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The Best Of The Idle Race
Featuring Jeff Lynne

See For Miles / SEECD 60 (stereo) 1990

The Best Of The Idle Race



Produced & Engineered by Jeff Lynne
A CD version of the vinyl 'SFM'-release but with added tracks
The Best Of The Idle Race
Featuring Jeff Lynne


texty

01 The End Of The Road
02 The Morning Sunshine
03 The Lady Who Said She Could Fly
04 Happy Birthday
05 The Birthday
06 Girl At The Window
07 Big Chief Woolly Bosher
08 Here We Go Round the Lemon Tree
09 My Father's Son
10 The Skeleton And The Roundabout
11 Come With Me
12 Going Home
13 Mr Crow And Sir Norman
14 Please No More Sad Songs
15 Follow Me Follow
16 On With The Show
17 Lucky Man
18 Imposters Of Life's Magazine
19 Days Of The Broken Arrows
20 I Like My Toys
21 Sea Of Dreams
22 A Better Life (The Weatherman Knows)
23 Worn Red Carpet
24 Someone Knocking
25 Hurry Up John







Příznivci Idle Race se dočkali vydání toho nejlepšího na CD. Kromě čtyř skladeb (08 Roy Wood, 09, 23 a 24 Dave Pritchard) jsou to písničky Jeffa Lynna přvážně z alb "The Birthday Party" a "Idle Race".

Birthday Party  Birthday Party  Birthday Party  Idle Race





The Best Of The Idle Race
Featuring Jeff Lynne

Texty

The End Of The Road

There was peace and quiet for me
Down the walk, beside the sea
Things are going wrong, boy
Things are going wrong

I used to wake up in the morning
To the sound of the birds singing at my window
Please wait for me
I'll be there at the end of the road

Now the good things gone with the wind
It's back today, I've moved away
Things are going wrong, boy
Things are going wrong

I used to wake up in the morning
To the sound of the birds singing at my window
Please wait for me
I'll be there at the end of the road

Ooooh ooooh ooooh (etc.)

(J.Lynne) 2.05


The Morning Sunshine

Wait 'til the morning sunshine
Wait 'til the morning sunshine
Feels like another day, I wouldn't know
My love's away, from home today

Wait 'til the morning sunshine
Wait 'til the morning sunshine
It's just the memory, of sunshine
In the morning, being close to me

And it was...ohhhohh...(etc.)

Wait 'til the morning sunshine
Wait 'til the morning sunshine
Seems like the world is late, for I can't wait
For sunshine in the morning

Wait 'til the morning sunshine
Wait 'til the morning sunshine

(J.Lynne) 1.46


The Lady Who Said She Could Fly

Did you meet the lady who said she could fly
She broke off her wings when she fell from the sky
The effort was brave and she gave a sigh
Now I'll sail through the sky on my own, my oh my
(alternative line from live BBC recording:
But to fly when you're moulting you never should try)

I can fly through the air
I can fly anywhere
I can fly through the sky
And just see if I care

When she was a girl she would jump rather high
Then she fell in love with the air and the sky
She discovered her wings and she gave a loud cry
Now I'll sail through the sky on my own, my oh my

I can fly through the air
I can fly anywhere
I can fly through the sky
And just see if I care

Back to the story

Now she's been repaired and her wings are as new
She's laughing and dancing way up in the blue
But look she has gone, where could she go to?
Her wings were so silver, her halo so new

I can fly through the air
I can fly anywhere
I can fly through the sky
And just see if I care

(repeat chorus)

(J.Lynne) 2.17


Happy Birthday

(instrumental)

(J.Hill & M.Hill) 0.23


The Birthday

She had a birthday yesterday she cried
Took off her glasses let her hair down cried
She told them all at work about the day
How it is no-one came?
Wo-oh woh, oh woh-oh

She sent the invitations to her friends
They were too busy doing other things
She told them all at work about the day
How it is no-one came?
Wo-oh woh, oh woh-oh

She took the decorations from the wall
Was it the ladder loose that made her fall?
She told them all at work about the day
How it is no-one came?
Wo-oh woh, oh woh-oh

