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SONGS 2002

SONGS 2002 BLOODSTREAMS 1. A SCARECROW’S GRAVE 2. SALT LICK 3. YELLOW CLOUDS 4. VESUVIUS 5.
SONGS 2002 BLOODSTREAMS 1. A SCARECROW’S GRAVE 2. SALT LICK 3. YELLOW CLOUDS 4. VESUVIUS 5.

BLOODSTREAMS

1.

A SCARECROW’S GRAVE

2.

SALT LICK

3.

YELLOW CLOUDS

4.

VESUVIUS

5.

CHESAPEAKE

6.

BRAND NEW DAY

7.

ANOTHER LIFE

8.

ONE DEAD KISS

9.

UNDERPASS

10.

FLATLAND DREAM

11.

GHOST OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

12.

SO EASY TO BE FREE (BLOODSTREAMS)

13.

BLACK PINES

14.

NAPLES AQUARIUM

15.

CLOWN’S CAR

16.

CALVALCADE CAFÉ

17.

BARCELONA SUN

18.

WHITE CAR, PITCH BLACK TYRES

19.

GAS AND BONES

20.

BITTER LEAVES

21.

SKELETON BEACH

22.

AIR GROWS THIN

A SCARECROW’S GRAVE

Lay me down in a scarecrow’s grave Dig out a cross in a shallow way In the middle of a barren field On the brow of a hill where plovers wheel

Lay me down in a scarecrow’s grave With a pair of boots made out of crates Push me down with the sticks and stones And nail me down through my broken bones

‘Cos if I ever rise from that scarecrow’s grave With a heart of straw that’s burning away I’ll never cease to roam these dark hills Looking for a girl with golden shoes

Yes bury me down in a scarecrow’s grave Hold me down so I never rise again See that there are no crosses on that hill So all those good folk can fear no ill

Just bury me down in a scarecrow’s grave With my heart of straw and my pauper’s name And I will never trouble you again my dear I’ll be the green corn again in another year.

SALT LICK

Pour salt on my open wounds Pour it down in sacks from the sky Build up a mountain beneath the clouds And I will drift away from here And I will drift away from here

salt lick salt lick

Read me a story where clowns die

Tell me you’ll walk me home tonight Watch the corn swaying in the storm The purple storm raging in my head

Drift away with me

salt lick

Drift away with me

salt lick

I could be a star in your blood red sky

I could be an angel by a barn on fire

I could watch the clocks melt like chocolate Oh I could be anything when the time flies

Drift away with me

salt lick

Drift away with me

salt lick

Now the cows are coming home and fading away And the straw in my hands is blowing away The whole story ended before it ever begun You and I love burning in the setting sun

We could have been anything

salt lick

YELLOW CLOUDS

I’m all stripped down like a greasy engine Parts lying all over the floor There’s my heart, broke open and leaking Since you walked right out of this door

Now you know who your real friends are Yellow clouds over the city’s heart

I never knew life could be so hard Never knew love could tear you apart Now I’m staring our the window at the pouring rain Wondering what tragedy’s playing on the city stage

And the yellow clouds are falling like curtains Down upon this city’s broken heart Now you know who your real friends are Yellow clouds over the city’s heart

Breathe in, breathe out, count the seconds, count the hours Watch the night walk in through the empty towers If I never love another I’ll love you tonight Hold me tight against this night

And the yellow clouds falling like curtains Down upon this city’s broken heart Now you know who your real friends are Yellow clouds over the city’s heart

VESUVIUS

Burning coals, steam and sulphur clouds We’re watching the end of the world start Hey lets walk through the flames There’s no point in staying in just one place

Vesuvius Take my hand Vesuvius watch the end of the world start Vesuvius

There’s a storm turning the ocean black A blonde girl on the beach walking her dog I’ve got a pocketful of ash and stone No point in following you back down that road

Vesuvius, tore your heart apart Vesuvius, this is where the end of the world starts

Raining down on my roof and the fields I knew Sprayed up like a million broken truths Let the whole world blow apart Nothing matters but how broken your heart

