People Watching

by Tony Burt

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1.
Turning My Blind Eye On You I’m turning my blind eye on you, I’m turning my blind eye on you I must be moving on that’s what I do I’m turning my blind eye on you You used to be my lover but no more, you used to be my lover but no more You think that I’m still watching, I’m walking out the door Used to be my lover but no more You used to fill my thoughts but you’re gone, you used to fill my thoughts but you’re gone My mind is for my own use from now on You used to fill my thoughts but you’re gone That’s why I’m turning my blind eye on you, I’m turning my blind eye on you I must be moving on that’s what I do I’m turning my blind eye on you I don’t regret a moment that we had, I don’t regret a moment that we had I just had to find my own love, I didn’t mean to make you sad Don’t regret a moment that we had But now I’m turning my blind eye on you, I’m turning my blind eye on you I must be moving on that’s what I do Turning my blind eye on you Turning my blind eye on you Turning my blind eye on you
2.
Fly Closer To The Sun You’ve cramped your style for all these years, you just shrugged and let it go Self sabotage and reptile tears kept you to the things you know Now the clock is running down, you have to face the battles won Give your dreams the space to breathe, you must fly closer to the sun Conforming mornings held you down, grimaced greetings kept you straight Each time you made it into town, the early shift would make you late Now it’s seen for what it is, the things to cherish and to shun Leave behind the fear of loss, and then fly closer to the sun There were days when I believed I’d time to spare and more or less I’d spend it all or save it up without concern for recklessness Now I see the line of time, see the road I’m travelling on Now I have to make a choice then fly closer to the sun What’s the point of looking back, sifting through the pain that’s past? It’s not that it brings no dismay, but then is slow and now is fast I have to see a difference made, see a change in everyone A forward movement’s all it takes, you can’t fly backwards to the sun I have to see a difference made, see a change in everyone A forward movement’s all it takes, you can’t fly backwards to the sun
3.
Devil’s Diamond The light is breaking down as we wander through the dark town Searching for the Devil’s Diamond Our eyes are filled with rain as we start the road again Searching for the Devil’s Diamond Sleeping on the run, taking too much sun Searching for the Devil’s Diamond Crying for the past, will this trip be the last Searching for the Devil’s Diamond How long can we go on like this? It’s harder every time Broken dreams and promises and words that cease to rhyme The paths all lead one way, there’s just one price to pay Searching for the Devil’s Diamond The time for faith is gone yet we soldier on Searching for the Devil’s Diamond It’s a minstrel’s tale, a Holy Grail, a fable lost in time We ought to know as the failings show, you can’t ignore the signs The light is breaking down as we wander through the dark town Searching for the Devil’s Diamond The time for faith is gone yet we soldier on Searching for the Devil’s Diamond How long can we go on like this? It’s harder every time Broken dreams and promises and words that cease to rhyme
4.
If I Were A Wish You are a forest, you are a den You are springtime, you are rain Your sound is a murmured I love you, your colour is grey Your world is shifting sand, you wish me away I am a leafless tree, a creature with nowhere to lie The season inside me is winter, I am a leaden sky If I were a sound I’d be snatched by the wind If I were a colour I’d be blue If I were a world I’d be frozen water If I were a wish, I would not come true Oh if I were a sound I’d be snatched by the wind If I were a colour I’d be blue If I were a world I’d be frozen water If I were a wish, I would not come true
5.
Rock Me In Your Arms Rock me in your arms, wrap me in your soul Take these broken pieces, make the pieces whole Tomorrow’s always fine, it’s today that takes its toll Rock me in your arms and make me whole I’ve never been a loser, I’ve always earned my pay I’ve known success and failure and doubts along the way Sometimes I feel so empty, no hope left to extol Rock me in your arms and make me whole Rock me in your arms, wrap me in your soul Take these broken pieces, make the pieces whole Tomorrow’s always fine, it’s today that takes its toll Rock me in your arms and make me whole My confidence is real, some days it isn’t there Can’t look out the window, can’t even leave the chair I need a loving push, just to get me back in role Rock me in your arms and make me whole Life just paints me in a corner, sucks the breath out of the room I need some help to turn it over, let positivity resume I feel a bloody fool, for leaning on you now My thirst for independence makes it wrong somehow I need to grab the chances to loosen self-control Rock me in your arms and make me whole Rock me in your arms, wrap me in your soul Take these broken pieces, make the pieces whole Tomorrow’s always fine, it’s today that takes its toll Rock me in your arms and make me whole Rock me in your arms and make me whole Rock me in your arms, make me whole
6.
Monica Is Taller Than Me Monica is waiting on tables, Monica’s waltzing through tables The eyes in the room are turned onto her Monica’s taller than me, three inches taller than me Monica knows what she’s doing, she’s in control of what she’s doing I think she’s noticed I’m watching her Monica’s taller than me, looking right down on me Her mouth is small, her lips are juicy Her eyes, Scottish grey, her nose retroussé Monica’s not really her name, truth is I don’t know her name I have to call her something, I have to call her soon Shooting for the moon, I’d just be shooting for the moon Monica’s younger than me, noticeably younger than me I know that I can dream, but I’m really what I seem Monica’s younger than me, thirty years younger than me Her mouth is small, her lips are juicy Her eyes, Scottish grey, her nose retroussé Monica’s down on her knees, clearing up carrots and peas My evening’s nearly done, I’m not her kind of fun Monica’s taller than me, three inches taller than me Thirty years younger than me, Monica is taller than me
