Love, Life, Loss and Tea

by Dave Giles

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released October 28, 2016



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Track Name: I Am What I Am
I know he's not real but I'd love to be,
That ginger wizard whose name is Ron Weasley,
Yeah that would be sweet.
It doesn't matter that he's not the coolest,
It doesn't matter that he gets things wrong sometimes,
He still gets his girl.
Can you imagine the fun you could have with a magic wand
And the knowledge of potions?
And though I'll never be a wizard I'm still happy to be me
And have plenty to dream of.

Cos there are thousands of things that I would like to be,
But I'm not cos I'm just me.
And I won't get down and I'll try not to frown,
Cos I am who I am and I've got what I've got and that's fine.

When I was young I used to count the stars,
And wonder if it would be me that would walk upon Mars,
Yeah that would be sweet.
I read each book I could about space travel,
And watched the shows on the discovery channel,
They used to call me a geek.
Can you imagine the fun that you could have in a spaceship
With zero gravity?
And though I'll never be a spaceman I'm still happy to be me,
And have plenty to dream of.

Cos there are thousands of things that I would like to be,
But I'm not cos I'm just me.
And I won't get down and I'll try not to frown,
Cos I am who I am and I've got what I've got and that's fine.
Yeah I am who I am and I've got what I've got and that's fine.

And isn't it fun to believe all the things that we can do when we're dreaming?
And if I could make them come true then I'd probably still find reasons for moaning
Though I believe what was said by Doc Brown,
"If you put your mind to it you can achieve anything"
But no amount of effort will ever make me be
A wizard or a Jedi or a time travelling doctor
A hobbit or Spiderman or the President of America

Cos there are thousands of things that I would like to be,
But I'm not cos I'm just me.
And I won't get down and I'll try not to frown,
Cos I am who I am and I've got what I've got and that's fine.
Yeah I am who I am and I've got what I've got and that's fine.
Yeah I am who I am and I've got what I've got and that's fine.
Track Name: The Happy Sad Song
Isn't it strange, how unfair, life can be
Stuck in a lift, the lights had gone out, singing our hearts out
And isn't it strange, how unfair, the deal can be
It didn't stop you, you always shine through, whatever your hand is

The sun still shines behind those clouds
But you never ever see it, you never ever see it
It's so unfair but I know its there
Though I never ever see it, I never need to see it with you

I can recall, a party in pink, with everyone there
We lay on the ground and danced all around like gregorys girl
I can recall, you painting my smile, you laughed without care
No matter how hard, it was all from the heart, and that was your whole world

With you in the room, you like up the gloom
There's no one else I'd rather talk to
Whilring you around, right out of the chair
Like there's nobody there
Track Name: Churchfield Road
If i wake up and don't feel my best
I give my friend martin a text
Arrange to meet at our favourite place
In Franks Café on Churchfield Road

You get so much food without breaking the bank
And the staff are great but I've not met Frank,
And to top it off when you've finished your grub
They offer you a complimentary cup of tea.

And I like tea.

Am I the only one who gets nervous when
I put the kettle on for a brand new friend
Will they like the way I make it,
Will they think less of me if its not quite right

Cos everyone has their own technique
Of mixing water, milk and a sack of leaf,
You can debate with me for hours,
But I stir enough to make my perfect cup of tea

The British high streets got it all wrong.
With all those coffee shops that just don't get it right,
T-shirt slogans keep on talking
Telling me I've got to keep calm and carry on,
But I'd rather put my kettle on.

Green tea, white tea, red tea, black tea, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, camomile and monkey tea. Chai tea, ice tea, peppermint and breakfast tea. Lap sang su shong, make it weak, make it strong. Yellow tea, Tetley, lemon tea, ginger tea, One lump or three, tips from PG. Herbal tea or chilli tea, builders tea and milky, None of that coffee, love, life, loss, tea.
Track Name: The Girl Who Said Yes
When I was 17 a friend of mine had a haircut
And suddenly I noticed how pretty she was
I pursued her for a while and eventually we kissed
At a party I arranged when my parents were away
And that was the start of a beautiful romance
That lasted 6 years and would never have ended
If I wasn't such a fool
But I'm so glad she had that haircut

Cos' I will never forget, the good times we had
And I hope all of her dreams do come true
Or at least just a few

What is it about a first love that makes it so amazing?
Especially in those first months when everything is new
There was a song on the radio that must have been about us
Singing something dramatic like "you've turned my life around"
And that's how it felt and oh how I loved her
She made a perfect brew and it's incredible to think,
that she, did put up, with all my shhhh
And no one's compared since

