Lyrics
(Singer/Songwriter)

The Lyrics to these songs are given on this page (below)
1) Coathanger
2) Sam
3) Leader
4) A Dream
5) Anticipation
6) Rayne
7) The Session Singer
8)   Carrie
9)   God Help Me
10) The Cause Is Good
11) Sympathy
12) Circus Girl
13) You Knock When You Should Come In
14) Sidetracked



COATHANGER

If you share my coat-hanger then I'll be hung on you
If you try to break my neck we're through, through
Just you wait till it gets dark the time will soon go by
I'll try to come so quickly lest you die.

But now the situation's getting out of hand
I'm not sure I want to be buried in the sand
But if I try to disassociate from you
There's something I could do to get across to you
I've got just one more move to make you sit right up and see
I'll hang myself upon your cherry tree.

But if you share my coat-hanger then I'll be hung on you
If you try to break my neck we're through, through
Just you wait till it gets dark the time will soon go by
I'll try to come so quickly lest you die.

And when I speak to you you never here a sound
You say I ought to have more sense than hang around
But if I try to disassociate from you
There's nothing I could do to make you less untrue
So I'll just go and stage my best performance yet to-date
And hang myself upon your garden gate.

But if you share my coat-hanger then I'll be hung on you
If you try to break my neck we're through, through
Just you wait till it gets dark the time will soon go by
I'll try to come so quickly lest you die.

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

SAM

Sam is a friend is, is a friend of mine
He knows just how to laugh and shout
Get up early at the break of day
And you might just catch him out.

He's got a smile and a plastic gun
And a good old cowboy hat
Get up early and you'll see him ride
Shootin' up the alley round the back.

All he wants is a chocolate bar
The lavatory now and again
A friend or two and a family who
Will love him when he comes in.

He don't worry and he don't care
About the same things I do
He just thinks about Captain Kirk
And an' he hollers out scoobedoo.

Well I wish I was not quite so old
With a house and a car and a headache
Get up early at the crack of dawn
And you might just see me break.

All I want is a rest from all the fever and the fret
Give me a ride on Sam's old horse
And I wish I was where he was at
And I wish I was where he was at.

Sam is a friend is, is a friend of mine
He knows just how to laugh and shout
Get up early at the break of day
And you might just, see him.

Sam is a friend, is a friend of mine.

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

LEADER

Nobody cares, no one's concerned
We all stand watching while the city burns
Some are jumping from the windows.
Some are crying in the street
And the situation's worsening
While the chasms getting deep.

They outlawed compassion
They tarred and feathered hope.
The Church cried out "Have mercy!"
While hanging from a rope
But the gunman shouts the loudest
And the people listen well
While the city keeps on burning
In the rising flames of hell.

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

A DREAM

Last night I had the strangest dream
In which I found myself alone
And stumbling through an endless night
I surely was afraid.

Then out the blackness came a light
And then a voice that spoke to me
I am the pilgrim sent to you
It's time for your journey.

Christian are you there still? I'm so tired
And I don't no where I am
It seems such a long way I want to make it
But I don't know if I can.

Christian won't you help me find my way?
It's kind of difficult and I'm falling by the wayside
Christian won't you help me find my way?
It's kind of difficult and I'm falling by the wayside.

Once more I'm alone now
Gone is the light, and the face I thought I saw
Out there is a kingdom far in the distance
It's the place I'm looking for.

Oh Christian won't you help me find my way?
It's kind of difficult and I'm falling by the wayside
Christian won't you help me find my way?
It's kind of difficult and I'm falling by the wayside.

Now I saw in my dream
That Christian and Hopeful went in at the gate
And low as they entered they were transfigured
And they had raiment put on that shone like gold
I looked in after them and behold the city shone like the sun
The streets also were paved with gold
And in them walked many men with crowns on their heads
Palms in their hands and golden harps to sing praises with all
And after that they shut up the gates
Which when I had seen I wished myself among them.

Christian won't you help me find my way?
It's kind of difficult and I'm falling by the wayside
Christian won't you help me find my way?
It's kind of difficult and I'm falling by the wayside
Christian won't you help me find my way?
It's kind of difficult and I'm falling by the wayside
(Repeat and fade).

