Northern Angels

by Roy Smiles

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Northern Angels is the 7th studio album by Roy Smiles.

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released April 30, 2015

Produced by Simon Walker at Loophole Studios, Brighton.
All instrumentation by Simon Walker save 'Dublin Girl' guitars by David Mayberry.

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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: Tender Stranger
Tender Stranger

I searched all through these London streets
Indifferent to all the danger
Looking for a soul to meet
In search of a tender stranger.

I wandered through old London town
Like a lovelorn, weary ranger
London Bridge wore a sad old frown
As I longed for a tender stranger.

London lost me in its crowds
Lonesome as any granger
Silent in a city much too loud
In my quest for a tender stranger.

Chorus
Will she love me? Will she care?
Will she call me her lover?
Will she stay or drift away?
In search of someone other?

I dreamed away my London days
A child without a manger
Regretting a girl who went away
As I dreamed of a tender stranger.

I drifted through my London life
To my own heart a stranger
I dreamt of love & perhaps a wife
In pursuit of a tender stranger.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

London my lover didn't love ,me
London my lover didn't love me
London my lover didn't love me
London my lover didn't love me.

And so it was & so I strayed
My love almost endangered
I went to church & there I prayed
A prayer for a tender stranger
A prayer for a tender stranger
A prayer for a tender stranger.
Track Name: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv: as gracious as the morning
Tel Aviv: you know I hate to go
Tel Aviv: my heart is black with mourning
I must return to the land I know.

Tel Aviv: you know London is calling
I must heed the call & cry of home
And though I know Jerusalem’s not falling
Now I need to leave I feel so alone.

Tel Aviv: I loved one of your daughters
We sang away the nights and Gothic days
A wild as child as ever was a daughter
I miss her now as I fly far away.

Chorus
Love is a cruel mistress & the sands of time must run
But London’s not for leaving & I could never leave my son
Love is a cruel mistress & I suppose our time was done
For London’s not for leaving & I could never leave my son.

Tel Aviv: in war & peace & sunshine
Will you tell her that I miss her so?
Tel Aviv: she will always stay mine
As she knows it breaks my heart to go.

Tel Aviv: jewel beside an ocean
Tell my woman to sing her saddest songs
My love for her was complete in its devotion
But she knew I never could belong.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

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Tel Aviv: this aeroplane is soaring
As it flies through the bluest skies
Tel Aviv: the London rain is pouring
Tell my woman I shall love her ‘til I die
Tell my woman I shall love her ‘til I die
Tell my woman I shall love her ‘til I die.
Track Name: Golden
Golden

Golden, golden was my woman
Golden, golden was her hair
Golden, golden was the sunshine
When she was there, when she was there.

Golden, golden were the mornings
When we would wake naked with the dawn
We would kiss & make love all of the morning
So soft & warm, so soft & warm.

Chorus
But now I walk through a desolate London
A city turned cold, old and grey
A dark & rain soaked London
Where gold like the girl has gone away.

Golden, golden were the evenings
When I stared at eyes bluer than a sea
I loved her as naturally as breathing
She completed me, she completed me.

Lonely, lonely had been the long years
When love was a stranger to my heart
Her love almost made me shed proud tears
I thought we’d never part, we’d never part.

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(Instrumental)

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Nothing, nothing lasts forever
Came the day she told me our love was done
I shall mourn her now & ever
Whilst lost to the sun, lost to the sun.

Golden, golden was my woman
Golden, golden was her hair
Golden, golden were the good years
When she still cared, when she still cared.

Golden, golden was my woman
Golden, golden was my woman
Golden, golden was my woman
Golden, golden & gone.
Track Name: The London Sun
The London Sun

I’ve been searching for the London sun
There’s people say its days are done
But I know that it will shine again
For the London sun was once my friend
Yes, the London sun was once my friend.

Chorus
For sunshine & flowers: happy were the golden hours
When we lived & laughed & loved away our golden days
Rain clouds & showers: unhappy were the desperate hours
When our love was lost & you had to walk away
But sunshine or showers: I still believe in the golden hours
As I know love like the sun will warm my days
Warm my days.

London streets are cruel & cold
And winter’s dreams are hard to hold
But spring will come like a forgotten son
And with it will shine my London sun
And with it will shine my London sun.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

So I’ve been hoping for the London sun
In the darkest places where the traffic runs
The rain will fall on these streets & lanes
But my London sun will shine again
Yes, my London sun will shine again.

Chorus

Warm my days, warm my days, warm my days.
Track Name: The Sparrows
The Sparrows

What happened to the sparrows who flew my childhood skies?
Did they grow weary of London & just soar off to die?
Did they seek the lonely mountains where only eagles fly?
What happened to the sparrows who flew my childhood skies?

