Faith?


Chasing Rainbows

perfect light perfect love
sinners, seekers follow me, a solution I will find,
for praise and thanks I'll set you free, you'll never need to compromise,
all this time you waste all these things you want me to be,
to be, all this time I waited for you,
perfect light perfect love
all this time that I waited you know that I want you...........

so long distanced can't find where you want to be,
chasing rainbows you'll find where you want to be want to be............
perfect love.

I'll raise a glass to history, you'll say a prayer to god above I hope you all remember me,
perfect light perfect love, all this time you waited for me,
perfect light perfect love all this time that I waited, you know that I want you............

so long distanced can't find where you want to be,
chasing rainbows you'll find where you want to be want to be............
perfect love.

....................... want to be perfect light perfect love

I'll raise a glass to history, you'll say a prayer to god above I hope you all remember me,
perfect light perfect love, all this time you waited for me,
perfect light perfect love, all this time that I waited you know that I want you............

so long distanced can't find where you want to be,
chasing rainbows you'll find where you want to be want to be............
perfect love.

...............chasing, chasing.

This song was put together from a piece of an old number I wrote which was intended for The Stranglers to record but it never worked with them. It is a less dark observation of humanities' invasion of everything around it, trying to bend all the rules all of the time. It's really the planet saying "well, okay, if that's what you think then go ahead, see if I care"!

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New Mourning Town

head satin and violent, blue skin and silence, keeping it strange
fall in through my fences, falling defences, keeping it strange
can you give me some time, can you give me some time

head fearful of nothing, it's all or something, can you give me some time
now I live through my winters, fallen, defenceless, can you give me some time...

she'll come new mourning town, sheer calm new mourning town
she'll come new mourning time, she'll come new mourning.

head's satin and violent, blue skin and silence, can you give me some time
fall in through my fences, frequently senseless, can you give me some time

la la la la she'll come new mourning town la la la la sheer calm new mourning town

head filled full of nothing, it's all or something, can you give me some time
now live through my winters, fall in, defenceless, can you give me some time

she'll come new mourning town, sheer calm new mourning town
she'll come new mourning time, she'll come new mourning.


let's not fight it, let's go all the way.

Hungerford, Bosnia, Indonesia, Central America, Cyprus etc., etc., How many beautiful places have been totally destroyed by humankind's excesses and ignorance? How many times will it happen? The words "I never thought it could happen here" spring to mind. It's a warning really - sooner or later some blood lusting power crazed fucker will bring terror to a new town…..I think my trip to Bosnia kicked this off. Lock all your doors and windows!

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So Easy

woke up on a Sunday cloud, never noticed all the rain
felt the sun behind my shades, wanted you to bind my hands but
sunk into an empty place, the pulse was gunning through my brain
felt you underneath my skin you took my blood of life, of sin

you walk by where I still stand and I lie where it all began..........

it's so easy to love you, it's so easy to love you,
it's so easy to love you, it's so easy to love you.

broke up under summers haze, falling pieces everywhere
felt your sun upon my frame, I just couldn't stand the pain
thought about a Wednesday child, felt the bullet in my back
dreamed my hands around your face, but now the picture starts to fade
you walk by with all I had and so I cry 'cause I'm a man..........

it's so easy to love you, it's so easy to love you,
it's so easy to love you, it's so easy to love you.

Originally intended to be sung by a female - Linda Conboy - who sang with dance act "Loop Guru". This is a classic case of an older man in complete confusion after his pretty young girl dumps him. Don't go there!!

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All We Need

sweet honey slide, there's no way you're leaving me behind
you sure dig for fire and your stuff is burning my mind

'cause there are some who won't find it, some deny it, I can't hide it honey.......

all we need now is love sweet love, all we need now is love.
sleep? we've never time it's so funny how fast it passes by
keep some aside we're going to be racing through tonight

'cause there are some won't find it, some quote Byron but I'm still flying honey..

all we need now is love sweet love, all we need now is love.
sleep? we've never time it's so funny how fast it passes by
keep some aside we're going to be racing through tonight
....... love love love

'cause there are some won't find it, some quote Byron but I'm still flying honey..

all we need now is love sweet love, all we need now is love.
sleep? we've never time it's so funny how fast it passes by
keep some aside we're going to be racing through tonight
love love love

does a Cartland stir you? mmm, love love love

all we need now is love sweet love, all we need now is love.
sleep? we've never time it's so funny how fast it passes by
keep some aside we're going to be racing through tonight

The sister of Sunset, really.

