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Book of Shadows

My darling gave me a book of shadows
I tried to hold it in my hand
My fingers closed on shattered promise
It was a gift I did not understand

In the darkness of days that followed
Her book of shadows sheltered me
From the good cheer and bright tomorrows
That in my sorrow I could not bear to see

Time does not heal, pain has not made me stronger
I am broken, in ways you cannot see
When I feel I can't walk in sunlight any longer
Her book of shadows gives me somewhere to be free

When her night fell, I wished it were mine
Sure the world had nothing left to show
But her shadows prove the sunshine
Love is pain, and love is how we grow

RIP Alex - March 1992 to July 2005
Love forever, Mum

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Shades of Grey

There's a hundred different shades of grey, we find the truth where we may, and everybody lies, but not like you, your tales just don't ring true, I'm so tired of reading between your lines, don't know why you can't just speak your mind, just speak your mind
Why I let you play me this way, I'll never know, and I should let you go, but oh, the truth is lonely

I can see I'm just a fool to you, putting up with all the stuff you do, but you should watch your step, you ain't no Johnny Depp, there's other fish and I could cast my net, I'm so tired of reading between your lines, don't know why you can't just speak your mind, just speak your mind
Why I let you play me this way, I'll never know, and I should let you go, but oh, the truth is lonely

I suppose I ought to settle down, some quiet chap, a little house in town, but I might miss the thrill of how your kisses chill my blood and make my heart stop, still - I'm so tired of reading between your lines, don't know why you can't just speak your mind, just speak your mind
Why I let you play me this way, I'll never know, and I should let you go, but oh, the truth is lonely

Your words are lies, but your kisses taste like wine, so keep them coming, 'cause you make me feel so fine, and oh, the truth is lonely, I said the truth is lonely, yes, the truth is lonely

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3am

Three a m, time gets stuck again,
Ticking turns to whispered words, tick, faith, tock, doubt
Turn the clock to face the wall, turn me inside out
Anything to stop this whisper becoming a shout

I know the dam won't break, I'm just waiting, just waiting

Three a m, dripping tap again,
Little drips of pain, bleeding me grey
Turning tight the tap, turn tight the tourniquet
Anything to keep this flood from dragging me away

Yeah, I know the dam won't break, I'm just waiting, just waiting

Three a m, dark in the kitchen again,
Dull-edged knives inviting me to carve a little light
Knuckles white on the table's edge, riding out the night
Anything to keep me from deciding that I might

And I know the dam won't break, I'm just waiting, just waiting

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Sunshine (is a State of Mind)

It's not the weather, it's the clouds in your eyes that bring the thunder to your skies
And sitting still to wring your hands and bathe in wishful thinking
Won't stop the falling rain, or save your cloud-filled ship from sinking
Give yourself a little time, and then you'll find - sunshine is a state of mind, sunshine is a state of mind.

Chains of past regret, so hard to break, and bitter-sweet, addictive, the taste of heartache
Lingers on your lips, and in your secret heart you hold it close, to hide your fear of ever making a new start
Give yourself a little time, and then you'll find - sunshine is a state of mind, sunshine is a state of mind.

Doubts that bring you down, clouds that leave you blind, are only in your eyes until you blink them away - leave them behind, with open heart and open mind

Just wanting to believe never made it so, but letting yourself dream and letting go of the things that hold you back, wishes you know can't come true
Lets you find your way, let's start today
Give yourself a little time, and then you'll find - sunshine is a state of mind, sunshine is a state of mind.

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Rain

Nothing but the rain, coming down today, everything's the same, nothing new to say
Nothing but the rain, to wash away the fear, and everything's the same, but spring comes every year
Turn and face the sun, surrender to the season, all is said and done, the rain is just a reason to grow stronger, the rain is just a reason to grow stronger

Days that only break, nights that only fall, dreams from which you wake, feeling lost and small
Days that only break into the light of day, dreams from which you wake, to start out on your way
Turn and face the sun, surrender to the season, when all is said and done, you know the rain is just a reason, to grow stronger, yeah, the rain is just a reason to grow stronger

You build your wall of words, hide behind your scars, keeping who you want to be from who you are,
And never risking love keeps you safe from pain, safe and cold, and all alone, with nothing but the rain.

