1971 (Post​-​Decimalisation Edition)

by Blake

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You Got Me Thinking You got me thinking I must be losing my mind You got me thinking That I am frozen in time You got me thinking I just don’t know what to do You got me thinking You got me thinking of you You got me thinking All I can see is your face You got me thinking I’m just all over the place You got me thinking I just don’t know what to do You got me thinking You got me thinking of you Every time I’m walking down the street It’s only you that I am hoping to meet But when I try to talk I just can’t speak Girl what are you trying to do? You got me thinking Can’t get you out of my mind You got me thinking That you are looking so fine You got me thinking I just don’t know what to do You got me thinking You got me thinking of you You got me sweating and I just can’t sleep No-one before has knocked me off my feet Without you now my life is incomplete Girl what are you trying to do? The things you do are messing up my brain Please have mercy don’t you see my pain You know I really need to see you again Girl what are you trying to do? You got me thinking I’m going out of my mind You got me thinking I should be making you mine You got me thinking I just don’t know what to do You got me thinking You got me thinking of you You got me thinking All I can see is your face You got me thinking I’m just all over the place You got me thinking I just don’t know what to do You got me thinking You got me thinking of you
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Peter Green 03:37
Peter Green Born in ‘46 and just another East End kid Growing up was tough, your roots were something that you hid In rock n roll, Chicago blues you knew you’d found a home With music as your best friend you would never be alone Peter, Peter Green They called Clapton God until you burst upon the scene You played just like a dream God bless you, Peter Green Your lucky break got broken when God came back home from Greece But Mayall had not forgotten that he’d found the Golden Fleece Fresh Cream soon came calling and the blues breaking began But very soon you knew that it was time for your own band Peter, Peter Green They called Clapton God until you burst upon the scene You played just like a dream God bless you, Peter Green No-one else could touch your phrasing, you were on your own Your pick ups out of phase gave you a supernatural tone But still you wanted Jeremy to be pushed out to the fore The money and the glory weren’t what you were aiming for Peter, Peter Green They called Clapton God until you burst upon the scene You played just like a dream God bless you, Peter Green Sometimes I feel so sad When it’s clear there’s so many things that you have never had But it makes my heart feel glad When I hear you sing 'I Need Your Love So Bad' Danny was your protégé on those long West Coast trips The heights you reached unequalled as you shared your precious gift And though the game has ended, I’m so glad you sang your songs For the light that burns twice as bright burns only half as long Peter, Peter Green Fleetwood Mac still looking back on what just might have been The best we’ve ever seen God bless you, Peter Green
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See How The Children Play See how the children play No-one gets turned away Wish we could be that way Just for a day, just for a day Look how the children play No-one gets turned away Wish we could be that way Just for a day, just for a day We lost our way and it seems it’s to stay All our Innocence lost in the grind To turn from our sin we must let the light in And like children be gentle and kind Watch how the children play No-one gets turned away Wish we could be that way Just for a day, just for a day We lost our way and it seems it’s to stay Our Experience tainted our minds To turn from our sin we must let the light in And like children be loving and kind See how the children play No-one gets turned away Wish we could be that way Just for a day, just for a day
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Over and Over Again Don’t know why the things you do Are so bizarre ain’t got a clue Don’t know why the things you say Are bent and twisted come what may But over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again I hear it Over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again You smile and you joke along But underneath there’s something wrong You just can’t hide what’s true There’s something dark inside of you Cos over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again I hear it Over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again It takes a special type to cause such pain and take delight It takes a special brain to tell yourself you’re not insane It takes a parasite to welcome and believe the hype And do it over and over again I wonder what it’s like to see the world as black and white With profit in your veins to you the world is just a game Can’t ever get it right but never turn to see the light Just do it over and over again You look me in the eyes But everything you say is lies I’d say I pity you Buy you know well the things you do It’s over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again I hear it Over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again Don’t know why the things you do Are so bizarre ain’t got a clue Don’t know why the things you say Are bent and twisted come what may But over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again I hear it Over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again It’s over and over and over and over And over and over and over It’s over and over and over and over And over and over and over It’s over and over and over and over And over and over and over and over again
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Denied 03:19
Denied In my mind I see your face And you’ll never know all the joy you’re bringing There’s some things that I can’t replace And all I can do is to keep on singing Denied, I was denied All the things you always took for granted Denied, on the inside All the things I always really wanted I wonder if I’ll see you again There’s not too much room in my head for your feelings So if you’ve had enough say when I can’t expect you to wait for my healing Denied, I was denied All the things you always took for granted I was denied, on the inside All the things I always really wanted It’s fine to go when I hit the bottom In time you’ll know you weren’t forgotten Denied, I was denied All the things you always took for granted I was denied, on the inside All the things I always really wanted
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Sing No Sad Songs For Me When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet; And if thou wilt, remember, And if thou wilt, forget. I shall not see the shadows, I shall not feel the rain; I shall not hear the nightingale Sing on, as if in pain; And dreaming through the twilight That doth not rise nor set, Haply I may remember, And haply may forget. 'Song' by Christina Rossetti
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Whenever 05:02
