VINYL LOVE (2016)

1. I Know It’s Over Now:

 

If I had a dollar for every time I didn’t give up

If I had a pound for every time I tried

If I had a girl on every night I waited for you

Baby I’d see riches in your eyes

 

I Know, I Know, I Know It’s Over Now

You showed me how

Didn’t you darling.

 

If I was a bit less in the wrong I’d say you were right

If I was a man I’d give it up to you

If I didn’t hold my foolish pride in such high esteem

Baby I’d be rich, more than you

 

I’m a richer man.

Baby, now you’re gone

I got my rock and roll

Baby, now you’re gone

I got the music mama

 

If I had a box of laughter for the dreams I had saved

I’d spend it over you

Maybe I am poor, maybe I am poor

Baby, I am richer with the blues.

 

I’m a richer man

Baby, now you’re gone

Gone for ever more

If I wasn’t sure

I Know It’s Over Now

 

2. Lew’s Blues:

 

You’re almost dependable stuff

You very nearly gave me your heart

If I’d been quick on the ball

I should have written you off

I was dying for a lover like you.

 

She told me: “Ooh Lew, Your second in the queue

The other one above becomes me more than you do”

He’s either a fruit loop, misread of misused

Who gives you food to leave? Who gives you love to refuse?

And who says it’s good news when it’s rather overdue?

We can make our own loving rules

We can make our own loving rules

Here’s looking at you.

 

Give me un-assuageable love

The perfectly persuadable girl

Who strips off her cares

On the carpet up the stairs

And slips into the jelly-roll mood.

 

She’d tell me “Ooh Lew, there’s no-one but you

Who really gives a damn about the things that we do?”

And who knew! Dreams could really come true

Given what they need, you know they might just do

So don’t sing of good news if you don’t know the tune

We can make our own loving rules

We can make our own loving rules

Here’s looking at you

 

When your undertaker embassy shuts

Your love above was not where you thought

Go get your bootlegger beans

Climb your animal tree

There’s good forbidden fruit at the top

 

Someone could hold you, come to your room

Lay your worries down, fill your heart and find you

Bonne chance et vie la dance

The game is run away, take the lead and run home

There may be good news when you’re ready for the truth

Until then I’ll make my own loving rules

Until then I’ll make my own loving rules

Here’s looking at you

Here’s looking at you

Here’s looking at you

 

3. Goodbye:

 

I’m ready to face it

Strip off the tease of my torture

Make the bed and clean the ashtrays too

I’ve been here for ages

I’d kill for the comfort and warmth

But there’s really no use waiting around for you

 

Goodbye Bright Light

Goodbye, Goodbye

To All Of That

 

Katherine you made me

Baby you broke me some

Maybe love’s too brittle to be used

I guess I can face it

Crack a smile at the drop of a pun

You’re cheating me; I guess I cheated on you

 

Wash her hair and tell her she looks pretty

Let her know how lucky you’ve become

And if you do your best for her I’m happy

I know I’ll try my best to move along

 

I guess on the face it

Seems like a foul hand of fortune

The rushes hiss “there’s lovers in the dunes”

Wherever that grace is

Lover go help yourself

After please, pass it on to me

 

Woman, Woman I love you

Ain’t it hard to feel the way I do

Woman, Woman I needed you

Carry on love, do the things you do.

 

4. An Irregular Song:

 

Man what a crowd in the heart of the city

The prettiest girls in the world are crowded in here

If you’ve got love, give it away brother

Because some sweet thing she’s calling your name

 

Like a radio song

An irregular song

 

They banished the law ‘cos the cats didn’t eat it

Take to the feeling but don’t you steal it

Something has changed here, yes you can feel it

Some sweet thing she’s calling your name

 

Born to be bold, so long feeling low

Don’t be ashamed, the shame is it took so long

Free your soul, you’re the one, you’re the change we believe in

Some sweet thing she’s hollering, calling your name

 

5. Kathy:

 

Kathy I’m drowning in a bowl of you

Gently unravelling in a depthless blue

Though we both appealed to roles of love

In the captive youth we slew

For all it meant i still miss the kid

And I’m sure that you do too

 

Kathy don’t marry for I’ll come find you

Sad willow standing in the dust of ruins

Though I crossed the sands i just couldn’t stand

Any longer in the heat

When all was said I had over-read

Word drunk from thinking deep

 

Kathy I’m floundering at the edge of view

Word is you’ve flowered into someone new

Though I don’t suppose we shall ever know

And I don’t think I’d want to

Where in each of us wen’t the love that was

That we banished through and through.

