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Estuary English

by Bill Perry

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Song collection from 2004


released April 11, 2004

Bill Perry : Vocals, lead guitar,electric and acoustic guitars
Mark Griffiths : Electric bass, fretless bass, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
Tony South : Piano, Rhodes ,Clavinet
Chris Storr : Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Steve Hamper : Drums
Tony Sketchley : Tenor Sax

All songs / compositions by Bill Perry except "If The Tiger Disappears" by Bill Perry and Mark Griffiths

Recorded at Rooksmere Studios Northamptonshire and Secret Location, Leicestershire England

Produced by Bill Perry / Mark Hutchinson, except tracks 3 and 5, Produced by Mark Griffiths


Catalogue #PMPLP001


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Track Name: Only For You
My baby has eyes only for you
My baby has eyes only for you
I dont know what I'm going to do
My baby has eyes only for you

It's all over now
All over town
Track Name: She Had Everything
She had everything
She had the look the grace the style
She gave everything
She gave my life and then her time

Braver than a lion
As gentle as a lamb
She gave a mothers love
As only mothers can
Every encouragment
I took without a thought
Too late now for apologies
Too late because she's gone

She had everything
A pure soul and heart and mind
She gave everything
Her sacrifice for me and mine

In all the years I loved her
I never understood
Exactly what she meant to me
Or what a good son does
For tender words are useless
When unspoken in your head
The living years go rushing by
And they remain unsaid

Thank you is a phrase
That never says enough
And so my heart
Will keep the secret
Of my unspoken love
Sorry is a word I use
I use for my own sake
Now every time I close my eyes
I see her lovely face

She had everything
Track Name: If The Tiger Disappears
If the tiger disappears
Why then should we cry
It's not as if we are going to miss
All those tiger pies
And sartorially speaking
Stripes are really quite passe
And orange as a colour
Doesn't suit me ayway
As a rug they are offencive
All teeth and shoe worn skin
Now they tell me
That the bones are crushed
And used in Chinese medicine
So if the tiger disappears
It wont cause us any pain
It will however be,of course
To our eternal shame
Track Name: Magdelene
Who were you
Your headstone
Leaves us little clue
It tells you died
At three years old
In 1862
And did your fathers hair turn white with grief
Did your mothers tears flow like the stream
Did you die of something like a plague
Or something much more sinister
That we cannot contemplate

Do you now play
At God's side
And how long
Did you have to wait
Until your mother came
Magdelene your ghost rose from the grave
And made me write these words upon this page
I hope to God your little soul was saved
If not then truth and faith and youth
Are all at once betrayed

These words for you
I hope you like them
Yes I do
Perhaps your name
Will live through time
Immortalised in rhyme
Or maybe fate decided you must stay
In obscurity where you now lay
But something child I really want to say
Your ghost has touched me in a very
Very special way

Who were you
Track Name: All Talk
I'll wait outside
You can deliver the bad news
Just tell it like it is
And I have every faith and confidence
In your ability to shine

I'll wait in back
You can put forward the motion
We must play to our strengths
And I will be right here
Though I wont appear
My yellow streak will see to that

Because I'm all talk
And no action
It's a character flaw
That I possess
You know I'm all talk
And no action
I guess
Track Name: Living It Up
No tea at three
At the Ritz for me
No champagne or sushi bars
And I wont peruse
No art hung rooms
Enlightened by thier charms
It may seem so unsophisticated
Just headphones loud
And a groove

And I'll be
Living it up
Living it up
Living it up all night

No lunch at two
Secret rendevous
No champagne or oyster bars
I'm home by eight
At the phones I'll wait
Hanging with superstars
Track Name: Hero's
There's a film I've seen
Where the male lead
Is a hero of a certain kind
Always had the rugged looks
And of course comedic hooks
His teeth and hat
Were always white

Theres a star i'd seen
And as a young man dreamed
I'd emulate his playing style
And though I never made the grade
Still I'm not ashamed to say
The trip for me
Was worth the while

These hero's filled my head
But now
Like them
The dream is dead

There was a girl I'd seen
On the silver screen
And I dreamt one day
I'd walk out with her
And though it never was to be
I would'nt be her cup of tea
And there's a queue ahead of me anyhow

There was a life I'd planned
It was oh so grand
But a tribute
To my naivity
But even as I look around
I can feel a little proud
That I keep the best society

These hero's filled my head
But now
Like them
The dream is dead