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Rock and Roll Dreamer

You see them on the TV news

Old guys now in blue suede shoes

And sleek silver hair tied back in ponytails.

Stepping out of limousines

On their arms ex beauty queens

With perfect hair and oh, so perfect nails.

 

Lights on their stage no longer glow

Encores sung, it’s the end of the show

The final curtain dropped on their long careers.

They’ve had their day, stars have shone

The stage is clear, people gone

With faint applause still ringing in their ears.

 

I never made it big

I never made it small

I never even made it at all

But I’m still a rock and roll dreamer

Please don’t laugh I know it’s bizarre

But I still believe I could be a star

I’m just an old rock and roll dreamer.

 

Following friends down ancient tracks

Praying to God they’ll make it back

Amazed so far that they’ve survived

Their only dream now is stayin’ alive.

 

In village halls and local bars

I sing my songs, play guitar

And scan the room for agents at every place.

Time is up I pack away

Even though I’d love to stay

But tomorrow I know I’m still in the race.

 


I never made it big

I never made it small

I never even made it at all

But I’m still a rock and roll dreamer

Please don’t laugh I know it’s bizarre

But I still believe I could be a star

I’m just an old rock and roll dreamer.

 

Are We Alone?

Stephen is still waiting for the priest to take his call

So he has another coffee and wanders down the hall

His father who is dying in a state of mortal sin

Prays for absolution so God will let him in.

 

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there calling us his own?

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there who wants to bring us home?

 

Young Samantha pushes hard, she’s only seventeen

She shouts out loud for a God she’s never seen

She’s always been a good girl, never done no wrong

Until she took her clothes off and should have kept them on.

 

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there calling us his own?

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there who wants to bring us home?

 

And still the world is turning like a great revolving door

Some folks just arriving while others are no more

Most say they don’t want to go but find they cannot stay

While others after just a while wished they’d kept away.

 

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there calling us his own?

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there who wants to bring us home?

 

Stephen’s on his own now, his father’s in the morgue

He has another coffee and wonders how to mourn

Young Samantha’s given birth, lies back having done

She really doesn’t want to know her life has just begin.

 

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there calling us his own?

Are we alone?

Or is there someone out there who wants to bring us home?

 

Listen to Are We Alone?

 

A Long Way Home

When I was younger
You gave me advice
But I ignored it once or twice
So in the end you just let me go
You were waving goodbye, even though
Your heart was breaking
And your spirits were low
You prayed for me; I was never alone
Even though it was a long way home.

It’s a long way home
To where I belong
I’ve been travelling for years
But I keep going wrong
I’ve got God by my side
So I’m never alone
It’s a long way home
For me to swallow my pride
It’s a long way home
And one hell of a ride
It’s a long way home
And I’m never alone
But still……….
It’s a long way home.

All through the dark times
Your hope was alive
You somehow knew that I would survive
Forever drifting, nowhere was right
I did some bad things; got in some fights
But now it’s over
Cos we’ve both seen the light
You prayed for me; I was never alone
Even though it was a long way home.

 It’s a long way home
To where I belong
I’ve been travelling for years
But I keep going wrong
I’ve got God by my side
So I’m never alone
It’s a long way home
For me to swallow my pride
It’s a long way home
And one hell of a ride
It’s a long way home
And I’m never alone
But still……….
It’s a long way home.

 

I was young and foolish then
Knowing all there was to know
But I’m
Gonna stop dreaming
Gonna stop scheming
Gonna start pleasing You.

 

It’s a long way home
To where I belong
I’ve been travelling for years
But I keep going wrong
I’ve got God by my side
So I’m never alone
It’s a long way home
For me to swallow my pride
It’s a long way home
And one hell of a ride
It’s a long way home
I’m never alone
But still……….
It’s a long way home.

 

Saturday Night

I’m with my girl on Saturday night
We drink too much and start to fight
She grabs her bag and leaves me there
I’m too drunk to think but I don’t care.

In the queue at the take-away
I close my eyes and begin to pray
Room spins round and I start to sway
The guy frowns and so I say:

I think I’ll have a beef Szechuan
I know I really should have a plan
But 48 with egg fried rice
And a glass o’ red sounds just nice.

Walking home with the carry out
I see some yobs and they start to shout
I wonder how they all cope with life
When to me it’s just so much strife.

I’m gonna have my beef Szechuan
I know I really should have a plan
But 48 with egg fried rice
And a glass o’ red sounds just nice.

Wandering home through littered streets
It’s not as though I’d ever meet
Another woman as good as you
But if I did what would I do?

