A Taste Of Blake

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A Taste Of Blake is a compilation of 20 of the best tracks from my records 2003-2010. This digital edition includes 6 bonus tracks and a 2012 remixed version of 'A Better Way' by Andy Rowland.

2010 album notes:
It was 1998 and I was 27 when I realised that I wasn't very good at writing poems and concentrated on writing songs instead. I'd written my first semi-decent one ('Sacrosanct', which appears on 'Antheology') the year before, and, even though I suspected I'd left it too late, I spent the next five years endeavouring to get a group together: first The Dead Sea Souls, then The Dandelions and, eventually, Karmatruffle. In October of 2002 I was dumped by my (then) fiance and I finally hit a rich songwriting vein (a bit of suffering always helps), culminating in 2003's 'Solomon's Tump' and the majority of Karmatruffle's early material, including 'A Better Way' and 'Such A Shame'. Magda McCaffry, the original bass player in Karmatruffle, was a great influence on me and my songwriting was greatly helped by the back to basics approach of two artists she introduced me to at this time: Hamell On Trial and The Bevis Frond (more specifically two amazing albums: Hamell's 'Choochtown' LP and Bevis's live album 'American Music Hall'). By 2007 however, Karmatruffle had split - we had been signed, released a single, parted acrimoniously from the record company, self-funded our own debut LP, toured endlessly and got completely disillusioned with the music industry and the general apathy we encountered. I had gone solo in an effort to record and release my enormous back catalogue of songs that had not been of interest to Karmatruffle. 2007's 'By The Banks Of The A350' was supposed to be a farewell album - and it very nearly was - but then so were 'Final Whistle' and 'Carruthers Gets Bashed' before it! With this 20 track compilation, I may have reached that point again where I am convinced that the cupboard is now indeed bare and I have nothing more to say. I sincerely hope, however, that you will find something that suits your palate amongst the cuts on offer. That will certainly make the journey more than worthwhile.

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released August 27, 2010

Produced by Blake, except ‘A Better Way’ & ‘A Better Way (Andy Rowland remix)’ produced by Andy Rowland, and ‘Such A Shame’, ‘I Wanna See You Again’, ‘When You Come My Way’ and ‘Humankind’ produced by Simon Plater and Karmatruffle.

All songs written by Julian Pugsley © Rockhopper Records 2003-2010

All voices and instruments by Blake except lead guitar on ‘A Better Way’, ‘A Better Way (Andy Rowland remix)’, ‘When You Come My Way’ and ‘Humankind’ and lead guitar and backing vocals on ‘Such A Shame’ and ‘I Wanna See You Again’ by Paul Kench; bass guitar and backing vocals on ‘A Better Way’ and ‘A Better Way (Andy Rowland remix)’ by Joe Brown; drums on ‘A Better Way’, ‘A Better Way (Andy Rowland remix)’ and ‘I’m Not Thinking About You’ by Chris Scrivens; bass guitar and backing vocals on ‘Such A Shame’ and ‘I Wanna See You Again’, bass guitar on ‘Humankind’ and backing vocals on ‘When You Come My Way’ by Sarah Anthony; drums on ‘Such A Shame’, ‘I Wanna See You Again’, ‘When You Come My Way’ and ‘Humankind’ by Jamie Jordan.

Recorded at home, except ‘A Better Way’ and ‘A Better Way (Andy Rowland remix)’ recorded at Gatehouse Studios, Swindon (www.gatehousestudios.co.uk), and ‘Such A Shame’, ‘I Wanna See You Again’, ‘When You Come My Way’ and ‘Humankind’ recorded at Farmyard Studios, Bourton on the Water (www.farmyardstudios.co.uk).

‘A Better Way’ originally appeared (in a different form) on the Carruthers Gets Bashed LP (2007). ‘She’s Not All That’ and ‘You Could Be Part Of My Dreams’ are also from this record. A different version of ‘She’s Not All That’ was released as a Karmatruffle single, backed with yet another version of ‘A Better Way’ and ‘Let It Go’ – a re-recorded version of the song from the Solomon’s Tump LP (2003) – in 2005. Tracks 2, 8, 12 and 17 are performed by Karmatruffle and appear on the Rockhopper Records album What You Do Comes Back To You (2005). Tracks 3 and 11 appear on Latest Pop Sounds (2010). Tracks 4, 5, 15 and 20 are from By The Banks Of The A350 (2007). Tracks 7 and 13 are taken from the Final Whistle album (2006). Tracks 10, 14 and 19 are from Solomon’s Tump. Track 18 is from The Parousia (2010). The one album not represented in this collection is Antheology (2008) as this itself is a compilation of previously unissued outtakes and demos.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this LP and will be encouraged to explore further the world of Blake. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported me over the last seven years or so in the creation of this music, especially my good and faithful friend Mr Paul Kench and my long suffering wife, Sarah. Bless you both.

