England's Dreaming Spires

by Village Green Machine

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1.
I can feel the wind blowing through my hair Take me for a ride on a rollercoaster A sunshine blue sky wish away Take me on a low rent holiday Sand and sea sun and sky Fun without a care I wish I were there there there rollercoaster there there there Wild red campion jitters in the wind Sea birds glide above the rocks Their cries alone crack the silent sun On a bicycle rides Miss Hunter- Dunn On a rollercoaster she's at the front clutching her church hat And I wish I were there there there rollercoaster there there there Fish and chips first then a toffee apple Then a pint of bright red fizzy pop I think the chemiicals reacted together as we broached the incline and surveyed the drop The summers come its time to drive the Anglia away Very soon we'll be there there there rollercoaster there there there
2.
Shes had a couple of beers you'd better close your ears She'll say ' I don't believe it' when a largey walks in ' She'll say ' You know what my father would have said, thats a bag tied up ugly ' She'll say ' look at the size of those thundering thighs- those are walnut crushers if ever I've seen the like- she should get on her bike and melt some blubber away ' She's just like nan on Catherine Tate I can't take her anywhere Large people beware she'll declare you a disgraceful individual On the very next table sits the lord mayors wife weighing in at twenty seven stones Mother yes there are hungry people on the planet I know She says the barmaids slacker than the ace of spades as she lights another amidst her incredulous tirade and then a handsome man catches her eye She's just like nan on Catherine Tate I can't take her anywhere She says what she thinks at the top of her voice...
3.
Does she hear me whisper Does she hear me cry Is she watching over me Or is death the last goodbye I believe she may be near Smiling fondly on our tears Does she rest in silence or prowl the mansion grounds Grace and light behold her and peace her soul surrounds I believe she rests in heaven but sometimes she must return The Ghost Princess Of Aston Hall wears Lace Silver ghost upon the wing rising to the sun We think of you each day at peace with God at one The Ghost Princess Of Aston Hall Returns to see her waterfall The Ghost Princess of Aston Hall wears white Her ghost a slowly moving radiant light Her smile says what a thousand words can't say As down the ancient corridor through dark she returns to a place of joy warmth and light ...
4.
Goodnight sleep peacefully wherever you may roam Goodnight sleep peacefully I know you're far from home Feel me for I am near Feel me for I am here I want you to know there should be more in the world like you but unfortunately you're a minority My Eccentric Cousin This songs for you Goodnight the sands of time have drawn up to the shore Goodnight I'll watch you sleep then quietly close the door Feel me for I am here Feel me I'm always near I want you to know... Your friends will wait for you in the next room on from here Goodnight sleep peacefully Step into the hidden light...
5.
Seaside Town 02:49
Silver wings and speckled eggs Silver birds pink reptilian legs Gliding through the warm sea air Free of burden free of care Tumbledown seaside town Never shed your shabby gown You've seen better days Like an old violin with the greatest tunes to play The trains hypnotic rat-tat-tat Lulls me into a disengaged trance The hills and sheep and rabbit crap Lead my feet a merry dance And I can still remember the big kid who said I'll swap you some nuts for one of my sweets And the television room where they lit boxes of matches And the pale blue paintwork now long gone Tumbledown seaside town Never shed your shabby gown You've seen better days Like an old violin with the greatest tunes to play
6.
We'll head for Devon in my Hillman Minx where the coastline hems the shore So run with me to where the cliffs of chalk are a proud promontory Run with me to where the air is clean lets lead a pure and simple life Dreams like these can come to pass This English Summer We're gonna have fun fun fun Run with me This English Summer The bells will peal from the village church upon a perfect summers day Honeysuckle scent will be the air as the parishioners kneel to pray So let me take you where a tranquil sea will dance the diamonds of the sun Forget the suburbs now lets go on holiday This English Summer I believe that in the name of progress we have lost more than we've gained I believe we should protect and cherish what little now remains So run with me to where the strawberry jam is served with cream and buttered scones English seaside town Fit for a King This English Summer I believe we should erect a wall to keep do-gooders out The 'not-in-my-backyard' soft leather shoe brigade can pad around outside The left aren't right but then the right aren't left can I see you pants Lets run away to boulders warm This English Summer
7.