CHESAPEAKE

The rain fell hard on Liverpool the sails stuck to the masts as my wife Jane gripped the rails and we drifted away from the past CG slow and we followed the grey whales across the shining sea followed the grey whales to Chesapeake

Chesapeake

Chesapeake

(incomplete)

BRAND NEW DAY

Rain on my windowsill Reminds me of the days you loved me still But like this rain love runs away And I’m left standing in this dry place

Looking at a brand new day

(incomplete)

ONE DEAD KISS

We drove out of town Left our hearts there in the mud It took us time to park Only thing we forgot was love

We never knew it’d come to this One dead kiss

We drove all day, through the sun and the rain We drove through twenty little towns Where divorcees were still asleep After picking up the kids

With one dead kiss (incomplete)

UNDERPASS

I’m falling through glass, falling through glass I’m spinning at the chime of a city clock underpass

(incomplete)

FLATLAND DREAM

I’m looking back from the edge of the sea At all the places I could have been But right now all I want is in front of me Just you and me And this flatland dream

Out past the barn where the tractors rust Out past the hedges where the nettles are covered in dust That’s where you’ll find me In a flatland dream Just you and me in a flatland dream (incomplete)

GHOST OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

Like waking from a bad dream I’m carrying with me the ghost of what might have been

She carries a sack full of money In hands wrapped in beautiful silk gloves She whispers in my ear, time to leave And I wake up in another city

Waking up from a bad dream Waking up with the ghost of what might have been

She knows my heart is shot full of holes Because she was the one that pulled the trigger She calls me over and points out to sea Says there it goes your ship of hopes sank so easily

Talking to myself on the midnight streets Being followed by the ghost of what might have been When’s she ever going to leave The ghost of what might have been

The city is beautiful this red night The whole world spinning toward the sun I believe I’ll wake up on the other side Of these restless streets when she’s done

Ghost of what might have been

SO EASY TO BE FREE (BLOODSTREAMS)

A storm lying on the hills like a shroud

And you and I are hitting a wall Somewhere out where the fences petered out I realised that things were falling apart

Yeah everything’s too easy darling Yeah everything’s too easy darling Too easy to be free – bloodstreams

A house is just a set of walls

Blow then down and your heart grows cold Something out here makes me start to cry Maybe it is the silence, the distant cars That are just shining in the storm That are shining as they pass these walls

Yeah everything’s too easy darling Too easy to be free – bloodstreams

Will we ever learn, each so set in stone We preach and we stumble but we never understand That those silver planes ain’t coming back That there’s so much barbed wire wrapped around out hearts

But it’s so easy to be free

Bloodstreams

BLACK PINES

Black pines on the skyline

A tragedy on a hilltop in May

A car on fire on a distant hill

A body on a stretcher being carried away

See how they shiver in the wind Black Pines, Black Pines

She was just a girl from Cardiff Running away from an abusive father Had spent her whole life on the run from men Ended up dying on a back seat in setting sun

Black pines. black pines See how they shiver in the wind

They bagged her and tagged her Couldn’t trace her straight away But a year later by the Cardiff Docks The father felt his blood grow cold and drip away

As they showed him a photo Of some trees shivering in the wind

Black pines.

Naples Aquarium

Pretty blue fish in a sea of green Starfish and seaweed, an octopus or three And the floor was damp As the children laughed and sang

We stared at our reflections And we disappeared into the sand Our hearts were spinning around just like pretty fish and were never gonna stop

In the Naples Aquarium we were in love

I loved you and you loved me in the Naples Aquarium

Now if the world really was that simple Dictators never were evil And Vesuvius was always gonna be silent And the dead of Pompeii threw off their ash Then what a wonderful world it would be We’d still be spinning around in that dream Just like pretty fish in a sea of green

In the Naples Aquarium we were in love Our hearts sparkling like pretty fish In the Naples Aquarium In the Naples Aquarium

I left my heart in the sand

At the Naples Aquarium Maybe you’ll see it there Shining like a star That I’ll never forget Because we were in love once upon a time

Clown’s Car

Driving through the night Rain on the windscreen Black clouds hanging over the city Ships in the harbour tugging at their chains

