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ODESSA (1969)

Odessa (city on the Black Sea) / You'll never see my face again / Black diamond / Marley purt drive / Edison / Melody fair / Suddenly / Whisper whisper / Lamplight / Sound of love / Give your best / Seven seas symphony (Instrumental)/ I laugh in your face / Never say never again / First of May / The British Opera (Instrumental).


ODESSA

Fourteenth of February, eighteen ninety-nine,
the British ship Veronica was lost without a sign.

Baa baa black sheep,
you haven't any wool.
Captain Richardson
left himself a lonely wife in Hull.

Cherub,
I lost a ship in the Baltic sea.
I'm on an iceberg running free.

Sitting,
filing this berg to the shape of a ship;
sailing my way back to your lips.
One passing ship gave word that
you have moved out of your old flat,
you love the Vicar more then words can say.
Tell him to pray
that I won't melt away and I'll see your face again.

Odessa, how strong am I?
Odessa, how time goes by.

Treasure,
you know the neighbours that live next door,
they haven't got their dog anymore.

Freezing,
sailing around in the North Atlantic,
can't seem to leave the sea anymore.
I just can't understand
why you just moved to Finland.
You love that Vicar more then words can say.
Ask him to pray
that I won't melt away and I'll see your face again.

Odessa, how strong am I?
Odessa, how time goes by.

Oooh, ooooh....
Fourteenth of February, eighteen ninety-nine,
the British ship Veronica was lost without a sign.


YOU'LL NEVER SEE MY FACE AGAIN

Every single word has been spoken;
it's much too late to change your ways.
Far too many vows have been broken;
you can't expect a soul to stay.

You think that you can stand and lie;
it makes me laugh. You've got no friends;
it took a thousand years to find out why.
You'll never see my face again.

You know that you've been left before this night;
it's come my turn to make it over.
I wish that everything was coloured white.
I wish that I could be a rover.

You think that you can stand and lie;
it makes me laugh. You've got no friends;
it took a thousand years to find out why.
You'll never see my face again.

Every single word has been spoken;
it's much too late to change your ways.
Far too many vows have been broken;
you can't expect a soul to stay.

You think that you can stand and lie;
it makes me laugh. You've got no friends;
it took a thousand years to find out why.
You'll never see my face again.
You'll never see my face again.
You'll never see my face again.
You'll never see my face again.
You'll never see my face again.


BLACK DIAMOND

Where are you? I love you.
Where are you? I love you.
Where are you to keep me warm?

I had a dream
of a place far away.
I followed a river
where the dead man would play.

And I'm leaving in the morning.
And I'm leaving in the morning.

And I won't die, so don't cry, I'll be home,
those big black diamonds that lie there for me
by the tall white mountains which lie by the sea.

I knew a man,
whom was tall as the sky,
followed a river
where thousands had died.

And he was leaving in the morning.
Oh no, he was leaving in the morning.

Said: If I come home and my woman has flown,
oh big black diamonds that lie there for me
by the tall white mountains which lie by the sea.

Oh oh oh oh oh...
Say goodbye to auld lang syne.
Say goodbye to auld lang syne.
Say goodbye to auld lang syne....


MARLEY PURT DRIVE

Sunday morning, woke up yawning, filled the pool for a swim,
pulled down the head and looked in the glass just to see if I was in,
went up the stairs and kissed my woman to make her come alive
'cause with fifteen kids and a family on the skids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.
Fifteen kids and a family on the skids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.

That's how they are, so I grabbed out the car, convertible fifty-nine,
headed to the freeway, tried to find the Pasadena sign.
Ten miles and three quarters, I wasn't feeling any more alive,
'cause with fifteen kids and a family on the skids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.
Fifteen kids and a family on the skids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.

I used to be a minstrel free with a whole lot of bread in my bag.
I used to feel that my life was real, but the good Lord threw me a snag.
Now I'm gonna be the same as me, no matter how I try.
'Cause with fifteen kids and a family on the skids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.
Fifteen kids and a family on the skids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.

Turned 'round the car and headed for home; I guess I realized my fate.
Ten miles and three quarters more, I pulled up outside the gate.
Twenty more kids were stood inside and that made thirty-five.
'Cause with an orphanage full of thirty-five kids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.
An orphanage full of thirty-five kids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.

Sunday morning woke up yawning, filled the pool for a swim,
pulled down the glass and looked in the mirror just to see if I was in,
went up the stairs and kissed my woman to make her come alive,
'cause with an orphanage full of thirty-five kids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.
An orphanage full of thirty-five kids,
I got to go for a Sunday drive.

