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The Book on Love

by Blake

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1.
Penelope Please You would never know But you made me feel so low You made me feel so low And you could never see Just what you meant to me What you meant to me I was never one to ask you for the time I was never one to beg you to be mine Please Penelope Won’t you be with me Penelope please You wouldn’t understand How I’d love to hold your hand I want to hold your hand I couldn’t ask for more 'Cos you’re all that I’ve wished for All that I’ve wished for I was never one to go with lots of girls 'Cos there’s only one that I want in my world Please Penelope Won’t you be with me Penelope please Can you see me looking Up at you on your pedestal I can hear you talking With your friends you’re incredible How I wish that you would go with me But you don’t notice me at all Please Penelope Won’t you be with me Penelope please
2.
The Circle 03:14
The Circle Now and then We see the sun shine through the trees But who knows when The time will come for us to take our leave We come, go, why nobody knows Life is a circle round and round it goes We live, die, nobody knows why Life is a circle it’s hello and goodbye The snowbells bloom We see the life sprouting in the ground And very soon New beginnings will again abound We come, go, why nobody knows Life is a circle round and round it goes We live, die, nobody knows why Life is a circle it’s hello and goodbye We’re telling lies to ourselves We’re telling lies to ourselves We all must die Of dust we’re made of dust we yet shall be So give no sigh Another year another life for we Come, go, why nobody knows Life is a circle round and round it goes Live, die, nobody knows why Life is a circle it’s hello and goodbye
3.
Blue Star 02:53
Blue Star Well I do despair You came on like a star Lighter than thin air I do adore you from afar Oh-oh my baby blue star All I want is to be in the light wherever you are It’s a terrible thing Beauty such as yours I’m struck by lightning You in the clouds, me on the floor Oh-oh my baby blue star All I want is to be in the light wherever you are My reason laid waste And my heart laid bare I know I can taste The reality that is out there Oh-oh my baby blue star All I want is to be in the light wherever you are
4.
Lost Ground 03:55
Lost Ground I was surrounded by the finest minds I was doing the best that I could But then it happened I ran out of line I got stuck out in the back woods There was nowhere to go And everything was so slow And I was feeling so low with it all But one or two friends had a spark for life Reigniting the engine that stalled I really needed to chase it down Because I wanted to turn it round I had to make up all that lost ground I very slowly started writing lines And I learned from the very best My parents told me I was wasting time So I knew I was passing the test There was something to see There was someone to be There was a future for me after all A heavy, heavy weight was lifted off And I ran like a child with a ball I really needed to chase it down Because I wanted to turn it round I had to make up all that lost ground And now I’m older I still have the spark And I know that it never dies And if they tell you you don’t make the mark Then you know that they’re just telling lies Because there’s something inside You can’t see from the outside That you can call on besides what you know It doesn’t matter what you call that thing Just believe it and go where it goes I really needed to chase it down Because I wanted to turn it round I had to make up all that lost ground
5.
Until Tomorrow The weathervane keeps his eye upon the winds of change Keeps on turning in the sun and the rain To him it’s all the same It’s quite obscene how loneliness is everywhere it seems Haunted by the loss of our broken dreams People are not machines It’s a beautiful day So let’s all go out to play Hey what do you say for yesterday’s gone And it won’t be long until tomorrow The moneyman is knocking on your door to fill his can Makes no difference ‘cause he won’t understand You have to meet his demands You turned and ran back to the time before it all began Back to the place that’s safe The past where you can feel no-one will reach their hand It’s a beautiful day So let’s all go out to play Hey what do you say for yesterday’s gone And it won’t be long until tomorrow It’s a beautiful day Let’s all go out to play Hey what do you say for yesterday’s gone And it won’t be long until tomorrow We’ll blow those grey clouds away And we will be on our way until tomorrow comes So let’s all go out to play Hey what do you say for yesterday’s gone And it won’t be long until tomorrow It’s a beautiful day Let’s all go out to play Hey what do you say for yesterday’s gone And it won’t be long until tomorrow
6.
Happy 02:44
