Name in Lights

by Paul Bell

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This album was recorded live in Sheffield on November 8th 2008.

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released March 1, 2009

Produced by Paul Bell and Phil Baggaley

Recorded live at The Spires, Sheffield on November 8th 2008
Live recording: Daniel Bowater
Live sound: Ross Cornwall
Editing: Ross Cornwall, Dan Bowater, Dan Lozinski, Paul Bell
Overdubs recorded at various locations by Paul Bell, Dan Lozinski, Mark Prentice, Mark Edwards

Mixed by Daniel Bowater at dB Studios, Lincoln
Mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland Masters

Percussion: James Middleton
Bass: Mark Prentice
Hammond, piano, reed organ: Mark Edwards
Vocal, guitars, harmonium, additional tambourine: Paul Bell

All songs written by Paul Bell
Boiler Room Music © 2008

Cover design: Boiler Room Digital - boilerroomdigital.co.uk
Photography: Mark Pierce - revelator.co.uk

For more information, gig schedule, booking details and free downloads, visit
www.paulbellmusic.com

Thanks to my wife, Zoe for your love and support. Thanks to Phil and Rob for song advice and arrangement ideas. James, Mark, Mark, Dan, Dan, Ross, Nigel - Good job! Thanks to everyone who turned up on the night.

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Paul Bell Nottinghamshire, UK

"I like that, I like that very much - Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2.

Paul is a singer/songwriter based near Nottingham. Featured on BBC Introducing, toured the UK with Cafe Nero.

Gigs in Coffee Shops, Churches, Pubs, Festivals.

Four independently released solo albums.
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Track Name: Should have learned
When I think about the things I should have learned
I wouldn't have got my fingers burned
I wouldn't have taken that wrong turn
When I think about the things I should have learned
Why I didn't, I don't know
I guess I'm a little... slow

I should have learned that mashed potato doesn't go with chips
Should have learned that when I park the car I should always check for skips
It's a moment on the tongue, but a lifetime on the hips
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned to read the question before starting the exam
And sometimes thin and crispy can be nicer than deep pan
Should have learned to tell the difference between a woman and man
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned that cut price flowers aren't her idea of romance
I should have learned when to play it safe and when to take a chance
I should have checked for window cleaners before dancing in my pants
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned I'm not the kind of guy who can pull off a sarong
And when she asked "does my bum look big in this" I shouldn't have paused that long
I should have learned that I'm not always right, but my wife is never wrong
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned that when you write a song but don't spend that much time
You can't put something funny in every single line
And you can't expect your words to somehow magically scan properly
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned that when my life is drifting slowly down the pan
Sometimes you've got to muddle through any way you can
And my mistakes turned into something I never could have planned
I should have learned... I should have learned
Track Name: Day Like This
No alarms today
No phones to ring I’m just…
Waking up with the sun and my love
No work today
No bills to pay
It’s just you and me my love.
And today, the world just melts away

I needed a day like this
I needed a day like this

No demands
And no firm plans
We’ve got all the time in the world my love
No plots to hatch
No trains to catch
It’s just you and me my love
And today, the world just melts away
And today, the world just melts away

I needed a day like this
I needed a day like this
I needed a day like this
I needed a day like this
Track Name: Tuvalu
There’s a wave that’s breaking
On some far off shore
I tried to hold the tide back
But I can’t do it anymore

And the earth is shaking
With every step I take
It’s becoming clear now
That I’ve been making waves.

Tuvalu, what have we done to you?
I don’t want to make the wave that’s gonna cover you.

Like King Canute before us
We can’t turn the tide back
Soon the raging waters
Will wash you from the map

Now the roaring oceans
To you have staked their claim
I guess that we should shoulder
Our fair share of the blame

Tuvalu, what have we done to you?
I don’t want to make the wave that’s gonna cover you.
Tuvalu, what have we done to you?
I don’t want to make the wave that’s gonna cover you.
Track Name: Name in Lights
No west end show where I can go
To see your name in lights - you play the starring role
Behind the scenes, for me you've done so much

No silver screen that I have seen
Where I can go to show to me how much you mean
The credits roll - for me you've done so much

It only seems right that I should put your name in lights
You're my star, and how you shine for me tonight

The world's a stage, I spend each day
Auditioning to find the perfect part to play
I've made the cast - for me you've done so much

It only seems right that I should put your name in lights
You're my star, and how you shine for me tonight
Track Name: The need for biscuits
When I feel the need for biscuits
I reach for my biscuit tin
Gently peel back the lid and I reach right in

I find that it is empty, with only crumbs inside
I'll open a new packet, but I can't decide...

There's garibaldi and fig rolls too
Bourbons are tasty but not too good for you
But chocolate digestives are the stuff of dreams
But strangely, some prefer the custard creams

There's hob nobs, and biscuits of that ilk
The one with the cows on - the malted milk
And there's a thought with me that often lingers:
I could eat a whole packet of chocolate fingers

Of party rings and pink wafers I must take account
But as the name suggests, jaffa cakes just don't count
And the penguin and the Jacob's club deserve to be clapped
For these lovely biscuits are individually wrapped

There's something that's always puzzled me
The enduring popularity of the rich tea
And there's a biscuit that's loved by all from baby's to codgers
The family favourite, the jammie dodgers

But when my supply is exhausted and my cupboard almost bare
I find my mood is changing to one of despair
I best get myself out there before the shop shuts
And buy myself a packet of ginger nuts
Track Name: Time is right
When the time is right I’ll tell you how I’m feeling
When the time is right I’ll say what I’ve got to say
When the time is right and no-one else is listening
When the time is right and nothing’s in the way.

