No Time to Cry

They sat together by the darkening sky

He looked at her as the carriage pulled by

The wind it whispered

The day grew dim

He knew right then it was up to him

Don’t cry

Time goes by

She looked closely at his face and caught a spark

Lovers walked hand in hand across the city park

The music it talked

The day bore down

He had carried too long the thorny crown

Don’t cry

Time goes by

He took her hand gently and held it tight

Neon lights flickered into a midsummer night

The memory it lingered

And the day was reborn

The undertaker blew his frugal horn

Don’t cry

Time goes by

They both shared this treasured place in time

He tied her green shawl and drank her wine

The coldness cursed

That the day did not last

Her grey headstone now just an echo of the past

Don’t cry

Time goes by

Inter Stella Overdrive

A piper at the gates of dawn

Told me today a new star had been born

From the cosmos my darkening life

Your reality cuts like a sharpened knife

A 9/11 baby cast from a planetary shell

An echo from when the twin towers fell

You are alive, alive, alive

Rock on my Inter Stella Overdrive

Café picnic

Sitting here with a glass of Malbec in my hand

Looking at pictures of the River Danube

Making a stand

Wearing a smile under my homburg hat

Wishing I was somewhere else

Stroking my cat

Then old Alexander burst upon the scene

Saying he needed to tell me where he’d just been

I looked him up and down with a withering eye

Told him to roll again and not even try

He laughed and cried with tears of rage

Opened his beak like a bird in a cage

The waitress walked over with a frown of concern

I looked at my wallet as it started to burn

There are lessons in life you have to unlearn

And mistakes are too many for me left to yearn

Oh, it’s fine to feel to free

Oh, it’s good with eyes to see

Oh, I want you and I to be

Lead me down again to the capital C

Sitting here with a glass of Shiraz in my hand

Looking at pictures of Strauss’s blue Danube

Making a stand

Wearing a smile under my old felt hat

Wishing I was somewhere else

Stroking my cat

The young waitress she sat down next to me

I smiled at her wanly and signed the billet for free

She looked me up and down and started to laugh

I told her my name and pulled up my scarf

She laughed and cried with tears of pain

And just at that moment it started to rain

The waitress walked away muttering French

I looked and my glass the dryness to quench

There are lessons in life you have to unlearn

And mistakes are too many for me left to yearn

Oh, it’s fine to feel to free

Oh, it’s good with eyes to see

Oh, I want you and I to be

Lead me down again to the capital C

Chance meeting

By the water’s edge

The light fades

On the reeds

The chords

And sounds pervade

Across one thousand miles

Your dark eyes smile

By the water’s edge

The music dances

Laughter chances

As the day advances

The stillness evades

Across one thousand miles

Your dark eyes smile

By the water’s edge

The ragged dream

The broken seam

And flowing stream

The fish cascade

Across one thousand miles

Your dark eyes smile

By the water’s edge

Your beauty sings

On coloured wings

The sunset brings

Songs are played

Across one thousand miles

Your dark eyes smile

By the water’s edge

My heart it beats

As my soul competes

The stillness creeps

Into the rustic shade

Across one thousand miles

Your dark eyes smile

Tell Me

You tell me that you love me

You tell me that it’s true

You tell me you’ll be here tomorrow

But I don’t know what to do

Cos I don’t know the reason for your loving

The reason for your lies

The reason for your confidence

The reason for your cries

I look beyond the emptiness that I feel inside

I look for something bigger on the greener side

But all the while I struggle

With this warring tide

And the words you spoke in anger

You hoped that I would die

So tell me darling, tell me

What is it that you see?

What is it that you’re hoping for?

What do you see in me?

Because you don’t tell me