What happened to the sparrows who played on childhood swings?
Did London’s streets defeat them? Were they sad they could not sing?
Did they fly too close to the sun & cruelly lose their wings?
What happened to the sparrows who played on childhood swings?

What happened to the sparrows who played in childhood snow?
Did they lie & die in graveyards where only flowers grow?
Did they leave London knowing something we shall never know?
What happened to the sparrows who played in childhood snow?

Chorus
And the sparrows that flew from the London I knew
Always stayed true
And the sparrows that flew from the London I knew
Always stayed true.

What happened to the woman whose love shone from her eyes?
Who left me London lonely without a single alibi?
Who in leaving left me grieving with just a hard ‘goodbye’?
What happened to the woman whose love shone from her eyes?

What happened to the woman who haunts these London streets?
Like the ghosts of the sparrows I half expect to meet
Who left me more defeated than Bonaparte’s retreat
What happened to the woman who haunts these London streets?

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

What became of the woman who said she’d marry me?
Did she fly off like the sparrows in her need to be free?
Does she even remember or think of how I might be?
What became of the woman who said she’d marry me?
She’s the woman like the sparrows who taunts my memory
She’s the woman like the sparrows who taunts my memory
She’s the woman like the sparrows who taunts my memory.
Track Name: Northern Angels
Northern Angels

I have been guided by northern angels
The guiding lights who led my way home
And I owe my whole life to those angels
I am of them & they are my own.

Through the days of heartbreak & pity
Through the nights of drinking & pain
They stayed with me in the darkness of cities
They spoke to me & kept me sane.

Chorus
Will I see you mother on the Old Durham Road?
The sun blazing from your eyes?
The wind like a whiplash in your hair
A child resting on your thigh?
Will I see you Maggie on the Old Durham Road?
Geordie proud & free?
Did I tell you both that I loved you?
As a river loves the sea, as a river loves the sea.

Through my joys & all my depression
From the bad times to the good
They taught me by love’s lesson
To be the best man that I ever could.

Through years of triumph & trying
To the years of washing dishes & dole
They dried my eyes when I found I was crying
And kept the deep darkness from my soul.

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(Instrumental)

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If I die let me find those angels
High in the high, high in the sky
And let me walk through heaven with those angels
‘Til all the stars in that heaven will die.

I shall be guided by my angels
At least until the end of my days
So may the love of those northern angels
Walk with me ‘til my Judgement Day
Walk with me ‘til my Judgement Day.
Track Name: Dublin Girl
Dublin Girl

Dublin girl: smile for me
Every hour with you is a joy to me
There’s so much life for us to see
I love you Dublin girl.

Dublin girl: share my heart
Promise me we shall never part
We can make a brand new start
I love you Dublin girl.

Dublin girl: I have to say
I like you more with each passing day
You turn the skies from blue from grey
I love you Dublin girl.

Chorus
And the streets of this city will know your name
And the flowers & the towers sing of your fame
And the people in their cafes, clubs & cars
Will hear me shout my love for you to the stars.

Dublin girl: the sun won’t set
On our love so never fret
My love for you’ll not regret
I love you Dublin girl.

Dublin girl: hold me tight
Everything will be alright
Angels will guide us home tonight
I love you Dublin girl.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Dublin girl: won’t you smile?
Kiss my lips once in a while
You every look has me beguiled
I love you Dublin girl

Dublin girl can’t you see?
You made me the man I ought to be?
Your ever word has set me free
I love you Dublin girl.
I love you Dublin girl.
I love you Dublin girl.
Track Name: Sailor's Story
Sailor’s Story

Like a ship that’s lost at sea for too long I’ve sailed free
Like a ship that’s far from home for too long I’ve roamed alone
But now I’m coming home to you across the oceans I will glide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide.

Like a ship that’s lost its mast I thought all hope was past
Like a ship without a sail I thought my dreams had failed
But now I’m coming back to you across the oceans I will ride
Brought back to you: by the golden tide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide.

Chorus
Sail away sail away until a better day
May the storms of life not claim you
Sail away sail away until a better day
May the storms of love not main you.

Like a ship afraid of night I went in search of light
Like a ship without a god I knew nor wrong or right
But now I’m coming back to you across the ocean I will glide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide.

Like a ship that’s lashed by waves to my fate I was a slave
Like a ship afraid of the storm my soul was tossed & torn
But now I’m coming back to you across the oceans I will ride
Brought back to you: by the golden tide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Like a ship savaged by gales I thought the sea my jail
Like a ship that finds no land I thought my love was damned
But now I’m coming back to you across the ocean I will glide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide
Brought back to you: by the golden tide.
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.

