Distant Light

Type Albums
Release Date 08-10-1971
Chart Position
Label Parlophone
Catalogue No LP: PAS 10005 - TC: TC PAS 10005 - 8T: 8X PAS 10005
Content
Format
LP: Stereo
Tape Cassette
8 Track
Catalogue Number
LP: PAS 10005
TC: TC PAS 10005
8T: 8X PAS 10005 

 

11 Tracks

  1. What A Life I've Led (Hicks / Lynch)
  2. Look What We've Got (Hicks / Lynch)
  3. Hold On (Clarke)
  4. Pull Down The Blind (Sylvester)
  5. To Do With Love (Hicks / Lynch)
  6. Promised Land (Hicks / Lynch)
  1. Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) (Clarke / Cook / Greenaway)
  2. You Know The Score (Sylvester / Clarke)
  3. Cable Car (Sylvester)
  4. A Little Thing Like Love (Clarke / Macaulay)
  5. Long Dark Road (Hicks / Lynch)

 

What A Life I've Led (Hicks / Lynch)
There never was a man so doggone mean
I wore only black and my eyes were green
And I can tell you now that I'm very old
I'd kill any man for a piece of gold

Oh what a life I've led
I've been a real bad man and I oughta be dead
Oh what a life I've led
I've been real mean man, full of cheating and lying
Left a lot of men dead and a lot of girls crying
Yes I did

I rode into Dodge on a sunny day
I went there to steal all the railmen's pay
And when I left town all the streets ran red
I had ten grand in gold, and three guards lay dead

Oh what a life I've led
I've been a real bad man and I oughta be dead
Oh what a life I've led
I've been real mean man, full of cheating and lying
Left a lot of men dead and a lot of girls crying
Yes I did

Break

I was a bad man with a heart made of stone
If you were a wise man, you would've left me alone

I've lived all my life, such a lonely one
Just me and my horse and a fine six-gun
I've lived and I've loved and I knew great pain
But I know now I'd do it over again

Singing

Oh what a life I've led
I've been a real bad man and I oughta be dead
Oh what a life I've led
I've been real mean man, full of cheating and lying
Left a lot of men dead and a lot of girls crying

Oh what a life I've led
I've been a real bad man and I oughta be dead
Oh what a life I've led
I've been real mean man, full of cheating and lying
Left a lot of men dead and a lot of girls crying

Oh

 

Look What We've Got (Hicks / Lynch)
Sipping at the wine
Drinking all the time
Drinking kinda slow
Hoping it won't go
See when I get dry
I just sit and cry over my baby

Seems that in the past
It was gonna last
Somewhere it went wrong
All the good times gone
But I don't know why
So I sit and cry over my baby

Well, now, yeah I thought that, I thought that
If we could take it, we'd love each other so much
We'd be sure to make it
But oh baby, oh my baby
Look what we've got
There's nothing at all

Livin' with the bad times
Stretched out on my bed
Images of you, girl
Running through my head
Wish that I could die
So I lay and cry over my baby

Break

Sipping at the wine
I'm drinking all the time
I'm drinking kinda slow
And I'm hoping it won't go
See when I get dry
I just sit and cry over my baby

Well, now, I thought that, I thought that
If we could take it, we'd love each other so much
We'd be sure to make it
But oh baby, oh my baby
Well look what we've got
There's nothing at all

Look what we've got
There's nothing at all

Look what we've got, Look what we've got
Nothing at all

Oh, look what we've got
There's nothing at all

Look what we've got

 

Hold On (Clarke)
Standing on a corner
Nothing on my mind
When walked past a woman
She looked my kind

I said a hey there woman
What you got to do
She took one look at me and said baby
I'd like to be with you
Hold on

Wait a minute woman
I ain't the kind to phase
And I ain't that kind of woman, baby
So she says

She led me to a dwellin'
Just along the street
The best part of town baby
We gotta be discreet
Hold on (Hold on)

Break

Got to the apartment
Number C sixteen
My, what a place it was
Best I've ever seen

She headed to the bedroom
Came upon the door
Wait a minute, darling
While I slip into something cool

I was getting excited
One thing on mind
When she rushed out of the bedroom
Said You'd better hide

She slowed me my movements
He caught me by the door
What was left on me, baby
Was landing on the floor
Hold On

 

Pull Down The Blind (Sylvester)
Sitting here alone
Drinking from an empty can of beer
Wishing you were here

Think I hear the bell
Must be my imagination
Hoping you'll appear

Are you feeling well
Would you write a letter just to say
Had a lovely day

I never realised
How lonely I would be without you
I guess I'll pull down the blind

I've finished all the wine
I guess I'll pull down the blind
I feel I'm feeling fine

Break

Had a busy day
Brought in the milk And saw the folks next door
Who could ask for more

Tomorrow leaves today
I look at a photograph of you and me
How's the family

I guess I'll pull down the blind
I've finished all the wine
I guess I'll pull down the blind
I feel I'm feeling fine

 

To Do With Love (Hicks / Lynch)
Next time I meet a girl
I won't ask her her name
Or where she's been
Or where she came from

The last time I found love
It only brought me pain
The problems almost took me over

I was washing up for mother, I was lighting pipes for pa 
And fetching water
And that's got nothing at all, no that's got nothing at all
To do with love

Next time I meet a girl
I won't tell her my name
Or where I've been
Or where I came from

I'll take a hold of her
And love her just the same
No need to mention past acquaintances