As you formed your golden rule

So I swim until I’m soaked right through

Kathy, how I called for you!

 

Kathy what happened to the girl i knew?

Famously fattened by the silver spoon

As you’ll earn applause in any given cause

So when you change your mask offstage

(Our love, hard won, hard hearted become)

You might resent what you give to them

Which they eagerly not taste

 

Kathy who’d challenge or reproof your rule?

The old crone you savaged for her gypsy sooth?

If you can’t disclose it keep your devils close

So if they clamber from their tombs

(Hard hearts, far flung, uncharted beyond)

And if it be as such that they mention us

Don’t remember younger fools

Body blessed in beauties womb

On a canvas sheet by a harvest moon

Through a country song in a starlit room

Like the garden of a comely youth

Kathy what became of you?

 

Kathy don’t panic I’m an outlaw too

The cross that I carry is big enough for two

Though there’s space to bear anything you cared for

Up on Calvary quite nude

(Our love, hard won, hard hearted become)

They hardly care for the martyrs there

Though they’d watch the king of Jews.

 

6. Jack O’Kennedy:

 

If i robbed the mail train and they put me away

Caught red-handed robbing this train I could say

Though clapped in arms I’ve lived life the only way

I’ve loved one girl at least

I’ve loved one girl at least

 

They call us the night-fiends, black jackals in the press

I’m one of a dozen marked men in this gang

Though any night could be last for them or me

I’ve loved one girl at least

I’ve loved one girl at least

 

The quiet company we keep while laying low

Procure the finest wines;

The dim lighting in the basement we hide in

Keeps the dream awake in me:

Jack O’Kennedy

 

My father in mourning ain’t heard from me a’while

My mother, my brother, got sick and I survived

To amount to a failure in his eyes

I’ve loved one girl at least

I’ve loved one girl at least

 

For her company I’d do most anything

But in this state I’m in, I’m no rival

Just a poor writer name of Jack O’Kennedy.

Jack O’Kennedy

 

Are those bells I hear? Boys are those wedding bells?

I’ll find no comfort here

I’ll lie a while and bide my fugitive time out for a life I’ll never lead

Jack O’Kennedy

 

 

7. I Feel You:

 

I Feel You like I Feel Me

And I’ve Been Us for

Five years and more

 

I crawl in crutch-less panic

Rubbing tar into my knees

As I fumble for my pocket watch

What time is it? What time is it?

Make it to the alley

Bloody hands: the blood is mine

If I could run I surely would

What time is it? What time is it?

 

Returning to my self, I feel you

In losing half my self again, I feel me.

 

Now you, you know me better

The better me and bad

Do you want me love, I'm at the door.

What time is it? What time is it?

Me, I'm like a tudor

Lopping heads off

I get bored

I'm waiting love won't you take me love?

What time is it? What time is it?

 

If you like the music I know you’ll love the muse

 

Out here in the alley

There's methadone for sale

I tried to go cold turkey love

I'm tired of it, I'm sick of it.

For you, You know me better

And better's what I am

I'm waiting love just a little more

What time is it, What time is it

 

8. Let Me In:

 

You’re like a moment before I wake from a dream

When my head’s blown out

Like mist strewn over the range, goodbye to the world.

