Room at the inn

by Peter Loveday

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Recorded live, Sunday the 20th of May 2007, in Barcelona.
Live mix by Andrew Henley.
Produced by Andrew Henley and Peter Loveday
© & p 2007 Peter Loveday

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released July 30, 2007

Songs by Peter Loveday
Arrangements by Andy Gemmell, Sarah Davison, Naomi Wedman, Peter Loveday
Peter Loveday: vocals, guitar
Andy Gemmell: vocals, guitar
Naomi Wedman: vocals, violin
Sarah Davison: vocals, percussion

Recorded and mixed by Andrew Henley
Photography and design by Georgina Rosquelles

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Track Name: Down to me
I’ve been waiting for quite a while So long now, it’s become my style I’ve been down on my hands and knees Floating in the clouds, swinging in the trees With each day rope appears to be running out Been chasing my tail, been pissing about I’m off my food, don’t need it any more Don’t want to hear the news, don’t want to know the score Doctor, doctor can’t you see What this is, that’s come over me Hard rain, high road, my head running hot and cold Sometimes I feel too young, other times too old I move with the night, reach out to find you there Need the kiss of life, just about anytime and anywhere Doctor, doctor what can it be That fits so well, that so becomes me We’ve been to the top of the hill, to the bottom of the mine Can’t believe we’ve wasted so much time The night is clear and the stars, they shine Can hardly think straight, must be losing my mind Doctor, doctor what can it be That fits so well, that so becomes me Doctor, doctor what does it mean To feel a pain like this, so contradictory Hand in hand, into night we slide Travelling so fast, feeling so alive Boats on the river, glide silently by Lights in the wake, mix with stardust in the sky Could you see traces of it, in a crystal ball Is it written on the wind, or written on the wall I know we waver from, weak to strong Can you still feel the pulse, do you, hear the song Doctor, doctor, how does it show How long it lasts, how far it goes Doctor, doctor, can’t you see Is it down to her, or down to me
Track Name: A million miles
Can you still change the shape of my name in your mouth And do you still want to, anyway I wonder if my hands remember well just what you’re like And if they can help me find the way Do you keep watch, wait up for me Under the mat is there a key Are you in company or alone A million miles from home Do you still have that little house of yours in the valley Are those shoes of mine still at the door I’ve been doing the rounds trying to make money Might just give it a rest and come back home I’m on my way I’m making haste On the run from every place I’m making waves I’m raising dust A million miles from home People round here have no cheer just fill their own cups Seems like they’ve got nothing to lose I sit at my window and watch the moon come up Each evening a different shade of blue Am I wrong am I weak Should I hide should I seek Will it be like it was A million miles from home
Track Name: Run
Stay on the grass In the sun And play out there Till the day is done I carried you Just like a doll I stood and watched Your leaves unfold Toss your head and run Stay with your friends The lucky ones They love you so And don’t need you at all No thought for life Or even love As time drives me on In this big black car Toss your head and run
Track Name: Room at the inn
Sitting on a corner, strumming my guitar
I'm a weary traveller though I haven't got so far
The walls of the city, arches of the night
Traffic on the highway, the incoming tide

I occasionally have an audience, though they tend to move along
Very rarely do they hear the beginning and end of a song

Over there a factory, all light and steam
Leaves no impression on the banks of my dreams Had shares in love, flings with Joy and Hope
Took all the turns to bring me down this road

Some people have a faith, and that serves them well It's never been a strength of mine nor a weakness I suppose

So tell me, there's room at the inn tonight

The train rushes on, sets the night aglow
Next stop, next port of call, I never really know
Drop a coin into my cup if you have one to spare
It's all the same in the end, no need for it there
Like Mary and her baby looking for a place to lie
The sign says members only, neon star up in the sky

So tell me, there's room at the inn tonight

Still it brings me peace of mind Slipping in and out of time Shedding all this skin For a room at the inn
Track Name: Long time no see
Looking out my window See it's pouring down out there And they say it is just one of many Been striving to forget the only thing that I recall This scarcity in the face of plenty Oh the forecast and the aftermath look pretty much the same So I close my eyes and dream a little dream High tide, low season, fair weather, come what may I've got the cause and even got the reason Been looking into new ways of dividing up the days Which I mark up on this wall Long time no see Can't remember what I did Was it beg, steal or borrow The past is a field I let lie fallow Shake off these chains I'm dragging Walk free of this cell I'm in And stroll across the hills and meadows If I could take your hand and fly like Pan and his merry band Even leaving far behind our shadows High tide, low season, fair weather, come what may
I've got the cause and even got the reason Been looking into new ways of dividing up the days Which I mark up on this wall, long time no see There we were at the crossroads With the stars in our eyes And sirens catching up behind us The sun had just appeared and begun to spread its cheer Its warmth, its hope and its kindness Ah wishing is a fool's game And no longer amuses me I want my loving back Long time no see
Track Name: Rose-tinted glasses
Born with rose-tinted glasses They really served me well Wore them on the tightrope On my feet I fell Hey, hey, hey, what a wonderful way A taste for that life Fingers always on the strings Helps me find the way From my heart to other things Hey, hey, hey, what a wonderful way to go Maybe it’s the luggage Keeping us afloat No land in sight Since I sank the boat Hey, hey, hey, what a wonderful way Maybe it’s the mileage We get out of a line You see limits I never see mine Hey, hey, hey, what a wonderful way to go If dawn is waking, then Dusk a kind of grief The price that you pay At times it’s a relief Hey, hey, hey, what a wonderful way Maybe it’s the leaving The parting of friends The night that falls May never end Hey, hey, hey, what a wonderful way to go
Track Name: You gotta laugh
You gotta laugh You gotta cry Cut the deck Roll the dice Freefall Or pay the fare Take it with you Or leave it there Travel the land Far and wide Turn every stone Flow with every tide Lie in bed Or shake your head King of the road Or the one that’s led You gotta laugh, You gotta cry It’s a long haul And a hard ride You gotta to run You gotta hide Even from yourself sometimes Take your time Wherever you go Gotta have friends Gotta watch them go You gotta hurt And you gotta bleed Learn to do Whatever you please You gotta change With the times Gotta be loved Gotta learn your lines You gotta laugh And you gotta cry As the wheels turn As the days slip by Take stock Cut your losses Sow oats Have sons and daughters Bring home bread Sweep up the crumbs Walk the miles To kingdom come Got to follow suit Tend the crop She loves me She loves me not Got to keep on Looking straight ahead Fall in love Or drop down dead You gotta laugh And you gotta cry As the wheels turn As the days slip by Wind sweeps across the Darling Downs Colours so rich The place I’m bound Over the range And across the plains Down to the sea And back again Dig deep In that volcanic soil Sweat and tears The years of toil Next time I pass When the sun is low I’ll lie a while Where the wild grass grows You gotta laugh You gotta cry As the wheels turn As the days slip by