Lyrics
(Julia and Other New Stories)

The Lyrics to these songs are given on this page (below)
1) Julia
2) Jackdaw
3) The Dancer
4) Sunshine Girl
5) New English Bible
6) Marron's Glance
7) Unmarried Mother
8) I Don't Understand Your Logic
9) Heaven Lend A Hand
10) Taking The Long Way Round
11) That's The Way Our Love Goes
12) This Is The Stuff (stuck in the lift)
13) Water
14) Marble Arch
15) Give Me One More Chance
16) Sweetness And Light
17) Weather
18) Lullaby



JULIA

Ah now please Julia don't try
To get confident and star
Leave it like it is
You're lovely as you are
The only girl who can attract me an' engage
The one that I believe
I know you have no desire to upstage
A single thing they give you to read.

Julia don't tell
The chat shows and the press
Anythin' at all
Leave 'em all to guess
Please say nothin' off the cuff, I couldn't bear
Any reason not to like you
Just stay vulnerable and clear
Believable and sincere.

INSTRUMENTAL

Leave the sophistry to the others
At the moment you're my favourite.

Julia don't try
Gettin' confident and star
Leave it like it is
You're lovely as you are
The only girl who can attract me an' engage
The one that I believe
I know you have no desire to upstage
A single thing they give you to read.

Oh Julia don't try
Julia don't try
Julia don't star.

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JACKDAW

If I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd help you, yes I would
An' if I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd be there if I could.

Well those in the know would have you believe
That the jackdaw is bad an' he steals
He's a symbol of darkness, a crow, the devil's own
An' the poet Laureate don't like 'em
An' Alfred Hitchcock didn't like 'em
An' it's a pretty safe bet that you don't like 'em
Well let me tell you something, I love 'em.

An' if I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd help you, yes I would
An' if I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd be there if I could.

But those in the know they'll scoff an' they'll say
If you were a sparrow or a robin you'd despise jackdaws
They steal your eggs an' eat your babies
Well I've thought about this an' I'll tell you
There might be a few rogue jackdaws
But they get their comeuppance, most care
If one in the flock gets left behind or set upon
Others return to help and secure its safety and well-being
An' I'll tell you something, I love 'em.

An' if I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd help you, yes I would
An' if I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd be there if I could.

An' I'll tell you something else what a jackdaw told me
"Your pecking order's all wrong", he said
"You're burning your book and soon you'll be no better
Than the fish in the sea
Listen to me".

An' if I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd help you, yes I would
An' if I was a born again jackdaw
You know I'd be there and I would.

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THE DANCER

I love the way she dance
I love the way she smile
I love the way she hold me
I love the way she cry.

I love the things she say
I love the things she do
She says she will be mine
But that she won't be true.

If she would understand
I wanna be her man
I'd always love her so
I'd always let her go.

I love the way she dance
I love the way she smile
I love the way she hold me
I love the way she cry.

INSTRUMENTAL

If she would understand
I wanna be her man
I'd always love her so
I'd always let her go.

I love the way she dance
I love the way she smile
I love the way she hold me
I love the way she cry.

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SUNSHINE GIRL

It's all warm weather in her eyes
There's not a single cloud in sight
It's also summer in her smile
Please let it last for just a while.

Let's go where
There's no cares
And heaven is so near
And I love the sunshine girl.

It's all warm weather by her side
The mountains and the sea collide
The palm trees grow, so open up
And pretty bird song wake you up.

The sea and the sand and free
And the days are long
And the nights are warm
And I love the sunshine girl.

INSTRUMENTAL

The sea and the sand and free
And the days are long
And the nights are warm
And I love the sunshine girl.

It's all so calm and picturesque
Where you can lay your head and rest
Beneath the starry summer sky
And let the world go sailing by.

Let's go where
There's no cares
And heaven is so near
And I love the sunshine
I need the sunshine
I love the sunshine girl.

