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Track Name: Ten Years Ago
Ten years ago we drank alot
my friends and I drank plenty
I couldn't say the bills we paid
I only know there were many

Ten years ago we laughed a lot
and sacred was no topic
a normal day we'd laugh away
and friend nor foe could stop it

Ten years ago we sang a lot
our songs were loud and unforgiving
our words spoke true as though brand new
all sung without misgivings

Ten years ago I thought we knew
the secrets to lifes meaning
or did we care? I do despair
that we didn't take much heading
Track Name: Forest City
The flames they cracked like a Joplin rag
and the beers flowed freely like wine
the night was dark and the hummed melodies were blinding
courtships flourished and lazy bones were resting
just one night in old London town la da da da

My friend they smiled like a chorus line
and cheered as their devils regressed
my eyes hung heavy but not enough for sleeping
and my hand was held by a lovely girl named Alice
just one night in old London town la da da da

We talked and sang
to the Zombies and the Clash, the Cars and the Kinks
the moon shone bright
until the clouds came in and dared us to stay
and we did

The time it came when I longed for bed
and a body to lay next to me
the warmth of her touch kept the cold at bay til' morning
it was 8am when she left me softly dreaming
after one night in old London town la da da da

We talked and sang
to the Zombies and the Clash, the Cars and the Kinks
the moon shone bright
until the clouds came in and dared us to stay
and we did

Oh the flames the cracked like a Joplin rag
and the trees swung neatly in time
the night was dark but the hummed melodies were blinding
courtships flourished and lazy bones were resting
Just one night in old London town la da da da
Track Name: In Conversation
Write a song of peace she said
I'd like to find one in my head
but sometimes there's just cobwebs and TV's
I'd write a song of love and loss
of deep regrets, dramatic costs
cause that's the way the muse has carried me

Oh I know there's peace in rock and roll
and oh, I know it's out of my control
and oh I know it terrifies my soul
it sometimes worries me

What would my great hero say
if he heard me carry on this way?
I just don't think he'd really give a damn
he used to sing of peace and love
and gave it all for god above
and now he plays the blues in holy lands

Oh I know there's peace in rock and roll
and oh, I know it's out of my control
and oh I know it terrifies my soul
it sometimes worries me

A song of peace, a protest song
a grand display of right and wrong
I've never been at comfort with those terms
I used to think in black and white
but greys have taken up my sight
I start to reconsider what I've learned

Oh I know there's peace in rock and roll
and oh, I know it's out of my control
and oh I know it terrifies my soul
it sometimes worries me
Track Name: I Blame the Loyalist Ghost
I blame the loyalist ghost
for making me upset
every time I plant my feet in Charlottetown

I blame the loyalist ghost
for making me so sick
first time I set my eyes on Charlottetown

I blame the loyalist ghost
for making me depressed
my heart it ached for my true love in Charlottetown
Track Name: Ballad of a Boorish Man
I was born on new years eve, my mother working girl in New York town
father was a sailing man, or so I'm told, he died in Tripoli
went to school for 7 years, they kicked me out for laughing at the rules
hit the streets at 12 years old, I walked in snow, repented wicked ways

I turned out fine, what's your excuse?

Went to jail at 17, my mother bailed me out by turning tricks
I paid her back by robbing kids, her men would beat me up when I'd come home
I took each punch, I spit them back, i got myself a trade and left by train
I was to be an honest man, I found the lord, repented wicked ways

I turned out fine, what's your excise?

I started this old company from scratch, I brought it up from rocky ground
earned my keep, made policies, my employees would say I'm tough but fair
I found a wife and made my life, I had some kids and that's where you come in
so don't complain you've got it good and if I could I kick you to the curb

I turned out fine, what's your excuse?
Track Name: Bellwoods Park
Instrumental
Track Name: Tranzac Club
We met in line at Tranzac Club, your friends were friends of mine
you said your name was Kaliroy but Kali would be fine
I felt my cheeks go bright blood red, I mumbled out a sound
and fumbled with my camera lens and dropped it to the ground

You asked was I a photographer? I lied and said that's true
you asked where one could see my work, I gave my card to you
you said you were an amateur would love to learn the trade
and wrote your number on my wrist, smiled and walked away

I called you up to say hello, invite you on a date
to shoot some bands on Saturday, you said "that would be great"
outside the hall my knees were weak, my heart beat through my chest
you showed up with your camera bag draped over your summer dress

We sat apart on either side, the dark wings of the stage
I must have missed the first 3 songs determining your age
you were fast, a shutter bug, an ace of photography
and I would nearly lose my mind each time you smiled at me

and late at night, I couldn't sleep, my photos to review
I couldn't use a single frame cause every shot was of you.
Track Name: Some Nerve
You've got some nerve dancing with a girl like me
and I've got some nerve dancing with a girl like you
you just don't look like you're from this side of time
and I just don't look like the type of gal who gets around

but we know each other in a way that would make people blush
we know each other in a way that's just good enough for us

They sit and stare, they're laughing at our love
but I just don't care, cause it's you I'm thinking of
they may complain and say that we're no good
but I won't refrain from loving you like I should

cause we know each other in a way that would make people blush
yes we know each other in a way that's just good enough for us

They're calling you names, I see that it hurts you bad
look deep in my eyes, I know that you won't feel so sad

It's just you and me, so hold me and don't let go
they won't do a thing if we don't let our feelings show

but we know each other in a way that would make people blush
yes we know each other in a way that's just good enough for us
Track Name: Sound of Ticking and Tocking
I can't abide the sound of ticking and tocking
I can't abide the humming Fluorescent lights
can't abide the horrors on TV

I can't abide outside, the cars angry chorus
can't abide the voice coming out of my phone
can't abide the horrors on the streets

So I sit alone under swells of hot water
in the dark, in the dark on the floor of the tub
I can't abide to be up on my feet

So I wait for the ache to cease it's existence
although it's beating and thumping and knocking my head
All of I got is time to think and wait, wait and think, think and wait
Track Name: Love, Death and Other Ailments
t'was in the ragged streets of India
where I was face to face with fate
and as the lorrie came crashing at me in the rain
my mind was in another place

On the day, I pass away, will there be a world without me?
the day, I pass away and leave you alone
so lets say, I pass away will there be someone to hold you?
the day I pass away and leave you alone

and maybe you'll find that the world's been unkind and you'll follow me
or maybe you'll "know" and divine love will grow and you'll preach His rhymes (in modern times?)

On the day I pass away, will I come back as a seashell?
The day I pass away and leave you alone