Seize The Day

by Roy Smiles

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All songs written by Roy Smiles.
Guitars by Simon Walker save 'Northern Rain' by David Mayberry.
Keyboards by Simon Walker.
Produced by Simon Walker, at Loophole Studios, Brighton.

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released June 3, 2015

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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).A best of compilation: 'London Hymns' is available on Bandcamp. Contact: roy.smiles@aol.co.uk. ... more

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Track Name: Seize The Day
Seize The Day

I walked out on a London morning
The threat of rain, all shades of grey
I didn’t mind the raindrops forming
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

I walked besides a grey old river
Big Ben chimed, I dreamed away
The autumn chill made me shiver
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

Chorus
Carpe diem, what can you say? I’m just happy to own a day
Carpe diem, what can you say? I’m just happy to own a day.

Trains went by; children were playing
I walked the Southbank all the way
October winds; trees were swaying
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

Chorus

Walked along to the cold old palace
Statues of soldiers glared away
They changed the guard but without Alice
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

Chorus

A shabby sun and a dirty rainbow
Rain spat down in a sad grey spray
Watched some boats to make the time go
I was content to seize the day
I was content to seize the day.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Let it rain I have my glory
I’m in love and in love to stay
Who she is? That’s another story
I’m just content to seize the day
I'm just content to seize the day
Carpe diem, what can I say?
I’m just content to seize the day.
Track Name: Dreaming Of Toronto
Dreaming Of Toronto

I’ve travelled north to cold Alaska; I’ve travelled south to the Yuma sands
But, girl, I’m dreaming of Toronto and Canada - my true heart’s land.

I’ve travelled west to California; I’ve travelled east to old Cape Cod
Now I’m dreaming of Toronto, I’ll never leave again - I swear to God.

I’ve travelled many different places, In search of dreams that turned to dust
But now I’m dreaming of Toronto and better days for the both of us.

Chorus
Oh Canada you know I never spurned you
You stayed with me down all the years
You kept me believing through the bad times
In cities where men live by the sneer.

I’ve known the cruel winds of Chicago; I’ve known the cool winds of Mexico
But now I’m dreaming of Toronto and the girl who’d never let me go.

I’ve known the broken streets of Vegas where every night’s a losing game
And I’ve lived in New York City where no man ever knew my name.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Casa Loma are you still standing under the gentle, swirling snow?
And do the wild geese keep on calling across the mighty Lake Ontario?

So let The Maple Leaf keep riding to Canada, where you wait for me
Girl, I’m dreaming of Toronto - and your love that’s haunted me
And your love that’s haunted me; and your love that’s haunted me.
Track Name: Angie (In The Mornings)
Angie (In The Mornings)

I remember Angie in the mornings
I remember Angie in the day
It was always Angie in the mornings
Until the day she went away.

I remember Angie in the evenings
Hair as golden as the sun
And Angie when she was leaving
When our love affair was done.

Chorus
Scotland was calling: marriage, art & rain
I felt like I was falling, I walked like I was lame
Scotland was calling: she rode a Glasgow train
I clung to my ocean but nothing was the same.

I remember Angie in the nightclub
I remember Angie by the sea
We worked in the same nightclub
But the ocean came for free.

There was Angie in the sunshine
There was Angie on the beach
Always dreaming of just leaving
Always slightly out of reach.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

As all things have their beginnings
So all things must have their end
You sometimes start as lovers
And end up facebook friends.

Those years seem far away now
But the memories stay strong
So for Angie in the mornings
I dedicate this song
I dedicate this song
I dedicate this song.
Track Name: A Better Land
A Better Land

Riding the Underground with a thousand strangers
On a train that's crowded, cold and grey
Wondering about the lives of all the strangers
Day dreaming the endless winter away.

London can be hard & unforgiving
But my days of self destructions are long gone
Since I've met you, girl, I believe in living
You're my truth in a world gone wrong.

Chorus
Woman, you and I can make a stand; together we can find a better land
Woman, we can fly just take my hand; together we can find a better land.

Depressions & recessions come like seasons
And banks are thieves who'd even steal the sun
But these bitter times will never kill my reason
'Cause you've shown me there's a better world to come.

Chorus

My dreams were left were dead in another lifetime
And I've spent too many years living in that past
But girl, with you I can live another lifetime
With you, girl, I'll build a better life to last.

Chorus

England was haunting me, England was haunting me
England was driving me down
England was haunting me, England was haunting me
England was driving me down.

