Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Condescension

Capo 6th (A#m D#m F# F7 C)
                             
VERSE
Em
I may act foolish sometimes
I may fall down a lot
Am
I’m an easy target
C              B7                  Em
But please don’t laugh at me

VERSE
I do some stupid things
I often don’t think before I speak
I sometimes embarrass you with your friends
But please don’t laugh at me

CHORUS
G                                               Em
Condescension  will get us nowhere
G                                  C
Condescension’s a bad idea
G                         Em     D/F#            Em
Condescension will be the end of us

VERSE
I may lack social graces
I know I’m rude sometimes
My foot might live in my mouth
But please don’t laugh at me

VERSE
I can seem to act unwise
And be quite a gullible fool
I’m an easy target
But please don’t laugh at me

CHORUS

MIDDLE
C                    G
I know I do it too
C                     G
I’m as guilty as you
Em                    C                                D/F#               
But now I see it we should nip it in the bud

Left to grow
It will kill our love I know
When snide comments take the place of sweet nothings

CHORUS x2

Jamie Oliver Blues: Killing the children with food

VERSE
D                Bm
Processed, preserved
D                G
Frozen and fried
D              Bm
Set in their ways
D                   G
Too long, to change
Bm                                    D
And the truth's too terrible to face
Bm                       A                D
They're killing the children with food

VERSE
Their bodies engourged
Their minds clogged up
As their hearts grow weaker
Assaulted every day
An execution so crude
They're killing the children with food

MIDDLE
Bm                                 G
And it must be alright as it's offered
D                                   A
No one would willingly do them harm
Bm                                   G
While the providers are but a link in the chain
D                                    A
And each feels free from blame
Bm                                       D
They say that nothing can be proved
Bm                       A                 D
They're killing the children with food

VERSE (INSTRUMENTAL)

VERSE
Mouthful by mouthful
Plate by plate
As God provides
They abdicated their fate
And they called the prophet rude
They're killing the children with food
They're killing the children with food
They're killing the children with food



Monday, 30 May 2011

Fellini's dream

CHORUS
F#m
The way she moves, she moves, she moves
B
Like something from a fantasy
F#m
How she danced, she danced, she danced
B
She set my mind on fire with love
C#
Like a force from above

VERSE
 

Garage sale

Am F C G

CHORUS
There's a garage sale down on Julia Street
On Julia Street there's a garage sale
There's a garage sale down on Julia Street
On Julia Street there's a garage sale

Food groups

Oh oh we're getting our food groups

Elizabeth Taylor's gone to the big screen in the sky

VERSE
She's picked up with Richard
Just where they left off
We'll be hearing the thunder soon

She's taken her diamonds
And is laying them out
It won't be the stars you see tonight

CHORUS
Elizabeth Taylor's gone to the big screen in the sky

VERSE
Over where it's dry
She'll do her Deboir
And bless the lands with rain

Where it needs sun
She'll simply smile
And make a beautiful day

CHORUS

MIDDLE
She went happily
Her work was done down here
Now she's working for us up there

CHORUS

The buskers

C#  F#  C# G#

CHORUS
It is hard on the road
Rolling from town to town
It is hard on the road
On the days when you ain't got no dough

VERSE
The life of a busker is thankless and long
You grind it out, song by song

The pros have a PA and sell their CDs
It seems like we're doing it for free

CHORUS

VERSE
Well you pick out a corner and mark out your patch
Stand there then throw down your hat

You're playing for hours as the masses rush by
With your empty hat staring at you back

CHORUS

VERSE
We're running out of options, but the streets have a heart
At least there's the chance of some change

Playing in bars is the long road to nowhere
You only get your name on the wall

CHORUS

VERSE
We're just like street workers and we're pimping ourselves
The punters pay nikels and dimes

Our job is no job but it's better than that job
A blow job is no job at all

CHORUS

Takaka Hill


VERSE

Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill
There's a climb in old New Zealand
Takaka Hill
That cyclists talk of with a shaking hand
Takaka Hill
900 metres and hairpin bends
Takaka Hill
That bloody climb never ends