Happy I remember what you said when you asked me to move on And I remember that your head can’t have been tightly screwed on Whatever happened to those brighter days When there was nothing standing in our way Now all your ducks are in a row and now All the pieces you control and now No-one’s there to tell you no Are you happy? There was nothing for me left by the end you were no fun I never felt at all bereft in my mind you could do one Whatever happened to those brighter days When there was nothing standing in our way Now all your ducks are in a row and now All the pieces you control and now No-one’s there to tell you no Are you happy? No-one’s an island but I guess you think you won’t be the blue one And you may think I’m second best at least I know I need someone And I look forward to some brighter days Now you’re no longer standing in my way Now all your ducks are in a row and now All the pieces you control and now No-one’s there to tell you no Are you happy?
7.
San Sebastián When I think it took so long to find you Now I know I couldn’t live without you No-one else it’s always been about you Tried so hard to make it in my own way The path was barred but I was too proud to say I’d shown my cards now there were none left to play Wheels coming off On the road from San Sebastián I had to stop I lost control You picked me up Everyone needs a companion I can’t believe my luck I’m coming home I had a problem getting information There was an issue with communication Things I said seemed to get lost in translation The pilgrims go on an unfinished journey From Santiago to unending mercy The day was slow and I was feeling thirsty Wheels coming off On the road from San Sebastián I had to stop I lost control You picked me up Everybody needs a champion I can’t believe my luck I’m coming home
8.
Walking Away 03:11
Walking Away I’ve had enough of bullshit and lies I’ve had my fill of wandering eyes I’ve had a belly full of false starts Machiavellian stabs at my heart I’m walking away from it today I’m walking away from it today I’m walking away from it today I’m walking away I wasn’t looking to start any wars I wasn’t pushing to scrap on the floor Minding my business from the far side Finding I’m witness to all this inside I’m walking away from it today I’m walking away from it today I’m walking away from it today I’m walking away Walking away From things I use to feel OK The strings like a noose that betray You held a mirror up to my face I saw a shivering man in disgrace You turned it round and asked me what I saw Smiling I found him the boy from before I’m walking away with you today I’m walking away with you today I’m walking away with you today I’m walking away
9.
Beatified 02:26
Beatified You shone so bright I was living in darkness before You were the light I fell to my knees to adore It felt so right Of nothing had I been so sure Love at first sight I never wanted anything more Beatified From this feeling there was nowhere to run or to hide Beatified I was reeling and no-one with whom I could confide Been a long time gone The memory it still endures I know it won’t be long Until my hand’s again in yours I’m not always strong But my faith is not romantic conceit I know I’m not wrong The Beloved’s kiss still tastes so sweet Beatified From this feeling there was nowhere to run or to hide Beatified I was reeling and no-one with whom I could confide
10.
The Book on Love All is fair in love and war I can’t remember what it is we’re fighting for But I can’t compete this time And I may just lose my my mind You know I never said I wrote the book on love There were no words in my head dictated from above But I wish that I had read the blessed book on love The book on love You pierced my heart with cold blue steel These war games that you play are certainly for real You know I never said I wrote the book on love There were no words in my head dictated from above But I wish that I had read the blessed book on love The book on love I’m not an expert in this line But I know when things are not fine And they are positively poor And have we gone too far this time Now we have crossed enemy lines What if we don’t survive this war If we surrender what’s the cost If the fighting stops we’ll see exactly what we’ve lost You know I never said I wrote the book on love There were no words in my head dictated from above But I wish that I had read the blessed book on love The book on love
11.
Magpie 01:29
Magpie Magpie magpie Purple and green Sailing blue skies Eyes so keen Tell me something What did you find What’s the one thing On your mind Magpie magpie Living so free Magpie don’t fly Wait for me Magpie magpie In the spring And when nights Are drawing in Winter frost and Summer rain In all seasons You remain Magpie magpie Where have you been Won’t you tell me All you’ve seen Magpie magpie Singular one I am happy When you come In the barley Or the wood Magpie magpie My luck is good

credits

released May 27, 2022

All songs written by Julian Pugsley except 'Blue Star' by Richard Bousfield. All voices and instruments by Blake except recorder on 'Penelope Please' by Sarah Pugsley, mandolin on 'The Circle' by Tom Moose and backing vocals on 'Blue Star' by Joe Brown. Mixed by Dominic Bailey-Clay at Nine Volt Leap Studios in Melksham. Many thanks to Sarah, Daisy, Noah, Dom, Tom, Joe and all at Subjangle

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Blake England, UK

Lo-fi /60s /indie pop /psych /jangle pop /singer-songwriter and DIY musician from the UK. Proudly signed to the Subjangle record label. Mailing list sign up (receive a free download of my song 'Vinyl Junkie'): eepurl.com/dV04f

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