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Nam Shan thank you ma'am

by Pete Slater

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    Written & recorded in Hong Kong (2002-2005)
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1.
Time to go 04:24
Seven long years since we took that trip Steaming day, early May as I remember it The air was fresh and heavy with that Kai Tak Nullah smell I see it all so clearly now, I see it all so well. As raindrops fell and lightning danced a ballet The old tram cars from Shau Kei Wan went rattling down the valley Then we moved out to the country, down Hirams's lost Highway Swinging into old Sai Kung on that dirty green 1A CH. Time to go yes it's time to go When we first came it was summer rain now we miss the melting snow Never thought I'd hear me say these words twelve months ago But I've seen the signs read between the lines and I guess it's time to go Seven long years how the time has flown Good friends have come good friends have gone and how the kids have grown And the old men playing mahjong on the streets of Tsuen Kwan O They bring to mind another place and time I'm a thinking it's time to go CH. repeat It's time to go
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Heavenly 03:32
Jenny I saw you down by the river then again I didn't see you at all Jenny I saw you down by the river with your lover so strong and tall Jenny I saw you finally deliver the blow to end it all Jenny I saw you down by the river then again I didn't see you at all Jenny I saw you run through the trees and you know - you looked small Jenny you followed the blood red water down to the waterfall Jenny I saw you running through the trees you know you didn't see me at all An' Jenny I saw you down by the river - you turned ... CH It was heavenly The smile you gave to me It was heavenly Jenny I saw you down by the river then again I didn't see you at all Jenny I saw you down by the river with your lover so strong and tall Jenny I saw the blood red water down at the waterfall Jenny I saw you finally deliver the blow to end it all CH repeat
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Taken out of context I thought it might have been A cruel hearted lover (or one a lot like him) Taking advantage of your thin skin Going down into the cellar for some wine, whisky & gin Taking advantage of the state that you were in Down in the cellar of your soul Buildings like crayons with unseen clientele Taxi cabs, hot dog stands, slopes and parallels Disappear into the ocean like an ocean hides a shell Dancing through the dizy streets, floating on a carousel Nothing could make me I'd never ever dwell Down in the cellar of your soul Thank you from the basement of my heart Thank you that's where my thanking starts Thank you from the basement of my heart Down into the cellar of your soul Deep inside my raincoat pocket there's an old box of confetti I never got to use it much my hands all cold and sweaty A falling star met shangri-la out on that beat up jetty I should have thrown that paper up but something wouldn't let me You turned and smiled so easily You knew you'd got the best of me Down in the cellar of your soul Down in the cellar of your soul Down in the cellar of your soul
4.
If you knew a man like me With a heavy heart weighed down eternally Whose tender fate I contemplate and think on Whose armour plate I rest my half drunk drink on Would you tell him what you thought most honestly? If you knew a man like me Down among the scented flowers. Well he lost one hundred hours Through those gentle streets he lost a hundred more He knew his love would last forever. Bright as gold, tough as leather Under heaven's moon they swayed along the shore But time was not on his side, not on her side, not on their side Time and tide saw pride before the fall If you knew a man like me By the well beside the river. He was wishing that he never Got up early just to hear the morning bell She held everything together. He was right, she was clever But the bell rang still as evening shadow fell Just one love song to linger on when all the love is dead and gone Would you tell him that was wish was Gods Just Will ? If you knew a man like me If you knew a man like me With a heart of gold that anyone can see No secrets you must look him in the eye for No mighty dream to reach up to the sky for Whose love is just but a faded memory If you were a man like me
5.
Hate 03:35
Hate ain't comin' through the window Comin' through the front door today Hate ain't comin' through the window Comin' through the front door today What are we bound to do? What must we say? What are we bound to do? Someday Hate ain't hiding in the back room Sitting on the front porch today Hate ain't hiding in the back room Sitting on the front porch today What are we bound to do? Where must we go? What are we bound to do? I don't know Hate ain't waitin' in the shadows Standing in the bright light today Hate ain't waitin' in the shadows Standing in the bright light today What are we going to say? What must we do What are we gonna to say? Up to you
6.
I can't believe we did just meet Everything it seemed so sweet I'm gonna leave it 'til the morning My head give me some kind of a warning Whisky and beer Made it all unclear But I know, I know, I know But I've been a-walkin' with Elaine She said she wants to change her name But I've got to leave it 'til the morning My head just give me a warning Whisky and beer Made it all unclear But I know, I know And I don't think I can go In the morning When it comes Well done made a fool of me again Know I'm goinna feel the pain Well I'm gonna wake up in the morning My head give me some kind of a warning Whisky and beer Made it all unclear But I know, I know And I don't think that I can go In the morning When it comes When it comes When it comes