We could always have a beef Szechuan
Maybe then I’d have a better plan
But 48 with egg fried rice
And a glass o’ red sounds just nice.

I try calling you on the telephone
It rings for ever but I know you’re home
I go to bed and put out the light
It’s been a truly miserable night
I speak to God and apologise
I know he hates it when I tell those lies
I promise to be better if I can
And now I’m gonna lose my beef Szechuan.

I think I’ll have a beef Szechuan
I know I really should have a plan
But 48 with egg fried rice
And a glass o’ red sounds just nice.

These Summer Nights

I’m sitting out the back
Sun dipping, going down
Drone of summer nights
Down the street and all around.
Cigarettes nearby
Red wine to give me peace
Flowerbeds all neat
I should be relaxed at ease.

But these summer nights
Are haunting me with the past
When lovers cried
And I was left puzzling why
Lord please take me tonight
Let me slip away in my sleep
Too many memories to keep
Going through ‘em again.

It’s hours later now
Pale moon’s climbing high
Another bottle’s gone
Lovers nearby whisper and sigh.
I had delusions of love
It was over but still I’d try
Putting off the time
When I’d have to break down and cry

And these summer nights
Are haunting me with the past
When lovers cried
And I was left puzzling why
Lord please take me tonight
Let me slip away in my sleep
Too many memories to keep
Going through ‘em again.

It’s time to leave
Time to take the final train
Lord please make it clean
Don’t want any pain.

Lord please take me tonight
Let me slip away in my sleep
Too many memories to keep
Going through ‘em again.

I never learn
Breakfast is another drink
Wife looks at me and sinks
Back into her pain
Tonight’s gonna come around quick
I stare at the clock as it ticks
My life away.

‘Cos these summer nights
Are haunting me with the past
When lovers cried
And I was left puzzling why
Lord please take me tonight
Let me slip away in my sleep
Too many memories to keep
Going through ‘em again.

Lord please take me tonight
Let me slip away in my sleep
Too many memories to keep
Going through ‘em again.

The old lady sits silently pissing.
Reminiscing, she wonders where
On the long road of life she took
The turning that led to this chair.
Daily, she sits in the same corner
And wets herself from time to time,
As tears trickle down her cheek.

The postman passes through the lounge.
Seeing the old lady he is reminded of
His Nan. His nose wrinkles as he tries
to place the smell. At first he thinks of
cabbage then grimaces as he realises
What it is only too well. He puts the
Mail on the empty desk and smiles.

The old lady sees the postman passing.
She is reminded of someone she knows
But can’t remember who it is or even
His name. She squirms in her wetness
And wonders where the girl is with the tea.
The squeaking wheel of the trolley no
Longer disturbs the peace of the day.

The blonde girl serving tea is shyly aware
Of the postman’s stare. She blushes
As he stops to speak and lets his eyes
Wander over her body before resting
On her face. The old lady is forgotten as
He attempts once more to persuade the
Girl to meet him in the pub after work.

The old lady seeing this brief encounter
Wonders what she would have done if
Such an opportunity had come her way.
Would she have been a faithful wife or
Perhaps have given in to temptation.
What would the girl do? She seemed nice
But even nice girls can be hussies.

The girl is tempted but suspects the
Postman is married with children and
Wonders how she would feel if her
Husband, when she has one, cheated
On her with a girl who served tea to
Old ladies who pissed themselves
In the corner from time to time.

The postman wonders how long he’ll
Need to work on the girl before she
Gives in and meets him for a drink.
They all fell for his charms in the end.
He is looking forward to his next
Delivery, where a bored brunette,
Teetering on the edge, is waiting.

The old lady sits silently waiting
Patiently as the girl gets nearer with
The squeaky tea trolley. The girl
Reaches her and pouring a cup from
The urn puts it by her side. The old
Lady tries to smile but the effort is
Too great so falls asleep instead.

 

In the Cathedral

I saw the preacher
In the cathedral
And like a teacher
He made it simple
He asked us questions
And gave us choices
We sang the old songs
And raised our voices.

All seeing cameras
Were there recording
They filmed the clergy
And choir yawning
It was so dry there
No spirit present
It’s just religion
A hollow pageant.

And we all sang Hallelujah
Oh we all sang Hallelujah
Yes we all sang Hallelujah

There was a Bible
I turned the pages
It gave me comfort
My rock of ages
But where was God
Our God who made
The universe
In just a few days.

It was a cold day
And snow was falling
I bowed my head low
As I was leaving
I left the dark
Moved into light
I thought, what if
The Bible is right?

And we all sang Hallelujah
Oh we all sang Hallelujah
Yes we all sang Hallelujah