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Deluxe Edition - released 9th December 2016

This 2-CD special edition is a beautiful introduction to Colin's life's work.

The CDs are packaged in a hardback book with 64 pages of art, lyrics, production notes, many previously unpublished photographs, original liner notes, and an extensive conversation with Colin during which he talks about the songs that were chosen for this compilation, the way they were recorded, what they meant to him, and how his attitude towards his work changed over the years.

CD 1 is comprised of fifteen recordings that were chosen 'by the fans for those who would be', with an extra track; 'Where The River Bends' that was used in the film 'The Pier' and had not been previously available. The 2002 re-recording of Wonderful Life is included, as is the 2011 re-working of Sweetest Smile. The version of Water On Snow was recorded live in front of a small group of fans in a studio in North London in 2010 and captures a magical moment.

CD 2 has ten tracks that Colin personally chose to accompany the deluxe vinyl versions of the album, the first volume of which was released in 2013 (Vol II released December 2016). They were his personal favourites at the time, chosen from the previous twenty years of output on his own record label. Every track is beautiful and for those of us who loved Colin, often heartbreaking.

This deluxe edition is substantial and was expensive to produce but we've priced it as low as we possibly can because we want this beautiful package, filled with Colin's beautiful songs and Colin's beautiful voice to be the ambassador for his work. It would make a fine gift for anyone who values high quality music and loves timeless songs and we want everyone who is a Black fan to use this edition to help spread the word far and wide.

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released December 9, 2016

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Track Name: Wonderful Life (2002 Re-record)
Here I go out to sea again
The sunshine fills my hair
And dreams hang in the air
Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes
You know it feels unfair
There's magic everywhere
Look at me standing
Here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide
It's a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh or cry
It's a wonderful, wonderful life

The sun's in your eyes
The heat is in your hair
They seem to hate you
Because you're there
And I need a friend, oh I need a friend
To make me happy
Not stand there on my own
Look at me standing here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide It's a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh or cry It's a wonderful, wonderful life

I need a friend, oh I need a friend
To make me happy, not so alone L
ook at me here, here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide It's a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh or cry It's a wonderful, wonderful life
Track Name: Sweetest Smile (2011 Re-record)
I think my heart must be made of clay
Cause everyone said it would be broken some day
And now I've come to that fateful day
So I sit on the floor with my head in my hands
And don't tell me how to make it pay I write a new song every day
I just wish I was made of wood
I might not feel pain even if I should
Even if I should

The sweetest smile that ever did
Melt the pats in the butter dish
And if you could have believed in me
I swear to God I'd have made damn sure
Our hearts were warm, and glad with wine
I'd keep the doors locked all the time
I just wish I was made of wood
You might not seem glad, even if you should
Even if you should, if you should

I think my heart must be made of clay
Cause everyone said it would be broken some day
Seems that I have come to that fateful day
So I sit on the floor with my head in my hands
With my head in my hands
Even if I should, if I should
Track Name: Water on Snow (Live at the Aquarium 2010)
Did I sleep?
Do I dream of cold, silent water
So deep and dark
And the wires are singing our song?
Our song
As we lay back and stared into cloudless skies

And the stars up there
The wires are singing our song
The wires are singing our song

Your face, now so plain, once was so lovely
A beautiful refrain, duet with stars
But your smile now in disguise became a flat line
And to never love again like you did before, was all

Why go on with it, why go on with it?
Why, to let it go, like water on snow?

I know what you want, what you are thinking
To drift beyond the pain and out of reach
To sit, be safe and warm inside your sorrow
And listen to the slow, slow morse tapping of the rain, as it says:

Why go on with it? Why go on with it?
Why to let it go like water on snow?