I just want someone to love me
And someone to like the presents
That I bought her
'Cause that's got something to do
Yes, that's got something to do
To do with love

Break

Each girl I meet comes up wronger
And I can't take it all much longer
No, I can't no

Next time I meet a girl
I won't tell her my name
Or where I've been
Or where I came from

I'll take a hold of her
And love her just the same
No need to mention past acquaintances

I just want someone to love me
And someone to like the presents
That I bought her
'Cause that's got something to do
Yes, that's got something to do
To do with love

 

Promised Land (Hicks / Lynch)
Where, where is the promised land
Where, where is the promised land
It can't be found in Viet Nam
It can't be where the eagle has landed
If we want peace for every man
We've gotta make the world demand it

Now I see the flag is flying
We've got to help them stop the dying
We must bring back the soldier boys
We mustn't let them die for nothing
War's not a game when played with toys
Let's change the game and let's start loving

Break

Soldiers never fight alone
There's just as much fighting going on at home

Protests, violence, marches
It's all going on at home
Bring them all back home

Bring them all back home

Bring them all back home

Bring them all back home

Bring them all back home

 

Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) (Clarke / Cook / Greenaway)
Saturday night I was downtown 
Working for the FBI 
Sitting in a nest of bad men 
Whisky bottles piling high

Bootlegging boozer on the west side
Full of people who are doing wrong
Just about to call up the DA man
When I heard this woman singing a song

A pair of 45's made me open my eyes
My temperature started to rise
She was a long cool woman in a black dress
Just a 5'9, beautiful tall
With just one look I was a bad mess
'Cos that long cool woman had it all

I saw her headin' to the table
Well a tall walking big black cat
When Charlie said I hope that you're able boy
Well I'm telling you she knows where it's at
Well suddenly we heard the sirens
And everybody started to run
A jumping out of doors and tables
Well I heard somebody shooting a gun

Well the DA was pumping my left hand
And then she was a-holding my right
Well I told her don't get scared
'Cos you're gonna be spared
Well I've gotta be forgiven
If I wanna spend my living
With a long cool woman in a black dress
Just a 5'9 beautiful tall
Well, with just one look I was a bad mess
'Cos that long cool woman had it all

Had it all
Had it all
Had it all
Had it all
Had it all
Wooh
Had it all
She Had it all
She Had it all

 


You Know The Score (Sylvester / Clarke)
Look to the east and I look to the west
Trying to find a place where there's rest
I know where I go, you know it's the same show
People turning their backs, not wanting to know

Look there son, you'll find hungry mouths
Saying please feed me well I'm only a child
All around you'll find fallow ground
But you can't plough a field with a hundred missiles

You know the score
You know it's war
Death and destruction
We gotta change it now
Lord only knows how
Can you need some more

Where have all the rainbows gone
Where, where, where
My, oh God, says he's seen better days
Where, where, where

Break

Speak to me Lord, Speak to me Lord
Come on down with your fiery sword
Rid this place of all its hate
Show your face before it's too late

You know the score
You know it's war
Death and destruction
Death and destruction

Death and destruction
We gotta change it now
Lord only knows how

 

Cable Car (Sylvester)
Cable car, flying high
Passing star wondering why
Did she go or did she die
I don't know

Mountainside, not so green
Snow is more than ever seen
Will she come back in a dream
I don't know

Thoughts of her reminding me
Of a time I couldn't see
Anything but you and me together

Colored cloud, on you go
To a land you may not know
If you see her
Tell her I'm so alone

Break

Colored cloud, on you go
To a land you may not know
If you see her
Tell her I'm so alone

 

A Little Thing Like Love (Clarke / Macaulay)
Took you from Dakota from the Black Hills to the plains
I brought you up a lady and the right way to behave
Turned my pockets inside-out and not a dime was saved
And now you're trying to decide whether to go or stay

Don't let a little thing like love keep on bringing you down, my babe
Or ever change the plans you made
Don't let a little thing like tears keep on turning you 'round, my babe
You're old enough to change your ways
And if you're feeling all run down, you look for the brighter lights uptown
Don't let a little thing like me ever stand in your way

Took you on a fast train across the Rio Grande
A Mexicano wedding with a Tijuana band
You blew my whole life savings and all the gold I'd panned
So if you're trying to find a way to say your sweet goodbyes

Don't let a little thing like love keep on bringing you down, my babe
Or ever change the plans you made
Don't let a little thing like tears keep on turning you 'round, my babe
You're old enough to change your ways
And if you're feeling all run down, you look for the brighter lights uptown
Don't let a little thing like me ever stand in your way

Break

You're old enough to change your ways
And if you're feeling all run down
you look for the right to light the town
Don't let a little thing like me
Ever stand in your way

Don't let a little thing like love

 

Long Dark Road (Hicks / Lynch)
It's over, well over
In my mind and in my heart
It's over, well over
But then again it didn't have a good start

You'd tell me, try sell me
It could have been all I asked
It's over, well over
Yes there it flows away
A distant past

Now it's a long dark road
It's a long dark road
And you know I loved you
Yes, you know I loved you

Break

Now it's a long dark road
It's a long dark road
And you know I loved you
Yes, you know I loved you

It's over, well over
And we can't revive what's past
It's gone now, moved on now
But then again it didn't have a chance to last
No, no, no, a chance to last

Now it's a long dark road
It's a long dark road
And you know I loved you
Yes, you know I loved you

Now it's a long dark road
It's a long dark road
It's a long dark road

It's a long dark road

It's a long dark road

It's a long dark road

It's a long dark road

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