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(Instrumental)

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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: Easy On The Eye
Easy On The Eye

I’m not a man prone to exaggeration
I’m not a man who’s been known to lie
But I can say without a hesitation:
Lord she was easy on the eye; lord she was easy on the eye.

I’m not a man known for his imagination
I’m not the kind to find beauty in the sky
But I can say without a reservation:
Lord she was easy on the eye; lord she was easy on the eye.

Chorus
And I know that beauty’s only skin deep
As I know that all that glitters is not gold
But soon as I saw her I was in deep
Until her love turned winter cold
Have you ever seen a grown man cry? Have you ever seen a grown man cry?
Have you ever seen a grown man cry? Have you ever seen a grown man cry?

I’m not a man known for his complication
I’m not the kind to hate or vilify
So I can say without fabrication:
Lord she was easy on the eye; lord she was easy on the eye.

I’m not a man keen on exultation
I’m not the kind to praise or glorify
And though she drove me close to my damnation:
Lord she was easy on the eye; lord she was easy on the eye.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

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I’m not a man who lives by veneration
I’m not the kind to idly falsify
Though she left my heart in desolation:
Lord she was easy on the eye; lord she was easy on the eye.
Have you ever seen a grown man cry?
Lord she was easy on the eye.
Track Name: Lonely Of London
Lonely Of London

Lonely of London can you hear me grieving?
The woman who loved me now has another man
Lonely of London I’ve been numb since her leaving
But while you walk beside me I know I can stand.

Lonely of London I was lost to my sorrow
But I believe in tomorrow more than yesterday
Lonely of London my sad heart I will follow
For its stored some love for another day.

Chorus
Love is inclement say the bells of St Clements
It’s not worth two farthings say the bells of St Martins
I know that it saved me say the bells of Old Bailey
It hurts like a bitch say the bells of Shoreditch
When will new love be say the bells of Stepney
When she comes you will know says the great bell of Bow.

Lonely of London since she has departed
I’ve been broken hearted & barely alive
Lonely of London I sail grief unchartered
But while I walk with you I know I will survive.

Lonely of London she still lives close by me
There’s a deep hurt inside me when I see her drive by
Lonely of London you know you must free me
For while you can guide me I know love can’t die.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Lonely of London my lover loves another
Though I may never recover: still I can feel
Lonely of London my friends, sisters & brothers
Won’t you walk beside me ‘til this heart heals?
Won’t you walk beside me ‘til this heart heals?
Won’t you walk beside me ‘til this heart heals?
Track Name: The Thames Runs Through It
The Thames Runs Through It

Old stone bridge I love every inch of you
Old stone bridge I shall always stay true
Old stone bridge you’re my pride & joy
As I shall always be a West London boy.

Chorus
When I think of my life & I review it
When I think of my life the Thames runs through it
Mighty & proud it calls to me
Mighty & proud it comforts me.

Old stone bridge you’re my favourite memory
Old stone bridge that spans the centuries
Old stone bridge with my heart you’ll never toy
As I shall always be a West London boy.

Chorus

Old Embankment I will always believe in you
Old Embankment you’ll never make me blue
Old Embankment you’ll always be my world
For The Embankment was where I met the girl.

Chorus

Cold old city lonely in the crowd
Cold old city where no sunshine is allowed
Cold old city loud as the hoi polloi
As I shall always be a West London boy.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Sad old river I love every inch of you
Sad old river you know that I’ll stay true
Sad old river you’ll always be my joy
As I shall always be a West London boy.

Chorus

When I think of my life & I review
When I think of my life the Thames runs through it
The Thames runs through it.
Track Name: Demelza
Demelza

Demelza: auburn as the autumn
Demelza: prouder than a day
Demelza: mother nature’s daughter
Demelza - never fly away.

Demelza: wild as any vixen
Demelza: golden as the dawn
Demelza: pure in your devotion
Demelza: with you I am reborn.

Chorus
The ocean may snatch you but I’ll always catch you
For no ocean is as mighty as the tides of our love
The ocean may snatch you but I’ll always catch you
For no ocean is as mighty as the tides of our love
RUn wild Cornish child, run wild Cornish child, run wild Cornish child..

Demelza: loyal as any soldier
Demelza: wise & kind & fair
Demelza: shy but sometimes bolder
Demelza: tawny is your hair.

Demelza: who never carries sorrows
Demelza: who never walks in shame
Demelza: the hope of my tomorrows
Demelza the wind will call your name.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

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Demelza: wanton as the weather
Demelza: owner of my heart
Demelza: my love, my life, my pleasure
Demelza: never will we part
Demelza never will we part
Demelza never will we part.
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.