Sketch Songs - PECKHAM MELODIES [2011]

by Idris Davies

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Demo's from around 2011. These are sketches - ie not necessary polished final editions in any way.

Apologies for the poor sound quality but that's bootleggin' baby!

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released 30 January 2013

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Track Name: This Land Is Your Land
This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)

CHORUS :
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the redwood forest to the golf street waters
This land was made for you and me

As I went walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me

CHORUS

I’ve roamed and I’ve rambled and I’ve followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her golden deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

CHORUS

The sun comes shining as I was strolling,
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
The fog was lifting, a voice came chanting
This land was made for you and me

CHORUS

As I was walking I saw a sign there
And that sign said no trespassing
But on the other side it didn’t say nothin
Now that side was made for you and me

CHORUS

In the squares of the city, in the shadows of the steeple,
In the relief office I see my people
And some are grumbling and some are wondering
If this land’s still made for you and me

CHORUS
Track Name: Come My Way
Come My Way (Idris Davies)

Come my way when I’m dreaming
Come my way hear me speak
Come my way share this feeling
Come my way there’s a promise I will keep

Come my way in the morning
Come my way through the daytime too
Come my way come the evening
Come my way so I can dream with you

I know it’s been a while
Since I been dreaming with you
The way you make me smile
Like only you can do

So come my way when it’s raining
Come my way when the sunshine shines
Come my way when I need saving
Come my way when there’s celebration times
Track Name: Tomorrow
Tomorrow (Idris Davies)

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes

The victory men are digging
Digging to forget
A restless horse stands in the shade
Biting at the bit
And eagle flies above them
Counting everyone
He hides behind a curtain
Our poor misguided son

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes

The window’s shut the night-time
Lay flat out on the floor
Voices call out they beat like raindrops
Knocking at the door
The dug out den it deepens
Somewhere to rest his weary bones
People stop and listen
As the bell rings out alone

The bonfire is burning all around
Cold as clay he’s laid out on the ground

Four faces watch and wonder
A beast on every side
Seven eyes facing yonder
Scanning far and wide
Their tongues of fire echo
Over the hills across the tide
They call out to him

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow never comes
Track Name: It's Hard To Remember (How It Used To Be)
It’s Hard to Remember (How it Used to Be) (Idris Davies)

Remember how it used to be
Fighting almost constantly
Living together
Under one roof
I thought you were the devil
Just needed some proof
Its hard to remember how it used to be

Time is a friend to me
Treated me so patiently
The bumps and the scratches
Weren’t so hard
For me to see
Just who you really are
It’s hard to remember how it used to be

I saw the wings of an eagle
Up above me
Waiting to come and
Set on me
I lay anticipating
My time to come
But a wingless angel
She’d become

Now the sun shines permanently
We’re growing into a big old tree
Fruits ripe for eating
Come and take you pick
There ain’t no beating
Living like this
It’s hard to remember how it used to be
Track Name: It Ain't Easy
It Ain’t Easy (Idris Davies)

Ain’t nobody left alive gonna listen to me sing,
Without ears to hear and eyes to see I may as well not say a thing.
Well the tongue of time’s left me well behind but there’s nothing for me any way,
I mean I’m no-one just some hoodlum trying to pretend I’m a high end someone.

One step is never enough and this race is only just begun,
If you wanna get anywhere in life you gotta beat the bullet from the gun.
I ain’t saying it’s easy ain’t sayin it’s hard you never know what’s gonna come,
But the race isn’t over if you get a good start you know you’re still gonna have to run

And it ain’t easy to do what you know is right,
It ain’t easy to walk towards the light,
It ain’t easy to admit you can’t stand alone,
It ain’t easy to lose everything but hope.

Well in my time of dying I will welcome the call of death,
But right now I’m a-running I’m a-running out of breath.

Once again I find myself staring to oblivion
Waiting for the cracks to appear from within and without I feel like the nowhere man
Darkness comes like a thief in the night ‘till there ain’t nothin left to steel
And I stand here blinded by the lights wonderin if it’s really real.

I can’t preach or prophesise but when the cracks start to reappear
I think to myself what it must be like to be a headlight before the dear.
So many times I’ve been flat on my face that I don’t wanna every get up,
But if it kills me I’m gonna finish this race I know I can’t ever give up.

But it aint easy to do what you know is right,
Said it aint easy to walk towards the light,
It aint easy to admit you cant stand alone,
It aint easy to lose everything but hope.

Well in my time of dying I will welcome the call of death,
But right now im just running and im running out of breath.
Track Name: 105.75 Blues
105.75 Blues (Idris Davies)

I’ve got those 105.75 blues
Work don’t come like it used to do
My bank is empty and my rent is due
I’ve got those 105.75 blues
Gettin up in the morning’s
So hard to do
With those 105.75 blues

I got those 105.75 blues
My debt’s just rising through the roof
My friends have left me and my baby too
I got those 105.75 blues
Gettin up in the morning’s
So hard to do
With those 105.75 blues

So hard to do, so hard to do
Living the whole day through
With those 105.75 blues

I got those 105.75 blues
Work don’t come like it used to do
Yeah my bank is empty and my rent is due
I got those 105.75 blues
Gettin up in the morning’
So hard to do
With those 105.75 blues
Track Name: Peckham Melody
Peckham Melody (Idris Davies)

Johnny was a poor little boy
He struggled and he strived
His family all abandoned him
As he walked alone in life
Angie said to Edison
Man have you seen this scene
There’s a ghost going round takin names
But he ain’t gonna catch me

Johnny came to Angie
Said tell me can you say
I just need to find
Some place where I can lay
My head while I go sleeping
Rest my weary feet
Angie just said take a left
Up on Dewar Street

Edison he left the
He headed for Sternhall Lane
Waiting for the ghost
Been taking down these names
He told him he was Jackson
Held his hands up to the sun
The ghost fell down onto his knees
But don’t tell anyone

Angie walked up Dewar Street
Walked him to the door
Where men and women sometimes meet
Called to the upper floor
Someone echoed
Calling down below
A door swung open
Edison stood alone

Edison grabbed hold of Jackson
Pushed him through the dark
Left Angie with the ghost
The ghost would make his mark

I felt fingers on my shoulder
As I stumbled up the stairs
Sat down on the seat there
Reciting the alphabet
The ghost came round the corner
Angie by his side
The three of them just stood there
A smile on every side

And I awoke to find the smoke
Drifting like a dream, like a Peckham melody.
Track Name: Time (To Look Forward)
Time (To Look Forward) (Idris Davies)

Well there are times that I remember
Times I’ll forget
Spend all my life looking back
But the past is sealed and set

Oh well it’s time for me to leave it
Time to say goodbye
Time to think of you babe
To look forwards and don’t ask why

So I’ll look forward to tomorrow
I’ll see you in the morn
I’ll see you when you’re singing
I’ll see you when you’re forlorn

I’ll know you by your whistle
I’ll know you by your song
I’ll know you by your laughter
I’ll know that you’re the one

Well I love you when you smile at me
Love you don’t you see
I love you more than life itself
You mean that much to me

Oh I love you for your goodness
Love you despite your bad
I’m sorry to embarrass you
I guess that I just had
To say that I love you.