Golden Mile

by Hereward Kaye

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A slice of Singer/Songwriter AOR, Recorded at E.M.I. Paris & Maison Rouge London in 1980, with a cast of stellar session musicians, including Chas & Dave, members of Fairport Convention, plus Pete Wingfield, Tom Robinson, legendary Beatles Horn player Howie Casey, Mel Collins from King Crimson & Preston Hayman, Kate Bush's drummer. Engineered and Produced by Genesis producer David Hentschel. All songs written & sung by Hereward Kaye.

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released August 1, 2001

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Hereward Kaye Haywards Heath, UK

Singer/Songwriter, Musical Theatre Composer & Lyricist, Scriptwriter.

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Track Name: One Chance
ONE CHANCE

I had the chance of a lifetime but I blew it
The people round me they don’t know how I do it
I could’ve had your affection and I knew it
Just had to bowl it straight and sister I threw it

(And the devil said)
One chance – who do you think you are?
One chance, one dance with the superstar
One chance, if you want to hold the cards
Hi heel, piecemeal, I deal

(And the devil said)
One chance – get on your bike and ride
One chance to do what you do inside
One chance – if you’re gonna lead the pack
Play the ace not the jack, don’t look back

I keep on thinking ‘bout the wino on the corner
He looked at me like a fish cold out of water
The change was dancing in my pocket doing bossa nova
A passer by looked me up and I crossed over rover, over

(And the devil said)
One chance – who do you think you are?
One chance, one dance with the movie star
One chance, if you want to hold the cards
Hi heel, piecemeal, I deal

(And the devil said)
One chance – get on your bike and ride
One chance to do what you do inside
One chance – if you’re gonna lead the pack
Play the ace not the jack, don’t look back

(And the devil said)
One chance – get on the street my son
One chance to do what you’ve just begun
One chance – if you’re gonna lead the pack
Play the ace not the jack, don’t look back
Track Name: Diceman
DICEMAN

Brother I was tired of being a lifelong loser
Never doing nothing you could give a name
Till chance smiled and made this beggar a chooser
I picked up a dice and invented a game

If it’s a one I’m a prowler, two I’m a user
Three I’m a tramp, who d’you wanna be?
Four’s a winner, five’s a loser, six is a number I don’t wanna see

Play the role of a diceman - why only live twice man
Play the role of a diceman - why only live twice man

Now I’ve lost my friends and I’ve lost my family
I’ve lost my job and my sanity
But you wouldn’t believe all the brothers and sisters
Living their lives out inside of me

Lay your options on the table, a sacrifice to the God of chance
Midday madness in a smoke glass tumbler
Let ‘em fly and watch them dance…

Play the role of a diceman - why only live twice man
Play the role of a diceman - why only live twice man

Well don’t give me that bull about a multiple me
My friends are just two-faced, I’ve got so many sides to free
Inside this sucker there’s a burning hotel
You got to open up, get ‘em out, there’s so many tales they could tell

If it’s a one I’m a prowler, two I’m a user
Three I’m a tramp, who d’you wanna be?
Four’s a winner, five’s a loser, six is a number I don’t wanna see

In the role of a diceman - why only live twice man
Play the role of a diceman - why only live twice man
Track Name: Love Rools
LOVE ROOLS

Baby come down to my home town, it’s really fantastic
I’ve got a garden on the windowsill, daffodil made of real plastic
We could have a ball, write on a wall you over me girl
I never had a way with words you know, but I mean well
When I say

Love rules okay
Love rules okay
It’s easy to say, hey
Love rules okay

Baby come back to me folks flat, creep in the attic
Ear to the door, hear me dad snore, bet he’s palatic
I’m looking for the bag where the old slag stashes his whiskey
You could have a drag, read a nice mag, live a bit risky. Wotcha!

Love rules okay
Love rules okay
It’s easy to say, hey
Love rules okay

Wanna look down on the whole town, listen to Otis?
Never go back to the factory, hand in your notice
Well I never had a way with birds, I’m no Valentino
Well I never had a way with words, you know what I mean though
When I say

Love rules okay
Love rules okay
And it’s easy to say, hey
Love rules okay
I’m a home spun boy
Love rules okay
Love rules okay
And it’s easy to say, hey
Love rules okay
I said love rules okay
Okay?
Track Name: Don't Make Me Wait
DON’T MAKE ME WAIT

Jesse and Peter have made it at last
Onto the other side
Made me so happy, I lay on the pavement and cried
One day confused, just a ship without a mast
Drifting along with the tide
Next day the answers came tumbling out of the sky
I wish I could join you in the promised land
But I build my future on solid sand

Please don’t make me wait too long
A singer without a song
Don’t make me wait too long
Please don’t make me wait too long
I’m thinking about number one
Don’t make me wait too long