Ah ha - sha la la la la
Ah ha - sha la la la la
Ah ha - sha la la la la
(Repeat and fade).

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NEW ENGLISH BIBLE

I hired a video and put it under the Tele
I taped this and that an' I watched the films
I soon got soaked - nay saturated
So I phoned the rental company to - fetch it back.

An' I'm drying out now
I'm drying out
Don't think I've done to much damage
Just a mild form of video pneumonia.

It could have been worse
Our plumbers got it bad
You see we just moved house
To a cottage on a hill.

I had to fetch him out
To mend the pipes
An' when he saw the house he said "Bloody hell Cliff, Psycho 2"
There's not much hope for him
And when he'd finished I took him home
To watch the Texas Chain-saw Massacre.

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MARRON'S GLANCE

We are lost we are confounded
We're some of us in despair
Though we may not have the answers
But for sure we know how we fare
For us dreamers all do practice
We only get one chance
And God help those who stumble
In front of Marron's glance.

We are tryers if not believers
And we all will have our day
And for some it may come quickly
And for others go the same way
For he criticises all
For all the world to see
And to hell with Kevin Marron
When he criticises me.

With your name high on the hoardings
And your dreams way up in lights
An' we're conscious of the critic
For the moving finger bites
As he dishes out the venom
Still we love him just the same
But the devil take ya', Marron
When your pen grows tired and tame.

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UNMARRIED MOTHER

Sitting in the waiting room
Of the Department of Social Security
Waiting for her name to be called out
So that she may secure their charity.

She never thought that love
Could end at all like this
It was never so in books
A year ago and she was such a different girl
Grammar school, respectable, qualifications.

She studied courses academic
With the best from University
But the subject she most needed to succeed in
Has brought misery.

Why ever did she never stop to think?
But then love's not quite like that
Who ever can she turn to now
Parents have turned their back on her
Disgrace to the family.

INSTRUMENTAL

And so surrounded by the weak
And those in need of our society
She sits alone and waits rejected
By the rules of our propriety.

How ever could we ever let her fall like this?
So gentle and so young
Whatever do we really care about
Heaven knows, I'm sure I don't
Won't somebody tell me?

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I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOUR LOGIC

I don't understand your logic
You say you want me to protect you from now on
But I don't understand your logic
You say it's sad to see your independence gone
Will it all go on?

It might be nice if we occasionally agree
It might entice another part of you and me
Well it's hard for you and me
Difficult to see.

But I don't understand your logic
You say you're leavin' then you change your mind again
But I don't understand your logic
You say I'm cruel an' I don't love your innocence
You really don't make sense.

It might be nice if we occasionally agree
It might entice another part of you and me
Well it's hard for you and me
Difficult to see.

But I don't understand your logic
You're the girl who leaves me wonderin' who I am
An' I don't understand your logic
You keep me on my toes never sure of where I am
Or if I really can.

I don't understand your logic
It's tantamount to things I dream about in you
An' I don't understand your logic
It all amounts to everything I love in you
I don't understand your logic.
(and fade).

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HEAVEN LEND A HAND

Well I marvel at the at the things she do
She's got magic in her voice an' her dancin' shoes
Well all we need are the breaks and boy
Heaven won't you lend a hand?

She'll show you now what she can do
You know she's my angel she could be yours too, 'n'
She won't falter an' she won't stop
She want's nothing but the best
She's going to the top.

I'm crazy about the things she say
She say's "I'm going to love you to the end of my days"
Well all we need are the breaks and boy
Heaven won't you lend a hand?

She sings and dances
She plays piano
She acts the fool just like a star and
She knows about it
She's sold about it
She's gonna to be the new Judy Garland.

I'm crazy about the things she do
She got magic in her voice an' her dancing shoes
Well all we need are the breaks and boy
Heaven won't you lend a hand?

