Fools & Angels

by Roy Smiles

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Songs written by Roy Smiles.
Guitar on 'Drunkard Nation' & 'Hope In A Day' by David Mayberry,
Keyboards/guitars by Simon Walker.
Produced by Simon Walker, at Loophole Studios, Brighton.
Album design by: Caspar Williams.

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released 24 November 2012

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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: Hope In A Day
Hope In A Day

They call him a loser they call him a clown
A fool and a boozer, the joke of the town
Let them say what they will, sweet Jesus I pray
I just dream he might find some hope in a day.

Like a bruised, broken boxer he's lost every fight
He's dazed by the daytime & dulled by the night
Let them say what they will, sweet Jesus I pray
I just dream he might find some hope in a day.

Chorus

With hurt in his eyes he remembers
The woman who walked away
His heart a cold frozen November
For the woman who walked away
With hurt in his eyes he regrets her
The woman who walked away
As he desperately drinks to forget her
The woman who walked away
The woman who walked away.

Yes, they call him a loser they call him a clown
Oblivion's cruiser; they must bring him down
Let them say what they will sweet Jesus I pray
I just dream he might find some hope in a day.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

One of these nights I'll snatch him back
Away from the boozers, the users and crac
Give me this prayer sweet Jesus I pray
So the Geordie might live to find hope in a day
So the Geordie might live to find hope in a day
So the Geordie might live to find hope in a day.
Track Name: The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow

Cruel is the winter, empty the hearth
Barren the fields, dark is the path
Long is the evening, cold is the bed
Bleak is the land where a woman has fled.

Chorus
You can ask the farmer but the scarecrow he knows
It’s an unkindness of ravens but a murder of crows
You can ask the farmer but the scarecrow he knows
Bitter's the harvest when love fails to grow.

Mean is the stable, savage the wind
Sour the earth where she once sinned
Brooding the forest, bare are the trees
Vicious the woman deaf to your pleas.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Grim is the future, dour the snow
Desert the soil, mocking the crow
Broken the farmer betrayed by a wife
Bloody the heart that’s cut like a knife.

Chorus
Track Name: Twisted City
Twisted City

Walked out in a Twisted City
Sun beating down from a crooked sky
Walked through streets mean and gritty
Silent souls drifting too weary to cry.

Spent some time in a Twisted City
Sullen nights and sordid days
Never asked for hope nor pity
Was lost to God; never even prayed.

Chorus
A ring a ring of roses, a pocketful of poses
All the little children lie down and die
A ring a ring of roses, a pocketful of poses
Life can’t kill you it can only try.

Met a man in a Twisted City
Couldn’t tell if he were dead or alive
Asked him why he answered witty:
Boy you do what you do to survive.

Chorus

Tinker tailor soldier sailor
Rich man poor man beggar man thief
I’ve seen things in this Twisted City
That soil my soul and beggar belief.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Looked for love in that Twisted City
A Josephine for this Bonaparte
Found no love in that Twisted City
All I found was a broken heart
All I found was a broken heart
All I found was a broken heart.
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: Apostle's Song
Apostle’s Song

Someone go tell Mary they came and took her son
He’ll be tried and sentenced before the day is done
Someone go find Peter it’s time for him to fight
‘Cause man the mood this crowd is in there’ll be hell to pay tonight
Someone called for Judas but word had gone around
He was last seen crying and heading out of town.

Chorus
And they call Jesus a faker, and they call Jesus a clown
But if Jesus is such a faker, why do they have to tear him down?
And I can hear the demons laughing and the angels cry in fright
‘Cause man they know a mighty wrong is happening here tonight
Is happening here tonight.

A couple of hours later the crowd is going wild
‘Cause Pilot just freed Barabbas ‘stead of Mary’s child
I’m looking for the disciples but they’ve all run to hide
As Pilot washes his hands of the man he plans to crucify
They put a crown of thorns on Jesus, there’s blood flowing from his head
I am the disciple Thomas and I wish that I were dead.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

So I’m standing with Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene
And Jesus is shouting something about dying for our sins
Nailed up mostly naked, they kill a carpenter with wood
When all he believed in was loving and all he stood for was good
And he dies in blood and thunder, as the rain begins to fall
But don’t these bastards realise he’s dying for us all?

