Sketch Songs - THE STERNHALL SESSIONS [2010]

by Idris Davies

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The Sternhall Sessions began when the first 4 songs were recorded in my home in Peckham. the rest make up a collection of songs that I wrote and/or enjoyed playing around the same period.

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released 26 December 2012

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Track Name: Thinkin' Of You
Thinkin of you (Idris Davies)

The Mornin’s come, I’m layin in the cool yellow sun,
I’m free from sound, everythin is still - there’s not a soul around,
But I don’t care cos I know somewhere
You’ll be thinkin of me
Thinkin of me.
You make a mountain a molehill baby
You make a thousand miles feel local
An I’m thinkin of you,
Thinkin of you.

I’m movin on with the day. The sun is high, of it there’s no escape.
Family come and go, and once again I’m here alone,
But I’m not alone - your heart tells me so,
Cos you’ll be thinkin of me,
Thinkin of me.
You make a mountain a molehill baby,
You make a thousand miles feel local
An I’m thinkin of you,
Thinkin of you.

Evenin’s here, baby how I wish you were near.
A record plays low, the sun is sinkin now it’s time to go.
The sky is on fire, full of our desire
Yes you’re thinkin of me,
Thinkin of me.
You make a mountain a molehill baby,
You make a thousand miles feel local
An I’m thinkin of you,
Thinkin of you.
Track Name: Song To Bobby
Song to Bobby (Idris Davies)

Through floods of dissipation,
Without any mitigation,
On the day of all salvation,
I’ll meet you in the valley of the sun.
Well the days are long and my feet are weary,
But I’ll sing my song an I’ll sing it clearly,
I’m pressing on Dylan don’t you hear me,
I’ll meet you in the valley of the sun

The road I walk you’ve walked before -
I know the sound of the whistle hummin,
The road is hard the road is long,
But I see nothin to be gained by runnin.

I hear rain fall all around my ears,
The riverside is reduced to tears,
Footsteps before me spell out the years
Of the search for the valley of the sun.
Some people say I’m a foolish child,
To be walkin the path of the riverside,
They say I’m walkin backwards that I’ve lost my mind
And that there is no valley of the sun.

The road I walk you’ve walked before -
Your footsteps keep me company,
The road is hard, the road is long,
But here’s to all the men who’ve come this way.

In the dead of night I listen,
To the trees as they are beaten,
As the winds of changes strengthen
And return to the valley of the sun.
In the days of our forefathers,
We walked freely through the gardens
The name of Truth was upon us
And we sang out in the valley of the sun.

So I’ll see you when the ship comes in,
When brothers, sisters, neighbours and friends
All greet an meet each other again
An go dancin in the valley of the sun.
When I’ll know your name an you’ll know mine,
When there is no need for time,
When the sun will always shine
Shall we sing out in the valley of the sun?

The road I walk you’ve walked before,
The day is long but the night is longer,
The road‘s so hard, Bob, the road is long,
But the sun is coming up from under its cover.
Track Name: Idris' Blind Blues
Idris' Blind Blues (Idris Davies)

Woah Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy on my soul.
Woah Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy on my sorry soul
You know she’s a low down woman,
Woah but I think I love her so.

Girl I think about you in the morning,
Think about you way into the night,
I wanna get down with you baby,
Even though I know it ain’t right,
I jus wanna move with ya, groove with ya,
Girl I wanna make loose all that is tight.
Cos I’m lost without your lovin baby,
Girl I need you by my side.

Lord I see what I’m doin,
You may as well call me blind.
Lord I said I see jus what I’m doin,
But you may as well call me blind
Cos I’m turnin my back around -
Oh Lord I’m ignorin all your signs.

I wanna hold her an squeeze her,
God tempt her an tease her,
I wanna make her an break her
God you know I wanna take her
For my own,
Lord for my own,
Cos I’m lonely,
and you don’t answer my prayers no more.
Track Name: The Devil And Me Blues
The Devil and Me Blues (Idris Davies)

Just this mornin, what did I see?
The devils in my bread, grinnin up at me!
Woah, Lord tell me what did I see?
Said the devils in my bread - woah he’s a-grinnin up at me!

Well I packed my bags, an I hit the road,
But I hear footsteps - the devil is close.
Woah I hit that highway road.
I hear me some footsteps - I think that devil’s keeping close.