INSTRUMENTAL

She sings and dances
She plays piano
She acts the fool just like a star and
She knows about it
She's sold about it
She's gonna to be the new Judy Garland.

I'm crazy about the things she do
She got magic in her voice an' her dancing shoes
Well all we need are the breaks and boy
Heaven won't you lend a hand?

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TAKING THE LONG WAY ROUND

Takin' the long way round
Well I know it's a big mistake
Can't help myself I'm in love with you
And that's the truth.

I've been looking for inspiration
To inspirate my mind
Won't you give me an invitation and you'll find
That I'll be true.

You know how it is when you want somebody
Who don't especially want you
You try so hard to make her see it an'
That's especially true.

Here's what we're gonna do
Toss a coin up
Heads I win, tails you lose
Come on make your mind up.

There's something I wanna know
If you try to keep on stallin'
Can I catch ya before you let me down?
Ah say I can.

INSTRUMENTAL

You know how it is when you need somebody
Who don't especially need you
You try so hard to make her see it an'
That's especially true.

Well here's what we're gonna do
Toss a coin up
Heads I win, tails you lose
Come on make your mind up.

Something I wanna know
If you try to keep on stallin'
Can I catch ya before you let me down?
Ah say I can.

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THAT'S THE WAY OUR LOVE GOES

Our love's like painting the Forth Bridge
Just as it's ending, it starts all over again.

An' our love's like a magical rope trick
Just as it's mending, it comes apart again.

That's the way our love goes, it's a never ender
That's the way our love goes, it's a break and mender
Never ender.

It grows like the night sky with modifications
Like stars rearranged to make way for space stations
So we'll have to change to improve our relations
('Prove our relations).

Our love's like a scene from Twelfth Night
Just as you solve it, it's complicating again
An' our love's like making resolutions
No sooner you resolve to, then you're contemplating again.

That's the way our love goes, it's a complicater
That's the way our love goes, it's a contemplator
Complicater, never ender, break and mender.

It grows like the night sky with modifications
Like stars rearranged to make way for space stations
So we'll have to change to improve our relations
('Prove our relations).

INSTRUMENTAL

That's the way our love goes, it's a never ender
That's the way our love goes, it's a break and mender
Never ender, complicater, contemplator.

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THIS IS THE STUFF (STUCK IN THE LIFT)

Well I've been trying forever just to catch your eye
But fate or luck or whatever wasn't on my side.

Wasting my time
Getting no sign
Then we got stuck in the lift
Between the forth floor and the fifth
And everything came right
I wanna see ya tonight.

And I got to say
"This is the stuff"
"This is the stuff"
"This is love".

Well I'm captivated in love with you
So elevated it can't be true.

But suddenly jolted
Everything halted
The machine broke down
It was such a shock
No one else around
It's you and me in the dock.

An' I got to say
"This is the stuff"
"This is the stuff"
"This is love".

Seemed like a miracle
Seemed like a gift
Once sorted out
They got stuck in the lift
Well we don't know what happened
We can only surmise
When they stepped out
There was love in their eyes.

Seemed like a miracle
Seemed like a gift
Once sorted out
They got stuck in the lift
We don't know what happened
We can only surmise
When they stepped out
There was love in their eyes.

Seemed like a miracle
Yes it seemed like a gift
Once sorted out
They got stuck in the lift
We don't know what happened
We can only surmise
When they stepped out
There was love in their eyes.
(and fade).

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WATER

I don't mind eternity
Now I've seen you alright
I can face forever
I'm sick of the light
And the lyin' and the cheatin'
I'm a fool and I'm bleedin'
Let me bleed.

I don't mind uncertainty
I've been certain enough
But I don't need adversity
I've had more than enough
You will not laugh and watch me cryin'
You will not spit in my face again
I don't need you when I'm dyin'
You will not cut me down.

There's no answer to my prayer
And still I know you're there
How can I forget?
How can you forget?

