Lyrics
(The Ways of Love)

 The Lyrics to these songs are given on this page (below)
1) Taking The Long Way Round
2) Let's Be Fools Again
3) Gaye
4) Up In The World
5) It's a Nice Day
6) Contrary
7) It's Better To Believe
8) Jesus of Long Ago
9) Realisation
10) Ocean of Love
11) Maybe I'm Right
12) Some Uncertainty
13) Fast Sinking
14) Climate of Her Favour
15) My Goddess
16) Discernible
17) Thinking of Something To Do

 


TAKING THE LONG WAY ROUND (Alternate Version)

Takin' the long way round
I know it's a big mistake
I 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 tried 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.

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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LET'S BE FOOLS AGAIN

There were days long ago
When your smile came across
With the wind in your hair
And the rain on your face and
Laugh we could
Come on let's laugh again.

We were young, we were free
We were foolish and poor, couldn't care
We had time
We were careless for sure and
Cry we did
C'mon let's cry again.

STRINGS

There was you, there was me
And a crowd would be three
But we could not prevail
Though we fought to agree and
Lose we did
C'mon let's lose again.

Well I could sing, I could shout
I could scream the place down
But I won't lest I stumble
Make a fool of myself, I've
Done it before
Let's be fools again

Let's be fools again
Let's be fools again
Let's be fools again.

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GAYE

Gaye
Won't you let me have a say
In the way you behave
I won't last another day
If you decide to go away.

You're the tray of nice things
I upset yesterday
The display of bright rings
I let slip away.

Oh Gaye
You allay my every fear
In a most extraordinary way
If I thought that I could find my way without you
I would not ask you to stay.

INSTRUMENTAL

You're the tray of nice things
I upset yesterday
The mainstay of my dreams
That I let slip away.

Gaye
Won't you let me have a say
In the way you behave
I won't last another day
If you decide to go away.

Don't go away
Oh please stay
Don't go away
Please stay. 

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UP IN THE WORLD

You've come up in the world
And it's all to your credit
You made something of your life like you always said you would
But what ever happened to
The girl I used to know
With all those halcyon days - of love?

You've come up in the world
And it's such a shame
You made success of a dream but it seems so empty now
With your weak excuses and
Your condescending ways
And all too frequent nights - alone.

STRINGS

I've come down in the world
And it's all to your credit
You made something of my life but you've thrown it all away
For your books and your fancy talk
Your new found friends and all
Your theories on mankind - and society.

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IT'S A NICE DAY

I can't stop myself from thinkin' it's a nice day
Close my eyes I feel I'm sinkin' in a nice way
Feels like a weight's been taken off my shoulders
She's a load off my mind (load off my mind)
She'll cry before she's much older
She's gone and I'm glad and I
Can't stop myself from thinkin' it's a nice day
It's a nice day, it's a nice day, a nice day.

Take myself for a walk along some country lane
Let the quiet life around me clear my brain
There's no one to laugh in my face
Or to make a fool of me (make a fool of me)
With her I couldn't keep pace
Well she's gone and I'm glad and I
Can't stop myself from thinkin' it's a nice day
It's a nice day, it's a nice day, a nice day.

I can't stop myself from thinkin' it's a nice day
I can't stop myself from thinkin' it's a nice day
I can't stop myself from thinkin' it's a nice day
I can't stop myself from thinkin' it's a nice day
(Repeat and fade).

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CONTRARY

You are consistent I am lackaday
You are sufficient I'm in disarray
You give me pleasure, I give you heartache
You give me light when all is dark and lonely
You're my concession, I am contrary.

You are exception I am more the rule
You are discretion I am more the fool
You show me patience, I take advantage
An' leave you lost an' on your own an' lonely
You are forever, I'll come crashin' down.

INSTRUMENTAL

You throw me line when I'm clutchin' straws and
You lift me up when I am down an' lonely
You're my concession, I am contrary.

You are consistent I am lackaday
You are sufficient I'm in disarray
You give me pleasure, I give you heartache
You give me light when all is dark and lonely
You're my concession, I am contrary.

