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BEAUTIFUL YEAR

(Leo Sayer)

Did I die
Did the sun fall out of the sky
Did a tear from an elephant’s eye
Come and drown the world
Took away tomorrow

Did you hear
On the day that I dissapeared
They were marching down in the street
They were changing things
Then I woke up here

To all the fear
The ending of a brilliant career
Yeah yeah

I left a book
Now it’s gone I don’t know where to look
And a coat that I left on a hook
And a thought I had
Seemed to last forever

Now I’m here
And I wish you’d all dissapear
Oh the coast isn’t awfully clear
And the bridge is burned
And I can’t see clear

For all the fear
It could have been a beautiful year
Yeah yeah

If all our dreams are gone
In summer’s fading song
For everyone here
This living in fear
It’s so wrong

Can I go
Can I get me a ticket to show
I may walk just a little too slow
But I’ll find my way
Across the barricades

So come along
‘Cos I know that’s where we belong
Something here is terribly wrong
So take a backward step
In the rear-view mirror

And leave the fear
That killed off a beautiful year
Yeah yeah

If all all our dreams are gone
In summer’s fading song
Oh for everyone here
This living in fear
Yeah for everyone here
Still living in fear
Oh for everyone here
This living in fear
Is just plain wrong
So wrong

…. So take a backward step in the rear-view mirror
Find that happy place and reject the fear
We’re being programmed into such a sorry state
Where we can’t trust ourselves, our friends our mates
But when you look at life, the way it used to be
We wouldn’t stand for this, we’d just get up and leave
So don’t just follow, like a lost sheep
Make up your own mind, ‘bout who you’d like to be
Make a choice today and spread your love
Join with the earth and the sky above
Make everyday such a beautiful day
And don’t allow these fools to get in your way
Greet your neighbour with a shake of the hand
Go to your enemy with a peaceful plan
And if you do all this, I swear you’ll be
Content and free
And as happy as me

COMPETING WITH A DJ

(Leo Sayer)

I – am competing with a DJ
We – we both fancy the same girl
She – she says she’s leaning to the DJ
He – he wants her in his DJ World

Well she sends him SMS
She gives me PMS
My ship is in distress
Though I’m working at my best
On the list she’s just a guest
In her best-est little dress
I swear I’m such a mess
While he looks so cool and fresh

Oh I – am competing with DJ
We – are after the same job
He – he’s only got a box of records
I – I got a band who treat me like a dog

Well I get them food and rooms
We set up in the afternoon
He walks in pretty cool and just goes on
His driver gets the car and as soon as the last track starts
He walks out with my girlfriend on his arm

Now She – she is living with a DJ
I – I’m still waiting to get paid
I – I’m due in court on Monday
To get back my van ‘cos it got towed away

Remix!

Life is so unfair
People say they do but it seems they just don’t care
Gotta stop what’s goin’ on
Or we’re gonna get replaced before too long…

I – have been replaced by a DJ
He – he doesn’t do things same as me
But I – I think I caught him looping
And if I’m right it seems he’s gonna be paying me…

Well my girlfriend called this morning
She says he’s lost the plot
She says he’s so unfaithful
And he spends more than he’s got
She says the beat gets boring
It’s tedious and long
And she cannot stand his snoring
‘Cos he’s sleeping all day long

I – have been competing with a DJ
But I – I think that I’m am in the lead
He – cannot replicate real music
‘Cos human life can’t be replaced by USB’s

Work it!

HOW DID WE GET SO OLD?

(Leo Sayer)

She is my Mona Lisa
I am her Charlie Chan
We live a life so easy
Doing the least we can

I thought by now that time would
Have taken all it’s grisly toll
So how did we get so old?

She says I drive too slowly
But I’ve got the hammer down
We’re off to see the young ones
Dressed up like circus clowns

They’ll probably ignore us
They’ll be so hot
We’ll be so cold
Oh how did we get so old?

Outside it’s Palm Tree morning
Under the bluest sky
We’re living free from worry
Chasing our cares goodbye

This is our anniversary
But we’re young at heart
So we’ve been told
How did we get so old…

Park in a senior’s car space
Go see a movie on the cheap
We’re high as kites for taking
A thousand pills a week

Wisdom’s a great salvation
Hindsight is worth a pot of gold
How did we get so old?