Give me an aerosol, point me at a wall
But give me one thought to believe
There’s too many cats with their handbooks
& six simple ways to be free
They’re there on the pavement making the news
I’m stuck in the future in my blue suede shoes

Please don’t make me wait too long
A singer without a song
Don’t make me wait too long

Please don’t make me wait too long
A singer without a song
Don’t make me wait too long
Please don’t make me wait too long
I’m thinking about number one
Don’t make me wait too long
Track Name: Too Little Too Late
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Never mind the reason
Talking ‘bout the bitter hand of fate
Robbery and treason
Never mind the system or the state
Indians lose to cowboys
Arrows in the gate
Comedians lose their timing
Dogs without a mate
And for every winner
Some other sucker has to wait
So shine on through your fate – too little too late

I’m talking ‘bout vermilion
Talking ‘bout the colour of my hate
You made damn sure I need you –
Turn around and tell me needing’s straight
Well Indian’s lose to hunger
Never seen a plate
David beat Goliath
But David was a saint
And for every birthday another sucker cooks a cake
So shine on through your fate – too little

Too late for the judge, too little for the jury
Long in the tooth for the fire and the fury
Never trust a preacher with the power and the glory

Well Indians lose to cowboys
Arrows in the gate
David beat Goliath, but David was a saint
So keep your Christians and your Barnaards
You’ll never make a dead heart generate
Just shine on through your fate – too little

Too late for the judge, too little for the jury
Long in the tooth for the fire and the fury
Never trust a preacher with the power and the glory
Track Name: Golden Mile
GOLDEN MILE

I’ll never really change enough to make it all worthwhile
I don’t want to play those games of love, you know it’s not my style
I was always the freewheeling kind. Now I’m falling and I know the signs
(But you’ll just end up the hooked one brother)
I can see it coming by a mile.

You’re more convincing than Scarlett O’Hara on a moonlight mile
I wanna put between us ten Saharas – pick up the phone and dial
Always had an independent mind. Now I’m crawling and I’m out of time
(Don’t go telling us your hard luck stories)
I ain’t gonna cross the danger line

I wanna fly on a supersonic
Look through the peepshows on the Golden Mile
Take a slow boat to Peking, do my own thing
Love ‘em and leave ‘em in my usual style

You’re more convincing than the star performers of stage and screen
Wearing the look that all the nice girls wear on the centre pages of a magazine
You can blow till your dreams run out. I’m only in love when the light goes out
(Don’t go telling us your hard luck stories)
I ain’t gonna cross the danger line

I wanna fly on a supersonic
Look through the peepshows on the Golden Mile, take a
Slow boat to Peking, do my own thing
Love ‘em and leave ‘em in my usual style

I wanna fly on a supersonic
Look through the peepshows on the Golden Mile, take a
Slow boat to Peking, do my own thing
Love ‘em and leave ‘em in my usual style

I wanna fly on a supersonic and wave it bye bye (too high to fly)
I wanna go on a roller coaster and cover the sky (No one ever really changed the world)
I wanna fly on a supersonic. I wanna wave it bye bye (wave it all bye bye)
I wanna go on a roller coaster and cover the sky

(And the time will come you will agree)
Nobody is gonna walk the Golden Mile with me
With me.
Track Name: Bounty Hunter
BOUNTY HUNTER

Been many many men of glory in the wild wild west
With a gun in their pocket and a bullet proof vest
Villains and heavies and heroes and hoods
The widest of wide boys, the bad and the good

There was Mad Mitch the Monkey, remover of men
And Dirty Dan Dooney from Deathbed Den
Trocero the Tiny, Stiletto the Tall
But I’ve just become cornered by the ace of them all

Cos there’s a bounty hunter between the border and me
Bounty hunter – the coolest dude I ever did see
Bounty hunter standing as calm as the sea
Bounty hunter, you can take my takings for free

Bounty Hunter, the sun is high on the desert and me
Bounty Hunter, you’ve got me shaking like a leaf on a tree
I’d rather bleed around a shark in a sea
You’ve seen the posters, man I’m not worth the fee
Let me be

Some people strike lucky, some people strike gold
But the man who strikes bounty is ruthless and cold
Sticks to the shadow, waits behind doors
He’s a one man island in a one sided war
High boots of leather that don’t leave a print
Twin barrels staring before you can flinch
Dirty Dan Dooney’s a fly on the wall
To the man on the sand dune watching us all

There’s a bounty Hunter between the border and me
Bounty Hunter – the coolest dude I ever did see
Bounty Hunter standing as calm as the sea
Bounty Hunter, you can take my takings for free
Take it from me
Track Name: Greatest Show
GREATEST SHOW