BRIDGE
A
Ah oh, it's a long climb
Takes a long time

VERSE
Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill
Where's the top? There's no way of knowing
Takaka Hill
You think you've made it but it just keeps on going
Takaka Hill
Past cars with burnt out clutches
Takaka Hill
Other riders walking on crutches

BRIDGE

CHORUS
A
I want to climb it but I'm not very fit
It's just a hill son, get over it

VERSE
Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill
It keeps on going there's no respite
Takaka Hill
Must push on, you're running out of light
Takaka Hill
Pain is temporary, failure's forever
Takaka Hill
Stay on my wheel son, we'll make it together

BRIDGE

VERSE
Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill, Takaka Hill
It's just as terrible on the way down

Takaka Hill
Burning your breaks every corner you come round
Takaka Hill
Concentrating don't look over the edge
Takaka Hill
They'll find your body in a mess in a hedge

BRIDGE

CHORUS

Irretrievable childhood

VERSE
F
I once walked with joy through life
          Dm                       F
Saw the wonder in every sight
                        Bf             F
All was bright, all was new
                 Dm                  F
A will to learn a will to do
                           Bf                       C
But I grew up to fast and saw too much
                          Dm                     F
And now the magic has lost its touch
         Bf                        C
And I know an angel cried
             Bf                     F
When the child in me died

VERSE
When I was young the world was strong
I saw the good in everyone
Places felt new and seemed to glow
But it's faded away to a place I can't go
I try to revive it and draw it near

And I know an angel cried
When the child in me died

VERSE
I feel such sadness at what I've lost
In the race to grow up I found the cost
I didn't savour the tastes I tried
They were lost in the rush to get down
Now it's too late and I'll never get it back

And I know an angel cried
When the child in me died

Love is happiness

VERSE
B                                        A
It's not that I was outwardly rude
G#                                 G
I just didn't show my gratitude

So busy building up myself
I forgot about everyone else

CHORUS
Love is happiness
Happiness is love

VERSE
Just by simply saying thank you
For all the little things that you do
Gradually and slowly I saw
All I had to be thankful for

CHORUS

VERSE
So I've learnt now what it's about
You only get back what you put out
Not just generally good will
But a blazing unconditional pill

CHORUS

VERSE
It's impossible to be unhappy
When you're radiating out love
The single cause of ultimate joy
Is a pure feeling of love

CHORUS


The Collective

VERSE
G                                              C
Baby, I thought you'd always be there
G                                           C
Baby, I thought of you as a rock
D                        C
So I left you, all alone
D                          C
And you did fine, on your own
                 G
Without me

VERSE
Baby, I let you slip from my mind
Baby, you knew I wasn't true
Still I thought that, when I came back
We would get right, back on track
I was foolish

CHORUS
C                                                     D
Everything always works out for the best
C                                                       D
I'm happy now I've got this off my chest
C                         D
No look backs, no regrets
C                                                            D
We can both go on to bigger and brighter things

VERSE
Baby, this must be what I want
Baby, cos otherwise I'd stay
I want to, see you grow
And know that you can, happily go
Without me

VERSE
Baby, I wanted to see the world
Baby, we were both in a rut
I felt it now, and then
I'd do the same, again
Without me

CHORUS

VERSE
Baby, I've got to let you go
Baby, I harbour no regrets
After all, you're just a company
And you do fine, I can see

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Troubadour

Capo 4th

VERSE
B(G)
I'm a troubadour, it's my life
E(C)
Riding around the world on my bike
G#m(Em)
Some days you get sun
Some days you get rain
F#(D)
Some days you get wind and get blown back again

VERSE
I'm a troubadour, and I roam
Ain't got no place I call home
Sleep on other couches
In other's cars
But mostly sleep under the stars

VERSE
I'm a troubadour and I play
In a different town every day
The street light's my spotlight
The pavement's my stage
I'm a throwback to a bygone age