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Postcard

so here we are, all alone, just a memory of you, a postcard you drew
pressing hard to my lips hoping just a taste of you from in between the lines

and I hoped you could stay closer, and I hoped that you'd say 'closer'........

I feel I got to let you know, I never want to let you go
painted you a perfect sky, now you want to say goodbye

things were cold at the end, somehow suddenly the ice had covered all our tracks
so no tears, we could fly there was nothing out of reach and no-one will replace you

and I want you to stay closer, want that you'd say 'closer'........

I feel I got to let you know, I never want to let you go
painted you a perfect sky, now you want to say goodbye

closer, closer, closer

I feel I got to let you know, I never want to let you go
painted you a perfect sky, now you want to say goodbye

... so young, so run.

Ever contemplated suicide? This is a painful reminder of the way you were with your partner; all those silly things, wonderful things in your youth. A personal reminder for me, really. I suppose there is no right age for suicide, but a young person?? Nah……what a waste.

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Sail Your Soul

you're one set in stone, picking the bones of some forgotten song
sure know pain, I watch you fall, then start it up again

don't throw your light away.........

sail your soul keep your faith, you'll find something in the end
sail your soul find your wings, slipped away.

you want to wash your skin, say it aloud, 'where do we begin?'
god you're proud, take it home and throw it around and round

don't throw your light away.........

sail your soul keep your faith, you'll find something in the end
sail your soul find your wings, slipped away.

........ d'you really know?, really know, really know....

sail your soul keep your faith, you'll find something in the end
sail your soul find your wings, slipped away.

I love this track. It's quite shimmering, I think. Dedicated to all my experiences around the world as a young man, getting to grips with getting older, wiser, etc., trying to come to terms with oneself through drugs, travel, love, religion, madness. When I hear it, I think of all those crazy Carlos Castaneda books (Who??? C.i.B.). Well, the first four anyway, they were excellent. I see myself on the plateau of a tall mountain in a sandy sun-baked Mexican desert! It's like, a song about all my songs, you could say.

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Sunset

every letter pictured, every picture creates a little reaction, creates a little reaction
every little picture,
cuts right through my heart

and now my time has come, going to be the one to say, 'I'm never giving you
one more day but.........

don't let your little sun go down, got to hold your plans or your going to let it all drift away,
don't let your little sun go down, got to hold on tight, don't let the sunset. right, yeah it's your right, you're alright

I'm leaving on the early morning train, your tears'll all in time be washed away
I'm moving on a higher plain, I can see behind your flame
love is a reaction that came too late for any action

and now my time has come, going to be the one to say, 'I'm never giving you
one more day'..........

don't let your little sun go down, got to hold your plans or your going to let it all drift away,
don't let your little sun go down, got to hold on tight, don't let the sunset. right, yeah it's your right, you're alright

got to hold on tight don't let the sun go away
the sunset in your eyes, don't let the sunset
don't let go, don't let go let the sun go down
little sun go down

An uplifting track for those who, even when suffering, themselves, can bring some light into everyone else's life. A kind of answer to some of the dark moments on the CD.

