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'Across The Water'

 


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Across The Water 4.59

One Careful Owner 4.16

We Wonder Why 4.29

What Its All About 3.43

Its All About You (...and your big fat ass) 3.23

All About A Lonesome Train 6.02

Ride With Me Baby 4.33

Summertime 4.13

Soho Blues 4.34

Once Upon A Dream 6.48

Warrior Song 3.59

Down To The River To Pray 2.44

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Lyrics

 

1. Across the Water

4:59
(Ben Tyzack)

I got my hands in my pockets, warming up my thumbs
and my fingers will be ready to grab a hold of what may come
Changes all around me, got me on the rack
but I feel the sun upon my face and I ain't turning back

Now I look back many years ago when change came thick an' fast
and how a child can find the light and dance around the cracks
But if the sun won't shine, will I freeze up inside
With every move I make to drown the darkness I can't hide

Cross the water, lay my troubles down and set them all free
Across the water lay my troubles down, and set them all free

Just a young boy, on a big jet plane
Nothing to fear, nothing will be the same 'cross the water
There's a young girl, dancing in the summer rain
Tears of joy running over the pain

Cross the water, lay my troubles down, and set them all free
Across the water, lay my troubles down
Set them all free, across the water
Set them all free, set them all free, before the devil, lays them down on me
Set them all free

 

2. One Careful Owner

4:16
(Constance Redgrave)

a ditty about a 1955 Chevy Bel Air or a deep existential study of ageism...

Found her in a truck stop at the back of the lot
She must have been a stunner till the tires got shot
Busted front window, missing rear door
Cracked leather seats, rusted cans on the floor

Everybody's lover, everybody's friend
A good time girl with a good time end
Popped the hood, his heart shifted gear
As the dirty V-Eight, whispered in his ear

Chorus
One careful owner
Give me one careful owner
Let me make you scream, make you cry,
Make you proud, satisfy...
One careful owner, before I die

Rumbled with the best, always made 'em proud
Burned a whole buncha rubber, made a whole buncha loud


No worry 'bout tomorrow, gave her best on the day
Till the world passed her by, they threw her away
But classic is classic, heart and soul
It's never too late when the race is the goal
So line em up boys, side by side.
Fire up your Lady, take her for a ride

Chorus

Cherry & easy, her bent-eight purrs
Cherry & easy, look at those curves
Cherry & easy, hot off the line
Cherry & easy, we still got time... we still got time

 

3. We Wonder Why

4.29
(Ben Tyzack)

Everybody gets the blues, everybody cries sometimes
and when it feels like stormy skies, with clouds and rain falling down
We wonder why, we can't find a little easy time

But if you need, something hard, to figure out I could be your puzzle
Or if you need somebody to fight, for you baby I could be your muscle

'Cause everybody gets the blues, everybody cries sometimes
And we all look up to the sky, even when the sun's shining down

We wonder why, we can't find a little easy time
Can't find a little easy time, mmm mmm easy

Now if you need something easy, I could be your rockin' chair, oh yea
or if your need somebody to please, well I could use a little care

'Cause everybody gets the blues, you keep us company
We sing them all night long up to the sky
To the man in the moon smiling down

We wonder why, we can't find a little easy time
Can't find a little easy time, mmm mmm we wonder why
We can't find a little easy time
Can't find a little easy, mmm mmm we wonder why

 

4. What It's All About

3.43
(Maurice McElroy)

in which JJ Cale deconstructs the Hokey Cokey

You put your right leg in, then you take it back out
You put the other one in, and you shake it all about

You do the hokey cokey, you do it right now
And if you don't know how to do it
I'm gonna show you how

Do the hokey cokey, do it right now
Do the hokey cokey
I'm gonna show you how

Now I don't know, but I bin told
If you do the hokey cokey
You won't ever get old

One thing I know, and there ain't no doubt
Make sure you breathe in
Every time you breathe out

You do the hokey cokey, and you turn about
Do the hokey cokey, make you jump and shout

Do the hokey cokey, do it right now
Do the hokey cokey, gonna show you how

Do the hokey cokey, have yourself a ball
Do the hokey cokey,it don't make no sense at all

There's one little question I'm trying to work out
What if the hokey cokey really is what it's all about?
What if the hokey cokey really is what it's all about?
What if the hokey cokey really is what it's all about?

Stretch your arms... ra ra ra
Bend your knees... ra ra ra
In gay Paris... they say ooh la la
In Havana... they do the cha cha cha

 

5. It's All About You....and your big fat ass

3.23
(Ben Tyzack)

You got a big fat car, for your big fat ass
Taking up all the road, with your extra wide load
You never walk anywhere and you think it's cool
To drive your kids half a block to the local school

All about you, yea, it's all about you
In your little world behind your tinted glass
It's all about you and your big fat ass

It's always more, more, more, in your four by four
It's just so big, a little too big for your wife
Now she's fine driving straight down a one way street
But she can't park that thing to save her life

All about you, yea, it's all about you
Getting high on fumes using all that gas
It's all about you and your big fat ass

Now you're the kind of man who really needs a large automobile
You like the way it feels and how everybody thinks you look real slick
But when you drive by what we really think
Are you compensating for a tiny little...

All about you, yeah, it's all about you
You got loads of money but you got no class
It's all about you and your big fat ass

All about you, yeah, it's all about you, mmmm
It's all about you, oh yeah, it's all about you

Well it may help you out if you get into a crash
It's all about you and your big fat...

