Reel to Reel

by Blake

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    The album in analogue - as it was intended. Features artwork by Daisy Pugsley. (Please note that due to tape length constraints, 'Fly Tipper' does not appear.)

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1.
Travelling With The Sun King There’s nothing in my way now I can play now I can play There’s nothing left to say now It’s OK now It’s OK I got myself a one way ticket And I jumped on the train I turned my back on the cold and the wind and the rain Cos I’m travelling Travelling Travelling with the Sun King Yes I’m travelling Travelling Travelling with the Sun King The wind is in my sails now I can’t fail now I can’t fail Now that I’ve found the Grail now I won’t bale now I won’t bale I got myself a one way ticket And I jumped on the train I left my troubles behind like a ball and a chain Cos I’m travelling Travelling Travelling with the Sun King Yes I’m travelling Travelling Travelling with the Sun King What can I say I finally found my way Back home to stay Cos I’m travelling Travelling Travelling with the Sun King Yes I’m travelling Travelling Travelling with the Sun King
2.
Nostalgia Show The comeback trail To pay the bills (What’s the story? F-f-faded glory?) Play the hits Recreate the thrills (Line-up changes. Ch-ch-ch changes) We all know They’re just cashing in Oh no Nostalgia Show It’s the latest Anniversary tour (Is it a farewell, not another farewell) Still the crowd shout for more, more, more (Another encore, play the one we came here for) We all know They’re just cashing in Oh no Nostalgia Show Nostalgia show is here tonight Nostalgia show feel alright Let out the waistband And lower the key (Growing old; we’re all growing older) Make sure the rider Includes herbal tea (It’s for my voice, man, just for the voice, man) We all know They’re just cashing in Oh no Nostalgia Show We all know They’re just cashing in Oh no Nostalgia Show Nostalgia show is here tonight Nostalgia show feel alright Were you there When they hit the scene? (We were younger, oh so much younger) Not just a song When you’re seventeen (Brings me straight back there when I hear it anywhere) We all know They’re just cashing in I’m going to go Nostalgia show I’m going to go Nostalgia show
3.
Where You Are I’d sail far away I’d journey for a thousand days I’d try in countless ways To be where you are I’d go where the wild things run Cross the desert in the blazing sun I’d do whatever must be done To be where you are To be where you are To be where you are I’d drive through the night Keep on til the morning light Cos nothing else could ever feel as right As being where you are I’d never be misled No matter what lies on the road ahead I’d do all the things I’ve said To be where you are To be where you are To be where you are I’d scale the highest peaks Or fly up to the stars I’d do everything I could to reach Exactly where you are I couldn’t build the Taj Mahal Or write a song as good as John or Paul But what I’ve got I would give it all To be where you are To be where you are To be where you are
4.
Pictures Of You I came across a box I thought I’d lost long, long ago I’d spent an hour searching for a CD high and low It felt unreal just holding photographs of times I could recall They don’t exist online and it made me think did they really happen at all Pictures of you Pictures of me Pictures of how our lives used to be Pictures of you Pictures of me Pictures of how I thought it would be They must have got damp somewhere along the line I’m not surprised because I must have moved a thousand times Some of them were stuck together but one had something on the back I could see And it was your handwriting, it read: “Love always. 1993” Pictures of you Pictures of me Pictures of how our lives used to be Pictures of you Pictures of me Pictures of how I thought it would be I found the CD, then I put the box back on the shelf And maybe one day I’ll find it here again and surprise myself In an another universe, if you believe in things like multiverse theory, There’ll be a hard drive folder with these photos saved as “Early you and me” Pictures of you Pictures of me Pictures of how our lives used to be Pictures of you Pictures of me Pictures of how I thought it would be 
5.
The Bright Field I saw a small field illuminated by the sun Breaking through clouds for just a short while then was gone I went on walking and forgot it and time moved on But there was treasure in it now I must have it for my own The bright field shining for a moment in the sun The bright field reminding us that we and God are one I would give all I have to own this jewel unsurpassed Witnessing the moment not the future or the past To turn aside like Moses to the lit bush burning fast To know the brightness once thought wasted is your fate at last The bright field shining for a moment in the sun The bright field reminding us that we and God are one It passed as quickly as your youth Now you know its truth The eternity awaiting you
6.
Forever 02:42
Forever Time soon slips away And all the things you made are put away And there are no more games to play And I can’t stop the tide Though Lord knows I have tried, I have tried To keep the memories alive Just give me one more chance At stopping time’s advance So you and I can dance and the moment lasts forever The sands of time don’t wait And we can’t hesitate they don’t abate And now it’s much too late Cos I turned around and you were ten What happened to the days til then, can’t comprehend I want to live them all again Just give me one more chance At stopping time’s advance So you and I can dance and the moment lasts forever I’ll always be by your side Like the times we used to run and hide A love so wide I can’t keep it all inside And all I want is time to slow Though I know I have to let you grow I know, I know but it’s so hard to let you go Just give me one more chance At stopping time’s advance So you and I can dance and the moment lasts forever