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Free

my red rose is going to last forever
there'll never be another but that's ok
many little petals upon my wall,
left a heart beating but now I just want to be free

my dead rose is in a picture frame
never been a summer since you've been gone
eyes ablaze while the whole world sleeps
sinking in the shadows but now I just got to be...

free, low flying, you fill every dream, low flying, across every scene you kill everything, low flying
your debris, low flying, across every scene, low flying, you fill every dream low flying, I've lost everything, low flying.

take what you might, fate never lies,
somebody end these sleepless nights
I'm already down you're wasting you're rounds,
you left a heart pleading but now I just got to be...

fame I'm gonna live forever f f f fame fame, I'm gonna live forever...

set me free, low flying, you fill every dream, low flying you cross every scene, low flying, you kill everything, low flying

you're debris, low flying, across every scene, low flying, you fill every dream, low flying, you've lost everything, low flying it's alright low flying it's alright

set me free, low flying, you fill every dream, low flying, you cross every scene, low flying, you've lost, everything......

and now I'm checking out...

it's alright daddy's going to buy you a rocking chair.

This was intended as a song for the 1997 album by The Stranglers, "Written In Red" called "Dead Roses" or "Absent Friends". I had an idea for a song about Dennis Nielson - The Black Panther - a quite sad man who murdered young men to keep himself company! The verse originally had the lines "he likes dead roses, because they last forever, he's happy when it rains, he likes their hair all wet" and "I'll use my devices on fallen defences". However, as always, I messed about with the idea and thought, well, what if it had been my son in that bedroom etc., etc., and decided after I'd suffered and remembered for so long, I'd want to be freed from the weight of such a terrible event…..without guilt. The first two verses reflect the pain and guilt etc., and the third verse is the feeling of weakness I would imagine one would feel.

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Can't Seem

can't seem to find a way to hold you now
and if I should, angel let me and I would

I can't seem to fly the wings are breaking down, and honey if I fall
an angel cut me to the bone
now I'm pleading, someone find the flame, let me live again

heaven must be missing someone like you, so true
it's heaven, trust me, kissing someone like you, but lately......

I don't seem to know your face, you're stranded in a lonely place
the stars were cut from your eyes, I can't say my goodbyes.

can't seem to find the threads that held you tight
honey if I should, angel let me and I would - I ain't losing you

catching the final train, won't say goodbye
'cause honey if I should I'd be losing, I ain't losing you no
let me find the flame angel, can we start again baby

heaven must be missing someone like you angel, so true
it's heaven, trust me, kissing someone like you but lately......

I don't seem to know your face, you're stranded in a lonely place
the stars were cut from your eyes, I can't say my goodbyes.

...... she lays awake and dreams about the man he used to be and the lonely woman is laughing at the dreams she used to dream, a laugh of loneliness......and have they wasted time?

I don't seem to know your face, you're stranded in a lonely place
the stars were cut from your eyes, I can't say my goodbyes.

I can't seem to settle on a title for this one - still! But I think this says it all. I wrote this originally for my father, who had recently contracted secondary bone cancer. I was touring with The Stranglers and from leaving home for a gig in Poland, with my dad seemingly "normal", I returned two weeks later from the falkland Islands, and he couldn't even walk or talk properly. I felt totally robbed, and consequently broke down. Then two weeks later, my girlfriend of nineteen years decided to leave me. Nice year! I quickly made up my mind after writing a lot of words for my dad that I'd dedicate it to both my father and my ex-girlfriend. So the chorus is for them both, but they share the verse lines - I'll leave you to work them out. (Eventually, I will print out the lyrics originally written, which are now in the form of a poem.) I find the song very difficult to listen to.

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Lady Grinning Soul (by David Bowie)

she'll come she'll go, she'll lay belief on you
skin sweet with musky oil, lady from another grinning soul

cologne she'll wear, silver and americard
she'll drive a beetle car and beat you down at cool canasta

and when the clothes are strewn don't be afraid of the room
touch the fullness of her breast, feel the love of her caress
she will be your living end.

she'll come she'll go, she'll lay belief on you
but she won't stake her life on you, how can life become a point of view?

and when the clothes are strewn don't be afraid of the room
touch the fullness of her breast, feel the love of her caress
she will be your living end.

............... she will be your living end

Well, Bowie was a genius musically, and this is one of my all time faves!! Features a good mate of mine, Richard Naiff on piano, who recently worked with Mike Scott (he of The Waterboys fame).

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