Chorus
And they call Jesus a faker, and they call Jesus a clown
But if Jesus was such a faker, why did they have to tear him down?
And I can hear the demons laughing and the angels cry in fright
‘Cause man they know a mighty wrong has happened here tonight
Has happened here tonight
Has happened here tonight.
Track Name: God Help The Down & Out
God Help The Down & Out

God bless the humble, God bless the meek
God bless the silent, who stumble to speak
God bless the children, as they lay down to sleep
Why can't God help the down and out?

God bless the soldier, God bless the war
God bless the judges, God bless the laws
That keep the rich rich and the poor poor
Why can't God help the down and out?

Chorus
It's snowing in London on the saved and the damned
They're huddled in doorways from here to the Strand
It's snowing in London all over this land
Why can't Lord God lend a hand?

God bless the landlord and all of his homes
God bless the banker and all that he owns
God bless the bigot who throws the first stone
Why can't God help the down and out?

Chorus

God bless the city and all of its shares
God bless justice as it blindly stares
God bless the government that pretends that it cares
Why can’t God help the down and out?

God bless the sinner, God bless the saints
God bless the priest with no complaints
God bless the church that money taints
Why can't God help the down and out?
Why can't God help the down and out?
Why can't God help the down and out?
Track Name: She Came From The City
She Came From The City

Lonely are the brave braver are the lonely
To my heart I'm a slave all other things are phoney
But still love has treated me ill.

Smiling when I'm sad, sad when I'm not smiling
The blues have got me bad, there's no silver lining
And still love has treated me ill.

Chorus
She came from the city as wild as the sea
She showed a frozen heart what love could be
She came from the city as wild as the sea
I talked of forever but she had to be free.

Once I had a dream, dreams were all God gave me
But they play another theme, now no dream can save me
Still, love has treated me ill.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Show me to the bars drink until tomorrow
Don't talk of love or stars, just tell me of your sorrows
Until - love stops treating me ill
Until - love stops treating me ill.
Track Name: Arrivederci
Arrivederci

For many years I've roamed lost and far from home
As lonely as the sun in December
But now I cross the sea, I must be what I must be
But all these memories I will remember:

And - so long and farewell
I wish you luck, I wish you well
May you know heaven, but never hell
Arrivederci
Well au-revoir, auf-weidersein
May you always find your dreams
And may love be the theme
Arrivederci.

Chorus
Our time together, like wine together
It's been a blast
We've sighed together, we've cried together
But nothing lasts.

Well shalom and adieu
To your heart pray be true
And may life be good to you
Arrivederci.

For many years I've roamed lost and far from home
As lonely as the sun in December
But now I cross the sea, I must be what I must be
But all these memories I will remember:

And - so long and farewell
I wish you luck, I wish you well
May you know heaven, but never hell
Arrivederci
Arrivederci.
Track Name: Drunkard Nation
Drunkard Nation

I have drunk with the boys of this drunkard nation
I have embraced their faith without a single hesitation
I have drunk their broken wine with no thought of damnation
And rode rivers of whisky with only one reservation:
Why do I have to get so numb? Why do I have to get so numb?

I have drunk with the people in their Sunshine public houses
And got drunk as a skunk with women in bulging blouses
I’ve staggered through places like a wild sailor carouses
And howled at the moon & sometimes wet my trousers
Why do I have to get so numb? Why do I have to get so numb?

Chorus
Numb to living, numb to life
Numb to children, numb to a wife
Numb to people, numb to start
Needing, feeling with all my heart.

I have drown in the flesh of many gorgeous women
And came up for breath as if I had been swimming
I’ve known so much joy I felt like I was winning
Yet I always felt so guilty as if I had been sinning
Why do I have to get so numb? Why do I have to get so numb?

Chorus

(Instrumental)

I have known the sweet oblivion of this drunkard nation
And pissed against the walls of a hundred subway stations
I have drunk the grapes of rage without thought of preservation
And laughed in the faces of those who sought my salvation
Why do I have to get so numb? Why do I have to get so numb?
Why do I have to get so numb? Why do I have to get so numb?
So numb? So numb?
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.