Acoustic Songs

by nicholas gurney

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A collection of acoustic songs with electric bass and drums backing

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released March 30, 2017

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Track Name: Open Your Heart
open your heart like a summer flower
and let the colours shine
you stand apart with such a gentle power
how I wish that you were mine

like the sun, in the sky
you are golden up on high
like the moon on the sea
you are silver you are free

it’s been a dark kind of endless winter
now it’s time to shine a light
it's been so cold but the ice will splinter
if we focus on what's right

like the sun, in the sky
you are golden up on high
like the moon on the sea
you are silver you are free

twentyfour hour rolling news
can dim the brightest day
see all the hope for a brighter future
dwindle far away

like the sun, in the sky
you are golden up on high
like the moon on the sea
you are silver you are free

sun, sky, golden, high, moon, sea, silver, free
Track Name: When The Wind Blows High
when the wind blows high
and the grey clouds chase
across the sky in a crazy race
and I go tumbling down the helter-skelter
in a fall from grace

when the wind blows high
and the feelings break
across the sky with a violent shake
and I go tumbling down the ghost train
of my mistakes

in true isolation, I hope for salvation
to feed me the lie that I matter
In a world full of tears, suppressing all my fears
When all that I build just gets scattered

when the wind blows high
and it cuts up tough
when the storm is blowing
and the sea is rough
and I go crying for my mother
to save me

in true isolation, I hope for salvation
to feed me the lie that I matter
in a world full of tears, suppressing all my fears
when all that I build just gets scattered

it don’t matter cos nothing matters
it don’t matter cos everything matters
it don’t matter cos nothing matters
it don’t matter cos everything matters

in true isolation, I hope for salvation
to feed me the lie that I matter
in a world full of tears, suppressing all my fears
when all that I build just gets scattered

it don’t matter cos nothing matters
it don’t matter cos everything matters
it don’t matter cos nothing matters
it don’t matter cos everything matters
Track Name: There’s No Way We Can Win
is there another body hiding there
with words to speak and time to spare
is there another soul that gives a damn
with thoughts on how we get out of this jam

there’s no unpicking it, there’s no unraveling
i can’t even find one end to begin
there’s no easy answer to this twisted tangle
and there’s no easy way we can win

saw a banker on the tv today
he was sure that all the problems were going away
we didn’t need to change a thing anyway
’cos there’s no way we can win

sing high, sing low
sing flat, sing ho de ho
sing out, sing in
’cos there’s no way we can win

is there another ideology
with easy rules to follow that are plain to see
is there another shape that we could take
that would help us to see how we get out of this scrape

there is no money for to pay our way
’cos it grew wings then just flew away
as to where it’s gone, we really can’t say
and there's no way we can win

saw a politician take to the stage
the only way he figured that we could be saved
we should all learn to speak Mandarin
’cos there’s no way we can win

sing high, sing low
sing flat, sing ho de ho
sing out, sing in
’cos there's no way we can win
Track Name: In A Civilised World
follow the rules, obey the law
follow the principles, that’s what they’re for
in a civilised world, that’s what we do
in a civilised world, you would too

sometimes gotta a strength of feeling
so deep and strong, it’s got me reeling
i’m a wild man, when you do me wrong

didn’t I love you, didn’t I care?
didn’t I go the extra mile, wasn’t I fair?
in a civilised world, that’s what we do
in a civilised world, you would too

sometimes gotta a strength of feeling
so deep and strong, it’s got me reeling
i’m a wild man, when you do me wrong

woke up this morning, went to comb my hair
then I realised, there ain’t much there
in a civilised world, that’s what we do
in a civilised world, you would too

sometimes gotta a strength of feeling
so deep and strong, it’s got me reeling
i’m a wild man, when you do me wrong
Track Name: Over The Edge
here i stand before you
reach out my hand towards you
but you turn away
you turn away from me

have i done something to break your heart
give me a reason why you’re tearing us apart
you still mean that much to me
tell me how, how can this be

so i say, turn back the hands of time
go back to when the words still rhymed
instead of going over the edge, into the sea
instead of going over the edge, stay with me
stay with me, won’t you stay with me
i just don’t want it to end, won’t you stay with me

love ain’t tender when the heart beats cold
the first to know but the last to be told why
why should this be

so let’s pretend that no one knows
love may come and love may go
tell me how, how can this be
tell me why, why should this be

so i say, turn back the hands of time
go back to when the words still rhymed
instead of going over the edge, into the sea
instead of going over the edge, stay with me
please stay with me, won’t you stay with me
i just don’t want it to end, won’t you stay with me
stay with me, please stay with me
i just don’t want it to end
won’t you stay with me
Track Name: Don’t Have To Win, Do Have To Fight
it’s a long way up, to the top of that hill
it’s a hard fought road, but I’m gonna go still

