Acoustic Songs

by nicholas gurney

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Strange 03:29
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
10.
A World Away 03:23
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
11.
Trust 04:01
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
12.
Everything 04:02
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
13.
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
14.
The Journey 04:05
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

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