She had a birthday yesterday she cried

(J.Lynne) 2.58



Girl At The Window

In the town lived a girl so fair
Her mother would not dare
To let her anywhere
She was a lonely girl

John and Paul and
Ringo and George
Were playing lovely tunes
From the window of her room
By the light of the moon

Hey girl there at the window I wish you would come and see me
I've got so much to tell you so much I want you to see

In the fields lived a lonely boy
Who'd wander every night
Just to see her window light
Then he was happier

Then he'd sit upon the ground
Just to listen to the sound
Of the music going round
And he would call to her

Hey girl there at the window I wish you would come and see me
I've got so much to tell you so much I want you to see

One night her mother said I think it's time for bed
The little girl crept down the stairs free as a bird

Hey girl there at the window I wish you would come and see me
I've got so much to tell you so much I want you to see

She met the boy sitting on the ground
And they listened to the sound
Growing distant as they found
They were happy now

Hey girl there at the window I wish you would come and see me
I've got so much to tell you so much I want you to see

Hey girl there at the window I wish you would come and see me
I've got so much to tell you so much I want you to see

(J.Lynne) 3.43


Big Chief Woolly Bosher

In the land they call the west
On the prairie's virgin crest
Lived a great man and his braves
And he led them to their graves

Big chief plays with baby son
The work of the Indian today is done
Life is easy, life is grand
'Til there is white man, gun in hand

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Started out when settlers came
And built their homes on the Indian range
Big Chief Woolly Bosher liked it none
Traded with a bad man for a gun

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Big chief looks out at his great land
Locomotive on the prairie stands
Life that leak from the city in the east
Let us destroy that iron beast

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Big chief rides on the trail tonight
Tread the land for which he must fight
In their fight for love and glory
Some Indians were saved
They lived to tell the story
And Woolly Bosher prays

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Big chief rides on the trail tonight
Soldier boys marching in the morning light
Bring the guns, bring the bows
Let's blow them into heaven let's see if God knows

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

One hundred men must have to die
When a thousand soldiers look you in the eye
Big chief sees his men fall round
The soldiers kill and the bugle sounds

In their fight for love and glory
No Indians were saved
And Big Chief Woolly Bosher
Had written on his grave
He has done no wrong
Except being bold

Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

(J.Lynne) 5.16


Here We Go Round the Lemon Tree

There's a girl next door to me who's 'round the bend
But she wonders why she can't make any friends
From her garden she could see me, in her silver clad bikini
Singing, dancing 'round her fruit trees

Here we go 'round the lemon tree
Mister can you hear me?
Here we go 'round the lemon tree
Mister don't come near me

But I calm her down by throwing stones at her
If only I could make the right approach to her
Think I'd rather tame a tiger, turn those lemons into cider
Still I'd like to get beside her

Here we go 'round the lemon tree
Mister can you hear me?
Here we go 'round the lemon tree
Mister don't come near me

Three o'clock in the morning
I could hear her toneless singing
I could smell her lemon perfume in the air
I walked up to her window, in the hope that I might see her
But the deadly shade of night still lingered there

Here we go 'round the lemon tree
Mister don't come near me

Morning came and into action went my plan
Ran to meet her dressed in bright green underpants
I crept in and sang discretely
Seemed to change her mind completely
Dance together singing sweetly

Here we go 'round the lemon tree
Mister can you hear me?
Here we go 'round the lemon tree
Mister don't come near me

1968 (R.Wood) 2.43


My Father's Son

I'm awake before dawn every morning
In time to see the rising of the sun
Though I know my sorrows
I'm not what I seem

'Cause I am my fathers son
I am my fathers son

I'm not a happy fellow
But my friends all think I am
Trying to fit the shoes, of some other man

'Cause I am my fathers son
I am my fathers son

A prisoner of convention
Has made me what I am
Live my life conforming, to another's plan

I am my fathers son
I am my fathers son
I feel it every day
I am my fathers son
Even though he's far away
I am my fathers son

1967 (D.Pritchard) 2.13


The Skeleton And The Roundabout

Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout

I am the fairground man at heart
I run the roundabout this part
I fill this fair but custom have I none

I turn the handle round so fast it makes my elbow ache
Nobody seems to care
No-one rides upon my roundabout no longer anymore
Oh what a horrid fair!

Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout

Money there is none - I'm thinner than a skeleton
(pronounced as skellington)

But wait a minute, I'm so thin
That all these aches and pains could be a chance for me
I could be a horror or a ghost in a ghost train
I think I'll go and see

I meet the man who runs the ghost train
He says, You're just great!
I'll pay you top class wages
If you'll just hang from this gate

A year is passing lots of food and money come my way
Oh lucky man am I
But who's this telling me, You're fired!
You're much too fat to be a ghost, be on your way!
So here I am

Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout
Climb aboard my roundabout

(J.Lynne) 2.20


Come With Me

Come with me
It's oh so easy for me to see
We can be
Close together, for always forever
You'll never believe but it's true

You will see
The happy corners where we will be
It's for real
I'll sing to you all the songs that we knew
That's not true don't be blue they're for you

Ooowah, ooohwah, oooh-wah (etc.)

Can you feel
It's spinning round like a great big wheel
It's for real
I'll sing to you all the songs that we knew
That's not true don't be blue they're for you

Ahhhahhh, (etc. etc. etc... You know the sound
you make when you don tight fitting underwear!)

Come with me
Come with me

Come with me
It's oh so easy for me to see
Come with me
When I find that you're all on my mind
That's the time I will say come with me

(J.Lynne) 2.42


Going Home

I see the faces on my picture one is you
I see the reasons why the picture just ain't true

I'm going home
I'm gonna be there one of these mornings
Gonna break away on the thirteenth of July
I'm going home (Going Home)

The dust collector keeps on banging at my door
Tales of the wild west, I can't mean it anymore

I'm going home
I'm gonna be there one of these mornings
Gonna break away on the thirteenth of July
I'm going home (Going Home)

And I'll be there one of these mornings
Walk down the road and there you are, yes I am
Maybe I'll see you if I can

Break away, from all of these memories
Walk down the road and there you are, yes I am
Maybe I'll see you if I can

I'm going home
I'm gonna be there one of these mornings
Gonna break away on the thirteenth of July
I'm going home

Going home (repeat several times)

(J.Lynne) 3.40
Mr Crow And Sir Norman

Ventriloquist was he, little boy sat on his knee
The people knew that the show was but the best one in the land
Until the night before the act
The dummy's clothes had all been packed away - he'd gone
And he'd left poor Mr. Crow right in the lurch

You know he's gone far away
I hear his voice go laughing
What of all the years we shared?

Hello Mr. Crow has your little boy left home - did he run away
Well I hope he'll soon be back to do the show
I'm sorry you must feel quite sad when your dummy runs away without a word
That is all old Mr. Crow had heard

You know he's gone far away
I hear his voice go laughing
What of all the years we shared?

Now come on Mr. Crow my dear
We'd better have this gottle o' geer

Then one fateful night into the dressing room so bright
Walked our friends hateful doll
Mr. Crow cried tears of joy all in his tea
The bad doll said kindly address me as Sir Norman, little man I am a star
And if you weren't so old maybe I'd let you be my doll

You know I've been far away
I've heard the people laugh
Now I'm a great big star

[Here they are Mr. Crow and Sir Norman...]

(J.Lynne) 3.16




Please No More Sad Songs

Yes she's leaving on the train
Never coming back again
The lines go far ahead
Got a job fixed in the city
Wants to be a star she's pretty
And I don't get a part

So please no more sad songs
I've heard enough today
Isn't it nice holding you tight, remember?

Left a note here on the floor
Where she used to knock the door
I found when I got home
Said you're gonna be a singer
Be a star and real swinger
I hope it's very nice

So please no more sad songs
I've heard enough today
Isn't it nice holding you tight, remember?

Thought she was joking when I looked around
Went to her room and saw her things had gone
She must have flown, ahhh

Yes she's left upon the train
Never coming back again
The lines went far away
Got her job in the big city
She became a star so pretty
Now I don't know her name

So please no more sad songs
I've heard enough today
Isn't it nice holding you tight, remember?