Ooh...


EDISON

Aaah...
He made electric lights to read.
He gave us light today.
He gave us cylinders to please,
when Edison came to stay,
Edison came to stay.

Edison set the world on fire.
He really made the day.
Station to station, many wires.
Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay.

Oh, how, look at us now.
We've still got a lot to learn.
But it's someone else's turn.
Edison's here to stay.
Edison's here to stay.

Aaah...
All of the world can taste his glory.
All of the people say
You´ll be the man to write his story.
Edison's here to stay.
Edison's here to stay.

Oh, how, look at us now.
We've still got a lot to learn.
But it's someone else's turn.
Edison's here to stay.
Edison's here to stay.

He made electric lights to read.
He gave us light today.
He gave us cylinders to please,
when Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay.

You'll be the man to write his story.
Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay.

Aaah...
All of the world can hear his story.
Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay.
Edison came to stay..


MELODY FAIR

Who is the girl with the crying face
looking at millions of signs?
She knows that life is a running race,
her face shouldn't show any line.

Melody Fair, won't you comb your hair? Ah...
You can be beautiful too.
Melody Fair, remember you're only young once.
Melody Fair, remember you're only a girl.
Ah...

Who is the girl at the window pane
watching the rain falling down?
Melody, life isn't like the rain,
it's just like a merry-go-round.

Melody Fair, won't you comb your hair? Ah...
You can be beautiful too.
Melody Fair, remember you're only young once.
Melody Fair, remember you're only a girl.
Ah...

Who is the girl with the crying face
looking at millions of signs?
She knows that life is a running race,
her face shouldn't show any lines.

Melody Fair, won't you comb your hair? Ah...
You can be beautiful too, too, too, too, too.
Melody Fair, remember you're only young once.
Melody Fair, remember you're only a girl.
Ah....


SUDDENLY

How can you tell by looking at me,
how can you tell you like what you see?
Suddenly there's a boy in the rain alone.
Suddenly there's a girl in the rain alone.

Oh yeah.
How can you tell humans are real?
How can you tell you like what you feel?
Suddenly there's a girl in your heart, oh boy.
Suddenly there's a boy in your heart, oh boy.
Yeah, yeah, aaaah....

Yeah, how can you tell by looking at me,
how can you tell you like what you see?
Suddenly there's a boy in the rain alone.
Suddenly there's a girl in the rain alone.
Aaaah...


WHISPER WHISPER

Whisper, whisper, what have you got?
I've got something that you need a lot.
Stop me and buy one.
You can see better but you'd better not.

Listen, mister, can you help me?
It's my sister, show her how to fly.
Stop me and try one.
You can see everything blowing by.

Whisper, whisper, keep it quiet.
If you like it you can try it too.
Stop me and buy one.
I am illegal, that means so are you.

Whisper, whisper, what have you got?
I've got something that you need a lot.
Stop me and buy one.
You can see better but you'd better not.
Whisper, whisper, whisper, whisper.
Whisper, whisper, whisper, whisper.

I am man and you are woman.
Who needs marriage? We are humans all.
If I could please you, arouse and ease you,
then it would please you if I should call.
Doesn't matter what your name is,
I can do a million things to you.
No explanations, sexual patience,
most of the nation's doing it too.
No no no
No no


LAMPLIGHT

Encore, viens encore, cherie.
J'attendait année après an
sous la lampe dans notre vieille avenue.

(Come home again, dear.
I have waited year after year
under the lamp in our old avenue.)

10:05 a.m.
she had things to buy.
I close my eyes,
yet I don't know why.

I gave her money.
Said she knew someone,
and she said she wouldn't be long.

Lamplight, keep on burning
while this heart of mine is yearning.
Lamplight, keep on burning
till this love of yours is mine.

I sat alone
with my thoughts and laughed.
Then saw your face
in an old photograph.

I didn't think
that I could live without you,
but what am I to do?

Lamplight, keep on burning
while this heart of mine is yearning.
Lamplight, keep on burning
till this love of yours is mine.

Come home again, dear.
I have waited year after year
under the lamp in our old avenue.

If all in the world that's laughing,
why should it make us cry?

Ah...


SOUND OF LOVE

See the children play the ball.
See them play along the hall.
It makes me cry to see them smile.

I see the moon, I see the sky.
I see reflections in my eyes.
And there's no one to share my life.

