NEW WORKS

for collaborative album with Lucinda Grace, Tom Kneebone and Frank Giles.

Looking At You Through Water

 

I know that time doesn’t stand still

But sometimes that’s how it feels

Whether I’m walking in water or wading through waste

One thing is clear - I’ll have to wait

 

Sometimes your silhouetted

The moon hides its darker half

Sometimes your glowing for me

Light beams reflecting

 

I’m looking at you through water

Building wishing wells with the coins of my eyes

I’m looking at you through water

The memories of you stream down my face

 

I know that rivers shouldn’t stand still

I’m damned if I don’t - damned if I will

Fill bottles and barrels, baths and bores

Waiting for waves to carry me to shore

 

In my imagination

They wont sink heart shaped boats

Most times they're floating with ease

Then the plug starts to leak and

 

I’m looking at you through water

Building wishing wells with the coins of my eyes

I’m looking at you through water

The memories of you stream down my face

 

In my imagination

They wont sink heart shaped boats

Most times they're floating with ease

'til the plug starts to leak

 

I’m looking at you through water

Building wishing wells with the coins of my eyes

I’m looking at you through water

The memories of you stream down my face

The memories of you pour down my face

Eraser

 

There's something on this page I can't erase

To say I've tried too many times

I cannot understate, how many different ways

I've tried to tear it out, I've tried to start again

 

But slowly I know only I'm to blame

I relive time like I'm in yesterday

It seems there is no spare room, the words won't dare fit 

our plot it just gets thinner, thinner, thinner

 

Your the ink unto my paper

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried

Your the ink unto my paper

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried

 

There's a look upon your face I can't shake

I've seen you smile too many times 

Floating further into space, I cannot look away

I've tried to turn I only see your face again

 

Quickly you fall swiftly in the gaze

of your new found love, while I begin to fade

Standing on a new stage, and I haven't learnt the bit

My spotlight getting dimmer, dimmer, dimmer but...

 

Your the ink unto my paper

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried

Your the ink unto my paper

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried

 

F# G

I'll admit it's feeling strange

Bm A

that we believe a friendship may still remain

F# G Bm 

An optimistic fool, wading in the deep end of an endless pool

A Gm

of doubt. Just swimming, swimming under clouds 

 

There's something in how light creates the shade

how fast the dark adapts our sight

A call from you today, in such a sorry state

It's hard to hear you're heart, broke apart again

 

Being lonely shows you know a better place

One to go, makes space for one to gain

Let's say there's more to us than words, no longer dimly lit 

Let's build upon a glimmer 

 

Your the ink unto my paper

Your the ink unto my paper

Your the ink unto my paper

Shapes & Sizes

 

You are more than just my little one

with wide eyes to admire parental walls

Like ivy clings and ivy grows 

You think their mustn't be a thing these walls don't know

 

They come in many different shapes and sizes

you can only wish to scale them all

 

Taking tiny steps you'll tumble older

Build your hunger, pushing bricks bound to fall

Find a means and find your voice

You'll begin to question just how much to place your trust in some

 

Who come in many different shapes and sizes

you will love and break them all

 

Through time, you'll keep changing

with all of my words over your shoulder

when I start complaining

consider me too far, too gone, too old

 

Your years begin to flow faster

Times the river twisting 'round the bend

Life can be both wide and narrow 

You must decide the times you swim or find something you can hold onto 

 

they come in many different shapes and sizes

you can never weigh them all 

 

When I'm gone, meet me in your mirror

as you watch your saplings navigate the undergrowth

Their eyes will seek the lattice that they may soon cling onto

But you mustn't them, everything you know

and they will one day trust the walls

 

They come in many different shapes and sizes

 

Through time, you'll keep changing

with all of my words over your shoulder

when I start complaining

consider me too far, too gone, too old

 

They come in many different shapes and sizes

We can find a place for all 

 

Riff is: 

D, F#m, E, E 

F#m, E, D, D

 

Part between verses is:

F#m, E, C, C

C, E, F#m, F#m 

 

Verse:

D, F#m, E

 

Chorus:

F#m, E, F#m, D

F#m, D

F#m, E, D

That's My Daughter, That's My Son

 

Intro: G, D, C, D

 

Verse: G, Em, D, C, G, Em, D x2

Mum and I we say we're proud 

between us, often talk about it

we wonder how we found a way

 

All those nights and all those mornings

now the phone is hardly calling

what I'd give to remember all a child can say

 

Pre-chorus: G, D, Em, C, G, D, Em, D, C...., 

All that freedom, all that laughter

then the tears coming running after

I can see the things I've taught you

In what you say and what you've done

Chorus: G, D, C, D

That's my daughter, That's my son

 

Refrain: G, D, C, D

 

Verse:

I fear what faults lay in the mess

but mum and I we gave our best

with every tear in every birthday card

 

At risk of falling for cliches 

but it truly feels like yesterday

you would crawl inside your fathers arms

 

Pre-chorus:

To all that comfort, all that laughter

then the tears come running after

I still see the things I've taught you

In what you said and what you've done

Chorus:

That's my daughter, That's my son

That's my daughter, That's my son

 

Instrumental: G, D, C, D

 

Pre-Chorus:

Once your youth has dearly parted

they'll look up upon their father

In their eyes the things you've taught them

And for all the times to come, you'll say

 

Chorus:

“That's my daughter, thats my son”

That's my daughter, That's my son

Con Artist

 

Ain't it strange I must find a way

to convince you

to convince myself

I can have the same conversations with my friends

they don't seem concerned

You can constantly try

To continue to connect our lives

As you conjure my world

and construct it in a different light

 

 

What if it all turns grey

what if it falls, this masquerade

revealing my contents

 

What if I change my shape

what if it's a whole charade

What will be the consequence?