CHORUS
F#(D)     E(C)              B(C)
Some days don't go so well
F#(D)     E(C)              B(C)
Some days I'm tired as hell
G#m(Em)                 E(C)
I remember to count my blessings
G#m(Em)                 E(C)
Remember back to this
G#m(Em)                 E(C)         F#(D)
And say at least I wasn't in an office

VERSE
I'm a troubadour and I write
A new song every night
I write about people
The things that I've seen
I record the events from wherever I've been

VERSE
I'm a troubadour and I ride
All around the world on my bike
Some people say "wow"
Some people say "stay"
Some people say "please move away"

VERSE
I'm a troubadour I've come far
With my Martin travel guitar
People ask me
Every single day
"What kind of instrument is that you play?"

CHORUS

VERSE
I'm a troubadour and I've been
Around the world and I've seen
By bike and by car
By boat and by train
Got to learn how to fly an aeroplane

VERSE
I'm a troubadour and I play
In a different place everyday
In bars I tell stories


In cafes I croom

But the best shows are in people's living rooms
I'm a troubadour x3

Good life on the road

CHORUS
C                                    Am
It's a good life on the road
F                                              G
When you've got friends like these

It's a good life on the road
When you've got a smile on your face

It's a good life on the road
When you've got love in your heart

VERSE
C                                                                                            Am
Well we met up in Melbourne and readied our bikes for the road
Alec and Rory, as up for it as they could be
Veronica stayed there, back in mission control

BRIDGE
F
The stars were aligned, the wind was behind
G
I said it's going to be a beautiful day

CHORUS

VERSE
We busked in the small towns along Australia's coast
Young and old loved it "we need more of that round here"
The 'Port Pedallers' were a blast, the Strum Club so much fun
We met so many characters and every day was a blur

BRIDGE
We rode almost to Sydney, with the sun on our backs
You know it's going to be a beautiful day

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Em                                                              G
But it all went to shit, when we stayed in Byron Bay
We didn't record, life just happens that way
I hit the road with Maria, and a chapter ended there

BRIDGE
The morale of the story, is stay on your bike
If you want to have a beautiful day

CHORUS

Dumpster diving

VERSE
G
For some time now I've had my eye on you
Em
And to win your heart, I've made my mission to do
C                                                                                                D
It's gonna have to be something special, cos you're widely desired

VERSE
You're a healthy girl, who loves to cook and eat
And I know the way, that our hearts can meet
Together we'll create the biggest feast you've ever seen

BRIDGE
Even though I'm a poor man
I've got a secret plan
To the banquet of your dreams

Gonna take you...

CHORUS
G
Dumpster diving
C
Put you in the mood honey
D
Without spending any money
G
Dumpster diving

VERSE
Bring a torch and gloves, and a crate to stand on
And when jump in girl, choose something soft to land on
Then sink into the delights down below

It might look dirty, a bit of a mess
But open the black bags, food's sealed and fresh
All the food the supermarkets aren't allowed to sell

BRIDGE
It's easy just let go
There's one thing you should know
Don't open the meat bag

CHORUS

VERSE
I know the bakery with same day bread
The cheese cake shop
I'll take you to the finest spots in town

Some people say it's risky, but you'll find it fun
If security come, get ready to run
But it's not illegal, we're doing the world a favour

BRIDGE
We'll finish by the florists
I'll assemble you a stunning bouquet
To end our perfect day

CHORUS

OUTRO
Em
We'll pack it away in the middle of the night
             D
Then make love by the fridge light

CHORUS
Dumpster diving
Gonna make sweet love tonight
Dumpster diving
Gonna make a sweet tonight
Dumpster diving

MIDDLE
Unlike the food, I've found my mate
I know our love, won't have a sell-by date
A steady supply of food will preserve our love

OUTRO
I've got so many lyrics, so much to say
I'll put the rest in the freezer for another day

