Winter's Child

by Roy Smiles

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This is the 2nd compilation of the work of Roy Smiles.For Vera Tomschak.
Produced by Simon Walker at Loophole Studios, Brighton.

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released May 24, 2017

Produced at Loophole Studios, Brighton. Keyboards by Simon Walker. Guitars by SImon Walker & David Mayberry. Produced by Simon Walker.

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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: War With The East
War With The East

Children screaming & horsemen riding; the madmen have been released
As the women cry and the old men sigh; as they talk of war with the east
As they talk of war with the east.

They’re gathering all the clansmen; fetching swords, armed to the teeth
As young men lie & hope to die, as they shout for war with the east
As they shout for war with the east.

Chorus
And I’m clutching at my children, shouting: ‘no more war!’
But the madness is upon them, to hell with peace or law
And I’m clutching at my children screaming: ‘no more war!’
But no man could even hear me, lost to the vicious roar.

The knights ride out to glory, their mad dogs snarl like beasts
The drums of war hammer at the door, as they drum for war with the east
As they drum for war with the east.

Like sheep to the ancient slaughter, the gods will have their fleece
The widows wail as the warships sail, they sail for war with the east
They sail for war with the east.

Chorus

Soldiers run into the setting sun, dreaming of battle & no more peace
Death to the dove & eternal love, as they run to war with the east
As they run to war with the east.

Holy are the righteous, Jesus? Well, he’s deceased
There’s no such gore like a Holy war, as they pray for war with the east
As they pray for war with the east.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Armies gather like cattle, the Pale Rider waits for his feast
For the Lord & his wrathful sword, there must be war with the east
There must be war with the east.

And so they march to Kingdom Come, like the Spartans of Ancient Greece
Their blood is red my dreams are dead as we go to war with the east
As we go war with the east, as we go to war to the east,
As we go to war with the east.
Track Name: Vera (In Autumn)
Vera (In Autumn)

Now that someone murdered summer or, at least, left it for dead
As August drown in glory and September turned & fled
Now the autumn leaves are falling but I wonder if they’re true
For what use is autumn when I live without you?
For what use is autumn when I live without you?

I jog across the Common; I will run through the park
As a sullen shines weakly as if hoping for the dark
And the autumn leaves are falling, almost ashamed they ever grew
But what use is autumn when I live without you?
Yes, what use is autumn when I live without you?

Chorus
When you’re lost to your woman there is nothing to be done
For when you’re lost to your woman you are lost to the sun.

In playgrounds children are playing, they run & kick the leaves
As the rain pours down from heaven as if angels need to grieve
And the autumn leaves are falling heavy with their dew
But what use is autumn when I live without you?
Yes, what use is autumn when I live without you?

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

I will sit in crowded cafes; I will drink my sour wine
I will think about the old days & the passing of our time
And the autumn leaves are falling in a sky more grey than blue
But what use is autumn when I die without you?
But what use is autumn when I die without you?
Yes, what use is autumn when I die without you?
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 beside 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
An October wind, 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 slow sad spray
I 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: 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: The Trains & The Rain
The Trains & The Rain

London can be as lonely as a mountain
Since you went away it’s lost its soul
London rents are mighty & keep mounting
And these buildings seem to take a bloody toll.

Since you went away my heart is grieving
Since you went away my world is wrong
Love is nothing more than a heart wanting:
That life should be more than a lonesome song.

Chorus
So I sit in the gloom of this shabby London room
As the shadows on the walls whisper your name
So I sit in the gloom of this lonely London room
Writing songs about the trains & the rain
Writing songs about the trains & the rain.

Once upon a time we talked of weddings
I dreamt I’d be a father to your child
Guess I didn’t know where we were heading
Guess that our love had me beguiled.

We were going to live & learn together
We were going to somehow grow & grow
I suppose I thought out love would be forever
So why you walked away I’ll never know.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

May your days always being you sunshine
May your child forever find her smile
May your life be joyous as a fine wine
May your days flow softly as the Nile.

