Will the Real Blake Please Stand Up (Demos, Rare & Unreleased Vol. 2)

by Blake

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1.
So Long 02:54
So Long Yesterday morning I was sitting at the table The sun was shining I thought I’d go and watch the football Then I saw the letters falling through the door And feeling sick inside I picked them up off the floor The one that had my name on I had seen the writing before It came from her It said so long We had some fun together now I really must be getting along Don’t take it wrong I never said forever but I won’t leave you hanging on I folded it up and then I wrote return to sender I smashed my favourite cup The one she bought me then I went on a bender Met up with Deano in the Dog & Duck These girls were chatting to us, thought I’d try my luck The one with longer hair did not appear to be too terribly struck (You can’t blame her) She said so long We had some fun together now I really must be getting along Don’t take it wrong I never said forever and I won’t leave you hanging on So long
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Josephine 02:38
Josephine I always wished that you and I Could get in tune but time went by I’d think of all the things we’d do Now I’m alone and he’s with you I thought that we were more than friends I thought you’d see it in the end Now I just wait and hope and pray You’ll understand it all one day I take one day at a time But I just can’t seem to get you out of my mind Josephine Josephine You’re the answer to my dreams Josephine Do you remember what we said When we were lying on my bed I told you how our love could grow You taught me things I couldn’t know I take one day at a time But I just can’t seem to get you out of my mind Josephine Josephine You’re the answer to my dreams Josephine
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Wait and See 03:52
Wait and See I can tell I know you so well Nearly a lifetime Born at the right time I can see you’re longing to be There in the sunshine Want to throw you a lifeline Don’t wait for night to come around This is the right time I won’t let you down Days fly away when your life is OK Sometimes it’s boring Getting up in the morning Pictures of you in the places we knew Feel like I’m falling Didn’t have any warning Don’t wait for night to come around This is the right time I won’t let you down Just wait and see Just wait and see Just wait and see what you mean to me Watching you play and the future seemed OK Laughing together Never say never I can't say that the hurt’s gone away Cos I can remember And some things last forever Don’t wait for night to come around This is the right time I won’t let you down Just wait and see Just wait and see Just wait and see what you mean to me Just wait and see Just wait and see Just wait and see what you mean to me
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Don't Ask 03:36
Don't Ask Don't ask I won't tell you Better left unsaid Leave it in the shadows Pretend that it's dead But when I'm with you We can pretend it isn't true It doesn't matter what you say It's never going to go away It's in the past But it catches up fast So don't ask Daylight won't protect you Summer never stays In the end it will get you No-one gets away But when I'm with you We can pretend it isn't true It doesn't matter what you say It's never going to go away It's in the past But it catches up fast So don't ask I can see it coming I can feel it coming I can feel it coming I can see it coming
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The Lazy Y 02:18
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Free 03:24
Free Come with me around the world Let’s see what we can find There’s nothing left here for me Want to leave it all behind Cos I can’t stand every day Tied to the same wheel And I won’t live my life this way Cos this is how I feel It’s how I feel I want to be free to be myself I want to be free and no-one else Is gonna stop me from being myself I want to be free cos that’s the way I feel Should we go South to find the sun Or take a trip out West Or maybe head out for the East That way might be best Cos I can’t stand every day Tied to the same wheel And I won’t live my life this way Cos this is how I feel It’s how I feel I want to be free to be myself I want to be free and no-one else Is gonna stop me from being myself I want to be free cos that’s the way I feel That’s the way I feel That’s the way I feel I want to be free Let me be free
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Time Passes Quickly You will be wrong, you will be right You will be strong, you’ll lose a fight You’ll be picked up, you’ll get knocked down But one thing that I know is time passes quickly You’ll win the lot, you’ll lose it all You’ll have your back against the wall You’ll stay out late, you’ll look within But one thing that I know is time passes quickly Live in the moment Live in the moment Live in the moment You’ll settle down, you may break up You may have kids, they’ll soon grow up You’ll get a job, you’ll give up work But one thing that I know is time passes quickly
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Find My Way Back Home I bought a ticket I lost the ticket stub I tried to fix it But I can feel the rub I bought a football I couldn’t score a goal Went to the church hall I couldn’t fill the hole But I know there’s someplace I belong I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home Jumped in the deep end But I forgot to swim She was my best friend But she left me for him I started drinking And now I’m feeling down This boat is sinking I wonder if I’ll drown But I know there’s someplace I belong I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home Stopped by the water To watch the breakers roll No body altar I try to find my soul I know there’s someplace I belong I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home I gotta find my way back home