Why go on with it? Why go on with it?
Why to let it go like water on snow?
Track Name: Tomorrow Is Another Night (2011 Remix)
Will you ever please shut up?
More than one face here needs to blow and rain
Hold that cold and old idea
Then let it slowly fade

Then maybe get along, baby get along
Tomorrow is another night
You hurt my soul
Took my song
Baby get along

You’re just annoyed that you weren’t first
In his clothes, his arms, his bed
So he winds up loving someone else
Who needs him less instead

Try getting turned on by the shape of his thumb
Loving someone when you just feel numb
Standing outside of your frightened skin
Track Name: Fly Up to The Moon
Gonna fly up to the moon
Raising all of my money
Can't make it too soon
I am sick of it down here
Gonna fly up to the moon

So this is how the world ends
Not with a bang but with a Wimpy
Don't laugh too soon, I am sick of it down here
Gonna rise up to the moon

Who needs all the troubles of today, what's the difference anyway?
I feel out of focus, what can I do?
There's only you

Gonna fly up to the moon
Raising all of my money
Can't make it too soon
I am sick of it down here
Gonna fly up to the moon

When they open the borders where will you be?
I'll climb the highest tree to avoid the stampede
And if I should fly there's only you, you
There's only you that would say goodbye
Track Name: Let Me Watch You Make Love
Sometimes I wonder at this shame I hide
Pare away the man and find the worm inside
Then you wrap yourself around me
And whisper in my ear;
'Where is your jealousy? All I feel is fear.’

How can he take you when you give yourself?
All the old lines just to bind yourself
Then you wrap yourself around me and
And whisper in my ear;
'Where is your jealousy?
All I feel is fear.’

I want to hear it
I want to see
Let me watch you make love
And imagine that it's me
Track Name: Too Many Times
There've been too many times
When I never said what was on my mind
How was I to know you'd go so soon?
Your God would come to take you home

Leaving me stumbling over
These stupid lines on a shabby page
Daddy, sometimes I'm filled with rage -
I lost the only thing that was really mine

And Daddy, can you hear me?
Daddy, do I still make you laugh?
And I know just what you'd say
Is this really the time and place?
To say all of those things that we never said

There've been too many times
When my head was filled with stupid pride
I hope you're laughing now that all these words have been set aside

And Daddy, can you hear me?
Daddy, do I still make you laugh?
And I know just what you'd say
Is this really the time and place?
To say all of those things that we never said

It seems so long since I saw you
Yet it seems like yesterday
There's no need to make amends when we finish up as friends
Oh Daddy, can you hear me?
Daddy, do I still make you laugh?
There’ve been too many times...
Track Name: Swingtime
Too many souls are lost
So many dreams lie broken
Will you try to help them
Chase the night away, turn on the booming silver day

We do it in swingtime
We don't count the skinny seconds passing by or wonder why
We do it in swingtime
Make the moment suit the time we make the rescue - fit the crime

And feel each passing year
Absorb the well of tears
They shoot horses, don't they?
So we dance and sway into the pulsing, silver grey

We do it in swingtime W
e don't count the skinny seconds passing by or wonder why
We do it in swingtime
Make the moment suit the time we make the rescue - fit the crime

So many people fail
So many hearts are broken
We come to live with pain
We leave our arms wide open

Too many fights are thrown
We count the cost of it growing
Will you try to stop them
Roll away the night, break out the champagne, hit the lights

We do it in swingtime
We don't count the skinny seconds passing by or wonder why
We do it in swingtime
Make the moment suit the time we make the rescue - fit the crime
Track Name: Ave Lolita
Gone and gone for good
Grown up and slipped away
Passed from now to then like a river going by
To rush headlong in to the sea

She hears the band play Ave Lolita
She sees her future coming to her in a flash
Starts counting hours, starts counting minutes
And walks the line she still can't define
Ave Lolita

If you sleep at all sleep well for the coming day won't spare you
If fear is the key you are lost outside the door
And you've been there before

When you heard the band play Ave Lolita
She caught her future rushing by her in a flash
Start counting hours, start counting minutes
And walk the line while there's still time
Ave Lolita

Watch the sky for details, watch the distance for fire Fiery pinpricks out of reach
I can't hold the lines of words to tick them off
But it won't be long now

She hears the band play Ave Lolita
She sees her future coming to her in a flash
Starts counting hours, starts counting minutes
And walks the line she still can't define
Ave Lolita
Track Name: The Way She Was Before
Tell me have you seen her
Did she look the same as before?
The last time that I saw her I swore that
I didn't know that she was who she was
But if I try I can still see that look in her eyes
The one that went missing, it’s not all I’m missing
From the way she was before

And tell me how d'you find her
Did she look like she was having fun?
Smiling at a stranger is when she's dangerous
Never ashamed of what she has done
But if I try I can still see that look in her eyes
The one that went missing, it’s not all I’m missing
From the way she was before

