"STORYTELLER"

Storyteller

I'll tell you a story to pass on to the end,
as told to me so long ago by my good friend
As we huddled round the log fire, we laughed the whole night long,
as he told me a tale passed on to him by a wanderin' vagabond
My friend told me the story and I'll pass it on to you
It was handed down this century and he swore that it was true

And in the morning I could see him fade
Was it fact or fiction? Who can say?
(Storyteller) I believe ev'ry word you say
(Storyteller) I bet you told a good tale in your day

He tried to tell the people, but the people wouldn't hear
him spinning yarns and telling tales from yesteryear
(Extra verses from extended edit in brackets:)
[Those old romantic legends
Are falling on deaf ears
So my friend said, 'This is why I'm leaving here']

Then he smiled and finished his story
He said "Will you pass it on for me?"
(Storyteller) I'll tell that tale for you
(Storyteller) Somehow I'll get your message through

My friend told me the story and I'll pass it on to you
It was handed down this century and I swear that it is true

[Then they crowded round to listen
So I told them loud and clear
Those tales about a time of old that disappeared
Now they hunger for the history
and the tales my friend passed on to me

(Storyteller) Here is your lonesome tale
(Storyteller) You know in the end you did not fail
(Storyteller) I'll sing that song for you
(Storyteller) Somehow I'll get your message through.

I'll tell you a story to pass on to the end,
as told to me so long ago by my good friend]

London Song

There's a room in a house in a street in a manor in a borough
that's part of a city that is generally referred to as London
It's a dark place, a mysterious place
And it is said that if you're born within the sound of Bow-Bells
you have the necessary qualifications to be christened a Londoner
[It's a cruel place, it's a hard place]
But when you think back to all the great Londoners
William Blake, Charles Dickens, Dick Whittington,
pearly kings, barrow boys, Arthur Daley, Max Wall
and don't forget the Kray twins

But if you're ever up on Highgate Hill on a clear day
you can see right down to Leicester Square [London, London]
Crystal Palace, Clapham Common, right down to Streatham Hill
North and South, I feel that I'm a Londoner still [London, London]

Chiswick Bridge to Newham and East Ham
Churchbells ring out through the land
You were born in London, England
[London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London]

And there's a tap by a reservoir, leading to a stream,
that turns into a river estuary that eventually opens to the sea
[London, London]
And there's a docker by a wharf, sending cargo overseas,
unloading foreign trade from a large ocean vessel
in the mighty metropolitan port of London
[London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London]

When I think of all the Londoners still unsung
East-enders, West-enders, Oriental-enders
Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, Jack Spock, Henry Cooper,
Thomas A'Becket, Thomas Moore, and don't forget the Kray twins

There's a part of me that says "Get out"
Then one day I'll hear somebody shout
"Sounds to me like you come from London Town"

But if you're ever up on Highgate Hill on a clear day,
I'll be there [I'll be there]
Yes I will be there [there]
Through the dark alley-ways and passages of London, London
London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London, London
London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London, London

X-Ray

Don't be fooled by appearances,
it only shows what the world already knows
Don't rely on the physical evidence
of what the x-ray pictures show
Because inside every straight upright citizen a tormented
emotionally impaired psycologically damaged personality resides
And beside every crooked man stands an angel with wings
and the spirit can do truly wonderous things

As I watch the hump-backed man hobble down the high street
I say a silent prayer for myself
I was taken to the local doctor
for a consultation about my physical health
I heard him ask about my family - history
"You see, Mrs. Davies, it might be hereditary. Yes it might"
Maybe think about my family, 'cause socially could be
"You were a physical deformity"

'Cos the world only sees what it believes and is revealed in the x-ray
It only knows what it knows, photographs, video and the printed word
Yes/But there is more in this heaven on earth
than (what)/(what those scientists now and) is revealed on/in the x-ray

Ev'ry morning I got up and looked in the mirror to see if the hump had
appeared on my back. To my disappointment I was not a freak.
You see, maybe there'd be side benefits to become in a cripple,
side benefits like prioroty seating at football matches. And I thought
"If I'm gonna be a cripple, I'll go all the way"

They could photograph reality,
but they can't picture your fantasy
'Cos the world only sees what it believes and is revealed in the x-ray
It only knows what it knows, photographs, video and the printed word
Yes/But there is more in this heaven on earth
than (what)/(what those scientists now and) is revealed on/in the x-ray

'Cos the world only sees what it believes and is revealed in the x-ray
It only knows what it knows, photographs, video and the printed word
Yes/But there is more in this heaven on earth
than (what)/(what those scientists now and) is revealed on/in the x-ray

Ballad of Julie Finkle

I first met Julie a long time ago,
staring up at me from the front row
She had a timeless glow, she was the image of youth
that never grows old or gets long in the tooth
And who would think after all these years
that good fortune would smile my way
She's a symbol of all that I believe in
She was there at the beginning, she's still out there today

* Julie, Julie, I hope that you're still single
Julie, Julie, oh my mystery Julie Finkle
(Woohooh hoohooh hooh, woohooh hoohooh hooh)

After me she went with a biker from Stoke,
had a child with a banker from Bolton
I hear she ended up with a really nice bloke,
who's respectable now, so my silence is golden
To protect her and him I've used a pseudonym,
but I hope she gets the vital connection
It was a long time ago, but I want you to know
Julie, you were the pick of a prime selection

*
But keep looking for your love (Woohooh hoohooh hooh)

Truly, Julie, you're only a name,
you could be a Molly or a Sarah-Jane
But if I should never see you again,
I'll never forget you, truly

*
Keep looking for your love (Woohooh hoohooh hooh)

Julie, Julie, oh my mystery Julie Finkle