REVOLUTION OF THE HEART

(Leo Sayer/Albert Hammond)

Standing on the edge
Watching the horizon
Climbing on a ledge
To see the sun arising
Standing all alone – this time

Looking at my life
I’m busy getting nowhere
But I’m not alone
I’m like everybody out there
Gotta make a change – this time

Sometimes you need a revolution of the heart
Sometimes you need to take a stand
There’s people here that want to blow this world apart
And we long for love

Running through the rain
Where the tears are falling
Everyone’s in pain
I hear their voices calling
Everybody knows – it’s time

Gonna build a bridge
Bridge across the ocean
To the other side
Set the wheels in motion
Everybody knows – it’s time

We’re gonna make a revolution of the heart
This time we’re gonna take a stand
There’s people here that want to blow this world apart
Still we long for love
Yes we long for love
Yes we long – for – love

….Everybody knows – it’s time

We’re gonna make a revolution of the heart
This time we’re gonna take a stand
There’s people here that want to blow this world apart
Still we long for love
Yes we long for love
Still we long for love
Yes we long – for – love

MILLENNIUM WHEEL

(Leo Sayer)

I took a ride on a London bus
Just by Spitalfields
Trying to avoid the rush
Working for my daily meal

A man says have you heard
They’re putting up a big wheel
On the side of the river Thames
To mark the end of the century

And I wonder if we ever learn
By the way the seasons turn
Why’s it’s all the rage, turning history’s page
On a book that we’re gonna burn

Still I wanna be the first to ride
Take a trip across the sky
In a car that’s gonna fly
Ride the millennium
Ride the millennium

The river running round the bend
From the east to the west end
The best hour you’ll ever spend
When you ride the millennium
Ride the millennium wheel

Singing
This is my town
This is my town, my town
This is my town, my town
Everybody’s on the make
Icing up the sugar cake
Yeah they all wanna be a star
Like gangsters in a Soho bar

I met a banker with a money roll
Who said the streets are paved with gold
But I’ve never even seen a cent
And I don’t where my Euro went

If you’re feeling a little down
We can spin your life around
You’ll be lost and found when you leave the ground
And you’re high above this town

And I wanna be the first to ride
Take a trip into the sky
Well the future’s really gonna fly
When we ride the millennium
Ride the millennium

See the river running round the bend
From the west to the east end
It’s a dream that’ll never end
When you ride the millennium
Ride the millennium wheel

Singing
This is my town
This is my town, my town
This is my town
My town

RESTLESS YEARS

(Leo Sayer/Albert Hammond)

Ride the train that’s headed nowhere
Easy going like you don’t care
Find a station, get off somewhere
In your restless years

Hold on when your dreams are fading
Can’t see all that you’re creating
Rainbows that you can’t stop chasing
Through your restless years

You focus on the stars
You hold a tarot card
The king of fools…

So pick the lock, find the stairway
Send your dreams across the airwaves
Your confusion’s temporary
In your restless years

You focus on your heart
You keep yourself apart
Too much to lose
Just don’t compare yourself
To anybody else
With what you’re going through…

Hold up your head, like you’re winning
Though it seems you’re just beginning
Little stones that you’ve been skimming
Through your restless years
Through your restless years
These are your restless years

ONE GREEN WORLD

(Leo Sayer)

Well it doesn’t take a genius
To figure out the signs
There are many here among us
Who have no respect for life
We live in such addiction
To these bold exotic times
When it doesn’t matter how you get there
More the height you climb

But just take a moment
A moment in time
Think of the future
For this is your life
A people divided
A paradise lost
One green world

Lonely politicians
Harbingers of doom
Captains of industry
Rise above the gloom
Walk the world beneath you
Tell me what you see
Crazy schemes and broken dreams
To set this planet free

But if we restore it
Oh you leave it alone
For every tree fallen
A new world is grown
A solid foundation that we call home
One green world
This could be, one green world

The world is sick
The world is blind
The world is suffering from a human crime

We can rebuild it if you’ll let it be
Bring back the forests
And clean up the sea
Oh it’ll be so nice to live here
In air that you can breathe
One green world

So just take a moment
Before all is lost
The natural order
Is the one that we forgot
One brave step forward
And then we will see
Such a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful green world