they say the view from the top is achingly beautiful
but the road ahead is full of fear

it’s a long way out, to the edge of what’s known
it’s a long long climb, so far from home

they say the view from the top is achingly beautiful
but the road ahead is full of fear
riffy bit
it’s a fool kind of game, but a fool i’ll be
if i don’t even try, to see what i see

they say the view from the top is achingly beautiful
but the road ahead is full of fear
they say the way that it feels is achingly beautiful
but the price we pay is measured in tears

don’t have to win
do have to fight
do have to try
with all your might

it’s a long way up, to the top of that hill
it’s a hard fought road, but I’m gonna go still

they say the view from the top is achingly beautiful
but the road ahead is full of fear
they say the way that it feels is achingly beautiful
but the price we pay is measured in tears

don’t have to win
do have to fight
do have to try
with all your might
Track Name: A Passionate Heart
whatever winds may blow
how deep the snow at my door
there’s a fire that burns in my soul
and it’s keeping me warm

how ever cold it gets
how hard the rain starts to fall
there’s a feeling that won’t be denied
and it’s keeping me whole

these chains that bind us
these ties that hold us
the strength of a passionate heart
they hold us together, to last forever
though the world starts falling apart

let’s say that human kind
is as good as its name suggests
we may be wandering lost and bereft
but we still know right from wrong

these chains that bind us
these ties that hold us
the strength of a passionate heart
they hold us together, to last forever
though the world starts falling apart

somebody loses somebody wins
it’s just a game we play for our sins
somebody reaching out I’ll take their hand and bring them in

these chains that bind us
these ties that hold us
the strength of a passionate heart
they hold us together, to last forever
though the world starts falling apart

somebody loses somebody wins
it’s just a game we play for our sins
somebody reaching out I’ll take their hand and bring them in

these chains that bind us
these ties that hold us
the strength of a passionate heart
they hold us together, to last forever
though the world starts falling apart
Track Name: Strange
out of focus, I wander about
fixing some problems and dealing some out
i’m just a being all filled up with doubt
that’s how my days always seem to pan out

if I wasn’t sure that you were really there
you could be an angel or a wisp of thin air
you could be a vision come to save my soul
you’re so strange

where’s the begining and where is the end
will I ever know what my life should intend
if I am sane or I’ve gone round the bend
is there a reason that makes sense in the end

if I wasn’t sure that you were really there
you could be an angel or a wisp of thin air
you could be a vision come to save my soul
you’re so strange

strange, so strange
strange, so strange

i lost the instructions to build up this life
it came in a flat-pack with some screws and a knife
my patience exhausted I just did what I could
but there’s bits that don’t fit, looks like they never would

if I wasn’t sure that you were really there
you could be an angel or a wisp of thin air
you could be a vision come to save my soul
you’re so strange

strange, so strange
strange, so strange
Track Name: A World Away
before i met you it was always the same
another day over start a new one again
before i met you it was all coloured grey
another day older nothing much to say

looking back, tell me which way is up
i thought i had it down but i was all out of luck
looking back i was out on a limb
looking pretty bright but really so dim

now, i’m a world away
from that joker in the pack what a fool i played
and now, i’m a world away
i’m never going back it’s with you i’ll always stay

since i met you every word seems to rhyme
so much more to this life than just the dollars and dimes
you taught so much more than i ever knew
i’m a little overwhelmed but feeling better than new

looking back gives me a pain in the neck
embarrasing to say i was a bit of a wreck
looking back i’m happy to see
i can leave it all behind i got a new way to be

now, i’m a world away
from that joker in the pack what a fool i played
and now, i’m a world away
i’m never going back cos with you i’ll always stay

looking back, tell me which way is up
i thought i had it down but i was all out of luck
looking back i was out on a limb
looking pretty bright but really so dim

now, i’m a world away
from that joker in the pack what a fool i played
and now, i’m a world away
i’m never going back it’s with you i’ll always stay

now, i’m a world away
from that joker in the pack what a fool i played
and now, i’m a world away
i’m never going back it’s with you i’ll always stay
Track Name: Trust
can you trust what you read in the papers?
can you trust what you see on TV?
can you trust what you hear on the grapevine?
can you trust what your eyes say they see?

that’s the train to paranoia
and the world of conspiracy
if you can’t trust what your senses tell you
how can you trust in me?

i will never lie to you
i will always be true
i will never falsify
the things that i say and do

you can’t believe what some people tell you
though they say they’ll take any test
they may believe in the words they’re saying
but it’s just an impression at best

is that the train to paranoia
and the world of conspiracy?
if you can’t trust what your senses tell you
how can you trust in me?