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Track Name: A Better Way (New version)
A Better Way

It isn't easy man, changin' your inner situation
We need a better plan, a decent chance of liberation
Our lives they ebb and flow, things get in the way
There's only one who knows a better way
A better way

The people on TV they'll try to tell you it's OK
They'll give you stuff for free, but man you always have to pay
A storm is gonna blow, the clouds are turning grey
There's only one who knows a better way
A better way
Track Name: Such A Shame (Alternative mix)
Such a Shame

Soon it's all over, no more room for philosophical manoeuvre
You didn't listen to the knocking on your door
Now you can't hear the Word you need anymore

It's such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a crying shame for you

You tell me you've reached your goal
So tell me the price you paid for your soul
You didn't listen to the knocking on your door
Now you can't hear the Word you need anymore

It's such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a crying shame for you
Track Name: Ordinary Person
Ordinary Person

Well I can’t live inside your dreams, baby
And everything that glitters is not the way it seems
But open up your eyes and you’ll see
It’s a good thing that could be, it’s a good thing that could be

Well I can’t always remember all my lines, baby
But I just wish that sometimes you really wouldn’t mind
Or think that someone else could play my part
Cos it’s a good thing that could start if you listen to your heart

Cos when it comes down to it I’m an ordinary person, baby
And if I face up to it, I ain’t never gonna change
And I’m sorry but I can’t be
All the things you want me to be
But if you take me as I am we’ll be OK

Well I just can’t live up to your ideals, baby
And I’m no superhero but you’re the same as me
We both gotta face reality
It’s a good thing that could be, it’s a good thing you and me

Well, you always say I live with my head in the clouds, baby
But you know we got something that’s rooted in the ground
And baby I know that I’ve made some mistakes
But there’s a good thing we could make and it’s a chance we gotta take

Cos when it comes down to it I’m an ordinary person, baby
And if I face up to it, I ain’t never gonna change
And I’m sorry but I can’t be
All the things you want me to be
But if you take me as I am we’ll be OK

Well I can’t help the things that I feel
But the way you criticise me is driving me to tears
Don’t you see that I can give you something money can’t buy
Cos I love you
Honest girl I love you

Chorus repeat
Oooh, it’s gonna be OK etc.
Track Name: Mr. Dawkins (Alternative mix)
Mr. Dawkins

He's got credentials
He's academically strong
He's fundamental
He's fundamentally wrong

Mr Dawkins when you die
When you wave this world goodbye
Will you ask the question why why why?
Mr Dawkins when you sit
At the bottom of the pit
Will you still claim this is it?

He's a believer
He's a believer in himself
He's an achiever
He's better than anyone else

Mr Dawkins when you die
When you wave this world goodbye
Will you ask the question why why why?
Mr Dawkins can you aspire
To be elevated higher
Than the burning lake of fire?

He is a winner
He's the champion of the world
He's not a sinner
He knows that sin's for little girls

He is a teacher
He's got the answers in his book
He wants to teach you
And he wants you to take the hook

Mr Dawkins when you die
When you wave this world goodbye
Will you ask the question why why why?
Mr Dawkins when you sit
At the bottom of the pit
Will you still claim this is it?
Track Name: Falling
Falling

I've been climbing up the walls
I've been feeling two foot small
I've been down upon my knees
I've been drowning in your seas
I've been walking in the park
I've been sleeping till it's dark
I've been writing you a song
I've been waiting here too long

I climbed up tried to see
I climbed up but now I'm falling

Like a room without a door
Like a song without a score
Like a boat upon the sand
Like a gig without a band
Like a tree without a bird
Like a letter without words
Like a race without a start
Like a man without a heart

I climbed up tried to see
I climbed up but now I'm falling
Track Name: She's Not All That
She's Not All That

She likes to see herself as number one
She likes to tell you all the things she's done
And everything she does is so much fun
But she's not all that

Turns up at parties but she's always late
They gather round her but she makes them wait
She knows she'll make it cos it is her fate
But she's not all that

We are not worthy to tie up her shoes
One day she knows she will be breaking news
But when she's broken how much will we lose?
Cos she's not all that
Track Name: Now You're Gone
Now You're Gone

Waiting for a train it's a one-way to the end of the line
Standing in the rain I could kill you but I'm just killing time
As I try to figure how all the good things got outweighed by the bad
And I want to call you now but I used up all the credit I had

I didn't mean to bring you down
I can't believe that you're not around
I didn't mean to bring you down
But now I lost the best thing I ever found

Cos I tried to plug it in but it didn't fit the socket
So I bought a diamond ring but it fell out of my pocket
So I tried to steal your heart but my key would not unlock it
And now you're gone

