Lyrics and Credits

"The musicians proved to be perfectly in sync, with high notes from the harmonica expertly complementing frontman Pete Barlow's deep, gravelly vocals.”

Stafford Newsletter

"Modern Acoustic Blues"

Wish I Was Home

SONGWRITING and CREDITS

 

Blues songs have always been about real life and NORTHBOUND's songwriting perfectly continues this tradition. The songs are all about real, life, real people and real experiences. Whether it's feeling homesick working as a travelling salesman in Room With A View or dealing with bills in Credit Card Blues, the band's lyrics always echo the struggles of real life. The album closes with the poignant Boat Song reflecting on being caught up in the rat race of modern life and lamenting the lost family time.

Recorded at Hollow Floor Studio, Audlem

Produced by Northbound and Jack Marshall

Engineered by Jack Marshall

Album cover photo by Mike Robinson mikerobinson.zenfolio.com

Band Photos Simon J Newbury simonjnewburyphotography.co.uk

Additional photos Marc Ellison and Ian Arkley

LYRICS

ROOM WITH A VIEW

 

I’ve swam in the Pacific and the California skies

But I’ve only seen the world through these lonely eyes

I wish I was home, I wish I was home with you

‘cos a room with a view is an empty room without you

 

I’ve been to Copenhagen, Paris and Notre Dame

But when you only see the airport it all looks the same

I wish I was home, I wish I was home with you

‘cos a room with a view is an empty room without you

 

I’ve stood on volcanos and I’ve walked the Golden Gate

I’ve sailed those Great Lakes but without my soul mate

‘cos a room with a view is an empty room without you

 

Flown past the Equator to feel the African rain

Swam the Indian ocean Without you it aint the same

I wish I was home, I wish I was home with you

‘cos a room with a view is an empty room without you

 

I wake up every morning, forget the place I’m at

There’s no one there beside me, no kiss, no touch, no chat

I wish I was home, I wish I was home with you

‘cos a room with a view is an empty room without you

‘cos a room with a view is an empty room without you

‘cos a room with a view, is just another an empty room without you

 

CREDIT CARD BLUES

 

Me and my baby liked to live high and fine

Go on all the big ships, go cruising all the time

But I got the Credit card blues, since they took my cards away

 

We lived the high life in the land of milk and honey

Cos nothing seems real spending plastic money

But I got the Credit card blues, since they took my cards away

 

I used to take my girl out, in a black limousine

To a fancy restaurant, with all the French cuisine

But they took my cards for living beyond my means

Now me and my baby, we dine on toast and beans

 

I should have known better I was heading for a fall

Cos I’d borrow off Peter just to pay back Paul

But I got the Credit card blues, since they took my cards away

 

The high life is just a memory I know I’m to blame

But my girl still loves me she loves me just the same

But I got the Credit card blues, since they took my cards away

SHE MOVES

 

She moves, I love to watch the way that she moves

She moves, I love to watch the way that she moves

‘cos she does what she knows and she knows what she does to me

 

She smiles, I love the way she’s smiling at me

She smiles, I love the way she’s smiling at me

‘cos she does what she knows and she knows what she does to me

 

I could easily fall and never look back, but it’s only a game and I only distract

So I’ll keep my distance; its only an act and I wont be the fly in your Venus trap

 

She’ll dance, dance without a care in the world

She’ll dance, dance without a care in the world

‘cos she does what she knows and she knows what she does to me

 

 

WHEN I CRY

 

When I cry, the tears run down my face; when I cry, the tears the tears fall to my shoes

When I cry, the tears run down my face; when I cry, I cry over you

 

When your hurtin', the tears start to fall; when your hurtin', baby, I'm hurtin too

When your hurtin' and the tears start to fall; baby I cry, I cry over you

 

When it's bad, I'll hold you in my arms; when it's bad, baby I'll never let you go

When it's bad and I hold you in my arms ; baby I'll cry, I'll cry over you

 

 

PLAYED TO WIN

 

You played me, like a cheap deck of cards

You played me, and you'd never lose

I kept losing time and time again

You played me, and you only played to win

 

 

BLUES FOR MY BABY

 

Baby bring your clothes back home

 

 

THE BALLAD OF MR BLUES

 

They published books about the things I never did, stories say I was a hell raising kid

Women in every town, going out when the sun went down

But the lies entertained more the truth they hid

 

Stories born of your own vanity, tales of sin and profanity

Mutterings of a liar, spread like a wild fire

The lies you spread said more about you than me

 

The things that you said about me were wrong, you were dishonest all along

But you’re the liar and cheat, and my revenge will be so sweet

As I immortalize you in this song

 

They say that the truth will set you free, so I’ll tell it for all the world to see

I’m a faithful man, honest is what I am

The lies you spread said more about you than me

 

 

 

WHAT MONEY CAN BUY (THE BOAT SONG)

 

I've got twenty guitars and I want one more

I won't be happy 'till they make me poor

I'm living my life for what my money can buy

 

 

 

NEVER BEEN TO MISSISSIPPI

 

I've Never been to Mississippi, never been to Chicago

Never been down the Delta, but I sure will like to go

Never been to New Orleans, where Katrina laid her flood

But I sure know what it means, To have the blues in my blood

 

I was born with the blues, always running through my blood

The Blues is when this world,

Makes you feel like you ain't no damn good

 

I've never been to the crossroads, sold my soul in the dead of night

Never been to Parchman farm, where they locked up Burka White

I've never been to Austin, and saw Stevie's Texas flood

But I got to start admitting , I still got the blues in my blood

 

Never been to Selma's bridge, didn't March on that day in spring

Never been down to Memphis, where they shot down doctor King

I've never been to little Rock, where they all study like they should

But I still feel them blues 'cos I got the blues in my blood

 

 

 

DRINK AWAY MY BLUES

 

One bottle of Jacks, One bottle of rum

One Bottle of Scotch, got me on the run

I was drinking to forget you, Drink away my blues

 

One shot of Bourbon, always wanting more

I can only escape you when I hit the floor

I was drinking to forget you, Drink away my blues

 

Reaching for Tequila, the bottle’s on the shelf

I’d party all night, a party by myself

I was drinking to forget you, Drink away my blues

 

Another bottle of bud, line ‘em up for me

Another bottle of gin, that’s all I need

I was drinking to forget you, Drink away my blues

 

 

One more beer, phases out your voice

Maybe Mojito, cocktail of choice

I was drinking to forget you, Drink away my blues

 

 

Russian and coke, takes away my cares

Helps numb my brain, to the wasted years

I was drinking to forget you, Drink away my blues

 

 

WEEP AND WORRY

 

I don't want you to weep n' worry no more, I don't want you to weep n' worry no more

In the end you see my friend, Anxious eye just hypnotise

I don't want you to weep n' worry no more

 

I don't want you to cry yourself to sleep, I don't want you to cry yourself to sleep

In the night it won't seem right and your pain will come again

I don't want you to weep n' worry no more

 

I don't want you to fear the comin’ day, I don't want you to fear the comin’ day

Don’t fear the things tomorrow brings, I’ll be here to hold you near

I don't want you to weep n' worry no more

 

I just wanna hold you in my arms, I just wanna hold you in my arms

Wind and rain will come again but my embrace will keep you safe

I don't want you to weep n' worry no more

 

 

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