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

ANTICIPATION

I don't think that I've ever had a warmer experience than
The time you came round for tea and stayed much later than
You anticipated; oh, but you were shy
So we drank a little and talked a lot, an' then we drank some more
And you laughed a little an' drank a lot and said you'd like some more.

And much later when decent folk are safely tucked in bed
We were dancing round and round, a spinning top for my head
I anticipated what would happen next
But you drank a little and talked a lot, an' then you drank some more
And you laughed a little and drank a lot and went to sleep on the floor.

I anticipated what would happen next
But you drank a little and talked a lot, an' then you drank some more
And you laughed a little an' drank a lot and went to sleep on the floor
Went to sleep on the floor
Went to sleep on the floor
Went to sleep on the floor
Went to sleep on the floor
(Repeat and fade).

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

RAYNE

Oh Rayne - Rayne I miss you so
I guess I knew some day you'd go
And though I tried to say "Rayne don't go away"
You shook your head and turned away.

I look out on your silver light
It's shinning still into the night
And so I sit up here and I wish you were near
Speaking my name, I'm missing you Rayne.

INSTRUMENTAL

And if you should ever find
That you want to change your mind
You know your way up here, it's always been clear
I will be yours, will you be mine?

Oh Rayne - Rayne I miss you so
I guess I knew some day you'd go
And though I tried to say "Rayne don't go away"
You shook your head and turned away.

I look out on your silver light . . .
(and fade).

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

THE SESSION SINGER

Ooo bab shoo wab shoo wah, ah shoo be doo be doo be
Ooo bab shoo wab shoo wah, ah shoo be doo be doo be

I'm kinda tired - oh oh oh oh
Of singing along on somebody else's song
I'd like to be a big star too
I've had my fill of shoo be doo be doo.

I make a living - oh oh oh oh
But that's about all, I get no curtain call
Nobody seems to know my name
An' shoo be doo be doo be doo's to blame.

Oh won't some record company man
Come and take a chance on me
I got some songs and I'm sure that I can
Project my personality.

Till things get better - oh oh oh oh
I'll carry on - the way I've always done
Dejected vocal session man
And leave you with a babber shoo wa bam.

Ooo bab shoo wab shoo wah, ah shoo be doo be doo be
Ooo bab shoo wab shoo wah, ah shoo be doo be doo be

Ooo bab shoo wab shoo wah, ah shoo be doo be doo be
Ooo bab shoo wab shoo wah, ah shoo be doo be doo be
(Repeat and fade).

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

CARRIE

Carrie won't you write? don't let me worry
You know that it's right, and still I worry
We don't have the time to quarrel like we do
Life is so unkind, don't let's help it too.

Carrie won't you come or meet me half way?
You don't have to run or play it my way.
I concede to you, it's the simple thing to do
Pride ain't got no place, the future's in your face.

INSTRUMENTAL

(Carrie won't you write)

(You know that it's right)

I concede to you, it's the simple thing to do
Pride ain't got no place, the future's in your face.

Carrie won't you write
Carrie won't you write
Carrie won't you write
Carrie won't you write
(Repeat and fade).

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

GOD HELP ME

My coat's old, but it's got a good lining
Round the cuffs it's started to fray
Found a hole in the back of my pocket
Must 'a' lost my money that way.

Oh, God help me it's started to rain
Oh, God help me I'm feeling the strain.

I came down from the back of Virginia
Got in a brawl in a dirty saloon
Big fella said "I thought I'd seen ya
With my lady looking up at the moon."

Oh, God help me it's started to rain
Oh, God help me I'm feeling the strain.

I got a degree in philosophy at the University of Birmingham
Then I shaved my face, got sick of the pace, so I quit the race
I couldn't give a damn.

My shoes leak, my feet are dirty
My back aches and my head is sore
Got mixed up with a gal named Gurty
It's all I could to reach the door.

Oh, God help me it's started to rain
Oh, God help me I'm feeling the strain.

INSTRUMENTAL

Got a degree in philosophy at the University of Birmingham
Then I shaved my face, got sick of the pace, so I quit the race
I couldn't give a damn.

