Poetry and Rhyme

by Helen McCookerybook

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released 03 January 2013

Extra guitars: Martin Stephenson;
Sax on 'A New Day' and 'Poetry and Rhyme': Paul Davey;
Bass on 'Screaming': Gina Birch;
Fiddle on 'Memento Mori': Elle Osborne;
Cello on 'The Properties of Chalk and Sun', 'Memento Mori' and 'Poetry and Rhyme' Allan Bradbury;
Additional guitar on 'Screaming': Dubulah.
Voice and guitar: Helen McCookerybook.
Recorded and mixed by Tom Greenwood.
Produced by Helen McCookerybook

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Helen McCookerybook UK

Helen McCookerybook is an outstanding songwriter who's beginnings formed in the punk era, old associates The Monochrome Set/The Pirhanas her first band was The Chefs (John Peel fave) She later signed to RCS with her band The Horns and had a couple of minor hits
Helen took 20 years out to become a Mum and PHD in Musicology, taking up her writing in 2003, Suburban Pastoral her 1st solo record & more
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Track Name: The Properties of Chalk and Sun
The properties of chalk and sun
You make a mark and then you run
While meeting faces catch the light
Their fleeting traces drift from sight and they're gone.

Take the sun, it fades away
Your soul into the shadows grey
This temporary mark's in vain
With one sweep of the brushing rain they're gone.

I have seen the mysteries of the city night
I have seen the puzzles and the tricks of noonday light
Moonlight pale and secretive can hide a hundred sins
But you can be a fugitive whose darkness is within

O cruel sun of Africa
You're tempered by the Northern air
Beneath the Arctic's melting snows
this hemisphere's assurance goes, and it's gone.

I have seen the mysteries of the city night
I have seen the puzzles and the tricks of noonday light
Moonlight pale and secretive can hide a hundred sins
But you can be a fugitive whose darkness is within

The properties of chalk and sun
You make a mark and then you run
While meeting faces catch the light
Their fleeting traces drift from sight and they're gone.

Copyright, PRS, Helen McCookerybook
Track Name: Butterfly
A butterfly upon a pin
She's on her own
She settled here to dry her wings
A deadly throne
The collector's on his way
And he'll catch her if he can
And the pin will pin her down
And she'll never fly again
Track Name: A Bad Day
It was a bad day for me and for you
It was a bad day, what a thing to go through
It was a bad day, But I knew what to do because I'd seen it all before.
It was a bad day for me and for you
It was a bad day, what a thing to go through
It was a bad day, But I knew what to do and I just couldn't take any more

Ooh baby
Do you love my empty head
When you leave your love unsaid
And you warm someone else's bed
Ooh baby
At the dawn of every day
There's nothing left for me to say
But don't you like it best that way?

I used to wake up with the sun in my eyes
I used to wake up without a disguise
i used to to wake up lying next to my prize
And the world looked good to me.
i need to wake up with the sun in my eyes
i need to wake up without a disguise
i need to wake up lying next to my prize
With our lives in harmony.

Ooh baby
Do you love my empty head
When you leave your love unsaid
And you warm someone else's bed
Ooh baby
At the dawn of every day
There's nothing left for me to say
But don't you like it best that way?
Track Name: I Feel It
I feel it
But I can't say
Cos something has taken my breath away.
The window that I'm looking through
Is holding me back from reaching you
Oh is it gonna stay this way
Or could I be happy today?

I know what I oughta do
Forget all the feelings I have for you
But no matter how hard I try
I'm caught in your web and I don't know why.
Oh is it gonna stay this way
Or could I be happy today?

I wanna know
Just what you are going to do
Will you turn me away
Or hold me, at last, close to you?

I know what I oughta do
Forget all the feelings I have for you
But no matter how hard I try
I'm caught in your web and I don't know why.
Oh is it gonna stay this way
Or could I be happy today?
Track Name: A New Day
Energy, girl you can light up a room with your smile
Travel the world in original hippy style
Oh life can be hard but it won't get you down
I've never seen you face the world with a frown
Cos everything changes when the world spins around a new day.

Life in the underworld treated us all quite mean
But you're a survivor girl, the best one I've ever seen
Oh life can be hard but it won't get you down
I've never seen you face the world with a frown
Cos everything changes when the world spins around a new day.

So dance the night away
Life's too short to cry
Now's the time to play
So lift your spirits high!

Possibly girl, you've been hiding your troubles away
And under your smile is a sadness, and you can't say
Oh life can be hard but it won't get you down
I've never seen you face the world with a frown
Cos everything changes when the world spins around a new day.
Track Name: January in Paris
In a cafe on the corner on a winter's day
He warms her hands; my heart stands still
I realise what I'm trying to say; it's been so hard to understand.

They don't see any other people
They don't notice where they are
He warms her hands; my heart stands still
This moment shows me how I feel:
The pain, the pain the pain

January in Paris
Love's a silent tomb.