Put the vision in the passenger seat

And you take me roaming

I’d pay triple the fair to get the hell out of here

 

You’ve been in my soul

I feel famous

Wherever we roam

I’m tailored

No better than you

Don’t reckon I’d lose this hand

You’d better not move

I’d better not go

 

Reconcile the other side of my face

Wants to break my moments and shatter my intentions of gold

You’re like a walk through the mirror (Oh Alice)

Pacify me with the gentlest hands

Never used me or abused me

But you could bring me to tears

 

I could chasten myself

to any cake on the shelf

But it’s hard

To compose myself

to your dance and not take part

If every page in the sheaf

wasn’t ripped with my deeds, I’d last

Woman let me In, I wont do it again

But I’m lost

 

A welcome matt to a state of mind

You’re a whispered poem

A bright eyed passage for light

And you know what I need

Been a cure for the hurt inside wants to eat me

You appeased me

And I thank you for that

 

Woman let me In

With your dyed hair shoots

And your cowboy roots

Woman let me in

With your daddies rules

And your mamas blues

Woman let me in

9. Bad Timing:

 

Hey you really swept me out to sea

As the new moon stole the old moon’s captaincy

Babe, we were children at our meeting

In the fallow cornfields grew our maple green

I left you out a rose once by the bed

Clacked my heels in love and kissed the sun

I carved you out a song from the air

If I had met her now.

 

She said, "I've never felt this way"

I told her, "Babe, I feel the same"

We had everything

It's a long way down from here, bad timing babe.

 

Wade, lover mine into the dreaming

But hold me for a moment before you leave

Babe, in these holy hallowed reaches

‘Tween the light and night i sometimes slip away

Where ever runs the thread in ticker-tape

And laughing lust, the devil, cuts the cards

The weary gypsy nods unto the door

Where, ever she has gone.

 

She said, "Can I trust you babe"

So i told her everything

She tore a little bit

It’s a long way down from here, bad timing babe.

 

Hey, the smell of falling leaves

My boots two fathoms deep in tangled blue

Babe, I’ve never felt so self-defeatist

As i wondered through the lowland country lanes

On the churchyard stones there falls the choir

From Bethlehem to Bastogne then it’s quiet.

The minister he locks the chapel door

Where, ever she in song.

 

She said, "You can love me babe,

Like I used to love you,

But we ain't going back"

It's a long way down from here, bad timing babe.

Lewis Clark Musician Lyrics

Vinyl Love is due for release on the 13th November at The Brewhouse & Kitchen, Bristol. It is the first album from the lineup of Lewis Clark & The Essentials and includes Lewis Clark on Guitars & Vocals, Max Mees on Bass and Rob Grist on Drums & PIanos. 

 

The album was recorded at Nam Studios in Holt, MIxed By Phil Andrews, Mastered by Hafod Mastering with Artwork by Marv. The album includes all original compositions by Lewis Clark. Genres covered include jazz and blues, gypsy folk, americana,  roots, dark soul and music that is lyrical throughout.

Goodbye to All of That was released on the 21st of March 2015. It was written over the space of two years, with over 40 completed songs being originally penned as conceptual material. The songs were written in England, Italy, India and Thailand.

The album canvasses a number of musical styles from folk, blues, country and bossa nova. As with all of Lewis' songs there are multiple meanings and double entendres throughout.

 

The album was recorded from November 2014 to February 2015 at Lewis' family house near Bristol.

The album was produced by Sarah Elizabeth Binney and Mastered by Taidghe Shea with artwork from Salvatore Zavettieri.

 

Goodbye to all of That (2015)

#1 Bad Timing

 

Hey, you really swept me off my feet

I wasn't ready for it please don't turn away

Babe, we were children at out meeting

But we grew a little each and every day.

 

I left you out a rose by the stiars

Told you things I'd long kept to myself

I guess in love you caught me unprepared

For the devil's greener grass, bad timing bared.

 

She said, "I've never felt this way"

I told her, "Babe, I feel the same"

We had everything

It's such a long way down from here, bad timing babe.

 

Wait, life is mine i won't feel cheated,

But i do declare it always felt like fate

Babe, i was young and undefeated,

Much too young to really keep and honest name.

 

I didn't know my soul was on the line

Met the devil laughed into his face

I called the gypsy, told her she was right

And the devil led me on, Bad Timing rides.

 

She said, "Can I trust you babe"

So i told her everything

She tore a little bit

And the devil led me on, bad timing ripped

 

Hey, the smell of falling leaves

Like lovers trampled under feet it seems to me

Babe, I've never felt so self-defeatist

For after all what's the world without you dear?

