Holy Roller

by Blake

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The Man in the Shop The man in the shop he taught me a lot But I only met him twice I’d walked past his door for 20 years or more I never thought about his life I brought him my deck, my dad’s old Dansette In need of TLC The door gave a ring and I entered in It felt like 1963 A friend of mine said all the dreams are dead They were over by ‘72 The only dream left that we couldn’t wreck Is the one we doubt is true Now it’s nothing like the old days But I can’t go back in time Things were different back in those days But they never will be mine It’s nothing like the old days I was born at the wrong time Things were different back in those days They’re always on my mind The shop was top to floor in old amps and more He said he liked to work on these Because you never get bored with the old circuit boards But now it’s mostly LCDs He said when he was young his friend had one They used to bring their records round And happily drinking coffee or tea They’d listen to the sounds A friend of mine said all the dreams are dead They were over by ‘72 The only dream left that we couldn’t wreck Is the one we doubt is true Now it’s nothing like the old days But I can’t go back in time Things were different back in those days But they never will be mine It’s nothing like the old days I was born at the wrong time Things were different back in those days They’re always on my mind A black and white movie for company His glasses balanced on his nose He gave me a card I asked him what was the charge He said fifty pounds or so He rang next week, he said he gave it a tweak The parts weren’t hard to trace So I called right in, I thought that people like him Can never be replaced A friend of mine said all the dreams are dead They were over by ‘72 The only dream left that we couldn’t wreck Is the one we doubt is true Now it’s nothing like the old days But I can’t go back in time Things were different back in those days But they never will be mine It’s nothing like the old days I was born at the wrong time Things were different back in those days He said, “It’s only in your mind.”
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Years Ago, Nancy Years ago, Nancy do you remember the time we spent Years ago, Nancy there was rain coming through my tent Years ago, Nancy you cried the day I went Maybe you recall that we really had a ball but you never knew how much it meant Now I came down to a West Country town In the summer of ‘93 And Nancy was a girl with a strong head of curls She was staying at a B & B I saw her on the beach but she looked just out of reach When she walked on over to me She asked me for a light I didn’t put up a fight And it was easy as A, B, C Years ago, Nancy do you remember the time we spent Years ago, Nancy there was rain coming through my tent Years ago, Nancy you cried the day I went Maybe you recall that we really had a ball but you never knew how much it meant Now Nancy was bolder and a couple years older And she knew how to hold her drink I let out an “ooh” when I saw her tattoo because it wasn’t where you first might think She’d had boys before and she knew so much more and she didn’t so much as blink But it went to my head, I almost fell out of bed When she gave me one of her winks Years ago, Nancy do you remember the time we spent Years ago, Nancy there was rain coming through my tent Years ago, Nancy you cried the day I went Maybe you recall that we really had a ball but you never knew how much it meant When the day came to go it was a sad tale of woe but she left me without any doubt Because his name was Steve and she really couldn’t leave and he’d kill me if he ever found out Well I pleaded with her so that I’d never let her go but she said we were just messing about So I said fare thee well and I never would tell 'cos I didn’t fancy being knocked out Years ago, Nancy do you remember the time we spent Years ago, Nancy there was rain coming through my tent Years ago, Nancy you cried the day I went Maybe you recall that we really had a ball but you never knew how much it meant Years ago, Nancy do you remember the time we spent Years ago, Nancy you could say it was a blessed event Years ago, Nancy so I sing you this sad lament Maybe you recall that we really had a ball but you never knew how much it meant Maybe you recall that we really had a ball but you never knew how much it meant
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We Want Justice And what if I refuse to be Your lifelong hated enemy? Our Father’s house has many rooms Enough for me enough for you My father died when I was six He built our house with home made bricks They tore it down he dared to fight Put in the ground for his birthright Tick tock tick tock when will it will stop No answer can turn back the clock Our blood runs deep into this clay Our children weep and we say Oh we want Justice The nations wring their hands and pray Then give a billion dollars aid They peddle peace they claim to care When our land’s snatched its laissez-faire I still retain my father’s key Preserve his dreams of being free And what if I refuse to be Your lifelong hated enemy? Tick tock tick tock when will it will stop The body count the mental rot Our blood runs deep into this clay Our children weep and we say Oh we want Justice Sing it loud, sing it free God loves us all, God loves us all equally
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Fe Fie Foe Fum! I’ve already set you free Know the Truth and come to me You can live in Paradise You have no idea how nice Walk towards my light and you will see Fe Fie Fo Fum! I don’t need the blood of anyone Be he alive or be he dead I’ve ground his soul in living bread Call upon my name for you are saved Hell is empty, nothing in the grave Wherever you go I am there Nothing keeps you from my care Hear the Good News you will be amazed Fe Fie Fo Fum! I don’t need the blood of anyone Be he alive or be he dead I’ve ground his soul in living bread