Nothing but the rain, coming down today, and everything's the same, nothing new to say
There's nothing but the rain, to wash away the fear, and everything's the same, but spring comes every year
Turn and face the sun, surrender to the season, when all is said and done, you know the rain is just a reason to grow stronger, yeah, the rain is just a reason to grow stronger

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Pretty Blue

There are no clouds to mar my summer skies,
They are the colour of your pretty eyes,
I have no right to sit here, wishing over you,
But here I am, pretty blue.

Sun through the trees, here in this quiet place,
Dappled light plays on your pretty face,
I can't ask you to be true,
But here I am, pretty blue.

I'm so blue, thinking of you, on your own, me here alone,
I can't be with you, it's just a crying shame, but all the same,
I'll stay right here and dream of you,
My pretty blue.

Every day I wake up, you're on my mind,
I want to tell you that you are my kind,
No reason for hoping you feel it too,
But here I am, pretty blue.

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Best of my Heart

While we've a moment, come sit by my side, there's something I want you to know;
Whenever I've felt I needed to hide, you've been my safe place to go.
You've no explanations for life's complications,
But you make them simple, somehow, I can't let go of you now.

So, if you would leave me, go free, yeah, but believe me - I have loved you from the start;
I have nothing to give you, but each day I live through I'll give you the best of my heart.

And when you're around me, I feel love has found me
Nothing that you might confess will ever make me love you less.

So, if you would leave me, go free, yeah, but believe me - I have loved you from the start;
I have nothing to give you, but each day I live through I'll give you the best of my heart.

There is nothing you could say that would make me turn away, I'm yours, sign me up for the duration,
Nothing you could do would make me be untrue, I'm yours, you're my favourite destination, I'm yours.

So, if you would leave me, go free, yeah, but believe me - I have loved you from the start;
I have nothing to give you, but each day I live through 'll give you the best of my heart.

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Breathing

I watched her cry for you, with nothing I could say to ease her mind,
I would have died to be with you, but I could not leave her behind.
Torn between the two, my love for her, my grief for you,
All that I can do is try to go on breathing.

First in my heart, you were the sun, the moon, the stars that filled my skies,
Now torn apart, all but for her, with whom what's left of my heart lies,
Torn between the two, my love for her, my grief for you,
All that I can do is try to go on breathing.

The westering sun falls low and paints the sky your colours, red and gold,
You shine there still, for all I know, and will burn bright, as I grow old,
Torn between the two, my love for her, my grief for you,
All that I can do is try to go on breathing.

For my beautiful girls Alex and Niamh

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Sodium Lamp

Sodium lamp, with your soft orange light, shine on me, I have no after-glow tonight,
My love has gone, up and driven away, he loved me and left me, he said he couldn't stay.
He'll be back with the morning sun, but tears run, here in the night, oh, bring me your sodium light.

Sodium lamp, confidante dear, shine on me, your lamp-light soft and clear,
The moon and stars don't listen to me, they belong to lovers, but I am lost and lonely.
He'll be back with the morning sun, but tears run, here in the night, oh, bring me your sodium light.

Here in the night only your light
Breaks the dread monotony of lonely shadows crowding me
When I am waiting for daybreak, when I am hiding from heartache,
Waiting for the sun to rise, for morning and my lover's eyes to shine.

Sodium lamp, gentle and warm, shine on me, you are my beacon in the storm,
I'm lost and alone in the cold of the night, waiting for my love to dawn and set my world to rights.
And he'll be back with the morning sun, but tears run, here in the night, oh, bring me your sodium light.

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