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NO BAND WITHOUT THE VAN

An open road ahead, a day without clouds
the four-wheel beauty in matt black on the move heading south
and inside that precious Benz
we find ourselves on the way to Fiskars Village to play to our friendz
so thumbs up for this old horse
no band without the van
 
We should be grateful to the local police
they fined us, took the plates but first of all gave us reprieve
saying: "go and do your show"
some had forgotten to have the car inspected, that's why the episode
thank goodness they understood
no band without the van
 
(solo)
 
We finally found it, that village so fine
kind-hearted people with hospitality and free wine
in return we played them bluesy tunes
we wanted so much to stay but we were forced to obey
the constables in blue
to be back home by ten a.m.
no band without the van
 
(solo)
 
There's no band without the van and we've got these gigs to do
mister inspector, would you kindly let the van pass through
there's no band without the van and no van without the brakes
answers the man and tells us not to come back 'til the car's okay
 
There's no band without the van
no band without the van
no U.P.B. without the Mercedes
no band without the van
 
 
 
LET'S NOT LET IT FADE
 
Have I told you 'bout Ritchie
and what about John, Whip and Fuse
a heck of a bunch of clowns with four big hearts and guess who's
proud to know those dudes
we just allowed ourselves the freedom to be young boys again
hear me saying: let's not let it fade
 
On the top of the mountain
under the October sky
we did not save the world, we did not win a war, we
just felt ourselves alive
I know we come from different backgrounds but it's never meant a thing
hear me saying: let's not let it fade
 
It's more about good vibrations and feelings than
working our fingers to the bone
more like having a good, good time without
worrying about tomorrow
 
(solo)
 
There are things to remember
and days we never thought we'd see
but did we ever see the rain on a sunny day
well that's a mystery
rain or shine, that doesn't matter, I'd live it all again
hear me saying: let's not let it fade
 
It's more about good vibrations and feelings than
working our fingers to the bone
more like having a good, good time without
worrying about tomorrow
 
(solo)
 
Let's not let it fade
 
 
 
NO REGRETS
 
Fill my glass, I am on my way
I just wash the goddamn salt away
 
You stopped crawling, packed your things
had enough of cringing for the kings
"feed your lions, make your wars",
so you said and shouted: "this is not what I've lived for!"
 
And now you're flying
free as a bird and you've got
 
No regrets … 'bout finding air to breathe
no regrets …'bout being brave
no regrets …but to let you go was a big defeat
 
Through the ridges and winding roads
cross that foamy water and you're home
out of reach and out of sight
far from cloudy Mondays, lucky you, you found your light
 
All I'm trying
is not to envy you friend
 
No regrets … 'bout finding air to breathe
no regrets …'bout being brave
no regrets …but to let you go was a big defeat
 
(solo)
 
Hear me brother, hear me friend
wait a while and we will meet again
hate to scare you but once I'm there
I may stay a little longer than you thought I dare
 
Whoa beware now, all I'm saying
is that you won't ever get rid of me
 
No regrets … 'bout finding air to breathe
no regrets …'bout being brave
no regrets …but to let you go was a
big defeat …and that's for sure, yeah
no regrets, no regrets, no regrets, no regrets
I say no regrets
 
 
 
NICKELS AND DRINKS
 
I heard the songs on an old tube radio
saw myself bending strings like Chuck and Bo
howling loud like the wolf from West Point
shaking the boogie with my harp like Sonny Boy
one day I learn to play, found a band and play the blues
to full houses and I live the life I choose
so I dreamed
 
Almost forgot I was born in the cold north
where a bluesman plays for nickels and drinks
 
Jimi came and turned my whole world upside down
Stevie Ray did the same, where are they now?
do the kids even know where their music's from
without the blues would their Datsuns jump by the drum
one day I learn to play, found a band and play the blues
to full houses and I live the life I choose
so I dreamed
 
Almost forgot I was born in the cold north
where a bluesman plays for nickels and drinks
 