Keep on dancin' Get in the groove Keep on dancing Lets all move Lets generate some action Step with the gods This one ain't for the rockers This is one for the mods Keep on dancing Lets do it with style Theres a new generation The scene is still wild For the mods one for the mods...
8.
Psychodrama 02:50
Things were happening Things were cool Then things started changing I got caught up in a PSYCHODRAMA! Rama-lama-lama-bam-boo Psychodrama Psychodrama tore me in two When you're walking down the road of love You'd better be careful DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN A PSYCHODRAMA Some people out there have damaged minds
9.
I really love you I really love you Its a feeling I'm not used to You make me feel that way I really don't mind my own company But with you I'm twice as happy You make me feel that way She was a friend of mine But only a friend She was a friend of mine But only a friend- of mine Dor onto door its a long corridor Its a world of inner feeling You make me feel that way She was a friend of mine But only a friend- of mine
10.
White plastic moccasins and a polyester suit A pencilled slimline waxed moustache and attache case to boot He's a travelling salesman for a minor company Selling miles of plastic smiles for an astronomical fee His white plastic moccasins help him on his way His wife's the quiet domestic type he does not respect her Though she lays on plastic dinner parties for the company director She's drinking gin like lemonade who on earth can blame her He's an emancipated chimpanzee and she's a monkey tamer His white plastic moccasins help him on his way He drives an eighties Astra or is it a Vauxhall Viva At least its not a Robin Reliant three wheeler Like Micheal Caine in Alfi he can crack a gold toothed smile But I'd better warn you now old chap in truth he can be vile -A one man Gestapo in a pair of nylon slacks His white plastic Moccasins help him on his way
11.
Hes a hillbilly redneck Hes a country boy Theres so much in the hilltops to enjoy His word for black folks I hadn't better say He's a Hillbilly Redneck All the way He says a womans place is under a mans thumb Doing needlework and things wholesome Despite that moustache he swears he's not game He's a Hillbilly Redneck all the way He's a hunting shooting fishing pistol swishing kind of guy His masculinity no one would deny He's loyal to his flock of sheep and he says that its his job to keep them 24 hours a day satisfied He guards his views with a perimeter fence defending them with viloence towards those who are living on the other side He's a Hillbilly Redbneck He's been around the world as his lifes experience has unfurled he has stayed parochial wherever he has strayed cos he's a Hillbilly Redneck All the way He's a hunting shooting fishing pistol swishing kind of guy His masculinity no one dares decry All his furry farmyard friends hold placards next to their rear ends saying ' sorry closed- we'd really rather fry ' He was caught on drugs in a rubber vest which he was wearing underneath his mothers dress as the sirens mingled with his yodelling cries...
12.
I love you like I've never loved before Words cannot express what is happening to me You're nothing like the women we get around here The yes-but-no-but- allright-y'all urban ghetto girl mingers The whole of my heart the whole of my soul The whole of my heart is the thing you control The whole of my heart the whole of my soul The whole of my heart is the thing thats under your sweet control Lovely body clever face and pretty mind We'll leave the burned out cars and tower blocks behind You're nothin like the women we get around here The yes-but-no-but-allright-y'all girls with threpenny bit fingers The whole of my heart the whole of my soul... I love you like I've never loved before Angel princess tailoress with thread of gold... Paradise mountains is where we'll go To the loch of lakes and sunsets where silver mist lingers

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Album review by Shindig!

England's Dreaming Spires, as its title readily suggests, taps into a very specific and cherishable vein of UK popsike. However, while Marcs unadorned English singing voice betrays a loving debt to Syd Barrett and often calls to mind David Gedge of The Wedding Present, oddly the finished product utilises a considerably broader palette than one might expect. The super-clean guitars and splashy drums, deliriously awash in a bath of reverb, are closer in essence to Joe Meek than George Martin, while Marcs lyrics throughout are sharply observant, wholly contemporary, insightful and witty.
You Make Me Feel That Way, Rollercoaster and The Whole Of My Heart, all effortlessly immediate, would be hit records in any truly civilised society, while My Eccentric Cousin is what 65-era Dylan would have sounded like sharing a travelling rug with Phil Spector in a rainy Birmingham bus shelter.
Marco Rossi (Shindig!)

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released May 10, 2009

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