Ballads Of The Thames

by Roy Smiles

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This is the 8th album of Roy Smiles in progress.

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released March 17, 2015

All keyboards by Simon Walker. All songs written & performed by Roy Smiles.

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Roy Smiles London, UK

Roy Smiles is from West London. His albums are: 'Drunks & Dreamers' (2011), 'Time's Moving On' (2012),'Seize The Day' (2013), 'Autumn Song' (2014), 'Bremen' (2014) & 'The Trains & The Rain' (2015) and 'Northern Angels'. (2016).Three compilations: 'London Hymns',
'Clancy's Song' & 'Winter's Child' are available on Bandcamp. Contact: roy.smiles@aol.co.uk.
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Track Name: Lonely Are The Brave
Lonely Are The Brave

Lonely are the brave braver are the lonely
To my heart I'm a slave all other things are phony
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 sky
She showed a frozen heart it was living a lie
She came from the city untamed as the sea
I talked of forever but she had to be free.

Once I had a dream, dreams were all God gave me
Now 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: Father's Song
Father’s Song

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

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
I loved being a father, lord, I never walked 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

(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.