Time's Moving On

by Roy Smiles

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

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released June 4, 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).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: TIme's Moving On
Time’s Moving On

No nursery rhymes can help me now
I’ve grown up, supposed to be a man
No poems for me, written on playground swings
No mumbling choirboys in church halls sing
Time’s moving on.

No Chopper bikes, no climbing trees
No playful fights in fallen leaves
I’m a grown up man in a grown up world
Of angry looks and broken words
Time’s moving on.

Chorus
Fly away Wendy, fly away Paul
It doesn’t matter, not at all
Just close your eyes and fly away
To the land where lost children play.

No Airfix kits, no Hornby trains
No holding hands down Lovers Lanes
No Tommy Gun, no Flashing Blade’s
Just silent tears at the lives we’ve made
Time’s moving on.

Instrumental.

Chorus

No Rubber Souls, no Apollo flights
No jumper goals, no bonfire nights
Just broken hearts and red, red wine
Not cowboy books but passing time
Time’s moving on
Time’s moving on
Time’s moving on.
Track Name: Shadow Of My Songs
Shadow Of My Songs

Though the years have come between us and my days are marked by time
I can’t forget what went between us and the hours you were mine
Girl know I always loved you though I often did you wrong
You’re the reason for my living; you’re the shadow of my songs.

Now, I know you found another; a man who could stay true
But I regret the hurt I did you; if only that you knew
It broke my heart in leaving; if only I’d been strong
But girl I’ll keep believing – you’re shadow of my songs.

Chorus
Through the years and through the pain
It’s your memory keeps me sane
In the dark and endless night
You’re my torch and you’re my light.

Through the days of constant nothing to the nights of constant rain
Amongst the ghosts of passing strangers I will see your face again
In cities of lost dreamers; amongst the teeming, endless throng
You haunt my edge of reason; you’re the shadow of my songs.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

I think of you in autumn when the leaves must fall and die
I think of you in summer under bright and cloudless skies
I think of you in winter when the lonely nights are long
You’re the hope I find in spring time: you’re the shadow of my songs.

My life somehow got broken; now I always walk alone
A child of constant sorrow; a long, long way from home
And if God will not forgive me: for all the things I’ve done
Woman know that I loved you: you're the shadow of my songs
you're the shadow of my songs; you're the shadow of my songs.
Track Name: Ship That Died Of Shame
Ship That Died Of Shame

Though you’re gone you’re not forgotten
For the four winds call your name
As I sail these storm tossed oceans
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

All the words that stayed unspoken
I destroyed us: I take the blame
Now the sea’s my only lover
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

Chorus
And every land is left behind me
And no port shall call me home
I’m a ship without a compass
As these lonely seas I roam.

Past the years that stand between us
I carry your torch like a flame
And the rain recalls your crying
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

Chorus

Though I knew you loved me truly
I treated your love like a game
Now I sail a sea of heartbreak
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Damned to ride these tides forever
As your memory returns to maim
May God help this faithless sailor
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame
I’m the ship that died of shame.
Track Name: El Dorado
El Dorado

I went in search of El Dorado
I rode out wild, without a care
It was my quest for El Dorado
And the fortune & glory that I’d find there.

It was in need of El Dorado
I left my love so far behind
It was my greed for El Dorado
That froze my heart & stole my mind.

And so I searched for El Dorado
Down all the years and through my days
But found no sign of El Dorado
As the girl I loved slipped far away.

Chorus
To money we're peasants, to Mammon we're slaves
The wage packet our king from the cradle to grave
Fortune we worship, to riches we pray
But like Judas & silver: it's love we betray.

(Instrumental)

Middle 8
Over the mountain of the moon
Into the valley of shadow
I rode & rode in search of gold
And that place called El Dorado.

Chorus

And I came to hate that El Dorado
Losing my love in search of fame
For in that quest for El Dorado
I never saw my love again.

So tell the world of El Dorado
And let my story be sometimes told
No need to seek for El Dorado:
For love's that city made of gold
For love's that city made of gold
For love's that city made of gold.
Track Name: Love Of A Woman
Love Of A Woman

Well, I’ve been to heaven and I’ve been to hell
But which was which? Well, I never could tell
Been beaten by life and kicked as I fell
It was the love of a woman that saved me
It was the love of a woman that saved me.

