This Game Is Won
"This Game Is Won" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 31.8.93
Softly calling gentle warnings, rumour that my life is falling
Still believing that there's breathing
My music's dying my chords lie bleeding
My soul is hurting and can't go on,
Oh this game is won.
A man is caving into Satan, angry thoughts of sex and hatred
I sit inside my room and view it
My TV tells how sad the world is
Caught up in a web of madness
Oh, this game is won.
CH: This game is won, this game is won
Long as I am strong, I will not lose. (x2)
Flying high into the sky, dreaming of a better life
My carousel is turning round,
So secure and on the ground
It doesn't pay to risk your feet,
Oh this game is won.
I dream of love and I dream of peace
But there are stars in both my eyes
I play the big man I dish the dirt
My feelings lie in a tomb of hurt
Like a deer caught in the headlights -
A man on the run who is longing to be free.
Will I Ever See You Again When I Leave This Town?
"Will I Ever See You Again?" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © October 1990
In my time, I've seen faces that seemed to say love
Light that burst through the dark skies above
In my time, I've been frozen tricked and filled up with tales
From my path I've been led far astray
And any kind of love that I've had at the time,
Brought me arias of pain with the truth realized
In my time, I've seen faces that seemed to say love.
In my life, I've been blue in a world that's been grey
A sandcastle washed swiftly away
In my lofe I see red past the blue in your eyes
Love has sailed through an ocean of lies
I look straight ahead think of time gone by
The tear on your face when I drove off that night
In my life I've been blue in a world that's been grey.
CH: Will I ever see you again when I leave this town?
Will I ever see you again as I see you now?
It's been a different kind of pain every time she goes
In time another steps inside that open door, that's yet again closed.
About you, you're beautiful and always will be
The one who turned me from a fool into me
About you, you turned heads when you walked down the street
Took me home and let me fall off to sleep
I've turned into a man from this innocent boy
Living all kinds of loves in a weird kind of joy
About you, you're beautiful and always will be.
Will I ever see you again when I leave this town?
Will I ever see your face as I see it now?
I'll never forget being in love back at school,
With my heart set on you,
But I've moved on, but can't forget you.
"The Power" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 15.8.94
Come child and take a look outside
It's time to be moved, by what you see
Its' no place for your sweet face
And bullets are fired in a storm of dark words.
Come child and take me hand
There's no use pretending that I ain't mad
Theres no way that I haven't been
So take my hand and follow me.
CH. And follow me into your sweet land
Where the water is blue and the sky is clear
I want to dry tour tear and see your smiling faces
I want to give to you not just warm embraces
Reach out, and feel the power.
Come child there's a better place
Then where you lay down and sleep at night
A real world is where your freedom lives
You're born to live and breathe and the air is free.
The People That I See Are Never Here
"The People That I See Are Never Here" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 1992
Another harlot, princess of Oxford Street
Young policemen, drift onto a different beat
Well I look out, and move onto the city's end
Bright bright bright bright bright bright lights
Attracting all the city's friends
Well I've lived an been on every scene
When someone's gone too far
Taking a little journey
But they can't get back to the start.
Obscene spenders they're buying up the whole damn street
"Real Estate Crime", they can buy but the can't steal
A Japanese child, plays a game of chasing with her father
Steps a little faster like some prima donna
Dancing at her hardest
A vintage male sells papers on the sidewalk
Stands there every day
Stares into the air his time is so cheap
He'd rather waste it.
CH: Fly away, fly away
Flying away flying away (x2)
The people that I see are never here,
Gone for quite a while.
"Suffer" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 12.10.92
CH: You can't suffer,
You can't suffer, my lover.
You can't suffer, my lover
And I won't treat you like another
Girl who could be blind who could always find a replacement
Then I'd be purple dust and grass growing on your scen.
Well I know you're the artist girl and I pain t with you
Even through I'm colorblind,
I'm not a colored kind of guy.
I don' want another friend of lover
I don't want another, ‘cause she may suffer
Or someone who reads me like she thinks I'm a poster,
But I'm selling something I know you won't buy.
Well every singl time I try to hide away
It doesn't mean I hate you baby,
It doesn't mean that I hate you.
Well if you love her, you must trust her
And if it's half love make it double
And she must be with you and be seen with you all the time boy
‘cause another man could throw some petrol on the fire.
And it's the fire that burns in you each day and night,
You're a danger baby
A real inferno tonight.
Well I've fallen in your dragnet in your ocean filled with lies
You can't suffer I'm your lover in the waves I will not die
You're a good time girl who took me on a wild wild ride
Belly dancing and romancing chanting voodoo rhymes.
You can't suffer you're my lover, you're my girlfriend all the time
I will be your rock I will be faithful not some fall guy or lowlife
You can't suffer you're my lover you're the magic in my life
You are my ray of sunlight, golden river, peace of mind.
Small Town Girl
"Small Town Girl" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 16.8.02
We were sitting under and oak tree in South Carolina,
Eating chips that we'd bought from some old diner
You look just like your mother in that dress you wear,
A beautiful lady with long brown hair.
We had our plans to drive on to the river,
Today the water is a blue shade of silver
And the wind blows over our heads and the birds fly high
The fish hear us coming and pretend to die.
Well we drive into the city in my old Cherokee
You sing with the radio, in a different key
I met you at your best friend's house one night on the porch
You were sipping some whisky just to stay warm.