 

 

Ain't it strange I must find a way

to console you

to console myself

I need a contact too confide in

I'm slowly feeling more content

You can be so condescending

but I tell my friends your misconstrued

Though you condone my growing confidence

you keep me so well contained 

What if it all turns grey

what if it falls, this masquerade

What will be my contents?

 

What if I change my shape

what if it's a whole charade

What will be the consequence?

What will be the consequence?

- BREAK -

 

What if I concede right now

what if it's contagious doubt

What if it's the concept?

 

What if I finally consign

What if my contrast dies

What if it's convention?

 

What if I concentrate

What if I confess mistakes

Is it just my conscience?

 

What if my need for tight control 

leads me to contrived results

What if it's subconscious?

What if it's subconscious?

Pull Over

V: C, Em, D

Ch: Em, C/Am7, G, Em/D#

 

I'm just a warning sign

pass me by on your road ahead

It's dark as Japanese lacquer 

I don't mind if you shine your headlights here

Don't mind if you shine your head lights here

 

You can make a call – from the side of the road if you have to

You can make a call

 

There's a reason I want you to stay

I've been biding my time, waiting for a give away

I need you more than to sit and to wait

I wanna see you pull over, pull over, pull over

 

I'm just a warning sign

throw what you will, if your passing by

I'm cold as your spare tyre

I don't mind if you bring your engine near

I don't mind if you ditch the keys right here

 

You can take a walk – to the closest town if you have to

You can take a walk

 

But there's a reason I want you to stay

I've been biding my time, waiting for the give away

I need you more than to sit and to wait

I wanna see you pull over, pull over, pull over

 

You can make a call – from the side of the road if you have to

You can make a call

 

There's a reason I want you to stay

I've been biding my time, waiting for the give away

I need you more than to sit and to wait

I wanna see you pull over, pull over

 

There's a reason I want you to stay

I've been biding my time, waiting for the give away

I need you more than to sit and to wait

I wanna see you pull over, pull over, pull over, pull over, pull over

The Colour Of Love In Your Eyes

 

Moving truck screeches to a halt

It's nobodies fault but I

Took two months today

to pack you all away

all on which you left your mark

all that's left me in the dark

all this time sat memories still

watching me from my window sill

time softly seems to accelerate

I watch them take their bins to the road

they are outside my window

 

It's how I know when to pick the time

To pick the fight, or to let it slide

It's how I know when to turn, left or either side

It's the colour of love, It's the colour of love

 

It's how I know if love is blind

When to trust the whites in your eyes

It's how I know when to stay, or too say maybe in another life

It's the colour of love, It's the colour of love in your eyes

 

Feeling stuck squeezing just ends

Friends of friends say move on

Mementos I kept

hide in a box in the shed

Now I've had to leave my mark

Now I only sleep in the dark

How I'd been making memories still

I wouldn't say it's fully healed

some perfumes and suburbs too, remind me of you

In the afternoons I'll take my bins to the road

As you're passing through, I'll watch you go

 

It's how I know when to pick the time

To pick the fight, or to let it slide

It's how I know when to turn, left or either side

It's the colour of love, It's the colour of love

 

It's how I know if love is blind

When to trust the whites in your eyes

It's how I know when to stay, or too say maybe in another life

It's the colour of love, It's the colour of love in your eyes

Everybody

 

Everybody says that things ain't what they use to be

You remember how the world worked better but can't remember where you put your keys

Just tell me now -----

Life, does it all seem better as a child?

 

Everybody knows what is good, right, wrong or bad?

I guess the mormons at my door will never know about the zoom call I said I had

Just tell me now -----

Life, does it all seem better when you're kind?

 

Everybody wants their freedom

everybody wants control

Everybody thinks if you give it all you get it all returned

Everybody wants to feel, feel like the original one

Everybody wants, what everybody wants

Everybody wants, what everybody wants

 

Everybody wants a life of love and a love life but you can't have both

Plan it out, make it perfect, love my life, drink more wine just so I can cope

Tell me now -----

Life, does it all seem better when you're blind?

 

Everybody wants to leave a good impression or a legacy 

Won't admit mistakes, saving my confessions to be dumping on the clergy 

Tell me now -----

Life, does it all seem better when you're right?

