Restless Celtic Heart EP   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nashville State of Mind

Big old Batman Building watching over me

Sees everything I do and all I want to be

And as the city sleeps it takes its dreams

and tries to find the key

To set them free

 

Billy’s new in town he’s sleeping in his car

He scours the wanted ads he’s good at tending bar

So many hopes and dreams all wrapped up in that

battered old guitar

He’s brought so far

 

He wants to show the world what he’s been striving for

He’ll get his chance tonight down at the Commodore

Singing songs about a love he’s yet to find

He might be from Oklahoma

but he’s in a Nashville state of mind

 

The Ryman’s closed tonight but if you listen carefully

You’ll hear an echo of the Grand Ole Opry

As Johnny, Roy and Patsy, Hank and Bill Monroe

sing out on NBC

From right here in Tennessee

 

At Jimmy Buffet’s down on Broadway

the Margaritas flow

Jodie from Dallas is putting on a show

Thinking that it won’t be long before her songs

are heard on Music Row

Well, you never know

 

She wants it oh, so bad, you can hear it in her voice

This city gets its hooks in you, so you don’t get a choice

Maybe give it one more year these are the ties that bind

If you’re gonna make it in this town

you need a Nashville state of mind

 

It’s closing time down at the Douglas Corner Café

Donnie Winters puts his steel guitar away

Miss Rhonda wipes the tables down

and sets the bar up

for another day

She’s earned her pay

 

Sonya takes me by the hand, I can’t help but go along

And in her Southern drawl she says,

“that’s right where Willie sold his song”

I look around and for the first time in my life

I know where I belong

And the feeling’s strong

 

Four thousand miles away as I get up to play

Telling tales of Music City USA

Singing songs about the friends I left behind

I might be singing songs in London

but I’m in a Nashville state of mind

 

Next Big Mistake

Girl, but you look just like trouble

You look like you could my heart break

By the end of the night

If you play your cards right

You could be my next big mistake

 

I’ve often walked on the wild side

I have seen pain and heartache

One more bottle of wine

And I think you might find

That you could be my next big mistake

 

I have spent my life searching

For a love that is true

Given my heart to so many women

And they all looked like you

 

I’ve spent time with the lost and the lonely

Praying that won’t be my fate

But when all’s said and done

You just might be the one

Or you could be my next big mistake

 

I have spent my life searching

For a love that is true

Given my heart to so many women

And they all looked like you

 

I’ve spent time with the lost and the lonely

Praying that won’t be my fate

But when all’s said and done

You just might be the one

Or you could be my next big mistake

 

Oh, but Girl, you look just like trouble

You look like you could my heart break

By the end of the night

If you play your cards right

You could be my next big mistake

 

Judgement Day

In dreams, you come to me

to set me free, to let me go

But words cannot explain,

nor dull the pain, that much I know

 

And I don’t want you weeping,

‘Cause I just couldn’t stay

For I am only sleeping

We’ll meet again on judgement day

 

So keep the photograph,

I hope you laugh at my funny ways

And think of times we had, and don’t be sad,

those were the days

 

And I don’t want you weeping,

‘Cause I just couldn’t stay

For I am only sleeping

We’ll meet again on judgement day

 

Laugh and dance and sing

be everything you want to be

The sun it always sets

so have no regrets, run wild, run free

 

And I don’t want you weeping,

‘Cause I just couldn’t stay

For I am only sleeping

We’ll meet again on judgement day

We’ll meet again on judgement day

 

From the Look in Your Eyes    

In that moment

My heart was broken

No words are spoken

When a love dies

 

We weren’t intending

But we’d been pretending

And I knew it was ending

From the look in your eyes

 

Two worlds collided

But our love was misguided

The fates had decided

Without compromise

 

The cracks they were showing

Resentment was growing

And I knew you were going

From the look in your eyes

 

From sweet dreams to desolation

And quiet resignation as we realise

 

To go on believing

We’d just be deceiving

And I knew you were leaving

From the look in your eyes

 

There’s no hiding when a love goes bad

There’s nothing so sad as the sound of goodbyes

 

There’ll be no regrets

I’m still glad we met

I’ll never forget

The look in your eyes

 

Restless Celtic Heart  

When I was just a child, they told me I was wild

A rebel and a rogue, a bold upstart

As I travelled ‘cross the land, I didn’t understand

I was governed by a restless Celtic heart

 

In 1924, Paddy landed on England’s shores

Full of hopes and dreams and battered Catholic guilt

Where he often heard the cry, “No Irish need apply”

So he kept on moving, on the roads he’d built

 

My granddaddy ran from the old Black and Tans

He was fighting for to make a brand new start

Now as I move along, it helps to sing this song

To the beating of my restless Celtic heart

 