Chorus

London sometimes drowns you in its sorrows
But with you, girl, I know I can be strong
We'll face each & every grey tomorrow
Now that love not hate is my song.
Track Name: With Words Unspoken
With Words Unspoken

We met by the river: the sad lady Thames
You were too pretty I thought we'd be friends
But as the skies opened and it thundered above
With words unspoken: we knew love
With words unspoken: we knew love.

I came from lonely, you came from divorced
Both broken hearted with children of course
We couldn’t stop laughing; soaked from above
With words unspoken: we knew love
With words unspoken: we knew love.

Chorus
Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye
Four & twenty blackbirds baked in a pie
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing
Wasn’t this a dainty dish to set before a king?

We walked by the river: we heard distant bells
We talked of our children and then of ourselves
From different countries but we fit like a glove
With words unspoken: we knew it was love
With words unspoken: we knew love.


Chorus

We kissed in the rainfall, a man stopped & stared
But lost in the moment we just didn’t care
My heart was bursting - when push came to shove
With words unspoken: we knew love
With words unspoken: we knew love.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

We met by the river: the sad lady Thames
Love was that river & that’s how it ends
We’ll be forever with help from above
With words unspoken: we knew love
With words unspoken: we knew love
With words unspoken: we knew love.
Track Name: Northern Rain
Northern Rain

Days of northern rain, falling on my head
Crying for the world & the life I've led
Days of northern rain, the Tyne was never mine
The clouds were faces dead; ghosts of another time.

Days of northern rain, words that went unsaid
Voices raised in pain, when kids had gone to bed
Days of northern rain, heaven's bitter tears
Tearing at my soul; haunting all my years.

Chorus
Northern rain fall down on me
Northern rain set my heart free
Northern rain won't you be kind?
Northern rain won't you free my mind?

Days of northern rain, dark and bitter winds
Blowing back the past, blowing back its sins
Days of northern rain, no matter where I run
Drowning out the sky; blackening the sun.

Chorus

Days of northern rain, a loud mouthed London kid
Feeling so ashamed, not knowing what I did
Days of northern rain, a grandmother's memory
I never walked alone, she always walked with me.

Days of northern, days of northern rain
It'll never be the same, it'll never be the same
Days of northern rain, days of northern rain
It'll never be the same, it'll never be the same
Days of northern rain...
Track Name: This Summer Haze
This Summer's Haze

Golden the sunshine is golden
The sun almost swollen as it conquers the sky; as it conquers the sky
The ocean, the glittering ocean
Hardly in motion, so still it could die; so still it could die
So touch me, I want you to touch me
And tell me you love me, in the dream of a daze of this summer's haze
Need me, tell me you need me
That you'll never leave me; in the dream of a daze of this summer's haze.

Chorus
Are you a dream sent by the summer? A ghost of my gaze, haunting my days?
Are you a dream sent by the summer? Soon blown away with these summer days?

The beach is, as far as it reaches
Burning & churning, as white as a lie; as white as lie
The sighing of sea birds flying
As it were crying tears for the sky; tears for the sky
So touch me, I want you to touch me
And tell me you love me, in the dream of a daze of this summer's haze
Need me, tell me you need me
That you'll never leave me; in the dream of a daze of this summer's haze.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Ships sail as silent as rainbows
Into the sun's glow, their bows proudly high; their bows proudly high
The wind's still like a bride waiting
Anticipating the wild autumn sky; the wild autumn sky
So touch me, I want you to touch me
And tell me you love me, in the dream of a daze of this summer's haze
Need me, tell me you need me
That you'll never leave me; in the dream of a daze of this summer's haze
Of this summer's haze, of this summer's haze, of this summer's haze.
Track Name: A Good Man Passing
A Good Man Passing

I got the call, it came one morning
My oldest friend had passed & gone
My heart is sad but it's not for mourning
As I remember him in this song:

He walked gently in a world not gentle
He was kind in a world turned cruel
His heart was pure, almost elemental
And he was wise in an age of fools.

Chorus
So lift up your heads for a good man passing
Carry him proud & carry him high
After all the soul is everlasting
Smile for him & don't you cry
For don't you know that love can never die?
It goes on forever like the sky
For don't you know that love can never die?
It goes on forever like the sky.

The years fly by, almost like lightning
From school days we became good friends
The speed of time is sometimes frightening
But we kept in touch until the end.

He leaves behind a wife & mother
He leaves behind a grieving son
He loved them both like no other
They were his moon, his stars, his sun.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Some men live small & some as giants
And his shadow was ten miles high
He faced the world & life defiant
Even when it came to the last goodbye.