 

Everybody wants their freedom

everybody wants control

Everybody thinks if you give it all you get it all returned

Everybody wants to feel, feel like the original one

Everybody wants, what everybody wants

 

Everybody wants, what everybody wants

Everybody wants, what everybody wants

Everybody wants, what everybody wants

 

 

CAPO 9

 

V: E, E, E,E

E, E, E, E

G, G, A, A

Bm, Bm, Bm, Bm

 

Ch: G, Bm, A, A

G, Bm, A, A

G, Bm, G, A

G, Bm, A, A, G, Bm, A4

Tell Me Why You Love

 

Tell me why you love

Tell me why you love

When it hurts so bad?

 

Are you governed by the sky

Tell me why you love tell me why

 

Tell me why you love

Tell me why you love

When it turns you sad

 

And it took so long to find

Tell me why you love tell me why

 

In these arms you crawl and cry

A better start then to run and hide

In your grasp, you try, but nothing holds forever

ever, everything you have to measure

 

It just ain't long enough, strange what it does to us

It just ain't long enough, strange what it does to us

It just ain't long enough, strange what it does to us

 

Tell me why you love

Tell me why you love

When the guilt comes in

 

It's no respite to close your eyes

Tell me why you love tell me why

 

Tell me why you love

Tell me why you love

When the fade begins

 

Nobodies meant for surrendering

Tell me why the love gives in

 

In the past I'd laugh or sigh

I never read it as a warning sign

In your heart, you pry, yeah this wont hold forever

ever, everything you have to measure

 

It just ain't long enough, strange what it does to us

It just ain't long enough, strange what it does to us

It just ain't long enough, strange what it does to us

In Our Blood

 

I feel it in my finger

a lifelong splinter 

smelling their furniture 

only once a year

 

Mother slides out their card tables

Kept beside her cobwebbed cradle

There's something hiding in her voice

I can’t un hear 

 

Her tears say the rest

As she speaks of grandmas kindness

And how she never had to leave

what she left behind

 

In our blood, In our blood

We are one, but

In our minds, In ours minds

come undone

 

Many years before

on a black and white floor 

dressing dolls grandma gave her

suppressing how they raised her

she won't forget what that other half did

 

The past trickles out like

dirty drips through a worn out seal on a drain pipe

that she had buried in a ditch on the side of a road

With a note saying 

‘one day you can know' that

 

In our blood, In our blood

We are one, but

In our minds, In ours minds

We come undone

 

Today the devil was buried like the pipes

that drank what she once had to hide

she could barely say her last goodbye 

The coffin heavy in my hand

 

Dust settles on my cradle 

back beside that card table 

I remember all the furniture

but the smell I've now forgot

 

It’s no longer in the finger

that lifelong splinter

fears of returning there

her voice the air

breathing 'now your old enough to know' that

 

In our blood, In our blood

We are one, but

In our minds, In ours minds

We come undone

Work Hard, Change Everything

 

F, F

Invincible, Invincible you said

Em Am Am/D7

You could be the poster on your bedroom wall, just get your mindset

F, F

All those other kids, All those other kids

Em Am Am/D7

Call you names now, but they don't know how kids grow old and regret the shit they said

 

G

I am smarter now

G E7

and the world is full of people who were one day left for dead

 

G, F

If you work hard

G, F

if you sweat

G, F

if you think fast

G, F

You'll make you number one

G, F G, F

Make you change, Make you change everything

 

G, F

Make you work hard

G, F

make you sweat

G, F

make you think fast

G, F

make you best

G, F G, F

Make you change everything, Make you change

 

F F

Everything, Everything you said

Em Am Am/D7

I could learn all those words, to say something back to them

F F

Looking back, looking back

Em Am Am/D7

If we only treated strangers they way we treat our friends

 

G

It is clearer now

G E7

that the world is full of people that never meant the things they said

 

If I work hard

if I sweat

if I think fast

beat the rest

Make me change, Make me change everything

 

Make you work hard

make you sweat

make you think fast

no longer less

Make you change, Make you change everything

E Am

We all return to the place where we were born

G F

to reminisce or to mourn

E Am

so many reasons why we had to stray

E Am

so many reasons why we could have stayed

F D7 E7

so many dreams pinned into the back of bedroom doors

 

If you work hard

if you sweat

if you think fast

You'll make you number one

 

Make you change, Make you change everything

 

May you work hard

may you sweat

may you think fast

may you be the best

 

May you change, May you change everything

A Song Is Just A Song

 

A song is just a song

for those who will not listen

a grave is just a grave

until someone you know goes in it
 

A name is just a name

until you put someone behind it

and the word is cursed

'cause it's all fun and flames

'til somebody gets hurt

 

Wooah there's a battle inside of me

Wooah

Wooah Does it matter which side I take

If I won't make it out

If I can't break free

 

A war is just a war

if you're not sure what they're fighting for

A game is just a game

because you're keeping score

The light is just the light

if it ain't got no one to shine on

What's right is just what's right until

there is something else decided

 

Wooah

There's a battle inside of me

Wooah

Wooah

Does it matter which side I take

If I won't make it out

If I can't break free

 

A dollars just a dollar

to those who aren't in need

A life is just a life if you can't imagine

what that life could have been

 

Wooah

There's a battle inside of me

Wooah

Wooah

Does it matter which side I take

If I won't make it out

If I can't break free

 

A word is just a word

until it's meaning's given

A song is just a song

for those who will not listen