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IDEA (1968)

Let there be love / Kitty can / In the summer of his years / Indian gin and whisky dry / Down to earth / Such a shame / I've gotta get a message to you / Idea / When the swallows fly / I have decided to join the Airforce / I started a joke / Kilburn Towers / Swan song.


LET THERE BE LOVE

Let there be love,
so I can be loved by you
in Paradise Avenue.

Let there be life,
so everyone lives to love.
Let it happen to me and you.

I am a man,
so take me for what I am.
I'll never have everything,
but let there be love.
Let there be love,
let there be love.

I can be nothing,
or I can be something,
I've got to give you my life.

I'm tired of living
without your giving.
I've got to get you for my wife.

Can't hold on much longer.
Feeling's getting stronger.
I never begged,
but I'm begging now.

Let there be love,
so I can be loved by you
in Paradise Avenue, oh yeah.

Let there be life,
so we can all live to love
and let it be both of us.

I am a man,
so take me for what I am
I'll never have everything,
but let there be love.
Let there be love,
let there be love.


KITTY CAN

Eve never pleases me and Kitty can.
Eve never pleases me and Kitty can.

When Kitty smiles, the world stands still,
I see a thousand golden daffodils.
But when she cries, the world just dies,
I see a million tears in Kitty's eyes.

Eve never pleases me and Kitty can.
Eve never pleases me and Kitty can.

Now Eve is bad and treats me cruel.
She likes to see me looking like a fool.
I find a way with words I say
to be in love in such a lonely way.

Eve never pleases me and Kitty can.
Eve never pleases me and Kitty can.

Now they are two and I am one.
I cannot fall in love with everyone.
So I must choose between the two.
Made up my mind, now I am choosing you.

She never pleases me and Kitty can.
Eve never pleases me and Kitty can.
Oooh...


IN THE SUMMER OF HIS YEARS

In the summer of his years
he would always smile.
He would laugh every day
if he was here to stay
for the summer of his years.

In the daylight of his dreams
he would save his tears.
He would always hear
when there was no one near
for the summer of his years.

Ah...
For the summer of his years.
For the summer of his years.
Ah, ah.


INDIAN GIN AND WHISKY DRY

All day, all night you feel as if the earth could fly.
Three more all for fine Indian gin and whisky dry,
fine Indian gin and whiskey dry.

Small town, closed down,
there's nowhere else around to try.
Disturbingly a voice would cry:
'Go home, no loan.
You'll have you gin and whisky dry,
you'll have your gin and whisky dry'.

Four, ten, four men
lining up for their handy brandy.
All's gone, you're none,
came the bartender's reply.
But I've tried and I'm tied
to Indian gin and whisky dry,
to Indian gin and whisky dry....


DOWN TO EARTH

Hello there, is there any air?
Can you slow me down?
Can you believe that what you see
could never ever be so real somehow?

Down to earth, my merry men.
There's some help needed here and you're there.
You can see if you stand on your chair
that there's millions and millions and
millions and millions of people like ...

Hello there, do you really care?
Have you time to learn?
Could you believe that what you read?
One thousand pages couldn't tell you why.

Down to earth, my merry men.
There's some help needed here and you're there.
You can see if you stand on your chair
that there's millions and millions and
millions and millions of people like you.

That there's millions and millions and
millions and millions of people like you.


SUCH A SHAME

All that I hear doesnt feel right.
Don't call me 'till you're all right.
I listened and I heard but don't tell me.
La de da...

Once in a while he says good night.
Will I care if sometimes he is right?
What a shame, it's the same each day.
La de da...

Oh how I tried! I just sat and then I cried.
Maybe I'm wrong or will I find out when I'm gone?

There is so much fun in my leisure.
Don't bother me, man, just stay there.
If it's a sin, I'll convert me astray.
La de da...

Come be home with me, it's not a shame for you to see.
Oh let it be and you'll miss reality.


I'VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU

The preacher talked to me and he smiled.
Said, 'Come and walk with me, come and walk one more mile.
Now for once in your life you're alone,
but you ain't got a dime, there's no time for the phone.'

I've just gotta get a message to you,
hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through,
hold on, hold on.

I told him I'm in no hurry,
but if I broke her heart, then won't you tell her I'm sorry.
And for once in my life I'm alone,
and I've got to let her know
just in time before I go.

I've just gotta get a message to you,
hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through,
hold on, hold on.

