner died today.

Chorus
And my mind is filled with anger
And my heart is filled with rage
That working men die underground in this day & age
And my mind is filled with anger
And my heart is filled with rage
That working men die underground in this day & age.


No flags will fly at half mast
No cavalry will slowly pass
No bronze statues will be cast
A miner died today.

A brother, father, friend & a son
Who’ll never again see the sun
Another disaster but nothing is done
A miner died today.

Chorus

And I wonder if any give a damn
As I think of the klds of Aberfan
Murder’s illegal but the coal-board can
A miner died today.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

So Swansea bells begin your toll
Tell the world of the price of coal
And the bloody cost to a dead man’s soul
A miner died today.

And let the tolling of the mournful bells
Ring for the men who work in hell
May they stay safe and live to tell:
A miner died today.
Track Name: Rome Wasn't Built
Rome Wasn't Built

You tell me your love me but those are just words
So used and abused they verge on absurd
You tell me you want me, you'll always be mine
But love is so fleeting, it must fade in time
I know that I like you, what more can I say?
But Rome wasn't built, Rome wasn’t built
Rome wasn’t built; Rome wasn't built in a day.

Chorus
It took years and tears and blood and pain
Republics to fall and then rise up again
And though I’m not saying that love is the same
A man must have some time
Yes, a man must have some time.

Why ask for the stars? When you have the moon?
You might have it all but too much is too soon
I know that I like you what more can I say?
But Rome wasn’t built, Rome wasn’t built
Rome wasn’t built; Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Chorus

If all roads lead to Rome, why am I so far from home?
If all roads lead to Rome, why am I so far from home?

(Instrumental)

You tell me you’ll leave me but I won’t live a lie
I promise you nothing except that - I’ll try
I know that I like you what more can I say?
But Rome wasn't built, Rome wasn’t built
Rome wasn’t built; Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Track Name: Love Will Set Me Free
Love Will Set Me Free

I have ridden every sad & lonely highway
Searched for truth but never found the key
Known the rain of dark & empty places
But I still believe that love will set me free.

I've been blinded by the lights of lonesome cities
Been swallowed by the nights I could not see
I have heard the sad farewell of lovers leaving
But I still believe that love will set me free.

I have known the truth that words not stones will hurt me
Been driven by those words down to my knees
Lain awake through aching hours of my hurting
But I still believe that love will set me free.

Chorus
And I believe in god above
As I believe in eternal love
But there's days it takes me all my strength to pray
And I believe in god above
As I believe in eternal love
And I'll find it in this wicked world some day.

I've had my heart beaten blue and broken
Lived inside myself but never found a me
Mourned lovers like another who was grieving
But I still believe that love will set me free.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

I've been saved by saints & sometimes lost to demons
Been the best & worst of men that I could be
I've loved & lost until I'm dazed and bleeding
But I still believe that love will set me free
Yes, I still believe that love will set me free
Yes, I still believe that love will set me free.
Track Name: Loving You All My Days
Loving You All My Days

And she wakes up
And she makes up
And she says I think its time to break up
And she sighs now
And smiles goodbye now
And then she says I think its time to cry now
And then she walks away
And there's only thing to say:

Chorus
I'll be loving you all my days
I'll be loving you in a thousand ways
I'll be loving you all my days
This my love I pray.

And the days pass
And the tears pass
And the years and all the beers pass
And I sigh now
Sometimes I cry now
And I wonder every night just why now
I dream of when she walked away
And there's only one thing to say:

Chorus

The clock will turn and the candle will burn
And the torch grow cold, as the heart grows old.

(Instrumental)

And she's gone now
And it's all wrong now
Lord I just have to be strong now
I won't forget her
Always regret her
And I know I'll never meet a better
I remember when she went away
When the only thing that I could say:

Chorus

This my love I pray
This my love I pray.
Track Name: Jean (The Ocean Is Calling)
Jean (The Ocean Is Calling)

Jean the ocean is calling the gulls in the harbour cry free
There's a ship that sails for New England
And no king but god owns the sea, Jean
No king but god owns the sea.

The leaving of England won't grieve me
For what's this old country to me?
But lords & lackeys & landlords
And no king but god owns the sea, Jean
No king but god owns the sea.

Chorus
Sail away, sail away, sail away, sail away
To New England in the morning the New World is calling
Sail away, sail away, sail away.

So Jean say farewell to your old folks
You leave for New England with me
Farewell to the country that scorns you
And no king but god owns the sea, Jean
No king but god owns the sea.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

So farewell to this country of rich men
Who crush the poor people like we
To hell with their crowns & their kingdoms
And no king but god owns the sea, Jean
No king but god owns the sea.

Chorus

Jean the ocean is calling
The gulls in the harbour cry free
There's a ship that sails for New England
And no king but god owns the sea, Jean
No king but god owns the sea
Jean the ocean is calling
Jean the ocean is calling
Jean the ocean is calling.