Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Some Other Kinds of Poems - Songs by Geoff Davis

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Stay Around

Can you lift me from this coldness
This indifference, this distance?
I've hurt too long and hard
And I'm needing your assistance.
Haggling and legal fees,
The chill of bitter memories,
Blackmail, its counterparts,
Memorial to broken hearts.
Can you help me open out again?

Can you take this resignation,
Can you help it gather rust?
Can you show me a different way,
A different world where there is trust?
With cynicism outward bound
Is tenderness what we've both found?
Is it a kind of peace which starts
And says goodbye to frozen hearts?
Can you help me open out again?

Can you lift me, pick me up, dust me down,
dust me down?
Can you take me, give me hope, stay around,
stay around?

Guitar solo

Repeat of Verse One and Chorus

Who Are Your Tears For?

Persuasive and so erudite
You bully in an argument
As worthless as a fistfight,
Catching votes is your intent.
Armed with statistics which
Deceive but never lie
The fixed ideas you ought to ditch
Will once again apply
So who are your tears for now it's over?
For the schizos on the streets
Whom every policy defeats
Who are your tears for now it's over?

Paraphrase and cliche rules
The press must have its say
And language thus the tool of fools
Where truth can't find a way.
You hypnotize with rhetoric
Which reinforces prejudice
The ad campaign is oh so slick
Though substance it will miss.
So who are your tears for now it's over?
Can you hear the thousands sob
Who have also lost a job?
Who are your tears for now it's over?

We must interrupt, assert ourselves so
Cause ours is the view you must know.

Imagination seems to be
An excess of desire
Over one's ability
And so will feed the liar
Who knows not where the secret lies
With his vouchsafed monopoly
On truth and all its alibis
Which smack of slavery.
So who are your tears for now it's over?
For all those you take for fools
Who would question all your rules?
Who are your tears for now it's over?
Who are your tears for now it's over?
Who are your tears for now it's over?
Who are your tears for now it's over?


Psychotic's Lament

It seems as though the chips are down
You feel you wear a madman's crown
And all your so-called friends are out of town.
No phone calls or no letters come
And everyone you know looks dumb
Or could it be just you they wish to shun?

And they say you're crazy
Cause you've been away
To a farmyard hazy
So fun to stay.

The lady in the upstairs flat
You wonder what she's staring at
You've never seen a look as strange as that.
And every job that you may seek
You've been refused before you speak
Your history has branded you as weak.


Instrumental and chorus

So ostracized you may be sore
As each one drops the mask he wore
The pose of being friendly and mature.
And then you find someone like you
Whose misconceptions are as few
You know your world of dream is largely through.

Chorus three times

Carrie's Song

You talk as though nobody could
need somebody like you
Why is it not understood
that some of us can see
Heart and affection
Giving kindness some direction
Let it show and you'll know
who loves you.

You're looking to a stranger
who one day will entrance you
But remember the danger
of the devil you don't know
Who won't let you grow
Friends maybe see there
The you who wants to be there
Let it show and you'll know
who loves you

I've always felt that you were one
who had lots going for you
When all the tears and brooding's done
you sparkle and you glow
And then I find you so
So much fun to be with
And it's something I agree with
Let it show and you'll know
who loves you

Now I cannot deny
that you do something for me
Sometimes I wonder why
you back off like you do
When I aspire to
Strength and understanding
Without being too demanding
Let it show and you'll know
who loves you

Message From The Other Side

It's so sad when you act and play the fool
The thoughtless and unconscious things you do which are so cruel
It's so sad when you act and play the fool

It's so sad when you cause another pain
Through agitated feelings which you sometimes must restrain
It's so sad when you cause another pain

Can you find yourself forgiving me?
Can you see just who I am?
What moves and what inspires me,
Please look at if you can

It's so sad when there's someone turns away
Because of all those crazy things you didn't have to say
It's so sad when there's someone turns away

It's so sad when you're reaching out to touch
But can't give unconditionally you find you ask too much
It's so sad when you're reaching out to touch.


Instrumental break


Somebody's Leaving

All that irritation is looking for release
So the fooling and the teasing, maybe it has to cease
Well, light-hearted banter is fair enough I know
But offending sensibilities, that's what has to go

And now somebody's leaving
Who has sometimes done us proud
So cry a little, yes, cry a little
Some tears they are allowed.

We have to remember not to give what we can't take
And not push some poor child to the point where they will break
And if we're friends together we can rise above in trust
And show the force of friendship means we're here in more than dust


Some things can't be forgotten but are maybe best ignored
If we hammer vulnerability calamity is assured
So maybe we'll remember more the content of the heart
Where it's pure and open is the point where we should start


If You Need A Friend

It's so hard to trust, so hard to trust
We scrutinise intentions, is it tenderness or lust
It's so hard to know, so hard to know
If someone's caring spirit is a pose about to go

But if you need a friend
Who'll make you feel at ease
I'll talk and share a coffee with you
Any time you please
If you need a friend
Who doesn't want to take
I'll always do my best to soothe
Wherever you may ache.

It's so hard to break, so hard to break
Away from those who've hurt us with our foolish pride at stake
It's so hard to see, so hard to see
How feelings are ephemeral and they feed our vanity


It's so hard to win, so hard to win
When we've let somebody get right under our skin
It's so hard to let, so hard to let
Go of something precious which we never could forget.


The Eagle And The Scorpion

The eagle and the scorpion
comes out to share a drink
Her teasing eyes maybe don't see
as much as she might think
The yin and yang are muddled
but they're sure to balance out
We have to savour what
so many others are without.

So look at the way through
the hills and the valleys
The open roads and
the concealed alleys
And listen to the voice
which hails from within
Cause God knows you can win.

A smile so slight and yet so sweet
may hint at what she knows
Her guarded sensibility
occasionally shows
But now is all there is so now
we might as well relax
And deal the joker and the ace
from our respective packs.


The whisky and the dry white wine
were speaking at the time
Discussing the significance
of the number nine
But still it seems there's such a large
and unexplored domain
The joy is in the gathering of
the harvest from the grain


All lyrics © Geoff Davis