In 1943, Paddy went to sea

In a uniform to make the ladies smile

But no matter where he’d roam, he never found a home

That could match the lure of Erin’s sacred isle

 

My granddaddy ran from the old Black and Tans

He was fighting for to make a brand new start

Now as I move along, it helps to sing this song

To the beating of my restless Celtic heart

 

In the new millennium, there’s still wandering to be done

There are places on this earth they’ve yet to chart

With the need to kick up dust and an aching wanderlust

I’m a hobo with a restless Celtic heart

 

My granddaddy ran from the old Black and Tans

He was fighting for to make a brand new start

Now as I move along, it helps to sing this song

To the beating of my restless Celtic heart

 

Songs From the Last Chance Saloon

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Faith in Myself  

It’s cold in here, must be even colder outside

Another night over in which another little piece of me died

The church bells are ringing out loud and clear

But it would take an act of God to get me out of hereMusic day 2014 Grapevine

Lord it still feels like it’s Saturday night

Is it raining all over the world or just in my head?

The chances are I’m gonna lose this fight

With the demons that I take to my bed

 

I could lose my faith in you

I could lose my faith in faith itself

If I choose to count the cost and I’ve lost

Faith in myself

 

From where I sit I can see them knocking back all of that beer

They say things are gonna change

but to me it looks like the same shit in a different year

I need the money, I need the money

I say to myself, by way of an alibi

Get your head down boy, and grit your teeth

And one more chorus of American Pie

 

I could lose my faith in you

I could lose my faith in faith itself

If I choose to count the cost and I’ve lost

Faith in myself

 

In the quiet you can hear all your dreams slowly slipping away

Just who the hell do you think you are

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Dreamer, redeemer, faith healer, scene stealer

Your soul’s in the lost and found

And if your faith can move mountains

Then watch them all come tumbling down

 

I could lose my faith in you

I could lose my faith in faith itself

If I choose to count the cost and I’ve lost

Faith in myself

And that’s the saddest loss of all

I’m losing, I’m losing, I’m losing

Faith in myself

Faith in myself

 

Nobody        

It’s a natural reaction, it’s acute anxiety

It’s the bruising of an ego, is that the way it has to be?

It’s the wool they cover eyes with, it’s economics with the truth

As the jailor, judge and jury, eat the pudding not the proof

And I’m sneaking in the back door ‘cause I don’t know what to do

And the man behind the counter says “excuse me, who are you?”

 

I say I’m

Nobody, but I’m nobody else’s nobody

Nobody – and take a look at yourself

‘Cause you’re somebody’s nobody else

 

Well they’d stab you in the back but not before they’d steal your shirt

While you’re fighting on the front line they’ll be dishing out the dirt

But they cannot smear your name because they say you don’t exist

You’re just a number on a file on a forgotten floppy disk

I’m not looking for a handout, just give me what I’m due

And the man behind the counter says “who the hell are you?”TJS Felix

 

And I say I’m

Nobody, but I’m nobody else’s nobody

Nobody – and take a look at yourself

‘Cause you’re somebody’s nobody else

 

What can I do here? Be true to myself

Talk is cheap and thoughts are free

They can’t take that away from me

 

He’s submissive, I’m subversive but subliminally warned

I’m convinced that he’s conditioned to put the con in to conform

It’s the reason I’m erasing all this crap out of my life

I can bite the hand that feeds but then what do I tell my wife

‘Cause the kids can’t eat an attitude of apathetic stew

And the man behind the counter, he hasn’t got a clue

 

when I say I’m

Nobody, but I’m nobody else’s nobody

Nobody, but I’m nobody else’s nobody

No, no, no

Nobody, nobody else’s nobody

No, no, no, no, no

Nobody – and take a look at yourself

‘Cause you’re somebody’s no…Grandma's Porch

Take a look at yourself

‘Cause you’re somebody’s no…

Take a look at yourself

‘Cause you’re somebody’s nobody else

 

I’m Nobody

But I want to be somebody

Just not nobody

Nobody

 

Heart and the High Moral Ground   

There’s a spark in the dark

And it’s not gonna hide and it won’t be denied if it’s true

He said “try” she said “why?”

“I thought I detected some glory reflected from you”

Yes in the past but it won’t last

It withers and fades like the plans that I made at the start

Battered and bruised and worn out from use

The truth would just tear it apart

 

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And heroes don’t grow old

Like the walls of Jericho

They all come tumbling down

 

He said “So, you didn’t know?”