And when she text me saying she'd found someone new oh I knew then how much I'd mucked up
So I hatched a plan that involved a ring and a question you only want to ask once.
And worked out a speech and made a mixtape
And booked a table at café rouge in Highgate
And I made an excuse about needing to talk
About something that Joe couldn't help me with
And she sat there and she listened, she held the ring her hand
But I could tell that she didn't want to leave her new man
But I wasn't ready to believe that, so I asked to her say
That she loved him and that she wanted to have his babies
And she delivered that line, looking me straight in the eye
And I made for the door but my tears wouldn't dry
And its etched in brain, the look on the face of the jeweller
Who asked if it needed adjusting when I took the ring back
And I said no cos she said no,
She said no, yeah she said no,
She said no, yeah she said no no no no no no no
Track Name: The Strongest Man In The World
Bert was a man one could listen to for hours,
He had one of those voices and great stories to tell
He talked with such passion and with so much conviction
About the people who were blessed to have known him at all

He ran a busy dockers pub in the east end
With his wife in the sixtys
But they never gave them any grief
Cos they all thought that Bert was the strongest man in the world
And how they loved him

He was a boy in the war though he never left London
Did his national service then he married his girl
They worked together their whole lives, he couldn't stand to be without her
And after the pub they retired to the country

All that he needed was her company
He was so happy around her
And she'd do anything for him
Cos he was handsome and brave and the strongest man in the world
And how she loved him

And Bert was idolised by his two grandsons
They thought he had magic powers
And they loved to listen to his tales
Of life and of love and of loss and of jellied eels
And how they loved him

And right near the end when he knew he was dying
He wrote letters to his wife and hid them all round the house
And in each one he thanked her and told her how much he loved her
She was finding them for weeks even after he died

And back at the bar his family knew how to honour him
They had a drink of his favourite
A pint of skol with a top of gin
Saying here's a toast to the strongest man in the world

And oh how I loved him.
Track Name: Call Of Duty
A soldier died in the war today,
He was working in a foreign land
On a routine patrol round town
He was killed by a roadside bomb
Are we becoming numb to this
Have we drowned out what it means
Do we think of the consequence?
When the report says, "his family have been informed"

They say he name on the radio
He was 31 years of age
He leaves behind a wife and son
His wife had to tell his mum
He loved his job and took pride in his work
He was a popular and funny guy
But did we think of his sacrifice
When the report said, "his family have been informed"

The solider's mum can hardly sleep at night
She wonders if he called out her name.
She's so proud of her brave son
But no parent should have to bury their child,
Shes written letters to the families
Of the hundreds who have fallen since
After all she knows what it means
When the reports say, "their family have been informed"

And do I live my life as if someone else
Is putting theirs on the line for mine
And should I sing this song cos I don't know how it feels
To be the family that's been informed
Track Name: Digital Love
I'm waking, and i'm pleasantly surprised to see,
You're lying next to me, you're lying next to me
And i'm hoping, that when you wake you'll be pleased to see,
You're lying next to me
I'll fetch you breakfast and put the kettle on
i can do that right before my body gets it all wrong

You used to be a collection of pixels on a screen
Now you're here with me and i can't get enough of your digital love

And its amazing, how comfortable you seem to be
But you hardly know me, you hardly know me
And its amazing, its not like we're a perfect match
Eighty two percent in fact, not sure how they came to that
You have your zeros and i have my one,
Put them together and it could be oh so much fun

No doubt you'll get tired of me like they always do
Or maybe i'll blow it just being me
Cos i always seem to find the wrong words to say
and you've not seen me on England rugby days
But i hope you see it through
Cos i sure like being with you
Track Name: Sunday Hibernation
Church bells and incense,
Your gentle breathing, deodorants,
Sirens you can barely hear,
The cute song playlist I made last year.

Our clothes are screwed up on the floor
A tribute to the night before,
A lamp shade swings,
A brass band sings, rehearsing just next door.

As we la la la la la lie here
And you mention, that i need a shave,
Shoe be do do do you remember
was there something outstanding today?
Sunday hibernation,
You just let it wash away
And la la la la la lie here,
In and out of my duvet.

A spider web on the ceiling,
I smell your hair and wonder what you're breathing.
A candle sputters to its end,
Your teas gone cold so don't pretend
That Monday is not on your mind,
Unwelcomed guest its so unkind.
Express train brakes make the room shake,
As this duvet day gets left behind.

It may feel like we're wasting time,
We've spent all day in this bed of mine.
I need my fill, lets make time stand still
I hope you know I'm in my prime.
Track Name: Whiskey and Wings
I guess there's a point when you just have to get away
When you're too tired to see that all your colours turned grey
I knew I was there and I'd turned into a beast
I'd even had road rage 'gainst an innocent priest
So I called Nick and he said "chris is here from la."
Lets have a week of booze and banter and wahey
I know we've both broke, but it's time for a binge
We don't live enough, let's live on whiskey and wings

Who needs love, when you have friends like these boys

So we headed to Camden and we watched a few shows
Made some new friends while the whiskey did flow
The barstaff knew our names we'd been in there all week.
We drank jaegarbombs when nick got to drunk to speak
And he'd try to get home but fall asleep on the busy
While chris and I powered on there was no stopping us,
We met a couple of girls they were as cute as can be
They didn't put out but that weren't bothering me cos,

