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Two

by Dan Raza

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1.
Silent's the night wind that blows through these quiet rooms Time's full of riddles and time's full of holes While angels are sleeping and the shepherd is gone Who'll rock the cradle and give you a home Gather your timber and go light a wild fire Burn all your dead wind on this November night Till the earth starts to tremble like a mother in fright Till the grieving is over and our spirits are light When the song's over and the last note's been played Your eyes search this same room but they cannot find me So throw off your old clothes and walk in new shoes And go find a new tune for these old memories The parched and the barren will stand by the waters The lost and the weary will come to know rest But all things in time, Lord, as we follow this road And search for the new star that shines in the west When the song's over and the last note's been played Your eyes search this same room but they cannot find me So throw off your old clothes and walk in new shoes And go find a new tune for these old memories ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Lawrie Wright - piano Geraint Watkins - organ Andy Dewar - drums Alan Gibson - bass, horns Barbara Bartz - violin Maria Rivington - backing vocals Dave Nichols - guitar Steve Simpson - mandolin
2.
Pay Day 03:32
Got a home that's broken, baby Got a home that's built on lies My mama's working in the kitchen Daddy's out there with a wandering eye Got a hammer and I'm gonna use it Gonna hit that baby hard Gonna bring your kingdom down, babe See it fall like a deck of cards Didn't mean no trouble, baby I let myself get carried away And I thought that I could run forever But pay day has to come some day Got a band that knows my music Got a band knows how to play But I lost my mojo, mamma I guess I'll get it back someday Got a mind that won't stop running Got a heart that skipped a beat And I feel like doing something stupid Running my mouth off in the street Didn't mean no trouble, baby I let myself get carried away And I thought that I could run forever But pay day has to come some day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Jamie Shaw - drums Guy Farrow - bass Barbara Bartz - violin Geraint Watkins - organ Lyle Zimmerman - bouzouki Maria Rivington - backing vocals Steve Simpson - guitar
3.
Old Ways 04:58
Well you and me, we're strangers and we know that We leave no trace as we run between these city walls But soon we'll find that's it taken years of our lives But I need you, baby Will you be the one to guide me Will you be the one to remind Will you follow where I have to go It's a lonely town and it's belly has grown swollen Crowds on the street, but there's something missing inside Hungry like the earth and restless right from our birth But I need you, baby Will you be the one to guide me Will you be the one to remind Will you show me where I have to go Comb your hair and step gaily, my darling Sing to me about the leaving of Liverpool Don't mourn for the wind for what you might have been Cos I need you, baby Will you be the one to guide me Will you be the one to remind Will you follow where I have to go Turn from the old ways, the December wind Turn from the one who let the darkness in ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Jamie Shaw - drums Guy Farrow - bass Barbara Bartz - violin Lawrie Wright - piano Geraint Watkins - organ Frank Mead - flute Alan Gibson - strings
4.
It's midnight and the wine's not working But she buys one more to pass the time And sways to the slow sad steps of a stranger And waits for the stars to return to the sky Crying eyes, crying eyes Crying eyes, no surprise Crying eyes, crying eyes Crying eyes, no surprise Her passport curled up in her pocket And her fingers trace the creases on the spine There's no shame in following your instinct And she can leave here anytime Crying eyes, crying eyes Crying eyes, no surprise Crying eyes, crying eyes Crying eyes, no surprise ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, banjo, guitar Des Horsfall - backing vocals BJ Cole - pedal steel Alan Gibson - bass, strings
5.
Sing me a song of tomorrow And help wipe the dust from my shoes I've got a long way to travel if I want to get over you Yes, I got a long way to travel And the hard part is yet to come But I can't help but look over my shoulder And I still can't believe that you're gone I don't believe in forever I only live for today Cos I've seen love as it's faded And watched as time's blown it away Now as I make my way through these dark streets Where the big yellow moon once had shone I can't help but look over my shoulder And I still can't believe that you're gone I reach for you in the night time And I still can't believe that you're gone ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Alan Gibson - bass, horns, piano Andy Dewar - drums Geraint Watkins - organ Dave Nichols - guitar
6.
Tonight we'll go dancing so put on your shoes The girls wear their dresses and the boy wear their suits We'll stay on the floor and call out for more And we'll dance till the music is through, that's for sure Rock with me, mamma, till morning is here Stick with me child and don't disappear Outside they're singing dirty old town And the rain comes tumbling down Don't shoot the stars down, babe Don't shoot the stars down, babe Don't shoot the stars down, babe Don't you shoot the stars down Darling companion i've seen the light Way in the distance getting dimmer each night Don't lead me to water if the well don't run Cos I've been waiting so long Don't shoot the stars down, babe Don't shoot the stars down Don't shoot the stars down, babe Don't you shoot the stars down ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Jamie Shaw - drums Guy Farrow - bass Barbara Bartz - violin Lyle Zimmerman - bouzouki Geraint Watkins - organ James Hayto - guitar Steve Simpson - mandolin
7.
As I watch the thief depart You lay your cold hands on my heart And I can't believe a word you say But it's not always been that way Where the rivers divide Stay on my side Where the rivers divide My hands draw circles on your skin And try to find out where you've been But it's too dark to see anything It's too dark to see Where the rivers divide Stay on my side Where the rivers divide ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Jamie Shaw - drums Guy Farrow - bass Barbara Bartz - violin Greg Holme - pedal steel Geraint Watkins - organ Maria Rivington - backing vocals Frank Mead - whistle
8.
Shadowlands 03:13
We're all orphans now they sold the soil beneath our heels And they taught us how to bend down and how to taste defeat Another flag is flying, I watched them plant it in the stone But I will not bow before it nor take it for my own Tonight I'm coming back to you and I'm beating on your door You cannot keep us kneeling nor hold us back for more I've travelled seven oceans across the shadowlands Tonight I'll sing hosanna with this guitar in my hand Beware the beggar leaving with his fingers full of gold We'll meet again up yonder where the final act unfold Try to shepherd us in circles and keep us in a box And they'll say they're here to free you while they tie you up in knots Tonight I'm coming back to you and I'm beating on your door You cannot keep us kneeling nor hold us back for more I've travelled seven oceans across the shadowlands Tonight I'll sing hosanna with this guitar in my hand Tonight I'm coming back to you and I'm beating on your door You cannot keep us kneeling nor hold us back for more I've travelled seven oceans across the shadowlands Tonight I'll sing hosanna with this guitar in my hand ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Jamie Shaw - drums Guy Farrow - bass Barbara Bartz - violin Lyle Zimmerman - guitar Geraint Watkins - organ
9.
Sometimes I long For my mother’s hand So tender so true To help shift the sand Send me little bit of love Back down the hill On the shoreline of hope A ship will come in And I feel like a rebel Waiting within Send me little bit of love Back down the hill I’m shedding some baggage And finding my wings And learning to let go And the freedom it brings Send me little bit of love Back down the hill You bided your time To get your revenge Was it really that sweet To taste in the end ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Lawrie Wright - piano, guitar, backing vocals Alan Gibson - bass Maria Rivington - backing vocals Dave Nichols - guitar
10.
Stars that shine Stars that have no meaning Stars that once burned in your eyes Young love is sweet But old love runs deeper Just like the river into the sea But every pearl that has fallen from the string And every girl I let slip away from me Stars that shine Stars that have no meaning Stars that fall so easily I found the ring That once graced her finger Locked away in a dusty drawer She told me things But kept behind some secrets I guess she'll never tell them all About the dreams of a young girl from the North About the rose in her hair that she wore About stars that shine Stars that have no meaning Stars that will out-run us all Stars that will out-run us all ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar BJ Cole - pedal steel Alan Gibson - bass, strings Geraint Watkins - piano Andy Dewar - drums Maria Rivington - backing vocals Dave Nichols - guitar
11.
Drifting 03:43
The hour's drawing nearer, the silence brings a prayer There's starlight on the water and a ghost upon the stair The letter on my table is 2 days old Drifting, put on my winter coat and i'm drifting here where the shadows grow, I'm drifting I shut my eyes and I just go Drifting When November nights I'd wander down the streets towards the Thames There's lovers on the pier and I'd sit and I'd watch them The Christmas lights are shining red and gold Drifting, put on my winter coat and i'm drifting here where the shadows grow. I'm drifting I shut my eyes and I just go Drifting we walk alone sometimes, drifting just like the orphan child, drifting and we're running out of time I know we're running out of time Drifting we walk alone sometimes, drifting just like the orphan child, drifting and we're running out of time I know we're running out of time ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, banja, guitar Dave Nichols - guitar Frank Mead - whistle Alan Gibson - bass Jamie Shaw - drums Barbara Bartz - violin Maria Rivington and James Hayto - backing vocals Charlie Hart - accordion
12.
You can walk away now into the night And leave no shadow nor trace behind The sun has set and no more will it rise You left me standing 'neath the Galway lights As the years pass and the earth divides You say the road just ain't that wide You took from me the one thing that I prized And left me standing 'neath the Galway Lights Taxis and buses they roll by in the rain But it's too late now to return back home again All has changed Flashes of silver and gold up in the sky All our dreams have fallen from the sky And you're leaving now and you're travelling light The engines roar into the night And like a rooster that couldn't fly You left me standing in the Galway lights You left me standing in the Galway lights ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dan Raza - vocals, guitar Jamie Shaw - drums Guy Farrow - bass Barbara Bartz - violin Lawrie Wright - piano Geraint Watkins - organ Dave Nichols - guitar