 

I should have known I really had it all

It's carved into my hands deep in the lines

It's written in the stars somewhere I'm sure

But the devil led me on, now you're not mine.

 

She said, "You can love me babe,

Like I used to love you,

But we ain't going back"

It's a long way down from here, bad timing blamed.

#2 Goodbye, to all of that:

 

I'm ready to face it;

Strip of the tease of my torture.

Make the bed

And clean the ashtrays too.

I've been here for ages.

I'd kill for the comfort and warmth.

But there's really no use

Waiting around for you

 

Goodbye, Bright light, Goodbye, 

Goodbye, to all of that

 

Katherine, you made me

And baby you broke me some.

Maybe love's 

Too brittle to be used.

I guess I can fake it,

Crack a smile at the drop of a pun.

You're cheatin' me babe,

I guess I cheated on you.

 

Goodbye, Bright Light, Goodbye, 

Goodbye, To all of that

 

Wash her hair

And tell her she look's pretty.

Let her know

How lucky you've become

And if you do your best for her

I'm happy

I'll try to do my best to move along.

 

I guess on the face it

Seems like a foul hand of fortune.

The rushes hiss:

"There's lovers in the dunes"

Wherever that grace is

Lover go find it well

And after please

Pass it on to me

 

Goodbye, Bright Light, Goodbye

Goodbbye, to all of that 

 

Woman, Woman, I loved you

But ain't it hard to play the way we do

Woman I needed you

Carry on love, do the things we'd do

Woman this is for you

Carry on love, do the things you do.

#3 Over Again

 

I don't know you anymore

But I'm certain of the score

The pastor left waiting looks down the nave

For strangers to couple that never came

 

Reckless hearts may stumble on

Something perfect when they're young

The union erases your point of view

For you are the other, the other is you.

 

Rinsing the dream until it's dry as hay

Over and Over and Over again

You could let her go if you wanted to

You can let her go, like I'll do

 

Never gently will they part 

Kicking, screaming 'til the last

And that which was given I gave it glad

You took what you needed, I held none back

 

How to choose just what to think

Of the other half of me

Your picture is fabled by gleaming past

Of all that I wanted but you're not that

 

Rinsing the dream until its dry as hay

Over and Over and Over and Over again

You could let her go if you wanted to

You can let her go, like I'll do

 

#4 I Feel You

 

To you I'll make myself very clear

I don't expect to speak to you

And I don't expect to hear

 

I crawl in crutchless panic

Rubbing tar into my knees

As I fumble for my pocket watch

What time is it? What time is it?

Make it to the alley

Bloody hands: the blood is mine

If I could run I surely would

What time is it? What time is it?

 

I feel you like I feel me

And I've been us for

Five years and more.

 

Returning to my self again, I feel me

In losing half my self again, I feel you.

 

Now you, you know me better

The better me and bad

Do you want me love, I'm at the door.

What time is it? What time is it?

Me, I'm like a tudor

Lopping heads off

I get bored

I'm waiting love won't you take me love?

What time is it? What time is it?

 

I feel you, like I feel me

And i've been us for

Five years and more.

 

Returning to my self again, I feel me

In losing half my self again, I feel you.

 

Out here in the alley

There's methadone for sale

I tried to go cold turkey love

I'm tired of it, I'm sick of it.

For you, You know me better

And better's what I am

I'm waiting love just a little more

What time is it, What time is it

 

I feel you, like I feel me

And i've been us for

Five years and more.

 

Returning to my self again, I feel me

In losing half my self again, I feel you.

 

To you I'll make myself very clear

I don't expect to speak to you

And I don't expect to hear

To you I'll make myself very clear

If I ever think of you, you won't be first to hear

#5 You Want, I Don't:

 

You Want but I Don't

And we keep tagging along

To those of heart

Who rise to loving as a test

You know it's bound to fall before the end.

 

We can try to tame

But ever it shakes off the leash

We can bridle

Place a hand upon the steer

Whip our crooks and flails

And dig our toes in too

But it makes no difference

If we do.

 

You need, and you grieve

While I'm still rambling on

The right off man to knock it down

To know it stood

You know he leaves his pride

Among the ruins.