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Catching up on afterthoughts I had well after time Catching up on afterthoughts One day I let them go, I make you mine And you talkin' temptation The blood ran from my mind That situation leaves me Temporarily blind Give me back my innocence the one that I have lost Give me back my inner sense you know I pay the price I know the cost You're talking frustration Someone ran through my mind That situation leaves me Temporarily blind Temporarily compromised Temporarily on your side Temporarily seen the light Temporarily I just can't fight Temporarily my hearts on fire Temporarily with some desire Temporarily I'm hypnotised Temporarily I know where I will go tonight Catching up on afterthoughts I had well after time Catching up on afterthoughts One day I let them go, I make you mine And you talkin' temptation Someone ran through my mind That situation leaves me Temporarily blind Temporarily compromised Temporarily on your side Temporarily seen the light Temporarily I just can't fight Temporarily my hearts on fire Temporarily with some desire Temporarily I'm hypnotised Temporarily I know where I will go tonight So give me back my innocence the one that I have lost Give me back my inner sense you know I'll pay the price I know the cost And you talkin' temptation The love went from my mind That situation leaves me Temporarily blind
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Falling 04:33
You caught my name I caught your scent Neither of us really knew What any of it really meant We went running out I heard your old man calling What's that all about? Can't you see, can't you see That I'm falling? We took the bus You took the stares Neither of us really knew Why anybody really cares We went running out But I heard my old man calling Say what's this all about? I said can't you see, and I said can't you see That I'm falling? Falling from the clouds I'm falling And I don't know if I'm ever coming down You caught my name I caught your scent Neither of us really knew What any of it really meant We went steppin' out I heard my old friends calling Hey what's that all about? I said can't you see, I said can't you see That I'm falling? Falling from the clouds I'm falling And I don't know if I'm ever coming down
9.
Wiseman 03:21
Wiseman., wiseman, drive your Toyota With your daughter in the back in a plain white dress - whoaah Wiseman, wiseman, drive her to the alter Down a barren dusty track through fields that you both know Wiseman, wiseman, stub another cigarette Into the pavement by the big church door - whoaah Wiseman, wiseman, under your patent leather soles So everbody knows she's leaving home She's been up all night Her mind's been racin' With thoughts of you You've been up all night An' your old bones aching, but now It's a sunny day and they feel new And she'll still love you She'll still love you She'll still love you Yeah Wiseman, wiseman, drive your Toyota Back along the track to the place that you can't leave Wiseman, wiseman your willpower falters And the skies so full of dust you can hardly breathe You'll be up all night An' your mind racin' With thoughts of her and her old place But oh! a sunny day and you'll come through And she'll still love you She'll still love you She'll still love you Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
10.
Narvacan 03:36
Gather round, listen well To the story I will tell From Sai Kung, to Narvacan This is how it all began To a cab to Chek Lap Kok Took a drink in the bar Got on board a CR jet Headed down to Laoag Took a bus To Narvacan People and places I don't understand Rum and gin In Narvacan When the sun goes down Narvacan, Sea and sand The place where I must be Narvacan, Narvacan I feel you in my bloodstream Narvacan, Narvacan Wedding vows and preacher man While the music plays to the drummer man Down in Narvacan Narvacan, Narvacan I can see you in my dreams Feel your presence in my bones and my blood is feeling mean Getting late in Narvacan Still the music plays Dancing down in Narvacan I hope that I'll be coming back again I hope that I'll be coming back again I hope that I'll be coming back again
11.
Lonely me 04:14
Someone left the light on Now I cannot see Lonely, lonely man Lonely me Fire and illusion Are they the master key? Lonely, lonely man Lonely me The highway is for gamblers I heard a wiseman say I'm not in for for a soft landing Just love to find a better way And the highway is for drifters Who never knew the sea I'm not trying to Paint the best for you Just hope that you'll agree With my eyes wide open I'm as blind as I can be Lonely, lonely man Lonely me Well the highway is for sailors' Devoted loyalty I'm not trying to Paint the best for you I hope that you can see Someone left the light on Now I cannot see Lonely, lonely man Lonely me Lonely me Lonely me
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Last night I cried and I felt my heart die When you, you walked away Ever since then I've been banging my head against the wall How can I pretend? When the stairs that I climb are the stairs to your mind And not just the stairs to your room I've got a feeling that you're deep inside of me And I'm hoping to let you out soon When I'm awake and I'm thinking of you Is that unusual? No now not at all When I'm asleep and I'm dreaming of you Is that unusual? No now not at all Whoa how come my mind loses track all the time? How come I feel so lonesome and confused? I've got a feeling that you're deep inside of me And I'm hoping to let you out soon And how come my - heart misses - when you're near me? How come I feel I'm locked inside a tomb? Well I've got a feeling that you're deep inside of me And I'm hoping to let you out soon But I've got a feeling that you're deep inside of me And I'm hoping to let you out soon Hoping to let you out Hoping to let you out soon
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Written and recorded in Nam Shan Village, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

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released July 1, 2005

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*Cocaine blues - trad. adapted by Rev. Gary Davies

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