Surfacing in hatred at the dead of noon
Can’t get into costume a moment too soon
The man that I greet is a man on the street
When I wake up

Getting out the Leichner number five and nine
Reading my face in between the lines
Don’t look at me, mine’s a face you don’t see without make-up

Pocket ful of flowers and me daisy roots
Toffee apple nose and a big check suit
Don’t look at me, I don’t pretend to be a maestro

Mirror mirror hanging on the wall
Who is the greatest clown of us all?
Maybe not me but I’m good for 2d in a side show

Just take me where the sawdust is, gee whizz
A patch of silver light and it’s showbiz
If you don’t think I’m funny you’ll laugh when you see me go down
Just take me where the flour’s going to fly
Got the kind of face that meets a pie
There’s plenty more shows till I change into clothes half this size.

Great ringmaster in the sky
Harlequin sitting at your side
Pantalon, Pierrot and Columbine
Can you hear me?

Tell me where do old clowns go when they die?
Is there a circus on high?
In the greatest show off earth, for all I’m worth
Am I appearing?

Cos take me where the sawdust is, gee whizz
A patch of silver light and it’s showbiz
If you don’t think I’m funny you’ll laugh when you see me go down
And take me where the flour’s going to fly
I’ve got the kind of face that meets a pie
There’s plenty more shows till I change into clothes half this size.

If you don’t think I’m funny you’ll gasp when you see me fly
If you don’t think I’m funny you’ll gasp when you see me fly …
Track Name: Scared
SCARED

God I was scared
Tick tock, heart stop, shell shock
Knock knock who's there?
Take your place on the pavement
You’re needed out there
Like a bomb in a scare.

Find a figure in a woodpile
Sneak him a nailfile
Catch a rabbit in the headlights
Try not to glare.
Does your mother know you’re creeping
When you should be sleeping?
Does your mother know you’re listening
When you should be upstairs?

Heaven sent you, no one meant you
You turn up but they still invent you
They’ve got your records and they’ve checked your dentures
Scared

Electrically chaired
Moonlight, sunlight, searchlight, spotlight, snared
Walk right, talk right, wear white
Be warned and beware
Don’t play on the stair.

Find a figure in a woodpile
Sneak him a nailfile
Catch a rabbit in the headlights
Try not to glare.
Does your mother know you’re creeping
When you should be sleeping?
Does your mama know you’re listening
When you should be upstairs?

It's not a dream, you won't awaken
Just get past the mad alsation
Getting thoughts above your station
Scared
Moonlight, sunlight, searchlight, spotlight
Scared
Tick tock, heart stop, shell shock, knock knock, who's
Scared
Heart stopping, door locking, head stocking, knees knocking
Scared
Track Name: Mistaken
MISTAKEN

Mistaken, forgotten and deferred
Everyone I meet I leave them shaken but not stirred
Lose my money on an even chance
Heartbroken by each new romance
Not faking – mistaken.

Mistaken, forgotten and behind
If I had to say I loved you honey
I’d make it sound unkind
So take the fruit while I take the rind
I’m tied in white ropes with the other blind
Not faking. Hand shaking, mistaken

I’m like Pacamac Jack
Talking to a cat on the track
He said ‘there’s too much to choose
Not much to lose
And no money back
Your chance comes quick as a flash
And then high hope hijack’
He didn’t know the train was coming till it ran across his back

Mistaken, forgotten and deferred
Everyone I meet I leave them shaken but not stirred
Lose my money on an even chance
Heart over heels by the second dance
Not faking – mistaken.

There’s fighting in the city
Thunder’s on the march
When it comes to a head I’ll be in bed
Even my dogs won’t bark
Footprints chasing footprints
There’s been a circling of sharks
I ain’t seen so much rain down here
Since Noah built an ark

Mistaken, still waiting for a sign
If I was a politician I think I’d have to resign
So if you hear me answer to my name
Throw me off that gravy train
Hate to see your chance to gain forsaken
Who’s faking?
Mistaken. Just mistaken
Track Name: Barnado
BARNADO

I dance and I sing
A killer waits in the wings
Drawing the spring that shoots the arrow

Today’s taken years
Tomorrow only holds fears
And yesterday’s tears trace your shadow

Give me a rope
Give me some kind of hope
I’ll find a God given slope for desperados, desperados
Call Barnado

She eats from my bin
She’s the alleycat’s twin
She mean and she thin without sorrow

I lent her my heart
That was only the start
I’ve been taken apart – cats don’t borrow

Give me a rope
Give me some kind of hope
I’ll find a God given slope for desperados, desperados
Tell Barnado

Give me some rope
Let me hope against hope
I’ll find a God given slope for desperados, desperados,
Where’s Barnado?