When the time is right I’ll share with you my secrets and
When the time is right I’ll open up my heart
When the time is right and I don’t feel so nervous
When the time is right then I’ll try and make a start

But tonight I’m wondering whether I
will wake one day and find
That I’ve spent all my life
Waiting till the time is right

When the time is right I’ll tell you that I’m sorry
When the time is right on that imaginary day
When the time is right and I ask for your forgiveness
When the time is right you’ll have forgotten anyway

When the time is right I’m gonna pop the question
When the time is right I’ll sing a different song
When the time is right I’ll leave the job I’m doing
When the time is right and I’m sure nothing can go wrong
Track Name: Thursday night
Friends since the war are worth fighting for
And so are the memories
We keep them alive, say goodbye to our wives
Just for the evening

A table for four
Who could ask for more

We’ve said goodbye with tears in our eyes
To those who have fallen
Time marches on, and though they are gone
They’re not forgotten

Food and friendship on a Thursday night
Yeah, we put the world to rights
Aching joints and fading sight
They don’t mean a thing tonight
Faces old but eyes still bright
Nothing’s ever black and white
I see things in a different light
The world’s a different place on Thursday night

Roll back the years, have a few beers
Flirt with the waitress
Friendship remains, it stays the same
Through all of life’s changes

Bridge:
They say we live our lives learning to be older
Well I don’t know if that’s true, but I could learn something from you
Track Name: Unnoticed
You say you're alright
You say it's ok
You say you'll survive
You say that's just the way it goes
But the pain in your eyes it shows

And so you try, I know you try
To hide away your tears behind closed doors
But your tears are not unnoticed
And so you try, I know you try
To hide away your tears behind closed doors
But your tears are not unnoticed

You say you're just fine
You've had better days
You say that's just life
And you try every way you know
The painful truth not to show

There is one who watches every tear
Weeps when we weep, know how it feels
And in each sorrow he is there
He shows us how to care
When we don't know
Track Name: Sock drawer
Counting sheep, I can't sleep
But so much in my head
Roof needs mending, emails need sending
Got to bake some bread
Got to get a pension, got to ease the tension
Got to trim the privet hedge
Got to keep slimming, nasal hair needs trimming
Got to eat five portions of fruit and veg

I need a little peace of mind
It's getting pretty hard to find
I may not be cash-rich but I'm time-poor
One day I'll complete the list
Making sure that nothing's missed
But I really need to organise my sock drawer


Sheep to count, no small amount
So much on my mind
Got to finish reading that book
On managing my time
Grass needs cutting, arguments need rebutting
Need to check the date on that quiche
Need to do the ironing, nothing rhymes with ironing
Need to think of a word that rhymes with ironing

4am, awake again,
Midnight oil's been burned
Nappy needs changing, cushions need arranging
Need to file my tax return
Need to find an answer, need to check for testicular cancer
So much still to do
Need to do the washing up, need to pump the tyres up
And I really need a poo
Track Name: What I call romance
I’ll make you porridge every morning
I’ll scrape the ice off of your car
I’ll get home late then take you shopping
I’ll let you hold the credit card

I’ll rub your back until my arms ache
Have a shave, get my hair cut
I’ll bring you cookies and a milkshake
I will wash and peel the spuds

We are making a love to last a lifetime
I don’t mind if it takes a little time
There’s nothing better than love to last a lifetime
I’ll do everything I can, to make you mine

I will hang out all the washing
Pairing up the odd black socks
Switch the TV off of standby
And I’ll switch off the cable box

I’ll make the tea and then wash up
I’ll ask you if you’d care to dance
I’ll hold your hair while you throw up
Now that is what I call romance

I’ll let you choose the pizza topping
Stay up and talk with you for hours
I’ll use the appropriate board for chopping
It means as much as buying flowers

Well I’ll remember what I promised
On that day you changed your name
And from that moment when our lips kissed
We started playing the long game
Track Name: Keep me going
I don't ask for much
Just the knowledge I'm OK
A hope in my tomorrow
And a grace in my today

I need nothing more
Than all you want to give
So quiet all my worrying
Teach me how to live

I don't need all the answers
To the questions in my mind
To walk round every corner
Knowing what I'll find
I don't need every detail
Of all that you have planned
Just give me something to keep me going
And I'll hold onto your hand

I've been given much
And all of it by grace
My striving couldn't buy my rights
And I failed to earn my place

I need nothing more
Than you, my daily bread
To stand upon your promise
Believing what you said

I don't need all the answers
To the questions in my mind
To walk round every corner
Knowing what I'll find
I don't need every detail
Of all that you have planned
Just give me something to keep me going
And I'll hold onto your hand