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If You Want Me I don’t care anymore I’m not scared anymore If I could only be the man you wanted me to be If you could only be the one who thinks the same as me If we could only work out how to get from A to B But I’ll be there if you want me I’ll be there when your clouds are turning grey I’ll be there if you want me Any time, any place, any day And I know I let you down It’s too late to turn it round I will not deny I found it difficult to be The man I think inside you always wanted me to be But I won't criticise you choosing him instead of me But I’ll be there if you want me I’ll be there when your clouds are turning grey I’ll be there if you want me Any time, any place, any day
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Bella Ciao And in the morning I was awoken Oh Bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao And in the morning I was awoken And found the enemy was here. Oh Partisan, come take me with you Oh Bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao Oh Partisan, come take me with you Because I am ready to die And if I die, fighting for freedom Oh Bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao And if I die, fighting for freedom Then you must come and bury me Bury me high up, upon the mountain Oh Bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao Bury me high up, upon the mountain Under the shade of a lovely flower So all the people who pass by that way Oh Bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao So all the people who pass by that way Will say "Oh see that lovely flower! – " "Ah that's the flower of the freedom fighter – " Oh Bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao "Ah that's the flower of the freedom fighter Who gave his life for liberty!"
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Come Together Here come old flat top He come grooving up slowly He got joo joo eyeball He one holy roller He got hair down to his knee Got to be a joker he just do what he please He wear no shoe shine He got toe jam football He got monkey finger He shoot Coca-Cola He say I know you, you know me One thing I can tell you is you got to be free Come together right now over me He bag production He got walrus gumboot He got Ono sideboard He one spinal cracker He got feet down below his knee Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease Come together right now over me He roller coaster He got early warning He got Muddy Water He one Mojo filter He say. "One and one and one is three" Got to be good looking 'cause he's so hard to see Come together right now over me Come together
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Bird 03:13
Bird The sun is shining But not on me The rain keeps pouring down on me The winter’s over But still I see The stormclouds hanging over me If I was a bird up in the sky I would fly on home to you But I’m not a bird and I can’t fly I’m alone I wonder why My eyes can see My ears can hear My hands can touch but you’re not near How will I know you? Send me a sign Turn my water into wine If I was a bird up in the sky I would fly on home to you But I’m not a bird and I can’t fly I’m alone I wonder why
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Are You In? 03:55
Are You In? We’ve got something on our minds today And we've got to tell the world that it won't go away And if you tell me that society’s OK And that nothing needs to change here then for you I'll pray We're changing our reality It's time for justice and equality Are you in are you out We can win there's no doubt Let’s begin it and shout We can turn it about Are you in are you out We can win there’s no doubt Let’s get in get them out We can turn this about They’re rich and powerful but numbers make the change And the last will be the first when our land’s rearranged And you can choose to look the other way But we’re gonna show the big dogs that they’ve had their day We're changing our reality It's time for justice and equality Are you in are you out We can win there's no doubt Let’s begin it and shout We can turn it about Are you in are you out We can win there’s no doubt Let’s get in get them out We can turn this about Sometimes these days you gotta stand up for your rights Sometimes these days you gotta take a stand and fight
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Noah 01:05
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All The World Love is all we really need Love is all we really need My love My sweet love My love Who are we to be the judge Who are we to be the judge My love My sweet love My love When we bleed our blood is red When we bleed our blood is red My love My sweet love My love Let us share what we have got Let us share what we have got My love My sweet love My love All we want is to be loved All we want is to be loved My love My sweet love My love All the world's for everyone All the world's for everyone My love My sweet love My love
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The Star Carol Long years ago on a deep winter night High in the heavens a star shone bright While in a manger a wee baby lay Sweetly asleep on a bed of hay Jesus our Lord was that baby so small, Laid down to sleep in a humble stall Then came the star and it stood overhead Shedding its light 'round his little head Dear baby Jesus, how tiny thou art I'll make a place for thee in my heart And when the stars in the heavens I see Ever and always I'd think of thee

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released April 15, 2017

Produced by Blake.
All songs written by Julian Pugsley except 'Bella Ciao' trad. arr. Pugsley, 'Come Together' by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and 'The Star Carol' by Alfred Burt And Wihla Hutson. The latter two songs licensed via easy song licensing by Legacy Productions, Inc. 2600 N 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
All instruments and voices by Blake except 'Come Together' featuring Joe Brown on backing vocals, keys and bass guitar, Paul Kench on lead guitar and Chris Scrivens on drums. Daisy Pugsley sings backing vocals on 'All The World'.

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Singer-songwriter and DIY musician from the UK. File under: 'Eclectic'. Sign up to my mailing list and receive a free download of my track 'Vinyl Junkie': eepurl.com/dV04f

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