 

I can't try to take

The pressure against this restraint

Though many rogues I know

Will clamour for your heart

May this be one

Who had his chance at love

But it made no differene

Did it make much difference to you love.

 

My seat is too deep

For you to saddle along

Anyway, what I really wanted to tell you was

I didn't have the srength to continue

 

My cold price to pay

Is to think of you

Almost every day.

Twist the shackles girl

I'll twist the other way

And though I don't tomorrow

I just may.

But it makes no difference

Now it makes no difference anyway.

 

#6 Broken Wings:

 

You know of you alone.

You know your means.

You know your part in it.

But you don't know me.

 

Killing time, the bad disease,

Alcohol makes sense to me.

Most of love's a joke you know.

Making love's an easy feat,

You break the bed then you push her away.

Mostly lovers make it up;

You paint the paitent,

That's you

And she's the drug.

 

As evening's looming

Those of fortune sigh

With lover's

At their sides,

Enclosed

In eiderdown,

Entwined

 

I live the dream, I never know the time

I work for fun and I can fund the life.

Yet I feel I'm getting old.

Still every day is in the moment babe

The friend's I know are so close to me.

While I still miss the sunday's

And I still crave a home.

 

As evening's looming

Those of fortune sigh

As one

Enrobed

In flesh

As one

In mind

As one

They cry.

 

How to fly on broken wings

How to rise from slumbering

How to fly on broken wings

Tell I.

 

Mannequins infect the trends,

Paper sheets around the plastic limbs:

So how to find reprieve,

When all is done and death is easy?

 

Of her i think.

Does she know me at all?

Does she need me at all?

Like I do.

 

How to fly on broken wings

How to rise from slumbering

How to fly on broken wings

Tell I.

#7 I Know It's Over Now:

 

If I had a dollar for every time I didn't give up

If I had a pound for every time I tried

If I had a girl on every night I waited for you

Maybe I'd see riches in your eyes

 

I know, I know, I know It's Over Now.

 

If I was a bit less in the wrong I'd say you were right

If I was a man I'd give it up to you

If I didn't hold my foolish pride in such high esteem

Maybe I'd be rich much more than you

 

I'm a richer, I'm a richer man.

 

If I had a box of laughter for the dreams I had saved

Baby I would spend that laughter over you

Maybe I am poor compared to all you have gained

But baby I am richer with the blues

#8 Breathing New Air:

 

Throw away the sheets love. Throw away the guns.

We did it all in the silent night, deaf to bleeding dreams.
I guess that I am not cut out for this, after all it seems;
Now the war has come and gone there’s nothing green to keep. It’s not for me, it’s not for friends, it’s for you but you’re immune, To teaching eyes that want to prove something you don’t see.

 

Tired of playing fools with you, I don’t mean no offence. Some get tired and some get strange,
Me, I’m passed my shelf-age best.
I used to fight you. I used to care.

Something changed in the melody now I’m breathing new air.

 

Garrisons of lonely eyes stare into the steam.
I’m lost between the gaze of them and the engine hot to leave. With heavy shot and powdered eye I’m fighting through the crowds. Really ought to sleep tonight; lay the jailbird down. Though half my heart you took away, none of yours I kept.
But that’s ok with me babe, I gave it to the best.

 

Tired of playing fool for you, I don’t mean no distress
Something cried in the distance, someone put it down to rest.  

I used to fight you. I used to care.

Something changed in the melody now I'm breathing new air.

 

What’s misuse, just the sense of it - picking holes in stains. Though half I claimed in sentence mine, you’re still inspired to blame. For something hardly recognised by the minor hands of time. Something short with squinting eyes; dwarfed the fate of love. Now you call the shots on this aftermath, with all your fickle friends. When the commander pulls his blade out they say, “god bless little lamb”.

 

No, I won’t dress in my coloured best, with dreams of brick and slag. If love’s a game you can laugh about I guess I’m free at last. Diamonds are forever baby; nothing but the best.
I stole around the gauntlet, it left me bleeding from the chest. So throw away the prize love. Throw away the fight.

The more you’ve got to lose baby, the more you fear at night.