I've got a lot to do cos I joined a gym and I'm in a band
But all I think about is you I remember sitting here holding hands
So I might as well go home cos I'm gonna catch my death pretty soon
My mind is turning every stone all I think about is his hands on you

I didn't mean to bring you down
I can't believe that you're not around
I didn't mean to bring you down
But now I lost the best thing I ever found

Cos I tried to plug it in but it didn't fit the socket
So I bought a diamond ring but it fell out of my pocket
So I tried to steal your heart but my key would not unlock it
And now you're gone
Track Name: I Wanna See You Again
I Wanna See You Again

See you pass my way
But you pass me by
The way you walk it drives me crazy
Makes me wanna cry

You know you’re looking good
You know you’re looking fine
You know my eyes are on you baby
You don’t seem to mind

Tell me baby don’t you want to meet
Tell me baby don’t you feel the heat

I wanna see you again

Tell me what’s your name
Tell me where you’re from
Tell me where you’re going baby
I won’t do you wrong

Step into my car
We’ll drive into the night
I’ll make you feel so good now baby
Make you feel alright

Tell me baby don’t you want to meet
Tell me baby don’t you feel the heat

I wanna see you again
Track Name: You Could Be Part Of My Dreams
You Could Be Part Of My Dreams

Write a song and make the changes clear
Make a vow and sign your name right here
Improbable most times
But possible sometimes
You could be part of my dreams

Write a poem and make the endings rhyme
Make a pledge and mix your soul with mine
Improbable most times
But possible sometimes
You could be part of my dreams

I could be happy with our love shining around
Let it shine
Write a thousand times
‘You are on my mind’

Write a book and give the plot a twist
Put my name right to the top of your list
Improbable most times
But possible sometimes
You could be part of my dreams

Write a joke and make the punch line good
Take a walk and carve our names in wood
Improbable most times
But possible sometimes
You could be part of my dreams
Track Name: I'm Not Thinking About You
I’m Not Thinking About You

I used to love you girl but you threw it all away
I used to need you girl but you had to let it slip away
It’s just a part you played and I was playing the fool
It’s just a game you played but I didn’t know the rules

Well I’m not thinking about you
I’m not thinking about where you are tonight
I’m not thinking about you
I’m just telling myself that everything’s alright

I used to call you girl when things weren’t going great
I used to care for you girl but now you’ve thrown it all back in my face
It’s just a part you played and I was playing the fool
It’s just a game you played but I didn’t know the rules

Well I’m not thinking about you
I’m not thinking about where you are tonight
I’m not thinking about you
I’m just telling myself that everything’s alright

I remember the day we met and the time of our first kiss
It’s nothing I can’t forget and I know I’m not gonna miss
Track Name: When You Come My Way
When You Come My Way

I need a little piece of you to carry with me when I'm feeling blue
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey
I try to hide behind the clothes I wear but still my eyes betray my deep despair
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey

Until that morning, that sunny morning, I'm gonna hide away, oh yeah
Until that morning we find a brighter day, when you come my way

When you come my way

When I'm without you I don't see the sun, I wanna tell you but the words don't come
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey
I take a walk the weather makes me sad, I watch a movie but it's just a drag
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey

Until that morning, that sunny morning, I'm gonna hide away, oh yeah
Until that morning we find a brighter day, when you come my way

When you come my way
Track Name: Black Magic (Alternative mix)
Black Magic

She put her spell on me
She got me captive
This woman’s no good to me
But she’s attractive
Can’t find the antidote
I got the sickness
She plays me like a note
She is my mistress

Oh no it’s like black magic in my soul
I’m just her puppet on a string
Oh no it’s like black magic in my soul
When she sings

Am I the only man
Captivated
She’s got me in her hand
But I’m frustrated
I gotta find a way
To forsake her
Her voice it keeps me chained
I can’t escape her

I’m feel like Ulysses
The sirens singing
She got me on my knees
She’s unforgiving
Don’t get much closer man
Or she will take you
You got to understand
She can break you
Track Name: Beautiful Person (Alternative mix)
Beautiful Person

There’s a part of paradise waiting for you
You can tell it in my face I speak the truth
I know it sounds silly but I can tell you’re gonna go
You are the most beautiful person I know

I'm bowled over every time I see you smile
I get goose bumps just from watching you awhile
I know it sounds silly but I just had to let you know
You are the most beautiful person I know

I can see it in your eyes before you speak
I can feel it in your breath when you're asleep
I know it sounds silly but let me say before you go
You are the most beautiful person I know
Track Name: Kiss of Judas
Kiss of Judas

Something that you told me has thrown me and I can't find the words
And even if you hit me or kissed me I'd be far less disturbed
than to know all those years ago he'd stolen the best thing in your world
Now tell me how could he do it after all you did for him
Betrayed with the kiss of Judas

