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The Given

by Colin Vearncombe

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Naked 03:28
You might say I'm wastin' My time is going, gone I'm only hesitating, between the bouts of holding on But I am war in the places that used to be cold I kept all the things that others sold Going naked again You might say I'm fadin' The grace notes of a song A tune that's going nowhere, but where the other tunes have done But I am strong in the places that used to be weak Strong enough to cry and know the reason Going naked again I see that I'm changing Another time has come A prisoner of the past but only if I turn and run 'cause I can sing the places that others only dream And I can dream the faces never seen Going naked again
Blondes 03:46
If you don't know when or where Any road will take you there But won't bring you back again It was a long road to the top And a short one to the drop I do what I can It's what Jack and Jackie knew Brigette and Marilyn too When blondes ruled the world Back in nineteen forty five It was just good to be alive Though we followed skinny shadows in ht edirt What did I do in the war? Shaking like a leaf in fall A player looking or a vote Love came with a ransom note Or Worse Another innocence was through "Good Luck charm" and "Love me do" and we were never the same again And that Jimi got to play In 'Nam the choppers got to rain It was like Jack and Jackie knew Brigette and Marilyn too When blondes ruled the world Blondes ruled the world
I saw you standing by the 101 holding out your sign Saying if you want me you'll be mine Even when I'm gone you'll still hear my lonely song and you'll want me back I stared in the rear view mirror and slowed Pulled on over to the side of the road Here you come humming walking up to me a smile on your face that I can't read and then laying across the hood of your car You look lonely as a star Try living as a box-car gypsy Try sleeping in the dirt Wake thinking that you can't stand up straight Spend a lifetime thinking you're cursed Try living with the low rent crazies Dealing with the worst And then you're dancing for the dust bowl hobos Start drinking somebody gets hurt You write the prayer book Chapter and Verse And I start blinking as we drive towards the sun Looking at your face And wondering what you've done that brought you to this place And what's inside that I can't see would make me want you back Back hair hanging don to your waist Not a single line on an ancient face A look in her eyes I could fall right through and she asks me: 'What and why do you? You're not sitting in a car - that's not who you are" And then she slapped my face
It's the silence makes you crazy Find the action, mine the thrill I know you will Amusing smiles, familiar faces The perfect fiction, the easy pill I know you will, 'cause I know you Each ick of your heartbeat takes you further from the point You make it easy on yourself Life could be so wonderful Like loving in the everafter Breathing Underwater Life should be so wonderful Like moving in the up and outward Breathing Underwater And you live your life as strangers To yourselves, your aching souls The empty holes Drink to forget you just remember You have debts no honest man could ever get
Have you met my girl, The heart of my world? Now the part that;s gone And I'm missing her some We count the cost (But) we pay and pay Spend our whole lives trying for just one thing we're not afraid to say If someone's watching, nobody care Those who care, don't watch 'cause it's always there Where the shadows run; says our time has come And I'm John Lee Scared I can't sit still and I don't want to If I can't have you, anyone will do The things I thought Could always be thought Had a price too high For the guessing of why You trashed my car And you broke my nose No, you can't make love honey. If you've got no soul! If someone's watching nobody cares Those who watch 'cause its always there Where the shadows run; says your time has come And you're John Lee Scared Excuse me while I disappear Anything means nothing But what you're making it mean I can't sit still and I don't want to If I can't have you...anyone will do.
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 healing clamour with a stillness of Breathing Driving by the beauty or its lacking There's no going back here Beneath the radar I am stronger than I seemed As lay reeling Waiting not only to exhale One wild guess Breathing, I will scorch the healing clamour with the stillness Of breathing Driving by the beauty or its lacking No going back here Beneath the radar
Open my heart I open my heart Take what my eyes can see Here are my hands There are my bags Saddle up girl Saddle up girl Saddle up girl for me The craziest things..they say the craziest things! But oh no.. If you go you go for good When you can you stay away There no excuse no second chances And I? I do what I have to The rivers run dry The plains are as wide and high as the eye can see The strangest things.. I see the strangest things..
Ah wish me back where I am from She was as pretty as a picture As she laughed and held my hand and kicked my toe... And she spoke about you I would have been nowhere but where we were and it didn't seem to matter if she cared So thought my heart was flipping, going: do! do! do! She spoke about you Misbegotten chile did you throw it all away, now you try to hide your tears in the pouring rain? I want to hear those violins, Feel those bumps and bells, Know the devils groan in hell 'cause they can't have you Ah wish me back where I am fron And take your hands off of my collar! What you're going through's not what you're supposed to do She spoke about you She threw her head back And she sang out your name And I wondered what to do And if I wanted to So though my heart was flipping over, gong do! do! do! She spoke about you Wish me back where I came from She was as pretty as a picture And she laughed and held my hand and kicked my toe And she still said "no"


released July 4, 2009

Produced by Colin Vearncombe and Andy Patterson

Recorded at The Grange, Ape, Bryn Derwen and Jerusalem Studios.

Engineered by Andy Patterson, David Wrench, Dan Hulme and Dave Williams

Mixed by Andy Patterson and Rafe McKenna

Photography - Jason Lee
Design - Steve Baker
Production - Karen Rainford

© Nero Schwarz 2009


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Colin Vearncombe, otherwise known as Black, was born in Liverpool on 26 May 1962.

He had three top- ten records across Europe and sold over two million albums before leaving the mainstream and going independent. He released a string of albums as Black and under his own name on his own label; Nero Schwarz.

He died in a motor accident in January 2016. His legacy lives on in the Love, Colin project.
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