The clothes that she wore
I loved the way she walked
The jokes she loved to tell
I loved the way she smelled
And it was fun while it lasted
It didn't last long and I'm not bitter
I just miss her the way she was before
Track Name: Better Letting Go
Lately we've been acting like strangers
We never show our feelings
Or say the things we mean
It's hard to admit
But maybe it's time to quit pretending cause
We both know

It's better letting go
There's no point hanging on
To what used to be
Why can't we see
It's better letting go

It's crazy to sit here in silence
Counting off the seconds
The beating of our hearts
When there's no more to give
There's no easy way to live together
We both know

It's better letting go
It's time to walk away
And start again
This makes no sense
It's better letting go

No matter how we fake it
This love has faded
The feeling has gone
It's time to move on
It's no good looking back

It's better letting go
There's no point hanging on
To what used to be
Why can't we see
It's better letting go

It's better letting go
It's time to walk away
And start again
This makes no sense
It's better letting go
Track Name: Two Churches
Born in nineteen sixty two
Born with eyes of a distant blue
Good luck charm was number one and playing on the radio
Now I'm about ready to lose myself
I'm about ready to kiss and tell
Give up all that I think I know
Shed my skin and be ready to go through changes
I'm in no rush you can take your time
Show me yours and I'll show you mine
Men'll fuck mud and then call it love
A joke salami in a latex glove
More than a little mixed up when God begins to speak Through changes
When I have to go before St Peter I'll knock on his neon door and say
Look at what came to be my journey
Between two churches

It's like I came to a fork in the road
Four roads running only one of them known
Fell to my knees as if I was pushed
Love may come but it won't be rushed by trying to run and stop from choosing
The changes
And when I have to go before St Peter I'll knock on his neon door and say
Look at what came to be my journey

Between two churches
Track Name: Stormy Waters
i'd call it through, i've seen the signs
won't waste my time any longer
you made your choice, go let it loose
go play and lose with the rainbows
‘cause i don't know who i see when i look at you now

did you lie down for him
did you give yourself to him
and dip your stupid toes in stormy waters?

you look lonely and cold, a thousand years old and your eyes don't show what you have
but what you've sold
i don't need to know but i want to know
let it all come on let the bad times roll
i don't know who i see when i look at you now

did you lie down for him
did you give yourself to him
and dip your stupid toes in stormy waters?
did you crossed the bridge of sighs
as he spattered your insides
to sink up to your neck in stormy waters?

i don't know who i see when i look at you now
did you lie down for him
did you give yourself to him
and dip your stupid toes in stormy waters?
did you crossed the bridge of sighs
as he spattered your insides
to sink up to your neck in stormy waters?

stormy waters
Track Name: Her Coat and No Knickers
You told a few lies and they came back on you
So you told a hundred more until she came back to you But she only stayed a while
Just long enough to say the kind of things left to be said
In the cold, cold light of day
And she smelled of Christmas trees, of coffee and vanilla
Calcutta after snowfall, she's no-one's stand-in mother But I drifted into her like I could run myself aground And keep her smiling at the sight of the darkness spilling out

And I don't mind if you don't care about it
I'll get by without her arms around me
As long as I can sit on my own
In her coat and no knickers

I believe it doesn't matter
So don't look at me that way
Like I should notice how you look at me that way
That's just the way you look when you look at me that way
And I believe it doesn't matter
At least not much anyway

I never dreamed I could be lost in a place I know so well
But I was running on the spot in the darkness 'til I fell And then pulling off my clothes I want to step out of my skin
And paint a tattoo on my heart that shows an arrow pointing in
Track Name: Sleeper
The sun's in your eyes
The cloud's in your head
Always alone with the bugs in your bed
You'd better wake up soon
You'd better wake up soon

Sleeper, you could be more than you are

'Cause nothing is wrong
Everything's fine
Around for ever on the circle line
'Till monkeys are authors there's not enough time
You'd better wake up soon

Sleeper, you could be more than you are
Track Name: Where the River Bends
I can’t find my way home
It’s still a place I need to be
Can someone show me any place,
That could be home for me

Not back there in the North
In the windswept bitter cold
With the sidewalks growing grass
Where we would only grow old

And all the mines are gone
But no one knows or cares
If a thing is not nailed down
It was never there

I still remember how it seemed
An old-world symphony of tears
And now what I want’s always beyond my reach
Where the river bends

Wasn’t down here in the South
Always on nightshift or on call
There’s no sunshine in the streets
The buildings grew so tall
And no-one sees your eyes
But from a corner of their own
And they only really feel it when the balance has all gone

They don’t care how
And they don’t care why
It’s enough to make a grown man cry, and I do
What’s it to you?

