Richard C McNeff
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      What am I Doing with my Life?

      https://soundcloud.com/dick-mcneff/what-am-i-doing-with-my-life-1

      Crows fly out into the starry night
      A sunflower bursts in the pigment of my sight
      I am the voice that won’t be heard
      Mine is the song without reverb.
      I am possessed by the form within the frame
      Children throw stones, The women smell of shame,
      In the maison de tolérance I search for some release –
      What am I doing with my life?
      Where is my home? Where is my wife?
      We will found the studio of the south
      Where we won’t need to live so hand to mouth
      Fruit falls from all the trees,
      We will paint the diamond seas.
      What am I doing with my life?
      Where is my home? Where is my wife?
      You pack your bags, oh must you go away?
      On the reefs of madness I will stay –
      Is yours the voice that will be heard?
      Is yours the song with reverb?
      What am I doing with my life?
      Where is my home? Where is my wife?



      © RC McNeff 2015
      Dick McNeff: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
      David Halling: electric guitar, bass, organs, percussion
      Produced by David Halling and Dick McNeff: 
      Pandora Studios, West Hampstead, London
       
       
       
       
       
      SMUGGLERS OF LOVE

      https://soundcloud.com/dick-mcneff/smugglers-of-love-master-mix-1

      I don't know about the smugglers of love

      I don’t know what they done with the stuff 
       
      I wasn’t there, I got my mouth in a glove,  I don’t know.
       

       

      I didn’t go to the masquerade 

       I didn’t see the one who paid 

       The frontiers are open if you’ve got sails, 

       Ho! Ho! Ho!  

        

      I don’t know, I don’t know, 

       I don’t know what I don’t know. 

       It wasn’t me you saw in that room 

       It was my double on that afternoon 

       With a fistful of dollars and a map of the moon 

       No! No! No! 

      Well we’ve all got to change with the years 

       Don’t ask me about my fears 

       This job’s a job, it’s not a career.

       I don't know about the big white lie

      Didn't have no American pie

      Don't think I like that look in your eye

      No,no,no!




      THE WEB U WEAVE

      https://soundcloud.com/dick-mcneff/web-u-weave 

      I went to the doctor and I didn't lie

      I said I couldn't forget that look in your eye

      He said you're spinning in circles

      You're trapped like a fly

      You better leave the web you weave.


      Life keeps on changing well ain't it a shame

      You get your share of thunder and rain

      Still the storm will break out again

      If you don't leave the web you weave.


      They say a soft doctor leaves a stinking wound

      What you leave till later you get back real soon

      It can cost the sun and the moon

      You better leave the web you weave.


      I went to the doctor and I wasn't shy

      I said what you give me

      It don't make me high

      He said you're spinnimg in circles

      You're trapped like a fly

      You better leave the web you weave. 
       


      THE EMPEROR (HAS NO CLOTHES)

      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOYRwl6o2IQ&feature=context-cha)

      I saw you with the Emperor

      The day he had no clothes

      You asked for an audience

      But all you found was gold.

      I saw you with the prince

      In his fountain of love

      You danced around like crazy

      You trembled in the mud.


      I hear the Emperor has no clothes

       

      The secret of secrets ain't no rose.



      You rode into Jerusalem

      In another life

      You found a maiden

      You made her your wife

      The royal ones gathered

      Outside your stable door

      None of them were certain

      About the idea on the floor.



      They saw the Emperor had no clothes

      They saw the Emperor had no clothes.


      I lost my identity

      In the twinkling of an eye

      I danced on a foreign lawn

      beneath a changeling sky

      Some silent pretender

      Some Jacobite like you

      The King over the water

      The King is naked too.


      I hear the Emperor has no clothes

      The secret of secrets ain't no rose.

       



      LOVESICK

       

       https://soundcloud.com/dick-mcneff/love-sick-remake

      Heard of a letter you wrote him 
      Told me himself of the promises you made
      All this while you were staying with me
      Are you surprised I found it strange?

      Nothing can amend the time we savaged
          Breath husky with dreams at the wrong end of the line
      Man, I was loyal, real loyal and lovesick,
      While for you lies were fine -

      And it's time these honeyed fetters 
      Were broken on the stone
      Time you went and made it
      On your own -
      Lovesick, lovesick, love -
       

       

      Sometimes I get lonely, when the light's are low,
      Sometimes I wonder if there is a place to go,
      Run to my window, what do I see?
      No light surrounding me. 

      Doubts they come in legions
      Hopes they come alone
      Well it's hard some times
      To find your home,
      Bur rise and rise, rise and spread your wings,
      Those the sun can never singe.


      What's the use of worry? what's the point of care?
      The point of care.

      Throughout all the ages
      Since the birth of man
      Well, we've stumbled round
      Looking for the plan,
      Each man on his own,
      Oh so far away from
      What no man ever sees.



      Punch and Judy

      https://soundcloud.com/dick-mcneff/punch-and-judy

      A man needs a maid
      A man needs a muse
      But a woman made all the rules
      These differences often confuse
      The star-crossed 
      Or just those caught in queues.
      I wouldn’t like to see 
      Your face upon a screen
      I wouldn’t plant a tree
      Where you have been
      I’m not trying to
      Start a scene
      It’s just the juice
      Running High,
      It’s just
      Avoiding your eye.
      Well everyone smiled
      As we came on the stage
      The biggest laugh
      Was often raised
      By the stick 
      That broke the stone,
      By the word
      That broke the bone.
      I wouldn’t swim to you
      Upon the shore,
      I’m never going back, going back,
      For more
      I’m going to break
      Your every Law.
      Did we really say goodbye
      Or is this just a lullaby?
      Punch and Judy!
      Mr Punch and Judy.
      A man needs a maid
      A man needs a muse
      But a woman made all the rules
      These differences often confuse
      The star-crossed 
      Or just those caught in queues.
      I wouldn’t like to see 
      Your face upon a screen
      I wouldn’t plant a tree
      Where you have been
      I’m not trying to
      Start a scene
      It’s just the juice
      Running High,
      It’s just
      Avoiding your eye.

       SOME VOODOO

      Don’t know what I’d do if I can’t have you
      I’d raise the dead, turn the moon blood red,
      Then I’d walk down the avenue
      That leads to those who have a view
      Just what I’d do if I can’t have you
      With some voodoo, some voodoo.
      What would I be if you don’t have me
      A lonely man on a lonely sea
      Without song or melody
      If you don’t have me, don’t have me,
      With some voodoo, some voodoo.
      Don’t know what I’d do if I can’t have you
      I’d melt the sky, make the seas run dry,
      ‘Cos I’m on fire ‘cos you’re alive
      This fire that burns in a world that turns
      Is my way of saying don’t know what I’d do
      If I can’t have you with some voodoo,
      Some voodoo.
      Dick McNeff: vocals
      David Halling: guitars,synthesisers, bass, percussion
      Produced by David Halling and Dick McNeff: 
      Pandora Studios, West Hampstead, London
      © RC McNeff 2015
       
       
       
       
       
       

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