Whenever Whenever I see the sky turn black Whenever front is back Whenever lost Whenever I wander off the track I know you got my back Whatever cost And though sometimes I’ve blocked you from my heart You must know I have loved you from the start That I do not feel whole when we’re apart You know that it’s true I still love you Whenever I feel all hope is gone Whenever right is wrong Whenever down Whenever the nights seem very long Whenever I’m not strong You are around And though sometimes you’re just not on my mind And I can be a fool and be unkind When I turn away from you I know I’m blind You know that it’s true I still love you But if you need to let me go I wouldn’t blame you doing so And though sometimes I see in black and white And I think you must be wrong and I am right It never takes me long to see the light You know that it’s true I still love you But if you need to let me go I wouldn’t blame you doing so
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Jackpot 01:37
Jackpot I don’t have much to show In my bank account No investment portfolios Or high yield amounts No ISAs, no dividends but one thing is true I hit the jackpot the day I met you I don’t eat caviar I don’t drink champagne Don’t live like a superstar Don’t own a jet plane Don’t travel in first class but one thing is true I hit the jackpot the day I met you I don’t have chambermaids Or sheets made of silk Wear clothes that are tailor-made Have baths filled with milk No friends in high places but one thing is true I hit the jackpot the day I met you And all of the memories are priceless to me I’d wouldn’t trade them for all China’s tea I don’t need palaces I don’t need fast cars Or gold horse drawn carriages Or Cuban cigars For I am a wealthy man because it is true I hit the jackpot the day I met you
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Metanoia 01:55
Metanoia Do not be troubled or upset Believe in God also in me My Father’s house has many rooms I will prepare a place for thee So many rooms So many rooms In my Father’s House If I prepare a place for thee I would not tell if it weren’t so I am the Way, the Truth, the Life Now you have known me Him you know So many rooms So many rooms In my Father’s House
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I Am Listening Some people make you prick up your ears They’re not run of the mill It doesn’t happen too much over the years But when it does get your fill Some call them prophets, others a sage A shaman or a chief They have in common wisdom for the age So let me keep this brief I am listening Yes I am listening I am listening Yes I am listening Listening to you We’re in a bubble, an online cage Self-service restaurant We hesitate to turn the page If it don’t say what we want But there are voices though they are few That challenge us to see Amid the hustle and the media stew The truth that sets us free I am listening Yes I am listening I am listening Yes I am listening Listening to you I’m turning on and I’m tuning in I’ve set the dial to the voice within Yes I am listening I am listening Yes I am listening I am listening Listening to you
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Be Mine 03:15
Be Mine Be mine on my journey Be mine when I’m old Be kind when I worry Be warm when I’m cold I give you my word You’re never far from my mind And I’d give you the world If you would be mine Be there when I’m sleeping Be true when I’m gone Be near when I’m weeping Be right when I’m wrong I give you my word You’re never far from my mind And I’d give you the world If you would be mine They say time’s a healer They say time will tell And I’m a believer Because I know you so well Be free from all sorrow Stay free when you’re mine Be with me tomorrow And until the end of time I give you my word You’re never far from my mind And I’d give you the world If you would be mine
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Reputation 06:12
Reputation A snake oil salesman with the charm of a goon Look out he’s coming there must be a full moon Uh-oh this is a dangerous situation I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation So many deceits I can’t take ‘em on-board Don’t give a damn for no-one when you’re a fraud Uh-oh you’ve been spreading misinformation I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation You like to act like you are nobody’s fool But you don’t even know the Golden Rule Uh-oh better finish your education I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation I hate to break it to you but you’re heading in the wrong direction The truth is the first victim when you’re heading into re-election More fake, fake news, another great pretence For you what happens after is of no consequence Uh-oh just a little complication I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation And please don’t tell me I just envy your lot I don’t covet anything at all that you’ve got Uh-oh you’re labouring under a misapprehension I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation The world it sure is burning and the stakes are so high Don’t let the facts get in the way of a lie Uh-oh they’re just another aggravation I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation Well roses are red and violets are blue But there’s only one colour that means anything to you Uh-oh it’s a strange kind of pre-occupation I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation We should have seen it coming but perhaps we weren’t quite paying attention Now wrong is right and black is white, no answer for your self-deception Have you considered repentance? I guess the answer is no A snake like you wouldn’t know where to go Uh-oh you’d protest the allegation I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation I’m no betting man but I’d say that they’re slim The odds of you getting a place or a win Uh-oh in the race for your salvation I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation But judgement day is near us and the fire is getting hot Counting down He’s coming if you’re ready or not Uh-oh I recommend prayers and invocations But I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation Well I hate to tell ya but I think it’s a sin To put your faith in yourself when it should be in Him Uh-oh I suggest some time of contemplation But I’ve learned that you are more concerned about your reputation That the people chose Barabbas is a matter that’s beyond belief You’re not the one that I acknowledge as my Captain, my Commander-in-Chief They say that Jesus Christ was born in a cave You’ll know his people by the way they behave Uh-oh this is a desecration I’ve learned there’s nothing left to spurn of your tattered reputation
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Daisy Chain 01:30
Daisy Chain I would make a daisy chain When summer comes around again When I see you life is good Would I love you? Yes, I would I would write a love song, too And I’d sing it just for you When I see you life is good Would I love you? Yes, I would I would write you poetry To tell you what you mean to me When I see you life is good Would I love you? Yes, I would I would keep you in my heart So we’d never be apart When I see you life is good Would I love you? Yes, I would The girl to make my dreams come true I’d make her in the shape of you When I see you life is good Would I love you? Yes, I would Would I love you? Yes, I would
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Hide & Seek 03:17