If I can’t find my way home
And it’s still a place I need to be
Seems what I want’s always beyond my reach
And where the river bends

Singing songs down from the trees
To race across the open fields
Around the trucks like carrion for the fall
And the fruit we tried to steal

I cannot find my way home,
Empty places packed and gone
As if what I want’s always beyond the point
Of where the river bends

Just where the river bends
Where the river bends
Track Name: If You're all Done Dying
Listen hell is freezing over
Walk on solid water
Put on your party shoes

I am the lonely soldier,homesick
In a war that can't be won
And getting angry
If you're all done dying
Can we get to dance?

I just began to stop resisting
No lack of resignation
The wheel turns also for the better
And the poet has my soul and
He may take it naked
And send my ass a picture
If you're all done dying can we get to dance?

Let the moment be your throne
And sit there naked on it,write your heart a letter
If you're all done dying
Can we get to dance?

If you're all done dying...?
Track Name: In A Heartbeat
I wish she'd leave me alone
Like I know she would if she saw me alone sitting
On a barstool looking back at her
And I couldn't hide the hunger from her
Should I leave?
In a heartbeat
Sha la la la don't mean I love you.......

And sometimes you dream of home
But like a lover that's a long time gone
And she's so unknown,when you thought you knew
What you try to put in words as if it's words you understood
Should I leave?
In a heartbeat
Sha la la la don't mean I love you.......

Change, keep changing
Turn it inside out
Turning it from what it is to what it was about
Staking what you never had and never want to lose
Strip your shoes and cut your feet on what you're going
Through
The last time was the first time but the first time never fades
Only exists inside a dream you never made

Sha la la la la la la la la la
Don't mean I love you,
I wish she'd leave me alone
Track Name: What Makes a Fool
If I had more than this to give
I’d probably do what you’re wanting me to;
I’d have you back
Though it tore me in two
I’m no exception to the rule
That makes a fool

And if I had more than one life to live
I’d probably want what you were hoping I’d got
And take you back
With no memory of wounds
No exception to the rule creates a fool

I don’t work it out but here’s my guess
You liked me better when you knew me less
I was lucky at the tables but when it came to love
It seems that
Dying young takes all the best

And I love you so much I’d be your clothes
Where my heart wanders the action follows
And as hard as it is to keep from wanting you
I’ve got a choice of what will kill me

And it won’t be you…

What makes a fool?
Track Name: Walk On Frozen Water
I walked from Prague to Dusseldorf,
from Germany to France
To earn a little extra there I learned to dance
And I’d dance with anyone, anyone who paid
The lean the mean the cruel and those of arbitrary ways
And in an arrondissement numberless I found I’d passed the test
No weeping in the rain, no weeping in the rain
No weeping in the rain

I only do what I do
Won’t wish upon distant stars
Or weep over photographs
I walk on frozen water

Now I dream of America, remember nearly not a thing
I have the word “America” inscribed upon a ring
And wear it on my finger like a signpost and someday
I’ll take the boat to Liverpool to New York and California
I hear the ocean’s loud enough to swallow up your song
Without whom…nothing!
No weeping in the rain, no weeping in the rain

I’ll only do what I do
Won’t wish upon distant stars
Or weep over photographs
I’ll walk on frozen water

I’ll only do what I do
Won’t wish upon distant stars
Or weep over photographs
Of what might have been ours

People will go when they go
Why you may never know
Until then by the grace of God
I’ll walk on frozen water
Track Name: Surrender
It seems I float from room to room
Each door unopened
The smell of sweet perfume
Inhale and take a sip and then another
Can I surrender?

I will, I will just surrender

I don't dress anymore
But bathe at dawn
And in the twilight
Days pass across me with the touch
Of raw silk
Can I surrender?