I can face eternity
Maybe I'll get some peace
Send me all uncertainty
I'm ending this lease
There's a thinking you call wishful
There's a God you call mine
There's a suffering you don't wish for
And it's all water . . . .  

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MARBLE ARCH

Every day I get caught up in the traffic
Every day is a mad rush
But it's nothing compared to your love girl
I'm so that I don't know where I am.

Won't you put my mind at rest girl?
Won't you quench my thirst I'm parched?
Won't you give me peace of mind girl?
Let me cope with Marble Arch.

From the streets to the high seas of the subway
Every day stormy weather
Won't you let your love be my navigator
We'll steer a safe course home.

Won't you put my mind at rest girl?
Let me check the grey in my hair
Won't you give me peace of mind girl?
Let me get down Trafalgar Square.

INSTRUMENTAL

Won't you put my mind at rest girl?
Won't you make me feel alright?
Won't you give me peace of mind girl?
Let me make it home tonight.

      ********************

GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE

It's been a long time
You haven't changed at all
You still look fine to me
Before you go
There's something I've been meaning
To ask and it just won't keep.

Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Give me one more chance.

Do you remember
When we first started out?
It seems so long ago
And how you said you'd always love me
Then I let you go?

Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Give me one more chance.

You're the only girl
That I could ever love
I was a fool to think
I'd make it without you.

Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Give me one more chance.

Let me make it up to you
Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
Won't you give me one more chance?
Let me make it up to you
(and fade).

      ********************

SWEETNESS AND LIGHT

When life gets weary
And the going gets tough
And you're feeling the worse for wear
Well don't be down hearted
And don't give up
Remember we on the left still care.

It's gonna take some intuition
To see us through
It's gonna take a lot of revision
An' a different point of view
But there's one thing for certain
We're in the right, an' those on the right are in the wrong
You can fool some of the people some of the time
But you can't fool us all for long.

It's gonna be a new inspiration
That'll win the day
It's gonna sweep across this nation
We gotta find a way
So to all you among us in your ivory towers
Casting shadows over this land
You'd better pack your deterrents and nuclear powers
And leave the sunlight in safer hands.

It's gonna be a new age of sweetness and light
That's coming
As pure as the snow that's driven
And from he that hath shall be taken away
And to he that hath not shall be given.

INSTRUMENTAL

It's gonna be a new age of sweetness and light that's coming
As pure as the snow that's driven
And from he that hath shall be taken away
And to he that hath not shall be given.

When life gets weary
And no matter how hard you try
You cannot make ends meet
Don't be down hearted
Do not cry
Remember we on the left shall speak.

There'll be blue birds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow just you wait and see
(and fade).

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WEATHER

Here's Bill Giles with the weather
Good old Bill
Everything's changed
The new technology
More accurate
Sophisticated presentation
New jargon.

Celsius for Centigrade
Nice captions
Everything's moving
Look at the clouds move
Look at the rain move
We all know where we stand
As far as he weather's concerned
Slick
New technology.

Bill's got it right
Well almost
Today amidst this modern paraphernalia
He points at the moving pictures
And says
"There's some drizzly stuff over there"
I thought I heard his computer hiccup
Good old Bill.

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LULLABY

Good night close your eyes
Sleep tight grow up wise
Dream of all the fun we had.

Don't cry dry your eyes
Mummy wouldn't like it
If she knew that you were sad.

An' I'll take you out tomorrow
'N' buy you something new
And the sun will shine tomorrow
If you ask it to.

Good night close your eyes
Sleep tight grow up wise
Leave the worryin' to me.

INSTRUMENTAL

An' I'll take you out tomorrow
'N' buy you something new
And the sun will shine tomorrow
If you ask it to.

Good night close your eyes
Sleep tight grow up wise
Dream of all the fun we had.

Don't cry dry your eyes
Mummy wouldn't like it
If she knew that you were sad.

Copyright © 2001 Michael Armitage

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