So please no more sad songs
I've heard enough today
Isn't it nice holding you tight, remember?

Isn't it nice holding you tight, remember?

(J.Lynne) 3.19




Follow Me Follow

See how they go on the wings of a shiny bird
And the reasons for them leaving is not easy

Follow me follow
Follow me too far away
Follow me follow
Where you will go

See how they go on the wings of a shiny bird
And they'll all be friends together now they're leaving
See how they try to be hap-py when they're leaving home
But the captain of the shinybird won't wait now

Follow me follow
Follow me too far away
Follow me follow
Where you will go

See how they go on the wings of a shiny bird
And the reasons for them leaving is not easy

Follow me follow
Follow me too far away
Follow me follow
Where you will go

(repeat chorus)

(J.Lynne) 2.46




On With The Show

Sun is shining for me
I'll be on my way
I'll be rolling along, cos I need to
Feel alright
From the evening till the early light
Nowhere to go but it's on with the show

Wander down in the lane
I'll be strolling to
I do a brave show for you , don't you know I
Feel alright
From the evening to the early light
Nowhere to go but its on with the show

Feel alright
From the evening to the early light
Nowhere to go but it's on with the show

(J.Lynne) 2.19




Lucky Man

I'm very lucky I think you'll agree

I've lost the key to my front door
I can't get in there anymore, oh my
I've lost the key to my love's heart
I t's down the drain and in the dark, oh my

I'm very lucky I think you'll agree

As I was riding home from work
I saw a robber steal a shirt, oh my
I shouted "Oi!" and yelled "Stop! Thief!"
The policeman booked me for disturbing the peace, oh my

I'm very lucky I think you'll agree

As I was swimming in the sea
I came across a bomb or three, oh my
I took them to the coast guard man
Who said "Hurry up and get th...", oh my

I'm very lucky I think you'll agree

I've lost the key to my front door
I can't get in there anymore, oh my
I've lost the key to my love's heart
It's down the drain and in the dark, oh my

I'm very lucky I think you'll agree

(J.Lynne) 2.36




Imposters Of Life's Magazine

How do you know, what you feel Is it real, is it?
How do you know, what you see Is it seen, is it?

Impostors of life's magazine
Impostors of life's magazine
How do you know, how do your friends forsake you?
Your name from their memories has gone

You may be left out in the cold
If so, do not despair
Just read the magazine my friend
Your name is printed there

Impostors of life's magazine
Impostors of life's magazine

Touch your friends girl, will he mind, will his mind, will it?
Feel your friends think, in their thoughts They're with you, are they?

Impostors of life's magazine
Impostors of life's magazine
You may be left out in the cold If so, do not despair
Just read the magazine my friend
Your name is printed there
Impostors of life's magazine
Impostors of life's magazine
Impostors of life's magazine
Impostors of life's magazine

1968 (J.Lynne) 2.17




Days Of The Broken Arrows

There goes that little girl again
Her years have passed, but all in vain
The birds have fallen from the trees
And it is told in these old memories

Birds on the wing at the end of the day
The trees of green and brown you see
Have suddenly turned grey

Don't be too sad when you're waiting for death
The message on the garden wall says
Mickey Mouse is bad

Ooh, Need, I need, I need, I need her
The broken arrows in the door, there's lots of Indians
Ooh, Need, I need, I need, I need her
The grass has grown above her hair
The pretty patterned teddy bear
Aah, aah aah yeah yeah

Her baby cries in the heat of the night
Footsteps up the stairs her mother's there to hold her tight

Happy young child and his dog running wild
Spring is in the air and they've been running for a mile

Remember when that girl was 5 years old
Now she's grown older with the lie she told

Why did this happen, where did I do wrong?
I know that now I'm home I'm not too young and then I'm gone

Ooh, Need, I need, I need, I need her
The broken arrows in the door; there's lots of Indians
Ooh, Need, I need, I need, I need her
The grass has grown above her hair
The pretty patterned teddy bear
Aah, aah aah yeah yeah

