Daryl Runswick and Kerry Lee Crabbe

Songs Volume 6

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The songs in this Volume come from the years 1975-80 and include those not represented in our studio recordings (Volumes 1 and 2 of this collection). Because those years are so well represented there, only seven songs remain to give you. Three were newly recorded in 2011, one in 2015, three are demos dating from the years of their composition and one is taken from a commercially-issued record.

Sky Crying Rain is the theme song from the 1980 BBC TV series Maybury starring Patrick Stewart just before he became Jean-Luc Picard. It was issued as a single and I've rescued it as best I can from the vinyl.

Of the demos, two were intended for a woman to sing (I do them here). Funny Guy comes from a two-hander music-theatre piece Kerry and I wrote but which was never performed. I Like It Here was written for possible inclusion in Cleo Laine's One More Day album but missed the cut. Deadly Night's Shade 1 is a home demo recorded on noisy low-quality domestic equipment in 1977. Most of our songs originally sounded like this before I gave them the full studio treatment. This is how Kerry would often first have heard what had been done to his words. Deadly Night's Shade 2 is a 2015 studio remake.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[ 1 ]    True And A Lie

 

I'm alive
I'm alive and well
and living in London
and I can't
can't believe my luck
after what I've been through
I'm alive
I'm alive and I'm well
and I'm living in London
that's my story, anyway
so how about you?

Did you move
did you move on out
back into the country
like you said
you said time and again
you would do when you were free
is it all
is it all that you want
is it flowers and bonfires
what's your story, anyway
do you think about me?

And do the windows open out to the trees?
do the trees open out to the sky?
do you sit on the terrace in the breeze
(is it true or a lie?)
while youre arms get tanned
and a ladybird lands on your hand?
are there meadows are there hills?
and butterflies
on windowsills?

It's a year
it's a year and a half
and more since we parted
and I can't
can't believe the way
the time has flown by
do you know
do you know what I mean
when I say we're just started
that's my story, anyway
and it's true and a lie


Composed 1975, revised 2005.
Daryl, vocals, piccolo bass guitar, sequenced backing.

 

[ 2 ]    Sun Dance

 

                   Slow down            slow down
                   life is looking good
                   hoe-downs           show-downs
                   across the neighbour
                   the neighbourhood
                   unwind                 bump and grind
                   mamma said you could
                   some chance         sun dance
                   always said you would
             Sun dance                            you need it now
             Sun dance                            I'll show you how
             Sun dance                            holy cow
             Sun dance                            feeling good

                   Wake up               make up
                   life is looking good
                   break up               shake up
                   'cross the neighbour
                   the neighbourhood
                   unwind                 bump and grind
                   mamma said you could
                   some chance         sun dance
                   always said you would
             Sun dance                            you need it now
             Sun dance                            I'll show you how
             Sun dance                            well holy cow
             Sun dance                            feeling good

             Sun Dance                            sun dance
             till the sun goes down
             it's a wurlitzer world
             and a tambourine town
             get the flags unfurled
             let your hair hang down
             don't slow down
             don't slow down
             don't

                                              slow down
                   life is looking good
                   hoe-downs           show-downs
                   'cross the neighbour
                   the neighbourhood
                   unwind                 bump and grind
                   mamma said you could
                   some chance         sun dance
                   always said you would
             Sun dance                            you need it now
             Sun dance                            I'll show you how
             Sun dance                            (well) holy cow
             Sun dance                            feeling good


Composed 1980, revised 2005.
Daryl, vocals, Hammond organ, sequenced backing.

 

[ 3 ]    Sky Crying Rain

 

The pane is cracking, there's a hole in the sky
It's black as the blues out there (in here), it's sharp as a cry
Cold (hot) as a teardrop in a hurricane's eye
Time out of mind I want to lay down and die.
          In a cell in my brain
          The sky's crying rain.

I've seen the Mad Hatter with a price on his head
Playing cards scattered and the white rose bled
Looking glass shattered, the flamingos fled
Just like the dodo I could lay down dead.
          In some cell in my brain
          There's a crack in the pane
          And the sky's crying rain.

I'm on the outside looking in
Thunder rolls over me and under my skin
As black as the blues out there it's bitter as sin
I don't know how to stop or where to begin.
          Cause I'm spinning again
          Round a cell in my brain
          And the sky's crying rain.