i will never lie to you
i will always be true
i will never falsify
the things that i say and do

you can search for rain in the desert
you can search for heat at the poles
you can search for stillness in a hurricane
and then find it in your soul

if that’s the train to paranoia
and the world of conspiracy
you have to trust what your senses tell you
just have to hope you will trust in me

i will never lie to you
i will always be true
i will never falsify
the things that i say and do
Track Name: Everything
everytime that your’re around
there’s static in the air makes a crackling sound
strange communications i pick up
on a wavelength from outer space

somehow i understand these strange words
spoken in a tongue not of mother earth
carried by a solar wind across the universe

reaching out i touch your hand
like crossing over polar ice until i reach dry land
beyond the furthest known to man
to an island undiscovered

somehow i recognise this strange sand
shifting in a sea not of mother earth
carried by a solar wind across my universe

you speak to me
in words without a written form that no one can pronounce
defining in a moment of perfect understanding
connecting me to everything, everything

reaching out i touch your hand
like crossing over polar ice until i reach dry land
beyond the furthest known to man
to an island undiscovered

somehow i recognise this strange sand
shifting in a sea not of mother earth
carried by a solar wind across my universe

you speak to me
in words without a written form that no one can pronounce
defining in a moment of perfect understanding
connecting me to everything, everything
Track Name: Understanding
understanding, that’s what I want
a little understanding, that’s what I need
understanding is that too much to ask
understanding, won’t you take heed

treat me with compassion, that’s what I want
to be treated with compassion, that’s what I need
treat me with compassion, is that too much to ask
treat me with compassion, won’t you take heed

ask me where we come from but I don’t know
ask me where we’re headed and the same thing goes
the guilty try so hard how we all want to win
as if winning was the answer to everything

a large sum of money, that’s what I want
a large sum of money, that’s what I need
a large sum of money is that too much to ask
a large sum of money, won’t you take heed

all i’ve ever dreamed of, that’s what i want
all i’ve ever dreamed of, that’s what i need
all i’ve ever dreamed of is that too much to ask
all i’ve ever dreamed of, won’t you take heed

ask me where we come from but I don’t know
ask me where we’re headed and the same thing goes
the guilty try so hard how we all want to win
as if winning was the answer to everything

round and round we go, up and down we go
round in circles kind of makes our heads spin
round and round we go, up and down we go
round in circles, till somebody wins
round and round we go, up and down we go
round in circles as if to punish our sins

the whole world to love me, that’s what I want
the whole world to love me, that’s what I need
the whole world to love me, is that too much to ask
the whole world to love me, won’t you take heed

ask me where we come from but I don’t know
ask me where we’re headed and the same thing goes
the guilty try so hard how we all want to win
as if winning was the answer to everything

round and round we go, up and down we go
round in circles kind of makes our heads spin
round and round we go, up and down we go
round in circles, till somebody wins
round and round we go, up and down we go
round in circles as if to punish our sins
Track Name: Roll The Dice
i know it stands to reason, i probably won’t win
but i can’t help believing, take a chance on a spin
the world is on its axis and that’s the way it stays
but dinosaurs once ruled the earth and
none of them was saved

times change, some things carry on
some things will stop and forever be gone
you have to take a chance on a spin
can a loser ever win

somewhere it is written, high up in the sky
the future is a script we follow till the day we die
but I am not so certain that it’s all set in stone
every step that we go forward takes us
into the unknown

and who knows which way it will go
it’s burning me up can’t you see that it’s so
you have to take a chance on a spin
can a loser ever win

and who knows which way it will go
it’s burning me up can’t you see that it’s so
times change, some things carry on
some things will stop and forever be gone
you have to take a chance on a spin
can a loser ever win

to live in isolation a hermit on a beach
disconnected from society impossible to reach
we have to work together, together that’s the key
the forces we can generate are deeper than the sea

and who knows which way it will go
it’s burning me up can’t you see that it’s so
times change, some things carry on
some things will stop and forever be gone
you have to take a chance on a spin
can a loser ever win

so roll the dice and see what we get
we might just strike it lucky but we have to take a bet
Track Name: The Journey
I'm a traveller on a journey
To a well known destination
And the road is well travelled and worn
I'm the only one to walk it
With what I carry on my back
My clothes are all dusty and torn

For those that will follow
I wish you all good luck
For those that went before I have respect
The road is never easy
How it challenges us all
The questions that it poses must be met

So walk till the sun goes down
And sleep till the morning sounds
Wake you at the breaking of dawn
It's the road you have to follow
And it's the same again tomorrow
The same one since the day that we were born

I'm a pilgrim on a mission
The learning curve is steep
I'm searching for the answers I need
Through the ups and downs I travel
Never reaching journeys end
That day will come soon enough indeed

For those that will follow
I wish you all good luck
For those that went before I have respect
The road is never easy
How it challenges us all
The questions that it poses must be met

So walk till the sun goes down
And sleep till the morning sounds
Wake you at the breaking of dawn
It's the road you have to follow
And it's the same again tomorrow
The same one since the day that we were born