A Bend In The Road

by Peter Loveday

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Was living in a shack up north, at a bend in the road, embarking on a new life, every day embracing the new day, the sea, as blue as can be, navigating my horizons and shores, yeah, at a bend in the road, where dreams opened fresh as flowers dusted new with morning dew, and once again it all begins and ends in a song, everything, and we thought not at all about the length of the plank, the depth of it all, the crow's feet and crocodile tears, no, not at all, in the saddle tall, we went and we go, along the road, me and the rider.

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released July 30, 2002

All songs written and arranged by
Peter Loveday
All songs mixed by Andy Henley
Recorded in Barcelona, July 2002

Photographs and design by
Gina Rosquelles

With very special thanks
to everyone involved:
Andy, Mary, Sarah, Paco, Gina and Marina.

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Track Name: As Blue As Can Be
As Blue As Can Be

The ocean is blue, as blue as can be
I could sure do with that view right now
Coz I’m down here on bended knees
with a monkey, a toad and a cawing crow

I looked out there and I looked in here
and I tossed all night looking in my bed
I picked my way through famine, flood
and fire
Finally found my voice but lost my head

As blue, as blue as
as blue, as blue as can be

Did you read the note, did I tell you that
when you walked out the house fell down
Now isn’t that the straw that broke the last
camel’s back
Couldn’t see it for dust as it left town

Oh the ocean is blue, as blue as can be
Couldn’t I curl up and lie in that blue
right now
I can hear the waves like they’re coming
through a shell
or coming over the dunes where we
lay down

As blue, as blue as
as blue, as blue as can be

The ocean is blue, as blue as can be
I could sure do with that view right now
because I’m down here on bended knees
with a monkey, a toad and a cawing crow
Track Name: Horizon and Shores
Peter Loveday: Guitar/Vocals
Paco Muñoz: Harmonica
Track Name: A Bend in the Road
A Bend in the Road

With these hands I built a house
at a bend in the road near a dry creek bed
I built a house with what I found
Sticks and stones and bits of string

In the yard I dug a hole
and buried what I did not need
It all took root and there did grow
as the forest trees gathered round to see

I built a house
at a bend in the road

And the two of us we made a child
and then we stood and watched him grow
On those legs he walked away
and hand in hand we waved goodbye

While the leaves unfurled and fell
and the sun spun wildly overhead
you looked into my eyes
at a bend in the road near a dry creek bed

I built a house
at a bend in the road
Track Name: Dreams
Dreams

You remember me don’t you
I am the one
we swept off my feet
once upon a time

Tell me what you want baby
I’ll tell you what I still got
Tell me what you found
I’ll tell you what I lost

Dreams …

Money is no object
don’t look at the price tag
As long as you’re happy honey
I’ll pick up the tab

Don’t look out the window
it’s pouring down out there
and there’s nothing like running
my fingers through your hair

Dreams … come true
I’ve been all over you
and you've been all over me
Yeah we did all that
and we just started again in my dream

The dogs are at the dishes
and the flies are in the stew
You hang right on to me now
coz our dreams come true

Dreams … come true

We’ve seen the acrobats
and we’ve seen the clowns
Walked home in the rain
God, we nearly drowned

Come back from the window now
it’s pouring down out there
Here it's warm, soft and safe
when fools like us let their

Dreams … come true
Track Name: In a Song
In a Song

You’re staring at the stars or the
waves unrolling
Where the land ends, the sea begins
I went down to the dock when the sun
was high
and set off for kingdoms with eyes
open wide

They sing of release and burden and jest
They sing like a bird as dawn strikes
its breast
The wailing of babies and the call of
the wild
I left for the mine, my lantern aglow

And in the end I do return
you'd better believe it
It all begins and ends in a song

You bring the roses I’ll bring
the champagne
In this starry eve we’ll never be the same
They sing of their triumphs and they sing
of their woes
They sing for words to follow where
that feeling goes

You can live like a pauper or live like
a prince
It makes no difference when you fall for
those tricks
There are those who don’t know it and
those who don’t care
But they all end up singing as the dusk fills
the air

And in the end I do return
you'd better believe it
It all begins and ends in a song

In a song
Track Name: Crow's Feet and Crocodile Tears
Crow's Feet and Crocodile Tears

It’s riding on the wind
blowing in our hearts
It's singing in the rigging
It’s plotted on the charts

The wreck's on the reef
You probably think
the guy’s all washed up
Give him a push and he'll sink

The hull is breached
the plank is sawn
The anchor's dragging
the sails are torn

Spent my wages
gambled my years
Made me a fistful of
crow’s feet and crocodile tears

I got no time
I got no fear
That’s all just crow’s feet
and crocodile tears

Pockets bulging
with plans and tools
scraps of poems
screwed up like yesterday's news

Heart strings humming
the rigging's taut
Old winds of love songs
echo in the port

Lean a bit closer
I'll tell you where it hurts
Write me a prescription
I'll use it in the next verse

And tell my friends
I love them so
Wherever they are now
they might want to know

I got no time
I got no fear
That’s all just crow’s feet
and crocodile tears
Track Name: The Rider
The Rider

The lights are coming on in the valley
and every palace dreamt of is behind me
These mountains that I cross are almost real
When all the world's asleep I'm
only dreaming

It causes no pain, it reaps no gain
It preaches no faith
if I sit firm and ride
the broken rhythm, if I ride
the broken rhythm, if I ride
taking all these losses in my stride

Well I'm not the one who chooses
the direction
The place I cannot go lies there before me
The only thing not here is what I'm missing
Not to speak at all I count my blessings

It causes no pain, it reaps no gain
It preaches no faith
if I sit firm and ride
the broken rhythm, if I ride
the broken rhythm, if I ride
taking all these losses in my stride

Among the clouds, he looks down from the mountain and sees his house
The lights are on, the smell of cooking voices coming through the walls
his warm bed, the woman he loves
But where can he go, only forward hounded by the sun, following the moon
hounded by the sun, following the moon
he rides on, he rides on, he rides on

And the lights are coming on in the valley