Coloured Memories

It was in another lifetime

When we walked together

On the moss

Hope it stretched before us

Beneath the Southern Cross

Blue, the sky explodes above you

Green, the leaves they dapple free

Brown, the earth beneath our feet

Black, the colour of the mud

It was in another lifetime

When we talked together

In the woods

Laughter it sang so sweetly

The wine it tasted good

Blue, the sky explodes above you

Green, the leaves they dapple free

Brown, the earth beneath our feet

Black, the colour of the mud

It was in another lifetime

When we danced together

On the green

Our feet moved so swiftly

Your beauty could be seen

Blue, the sky explodes above you

Green, the leaves they dapple free

Brown, the earth beneath our feet

Black, the colour of the mud

It was in another lifetime

When we drank together

In the yard

Words they flowed so freely

Written upon a card

Blue, the sky explodes above you

Green, the leaves they dapple free

Brown, the earth beneath our feet

Black, the colour of the mud

It was in another lifetime

When we laughed together

By the lake

I told you that I loved you

Was that my last mistake?

Blue, the sky explodes above you

Green, the leaves they dapple free

Brown, the earth beneath our feet

Black, the colour of the mud

Shades of Abandoned Love

I can feel your hand upon my knee

Deceived once more by the clown inside of me

My head tells me it’s time to make a change

But my heart is screaming I need you, something strange

Love was found

Rekindled

And then lost

Sitting here trying to count

The cost

Of an abandoned love

Everybody’s wearing a disguise

To hide what they’ve got left behind their eyes

But me, I can’t cover what I am

Wherever the spirits go I’ll just follow them

Love was found

Rekindled

And then lost

Sitting here trying to count

The cost

Of an abandoned love

I’ve given up the game, I’ve got to leave

The pot of gold is only make-believe

The treasure can’t be found by men who search

Whose gods are dead and buried deep within the church

Love was found

Rekindled

And then lost

Sitting here trying to count

The cost

Of an abandoned love

We sat in an imaginary place and we kissed

I asked you please to cross me off your list

You looked at me with a smile upon your lips

Your heart it heaved towards me in another script

Love was found

Rekindled

And then lost

Sitting here trying to count

The cost

Of an abandoned love

One more time at midnight, near the wall

Put aside your unspoken fears and your shawl

Please come out from the dark room where you sit?

Let me feel your love once more before you abandon it

Love was found

Rekindled

And then lost

Sitting here trying to count

The cost

Of an abandoned love

Lonely Road

I am on a lonely road

Travelling

Deep between the hedges

Trudging the country lane

Counting the crows

Cawing across the fields Travelling Looking for something

But nothing yields

The clouds spin the same

From the sky I left behind

In the bustle of the city

Just travelling

So I can I forget about you

And forget about me

Life is something new

Travelling

On a lonely road

Looking for a key

Looking for something

To set me free

Travelling

I want to leave behind the jealousy

Leave behind the hate Leave behind my love

Hang it on your gate

And the greed

Is now unravelling

Laughter fills the air

Music fills my head

This moment is to share

For you and for me

It keeps me so well fed

Of everything that could be

Just travelling

Thinking of your face

Your gentleness

And your grace

It makes me feel so free

Travelling

 

Time and Place

This is the time I’ve been waiting for too long

This is the corner where I’ll sit and sing my song

This is the music that keeps me on my feet

This is the border, this is a place we used to meet

This is the avenue of a life devoid of any fear

This is a boardwalk between memory and cheer

This is the Instagram of a face that once smiled

This is the hope, this is the way, this is the child

These are the dying embers of the autumn of my life

These are my children, my cat and cherished wife

This is the loneliness that comes from too much pain

This is the heartache when there’s nothing left to gain

This is the moment this is the vision and this is the sky

This is the battlefield where my dreams all live and die

This is the day, the minute, the second and the end

This is the place where I’ll say farewell my friend

These are my words, my thoughts and last prayers

These are the memories I’ll leave upon your stairs

 

Four Riders of the Apocalypse

You tore away my innocence

With young fear in your hand

You sliced apart my body

Leaving scars I could not stand

You tore my friend away from me

And left open wounds to bleed

You tempted me with beauty

I was a fool indeed

You captured each of my children

And corrupted my young wife

You told lies about my character

And polluted my whole life

You murdered my good family

Took my son to begin again

Mocked each of my weaknesses

Tattooed my babies with a poison pen

You stole my house and chattels

Left me without a home

You took my family and my loved ones

Leaving me to fight alone

You threatened me with blackmail

With a dinner plate in your hand

You brought it crashing down

Something I still don’t understand

You gave me strength and patience

And the best friends in the land

You gave me love and honesty

So my enemies could not stand

You gave me hope and gentleness

And the spirit to take stock

You gave me life and laughter

And faith within a solid rock

Proverbial St Patrick’s Day

Evil succeeds when the good do nothing

I now know those words are true

I hate you for what you did to me

It came right out the blue

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

Patriotism is the last refuge

To which the scoundrel clings

I hate you for what you did to me

Where the lonely nightjar sings

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

That’s what they all do say

I hate you for what you did to me

There are no shades of grey

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

A picture is worth a thousand words

On my newspaper’s own front page

I hate you for what you did to me

Can you feel my inner rage?

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

Fortune I am told favours the bold

Who keep their blade quite clean

I hate you for what you did to me

Now your motives can be seen

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

You can lead your horse to water

But you cannot make him drink

I hate you for what you did to me

There is no time to think

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

There is no direction home

For Miss Lonely and her squire

I hate you for what you did to me

We’ll now take it to the wire

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

Actions speak louder than any words

I was taught that once before

I hate you for what you did to me

I am now waiting at your door

So how do you sleep?

How do you smile?

How do you live?

Just for a while

No One Hears the Call

Sunlight dapples

Oak tree tops

Above the leaded roof

The sky screams

Infinity

Searching for the truth

Victorian tiles

Line the attic

Of Dylan’s distant vision

The rain cascades

Torrential

Reaching no decision

Radiators rumble

Shunning silence

With dim electric noise

The heating coughs

Creative

Humanity destroys

Window shutters

Cause shadows

Upon the study wall

The day’s stillness

Meanders

No-one hears the call

The Path to Hell

What did I say? What did I do?

To create a bond between the devil and you?

Who did I kill? Who did I maim?

Why did I become your victim of blame?

I cared for my children, I kept my promises too

I earned money to buy everything for you

Now emptiness and night sweats

They fill my sleeping mind with regrets

I worked all the hours that God sent me

Like a black slave strapped to a tree

But the same irons that had bound me

Will now not set me free

Who did I trash? Who did I burn?

What did I say to cause you so much concern ?

It’s getting dark now and I’m awaiting your call

All I know is I took a terrible fall

I’ve had a few good years, but I had to fight

There’s two kinds of world, darkness and light

My eyes are wide open and within my sight

The stars are now falling out of the night

I have tried every angle, every conceit

Every action ever known to succeed

Yet every time I find small crocks of gold

I’m left carrying lead and I’m growing old

I’m not ready to go, I will fight like a man

I will take with me everybody I can

I’m losing patience and I’m tired of this trial

I’m beginning to cry just like a small child

Take off your crown, come down off your throne

What we both did cannot now be undone

My sins of commitment were in the past

Life’s running short and time will not last