Oh look into my eyes the way he looks into her eyes
And hold my hand the way he holds hers
Clasped in your own.
I just can't stand this feeling
Alone, alone, alone.

January in Paris
Love's a silent tomb.

Across the street there is a graveyard
Misty, dark and cold
Just like our lives.
Will we grow old
In wintertime
With hearts of stone
At once together
Yet so alone?
Track Name: Poetry and Rhyme
Oh love is pain and how it hurts when I am not with you
Oh I could live within your life, is that what I should do?
I'm falling a little at a time
Falling for Poetry and Rhyme

We'll get to know each other through the songs each other sings
But will butterflies that brush together break each other's wings?
I'm falling a little at a time
Falling for Poetry and Rhyme

I'm falling for Poetry and Rhyme.

You've said that you would wait for me for ten long years or more
Well I could love you for that long, of that you can be sure
I'm falling a little at a time
Falling for Poetry and Rhyme
Oh love is pain and how it hurts when I am not with you
Oh I could live within your life, is that what I should do?
I'm falling a little at a time
Falling for Poetry and Rhyme

I'm falling for Poetry and Rhyme.
Track Name: Rock'n'Romance
Rock'n'romance
They don't go together
The green eyed monster and the brown eyed man
Rock'n'romance, you'll never get to Heaven
If I can't get there nobody can!

I'll make a bet you won't find a partner
While you're playing around in that band
Any romance is just a non-starter
Till you keep your equipment in the van!
Track Name: Screaming
When you're bowed down by the weight of the world
When you're confused by the lies that you're told
You're looking for love and the trail has gone cold
Just open the floodgates and sing from your soul

That's why I'm singing, sighing, screaming
I tried to hold on to a fragment of calm
But life came along and it twisted my arm
I've fallen right out of the world of the sane
Here it comes again
I'm screaming!

I though that I could look life in the eye
see through the darkness and understand why
Suddenly everything was passing me by
And all this confusion made me wanna cry

That's why I'm singing, sighing, screaming
I tried to hold on to a fragment of calm
But life came along and it twisted my arm
I've fallen right out of the world of the sane
Here it comes again
I'm screaming!

Oh when you are down, oh can't lose a frown, oh you're feeling blue, oh Here's what to do:

Just lift up your spirits and sing from your soul
Try to forget all the lies you've been told
throw off the troubles and cares that you hold
And soon you'll be feeling on top of the world

That's why I'm singing, sighing, screaming
I tried to hold on to a fragment of calm
But life came along and it twisted my arm
I've fallen right out of the world of the sane
Here it comes again
I'm screaming!
Track Name: Dreaming of Narcissus
Dreaming of Narcissus
Mirrors of the mind
Echoing his wishes
Reveries sublime

Empty dark skies never meet a sunrise
No escape from the gloom
All that space but no room
All we love draped in dross
Rolling stones with no moss
Nothing left but a phone on a stick made of stone
All alone.

I dreamed I saw Narcissus
In a desert harsh and cold
I caught a flash of fishes
Caught but couldn't hold

Empty dark skies never meet a sunrise
No escape from the gloom
All that space but no room
All we love draped in dross
Rolling stones with no moss
Nothing left but a phone on a stick made of stone
All alone.


Tick tock melting clock
Seconds tick by till the time that you die
Tick tock, body rot
From our fist waking call till death touches all
Tick tock, frozen time
Captured in silence, this life in its prime
Tick tock sand and stone
Painted in putty the colour of bone.

Dreaming of Narcissus
Mirrors of the mind
Echoing his wishes
Reveries sublime

Empty dark skies never meet a sunrise
No escape from the gloom
All that space but no room
All we love draped in dross
Rolling stones with no moss
Nothing left but a phone on a stick made of stone
All alone.
Track Name: Memento Mori
Grandma,
I'm calling!
Please listen to me.
Grandma
I'm calling!
Please listen to me
I remember what you said,
Nestling in your woollen bed
Wrap this snake around your wrist,
Oh do remember me like this.

Grandpa,
I'm calling!
Please listen to me
Grandpa,
I'm calling!
Please listen to me
I remember what you said
Fiercely from your crackling bed
Wrap this chain around your arm
And it will be your good luck charm.

Wrought of metal harsh and cold
Everlasting like your soul
Burnished by their hardened lives
Age may dim, but memory survives.

And ove the horizon
the sun begins to climb
Patina gleaming
As sleep dulls their eyes
I remember what you said,
Nestling in your woollen bed
Wrap this snake around your wrist,
Oh do remember me like this.
Wrap this snake around your wrist,
Oh do remember me like this.
Wrap this snake around your wrist,
Oh do remember me... hisss.......
Track Name: Sulkworm
You spin a mood
My sulkworm
From infanthood
Every colour has turned
To deepest blue
Yet I still love you.

You wear me down
My sulkworm
That constant frown
Those eyes may burn this woman's patience through
Yet I still love you
Yet I still love you