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Darling Josephine See the sad girl on the stair She’s like an angel but more fair But she doesn’t notice me stand there For she is frozen, unaware Her hair falls past her shoulders Shining golden like the setting sun Her heart is getting colder She’s waiting for the night to come Oh my darling Josephine Well I don’t know what you have seen But it’s OK the past has been And things are never what they seem See the tears fall from her face It’s like she’s falling out of grace There is no movement there to trace But her heart races and her mind keeps pace She stares into the distance She wonders what it is that she’s done She offers no resistance She’s waiting for the night to come Oh my darling Josephine Well I don’t know what you have seen But it’s OK the past has been And things are never what they seem She sees the storm clouds in the skies In the skies From the darkness of her eyes From her eyes
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I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight If you go, let me know Leave a forwarding address If you stay, we’ll find a way To get ourselves out of this mess I want to show you what it means To love you but we don’t have to scream Cos I don’t want to fight tonight I don’t want to fight I don’t want to fight tonight I just want to tell you It’s gonna be alright Alright Alright Alright Funny how we allow All this anger to collide Sacrifice compromise We should see things from both sides I want to show you what it means To love you but we don’t have to scream Cos I don’t want to fight tonight I don’t want to fight I don’t want to fight tonight I just want to tell you It’s gonna be alright If you go, let me know Leave a message on my phone If you stay, we’ll find a way It’s not good to be alone I want to show you what it means To love you but we don’t have to scream Cos I don’t want to fight tonight I don’t want to fight I don’t want to fight tonight I just want to tell you It’s gonna be alright Alright Alright Alright
12.
Follow 01:53
Follow I sat at my window looked at the grey clouds all around The rain falling softly hit the ground without a sound There seemed no answer to my prayer I was uncertain that you were there I called your name I heard your voice It was so strange I had no choice I called your name I heard your voice I had no choice but to follow I sat at my window looked at the grey clouds all around Thoughts falling from me hit the ground without a sound There seemed no answer to my prayer I was uncertain that you were there I called your name I heard your voice It was so strange I had no choice I called your name I heard your voice I had no choice but to follow
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She’s My Baby She makes me cry and she makes me laugh, my baby She makes my dinner and she runs my bath, my baby She knows I’ll never sign an autograph, my baby She’s my baby She always treats me right She’s my baby My baby’s alright She treats me cold but she keeps me warm, my baby She’s got a temper like a thunderstorm, my baby She earns me money and she fills in forms, my baby She’s my baby She always treats me right She’s my baby My baby’s alright She likes it hot and she likes to talk, my baby She likes to drive she don’t like to walk, my baby She loves the telly but she hates the sport, my baby She’s my baby She always treats me right She’s my baby My baby’s alright She’s the best woman that I ever found, my baby She gives me loving when I’m feeling down, my baby She knows what it takes to reach the higher ground, my baby She’s my baby She always treats me right She’s my baby My baby’s alright She’s alright, she’s alright
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For What It’s Worth I try to be free I try to be me But there’s always someone wants to put me in a box I try to believe I try to perceive But there’s always someone wants to know how much I’ve got For what it’s worth I’ll repeat myself For what it’s worth I’ll cheat myself For what it’s worth But I am not for sale I try to see I try to agree But there’s always someone wants to put me in my place I try to pray I try to obey But there’s always someone wants to throw it in my face For what it’s worth I’ll excuse myself For what it’s worth I will lose myself For what it’s worth I’ll refuse myself For what it’s worth I’ll abuse myself For what it’s worth But I am not for sale

about

I spent a couple of months at the end of last year trawling through my archives of four track tapes stretching from the end of the nineties to the middle of the noughties and decided that the time was right to release an album of some of the orphaned tracks I discovered.

What was weird was that I came across quite a few songs that I had no memory of writing or recording at all. For instance, I remembered the track 'Darling Josephine', but I had absolutely no memory that I had also written and recorded a song called 'Josephine', too.

Some of the songs are literally the rough four (and sometimes two) track demos I knocked together; whereas I've embellished some of them using Logic in order to complete the song idea. For instance, 'Live in the Moment' only had guitar tracks and one vocal track, so I added backing vocals, bass, drums and keyboards because it was obviously designed as a 'band' number. Where I've been able to, I've left them untouched.

This album is free to download.

There's plenty more where these came from so I expect there'll be a Volume 3 before too long!

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released April 6, 2008

Produced by Blake.
All songs written by and Copyright Julian Pugsley 2021 except 'Don't Ask' written by Magda McQueen.
All voices and instruments by Blake except lead vocals and bass on 'Don't Ask' by Magda McQueen.

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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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