Wednesday, 14 February 2018






I look out the window
at the winters snow
It is still coming down
I think it will stay

In here it is warm
with candles glow
two glasses of wine
are ready to go

music is playing
soft and slow
with no words to sing

I will stay in your arms
the whole winter through

waiting for the first signs of spring

all the children at play
in the winters snow
looking bitter and cold
it will turn to frost

In here it is warm
with candles glow
two glasses of wine
are ready to go

someone's there
on the phone
but we will let it ring

I will stay in your arms
the whole winter through

waiting for the first signs of spring

floating in clouds
far from crowds
I must be in heaven
here in cloud seven

find it easy to fly
be up in the sky
a smile on my face
I'm all over the place

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about
don't walk I glide
butterflies inside
got energy to spare
that's something rare

heart's in a race
I see your face
If you have a pain
I feel just the same

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about
can't eat or sleep
I'm in so deep
look in your eyes
don't see any lies

walking in daze
head in a craze
so lost in my fate
I can't concentrate

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Luke Kelly - The (Bonny) Shoals Of Herring



LUKE KELLY - The (Bonny) Shoals Of Herring

SILVER DARLINGS(herring shoals)

I was out with the dogs and thought about my Grandpa, I wanted to do something to remember him. I thought of the title and tried to make it happy, a celebration rather than the hardship of searching for the herring. He had a hard life, and was a lovely man. I wish I knew more about him.

SILVER DARLINGS (herring shoals)

we leave the harbour
on our way
sun is shining
gulls are screaming
smell the fish in the air
the boat she rolls
we catch the breeze
I smile
to first mate Johnny Dole

were on the run
our hearts they sing
we follow in search
of the silver darling

I'm trusting the sea
all the swell
the high waves
the foam the spray
we go on their trail
follow the shoals
take in the wind
I wave
to first mate Johnny Dole

it is all I remember
life at sea
it's in my heart
everything I feel
follow silver darlings
deep in my soul
without regrets
my friend
and first mate Johnny Dole

were on the run
our hearts they sing
we follow in search
of the silver darling

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Roger Mcguinn - You Bowed Down




ROGER  McGUINN - You Bow Down

THE CROWN  (Jackie and Liz)

The Crown episode 8 was mainly about the Queen meeting the Kennedys. I suppose there must be a degree of truth in what was shown and it was all very interesting. Liz did quite well out of that episode, the Kennedys fared less.

THE CROWN  (Jackie and Liz)

It was a pleasure today
to walk with you
I was proud to be shown your past
to walk in the presence
of Regents and Kings
and the men of absolute power

with poise and grace
your natural charm
I was soon put at ease by your side
these stories you told
your own History book
of all the great people you greet

with natural beauty
there's no need for a crown
to see who you really are

from across the ocean
glitz and glamour
we're leaders of the western world
everything is front
it's all done to impress
what is there behind the facade?

they were all in awe
were they fooled
can they not see through our mask
if only they knew
we were drug in fuelled
it was only a dream they saw

with natural beauty
there's no need for a crown
to see who you really are

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion





This started with me being bored. I was not in a great frame of mind as I was told yesterday my foot was not healing and my favorite thing is to walk, especially with my 3 dogs. I started it with nothing and left it with less. I did the last verse for fun. But reading back, it is not funny, maybe the dark corners are getting out, maybe this is for real, maybe I know nothing about myself. Maybe this is  my darkness?.


many dark corners I walk
dark woods with twisted trees
every place filled with danger
scheming daemons following me

this is the life that I lead
pain is the only comfort I get
no time for useless pleasures
just the lonely distance of regret

here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

no need for any happiness
its only a disillusioned dream
give me sweet taste of anger
or a silent gut wrenching scream

there's nothing left for me
but haunted tales of misery
the sad grey cloudless sky
and the stench of bitter memory

here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

it all feels so very cold now
things seem to be going slow
visions of her, my mother
it's all that I need before I go

please don't try to reach me
I'm within where I need to hide
here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

Monday, 22 January 2018

They Might Be Giants - 'Bills, Bills, Bills' (2016)


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They Might Be Giants - 'Bills, Bills, Bills' (2016)


They Might Be Giants... Now where do I start ??? I first became aware of their magnificence when 'Birdhouse In Your Soul' came out in 1990. I remember pogoing along to them performing it ''live'' on Top Of The Pops and collapsing about halfway through as I couldn't singalong, breathe and jump altogether. I bought the album 'Flood' that the song featured on and was hooked. I subsequently bought their 2 previous albums and remain to this day a huge fan. Shellhunter and I often make compilations, and I've used various TMBG songs and they mostly have been appreciated !!!

I saw on Spotify that they have just released a new album, 'I Like Fun' and was annoyed (with myself) that I had missed their 2016 release 'Phone Power' (once again I blame Dubai for this). I decided that I had to listen to this album first and that's where I discovered this amazing cover. I liked some Destiny's Child songs but hadn't been that bothered so much about this one. I have to say that TMBG have made the song their own so much that it sounds perfectly like one of their hundreds of songs that I've heard and loved.