The world is sick
The world is blind
The world is suffering from a human crime

THE WRONG MAN

(Leo Sayer)

I was set up, my credit was gone
I was a patsy, in a world gone wrong
Because I revealed that the truth was a lie
Though I committed no sin, committed no crime
So they locked me away, and buried the key
So that the world would forget about me
Now I’m the boy in the bubble, I’m the link the chain
I’m the cause and the trouble, that’s bringing you pain

I was set up, I was deceived
Even my Guardian angel, cheated on me
Through the media hype, political waste
This dirty propaganda, made me a figure of hate

All I needed was a few more days
All I needed was a friendly face
All I needed was a distant hope
Not a hopeless dream going up in smoke
All I needed was the air to breathe
All I needed was your belief
I wasn’t looking for to change the world
To make my name or to fill my purse

Now there’s no time, no time to live
No rail for the peace train, on a broken bridge
But when the battle’s over, when the fear recedes
You’ll see that your demon, was just little ‘ol me

I’m not important, it’s not about my voice
I don’t call these changes, I don’t have such a choice
So please forgive me, if I done you wrong
If I have strayed, from the path we’re on

All I’m saying is it’s time to choose
All I’m saying is the honest truth
We’re all living on a dead end street
People dying, hungry mouths to feed
Oh I know that the pressure’s on
I don’t know where the next buck comes from
Must be something more to it all
Than sittin’ contemplating our decline and fall

So be damned, let’s take this stand
Though it won’t be easy, we’ll follow the plan
With documentary evidence, undeniable proof
Why deny the ocean
When it’s a mountain of truth
So if you agree
That water makes sand
Why deny the ocean?
When you’ve got the wrong man

And like the truth is written
Why deny the proof
Why deny the evidence
It’s the burden of proof
Just for a moment
A moment in time
The truth comes out
And the world will be fine
But if you’re looking in the ocean
Why deny the sand
You’re looking in the wrong place
When you’ve got the wrong man

LOOK AROUND

(Leo Sayer/Albert Hammond)

You say that love haunts you
You still think that no-one wants you
Look around, look around, look around

There’s sadness, there’s danger
They treat you like you’re a stranger
Look around, look around, look around

Yeah, Look around, look around, look around

I’ll be there
And you’ll never be lonely anymore
No you’ll never be lonely no more
Never be lonely anymore
You’ve only gotta say

If this world feels cold and blue
If you feel like you can’t get through

We’ll talk love, we’ll make love
Create where there once was no love
Look around, look around, look around

And I swear
You will never be lonely anymore
Never be lonely anymore
Never be lonely anymore
You’ve only gotta say

When you feel like you can’t go on
And all your hope is gone

I ‘aint no expert in this broken heart business
I got burned
It’s the price you pay, for going all the way
No-one learns

Don’t shake now, don’t wake now
Stay here in this warm embrace now
Look around, look around, look around

Yeah, Look around, look around, look around

And I’ll be there
And you’ll never be lonely anymore
No, you’ll never be lonely no more
Look around, look around, look around
Yeah look around, look around, look around
I’ll be there
And you’ll never be lonely anymore
No more, no more
You’ll be lonely no more

THE RADIO SONG

(Leo Sayer)

I died on a zebra crossing Abbey Road
I choked on a burger down in Tupelo
I drowned face down like a Rolling Stone
Crashed with the Crickets in the Oklahoma Snow

I was burned on a pyre by the Joshua Tree
O.D’d in a bath down in old Paree
Jumped from the bus off the Brunel Bridge
And they’re still out looking for me

Now this Sexual Healing’s got me Rocking and Reeling
Singin’ Oh What a Feeling I’m Dancin’ On The Ceiling
Won’t you Gimme Some Loving baby, Hold On I’m Coming
‘Cos Here Comes The Sun and Those Were The Days
We Threw It All Away in a Purple Haze

I can’t feel it anymore
I can’t feel it anymore
I can’t feel it,
I can’t hear it anymore
Like a Stranger on The Shore
Feel I’m Knocking On Heaven’s Door
I can’t feel it,
I can’t hear it anymore

When Cathy’s Clown was The Talk Of The Town
We were Homeward Bound getting Deeper And Down
On the Night Train, with Aladdin Sane
Stumbling through the Desert On A Horse With No Name