Hide & Seek I’m so confused by your biology So bemused by your biography I tried my best but I gave up on page 31 Got arrested by your wayward charms Is this magic or am I so hopeless I’m held helpless by your hypnotic eye Guess who’s turn to cry So close your eyes and count to a thousand See how well I can hide Better run, run, run, run, run Run away from you Hidden out of view Not that you’ll give chase You don’t put on your painted face For nobodies like me That I’d like to see Sent me blind with your photography Got marooned by your geography It’s the little things that give yourself away You won’t make a choice, you want the lot If I told you what I really thought You’d be madder than a cat out of hell with its arse on fire Tell me I’m no liar So close your eyes and count to a thousand See how well I can hide I’d better run, run, run, run, run There’s more concealed than is revealed Within your hidden agenda And I won’t play your dangerous games There’s more concealed than is revealed Within your mercenary agenda And I won’t play your games, not your games None of your games, no not your games
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Pepper Man 04:58
Pepper Man Pepper man writing those hits as fast as you can Pepper man number one Pepper man screaming your gift like nobody can Pepper man sing your song You’re a magical mystery genius On a helter skelter ride You have lessened the distance between us You sang the times of our lives Pepper man writing those hits as fast as you can Pepper man number one Pepper man screaming your gift like nobody can Pepper man sing your song You’ve been a man on the run now dear boy You did it good on the way It’s been such wonderful fun now dear boy You’re not just another day Pepper man writing those hits as fast as you can Pepper man number one Pepper man screaming your gift like nobody can Pepper man sing your song You wrote the soundtrack to all our lifetimes We stored your melodies within Hitting playback on all those great lines I don’t know where to begin (Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Pepper Man Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Pepper Man Write me a song as fast as you can Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Pepper Man Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Pepper Man Sing your song) Pepper man writing those hits as fast as you can Pepper man number one Pepper man screaming your gift like nobody can Pepper man sing your song Pepper man writing those hits as fast as you can Pepper man number one Pepper man screaming your gift like nobody can Pepper man sing your song Sing your song
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Something More In an old fashioned house There’s a beautiful lady And she dances alone in the night And her hair it is grey And her heart it is broken And she clutches the picture frame tight In a tenement block Lives an unpublished writer And he’s typing the tale of his life And he thinks of the dreams That he had as a young man And he thinks of his wonderful wife In a flat with two rooms There’s a struggling mother And she cries to herself every day In a temporary home There’s a man drinking cider Cos he knows that there’s no other way In a respectable house There’s a frightened young woman And she waits for her husband’s return In another abode A child can’t wake its parents And this time they’ll remain unconcerned And within these four walls Are the thousands of stories Playing out every day behind closed doors And if we spared a thought For the weak and the lonely Then perhaps we would do something more Then perhaps we would do something more
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You’re Not Alone You face looks melancholy Your heart seems full of worry What makes you feel so sorry You say you’re in a hurry It’s hard to find a reason When all your hopes are beaten But we can find our freedom In Love’s eternal season Life is full of pain The sunshine turns to rain Want you to know you’re not alone Sometimes you’ll wish you weren’t the loving kind And some days you’ll lose your way Some when you’ll feel you can’t begin again And some days will be too grey Life is full of pain The sunshine turns to rain Want you to know you’re not alone
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams ‘69 was the year that events conspired to seal my fate John and Yoko in a hotel room with peace to articulate My dad was a reporter and John came on the line He said, “Hello Birmingham!” it never left my mind I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I’m still making all my little plans and schemes I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I fell in love with The Beatles in the saddest circumstance On that day in 1980 when a crazy didn’t give peace any chance At school some classmates asked me if I’d lend them a hand I stood in as the singer of a rock n roll band I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I’m still making all my little plans and schemes I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams At seventeen inside the case of my first electric guitar Someone had written out the words to The Byrds’ “So you wanna be a rock and roll star” I took it as a prophecy and seconded the motion For me it was a contract for a lifetime of devotion I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I’m still making all my little plans and schemes I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I practiced in my room and I wrote songs almost every day I got a group together and we dreamed of going all the way I gave up on my studies and they threw me out of college My only thirst for learning was for rock n roll knowledge I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I’m still making all my little plans and schemes I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams There’s a shop called Vinyl Vault It’s always been my favourite haunt You can get anything you’d ever want I knew that there was nothing else that I could ever do So we struck out on the circuit and we went and paid up all our dues A record label signed us but they didn’t really get it I left and went my own way and I never did regret it I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I’m still making all my little plans and schemes I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I was living in the city some graffiti told truths I was denying On a bench someone had written “Get me away from here I’m dying” I’m a child of the seventies, my generation’s ageing I wish it was the sixties when the times they were a-changing I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams I’m still making all my little plans and schemes I’m still chasing all those rock n roll dreams
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Sinking 03:53
Sinking And in the morning You’ll pack your bags and you will leave You’ll leave me mourning Something I still can’t quite believe I hear you sleeping The sounds you make fill up the room Maybe you’re dreaming Of times that ended way too soon We were unsinkable But the baggage weighed us down It’s just unthinkable That we will never make it to dry ground Sinking, sinking Lost without a trace Sinking, sinking Nothing could ever take your place I’m sinking in the deep blue I hear you stirring I’ll very soon be set adrift My head is whirling The waters rising through the rift Your lifeboat’s leaving I see your face begin to frown No point believing That we’re not really going down You’ll leave me drowning here To a lost hope clinging on You’ve made it very clear That you were not at fault for what went wrong Sinking, sinking Lost without a trace Sinking, sinking Nothing could ever take your place I’m sinking in the deep blue A thousand leagues beneath the surface of the sea Here lies the wreckage of the good ship you and me Sinking, sinking Lost without a trace Sinking, sinking Nothing could ever take your place I’m sinking in the deep blue Without you