Well I laughed but that didn't hurt,
and it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt.
Now I'm crying but deep down inside,
well I did it to him, now it's my turn to die.

I've just gotta get a message to you,
hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through,
hold on, hold on.

I've just gotta get a message to you,
hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through,
hold on, hold on.


IDEA

I been thinking sitting on a pole.
I'm getting sick of doing what I'm told.
Just me and the mirror and my brain.
But that was when I got an idea.
Came like a gun and shot in my ear.
Don't you think it's time you got up and stood alone?

Fifteen years I lay down on the ground.
I couldn't feel any noise or hear any sound.
Fifteen million years I spent down the line.
But that was when I got an idea.
Came like a gun and shot in my ear.
Don't you think it's time you got up and stood alone?

Get up and stand alone.
Aah...

That was when I got an idea.
It came like a gun and shot in my ear.
Don't you think it's time you got up and stood alone?

Get up and stand alone.
Aah. (I got an idea)...


WHEN THE SWALLOWS FLY

I wander lonely as a cloud.
I keep my head above the crowd.
Ain't nobody else as big as me.

But I must remember friends.
What has to start just has to end.
Everybody's got a destiny.

And I know when the swallows flies.
Yes, I know, and the earth just dies.
Then I'll be told what I am.
The swallow and me.

I'll look after number one.
I'll forget the beggar's son.
Everybody's got to stay alive.

I'll keep walking amongst the clouds.
I'll keep my head above the crowd.
I'll watch them live, I'll watch them die.

And I know when the swallows flies.
Yes, I know, and the earth just dies.
Then I'll be told what I am.
The swallow and me.

Yes, I know when the swallows flies.
Yes, I know, and the earth just dies.
Yes, I know when the swallow flies.
Yes, I know, and the earth just dies.


I'VE DECIDED TO JOIN THE AIR FORCE

Mother, I'm going to join the Air Force today.
I don't care what the neighbours may say,
but I'm going to join the Air Force today.

Mother, I don't care what my father might think.
Perhaps it's going to drive him to drink.
But I don't care what my father might think.

Don't ask me why, it's my mind and it's right.
Don't ask me why, it's my mind,
It's better, it's better than being alone,
alone on the ground. Now I find.

Mother, I've got to join the Air Force, you see.
I've seen my friends and they all agree
that's it's better than joining the army or going to sea.

Mother, I've got to join the Air Force, you see
I've seen my friends and they all agree
that's it's better than joining the army or going to sea.
Mother, mother, mother.


I STARTED A JOKE

I started a joke,
which started the whole world crying,
but I didn't see
that the joke was on me, oh no.

I started to cry,
which started the whole world laughing.
Oh, if I'd only seen
that the joke was on me.

I looked at the skies,
running my hands
over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed,
hurting my head
from things that I'd said.

Til I finally died,
which started the whole world living.
Oh, if I'd only seen
that the joke was on me.

I looked at the skies,
running my hands
over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed,
hurting my head
from things that I'd said.

Til I finally died,
which started the whole world living.
Oh, if I'd only seen, oh yeah,
that the joke was one me, oh no,
that the joke was one me, oooooh.


KILBURN TOWERS

I am a bird. Watch me go drifting by.
With my feathers of power I laugh as the hours go slowly by.
That could mean everything.
I am a street watching the people walk.
As I listen their conversations glisten as they start to talk.
Then I hear everything.

Little white jug, me and Kilburn Towers,
as we sit on the hill and we drink and we swill
till the early hours,
Then I am everything.
Little white jug and me and Kilburn Towers.

That could mean everything.

Little white jug, me and Kilburn Towers,
as we sit on the hill and we drink and we swill
till the early hours,
Then I am everything.

Little white jug and me and Kilburn Towers.
Little white jug and me and Kilburn Towers....


SWAN SONG

This is my swan song.
Whatever I do now, I do it well.
This is my swan song.
I fell in love with you, I love you well.

And if the Lord provides the music
for the world around to sing,
my love will build a castle in the air.

This is my last chance,
a chance to show the world that I am strong.
This is my last dance.
I'm walking off the floor where I belong.

And if the Lord provides the music
for the world around to sing,
my love will build a castle in the air.

La.....

And if the Lord provides the music
for the world around to sing,
my love will build a castle in the air.

This is my swan song.
I fell in love with you, I love you well,
I love you well, I love you well.

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