You're my concession, I am contrary.
You're my concession, I am contrary.
You're my concession, I am contrary.

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IT'S BETTER TO BELIEVE

I've got a very simple philosophy
It seldom stands me in good stead
But even though there are some who agree
It is the right way let is spread:

It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe, to believe.

Somebody told me they saw Mary Jane
Walkin' with a guy she loved before she met me
And you might ask would I trust her again
And my reply would certainly be:

It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe, to believe.

It's better to believe what you know the situation ought to be
It's better to believe than to go on findin' faults in everyone you see
Who you see.

And so my simple philosophy
Points at the politician and the soldier's gun
And I would say that the world might be
A safer place without suspicion.

It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe and be wrong
Than to suspect and be right
It's better to believe, to believe.

It's better to believe, to believe
It's better to believe, to believe
La la la la.

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JESUS OF LONG AGO

Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know.

To Bethlehem came three wise men
With gold and frankincense and myrrh
The journeyed far, by guiding star
To find the King of all the world.

In a manger he was born
In a manger he was born.

Shepherds in the fields nearby
Saw the Angels in the sky
And they all came down to welcome Him
On that night in Bethlehem.

Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know.

In Galilee He grew to be
Healer of the sick and blind
He spoke of love in Heaven above
And people came from miles to find

Jesus Christ the son of God
Jesus Christ the son of God.

He was a man who could be strong
Doer of good and righter of wrong
And he was gentle, kind and true
All the things that we could be too.

Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know.

Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know.

(Repeat and fade).

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REALISATION

I'm livin' in a state of paralysis
Thinkin' I'm alive but I'm dead
Yes, I'm living in a state of paralysis
This mediocre life's gone to my head.

Realisation, realisation.

Pride, I've got plenty of it
Love, I really don't know what it means
But I'm certainly contented, never been ill fed
Oh no! got a comfy bed it's gone to my head.

So I'm gettin' out o' this state of paralysis
I've really come to realise at last
That I'm living in a state of paralysis
My manifestation is gonna last.

Realisation, realisation.

There's too many others think we know it all
And not enough of us think ahead
And what we don't know ain't worth knowin' at all
There's too many of us really dead.

So I'm gettin' out of this state of paralysis
I've really come to realise at last
That I'm livin' in a state of paralysis
My manifestation is gonna last.

Realisation, realisation.

Sympathy, I can give it
Consideration with it
Love, well I certainly found it
And I'm buildin' round it.

I'm gettin' out o' this state of paralysis
I've really come to realise at last
That I'm living in a state of paralysis
My manifestation is gonna last.

Well I'm gettin' out o' this state of paralysis
I've really come to realise at last
That I'm living in a state of paralysis
My manifestation is gonna last.

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OCEAN OF LOVE

There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to sail it
There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to bail it.

Come on girl and get your feet wet don't be shy
There's no tidal wave in sight
Come on girl let's push the boat out, you and I
We could be there by tonight.

There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to sail it
There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to bail it.

Come on girl and let your heart rule your head
It's harder to be foolish than wise
Let's show 'em all adventure is not dead
'Cause I can see it girl in your eyes.

There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to sail it
There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to bail it.

There's an ocean, ocean
All we've got to do - is sail it
There's an ocean, ocean
All we've got to do is learn to sail it, sail it
Ocean, ocean
All we gotta do is learn how to bail it
Ocean, ocean
All we gotta do is learn to sail it, sail it
Ocean, ocean
All we gotta do is sail it, sail it
(Repeat and fade).

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MAYBE I'M RIGHT

Lately you are the girl I'm dreaming about
And if I should venture to say
Would you think me too forward or something like that
Would you turn me away?

Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong
But I get the feeling your love could be strong
I might be misled, these feelings wasted
So why don't you guide me and be mine tonight, tonight.

Simply, you are the girl I cannot erase
For me there can be no doubt
No matter what I do, my mind is a maze
And you are the only way out.

Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong
But I get the feeling your love could be strong
I've waited alas, but love has no compass
Why don't you guide me and be mine tonight.