Chorus

It goes on forever like the sky, it goes on forever like the sky.
Track Name: Nawal's Song
Nawal’s Song

I knew her once between two piers
My mind goes back to Brighton years
The Mods, the Goths, the laughs, the beers
And the rose of Sillwood Road
Just seventeen, an ocean’s child
I saw her there and was beguiled
A drab old town but we ran wild
The rose of Sillwood Road
We danced a dance along the shore
We stole our love then stole some more
The town was ours on each dance-floor
The rose of Sillwood Road.

Chorus
New York will never tame her, New York will never shame her
New York will never claim her as their own
New York will never tame her, New York will never gain her
Not while her English heart dreams of home.

Through days of hope & nights of speed
In times of dole and years of greed
We danced on, she took the lead
The rose of Sillwood Road
We loved, we lived all summer long
Forgot ourselves in autumn’s song
And loved on when the leaves were gone
The rose of Sillwood Road.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Winter came our love grew cold
I dreamt too high, those dreams got sold
But her memory stays forever gold
The rose of Sillwood Road
She went away across the sea
Her heart was lost - at least to me
Live long, live well, stay forever free
The rose of Sillwood Road
The rose of Sillwood Road
The rose of Si llwood Road.
Track Name: Meet Me (In The Angel)
Meet Me (In The Angel)

It’s raining in London and all over England
They skies are so grey they’ve forgotten the blue
It’s raining in London and all over England
Who cares for the rain when I’m meeting you?
When I’m meeting you?

It’s raining in London and all over England
The lightning is flashing it shatters the clouds
It’s raining in London and all over England
Who cares for the rain if you’re in the crowd?
If you’re in the crowd?

Meet me in the Angel
We’ll talk just for a while
Meet me in the Angel
When I see you there I’ll just smile
Meet me in the Angel
We’ll laugh away the day
Meet me in the Angel
And promise you’ll never go away.

(Instrumental)

It’s raining in London and all over England
The puddles are forming, the thunder is loud
It’s raining in London and all over England
But I’ll tell you I love you, I’ll shout it out loud
I’ll shout it loud.

Meet me in the Angel
We’ll laugh away the day
Meet me in the Angel
And promise you’ll never go away.

Meet me in the Angel…
Track Name: At War With The World
At War With The World

I know he’s right, I know he’s weary
Know he must fight for his honour clearly
I know he’s angry, almost to tears
He lashes out - half in fear
For what can you do, when the world has turned on you?
And every right you’ve ever known is wrong?
What can you say when the world has turned away?
For he’s at war with the world: for he’s at war with the world.

I know he’s tired, beaten down
When it comes to fury he wears the crown
I know he’s bitter, lost to rage
When it comes to pain to writes the page
For what can you do, when the world turns on you?
And every right you’ve ever known is wrong?
What can you say when the world turns away?
For he’s at war with the world, for he’s at war with the world.

Chorus
There is no peace when your world’s at war
When you don’t know what you’re fighting for
There is no peace when your world’s at war.

While I walk he never walks alone
While I live he’ll always have a home
While he stands I stand beside
His fight is mine, his pride my pride
For what can you do, when all the world has turned on you?
And every right you’ve ever known is wrong?
What can you say when all the world has turned away?
For he’s at war with the world, for he’s at war with the world.

Chorus

I love the man - like no other
He’s my heart, there’ll never be another
Blood is blood when said and done
What else is there? He’s my only son
For what can you do, when the world turns on you?
And every right you’ve ever known is wrong?
What can you say when all world has turns away?
For he’s at war with the world, for he’s at war with the world.
Track Name: Oslo (Through Her Eyes)
Oslo (Through Her Eyes)

The winter sea will crash, the ocean it will moan
As I’m guided by the stars and set the sails for home
My woman waits for me so it comes as no surprise:
Until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

The skies turn dark & black; the waves do rage and swell
A thousand leagues from home, a voyage that’s close to hell
But my woman waits for me, so I know I can surmise:
Until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

Chorus
And her eyes are as tender as the morning
And her heart contains the warmth of the sun
And I’ll never leave her on any other morning
Once this voyage is done, once this voyage is done.

My homeland calls to me like a long lost sailor’s song
The storms of northern seas can do me no more wrong
For my woman waits for me, while ragged seabirds cry
So until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

Long I have been gone for desperate was my desire
In search of glory’s gold my greed was like a fire
But now my woman waits with love until I die
Until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

So thunder, lighting, rain; unleash all heavens’ tears
I’ll never quit my quest until her heart is near
For my woman waits for me there’ll be no more sad goodbyes
And until we reach the shore I’ll see Oslo through her eyes
I’ll see Oslo through her eyes; I’ll see Oslo through her eyes.