When the bars all kicked out we'd find a fried chicken shop
I'd say I'll give you a fiver and we'll take the lot
We'd get home about 5 and I'd be awake around 10
I'd wait for the call to start all over again
And it weren't good for my health but it was great for my soul
I was running on empty now I'm raring to go
So next time that I'm low and even tea makes me winge
I'll gather my friends for some whiskey and wings

Who needs love love love
Just grab a whiskey and call your friends up anyday
Track Name: It Could Happen To You
This is a tale of a love that could never have been
Started back when Freddie was singing in queen
Cos the worlds got so small, there are so many ways you can meet
And the crazy little thing can be found without moving your feet
In the year of the diamond jubilee
A powered by apple love story

Molly fell fond of a singer called tom on youtube
And tom was impressed that her tweets would pick up his mood
And she danced round the room when he accepted her facebook request
He looked through all of her photos, at her prom he thought that she looked the best
And they talked on skype every day
They fell in love despite what her parents did say

It could happen to you
He wrote seven songs about her
Yeah it could happen to you
She put his sweet texts up on tumblr
The world watched to see how they'd do
So far apart and so much to prove
It could really happen to you

Tom saved for months to book a flight to go see her
And she spent hours getting ready, she couldn't decide which dress made her look thinner
And they embraced at the airport, he wasn't as tall as she thought he would be
But she really didn't care, she posted photos so everyone could see
The tears after they'd had their first kiss
He said "can it even get better than this?"

It could happen to you
She held his hand in the city
Yeah it could happen to you
His nerves made his palms go sweaty
And the world watched to see how they'd do
In love for a year, yet everything was new
And it could really happen to you

At the end of the week, he didn't want to go home
Back to a world of laptops and phones
And molly got scared that it would get
So much harder now she'd tasted his kiss
It don't get better than this

It could happen to you
He wrote more songs about her
Yeah it could happen to you
She put all their photos on tumblr
The world watched to see how they'd do
Hoping that they'd get through
It could really happen to you
Track Name: Someone In My Head
Someone's in my head,
There is someone in my head,
Telling me I need to play it cool,
Turning the warning signs red.
Someone's in my head,
There is someone in my head,
Saying stop being irrational,
But my heart is winning instead.

The complications of a dying romance,
Just wanna know that we gave it a chance.

Someone's in my bed,
There is someone in my bed.
Something's telling me this shouldn't go on,
But this fool is easily led

The complications of a dying romance.
Just wanna know that we gave it a chance.
It's hard to know what to do,
If you don't know how you feel.

And I cannot, I cannot, I cannot leave with these feelings
I cannot, I cannot leave.
I cannot, I cannot, I cannot leave with these feelings
I cannot, I cannot leave.
I cannot, I cannot, I cannot leave with these feelings
I cannot, I cannot leave.

Someone's in my head,
There is someone in my head.
Track Name: There's No Need For Metaphors Anymore
For a couple of months I've been wracking my brains
Looking for words that will say how I feel
I've written hundreds verses and tried many rhymes
Cadences and couplets and all kind of lines,
But it seems that these feelings of love and of hate for you
Have left my mind numb and incapable
Forgive me for being so crude and so hurtful
There's no need for metaphors with someone like you

I tried to compare you to a world title fight,
But were you my opponent or were you the prize
I've read books and watched films to try and find a likeness
But I get to the end and it doesn't match up
And I've tried all the clichés like trips to the funfair
You were the ride that I was too tall to try
So I've come to accept that these thoughts just go nowhere
Cos there's no need for metaphors with someone like you

Cos you're a bitch and you're a slut and I hate you so much,
Yet you're lovely and I adore you and I just crave your touch
But you use me and abuse me and it drives me insane
Cos you excite me and delight me, its probably me I should blame
Cos I don't understand you, and I just can't let go
Its been goin on so long, and all I have to show
Is five lousy songs a bruised ego and heart
But your kiss is so good, how I'd love to go back to the start.

So I'm going to attempt to stop wracking my brains
Looking for words to say how I feel,
I need to find a better subject to occupy my rhymes
Cos it seems that I'm bored of writing about you
And I've scared girls away on many occasions
By writing these songs just to make an impression
But you'll never be mine, you just love the attention
I'll stop wasting my loving on someone like you!
Track Name: The Brew Song
I wake each morning
its time for snoozing,
I press that button seven times before i'm moving
Take a shower for an hour,
Living by procrastination

I turn my phone on
and call my friend john
play a silly little game cos i'm a moron
do some scheming and day dreaming
living by procrastination

Got so much to do but there's so many distractions
My kettle is my partner in crime
If i could stop myself from all this inaction
then maybe i could get my girl to bed on time

watch a movie
and make a smoothie
list the things i need to do ASAP
sitting wishing i was kissing
living by procrastination

Oh look a mirror,
I could be slimmer
give my beard a little trim then go tell twitter
you can't beat tweeting what you're eating
living by procrastination...