The devil whispers - by my side,
I cant see a thing cos the devil’s closed my eyes.
Yeah, I said the devil’s closed my eyes
I feel lost Lord, I feel lost, woah,I feel lost, lonely an blind

The devil watches, over my soul
Crouchin at my door, just waitin to take control.
Woah - watches over my soul, over my soul,
He’s a-crouchin at my door, just a-waitin to take control!

I’m tired, of walkin the line,
So tired - I could cry,
Woah, so tired of walkin down the line.
Well I feel so tired, wont you let me just sit right here an cry?

So just this mornin, the devils in my bread
He’s a-laughin and a-teasin, he’s wantin me dead.
Said just this morning, the devils in my bread,
He’s just a-laughin and a-teasin, woah Lord the devil wants me dead.
Track Name: Stop Breaking Down Blues
Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson )

Every time I go walkin, down the street,
These no good women they keep breakin down with me
Stop breakin down baby
Baby please stop breakin down
You know what I got’s gonna bust your breains out baby
Jus bout make you lose your mind

So I can’t walk the street, to consulate my mind
These no good women they keep breakin down
Stop breakin down baby
Baby please stop breakin down
You know what I got’s gonna bust your brains out baby
Jus bout make you lose your mind

You no good women, like to ape and clown
Won’t do nothing tear my reputation down
Stop breakin down baby
Baby please stop breakin down
You know what I got’s gonna bust your brains out baby
Jus bout make you lose your mind

Well I gave my baby the ninety-ninth degree
She jumped up threw her pistol down on me
Stop brakin down baby
Baby please stop brakin down
You know what I got’s gonna bust your brains out baby
Jus bout make you lose your mind

So I can’t walk the streets, consulate my mind
These no good women they keep brakin brakin
Brakin down baby
Baby please stop brakin down
You know what I got’s gonna bust your brains out baby
Jus bout make you lose your mind.
Track Name: It Hurts Me Too
It Hurts Me Too (Elmore James )

You said you were hurting, almost lost your mind
That man you been loving treats you so unkind
When things go wrong, go wrong for you
It hurts me too, it hurts me too

You love him more, when you should love him less
Why clear up behind him and take up his mess
When things go wrong, go wrong for you
It hurts me too, it hurts me too

He loves another woman yes, and I love you baby
But you love him like you know you shouldn’t do
When things go wrong, go wrong for you
It hurts me too, it hurts me too

He’d better leave, yes, or you’d better put him down
Cos I cant stand to see you being pushed around
When things go wrong, go wrong for you
It hurts me too, it hurts me too.
Track Name: Every Grain Of Sand (2013 recording)
Every Grain of Sand (Idris Davies )

Every grain of sand is too much for me
Every grain of sand washes into the sea
And as I watch them flow
Some out and some in
Slipping away Lord
And so I begin
To wash into the deep dark sea.

Well time is an ocean, or so I’ve heard
And every grain of sand cannot deny the word
Of the story of life
Of old things and new
Of sinkin and swimming
In this ocean of blue
Oh mystic and mighty Time carry me away.

Carry me, carry me,
Away from here
Time carry me away.
Track Name: Home
Home (Idris Davies )

The rain outside is washing
The memories of my mind
My feet like fingers groping
The sodden street of time
The diying dogs are howling
Howling out your name
Hoping youll make it safely home

Distant faces linger
In the fleeting shadows gaze
A single slightly finger
Points for them the way
Wheels of judgment tumble
Past this window pain
And I’m waiting for you to come safely home

A stubborn sense of reason
Brandishes the day
My eyes like out of season
Life put me to shame
I’m lost alone I’m beaten
My words pressed into clay
Here’s hoping you make it safely home

The broken world around me
Stands only up for shame
Buildings lay in peaces
Hiding from your Name
The superficial servants
Crumble where you came
So here’s hoping you make it safely home

The seat is cold and vacant
Palm trees hanging low
The birds for you are silent
The sun doesn’t want to go
The blind are all preparing
In faith they seem to know
That you’ll soon be coming safely home

And so I lay here watching
Through this window pain
The sky in glory burning
With the echo of your name
And I see all the good things
That you’ve done and that you’ll do
And so I know you’ll be coming safely home.