“Boy if you did you sure kept it well hid all this time”

He could tell, she felt it as well

But he couldn’t redeem the lost dream at the back of her mind

If you must betray trust

Chemistry, alcohol, lust and desire spins the room

If my courage is Dutch, it’s a little too much

To drink in at the last chance saloon

 

And my heart grows cold in the fight for the high moral ground

And heroes don’t grow old

Like the walls of Jericho

They all come tumbling down

 

Why tonight? Is it right? To hear it from you like a bolt from the blue isn’t fair

I blame the booze, then I can’t lose

And in the cold light of day you won’t see it this way and won’t care

So they’ll try to just let it die, he won’t forget her some things are just better unknown

And with second-hand guilt backed up to the hilt he kissed her and went home alone

 

And my heart grows cold in the fight for the high moral ground

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Like the walls of Jericho

They all come tumbling down

Like the walls of Jericho

They all come tumbling down

Like the walls of Jericho

They all come tumbling…

Down

 

Champagne Taste on a Lemonade Pay    words & music by Tony James Shevlin

Working till your back breaks, economic heartache

Breaking with convention, can’t afford a pension

I spend in a day what I earn in a week

I’d inherit the earth but I think they’ve got it put by for the meek

 

My taste in life is simple, I like the best

Impeccable credentials, you can put ‘em to the test

Check my finances, living off advances

Corporation bank loan, who the hell is Dow Jones anyway?

 

Gimme, gimme the money, I got something to say

Don’t you say you think that it’s funny

I’ve got a champagne taste on a lemonade pay

Folkeast TJS

 

Champagne’s delectable, my friend is flexible

I’ll take the credit, nice work if you can get it

Life’s so drastic, living on plastic

Cross my palm with silver, cross my heart and hope to die

 

Gimme, gimme the money, I got something to say

Don’t you say you think that it’s funny

I got a champagne taste on a lemonade pay

 

Money talks and bullshit walks

But if money talks, the only thing it’s ever said to me

Is how you doing? Goodbye

 

Living out a lifestyle that’s way beyond my means

Thinking ‘bout it lately, can’t afford to dream

Warm up the hot rod, thinking ‘bout a bank job

Make a little cash flow

Hold it up or blow it away

 

Gimme, gimme the money, I got something to say

Don’t you say you think that it’s funny

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Gimme, gimme the money, a fast car and away

Don’t you say you think that it’s funny

I got a champagne taste on a lemonade pay

 

Champagne taste – lemonade pay

Champagne taste – lemonade pay

Champagne taste – lemonade pay

Champagne taste – lemonade pay

 

Crazy        

 Crazy, so crazy

But that’s alright ‘cause I like crazy, too

 

They laughed when Columbus said the world wasn’t flat

You go out in that boat boy, you’re not coming back

Columbus just smiled and he turned and sailed away

You see, he had this notion the world it was round

There were far away places waiting to be found

And he went out and discovered the good old U.S. of A.

 

They said he was

Crazy, so crazy

I think I know just what’s wrong with you

Yeah, you’re crazy, so crazyshevlin_2

But that’s alright ‘cause I like crazy, too

 

Every once in a while someone says ‘now wouldn’t it be great

If we all got along, there was more love and less hate

And the world could wake to a bright and better day’

But these voices are silenced as they start to sing

Just ask Jesus or Ghandi or Martin Luther King

If that’s being crazy, come on and lock me away

 

Those cats, they were

Crazy, so crazy

I think I know just what’s wrong with you

You’re crazy, so crazy

But that’s alright ‘cause I like crazy, too

 

Galileo and Edison and Fleming and Bell

They were all told they were as crazy as hell

But that didn’t stop them, no they wouldn’t back down

So if the world looks at you like you’re a little off-key

Don’t you pay them no mind, let your spirit run free

‘Cause we know that crazy – makes the world go around

 

Come on and be

Crazy, so crazy

I think I know just what’s wrong with you

You’re crazy, so crazy

But that’s alright ‘cause I like crazy, too

 

Yeah, that’s alright, ‘cause I like crazy, too

 

Oh, that’s alright, ‘cause I like crazy, too.

 

Cut Me (I’ll Bleed Like Any Man)   

 Heartaches, yeah, I’ve seen them come and go

Tears, like rivers did they flow

Winners and losers been around since time began

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Chances I may have missed or lost along the way

Voices raised in anger when I had so much to say

Times I wouldn’t walk when I maybe should’ve ran

If I’m pushed around I will stand my ground

I’ll do everything I can

But if they cut me, I will bleed like any man

 

They won’t be satisfied till they’ve corporate control

Nobody’s leaving till they own your very soul

I can cover most bets with a “well that’s rock ‘n’ roll”

Biding my time for a while, I will grit my teeth and show a smile

 

I won’t let them see what they’ve done to me

Underneath this heavy load

I’ve been victimised till I’m terrified and I’m ready to explode

I won’t part with this bleeding heart they just don’t give a damn

I’ve done all I can, I’m no Superman, not pretending that I am

But if they cut me, I will bleed like any man

 