Hold on baby

VERSE
F#
I've seen you looking
B
At the other cars on the lot
F#
And I know you're thinking
C#
Whether you could do better than what you've got

VERSE
I know you're wondering
Whether you're ready for a change
And if it isn't time
You moved on again

CHORUS
But you've got to hold on baby
To the love we've got
Cos a love like this
Doesn't happen a lot

You've got to hold on baby
To the lover we have
Cos the love we have
Is a rare and beautiful thing

VERSE
I seen you dreaming
Of the other side of the hill
If the grass is greener
If you're young enough still

I watch you remember
Things you've had before
And thinking about
How you don't have them anymore

CHORUS

MIDDLE
D#m                  B
Thinking that way
D#m                  B
Won't make you happy no way
D#m                 
Because the moment
B                          C#
Will always get away

VERSE
I've seen you counting
Your options in your mind
Deciding whether
To run or be left behind

CHORUS

Liberate Libya

CHORUS
A
Liberate Libya, oh oh oh
E
Give it up Gadaffi, oh oh oh
D
Come on now you've come so far, oh oh oh
A
Carry on and you'll be free

VERSE
A
He is a sad man, no love in his heart
F#m
He is a mad man, falling apart
D
He is a bad man, an evil guy
E
He is a dead man, who knows the end is nigh

BRIDGE
D
And it won't be too long
D                                            E
Until his time has come and gone

CHORUS

VERSE
He is a stoner, out of his mind
He is a loner, one of a kind
He is a moaner, I've seen him on TV
He is a groaner, it's all me me me

BRIDGE and CHORUS

MIDDLE
D                             F#m
Freedom is the sole solution
D                               F#m
And we will fight for revolution
                         D
Set the people free
                         E
It's down to you and me

CHORUS

Please don't take my love

VERSE
C
Take my money
                   Am
I can make more
C
Take my home lord
                   Am
I'll build another
     F                                                             G     
Take my goods and wealth and all that I posess
F                  G                  C
But please don't take my love

VERSE
Take my sight
If she's gone there's nothing for me to see
Take my ears
Without her voice I don't want to hear
Strip me of all the senses that you bestowed
But please don't take my love

MIDDLE
Am                                 C
I've never been so scared
Am                             C
Never known such fear
Am                                               G
As the time, I feared I might lose you

I'd give up all I have
Now and forever more
If it would save, one hair upon your head

VERSE
Take my strength
I'll learn to crawl
Take my height
I don't fear the fall
Take my hope, character and all that makes me who I am
Just please don't take my love

VERSE
Take all I've grown
Give it back to the ground
Take what I've built
And break it down
What little wisdom I've learnt, give it back to the world
But please don't take my love


Friday, 27 May 2011

Under the stars

VERSE
F
When I first met you baby
I knew you were the one
You made me forget the daytime
Made me forget the sun

BRIDGE
Bf
Under the stars
Love, love, love
F
Under the stars

VERSE
Lying with you baby
Holding you in my arms
I've fallen for your magic
Got hooked up by your charms

BRIDGE

CHORUS
C                        Bf                       F
Could you make me love you anymore

VERSE
I want to freeze this moment
Have you always by my side
Life's a journey not a destination
And I want you for the ride

BRIDGE + CHORUS

VERSE - INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
When I look up baby
And see conseltations there
I can see our lives mapped out there
As if the heavens heard our prayers

BRIDGE

CHORUS x2

Oh Christchurch

VERSE
D
Oh Christchurch you are strong
G
You will remember all that has gone
D
And build again
G
And be reborn

VERSE
Oh Christchurch you are wise
You see how you know you'll be revived
And the souls lost then
Will be survived

CHORUS
G
As you grow
A
And rise
G
And bloom
A
Again

VERSE
Oh Christchurch this is your song
A memory to what has gone
On the fateful day
That the earth shook

Oh Christchurch you will rise
From the rubble and the fallen spires
To a greater strength
And spirits will lift

CHORUS

OUTRO
D
Oh Christchurch
A                              D
You will always be strong