It was recorded as part of their Dial-A-Song service, which according to wikipedia ''Dial-A-Song consisted of an answering machine with a tape of the band playing various songs. The machine played one track at a time, ranging from demos and uncompleted work to mock advertisements the band had created.''

For those of you who are interested in the original, here it is.

Destiny's Child - 'Bills, Bills, Bills' (1999)

NERD ALERT - They have released 5 albums specifically aimed at children, one of which 'Here Come The 123's' (2008) won a Grammy for 'Best Musical Album For Children'

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Buffy Sainte Marie - Soldier Blue





when she was young
they just never knew
when given pink
she wanted blue
If she was teased
her replies were clever

they called her Johnny
her love forever

when she was older
they didn't see then
given a Barbie
she wanted Ken
she was always sure
of her lives endeavor

they called her Johnny
her love forever

when she was a teen
there was a doubt
go buy a dress
she'd do without
he asked her out
her reply was never

they called her Johnny
her love forever

now she's come out
friends the same
rainbow colours
to her they came
she told them all
her love is forever

they called her Johnny
her love forever

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Best of 2017 - London Scouser

2017 was a nice musical relief for me, having spent the majority of 2016 living in Dubai, I wasn’t really exposed to much music at all. Apart from the theme tunes to pretty much every Cbeebies program. Oh and Peppa blinking Pig... I returned to the UK in late January and made it my mission to listen to as much new stuff as possible. I discovered lots of new Bands that I really like and could probably have made a best of 2016 just from some of the tracks I discovered. I couldn’t settle on a round 20 or even 25 so please try and enjoy my 28 Tracks Of The Year.

My fave five, in no particular order are:

The Sleaford Mods - 'Like We Do'

Catchy and toe-tappingly awesome, yes they say some naughty words, but I don’t care. Their album 'English Tapas' is without doubt my most listened to album of 2017.

Wooly Mammoths - 'Water Slide'

I don’t really know a lot about this band other than they're Belgian and what I’ve just read on their Facebook page, that they’re apparently splitting up. Which is a shame, cos this song is bloody brilliant.

Superorganism - 'Something For Your Mind’

A work colleague introduced me to this track in December, and immediately I knew I had to include it. The video is weird, the song is too.

Kodaline - 'Brother (Stripped Back)'

I featured this as a TOTW earlier this year, and the emotions of the song haven’t left me.

The Proper Ornaments 'Cremated (Blown Away)'

I featured another song by the band back in March and since then I’ve grown to like this more. Like a cross between The Beatles & Love.

I hope you like these tracks, and I hope you’ll spend a short time listening to the rest of my best.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Buffalo Springfield - Broken Arrow




I hate whats happening with all this plastic being dumped in our Ocean. When you see what its is doing to the all the animals your heat breaks. It has to stop.


Dolphin, whale, turtle and fish
albatross, penguin, puffins and gull
eating the waste poison and trash
all think it's the food they wish

for what it's worth
we're killing our home
destroying the earth

Plastic beads, bottles and bags
pollute our seas, rivers and oceans
their beautiful lives all taken away
dying in fishing nets that drag

We have got to put a stop it now
no more plastics that will last forever
no more waste put into the ocean
everyone has to make this vow

for what it's worth
we're killing our home
destroying the earth

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Desert Life - My darling friend (Demo)

Desert Life - My darling friend (demo) (2017)

Hello friends,

Another year has almost passed and while the Tune Doctor blog has (sadly) been put on the back burner throughout 2017, we're still all searching for great new music that excites us.

In my (SFW) hiatus, I have been working on music for the first time in over a decade and with great encouragement from the rest of the team, I am starting to put some demos out. I've called the project "Desert Life" and it features the lyrics of Old Pa with all music written and performed by myself.

The plan is to go into the studio next year and self-release what I can in 2018.  It's all very exciting and it would be great to hear what you think of the songs in their current format.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

John Lennon - God




My new Christmas song!

BLASPHEMY  (send me a sign)

Is there a God?
send me a sign
can you stop my pain?
can you stop my sorrow?
send me a sign

Is there a God?
Is it all a joke?
can you make it better?
can you give me hope?
send me a sign

Is there a God?
send me a sign
tell me you will help
tell me you're out there?
send me a sign

Is there a God?
I think not
you let it all happen
you watch all the pain
the murder
the killing
the rape
the genocide
the war
the drugs
all the shit going down
there is no sign
or you don't care

Is there a God?
I think not

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Elvis Costello - Oliver's Armys



ELVIS COSTELLO - Oliver's Army

Don't get me wrong, I respect and are proud of all the armed forces. They are brave people, braver than me and I thank them all, especially those heroes lost protecting us.
You may find this a tad cynical, but I am cynical about war.