I need a life to go my way.
So every night I pray.
Just give me someone for my life.

I feel a clown.
People try to play me down.
And there's one thing I never found.
The sound of love.

See the old man walk the lane.
See him walk along in pain.
It makes me cry to see them smile.

I watch the moon, I watch the sky.
I see reflections in my eyes.
And there's no one to share my life.

I need a life to go my way.
So every night I pray.
Just give me someone for my life.

I feel a clown.
People try to play me down.
And there's one thing I never found.
The sound of love.

The sound of love.
Everybody loves the sound of love.
Everybody loves the sound of love.
Everybody loves the sound of love.
Everybody loves the sound of love. Oh.
Everybody loves the sound of love.
Everybody loves the sound of love.


GIVE YOUR BEST

It's a square dance Mr Marshall.
It's a square dance on the floor.
It's a square dance Mr Perkins.
It's a square dance to be sure, to be sure.

Mrs Ralley! Grab the partners.

I'm just a clown that used to run around.
I used to have a million friends.
I used to start where everybody ends.
But I just give my best to my friends.

Ah.
I've done my shows.
Everybody knows.
I nearly sold all my clothes.
One man can give, another has to lend.
So I just give my best to my friends.
And so you should.

And when you think that your life isn't right.
You know the day isn't always like night.
You've had your peace, now it's time for you to fight.
Just give your best to your friends.

I'm just a clown that used to run around.
I used to have a million friends.
I used to start where everybody ends.
So I just give my best to my friends.

And when you think that your life isn't right.
You know the day isn't always like night.
You've had your peace, now it's time for you to fight.
Just give your best to your friends.
Ha ha. And when you think that your life isn't right.
You know the day isn't always like night.
You've had your peace, now it's time for you to fight.
Just give your best to your friends.
And just give your best to your friends.


I LAUGH IN YOUR FACE

The circus is coming to see you.
The elephant smiles.
Everybody can hear you
say that's out of style.

My brother is friendly for reasons,
if I am the same.
Just for four hundred seasons
we all live in rain.

So I laugh in your face.
You’re only one race.
Yes, I laugh in your face
and I'm right.

You lie just like the rest.
But there's nobody best.
So I laugh in your face
and I'm right.

I'll pull out your plug
so you're small.
You'll slide down the drain.
On the steps of St. Peter's,
you all look the same.

So I laugh in your face.
You’re only one race.
Yes, I laugh in your face
and I'm right.

You lie just like the rest.
But there's nobody best.
So I laugh in your face
and I'm right.

The circus is coming to see you.
The elephant smiles.
Everybody can hear you
say that's out of style.

So I laugh in your face.
You're only one race.
Yes, I laugh in your face
and I'm right.

You lie just like the rest.
But there's nobody best.
So I laugh in your face
and I'm right.


NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

Your lips could never show a smile.
You never tried, you just put me in a file.
I never lived inside your hole, child.
I thought you needed me.
I never had no style.

Never say, never say never again.
Never say, never say never again.
You said goodbye, I declared war on Spain.
Never say, never say never again

Your eyes could never show a grin.
You never tried, you just put me in a tin.
I never lived inside your hole child.
You know I needed you.
And look at the shape I'm in.

Never say, never say never again.
Never say, never say never again.
You said goodbye, I declared war on Spain.
Never say, never say never again.

Your lips could never show a smile.
You never tried, you just put me in a file.
I never lived inside your hole child.
I thought you needed me.
I never had no style.

Never say, never say never again.
Never say, never say never again.
You said goodbye, I declared war on Spain.
Never say, never say never again.

Never say, never say never again
Never say, never say never again
You said goodbye, I declared war on Spain.
Never say, never say never again.

Never, never,
never, never.
Never.


FIRST OF MAY

When I was small
and Christmas trees were tall,
we used to love while others used to play.

Don't ask me why,
but time has passed us by,
someone else moved in from far away.

Now we are tall,
and Christmas trees are small,
and you don't ask the time of day.

But you and I,
our love will never die,
but guess we'll cry,
come first of May.

The apple tree
that grew for you and me,
I watched the apples falling one by one.

And I recall the moment of them all,
the day I kissed your cheek
and you were gone.

Now we are tall,
and Christmas trees are small,
and you don't ask the time of day.

But you and I,
our love will never die,
but guess we'll cry,
come first of May.

When I was small
and Christmas trees were tall,
do do do do, do do do do.

Don't ask me why,
but time has passed us by,
some one else moved in from far away.

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