Jack Bruce - Cities of the Heart
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Lyrics: Cities of the Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Warner Chappell Music.

Can You Follow?  (Pete Brown)
Hey can you follow,
Now that the trace is fainter in the sand
Try turning your face to the wall

Can you still read me
Now that the chase is wilder in your hand
Try losing your place in the sun

All the praises of the dream turned to tangles in the trees
All yesterday's fine chariots turned to buses in the street

Can you still hear me
Now that the songs are moving into night
Try sleeping with the dancers in your room

Running Thro' Our Hands (Pete Brown)
Running thro' our hands in the waving grass
One harvest time can't stop them now
Cities made of sand that were built to last
No one man sky to tell them how

Seasons kiss, collide and miss
Stars still turn and sometimes burn
And the stones alone laugh . . .

Passing thro' our lives go each others loves
One woman sea can't break their fall
Blossoms in your gaze stormclouds race above
One season more they've grown so tall

Seasons kiss, collide and miss
Stars still turn and sometimes burn
But the stones alone laugh . . .

Over the Cliff (Instrumental)

Statues (Instrumental)

First Time I Met the Blues (B. Guy)
First time I met the blues
I was walkin down thro' the woods
First time I met you mister blues
I was walking I was walkin down thro' the woods
Knew you would do me no good
First time I met you mister blues

The blues they came after me
And you know they rode me down thro' the trees
Well the blues they came after me
And you know they rode me, rode me down thro' the trees
You should have seen me on my knees begin'
Blues don't bother me

Good miornin mister blues
Why do you do what you do to me
Good mornin mister blues
Why do you do what you do to me
Well you know you've been with me
Every single mornin
Every single night
And every noon

Smiles and Grins (Pete Brown)
The smiles on city windows it's only the weekly cleaner
The dials on all the faces are gradually getting nearer
So make it careful when you can
Forget it if you've read the plan
Call a friend when you're in doubt
Nights are hard when you're locked out

Grins painted on radiators it's only the teeth of laughter
The numbers of all the victories are stenciled on soon after
So don't regret to leaves that fall
Have a little have it all
Take a bit give just as much nights are hard without the touch

The smiling suburban collars they power the city cisterns
Whenever they pull the train chains they gradually start the pistons
So keep your hair on if you can
When you're living in a van
Call a friend when you're in doubt
Nights are hoarse when you're locked out

Grins painted on petrol tigers are only the tanks of porter
Statistics of all the campaigns are written down on water
So don't regret the cars that rust everything must turn to dust
Cultivate and dig your croft
Nights are hard when you've gone soft

Lovers in the dark murders in the park
By the silv'ry moon yeah
Blankets from the fear cars when roads are near
Winter's much too soon
Yeah yeah

Bird Alone (Pete Brown)
Love in the mirrors down in the bars
Songs promised everything
From sad guitars
The faces never change but you're not there
I hear the notes you played
Still in the air . . .

Don't give up that feeling when you finally got it down
Keep it hot & healin when you take it round the town
Don't give up that feelin when you got it in your hand
Keep it hot & squealin
When you make it with your band

Don't give up that feelin when you're up against the wall
Keep it hot & squealin and you'll have yourself a ball
Don't give up that feelin when you've got it in your hand
Keep it hot & squealin
When you, when you make it with your band

Bird alone goin home
Did not know
The right tomorrows
Heard your flight
Somewhere inside of night
It was daylight
And I'm down here blowin over the sparks
Somewhere
Somewhere inside the night
Heard you sing from the wings
Everything was happening
Bird alone
Every day you have done
You've won

Neighbor, Neighbor (Alton J. Valier)
Neighbor neighbor stay away from my door
Neighbor neighbor I've told you before
You're sweepin - creepin thro' your halls
With your big ears glued to my walls
Neighbor neighbor
Stay away from my door

Neighbor neighbor don't worry how I treat my wife
Neighbor neighbor stay out of my life
You got your problems I got my problems, too
But somethin bad's gonna happen to you
Neighbor neighbor
Stay away from my door

Neighbor neighbor don't worry don't worry how I make my bread
Neighbor neighbor I wish you was dead
You got your problems I got my problems, too
But somethin bad's gonna happen to you
Neighbor neighbor
Stay away from my door

Born Under a Bad Sign (Jones / Bell)
Born under a bad sign
I've been down since I begin to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck
I would not have no luck at all

Bad luck and trouble's been my only friend
I've been down ever since I was ten
Born under a bad sign
I've been down since I begin to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck
I would not have no luck at all

Well wine and women's all I crave
A big legged woman's gonna carry me to my grave
Born under a bad sign
I've been down since I begin to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck
If it wasn't for real bad luck
I would not have no luck at all

Ships in the Night (Pete Brown)
Ships in the night searching for day
Beckoning lips so far away
Shadows adrifthiding from light
Ships in the night

Sometimes you feel then again you can't
Morning comes down soon after the dance
Time slowly drowns streets so unreal
Needing to heal

Harbours of love shining so calm
Far beyond pain outside of harm
Why must we move into the rain
Again

Ships in the night riding the waves
Yesterday's ships into the haze
Memories slip sliding from sight
Ships in the night

Maybe you'll win maybe you lose
Future seems like just another ruse
Sirens invite us to begin
Come right on in

Harbours of love shining so calm
Far beyond pain outside of harm
Why must we move out of the sun
Into the rain

Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune (Pete Brown)
When I hear that big black whistle the blow
I feel inside that it's time for me to be going
Fortunately baby I'd already gone before

When they say I'm worth ten pieces of coal
And you shoutin hey what about when you are an old man
Fortunately baby I'd already locked the door

They say there are men who are blue like me in the stars
Beards for the weird and bars for bizarre guitarmen
Fortunately baby I'd already joined the force

Good time train well it does not need any track
Wins the race to the place where I'm gonna pack up
Fortunately baby I'd already grabbed the sky

All the days that the road has spent on me
Judges shout you must slave to be a freeman
Fortunately baby I ain't never coming back

 

 

 

 


Theme for an Imaginary Western
(Pete Brown)
When the wagons leave the city
For the forest and further on
Painted wagons of the morning
Dusty roads where they have gone
Sometimes trav'ling thro' the darkness
Met the summer coming home
Fallen faces by the wayside
Looked as if they might have known

O the sun was in their eyes
And the desert that dries
In the country town
Where the laughter sounds

O the dancing and the singing
O the music that they played
O the fires that they started
O the girls with no regret
Sometimes they found it
Sometimes they kept it
Often lost it on the way
Fought each other to possess it
Sometimes died in sight of day

Golden Days (Pete Brown)
Keep those golden days
From going sep'rate ways
Keep the harbour lights
Burning

Inside the streets of old
(Can't hear the names they call)
Shelter from the cold
(Long ago so far inside where the past still tries to hide)
Find the dusty sun
Sleeping

Trying to sail where rapids run
Riding our frail ships out to the sun
Playing for time
Searching for signs

Save the eyes so bright
(Can't stop the things they see)
From closing in the night
(Long ago, so far away where the fires spark and play)
Keep the softest flame
Burning

Trying to sail where rapids run
Riding our frail ships out to the sun
Playing for signs
Searching for time

(Can't stop the things they see)
(Long ago, so far away/Where the fires spark and play)
Keep the softest flame
Burning

Life On Earth (Jack Bruce)
There's got to be a way of getting out this place we find we're in
There's got to be a way of gettin' out this bloody mess we're in
Take my wife -- please
She's down on her blister'd knees
She's dreamin' of a house called Heart's Ease
Why don't you seas come down and take back what you spawned anyway?

There's got to be a time when we can get together natur'ly
Got to be a time when we can all be brothers and be free
We're gonna take the world and shake the world and what will be is gonna a be
Gonna take the world and shake the world and what will be is gonna a be
Take my heart now
Feed those kids now
Touch the sky now
Children of the rainbow
Livin' in a house called Heart's Ease
Why don't you seas come back and take back what you spawned anyway?

Feed those kids now
Touch the sky now
Time is tight now

Children of the rainbow
Children of tomorrow
Children of tomorrow
Children

NSU (Jack Bruce)
Drivin' in my car
Smokin' my cigar
The only time I'm happy's when I play my guitar
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah

Sailin in my yacht
Wotalot I got
Happiness is somethin that just cannot be bought
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah

What's it all about
Anyone in doubt
I don't wanna go until I've found it all out
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah

Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah

What's it all about
Anyone in doubt
I don't wanna go until I've suss'd it all out
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah

Sitting On Top of the World (C. Burnett)
One summer day she went away
She's gone and left me
She's gone to stay
She's gone
But I don't worry
I'm sittin' on top of the world.

All last summer worked on this farm
Had to take Christmas in my overalls
She's gone
But I don't worry
I'm sittin' on top of the world.

Goin' to the freight yard gonna take me a freight train
I'm going to leave this town
Work done got too hard
She's gone
But I don't worry
I'm sittin' on top of the world

Politician (Pete Brown)
Hey now baby get into my big black car
Hey now baby get into my big black car
Wanna just show you
What my politics are

I support the left tho' I'm leanin' to the right
I support the left tho' I'm leanin' to the right
But I'm just not there
When it's comin to a fight

I'm a political man and I practice what I preach
I'm a political man and I practice what I preach
So don't deny me baby
Not while you're in my reach

Hey now baby get into my big black car
Hey now baby get into my big black car
I wanna just show you
What my politics are

Spoonful (W. Dixon)
They might fill spoons full of coffee
They might fill spoons full of tea
But just a little spoon of your precious love
Is good enough for me

People are lying about it
People are crying about it
Some people are dying about it
Ever'things a'lyin about a spoonful

Spoonful
Spoonful
Spoonful

They might fill spoons full of diamonds
They might fill spoons full of gold
But just a little spoon of your precious love
Will satisfy my soul

People are lying about it
People are crying about it
Some people are dying about it
Ever'things a'lying about a spoonful

Spoonful
Spoonful
Spoonful

They might fill spoons full of water
Save it from the desert sands
But just a little spoon of your precious love
To save you from another man

People are lying about it
People are crying about it
Some people are dying about
Ever'things a'lyin about a spoonful

Spoonful
Spoonful
Spoonful

Sunshine of Your Love (Pete Brown)
It's getting near dawn
When lights close their tired eyes
I'll soon be with you my love
To give you my dawn surprise
I'll be with you darling soon
I'll be with you when the stars start fallin

I've been waiting so long
To be where I'm goin
In the sunshine of your love

I'm with you my love
The lights shinin through on you
Yes I'm with you my love
It's the mornin and just we two
I'll be with you darlin now
I'll be with you when the stars start fallin

I've been waiting so long
(I've been waiting so long)
To be where I'm goin
In the sunshine of your love