Chorus

Writing songs about the trains & the rain.
Track Name: Chav City
Chav City
Just one more day in Chav City
Just one more day in this dead end town
Just one more day in this land unpretty
And I will tear this whole town down.

Faces hating snarling sneering
Walking dead men white as clowns
Can go to hell with their scorn & jeering
I'm going to burn this whole town down.

Just one more day in Chav City
With poisoned minds whose souls are ill
I just know I will show no pity
As every building I plan to kill.

Chorus
All these people believe in nothing
All these people cling to fear
Saw a sign on a dirty wall that said:
'Jesus never lived here; Jesus never lived here.'

See the children Orcs in waiting
Their parents’ hatred growing in their eyes
Finding peace in their love of hating
Never know why a dove cries.

Going to torch it like Atlanta burning
Going to raise it Carthage style
And when there's no more rubble for churning
Its the only time you will see me smile.

Chorus

Instrumental

Chorus

One more day & I'll burn down Chav City
Every snide boy & every sneer
Going to write on that dirty wall the sign:
'Jesus has to live here, Jesus has to live here, Jesus has to live here.'
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 our 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 his 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)

Chorus

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: 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: 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, falling 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 a love that’s haunted me
And a love that’s haunted me; and a 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: 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 story & 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: Clapham Girls
Clapham Girls

Clapham girls are oh so pretty
And Clapham girls all work in the city
Clapham girls have long, long hair
And live their lives without a care
And even though I have no money
Clapham girls seem to find me funny
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
Yes, I’m in love with a Clapham girl.

Clapham girls love to ski on snow
And always know the right places to go
Clapham girls like to visit The Tate
And meet their dates on Guardian Soulmates
And I know they’ll never spite me
‘Cause Clapham girls just seem to like me
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl.

Chorus
Though I doubt I can afford you
Did I mention that I adore you?
Though I doubt I can afford you
I did I mention that I adore you?

Clapham girls always go the gym
And always swim to keep really thin
Clapham girls all have cats
And never live in Council flats
And even though I have no place
Clapham girls seem to like my face
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
Yes, I’m in love with a Clapham girl.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Clapham girls drink champagne on planes
And ride bikes instead of subway trains
Clapham girls go to yoga classes
But still make love to the working classes
And even though I have no money
Clapham girls seems to find me funny
And I’m in love with a Clapham girl
I’m in love with a Clapham girl
I’m in love with a Clapham girl.
Track Name: Autumn Wind
Autumn Wind

Autumn wind blowing in the sunshine
Autumn wind proud & wild & free
Autumn wind gentle as a fine wine
Won't you bring my woman back to me?

Long ago, when life was for the learning
I went away, away across the sea
Suddenly before the year was turning
My love was lost, was lost to me.

I have searched unto the end of rainbows
But no man can tell me where she'd be
Autumn wind tell me where my love goes
Won't you bring my woman back to me?

Chorus
Autumn wind won't you tell me what you know?
Why do oceans roar & mighty rivers flow?
Autumn wind won't you tell me what you know?
Where does love & loving go? Lord, where does love & loving go?

Autumn wind I have searched the oceans
And deserts where hopes have gone to die
Lost to god devout in my devotion
Through cities as haunted as the sky.

I have walked down streets of desperation
Past highways dark & cold and mean
A hundred ports, a thousand railway stations
But every day was another broken dream.

Chorus

Instrumental

Chorus

Autumn wind the nights are for self-hating
Autumn wind the days are broken grey
Autumn wind my heart & soul are breaking
Won't you tell her I'm sorry I went away?

Autumn wind blowing in the sunshine
Autumn wind won't you hear my plea?
Autumn wind bring back what was once mine
Won't you bring my woman home to me?
Won't you bring my woman home to me?
Won't you bring my woman home to be?
Track Name: For The Love Of Vera
For The Love Of Vera

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

For the love of Vera I would ride the sky
I would conquer heaven and make oceans dry
I would battle armies, turn water into wine
I would 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 would kiss the moon
I would fight the sunrise if it rose too soon
I would slay all dragons, I would tear down kings
I would write her name across the four winds.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

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

For the love of Vera, for the love of Vera, for the love of Vera.
Track Name: Clean For A Day
Clean For A Day

They call her a slut, they call her a whore
They call her a skank, a junkie and more
Let them say what they will, Sweet Jesus I pray
I just dream she might be: clean for a day.