Tonight - Tonight - Tonight - Tonight
Tonight - Tonight - Tonight - Tonight
(Repeat and fade).

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SOME UNCERTAINTY

She may smile, she may cry
She may turn away from me
Whatever she decides
There's some uncertainty.

She may say she will leave
She may hesitate and stay
Oh, I don't really believe
She will go away.

She is takin' up all my time
And there are things I need to attend
She is makin' up her mind
And I feel we're near the end.

She may say straightforwardly
"I don't love you any more"
It may be that definite
But I hope she's not so sure.

People come, people go
Barely catchin' what they see
Well she came and so she went
With some uncertainty.

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FAST SINKING

Sue, you've been drinkin'
Or you wouldn't say the things you say
Drinkin' again, it never was your way.

Maybe I'm old fashioned
And maybe I've lost some of my shine
But as to your drinkin', galivantin', I draw the line.

I remember when butter wouldn't melt in your mouth
But your sweet smile changed its style.

Sue, you've been drinkin'
And you're not the girl I knew
Drinkin', and it's really not amusin'.

INSTRUMENTAL

I remember when butter wouldn't melt in your mouth
But your sweet smile changed its style.

Sue, drinkin'
And I think we know our love is through
Fast sinkin', there's not a lot we can do.

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

CLIMATE OF HER FAVOUR

There's a frost on the fields and a chill to the night
Where the vixen screams and the dog fox fights
And all the world is lying still
In silent ease and frozen will.

There's a change in the season and a change in you
From the girl I wanted to the one I knew
And I've grown tired of trying to save her
And trying to reach the climate of your favour.

Ice on the water, snow in the sky
Darkness falls to the night owl's cry
And all the world is sleeping still
In silent ease and frozen will.

There's a change in the season and a change in you
From the time we started to the time we're through
And I've grown tired of trying to save her
And trying to reach the climate or your favour.

INSTRUMENTAL

Yes I've grown tired of trying to save her
And trying to reach the climate or your favour.

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MY GODDESS

I met her travelling round the world
Dressed as she was and appearing absurd
And with her beauty she took away my freedom
And captured me.

And then she changed my opinion of
Myself and all that I thought I was
And now I love her, for I can't live without her
And I won't die.

And so my love when next we meet
I'll worship you and fall down at your feet
My Goddess, my Goddess
My Goddess.

INSTRUMENTAL

And now I find the magic has gone
And so has she and I'm left all alone
And I still love her, and I can't live without her
And I will die.

La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
(and fade).

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DISCERNIBLE

Some memories I keep in a special book
And the shiny surface fades
But the face is still discernible.

Some words I keep tucked away somewhere
Though the address ain't the same
Still the meaning's just discernible.

And on the other side of the glass
It all appears to be taken
And everybody's moving fast
And the world is most unshaken.

I don't know what I feel
I can't discern what's real.

Some memories I keep in a special book
And the shiny surface fades
But the face is still discernible.

I find it's not such good compensation
But I love you just the same
Love you just the same.

I find it's not such good compensation
But I love you just the same
(and fade).

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THINKING OF SOMETHING TO DO

If I should tell you what I'm thinking of
You might not ever speak to me
If I should tell you what I'm thinking of
You might not ever want to be
Associated with a person as dubious as me
Well I know I am, so what? I only love you
And I'm only thinkin' of something to do.

We've been friends for such a very long long time
I wonder if you knew
I could show you what it's all about sometime
It's up to you.

If you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might not openly approve
Yes if you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might emphatically move
That I should try and restrain myself and watch my Ps and Qs
Well of course you would be right, but I am too
'Cause I'm only thinkin' of something to do

INSTRUMENTAL

If you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might not openly approve
Yes if you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might emphatically move
That I should try and restrain myself and watch my Ps and Qs
Well of course you would be right, but I am too
'Cause I'm only thinkin' of something to do
And I hope that you would like to do it too
'Cause I'm sure you must be thinkin' of it too.
(Tut, tut, tut, well I never).

Copyright © 2001 Michael Armitage

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