(solo)
 
It blew my mind and I almost peed my pants
when John M. asked Eric C. to join the band
All your love and Ramblin' on my mind
just wait and see and one day I play them live
one day I learn to play, found a band and play the blues
to full houses and I live the life I choose
so I dreamed
 
Almost forgot I was born in the cold north
where a bluesman plays for nickels and drinks
where a bluesman plays for nickels and drinks
where a bluesman plays for nickels and drinks
 
 
 
FLYING LOW
 
Well you finally came and found me
singing rhythm 'n' blues
oh how shocking it must've been
to find out it's true
and bloody me I didn't warn you
the boys like playing loud 'n' wild
please forgive us if we let you down
by sounding quite good to night
 
Save your money and stay at home
it's much safer than flying low …flying low
 
Now that you've seen it and been there
was it worth coming down?
in your position it's unwise
getting this near the ground
hey what's happening, did you just dance?
I could swear I saw your legs move
don't worry, it's totally harmless to feel the music
even the rhythm 'n' blues
 
Save your money and stay at home
it's much safer than flying low …flying low
 
(solo)
 
Well you finally came and found us
playing rhythm 'n' blues
oh how shocking it must've been
to find out it's true
and bloody me I didn't warn you
the boys like playing loud 'n' wild
please forgive us if we let you down
by sounding quite good to night
 
Save your money and stay at home
it's much safer than flying low …flying low
 
Save your money and stay at home
it's much safer than flying low
 
 
 
DRIFT AWAY
 
What about the dirt in my hands
what else could I do but to shoot him down
I'm not proud of myself, not proud what I've done
but what's done is done and now he's lying on the ground
I try to think of you, the light of my life
and all the good times just to drift away
 
I did it in the name of … our fathers' land
so the bear with its big teeth …would understand
that we don't want them here
that we're gonna fight till the bitter end
I try to think of you and everyone at home
to chase away this dark and cold and to drift away
 
(solo)
 
This is where I was born …and where I will die
a wish and a prayer …so I would not die tonight
not till I've seen my baby
not till I've held her hand in mine
help me through these days and nights
help me, help me, help me … to drift away
 
 
 
SAVE ME
 
I see your valley and mountain
your river and lake
this view and you all around me
takes my breath away
 
My heavy steps on your moorland
don't feel heavy tonight
because you carry me and your whispering winds
says everything's alright
 
Keep me warm and be the one who stays and
makes sure I fall asleep
 
Save me, take me under your wings tonight
keep away the bad clouds from the sky
walk me through the night until morning white
promise me you never vanish from sight
 
Stranded in open waters
lost in the wilds of life
in some peculiar way I find you always there
for me to be my guide
 
I see the sun go down and how it paints the sky
the water, the trees, the whole surrounding view
there's nowhere else I'd rather be than
in this moment with you
 
Be my woman, my mother nature
be the air I breathe
 
Save me, take me under your wings tonight
keep away the bad clouds from the sky
walk me through the night until morning white
promise me you never vanish from sight
 
(solo)
 
My heavy steps on your moorland
don't feel heavy tonight
because you carry me and your whispering winds
says everything's alright
 
Keep me warm and be the one who stays and
makes sure I fall asleep
 
Save me, take me under your wings tonight
keep away the bad clouds from the sky
walk me through the night until morning white
promise me you never vanish from sight
 
Save me, take me under your wings tonight
keep away the bad clouds from the sky
walk me through the night until morning white
promise me you never vanish from sight
save me, stay and save me, save me, woman, save me
 
 
 
THERE BEHIND THE BLINDS
 
Could you keep your voice down
they might misunderstand
and think of me as some softy
instead of a man
so no love talk in public
no walking hand in hand
                     
Go and light up your candles
I'll come with wine and romance
as soon as me and the tigers
stop comparing our fangs
you know, just roaring and boasting
sweat smell and beer cans
 