CH. And small town girl I love it when you know
That we can do silly little things at a pace so slow
And small town girl, well you've become my life
My true north and my lover, in you my faith is justified.
You wore a pair of blue town jeans that looked like they'd been through a war
Sally talked to you of a two timing guy, who just walked out the door
She said: "I want to rearrange his face, he's no friend of mine anymore"
You said: "Amen, hallelujah, losers like him can have their stinking whores!".
CH. And small town girl I love it when you say
That time goes by so quickly when we chill and play
And small town girl one day you'll be my wife
The car door for you will be open, when you step in off my drive.
And being with you feels so real, there's no clouds in the sky
I never sail close to the wind, sugar coat things or tell no lies.
I feel we've crossed seven seas eight times, and now we're living for the moment
Walking with a lively springing step, down an grassy knoll we are rolling.
CH. And small town girl, I love it when you know....
"Philadelphia Rose" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 15.8.02
I was with you the day the sun on Philadelphia Rose
You tried to explain, our love was heading down an empty old road
You said its' not you, and don't you feel the years that we spent were long
But I could not understand, you were right and I was wrong.
You said it was complicated and you never quite knew
The riddle of love, is there light upon the dark side of the moon?
A stalemate of love smells like a '58 New York cab,
A lingering scent of time gone by, wilted rose petals on the dash.
CH: For 26 years, I've been in love with a girl from San Antone
On the Philadelphia Coast, home of the sad black rose
It's said for love to grow, she needs to reach within your soul
And speak the language of love, watching the darkness glow.
I was with you the day a cool wind froze me right to the bone
In a lone little diner, 20 blocks and 18 doors from my home
I looked inside and felt a blue chill, blistering my heart and face
When you touched his hand, I knew our love was old and I was in empty space.
And I was standing on a field that could yield no crop
Feel like I'm parking my cars in an empty lot
My mind was spinning round like a fairground organ,
I stepped back on the street and kept on walking
Your emotions are entwined and they're refracted too
Our loves' not watertight there's no forbidden fruit
For you are caught up in a branch that fell in front of you
You don't know where to go or you don't know what to do.
Listen To The News
"Listen To The News" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 3.3.96
I don't care about the politics in Cuba
But I care when I see a line of refugees
When I see the lines on an old woman's face
As she trudges through the snow
I listen to the news and I feel ashamed.
I don't care about campaigns I don't care about leadership
All I know is that my soul is alive and well
Almost a fitting story about the 90's
"His soul survived the news, but still he died".
CH: And as I die I don't do so with any grace
I sit here and I constantly complain
Do people want to rule the world is there just one reason why
I listen to the news and feel ashamed.
I don't care about the welfare of Albanians
I don't care about the climate in Northern Ireland
I care when I see birds die from the grief of a
Stricken liner's oil
Which kills the kingdom beneath the sea
Which isn't ours.
Into The Sublime
"Into The Sublime" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 1995, update 2002
Benneath these floors of stone, is a land of buried tortured souls
It's a land that's ruled by greed, where lightening strikes a rising seed.
And the soil is barren noting grows
In a world where sunset never shows.
Behind these hearts of steel, is a love distant and hard to see
It's a love that's torn and stained as spirits sail to warmer places
And a cold hard wind just blows and blows
As the vodka's ice chills you to the bone.
CH: Into the sublime I spend my sleepless nights
I ask myself: "How can the world keep turning round?"
Into the sublime, I drift into the night
My strength has fallen down the dust has turned me inside out
These days to feel sublime, you need not make a sound
These days to feel sublime, your head must spin around.
Some say a wilted rose, never gets strong blowing blowing to and fro
When your conscience cannot heal your fragile hands and hearts eternal bleeding
You feel rigid like a totem pole
Having missed out on life's ebb and flow.
I Wanna Make You Think Twice
"I Wanna Make You Think Twice" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © November 1990
Seeing is believing or so I'm told
And believing in someone doesn't mean you have to be cold
Well you don't think much about me anymore these days.
But if you keep me by as a friend for time
Things would be ok and in my mind, things would be fine
If you'd just open up and say you think of me sometimes.
But your coldness and your lies, they put me through the fire
Theres and angel in the sky who will look at me though loving eyes.
CH: I wanna make you think twice, I want to make you see the light
I want to make you see he's just no good for you, anymore than I know I am.
And if you'd only think twice, I might have the chance to make you mine
You'd realize that he is just no good for you anymore than I know I am.
And all the best loving that I gave you once before
Was the nicest feeling at the time, you could never want more
I tell you: "I was the best thing at the time for you".
But the seasons have changed, winter's here in summertime
Shadows block my daylight, turn each day into night
But I can't stop loving you, it's eating me alive.
I've come home too late, the locks are changed with the keys
And beside you now he lies, with me you've taken a lifetime of leave.
"Disco Lights" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 13.12.01
Love is blue love is just what you make it
Love can take you to the strangest places
I heard this song that I hardly knew
You didn't know me and I didn't know you.
But something brought us into that room
People were dancing to this haunting groove
I loved that place but I didn't know why
Just beautiful people and disco lights.
My friend said this girl kept looking at me
Well I was innocent I was just 18
And she was sitting far, far away from me
Blonde hair and a t-shirt, and torn blue jeans.
The DJ kicked up the bass some more
A song of weird imagery, by The Doors
Sammy came on over she was by herself
She asked me to dance with her and her friends.
Under disco lights, under disco lights, love makes you high under disco lights
I looked in her eyes and she looked back and smiled, how could I stay cool under