 

6. All About a Lonesome Train

6.02
(Ben Tyzack)

Just another song, all about a lonesome train
I keep on singing, on that lonesome train
Singing all the way home
'til I'm rolling in your arms again

Any morning baby, when you wake up and find me gone
Any morning, when you wake up and I'm gone
When the sun is high in the sky
I'll be on the train that keeps rollin' on

In the evening, baby when the sun goes down
In the evening, when the sun goes down
I'll be riding through the night
On that train rollin' into town

Just another song, all about a lonesome train
I keep on singing, on that lonesome train
Singing all the way home
'til I'm rollin' in your arms again

 

7. Ride with Me Baby

4.33
(Ben Tyzack)

Ride with me baby, roll me all the way home
Ride with me baby, roll me all the way home
Yeah, mama don't you stop take me once more 'round the block

Ride with me baby, show me 'round your neighborhood
Ride with me baby, show me 'round your neighborhood
Yeah, mama don't you stop take me once more 'round the block

Baby got so many gears she can change fast
I only got one but you know I'm gonna last
I said ride with me baby, roll me all the way home
Yeah, mama don't you stop take me once more 'round the block

Sometimes it's hard keeping up with my baby
I do the best I can, just when I'm about to catch up you know what she does
She gets brand new tyres with a firestone grip
She can burn rubber when she shakes those hips
I said ride with me baby, roll me all the way home
Yeah, mama don't you stop take me once more 'round the block

I said, ride with me baby, show me 'round your neighborhood
Ride with me baby, show me 'round your neighborhood
Ride with me baby, show me 'round your neighborhood
Ride with me baby, show me 'round your neighborhood
Ride with me baby
Yeah, mama don't you stop cause you make me feel so good

 

8. Summertime

4.13
(Gershwin)

 

9. Soho Blues

4.34
(lyrics Maurice McElroy, music Spikedrivers)

London, 3am, 1968...in the rain

Hey boy, come on over here, you looking for romance?
We've got 18 lovely girls inside they're naked and they dance.
You know the night time is the right time and the right time is right now
So come right in, enjoy the show, the girls will show you how

Blue Flames at the Pink Flamingo, morning glory at the door
Knee tremblers in the car park, where the bombs fell in the war.
A five o'clock shadow in a sequin dress wants to take you home,
Thinks you're a big boy, wants to show you her trombone.
But you're standing tongue-tied on the pavement watching rain fall on your shoes
You got the country boy just can't get the hang of Soho blues

Chorus
Just a country boy tryin' to learn the dance
Just a country boy you got ants in your pants
Just a country boy out there looking for clues
Just a country boy with the can't get the hang of Soho blues

Right this way, ain't nothing shady, watch my hands and find the lady.
Girls and boys come out to play,
any game that you want just as long as you pay
Lost souls in the shadows slip and slide real slow
A thousand places they can be but they've got nowhere to go

Red lights in the doorways, blue lights on the streets
There's the Highlife and the lowlifes in the places people meet
And if you follow in their footsteps to where the lights are bright
Maybe you'll find out
Just what it is you're looking for tonight

Chorus

 

10. Once Upon A Dream...hats off to L-Z

6.48
(Ben Tyzack)

Got my AM radio, but all I ever hear, sweet lil' songs, cotton candy in my ear
But my friend Charlie's got some stuff his brother left behind
A window to another world from another time
Out of the cover will the secret take us higher?
Then the needle drops, the vinyl pops, my heart stops, and the room explodes in fire

I was dreamin about guitars, then the school bell rings
Algebra, what a nightmare, it don't mean a thing
“You wanna join a band, an' meet lots of girls”
“Come on we gotta go an' make our plan to rule the world”

Young hearts, reachin for the sky, always on the edge, always... do or die

Jump into the Chevy with the 8-track beat, grab a nickle bag down Nassau street
Ridin' high up over the bridge, roll it up once more, hear the ocean roar

Young hearts, reachin for the sky, always on the edge, always do or die
Now all the years can't take away what it means, once upon a time, once apon a dream

Everybody's passion is running hot, down at the old bridge tonight
And we all know we're gonna scratch it, like a fresh mosquito bite
Now keep cool it'll be alright keep the bottle and the smoke out of sight
Here come the blue lights flashing, always looking for a crime
but we know now the girls have done a deal, to keep the cops sweet this time

This time we leave town, fly away from home, out in to another world unknown
“Hello Atlanta!” Atlanta says “Who the hell are you?”
Just a young hungry band, living on attitude
We don't know what we got, but we got a whole lot of soul
Straight from the gut, deep in our hearts, Raven rock 'n' roll

Jump into the Chevy with the 8-track beat, grab a nickel bag down Nassau street
Ridin' high up over the bridge, roll it up once more, hear the ocean roar

Young hearts, reachin' for the sky, always on the edge, always do or die
Now all the years can't take away what it means, once upon a time
Feel our hearts, keep reaching for the sky, right on the edge, do or die
Now all the years can't take away what it means
Once upon a time
Once upon a dream

 

11. Warrior Song

3.59
(Constance Redgrave)

a song for all the soldiers and those who love them...


I will sing you home my armoured bear
I will sing you home with a lover's prayer
Though your feet are worn & the road is long
If you lose your soul, I will sing you home.

I will sing you home my warrior brave
Sing the ones you loose and the ones you save
Sing the ones who walk thru the night alone
And the ones who sing their soldiers home

Chorus
Ahaw mko (ok bear) it's time to go home
Igwien, igwien iw - (heartfelt, heartfelt Amen)
The thunders are walking…they walk so slow
Bring my soldier home, Igwien iw

I will sing you home my weary one
As your woman sing and have always done
Do not fear you've lost, though you stand alone
If your soul is lost, I will sing you home.

Refrain
Igwien iw..., Igwien iw iw...


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12. Down In The River To Pray

2.44
(traditional - arranged Spikedrivers)

 

 


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