7.
Know 04:42
Know Beyond the seven seas You’ll never know how far My love will never cease I’m always where you are I’ve loved you from the start The apple of my eye We’ll never be apart My love will never die So know, deep within your soul So know, I’ll never let you go, oh no You’ll never know how strong You’ll never know how wild So let me sing my song Of love to you my child Just like the brightest sun In the starry, starry night For you beloved one My love is shining bright So know, deep within your soul So know, I’ll never let you go, oh know
8.
Fly Tipper 02:19
Fly Tipper Like a fly tipper She discarded my love Like a flea-bitten mattress Or an old oven glove And she left me helpless She left me cold She left me dying By the side of the road She was a rare find so I put in a bid She was known far and wide for the things that she did And she saw I was lonely so she gave me a home But she tossed me aside like a rolling stone Like a fly tipper She discarded my love Like a flea-bitten mattress Or an old oven glove And she left me helpless She left me cold She left me dying By the side of the road Chocolates and flowers weren’t helping my cause No reply to my letters, no return of my calls I said, “Come on baby, don’t throw me away When I could be there for a rainy day” Like a fly tipper She discarded my love Like a flea-bitten mattress Or an old oven glove And she left me helpless She left me cold She left me dying By the side of the road So here ends my story but I’ll give her a tip Don’t throw out the good stuff just recycle it Now I’m washed and I’m cleaned up and I’m back on the scene And I’m waiting to be picked up if you know what I mean Like a fly tipper She discarded my love Like a flea-bitten mattress Or an old oven glove And she left me helpless She left me cold She left me dying By the side of the road
9.
My Precious One I have been forever blessed Sweet little flower princess Almond eyes deep as the land Holding my world in her hands My precious one My precious one Shining with light from above Clothed in the garments of love Beautiful girl of no age Waiting to turn her next page My precious one My precious one My precious one My precious one
10.
Stick Around 03:05
Stick Around Want you to stick around in the morning sun Want you to stick around when the day is done Want you to stick around because you're so much fun Want you to stick around Sometimes we lose our way Sometimes it feels like the world’s on our shoulders And we should just walk away Sod this for a game of soldiers When I’m not with you my world keeps falling apart I know we need to go right back to the start Want you to stick around in the morning sun Want you to stick around when the day is done Want you to stick around because you're so much fun Want you to stick around I need to hear you say They’re sticking to me like a kid and their candy For me there’s no other way Need you like Brandy Alexander needs brandy When I’m not with you my world keeps falling apart I know we need to go right back to the start Want you to stick around in the morning sun Want you to stick around when the day is done Want you to stick around because you're so much fun Want you to stick around Now I know your heart is breaking I say without hesitating They’re my rainbow And I know that we’ll get through it couldn’t stand it if we blew it never say so Oh never say so, oh no Want you to stick around when the morning comes Want you to stick around when the day is done Want you to stick around because you're so much fun Want you to stick around
11.
Sophie’s Song I’ll sparkle on a sunny day love I’ll sparkle when the sky is blue I’m not afraid love Cos all I did was true I’ll sparkle when you read my name love I’ll sparkle in the pictures of me Keep pressing on love We’re changing history It’s a sunny day but I have to go What does it matter If through me people know, know, know I’ll sparkle like the light within you I’ll sparkle like the summer sea Give thanks for life love We’re setting people free I’ll sparkle like a tree at Christmas I’ll sparkle like the starry night Don’t be afraid love We’re doing what is right It’s a sunny day but I have to go What does it matter If through me people know, know, know I’ll sparkle on a sunny day love I’ll sparkle when the sky is blue I’m not afraid love Cos all I did was true
12.
Believe Me 03:17
Believe Me I’d climb the highest mountains I’d swim the seven seas I’d cross the driest deserts Just to keep you with me I’d take a bullet for you I’d step in front of the train I’d put my head in the slipknot Not to lose you again Believe me I’d say that I was guilty I’d enter this as my plea I’d pay whatever the ransom Just to set you free I’d take the blame from your shoulders I’d get you early release I’d give you rest with the angels Make your suffering cease Believe me And I would carry your burden When you’re cold keep you warm I’d lift you over the waters Shelter you from the storm I’d walk with you through the valley Under the shadow of death I’d make your dwelling place with me When you breathe your last breath Believe me
13.
This Song 03:07