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I wrote and recorded this album at home during lockdown. 1971 was the year I was born and is arguably popular music’s greatest year. That’s certainly the contention of David Hepworth in his book '1971: Never a Dull Moment'. It was the year that some of my favourite albums were released:
Donovan’s ‘HMS Donovan', Fleetwood Mac’s 'Future Games', Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’, McCartney’s ‘Ram’, Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, Joni’s ‘Blue’, Quo’s ‘Dog of Two Head’, Van’s ‘Tupelo Honey’, ‘Who’s Next’, ‘Led Zep IV’… the list goes on.
Anyway, I tried to combine a lot of these influences into the songs I wrote. The first track, “The Free Life”, is a cover of an Alan Parker song that was the theme tune to the ITV schools programme “My World", that some of you who are from the UK, and of the same vintage as me, may recall. It was that time of day when the big telly on a stand would get wheeled into the classroom and everyone would shoot the seconds as they counted down on the TV ‘clock’ before the programme began. I hope that this track, and the album as a whole, captures something of the spirit of the era. I have priced it at pre-decimalisation (February 1971) LP cost: £2.25.

This expanded edition of '1971' came about after the album was picked up on by the South Africa based record label, Subjangle. I was encouraged to record six extra tracks and the album was coupled with a 20 track career retrospective and released as 'HMS Blake', a limited edition double CD, on 25th September 2020.

Promo film: youtu.be/QMZi4WH8PCE
'The Free Life' video: youtu.be/RUkXT3BWP1M
'Reputation' video: youtu.be/DMueTSFjsyk
'Pepper Man' video: youtu.be/od2jOX3UAjA

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released June 1, 2020

Production and all instruments & voices by Blake, except where noted on tracks 16, 19 and 20.

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