Was it really wicked or stupid or something in between
Does it really matter the facts are so easily seen
now it seems all your hopes and dreams lie broken and it's all down to him
Now tell me how could he do it after all you did for him
Betrayed with the kiss of Judas

Judas fled with the gold
The devil's wage for the care of his immortal soul
Judas hung from the tree
And he became the most hated man in all of history

Did he ever think through the pain you'd inevitably meet
And did he give a toss for your loss or did he think that to cheat
on his mate somehow made him great when we all know he's not got much to brag about oh how could he do it after all you did for him
Betrayed with the kiss of Judas
Track Name: Humankind
Humankind

Is it a bird or is it a plane?
From where I'm standing they could look the same
I just hope that's birdshit falling through the sky
What's going on is there a party tonight?
I've seen the rockets lighting up the night
Man have you seen the way they fly so high?

But all the machine guns
They can't kill anyone
Inanimate objects don't have minds
Like humankind

You see that monkey living up that tree
It wants to live in a laboratory
Wants to give it's life so you can do your hair
You see that man who doesn't look like us
You see that child who cannot make a fuss
The world's on fire but how much do we care?

But all the machine guns
They can't kill anyone
Inanimate objects don't have minds
Like humankind

And all the cynics they just laugh and sneer
Choose not to listen when they bend my ear
It's not sophistication to say that life is shit
But there's no superhero up in the sky
And there's no guru gonna tell you why
We change the situation by confronting it

But all the machine guns
They can't kill anyone
Inanimate objects don't have minds
Like humankind
Track Name: I Believe In Jesus (Not You)
I Believe in Jesus (Not You)

She said, “Come back to mine
We’ll have a good time
You can meet all my friends
They’ll help you make amends

Cos you’re getting it wrong
You need somebody strong
We can show you the way
Just give your life to Christ today.”

But I said, “I’m already a Christian
So take a good look inside
So caught up in your mission
Can’t see your spiritual pride.

You’re sitting in judgement
You condemn in His name
Selecting quotes from The Bible
You make me ashamed.

You say I’m not saved
For my soul you will pray
I must be born again
If I’m to make him my friend

But I’m baptised in the church
I’m confirmed in my work
I love God just like you
Just like the Muslims and the Jews.”

And I said, “I’m already a Christian
But only God knows the Truth
And he will rescue his people
In ways we don’t choose

You preach to Catholic countries
Don’t you know they’re Christians, too
Teaching hell and damnation
If they don’t sign up with you

I believe in Jesus (not you)
I believe in Jesus (not you)
I believe in Jesus (not you)
I believe in Jesus Christ (not you).”
Track Name: Solomon's Tump (Alternative mix)
Solomon's Tump

If you're feeling lonely there's a place where you can go
You don't need a ticket all you need to do is know
That it is not very far and you can find your star or catch your dream
Cos things are not as they seem up at Solomon's Tump

Up at Solomon's Tump
Up at Solomon's Tump yeah!
Up at Solomon's Tump
Everything's alright
It's out of sight up at Solomon's Tump!

Everyone is welcome, you can welcome everyone
Find a deeper meaning or just go there to have fun
Cos it is not very far and you can find your star or catch your dream
Cos things are not as they seem up at Solomon's Tump

Up at Solomon's Tump
Up at Solomon's Tump yeah!
Up at Solomon's Tump
Everything's alright
It's out of sight up at Solomon's Tump!

You can see forever in the day and in the night
You can see your problems and your problems look alright
Cos it is not very far and you can find your star or catch your dream
Cos things are not as they seem up at Solomon's Tump

Up at Solomon's Tump
Up at Solomon's Tump yeah!
Up at Solomon's Tump
Everything's alright
It's out of sight up at Solomon's Tump!
Track Name: Goodbye Cruel Pop World
Goodbye Cruel Pop World

You can make it if you reach for the stars
You can be someone much better by far
But for most of us it's back to the grind
Twenty years is such a bloody long time so I'm sorry

Goodbye cruel pop world I'm leaving today
You won't miss me at all I'm embarrassed to say
You don't even know my name

You take a chance you know that someone must win
You put your money down and give it a spin
You play your heart out take the rough with the smooth
You send your demo out but it's always refused so I'm sorry

Goodbye cruel pop world I'm leaving today
You won't miss me at all though it hurts me to say
You don't even know my name

Going nowhere's such a big waste of time
I was only trying to drop you a line

In the Welcome Break about 3am
You decide you don't wanna be here again
You thought you couldn't lose if just had a shot
But that gig at the 100 Club was the best that it got so I'm sorry

Goodbye cruel pop world I'm leaving today
You won't miss me at all I'm embarrassed to say

Goodbye cruel pop world I'm leaving today
You won't miss me at all I'm delighted to say
I'll be OK