Been thrown in the gutter and thrown up to the sky
Been saved for salvation but knew it a lie
Been so forsaken even statues might cry
It was the love of a woman that saved me
It was the love of a woman that saved me.

What made Jack Daniels famous made a loser out of me
What gave the south its comfort brought me only misery
There was no such thing as drinking responsibly
It was the love of a decent woman that finally set me free.

Guzzled red wine like a pig at a trough
No matter how much it was never enough
My liver surrendered but I called its bluff
It was the love of a woman that saved me
It’s was the love of a woman that saved me.

Chorus
What shall we do with the drunken sailor, what shall we do with the drunken sailor?
What shall we do with the drunken sailor, earl-aye in the morning?
Sail away down the High Street, sail away down the High Street
Sail away down the High Street, until you drown your dreams.

What made Jack Daniels famous made a loser out of me
What gave the south its comfort brought me only misery
There was no such thing as drinking responsibly
It was the love of a decent woman that finally set me free.

Instrumental.

Chorus

The woman stood by me she wouldn't let me hide
For the way I was drinking was a slow suicide
She gave me back my soul, my future, my pride
It was the love of a woman that saved me
It was the love of a woman that saved me
It was the love of a woman that saved me.
Track Name: Girls Of Summer
Girls Of Summer

Leaves will fall, sure as love will fail
The broken rain, is beyond the pale
August passed, as the year got stale
And the girls of Summer have gone.

Brown and gold are September's days
The sun will shine, only yesterday
The wind will blow, all your dreams away
And the girls of Summer have gone.

Chorus
Calling from your memory
Whispering from your past
Wondering if suddenly
The love you knew’s your last (last).

October comes, the trees will bare
November's storms disturb the air
Autumn dies; she's still not there
And the girls of Summer have gone.

Chorus

Snow will blind; the cold will rack
December's dark, its nights are black
Winter's cruel; she's not coming back
And the girls of Summer have gone.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Snow will blind; the cold will rack
December's dark, its nights are black
Winter's cruel; she's not coming back
And the girls of Summer have gone
Gone, gone; and the girls of Summer have gone.
Track Name: Bird With A Broken Wing
Bird With A Broken Wing

Another night I drank alone
A club of bores I thought of home
She sat & stared: a safety zone
But how was I to know?

And so we spoke, it wasn't forced
The crowd was loud, my voice was hoarse
I said: 'a drink?' she said: 'of course.'
But how was I to know?

She's a bird with a broken wing
Cannot fly, cannot sing
Just a bird with a broken wing
Dreaming her life away.

Chorus
They say there are angels
To walk with us all
They say there are angels
To catch us as we fall
They say there are angels
To save us from dread
They say there are angels
But her angels were dead.

She's a bird with a broken wing
Cannot fly, cannot sing
Just a bird with a broken wing
Dreaming her life away.

(Instrumental)

And so we danced to music shrill
A love affair her drinking killed
I walked away her soul was ill
But how was I to know?

Chorus

She's a bird with a broken wing
Cannot fly, cannot sing
Just a bird with a broken wing
Drinking her life away
What more is there to say?
Track Name: Anybody Here Seen A Friend?
Has Anybody Here Seen A Friend?

When every dream has been broken
When every hope is a lie
When every truth stays unspoken
But no man alive can tell you why.

When every soul has been battered
When every heart is afraid
When every faith has been shattered
And every cause you’ve known has been betrayed.

Chorus
Has anybody here seen a friend?
Has anybody here seen a friend?
I’m so beaten and broken: I need a place to mend
Has anybody here seen a friend?

When every prayer’s left un-Sunshine
When every song’s touched by pain
When every hate’s almost naked
And you’re living just trying to stay sane.

When every word’s in desperation
When every poem fails to rhyme
When every thought is desolation
And your days are like doing prison time.

Chorus

Has anybody here seen a friend?
Has anybody here seen a friend?
I’m so beaten and broken: I need a place to mend
Has anybody here seen a friend?
Lord won’t you help me find
Lord won’t you help me find
Lord won’t you help me find a friend?
Track Name: Desperation A.M
Desperation A.M

Woke up this morning: Desperation AM
Wondering how this day will end
If a shattered heart could ever mend
As the clock on the wall reads: Desperation AM.