Composed and recorded in 1980.
Daryl, vocals, electric piano, bass guitar.
Paul Hart, synth. Stan Sulzman, soprano sax.
John Marshall, drums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ 1, 2, 4]
 


[ 3, 5, 6]
[ 7 ]
 

Recorded at The DReam Room, London.
Sequenced 2005-2011.
Live recordings and mixing February 2011.
Recorded at Essex Music Studios, London, 1979-80.
Version 1 recorded at home, London NW7, 1977.
Version 2 recorded at Coiano, Italy, 2015.

 

 

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[ 4 ]    Troubadour

 

Well he's a little bit good with the music
and he ain't too bad at the rhymes
and that's all you need to make a heart or two bleed
and fix you a few good times
cos he can sing in the back of a beat-up van
or he can sing with a band on the stage
and he doesn't give a damn if he's an also-ran
if he's picking up a living wage

He can sing a few bars of the blues in the night
and he can laugh and he can cry you shame
he knows how to lead you into a song
and no two nights are the same
well he's only a travelling troubadour
he's been around since the world began
and it may be the second-oldest trade
under the rising sun

Well he's only a travelling troubadour
he's only a travelling troubadour
he's only a travelling troubadour
he's been around since the world began
and it may be the second-oldest trade
under the rising sun

He hits the sack when the sun comes up
and he lives for the midnight hours
he can keep himself going on cigarettes
and a couple of whiskey-sours
and half of his life is in studios
and the other half is on wheels
and half of the time life is roses and wine
then it's back to those motorway meals

It's been months since he slept without dreaming
it's been a year since he slept alone
he hangs on to home by the skin of his teeth
and the cord of a telephone
he's only a travelling troubadour
he's been around since the world began
and it may be the second-oldest trade
under the rising sun

Well he's only a travelling troubadour
he's only a travelling troubadour
he's only a travelling troubadour
he's been around since the world began
and it may be the second-oldest trade
under the rising sun


Composed 1975.
Daryl, vocals, piccolo bass guitar, sequenced backing.

 

[ 5 ]    Funny Guy

 

Funny guy –
you don't see eyes so soft and grey,
such humble pie,
such nerve and such naïveté
every day –
not every day.
(You funny guy.)

Funny night –
I tried so hard to be blasé...
not very bright.
Small wonder that he ran away.
I'll spend today
in disarray.
(My funny guy.)

          You crazy clown –
          you picked me up, you put me down,
          shook me like an eiderdown
          and left my whole world upside-down
          – you tumbledown
          mean, low-down
          crazy clown.

Funny man –
such silly things you had to say...
You hit and ran –
please call again another day,
any day.
Yes, any day,
you funny man.
(My funny, funny man.)


Composed and recorded in 1980.
Daryl, vocals, piano.

 

[ 6 ]    I Like It Here

 

I like it here
we'll eat pizza tonight
by candlelight
Oh, I like it alright

Mmm, I like it here
sitting watching our wine
disappear
Oh, I like it just fine

             Home is where the heart is
             & my heart is home at last
             we'll build a fire, we'll build a future
             sit and dream about the past
                   and whenever I come home at night
                   you're there to hide me
                   and whenever I go out at night
                   you're there beside me
                   and every time I feel I need you
                   I feel you
                   inside me
                   and I like it

Oh, I like it here
No more doubt or fear
there's a world to hold
and it's all pure gold
don't you like it here.


Composed and recorded in 1979.
Daryl, vocals, piano.

 

[ 7 ]    Deadly Night's Shade 1&2

 

See a girl
on a crowded train
scared of goin'
home again
waits till daylight
starts to fade
lookin' for deadly night's shade

City girl
in an empty street
frightened by
the sound of feet
hides beside
the penny arcade
learnin' 'bout deadly night's shade

           Stands alone at Leicester Square
           rainbow face in a neon glare
           can't shake off mistakes she's made
           lost in deadly night's shade

Rememberin'
the man she loves
breathin' hard
against her gloves
hopin' dawn
is gonna trade
winter light for deadly night's shade


Version 1 composed and recorded 25th April 1977.
Daryl, vocals, piano.
Version 2 recorded 21-22 June 2015.
Daryl vocals, sequenced backing, piccolo bass guitar.