I will, I will just surrender

And when the full moon comes
I'll watch the foxes play
Among their shadows
And then turn to face the grinning women
Spilling from the darkened corners of the room

The fire splutters and fades to embers
Of snapping orange

I will, I will just surrender
Track Name: The Unforgiven
The unforgiven they sleep alone at a night
The young unsung busting to come
I was the one who thought to have you
would be like living from my dreams

You use your words like you had stolen them
So care free, could not care less
You are the one you said you want
then you can have in your dreams

I know that you that you know, what's it like to be wrong
For so long, for so long
I've been down there too
And there's no excuse

I came the one to keep you warm at night
You gave me belly, you gave me lip
I came the one who knew to have you was not all it seems

I know that you that you know, what's it like to be wrong
For so long, for so long
I've been down there too
And it's no excuse

Been down there too

I've been a fool, I've been a pierrot
I've had no money, place of my own
Am I the one to pay the price to have you twice
In your dreams

I know that you that you know, how it feels
To steal from yourself
To lose more than it seems you've ever had
There's no going back
You lose more than you ever had
You leave a piece behind
Track Name: Grievous Angel
Born long before the second war
Then drafted only weeks before it ends
To sit for eighteen months in England
My mother’s blond and wall-eyed boy has gone for good
He’s understood too much of life is gone that’s not forgotten
Remember, remember
Berlin like a bride in early Springtime bathed in the April rain

I am a brash and painted whore; consume the world still needing more
To spend myself then walk into the Big Blue
I want it all want all you’ve got
Your moist and tender hollow spots
To read the lines of every woman’s secret
Remember, remember
The songs of the clown and grievous angel
Ring ‘til the end of time

I want the world can never be
In images I cannot see
In words that I can hear but not remember
Remember, remember
The song of the clowns and grievous angel
Like the beating of wings and the changing of things
Will run ‘til the end of time
Track Name: California
I do what I have to
You just look away
Strip away my sadness
Take away my clothes and then there’s who?
When I have to I walk in paper shoes

No more looking backwards
No more knowing things
Standing at the edge my
Meeting you was long overdue
If I have to I’ll make do with the blues

I want to feel the rain stop falling
I need a second chance
And join the flow, the rush of gold
In California
I want to feel the rain stop falling
Take my second chance
I’ll cross this land
And then I’ll stand in California

The wealthy getting richer,
Poor have ceased to dream
Soon they’ll come to hating,
Hating what they think they’ve got to choose
If I have to
I make do with the blues
Track Name: Beneath The Radar
Beneath the radar
The sun, moon and stars
I am breathing…
Waiting not only to inhale
I am a form forgotten
The reaching out and touching,
The duetting
To harmonise with stars as
I am breathing,
Seeking not only to inhale

Breathing,
I will scorch the heaving clamour with a stillness
Of breathing
Driven by the beauty or its lacking
There’s no going back here

Beneath the radar
I am stronger than I seemed
As I lay reeling
Waiting not only to exhale……..
One wild guess

Breathing,
I will scorch the heaving clamour with the stillness
Of breathing
Driven by the beauty or its lacking
No going back here

Beneath the radar
Track Name: Storm Cloud Katherine
Look outside your window - the darkest sky you ever saw
And here am I, and there you are, and that's all

When you need someone, really need someone
When you need someone
The night has no pity

You dream of Waterloo
As the lightning forks in two

I see your eyes and they're still the same
The body blows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain

Storm cloud Katherine
Storm cloud Katherine

It's all mapped out in relief like a skin of plaque on teeth
And so tense in here you can taste it; a power vacuum of sex

If you need someone
Not just anyone
If you need someone - don't search in the city

Written longhand shaped in braille
You can smell it so you want it, your holy grail

And I see your eyes
And they show no fear
Though rocketman still loses through the never changing years

I see your eyes
And they're still the same
The body blows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain

Storm cloud Katherine
Storm cloud Katherine

She says I'd rather walk away from you than hurt you with a word
Or a smile or a gesture that you may have misheard
And took as meaning something other than what I could do
What I don't have if I don't have you!

When you need someone don't search in the city

You hauled the devils back down onto multitrack

And I see your eyes, they're still the same
The bodyblows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain
Storm cloud Katherine
Storm cloud Katherine
I call her

Storm cloud Katherine
Storm cloud Katherine