A broken coffee, a sour day
I wonder why she went away
Knowing there were no words to say
As the clock on the wall reads: Desperation A.M.

I sit at work; a silent scream
My life it seems is a bloodied dream
With hurt and pain its constant theme
As the clock on the wall reads: Desperation A.M.

(Instrumental)

Chorus
The girl had green eyes, she made the world new
She taught me more of truth, than I ever knew
The girl had green eyes, what more can I say?
I fell from grace with God, when she walked away.

After work - drinks with the guys
They tell their jokes, I tell my lies
When you grieve inside time never flies
As the clock on the wall reads: Desperation P.M.

I go to bed, she’s still not there
I lie alone as streetlights glare
I always knew love, will lead to despair
As the clock on the wall reads: Desperation A.M.
As the clock on the wall reads: Desperation A.M.
As the clock on the wall reads: Desperation A.M.
Track Name: For The Love Of Vera
For The Love Of Vera

For the love of Vera I will touch the stars
I will reach for Neptune, Jupiter or Mars
I will move the mountains, I will part the seas
I will bring the whole world to its bended knees.

For the love of Vera I will ride the sky
I will conquer heaven and make oceans dry
I will battle armies, turn water into wine
I will row with angels long as she is mine.

Chorus
I have heard the glory of my lover’s sighs
Found a new love story in my lover’s eyes
Felt the joy of giving in my lover’s heart
And known the pain of leaving whenever we must part.

For the love of Vera I will kiss the moon
I would fight the sunrise if it rose too soon
I will slay all dragons, I will tear down kings
I will write her name across the four winds.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

For the love of Vera I will scale the sun
I will walk in darkness until Kingdom Come
I will jump through rainbows, I will tame the rain
I will make the saints call out her name.

For the love of Vera, for the love of Vera, for the love of Vera.
Track Name: All I Really Care About (Is You)
All I Really Care About (Is You)

I know one day the world will stop its turning
I know the seas won’t stay forever blue
I know the cities may somehow keep on burning
But all I really care about is you; yes, all I really care about is you.

I know the leaves won’t be forever falling
I know this planet’s future could be through
I know that war will always come calling
But all I really care about it you, yes, all I really care about is you.

Chorus
Let the world end what care I?
Let the world end what care I?
Let the world end what care I?
As long as there is you and I (x2).

I know one day the sun will stop its dawning
I know there’ll be an end to all things new
I know that the earth will cry in mourning
But all I really care about is you; yes, all I really care about it you.

Marchers march and drummers drum while hating
Cursing gods of other men above
Let them march: you will not find me hating
Not while I believe in you and love.

I know that every mountain may well crumble
I know but there is nothing I can do
I know that nations may someday tumble
But all I really care about it you; yes, all I really care about is you.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

I know that mighty kingdoms might fall crashing
I know that Noah’s flood might just come true
What care I for all of the rain lashing?
When all I really care about is you; when all I really care about is you?
When all I really care about is you; when all I really care about is you?
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 Cit
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: Ballad Of Moira Mooney
Ballad Of Moira Mooney

I’ve walked naked and I have walked half dead
A prisoner to all the hatred in my head
I’ve done things that fill my soul with dread
But I’ll walk on while Mooney walks with me.

I’ve walked back streets of glassed and broken dreams
Lived in cities so shitty angels screamed
Made grown men cry and made the saints blaspheme
But I’ll walk on while Mooney walks with me.

Chorus
I’ve seen the darkest places
I’ve known the brightest hells
Had Jesus and the Devil wish me well
Life was for the losing, I couldn’t seem to care
Moira kept me from drowning in despair.

I’ve been bloody without ever seeing scars
I’ve played the prophet and a clown in all the bars
Sobbed under streetlights whilst heckling the stars
But I’ll walk on while Mooney walks with me.

Instrumental.

Chorus

I’ve known years so sparse the Spartans hush
I’ve known nights so low the hookers blush
Had Hades’ hordes come at me in a rush
But I’ll walk on while Mooney walks with me
I’ll walk on while Mooney walks with me
I’ll walk on while Mooney walks with me.
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.