There’s a forest out in California I saw it on the news They were still damping down the flames When I crashed into you

And everything fell apart Just like a clown’s car And we sat there hand in hand Looking up at the stars From our Clown’s Car

No more engine, no more wheels Hey hey into the world we tumble No more falling apart In our Clown’s Car

When you’re alone at night And the full moon starts to shine Look out across these hills See the stars raining down on the fields As your world and mine collide In a thousand sparks tonight

Well I may be far away But my heart still starts to race Don’t fall apart any more Come for a ride In my Clown’s Car

CAVALCADE CAFÉ

Strip lights flickering, formica walls She lit another cigarette, stared out the door He was late arriving, didn’t walk that fast anymore Since they’d both hit that kerb a month before

Now the rain was lashing down All across town today Down at Cavalcade Café

Her arms were scabbed and bleeding and sore From that crash and all these gravel scars He as still in plaster, winced as he sat In the plastic seat beside her and started to chat

Now the rain was lashing down All across town No way to get away from Cavalcade Café

The radio was on talking about some president being shot She was hardly listening and really didn’t care a lot He said she ought to as he pretended he knew More about everything than she knew he knew

BARCELONA SUN

Hot as hell fountains dry and dusty too Feeling the sun burning through my shoes Gonna catch a fire if I don’t get a drink It’s middle of the day and even mad-dogs sleep

You led this Englishman into the sun Span around three times and were gone In the Barcelona Sun In the Barcelona Sun

Hanging by a thread a thousand feet high The wind from the sea stinging our eyes

I didn’t know then we were about to fall

Would have to jump ship and head for the shore

Now the leaves are falling The clouds are coming in England’s getting darker The days are closing in

I hardly ever think of you

Except on days like this

When the sun is shining And the wind starts to lift

I feel a shiver on my skin

And sand between my teeth

And I see you spin In the Barcelona Sun In the Barcelona Sun

WHITE CAR PITCH BLACK TYRES

Hoping to God I’m on the right road Been twenty miles since I’ve seen a light There’s forty reasons for heading back home But in this morning light who knows what’s right

Drivin’ a white car with pitch black tyres

Passing fields and lakes, snow covered barns The chrome on the bonnet flashing in the dawn If there’s a guiding star then God show me one now Before this car slides off this mountain road

Drivin’ a white car with pitch black tyres

Been down this dirty highway a hundred times before Always got halfway before staggering to a crawl Now I can see the sea a shining a hundred miles away Shining like a headlight through the mist and rain

Come on baby and follow me In my white car with pitch black tyres

GAS AND BONES

The white cloud came down from the sky All he saw was a flash and he started to cry Fell into the wire, then hands pulled him out With the white gas seeping through his lungs

Her hair turned white The day he came home to die White gas in his hair White gas in his lungs Just a heep of Gas and Bones

(incomplete)

BITTER LEAVES

Susie said she couldn’t start the truck The keys weren’t hanging behind the door Then she found them lying on the desk She stood there crying, then she left

I’m leavin town, heading out east Gonna follow the bitter leaves That blow around my feet Bitter leaves blowin’ down the street

She was gone before the first spot of rain Hit the misted up window pane

(incomplete)

SKELETON BEACH

The wind off the sea blowing your hair across your face Ocean running up the beach between your feet And you are still a mystery to me Like the deep blue sea Like this sand beneath our feet

When the moon shines on the sea The skeletons break free The sand blowing off the bones On Skeleton Beach

(incomplete)

AIR GROWS THIN

Well the days grow dark,the leaves fall The mist from the river covers the walls The ivy is dying on the fence Seems like every thing has gone to sleep Seems like every thing has gone to sleep

And the air grows thin

You said you’d come back some day But you never did that was just your way Now your voice has grown dim, your face fades Don’t know what it was we had anyway

And the air, the air grows thin The higher you aim The air grows thin

Well I tried to hold on to a comet’s tail Burnt my fingers and stumbled back to earth Just like those firework rockets that burnt and fell Their cardboard shells unravelling in the rain

The air grows thin The higher you go, the higher you fall The air grows thin

© Shaun Belcher – Horseshoe Songs - 2013