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SACK-CLOTH AND ASHES
SADDLE-SORE
SANCTUARY (PIRATES IN THE SUN )
SCATTERED FRAGMENTS
SEA 0F STORMS, SEA OF TRANQUILITY
SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS
SECRETS OF THE SEVENTH SILENT INVASION
SELF-INFLICTED INJURIES
SHAKIN' OUT OF YOUR SHOES
SIDE EFFECTS OF SOMNAMBULISM
SOLID SILVER LOCKET
SPRINGBOARD
SQUARE ONE
STRICT INSTRUCTIONS
SUFFERING INDIGNITY
SWIRLING MISTS

 

 

 

 

 

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SACK-CLOTH AND ASHES Song lyric 127

Humble and meek are those who seek
The hereafter and eternal life
And should be exalted from bleak
Surroundings and earthly strife

Holy and righteous, those who appear
Immaculate and meticulous.
Disciples follow faith but fear
The ludicrous and ridiculous.

Happy and sad are those who fast
Yet wear sack-cloth an ashes.
Smiles and laughter never last,
Teardrops flow through eyelashes.
Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 127

 

 

 

 

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SADDLE-SORE Song lyric 178

Snow-capped mountains in the distance
Beckon us along the track.
They offer no resistance.
There ain’t no going back.

Maple syrup on the pancakes,
Half-way along our route.
Now it won’t take us much longer.
We should arrive without dispute.

We must feed and water the horses.
Then we can take time out to rest.
We continue on our journey
Feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Saddle-sore and feeling tired
I think it’s time to hit the hay.
Sweet dreams of you are inspired
By one truly memorable day.

Copyright 2001 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 178

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SANCTUARY ( PIRATES IN THE SUN ) Song lyric 077

They’re going to adjust your attitude.
Someone else will test your aptitude.
Then make way for the pirates in the sun.
They’re going to mend your broken fuse.
Who’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse?
Then throw you to the pirates in the sun.

Other friends may offer you sanctuary,
So seek a safe haven from the mortuary.
Accept their offer of support.
Flee the skull and crossbones, don’t get caught.
Try to escape the pirates in the sun.

You’re going to sail the ocean wide.
Land on a tropic isle on the other side,
Your hide-out from the pirates in the sun.
When you return, you will break the curse
That put your whole life in reverse,
If you avoid the pirates in the sun.

Unfurl your sails and race with the breeze.
Allow a safe distance from the enemies.
Eldorado, doesn’t exist anymore.
Except for the dreamers who need to explore
Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P. Strand

 

 

 

 

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SCATTERED FRAGMENTS Song lyric 056

Scattered fragments of memories,
Scattered remnants of reverie
Fairly simply demonstrate
A chequered pattern of the past
And the future will desiccate
Into atoms, as could be forecast.

Tortured corners of meditation,
Nurtured souvenirs of dedication
Symbolise the empty phase
An alternative to the regret
And the bitter knowledge that stays
Implanted too deep to forget

Acute agony and anguish
Which no-one can extinguish
Will run together side by side
And will ache together deep inside.

Copyright 1973 Arthur J.P. Strand.
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SEA 0F STORMS, SEA OF TRANQUILITY Song lyric 082

1. The calm before the storm.

A blue sky flecked with wispy white clouds,
A slight swell on the ocean and the sun is high.
Midday heat fanned by a gentle breeze
It’s so idyllic to be afloat on the high seas.

2. The depression and eruption.

The winds whip the waves, fleeing seabirds cry,
The quiet day changes and advancing clouds form.
The distant thunder rumbles out a reply,
Announcing peril, the imminent storm.

3. Zenith of the raging tempest.

Howling blasts of wind, the raging swell
Sprays the decks, lashing rain.
Changing watches with the clanging bell
All hands at the mercy of a hurricane.

4. Tranquility restored

Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P. Strand
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SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS Song lyric 055

First impression is sour aggression,
Down trodden look and dour expression.
Psychological intimidation
Gains control and subordination.

Second-class citizens are all well aware
Of their indelicate position, living in despair.

Golden-hearted but truth’s hurt smarted,
As powerless now as were the dear-departed.
Excluded from professions granted few possessions,
Poor people are graded by social obsessions.

Underprivileged folk
And stereo-types in a certain mould,
In the eyes of the elite
Are untouchable and left out in the cold.
Copyright 1973 Arthur J.P. Strand
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SECRETS OF THE SEVENTH SILENT INVASION Song lyric 053

No-one had a moment to spare.
Time faded in the atmosphere,
Lingering without a sound,
Survivors remained spellbound

Half earth day, the other half night,
The aliens advanced without a fight.
Having abandoned their own dying stars,
They discovered Earth, Venus and |Mars.

The advancing forces demonstrated their might
Each intruder landed by night,
Each occupied a strategic station.
Secrets of the seventh silent invasion.

Panic gripped the tortured mind.
Logic slipped the cultured kind,
Reason waited for the tide to turn,
An anxious time, future humans learn.
Copyright 1973 Arthur J.P. Strand
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SELF-INFLICTED INJURIES Song lyric 149

Culpable to misdemeanours to beauty,
Negligent of responsibilities on duty,
Pressure builds into trading insults,
Inevitably melodrama results
Because you are both tearing apart,
The pain you caused means you two should restart
And no-one else should take the blame
For self-inflicted injuries and shame

War-wounded and battle scarred forever
Consequences appear too meaningless to sever
Oneself from one’s permanent post
Then travel the nation from coast to coast
Because life has become dull and boring,
Unadventurous unless we are ignoring
The powers-that-be, glad that we’re not so lame.
With self-inflicted injuries and shame.

Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 149

 

 

 

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SHAKIN’ OUT OF YOUR SHOES Song lyric 115

I’m gonna shake you out of your shoes.
I know you can’t think how to refuse.
You’ll be dancing with me tonight.
Listen to the music, look left, look right.

I’ve put pen to paper just to invite
You out dancing with me tonight.
You’ll be the envy of the crowd
Listen to the band playing loud.

You’ll be shaking out of your shoes

Copyright 1965 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 115

 

 

 

 

 

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SIDE EFFECTS OF SOMNAMBULISM Song lyric 130

The morning after being discovered
Sleepwalking! Sleepwalking!
You’re feeling weird and realise you can hear
Friends talking! Friends talking!

Observing the silence would be just
Too eerie! Too eerie!
Are the side-effects of somnambulism
Tired ’n ‘weary? Tired ‘n ‘ weary!

You can feel humiliation
But you cannot remember a thing.
You feel too embarrassed
To chat or dance or sing.
Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 130

 

 

 

 

 

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SOLID SILVER LOCKET Song lyric 078

Since I deciphered your code,
Found out your love overflowed,
I’m intrigued by your charm
And how you keep so calm.
Since I discovered your pain,
Sensed your stress and strain.
I’m concerned with the fears
You express in your tears.

So take this solid silver locket,
Now the ice is broken.
Take this solid silver locket,
Words best left unspoken.

Please don’t abandon all hope,
Slide down the slippery slope,
Rise on the escalator
Or on the elevator.
Please accept this small gift
To heal the wound, seal the rift,
Since we’ve teamed up to provide
Somewhere that we can reside.

Cameo keepsake,
Such a lucky charm
Hanging on a chain, it’s
Preventing any harm.
Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 078

 

 

 

 

 

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SPRINGBOARD Song lyric 074

The entire episode unfolds
At the deep end of the pool
In the scorching summer heat,
The assembled crowd were keeping cool.
As chapter two continues, one
Who resembles a mermaid
And is lounging at the edge
Has encouraged me to be unafraid.
I’ll take a flying leap from the spring board.
I’ll make a desperate plunge, you’re far more than I can afford.

In the third part of my legend,
I scribe a graceful arc
Invisibly through the air
Aiming headfirst at a mark.
These few moments underwater
Seem to take half a lifetime.
I concentrate, keep my head,
Anticipating love sublime.

Rising to the surface, gasping for air
Now I can breathe again, I must look around and hope that you’re there.

Without any reservations, I float towards the steps, lets
Make the most of a chance encounter,
Shake off the glistening droplets.

My new acquaintance responds
As we acknowledge each other.
After we exchange names,
No embarrassment to smother.
As the epilogue concludes,
My informal invitation
Melts away inhibiting doubts.
Vanish awkward irritation.

 

 

 

 

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SQUARE ONE Song lyric 080

This spells impending disaster
Unless help arrives any faster
Life grinds to a halt,
Although it isn’t our fault.
We can keep control of the gun
And everything under the sun.
We’re starting back at square one.

We dread accepting assistance
But people should keep their distance.
Contempt can lead to resentment.
Despair might replace contentment.
We’re proud of the work that we’ve done
Since the first phase had begun.
We’re starting back at square one.

Small cogs in a big wheel,
Small fish in a big pond,
We take one step forward
And two steps back beyond.
Eventually, we’re here at square one.

They can continue wrecking chances.
We’ll make new alliances
When all opposing forces
Are drained of all their resources. Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P Strand
Bear in mind, it’s not just for fun
Counting backwards as we run. Song lyric 080
We’re starting back at square one.

 

 

 

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STRICT INSTRUCTIONS Song lyric 165

Who was with you under the greenwood trees,
Frolicking like lambs in the summer breeze?
Unlike wildlife without an identity,
You must adhere to the guidelines of fraternity.

I gave you strict instructions who to ignore.
‘’ ‘’ ‘’ who to deplore.
‘’ ‘’ ‘’ where to go,
All because of strangers who we don’t know.

You can’t remain anonymous for long.
In the eyes of the community it is wrong.
You can go in disguise or disappear.
We are reluctant to interfere.

Self-discipline is the order of the day,
Self-control keeps the demons at bay.
We won’t deny you pleasure but keep out of danger.
It could be perilous consorting with a stranger..

Away from crowds in a meadow by a stream
Birdsong, butterflies, buttercups and your living dream,
Paradise it may be but it may not last.
Future and present could become a lurid past.
Copyright 2002 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 165

 

 

 

 

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SUFFERING INDIGNITY Song lyric 148

Loss of self-esteem when made redundant,
Less affluent when less resplendent,
Hopelessness prevails almost every day
Crestfallen, suffering indignity, we pray.

Lack of life support when less dependent,
No way to star signs in the ascendant,
Listlessness avails itself, the lethargic way,
Crestfallen, suffering indignity, we pray.
Copyright 1992 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 148

 

 

 

 

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SWIRLING MISTS Song lyric 051

Through the swirling mists,
Proceeding unaware
Of the obscure threats
Surrounding our despair,
All the stinging tears
Dissolving unknown pride
Leave you wandering lost
And nowhere else to hide.

Unravelling trails are
Revealing hidden clues
To destiny, shrouds are
Concealing vital views
Onwards leading roads
Dispelling evil fear
Bring you quivering home
And standing in the clear.
Copyright 1973 Arthur J.P. Strand
Song lyric 051

 

 

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