Poetry and Rhyme

by Helen McCookerybook

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1.
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
2.
Butterfly 00:39
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
3.
A Bad Day 02:57
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?
4.
I Feel It 03:46
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?
5.
A New Day 03:18
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.
6.
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?
7.
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.
8.
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!
9.
Screaming 04:11
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!
10.
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.
11.
Memento Mori 04:12
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.......
12.
Sulkworm 02:12
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

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released January 3, 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 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 RCA with her band The Horns and had a couple of minor hits
Helen took 20 years out to become a Mum and PHD, taking up her songwriting again in 2003. Suburban Pastoral was her 1st solo record.
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