BODY BAG (salute to the flag)

well done leader man
you got your war
time for the payback
to those who put you there
get all the soldier boys
comrades in arms
fight for their country
proud of their flag

take that hand from your heart
your names on a body bag
one bullet one dollar
you do the maths
whose got the contract

proud for you son
like dad before
born to the army
we know what it takes
if you don't come home
we fill with pride
you took their bullet
standing there tall

take that hand from your heart
your names on the honor wall

one bullet one dollar
you do the maths
whose got the contract?

we kill the bad guys
Gods on our side
we kill the bad guys
Gods on our side

stand tall
for the leader man
salute to the flag
your names on a body bag
your names on the honor wall

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

R.E.M. - Man in the Moon



R.E.M. - Man on the Moon


Strange where you get your ideas from. My son made a pumpkin to look like BB8. It was for a kids competition. If it does not win it will be forgotten. If it wins it will be remembered forever. You get nothing for second place.


SECOND PLACE  (pop song 6.4)

There can only be one winner
there is nothing for second place
when you lose your soon forgotten
just accept that you lost the race
nobody remembers the loser
you're soon lost without a trace
the winner accepts all the cheering
your left with hands in your face

we only remember the winner
your nothing in second place

don't blame the line judge
it's too bad the ball hit the bar
it was a split second between us
I didn't lose by far

we only remember the winner
your nothing in second place

I thought I was the winner
had it all with you by my side
then I was left there for another
it was easy just to cast me aside

I can see you in the distance
holding your trophy in hand
me, I'm stuck in the scrap heap
lost in that junk yard of love

we only remember the winner
your nothing in second place

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Desert Life - Not My Girl


Well it is no contest this week. Here is a brilliant track from a new artist going under the name of 'Desert Life' it is a simple boy girl story, love and cheating, everything you need, but with one of those melody's that will stick in your head and it will help you see through your day. 

'Desert Life'  is none other than SFW and he has done his interpretation of one of Old Pa's songs. Chris has played the music, found the melody and everything else involved in this demo. If  'Desert Life'  keeps up this standard then things may change very quickly for this exciting new talent.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Van Morison - Purple Heather (DRAMS - The Songs of Brian Mackenzie)



VAN MORRISON - Purple Heather



oh! Rosie, I'm sorry what I did to you
can I call you when this is over
and we'll remember who we are!


She wanted to spread her wings
(her thighs)
it was January, it was winter cold
I was alone in my dungeon


Hey Billy get 'em in
I'm B
rahms and Lyst (Pissed)


she laughed and giggled at my line
I said I’m falling in love you
she said you've drank too much wine


but you will never feel a love so pure
as in your Mother's arms


But what the hell! I've had my shot
so I'll pour a drink and raise my glass
and I'll raise myself another
before life runs away from me


With her winged deaths head
and her Angels code
on her back
a tattoo of the Grateful Dead

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Tindersticks - Traveling Light



THE TINDERSTICKS - Traveling Light


You don't want to travel with me, I don't want to travel with me. I must have done something seriously wrong to deserve the bad luck I have had this year every time I travel.

It was my sister Rose in Canada's 70th birthday and also one of her twin daughters was getting married a few days later. I would have loved to go but unfortunately we were a bit cash strapped and I was unable to go. Suddenly out of the blue Rose's husband Ian asked if I would come over to surprise Rose and he would pay for the ticket. It was a fabulous gesture and I was delighted to accept.

Now I don't care about you but even if I am 68 I was still very excited about going and I was especially delighted to be able to see Rose and all her family at the same time together. I was looking forward to the trip. I would fly from Alicante to Gatwick and then from Heathrow I would get an Air Canada flight to Ottawa. I was really into walking at the time with my new Fitbit watch and looked forward to going for walks. Rose had a beautiful place on the banks of the Saint Lawrence river.

It was the Friday and I was flying on the next Monday. I suddenly felt very ill as if I had the flu. The next day I felt a bit better but my left foot was suddenly very red and swollen. This was very worrying as I have diabetes and we decided to go the Spanish equivalent of A&E. After 5 hours I was seen by a very unpleasant Spanish Doctor who said I should speak Spanish. If I was not so upset about my foot I would have told him there was no need for this kind of attitude. Anyway he said I had a wound on the sole of my foot which had got infected and prescribed a course of antibiotics and I should see my Doctor on Monday and get the clinic to change the dressing daily. I asked about my trip to Canada and he advised definitely not to go.

I was absolutely gutted. The Travel Gods had once again decided to punish me for trying to travel. Not only that I was unable to walk. Because I have diabetes the wound could turn into an ulcer and take months and months to heal. I could not even take my dogs out. It was altogether a complete disaster.

I think I will have to seek out one of these St Christopher medallions. Maybe that will protect me. I'll try anything.

Old Ma was also very upset as she had planned to go and visit Shellhunter and look after little Ripley. After ten days at the clinic I was given the OK to visit the UK but was advised to get it checked over there. This of course I did.

One of my favorite things in the Camberley area is to go for walks as it is so green with  many fabulous places to walk. So many varieties of trees, I just love the fresh smell especially after rain. You just feel so alive. Unfortunately it was not to be and I ended up drinking much more than I wanted too. Not that I need any excuses to drink.

Its well over a month and a half now and I still have the problem. I have put on a stone in weight and am trying desperately to get back on the straight and narrow. Tomorrow I will get the old bike out and get out on the road. I have just got to get some exercise.

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