Maria

VERSE
F Dm C
We met on a bicycle tour round New Zealand
I rode most of the way, you were known to hitchhike
Friends at first, but it developed
Sharing beds, it was inevitable

BRIDGE
Dm C
And we are happy now and in love
As you're dancing here by my side

CHORUS
F Dm C
Maria, oh amore
Maria, oh my love
Maria, Maria, Maria
Maria, Maria, Maria

VERSE
And now you're over here in Australia
Dancing exquisitly by my side
You intoxicate the passers by
With your poignant grace

BRIDGE
And all who see you are in love
As you're dancing here by my side

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Gm D
Who knew your legs could do so many things
Gm C
Catch an eye or catch a ride
Gm D
That your perfect pins also do cycling
Gm C
Takes my breath away

CHORUS

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Coffee lover

Capo 6

VERSE (F# A#m B C#)
C
She drinks coffee I drink tea
Em
I'm from England she's from Italy
F
She is my caffinated lover
G
That I've uncovered

She flits about on her caffeine high
Gets any higher then I think she'll fly
I won't bring her down
I just want to hang around

BRIDGE
Em Am F G
We've got a deep dark roasted love

CHORUS 1
C Am G
Cappuccino, Frappuccino, Macchiato, Espresso
C Am G
Latte, Frappe, Americano, Cortado

CHORUS 2
C Am G G
Coffee is the way to my lover's heart
C F G G
Coffee makes her love me more

VERSE
She likes her coffee strong and black
I've learnt to make it like that
I wake her up with the aroma
I'll get my barista diploma

I bring it to her when she's still in bed
We cuddle up under the spread
And as the coffee gets stronger
I know our love goes longer

BRIDGE and CHORUS

MIDDLE
Em
I've got to keep her up there
F
That's how she knows I care
Am
I'm putting caffeine in her food
G
To preserve her altitude

BRIDGE and CHORUS
Coffee is the way to my lover's heart
Coffe is the thing that she adores

Friday, 20 May 2011

Love like this

VERSE
G
Breakfasts sitting on the table
D
I made it specially for you babe
C                          D
I listen to you shower

We'll eat then go into the sunshine
Seize the day and all that we find
Afterwards we'll shut out the world

BRIDGE
Em          G
This is our time
Em           D
Yours and mine

CHORUS
G D
Who knew a love like this
C. G
In this age could still exist

Who knew a love like this
A world of sun and bliss

Am
And today is our day
C
Happy living our way
I want to be
Em D
Always in your arms

VERSE
Sitting at home waiting for you
The house is cold we both adore you
Waiting for your warmth

I hear your feet outside the front door
Your keys inside I'm waiting no more
I fall into your arms

BRIDGE

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Am. C
Can we freeze this moment?
Can we make time stand still?
Can we stay forever?
In this world of bliss
D
Cos today is....

CHORUS

Jailbait

VERSE
F#
Feisty teen
Dancing queen
Quite the dream
But not sixteen

Bf7
Wants to party
Wants to have fun
But not with you man
She's just too young

F#
Emancipated
Liberated
Young and free
But not educated

Bf7
Looks like a model
Sways like a lady
But dont be fooled
She's just a baby

BRIDGE
C
You can't look let alone even touch

CHORUS
F#
Jailbait jailbait oh oh
Jailbait jailbait no no

Bf7
Jailbait jailbait oh oh
Jailbait jailbait don't go

VERSE
She's utting it out there
Trying to score
But don't get caught
You know the law

Old enough to bleed's
Not old enough to butcher
Got any ideas?
I know where they'll put you

Her fathers a judge
Her brothers a policeman
Settle your affairs
If you're going to meet them

BRIDGE + CHORUS

MIDDLE
Gm                                                            Dm
Then when she says she want to be your baby
Gm                                              Am
Man you know that's just a bad idea
Gm                                                      Dm
You've got to wait til she turns into a lady
Gm                                          C
When she turns into a butterfly

CHORUS

Statuary rape