Born in the gutter; made to take pay
From dirt-bags and drunkards; in bedrooms she lay
She shoots to the sun to numb nights away
But the dream she still dreams: is to clean for a day.

Chorus
With lust in their eyes men have laid her
Mistaking their lust for love
With lust in their eyes men have paid her
Mistaking their hate for love
With hate in their eyes men have used her
Mistaking addiction for love
With hate in their eyes men abused her
Mistaking oblivion for love
Mistaking oblivion for love.

Yes, they call her a junkie, they call her a whore
Beaten & battered & busted by law
For each night a fix, for each fix a lay
Yet still the girl dreams: she’ll be clean for a day.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

One of these nights, I’ll snatch her back
From days on the streets & nights on her back
Give me this hope, Sweet Jesus I pray
So the woman might live: to be clean for a day
So the woman might live to be clean for a day
So the woman might live to be clean for a day.
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: Winter Is Coming
Winter Is Coming

Summer loved me for a season
Its warm sunshine kissed my eyes
But summer leaves you for a reason
And it never leaves an alibi.

Autumn colours almost possess me
I lose myself in brown and gold
October winds almost caress me
But autumn’s glory must turn cold.

Chorus
Winter is coming savage as a bitch
Cruel as a soldier, vicious as a witch
Winter is coming, a price must be paid
A bitter moon’s rising & I am so afraid.

Love is a lost summer memory
A recollection of things past
But like summer love is temporary
And nothing gold can ever last.

August’s woman had to leave me
She left my life when autumn came
Now winter’s here to mock & grieve me
So my heart must live as lame.

Chorus

October left me like another
November faded like the rain
December came like a cruel brother
And filled my days with its disdain.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

These winters will not chill me
I shall play cold lovers games
No lover yet has ever killed me
Not while love still knows my name.

Chorus

And I am so afraid, and I am so afraid, and I am so afraid.
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 she 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
Yes, 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: A Broken Fool
A Broken Fool

There is a man who sheds no tears
Who walks in shadows as if in fear
Just another clown to his own King Lear
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

He thinks that love is a false emotion
A clichéd word best left unspoken
A wretched thing, a pointless token
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

Chorus
And all this fool ever knew
Was no woman would stay true
So he walks with a broken mind
Opened eyes: blinkered & blind.

He's a man who counts the cost
Of the woman he loved but lost
Who’s life is cold - an early frost
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

Chorus

(Instrumental)

His heart is winter, always austere
As he walks alone from year to year
His soul as dark as a midnight clear
Walk a mile with a broken fool.

Chorus

There is a man who takes a pride
In never ever feeling inside
I am that man and I cannot hide
Walk a mile with a broken fool
Walk a mile with a broken fool
Walk a mile with this broken fool.
Track Name: Devizes Fair
Devizes Fair

I knew her once in a faraway England
Her smile was like sunshine, it banished the rain
I saw her standing by the green of the fairground
She turned and smiled and called out my name.

I was a stranger lost in a strange town
Hated at school and unhappy at home
Sixteen and scared and somewhat forsaken
Always in trouble - always alone.

Her face was as tender as an angel in waiting
She’d make the Madonna turn and stare
But with a jangle of bracelets and murmur of laughter
I was loved by the girl from Devizes Fair.

Chorus
I was dark while she was light
She was day while I was night
I took flight and flew away
Earthbound she had to stay.

I sit upstairs on rainy day buses
I close my eyes and suddenly she’s there
Auburn haired and smelling of autumn
Gentle and gracious; tender and fair.

We parted the summer that I went to college
I was too haunted to ever go again there
But with a jangle of bracelets and murmur of laughter
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

Time marches on and another day closes
I self destruct with my usual flair
But with a jangle of bracelets and murmur of laughter
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair
I remember the girl from Devizes Fair.
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