This Song I’ll tell you something because I have not forgotten To make a start on the one thing I need to say And that is something that comes from the very bottom Of my heart and it has always been that way Cos I’ve waited far too long To let you know what’s going on But because I knew I’d get the words all wrong I wrote this song To tell you all about the way I have been feeling Since the first time that I heard you call my name It’s a joy I have to share it leaves me reeling Without you my life just wouldn’t be the same But I’ve waited far too long To let you know what’s going on And because I knew I’d get the words all wrong I wrote this song So let me say I’m glad you came along And I pray that our parting won’t be long And though it’s not perfect let me sing this song I’ll tell you something just in case you have forgotten I’ll tell you something to hold on to when you go And that something is I love you top to bottom Winter, summer, spring and autumn don’t you know Cos I’ve waited far too long To let you know what’s going on And because I knew I’d get the words all wrong I wrote this song So let me say I’m glad you came along And I pray that our parting won’t be long And though it’s not perfect it’s still worth it, let me sing this song
14.
  Why Did You Break My Heart? I only came back yesterday Now yesterday is long gone I wasn’t expecting what I heard you say I couldn’t have had it more wrong Tell me why did you break my heart Tell me why did you break my heart Did you have it planned right from the start? I thought I knew you thought we had it good I thought this whole wide world was ours I had no doubt that it was understood That it was written in the stars Tell me why did you break my heart Tell me why did you break my heart Did you have it planned right from the start? Well my friends came round They took me out for a beer Easy come, easy go Was not what I wanted to hear How could you give yourself and love me so Were you just playing a part? Now everything I thought I used to know Is turned around and torn apart Tell me why did you break my heart Tell me why did you break my heart Did you have it planned right from the start? Well my friends came round They took me out for a beer Easy come, easy go Was not what I wanted to hear I only came back yesterday Now yesterday is long gone I wasn’t expecting what I heard you say I couldn’t have had it more wrong Tell me why did you break my heart Tell me why did you break my heart Did you have it planned right from the start? Tell me why did you break my heart Tell me why did you break my heart Did you have it planned right from the start?
15.
Three Wishes 03:07
Three Wishes It’s not a fairy story This is no tall tale It’s not a quest for glory Cos believe me I would fail I’m no knight in armour Crusader in a cape This is a real life drama And there’s always just one take But if I only had three wishes I’d wish the world was free And I’d wish for an end to war And I’d wish you were with me It’s like I’m in the wrong key Now that you’re not around People talking to me But I dare not make a sound If only I’d thought more clearly Before you had to go So many times I did nearly Now it’s too late to let you know That if I only had three wishes I’d wish the world was free And I’d wish for an end to war And I’d wish you were with me We can hope that one day We’ll work the whole thing out And rest like God on Sunday But I really have my doubts Maybe we’ll save the planet Make love not war our guide No need for genie’s magic But the odds aren’t on our side So if I only had three wishes I’d wish the world was free And I’d wish for an end to war And I’d wish you were with me
16.
Shine 07:03
Shine Don’t let tomorrow blind you It’s only that your future’s bright Don’t let your sorrows drown you Let’s have some fun tonight I know your heart is breaking It’s so hard to see you in pain It’s dark this road you’re taking But I know you"ll be shining again I’m yours and you are mine We’ll always be together ‘til the end of the line One life we can shine Keep on for God has found you He’s strong and he is near His loving arms surround you Let go of all your fear You know I’m right beside you Let’s make the feeling right Just let the Spirit guide you Everything is gonna be alright I’m yours and you are mine We’ll always be together ‘til the end of the line One life we can shine
17.
Real 05:24
Real It’s like I’m in The Truman show I’m the star of every scene It doesn’t matter where I go Every eye seems to be watching me I guess I took a body blow You could say that it’s an open wound I don’t remember being laid so low I didn’t think that you would go so soon I knew this day was bound to come Looks like there’s nowhere left to run Cos it’s real so real This pain that I feel Yes it’s real, it’s real it’s real, it’s real And it’s real so real This pain that I feel Yes it’s real, it’s real it’s real, it’s real Amid the pauses and the clumsy words Your gentle kindness washes over me In all the lovely things that have occurred Rooted deep within my memory I wish I didn’t have to let you go But Mother Mary whispers “Let It Be” And I take comfort for deep down I know That you’re forever watching over me But it’s real so real This pain that I feel Yes it’s real, it’s real it’s real, it’s real Yes it’s real so real This pain that I feel It’s real, it’s real it’s real, it’s real

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Recorded at home on a Tascam 424 analogue four track tape recorder, 'Reel to Reel' contains seventeen tracks and is available on cassette, CD and digital download.

'Know' promo film: youtu.be/mWMIHHIJVN8
Reel to Reel launch concert footage: youtu.be/3Te2qCuPLEg
'Pictures of You' promo film: youtu.be/1q8aPVina3c
'Shine' promo film: youtu.be/Ns6ADucl0tk
'Sophie's Song': youtu.be/cw3T8RCsdRc
Blog: www.thisisblake.com/blog

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released November 30, 2019

All songs written by Julian Pugsley except 'Nostalgia Show' by Jo Rocko and Julian Pugsley and 'Fly Tipper' by Dean Wilson and Julian Pugsley. 'The Bright Field' is based on the poem by R. S. Thomas of the same name. All songs copyright Julian Pugsley 2019.
All voices, instruments and production by Blake.

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