Birds on the wing at the end of the day
The trees of green and brown you see
Have suddenly turned grey

1969 (J.Lynne) 3.47




I Like My Toys

I have a train set and a garage full of cars
And a soldier with a gun
My mother says I should have more
responsibility
As I'm nearly 31

I have a plane, I have a crane
That can lift up all my trains and all my cars
I have a boat that doesn't float
But a big machine that takes me to the stars

But my mother says I should get a job
Or my father she will tell
She says 16 years is a long enough rest
Though I say that I'm not well

I have a train set and a garage full of cars
And a soldier with a gun
My mother says she'll break up all my toys and all my games
And she'll say I'm not her son

But your mother says you should get a job
Or your father she will tell
She says 16 years is a long enough rest
Though you say that you're not well

I had a plane, I had a crane
That could lift up all my trains and all my cars
I had a boat that couldn't float
So my machine and me are going to the stars

(J.Lynne) 2.10




Sea Of Dreams

Little girl in the sea of dreams
There's a smile on her little face
She looked around she could see no peace
Her heart was sad and her body weak

Dum, dum, dooby-dum dum dum (repeat)

But in her dream she was big and strong
She fell in love with a sailor
He travelled far off to distant lands
He never travelled to see her

Dum, dum, dooby-dum dum dum (repeat)

Then one night a strange man did come
He whispered words unto her mother
Little girl in the sea of dreams
She closed her eyes and met her maker

(J.Lynne) 3.13




A Better Life (The Weatherman Knows)

Hush little baby, don't you cry
Oh-oh, don't you cry
Maybe tomorrow's, a better life
Oh-oh, if you try

Rain is falling all around
Storm came, it brings you down
But if you lose your mind
Weatherman, in his overcoat

Look up in the sky now, the weatherman cry now
Oh-oh, the window pane
Damp in the valley, up in the alley
Oh-oh, it's pouring rain

Rain is falling all around
Storm came, it brings you down
So let your mind roll on
Weatherman, dries the lonely tears

Early in the morning, while the sun's still yawning
Oh-oh, smiles on you
Maybe today is, a better life
Oh-oh, if we try

Sun is shining all around
It warms your heart and melts the cloud
But if your mind can see
Weatherman, smiles a lonely smile

(J.Lynne) 2.45




Worn Red Carpet

Walk up-on my worn red carpet
Bought cheap in an antique market

A winding path that stretches far
Further than the eye can see
Take the stroll to happiness
Joy and mystery

Walk up-on my worn red carpet
Bought cheap in an antique market

Pleasant times are there for you
Or anyone who follows me
A seek through world of silent sounds
Filled with ecstasy

Will the piper call the tune
You'll be back again so soon

Walk up-on my worn red carpet
Bought cheap in an antique market

Will the piper call the tune
You'll be back again so soon

Walk up-on my worn red carpet
Bought cheap in an antique market

Walk up-on my worn red carpet
Bought cheap in an antique market

1969 (D.Pritchard) 3.00




Someone's Knocking

Someone knocked my door 'round about half past four this morning
Despite what I said, I was out of bed still yawning
Well that's it once again, someone knocking
Going through my head wish they'd stop it

I walked down the stairs just a little bit scared - apprehensive
With a few judged words that shouldn't be heard reprehencin'
Well that's it once again, someone knocking
Going through my head wish they'd stop it

So I opened up just to take a look, was I dreamin'?
There was no-one there just the cold night air - I was dreamin'

Going through my head wish they'd stop it

(D.Pritchard) 2.51




Hurry Up John

I'd love to carve my name of him she said
And tie this rope around your head she said

Hurry up John (hurry up John)
Hurry up John (hurry up John )

Then she rolled me up and said
I look very strange without a head
It was time I should be gone
But I was waiting for John, to take me home

I've gone too near the edge, you'll fall she said

Hurry up John (hurry up John)
Hurry along (hurry along)

Then she rolled me up and said
I'd look very strange without a head
It was time I should be gone
But I was waiting for John to take me home (J.Lynne) 3.32




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