Paradise South Ealing      words & music by Tony James Shevlin

Drive cross Chelsea Bridge

Cheap plastic letters make words on a fridge

Time Out – a place to go

Wearing sunglasses in the snow

Gunnersbury Tavern warming by the fire

Brandy, no ice, taking us higherSGP TJS & Shane 1

 

In paradise South Ealing, no-one could find me there

But I got the feeling life could be so unfair

They’d take it away from me

 

Night bus Trafalgar Square

Tottenham Court Rd, band playing there

Indian takeaway

She doesn’t mind if she’s got to pay

Written on paper, the thoughts in her head

Sharing the secrets of a single bed

 

In paradise South Ealing, no-one could find me there

But I got the feeling life could be so unfair

They’d take it away from me

 

Whirlwind romance, whispered melodies

And all that I’m left with are the memories

 

In paradise South Ealing, no-one could find me there

But I got the feeling life could be so unfair

In paradise South Ealing, no-one could find me there

But I got the feeling life could be so unfair

They’d take it away from me

 

Paradise South Ealing

They’ll take it away

 

I Wish You Well     

I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good health

But most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

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It’s good to see you, it’s funny how time flies

How it just slips away before you realise

So many things that we have yet to say or do

Hold back the tears, if not the years

 

I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good health

But most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

Life ain’t been easy but the scars you kept them hid

The secrets you have kept since just a little kid

The bitter memories that clutter up your mind to drive you wild

God bless the child

 

I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good health

But most of all I wish you

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I still remember all the laughter that we shared

And how we dried each other’s tears when no one cared

And of the reasons why we ever went our separate ways at all

I can’t recall

 

And I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good health

But most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

And how we hurt them they will never let us know

All the pain they felt the day they let us go

And they’ll hide the tears they cried from the sword that pierced their hearts

Love like no other

God bless the mother

 

I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good health

But most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

If you see the boys tell them of my deep regret

And though the years pass by I never will forget

But they don’t know how hard I tried to fight for

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And they never will

 

I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good health

But most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

Did you wonder if you should have walked a different road?

Then you would not have to bare such a heavy load

And yet you took the strain of the cross you had to carry

You never ran

God bless my old man

 

And I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good health

But most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

It’s never easy when you stand against the crowd

But if they drag you down then call my name out loud

I hope that I’m around to catch you should you ever start to fall

God bless us all

 

And I wish you well

I wish you happiness and wealth

Good fortune and good healthFolkeast band 1

But most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

Most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

Most of all I wish you

All you wish yourself

 

Crying for 15 Years         

Crying for fifteen long years

That’s how long I’ve been holding back all of these tears

I want you to know if my tears start to flow

I’ll be crying for fifteen long years

 

There’s a place in my head that you’ll never know

Where I buried the ghosts from a long time ago

But they’re always with me

And as sure as a river runs free

 

Crying for fifteen long years

That’s how long I’ve been holding back all of these tears

I want you to know if my tears start to flow

I’ll be crying for fifteen long years

 

It’s a dirty, dark place at the back of my mind

Full of broken down dreams I thought I’d left behind

And I’m drowning inside

And when it reaches high tide

 

Crying for fifteen long years

That’s how long I’ve been holding back all of these tears

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I’ll be crying for fifteen long years

 

It’s all been too much, too little, too late

And the sins of our fathers are lying in wait

Do you sow what you reap?

‘Cause they tell me still waters run deep

 

Crying for fifteen long years

That’s how long I’ve been holding back all of these tears

I want you to know if my tears start to flow

I’ll be crying for fifteen long years

 

Crying for fifteen long years

That’s how long I’ve been holding back all of these tears

I want you to know if my tears start to flow

I’ll be crying for fifteen long years

 

Crying for fifteen long years

Crying for fifteen long years

 

Run Until We Drop        

He drifted in on the evening breeze

A knowing glance put the girl at ease

He thought he’d stay a while, he kind of liked her smile

She knew at once that he was the one

She’d always known that the day would come

She said “What do you do?” and “Where you headed to?”

He said, “Girl that’s up to you.”

 

We can run, run until we drop,

We can run, run until we drop

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No reason we should stop

When we can run until we drop.

 

She told him all of the things she’d planned

Of dreams she let slip through her hands

The chance to get away can turn to wasted yesterdays

You can sit around till the sun goes down

Or you can watch it rise from a different town

There must be something more, there’s a world there to explore

If we just walk out that door.

 

We can run, run until we drop,

Run, run until we drop

There ain’t no use in hanging around

No reason we should stop

When we can run until we…

 

Break the chains

Shed the load

Take a chance on an open road

We’ve got the radio on

And the road looks clear

And she said, “Let’s get out of here.”

 

Run, run until we drop,

We can run, run until we drop

There ain’t no use in hanging around

No reason we should stop

When we can run

Run until we drop

 

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