7.
02:59
The Village In the village in the forest, they’re gathering their forces To march against the soldiers, who killed family and friends Young girls preparing rations, old women tearing bandages Others cleaning weapons, mothers, daughters, wives They are fighting for the hatred, fighting for the anger Fighting for their manhood, they are fighting for their lives Every enemy they slaughter, will bring a retribution They don’t care about the consequence, they have clarity of mind They plan to blow up bridges, set fire to trucks and wagons Bring chaos to the barracks, bring down the dogs of war They are fighting for the hatred, they’re fighting for the anger Fighting for their manhood, they are fighting for their lives The enemy lies waiting, he knows of their intentions Caught in a deadly crossfire, they melt back into the night The stragglers are returning, no expression on their faces Was it traitor or coincidence that tore their hopes away? They are fighting for the hatred, fighting for the anger Fighting for their manhood, they are fighting for their lives They know the retribution will not be slow in coming Another burned out clearing, where a village used to be
8.
03:05
JJ’s Bar Oasis in the city, desert in a storm Pressure the exception, fluidity the norm You can sing a ballad, you can play a reel No room for obligation, it’s just the way you feel At JJ’s ... at JJ’s Bar, at JJ’s ... be just who you are At JJ’s ... at JJ’s Bar, at JJ’s ... you can be a star Axel on the keyboard, Graham’s on the drum Colin plays those sweet, sweet notes, progressive marathon The world outside is ancient, the sound inside is new Friendship everlasting, telepathy of the few At JJ’s ... at JJ’s Bar, at JJ’s ... be just who you are At JJ’s ... at JJ’s Bar, at JJ’s ... you can be a star Note it in your diary, nail it to your wall The next time you’re in Egypt it’s your first choice port of call You can go by camel, you can go by car Take a penny whistle, take a steel guitar At JJ’s ... at JJ’s Bar, at JJ’s ... be just who you are At JJ’s ... at JJ’s Bar, at JJ’s ... you can be a star
9.
03:29
The Ship Sailing on through the evening, faced with fear and awe Lights of land have enticed me, I dare not touch the shore A hero on the water, all majesty aglow The common track has turned its back and that’s what you refuse to know It seems your figurehead’s matchwood, your flag is gleaming white Ulcers under the varnish, they’re showing through tonight The voice that said you were frightened, it wasn’t all that wrong Truth’s not what they’re paid for, and they’ll find my will too strong The pumps are choked with deception, frustration turns the wheel Fires are flaming around me, I really feel how they feel But the furnace just throws out blackness, the heat’s of a negative kind All these strains of creation, you know, they’re surely too much for one mind So we’re sailing on through the evening, faced with fear and awe Lights of land have enticed us but we dare not touch the shore We’re all heroes on the water, all majesty aglow The common track has turned its back and that’s what you refuse to know
10.
People Watching I’d like to call you Eleanor, electric bones in ghostly face A certain poise and graceful bearing, raised above the commonplace The man you’re with looks so uneasy, chewed down nails and darting eyes He’s stumbled on a winning ticket, you’re his trophy, you’re his prize And it helps to pass the time, people watching’s not a crime Patrick’s sitting on the sofa, with Natasha, his best friend He’s opening his heart up to her, she’ll stick with him till the end All his trials and tribulations, keep on adding to the score If he’d open up his eyes, she would give him so much more And it helps to pass the time, people watching’s not a crime Across the room a lonely man, with lonely thoughts stares at his feet He can’t believe he’s lost it all, believe she put him on the street I’m going to call him Christopher, that’s all he’s got now, just a name He goes back to their favourite places, on his own it’s not the same But it helps to pass the time, people watching’s not a crime Malcolm’s chatting to the barmaid, she can’t wait to end her shift He’s got a view on every topic, her attention starts to drift He thinks that he’s God’s gift to women, women find him such a bore He’s despised by all those present, talking to him’s just a chore Ah but it helps to pass the time, people watching’s not a crime There’s Arthur with his Sporting Life, and Terry with his best friend’s wife All human life is there to see, and I wonder what they think of me?

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10 track album with original songs by Tony Burt with Boo Hewerdine and Chris Pepper.

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released January 8, 2019

All songs by Tony Burt
Except “If I Were A Wish” – lyrics by Brigid Burt, music by Tony Burt

Tony Burt: vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola
Boo Hewerdine: backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, mandolin, ukulele, harmonium, dulcitone, marxophone, mellotron, melodica, harmonica
Chris Pepper: drums, percussion

Produced by Boo Hewerdine – boohewerdine.net
Recorded & Mixed by Chris Pepper at Saltwell Studio – saltwellstudio.co.uk
Mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering – hafodmastering.co.uk

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Tony Burt Bromyard, UK

Tony Burt has been an active musician, singer and performer for over 50 years. He has performed solo and with a variety of bands over this period and has learned and mastered many styles of music.

In recent years this experience has led to an impressive body of songwriting that combines thought provoking lyrics and imagery with memorable tunes.
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