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Written and produced by Dan Raza

Mixed by Andrea Lepori @ The Mix Room. London
Mastered @ Blue Mountain Mastering, Nashville
www.mixroom.co.uk

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released July 7, 2017

Recorded at Rock of London and the Mix Room by Andrea Lepori,
except:
'Don't Shoot The Stars Down' by Simon Alpin at Reservoir Studios with additional recording by Andrea Lepori and James Hayto

"Back Down The Hill' by Sean Woodlock at Rock of London with additional recording by Andrea Lepori and Lawrie Wright

'Pay Day, Old Ways', 'Midnight and the Wine', 'Stars That Shine' and 'Still can't believe that you're gone' by Paul Williams at various locations with additional recording by Andrea Lepori, Sean Woodlock, Alan Gibson and BJ Cole.

front cover: Paul Martin, rear cover: Colin Bodiam
design: Amy Bodiam at 4T4

This album is dedicated to Fiona Struthers, Pete Keeley, Jim Rhodes and Richard Scruton

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Dan Raza London, UK

"The Real Deal"
- Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

“A writer who has matured into one of this country’s finest”
- Country Music Magazine

Dan Raza is one of the mainstays of the London singer-songwriter scene.

His song, ‘Every Little Dog’ was featured on Neil Young's Living With War website.

Dan also hosts radio show Spirit & Roots: www.mixcloud.com/dan-raza/
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