A Taste Of Blake

by Blake

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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.
4.
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?
5.
Falling 03:24
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
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11.
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
12.
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
13.
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
14.
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
15.
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
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17.
Humankind 02:15
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
18.
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).”
19.
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!
20.
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

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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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