Eight Miles High Singin’ an American Tune
When Lawdy Miss Clawdy saw The Whole Of The Moon
Busted and Stoned and So Tired Of Being Alone
In a Pink Cadillac down Tobacco Road

So Hello Mary Lou have you seen Lucille
Is Mr. Bojangles down in Margaritaville
Have The Tracks Of My Tears got you Reeling In The Years
Is the Purple Rain falling on Penny Lane

I can’t feel it anymore
I can’t feel it anymore
I can’t feel it,
I can’t hear it anymore
Like a Stranger on The Shore
Feel I’m Knocking On Heaven’s Door
I can’t feel it,
I can’t hear it anymore

Now the boss at the station said you’ve served your time
“Cos a button on the desk can get me Strawberry Wine
So I levelled off the faders and I put down the phones
Got back to the Green Green Grass Of Home

In the back of my van were these big tea boxes
Bowies and Dylans and Beatles and Roxys
But a Big Yellow Taxi that I didn’t see
Hit my Magic Bus and I awoke from a dream

And the back door opened and out came the vinyl
There was Elvis, Aretha, Marley and Lionel
All of them discs just spinning around
Reeling and Rocking, not making a sound

Those Nashville Cats were Dancing In The Street
Here There And Everywhere, Reet Petite
And I’ll never forget how The Beatles and Stones
Lay down to make a pallet for Me and Mrs. Jones

Oh well I stepped off the kerb
And turned my head away
I said goodbye to my friends
As I heard myself say…

I can’t feel it anymore
I can’t feel it anymore
I can’t feel it,
I can’t hear it anymore
Like a Stranger on The Shore
Feel I’m Knocking On Heaven’s Door
I can’t feel it,
I can’t hear it anymore
no more

SOMETIMES THINGS GO WRONG

(Leo Sayer/Frank Farrell)

We all make mistakes
I’ve got to be honest
Sometimes things go wrong
Sometimes you can’t find nobody
To lay your troubles on

And I made a mistake about you
But I’ve been spending too much time with myself
But it’s over now
I’m coming out
Sometimes things go wrong

One bloody night
The kinda night
When you’re stick on the road
Without your lights
And all the stars look just like the headlights
Of a thousand crashing cars

And you’re running down the road
With no brakes
I hope you’ve got what it takes
But it’s over now
The secret’s out
Sometimes things go wrong

And you’re kicking at your boots
Telling them to move
But they won’t answer you
And you’re running down the road with no brakes
I don’t know if you know, what it takes
It’s over now
It’s over now…

We all make mistakes
I’ve gotta be honest
Sometimes things go wrong
Sometimes you can’t find nobody
To lay your troubles on
And I made a mistake about you
But I’ve been spending too much time with myself
But it’s over now
I’m coming out
Sometimes things go wrong
Things go wrong
Sometimes things go wrong, yes they do
Sometimes things go wrong, things go wrong
Sometimes things go wrong

TO THE RIVER

(Leo Sayer/Albert Hammond)

Somewhere way down south, in the cotton-fields
On Route Sixty One, where the blues are real
Took an old guitar, harmonica
To the river

Mellow voices sang out in the night
Acapella, and it fit so right
Took a song I found, took my burden down
To the river

To the river, river running free
Always changing, changing you ‘n me
Running far and wide, as the eye can see
To the river

Across the mountains, to the city streets
‘Cross the ocean, came this shufflin’ beat
All around the world everybody turned
To the river

To the river, river running free
Always moving, running wild and free
Takes me right down, to the deepest part of me
To the river

To the river – To the river – To the river – To the river
Now there’s nothing, and this well’s run dry
No more voices, singing in the night
But I still go there, just to ease my mind
To the river

And I hear a stirring, blowing in the wind
Something’s changing, something new begins
The world’s returning, back again
To the river

To the river, river running free
Always changing, changing you ‘n me
Running far and wide, as the eye can see
To the river

To the river, moving under me
Always moving, running wild and free
Takes me way down to the deepest part of me
To the river

To the river – To the river – To the river – To the river
Take me back to the river, back to the river

MISTER IN BETWEEN

(Leo Sayer)

I may go out if the weather’s nice
Shake the cobwebs off
And face the light
Lately I’ve been staying out of sight
I’m Mister In Between

I’m the guy who likes to keep his cool
I prefer to sit and watch the view
Got to tell you that I’m no-one’s fool
I’m Mister In Between

Seems to me that when you’re taking sides
You can’t enjoy the ride
You will suffer with that wounded pride
If you can’t let it be

Little things will always make me smile
Even when you’re being volatile
I escape into my inner child
I’m Mister In Between

Seek me out when you have lost your way
I’ll be bright and happy, I’ll be gay
Options open is the only way
For Mister In Between….