A man's got to do what a man's got to do
can you blame me for that
 
There behind the blinds …in twilight …alone …with you
I'm your man … your poodle …your slave …your fool
call my name …and I'll be there …to squeeze …you tight
unless these strong …and manly …hands and arms …are tied
by moving mountains
 
It's not that I wouldn't love you
I love you more than you know
but please don't force me to shout it
loud here on the phone
can't you see I am a big boy
and big boys never do so
 
A man's got to do what a man's got to do
can you blame me for that
 
There behind the blinds …in twilight …alone …with you
I'm your man … your poodle …your slave …your fool
call my name …and I'll be there …to squeeze …you tight
unless these strong …and manly …hands and arms …are tied
by moving mountains or playing solos like this
 
(solo)
 
A man's got to do what a man's got to do
can you blame me for that
 
There behind the blinds …in twilight …alone …with you
I'm your man … your poodle …your slave …your fool
call my name …and I'll be there …to squeeze …you tight
unless these strong …and manly …hands and arms …are tied
by moving mountains
 
 
 
NAME OF THIS GAME
 
Take off your hat, boy, it's an order
step inside and meet my attitude
are you having troubles, having pain?
convince me that there's something wrong with you
 
I'm Mark the Bumptious and aware of my greatness
if you don't like, that's a shame
my mission is to send you back in the battlefield
despite your bruises, that's the name of this game
 
Don't try to fool me, I know you all
damn slackers trying to find a hideaway
you came for nothing with made-up stories
it's written on your forehead: just a fake
 
I'm Mark the Bumptious and aware of my greatness
if you don't like, that's a shame
my mission is to send you back in the battlefield
despite your bruises, that's the name of this game
 
(solo)
 
I've got poison for your every ache
and it can do no harm to give you some more
and when I say you're strong enough to fight, you just go and stay alive
and stay the hell away from my door
 
I'm Mark the Bumptious and aware of my greatness
if you don't like, that's a shame
my mission is to send you back in the battlefield
despite your bruises, that's the name of this game
 
I'm Mark the Bumptious and aware of my greatness
if you don't like, that's a shame
my mission is to send you back in the battlefield
despite your bruises, that's the name of this game
 
 
 
HIS THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU
 
When it comes, when it finds him
the certain picture of you, of your face
he's scared to move and hardly breathing
'cause you might fade as suddenly as you came
he could be thinking of all that he has lost
when he hasn't been there by your side
but it would only take him deeper
he rather spends his longing recalling the good times
 
Things gone wrong and done unwisely
but it was then when the sky weren't so blue
more important is what he wants you to know
today or tomorrow, his thoughts are with you
 
Whoever said he'd be perfect
he may have made some mistakes but haven't we all
all that matters is that you'll always be aware
whatever happened in the past wasn't your fault
 
Things gone wrong and done unwisely
but it was then when the sky weren't so blue
more important is what he wants you to know
today or tomorrow, his thoughts are with you
 
(solo)
 
The light may fade beyond the window
but his feelings for you will always be there
to be away from his loved one
must be the heaviest load that this father bears
 
Things gone wrong and done unwisely
but it was then when the sky weren't so blue
more important is what he wants you to know
today or tomorrow, his thoughts are with you
 
 
 
GREY HOUSE
 
I still smell the old wood from early days
it's like yesterday would have never gone away
I find my way back to the tumbledown door
of the shack in the backyard where my blues was born
just me and my first plank guitar and
the grey house, grey house
 
I do remember how I used to sneak
into my hideaway with my guitar and my zeal
just to get better day by day
and to prove my grandma wrong when she says:
if you learn to play then I fly above this
grey house, grey house
grey house, grey house
 
(solo)
 
Damn these sore fingers, damn these cramped hands
how many times a fool has to stumble 'til he understands
but the fool kept stumbling, training like mad
and no one could stop him, well, no one but his dad
who after hearing enough unplugged the whole place
the grey house, grey house
grey house, grey house
grey house, grey house
grey house, grey house