Under The Weather

by Kevin Blight

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Recorded at Stratboy Studios April - June 2006

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released June 30, 2006

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Kevin Blight Stafford, UK

Award winning songwriter Kevin Blight is often compared to Elvis Costello, Bruce Hornsby & Joe Jackson. Writing in a multitude of styles his roots are firmly in the Folk-Funk-Punk-Blues-Rock genres...primarily a Guitarist, he also plays Bass, Keyboards, Mandolin, Harmonica & any other instrument he can get his hands on...including Pringles Tubes. ... more

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Track Name: Ash & Coal
I've been asleep a Million years
I've been asleep a Million years
A Trillion heartbeats a Billion tears missing in the breeze

I lit a fire inside my soul
I lit a fire inside my soul
All that's left is a blackened hole dark as ash & coal

Ash and coal, ash and coal
Take a look inside it's dark and cold
A Million years takes its toll turns you to ash & coal

Ash and coal ash and coal
Turn back time make me whole
There's no replacement for what time stole
It's only left ash and coal

Ash and coal
Ash and coal
Ash and coal
Track Name: Let It Rain
Well pardon me I'm sitting under ashen skies
Wondering what the hell is going on
I do my best, it's never good enough for her
She loves to tell me where I went wrong

I got a whole weather system following me
It started sunny now it's clouded over
Feel like a Hurricane chaser with a storm about to break
Or a river running through a town with more than it can take

If that river breaks its banks, that river's running fast
It's gonna take out everything that's laying in its path
If there's a last man standing well it's gonna be me
If she's the last woman standing then we'll see
Oh let it pour ah let it rain
Oh let it pour ah let it rain
Let it wash away this feeling
Let it wash away this pain
Oh let it rain

There's snow in the South
There's hailstones to the West
No way of knowing what's for the best
No visibility I can speak of here
No shelter to be found either far or near

When it comes to love with her it's famine or feast
If lightning's striking in the North I'm headed East
Cause you can't fight a storm like this with two strong arms
All you do is assess the damage in the calm

Oh that storm will take it's toll cos that twister's spinning fast
It's gonna take out everything that's laying in its path
If there's a last man standing well it's gonna be me
If she's the last woman standing then we'll see
Oh let it pour ah let it rain
Oh let it pour ah let it rain
Let it wash away this feeling
Let it wash away this pain
Oh let it rain
Track Name: Northern Lights
I'm sitting on the edge of panic
There's a tremor in my voice
There is reason to feel manic
And the terror of a choice
Don't even try to estimate how hard this is to do
Or disregard the sentiment of what I'll say to you

I want to see the Northern lights with you
Stand under glowing skies to see what you'd do
To see that light of love in your eyes
And hold you in my arms under Northern skies

I'm sitting on the edge of reason
Been sitting here a while
I been crazy for a season
But I made the other side
Please don't try to read my mind
It's hard enough for ME to do
I've been spending all my time
Waiting to say this to you

I want to see the Northern lights with you
Stand under glowing skies to see what you'd do
To see that light of love in your eyes
And hold you in my arms under Northern skies

We're sitting on the edge of time
Making history so I've heard
There's nothing else half as mystical
But I don't have the words
I can't even try to explain myself
But if I could I'd choose
To take you to a mountain-top
And share the skies with you

I want to see the Northern lights with you
Stand under glowing skies to see what you'd do
To see that light of love in your eyes
And hold you in my arms under Northern skies
Track Name: A Place Without Love
Go on, say your piece
Break another part of me
Well go on, like before
Break the crockery
Slam the door

I don't want this, I don't want you
Doing the things that you do
I won't live in a place that's without love,

Well come on, take a shot
State your case ready or not
Well come on, put me down
Take me apart, push me around

I don't want this, I don't want you
Doing the things that you do
I won't live in a place that's without love,

I won't live in a place that's without love no
I won't live in a place that's without love no
I won't live
I won't live
I won't live
I won't live in a place without love

So move on, move along
Take your leave and be strong
There's no way to return
A lesson that I've learned