(That’s the way we roll…)

Bonus Tracks:

I GOT IT ALL BACK

(Leo Sayer)

They took the house, took the kids, took the playground toys
Took the baseball hoop and the garden soil
Took a dream that I had and a prayer that I spoke
All my lifetime plans, just blew ‘em up in smoke
Stole the lines that I wrote and the shirt off my back
Took the hitch off the trailer and the guns from my rack
Drained the water from the tank
And drowned the pretty fish
And left me here alone to bitch

But I got it all back
Yeah, every little bit
Now I gotta find a place where the shit all fits

They took the car and the phone and the boat and the fridge
And a little ‘ol chair in which I used to sit
The books from the shelves, strings from my guitar
Left me here dealing with the pain and scars
But they never ceased to tell me where everything went
They gave it to a gypsy who they reckon was bent
‘Cos he sold it at an auction just to pay the rent
And now he doesn’t have a cent

But I got it all back
Yeah, every little bit
Now I gotta find a place where the shit all fits

They took my walk and my talk and my trademark smile
Took the dreams from my head, and my easy going style
Took everything about that completed my life
And some jealous mother-fucker even stole my wife
I was sad I was lost I was lonely for a while
But I’ve turned the corner now I’m doin’ fine
No-one can tell me where it all went wrong
I guess you don’t what you’ve had still it’s gone

But I got it all back
Yeah, every little bit
Now I gotta find a place where the shit all fits

I got fifteen freezers full of frozen steak
I got fifteen months of holiday break
I got nineteen cars and they’re all coloured blue
I’ve got fifty five pictures and there’ll all of you
I got thirty eight suits in handmade silk
I’ve got a kitchen full of china and gold threaded quilt
I got more damn junk than a fella can use
I’m like a time bomb connected to a fuse

But I got it all back
Yeah, every little bit
Now I gotta find a place where the shit all fits
Yeah I gotta find a place where the shit all fits
I gotta find a place
Where the shit fits

Hey man, is that big mansion on the hill still up for sale?

TELL THE TRUTH

(Leo Sayer)

Tell the truth
It ain’t about your disaffected youth
Lies you’re spreading are a hundred proof
Tell the truth
Tell the truth

You hitched your wagon to a runaway train
Did not consider to connect your brain
Now there’s a hole in your picture frame
You’re all washed up, but you’re still a pain
Tell the truth
You seem to think that your battle-proof
One day they’ll point and say, ‘You, hey you!’
Tell the truth
Tell the truth

You told the world I was your biggest fan
I told all about your secret plan
No more lies, no more mistakes
You’re gonna pay for the mess you make

Now there’s no clear hiding place
You checked in to an empty space
Where people fall, downward bound
For company you got the crooks and clowns

Tell the truth
Here come the vultures and they’ve come for you
Eat your poison, drink your juice
Tell the truth
Tell the truth

Hey you, tell the truth
Hey you, tell the truth
I’m talking to you
Tell the truth

YES IT IS

(Lennon/McCartney)

If you wear red tonight
Remember what I said tonight
For red is the colour that my baby wore
And what’s more it’s true
Ah yes it is

Scarlet were the clothes she wore
Everybody knows I’m sure
I would remember all the things we planned
Understand it’s true
Oh yes it is
It’s true

I could be happy with you by my side
If I could forget her
But it’s my pride, oh yes it is
Oh yes it is

So please don’t wear red tonight
This is what I said tonight
For red is the colour that will make me blue
In spite of you, it’s true
Oh yes it is
It’s true

I could be happy with you by my side
If I could forget her
But it’s my pride, oh yes it is
Oh yes it is…

Please don’t wear red tonight
This is what I said tonight
For red is the colour that will make me blue
In spite of you, it’s true
Oh yes it is, it’s true
Oh yes it is