My shoes leak, my feet are dirty
My back aches and my head is sore
Got mixed up with a gal named Gurty
It's all I could to reach the door.

Oh, God help me it's started to rain
Oh, God help me I'm feeling the strain.

Oh, God help me it's started to rain
Oh, God help me I'm feeling the strain.
(Repeat and fade).

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

THE CAUSE IS GOOD

Scrape the mud off your boots and let's go home
Throw your gun in the dirt we're going home
They can't tell us what to do anymore
I'm sick of fighting their bloody war.

Take your mind off your brother lying there
Though he died for his flag he didn't care
In the morning light when the time drew nigh
I heard him pray "Lord
Don't let me die, don't let me die".

INSTRUMENTAL

We take the brunt of the argumental ways
An' it all rests on what the politician says
But he ain't lying here in the smell of blood
He's too busy shouting "The cause is good"
"The cause is good"
"The cause is good"
"The cause is good"
"The cause is good"
(Repeat and fade).

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

SYMPATHY

Sympathy is what you see in me
Is that all I'm good for?
What's more, I think you think I'm just your friend.

I'll be concise, I think you're nice
Entice me to be something else
Or else I think this friendship has to end.

'Cause I wanna be your lover baby
Wanna to be your lover baby
Wanna be your lover right away
An' I'm tired of hearing what you have to say.

Don't be naive can't you perceive
That I believe in you it's true
You're always treating me indifferently.

So if you cry I'll say goodbye
Unless you try some sympathy on me
Just for a change act differently
You know you can.

'Cause I wanna be your lover baby
Wanna be your lover baby
Wanna to be your lover right away
An' I'm tired of hearing what you have to say.

INSTRUMENTAL

'Cause I wanna be your lover baby
Wanna be your lover baby
Wanna be your lover right away
An' I'm tired of hearing what you have to say.

Yes I wanna be your lover
Wanna be your lover
Wanna be you lover right away.

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

CIRCUS GIRL

On my way to work today I was feeling low
Heard somebody say "come and see the show"
I looked around and there she stood
The circus girl looked good
"A complementary ticket day
Would you like one?
Please don't pay, please don't pay".

I can see you now walking on your tightrope
Giving all you' got, looking like you can cope
I'll catch you if you start to fall, maybe you'll let me call
I'd like to see your caravan, say you'll let me
Say I can, do say I can.

INSTRUMENTAL

When the circus comes to town I can recommend it
If you feeling down make a night and spend it
She'll catch you if you start to fall, maybe she'll let you call
"A complementary ticket day
Would you like one?
Please don't pay, please don't pay".

Circus Girl
Circus Girl
Circus Girl
(Repeat and fade).

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

YOU KNOCK WHEN YOU SHOULD COME IN

I kinda worry about you
You're not the same girl anymore
But I don't know what I can do
To make it like it was before.

I gave you everything you asked for
I like to think I gave a little more
But you've given back the things we cared for
And now you've got this funny thing about the door.

You knock when you should come in
You stop where we could begin
Don't you care for me - girl?
Or is it as I half expected?

I've tried to figure were I went wrong
Perhaps I loved that girl too much
Or maybe it's gone on too long
And we've grown simply out of touch.

It's difficult to rearrange
After I'd grown attached to you
But now I notice such a change
In all the little things you do.

You knock when you should come in
You stop where we could begin
Don't you care for me - girl?
Or is it as I half expected?

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

SIDETRACKED

When I started out I knew where I was goin'
But the fact that I didn't get there's showin'
I was gonna be somebody going to the top
But the glory I wanted wasn't what I got -

I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked.

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na.

I can see my name flashing across city streets
Crowdin' in the rain, people waiting for their seats
And on every tongue my reputation grew
But when I woke up it all had fallen through -

I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked.

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na.

Now you find yourself in a military zone
Doing what you can, try to barricade your home
And you're wonderin' however you got this way
Was it all for her you decided to stay?

We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked.

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na.

We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
(Repeat and fade).

Copyright © 2001 Michael Armitage

  Singer/Songwriter Home Thoughts 
RETURN:
      Clifford T Ward     Lyrics - Index Page
9  -  June  -  01   
Mick Armitage (e-mail)