I don't want this, I don't want you
Doing the things that you do
I won't live in a place that's without love,
Track Name: Meum Pactum
Instrumental.
Track Name: Sweet Rain
There's a rain falling on a small Honduran town
Wide-eyed women peer out between the bar
Of a small Cantina painted Orange and Brown
Dirtied by fumes of passing cars
Children sweep rubbish to the side of the road
For a few pesetas from the Gringo who works there
They all know tourists will be by in the evenings
So they put on their make-up and brush their hair
And the sweet rain's falling again
Washing away the dusty air
That sweet rain falling again on the people living there

Here comes 'Martin the cripple' on his skateboard
With his stumps newly-bandaged by the Jesuit hospice
He sits on the board on the patch he's worked for years
Hope in his eyes with each passing Tourist
Antonio the Pimp leans against his pick-up truck
Crushing his cigarette slowly with his fingers
Children play with a punctured football
Slowly deflating like an innocence that lingers

Well if it isn't Father Stephen, checking out what's going down
Pointing out the way to heaven with a smile and then a slight frown
There's two women standing talking about Madelaine
(The hooker who died just the other day)
And their voices sound like two Mandolins fighting
As they argue back and forth and slowly drift away.
Track Name: Sometimes
Time makes it easier they say
When someone you love goes away
They should try saying that on a day like this
It don't get any better
When you still miss the sight and the smell and the sound
You got that feeling they are still around
You see them in the corner of your eye sometimes
You get that feeling sometimes

Waiting for those knowing looks you hate
They're thinking you're not grieving any more
Well I won't wear my feelings on my sleeve
And they don't understand that I believe
You can take the sight and the smell and the sound
And that feeling you are still around
Everywhere I go
Sometimes I feel your smile
I have that feeling
I have that feeling sometimes

I feel it in the family home
I see you on my face, feel you in my flesh and bones
In these faceless crowds we can be alone
I get that feeling
I get that feeling sometimes

I'm getting on with my life
I've got problems I've got strife
Oh I could use your help at a time like
You taught me how to cope but I still miss
The sight and the smell and the sound and the feeling
You are still around
I see you in the corner of my life sometimes
I get that feeling
I get that feeling sometimes

I feel it in the family home
I see you on my face, feel you in my flesh and bones
In these faceless crowds we can be alone
I get that feeling
I get that feeling sometimes
Track Name: Low Down and Dirty
Every day with my Woman's like a fight in a parking lot
Every night is a horizontal battle if you like it or not
She's like a WCW wrestler with your head in a full head-lock
And one of the days she's gonna kill me if she don't stop

I had a full time job at the Penitentiary
I met her at a strip joint she made the prisoner of me
She's a primal force of nature and like stopping a disease
You got to be cruel to be kind at times like these

Well she's low down and dirty
Yeah she's low down and dirty
Yeah she's low down and dirty
And that's what's troubling me
Yeah she's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
And that's what's troubling me

She's lacking the social graces guess that's true
She never had a chance to attend no finishing school
And if you point it out to her she'll break your back in two
Cos in her mind she's ten times better than you

Well she's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
And that's what's troubling me
She's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
And that's what's troubling me

(Hear it from my guitar)

I put a ring on her finger just to keep her quiet
When she met the folks back home she nearly caused a riot
Oh I can't get no peace with her Lord Jesus I'm so tired
Won't you make this woman an Angel and ease my mind?
That's what I said 'cos she's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
And that's what's troubling me
She's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
She's low down and dirty
And that's what's troubling me

Low down, Low down, low, low, low, low...
She's low down and dirty and that's what's troubling me
Track Name: Kings Of My Lawn
A flutter of wings
The feeder swings in and out of green dappled shadow
A flash of beak and glint of eye
Too fast for mine to follow
Oh Eagles have the glory
Swans look down with scorn
But to my mind your'e beautiful
You're the kings of my lawn
You're the kings of my lawn

If I may explain
Some think you plain just a common 'all garden' bird
If they took the time they'd realise
There's more to you than they have heard
Oh the Pigeons have their prizes
The Chickens get their corn
But when you sing you make me want to sing
You're the kings of my lawn
The kings of my lawn
Uh huh, the kings of my lawn

When you spread wing to take flight
Your crowning glory sings
When the Sun's rays catch you right
You're God's finest living things

You're the kings of my lawn
Uh huh, the kings of my lawn
You're the kings of my lawn
Uh huh, you're the kings of my lawn