Small town boy

by Paul Bell

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1.
Bend 03:35
See the brittle branches on the ground The ones the winter winds brought down Lying thick upon the forest floor. Too stubborn to bend any more So when the storm comes... I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break I Hope our "give" outgives our "take" I feel the leaves begin to shake and I hope we bend I Hope we don't break When our hearts grow dry and hard Feel like we'd been pushed too far Weighed down by December snow I wonder, will we buckle, will we grow I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break I Hope our "give" outgives our "take" Everybody makes mistakes and I hope we bend I Hope we don't break Instrumental So when the storm comes... When the storm comes I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break I Hope our "give" outgives our "take" I feel the leaves begin to shake and I hope we bend I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break I Hope our "give" outgives our "take" Cos everybody makes mistakes and I hope we bend I Hope we don't break
2.
California 04:28
I’d write the songs of the open roads Or the sundrenched beaches where the palm trees grow They say you only write what you know And this ain’t California No snow capped mountains where we are Some days I’d trade these speed bumps for a boulevard We’re so close and yet so far Cos this ain’t California Small town boy Open your eyes Look to where your treasure lies And who’s to say your words won’t fly Though this ain’t California We’re all here tonight We don’t have an interstate I guess it’s a little like the A38 Ten times as long, and twice as straight Cos this ain't California Thursday morning, skies are grey It lacks the grandure of the ‘frisco Bay It seems a million miles away Cos this ain’t California Small town boy Open your eyes Look to where your treasure lies And who’s to say your words won’t fly Though this ain’t California We’re all here tonight Instrumental So I don’t need a Hollywood sign A three bedroomed semi will do just fine What we have is yours and it’s mine Though this ain’t California This ain’t California... Small town boy Open your eyes Look to where your treasure lies And who’s to say your words won’t fly Though this ain’t California We’re all here tonight
3.
In our hands 03:21
Some say love is in your eyes In the way you look at me But maybe that's a trick of the light Some say love is in your voice But talk is so cheap And words can lose their meaning So I say... Love is in our hands Not just in our hearts If love’s to mean something This is where it starts Love isn't words alone Love is flesh and bone And a life poured out Some say love is in his kiss That's not where it is It sounds more like lust to me Some say love is in your heart But feelings ebb and flow And they can deceive you So I say… Love, love love is in our hands Not just in our hearts If love’s to mean something This is where it starts Love isn't words alone Love is flesh and bone And a life poured out
4.
Four 03:16
Oh I wish that I was four I'd get to dress up more I'd spend more time outdoors I wouldn't have to pay the bills I'd have Calpol when I'm ill. I wish that I was four Oh I wish that I was four I'd be more self assured It would be cute when I snored We'd be princesses and kings You would push me on the swings I wish that I was four We'd play games You'd let me win I'd have ketchup with everything Oh I wish that I was four I'd see no rich, no poor I'd sit cross-legged on the floor Silly things would make me laugh instead of showers, I'd have baths I wish that I was four Oh I wish that I was four I'd get out of all the chores I'd be ignorant of wars But I have long grown past the size When I could have a shoulder ride I wish that I was four Runny nose? I'd use my sleeve Say "it's true" And I'll believe you Instrumental You'd explain I'd understand I'd get scared You'd hold my hand Oh I wish that I was four I might be less mature But I’d know that I am yours I'll drink from a plastic cup And not hurry to grow up I wish that I was four Oh I wish that I was four It'd be simpler I'm sure Oh for cynicism’s cure We'd be quickly reconciled And I could trust just like a child I wish that I was four
5.
On the run 03:59
Well your eyes don't look at me like they used to And the gentleness within your voice has gone What's gone wrong? With our voices raised and tempers fraying And the silences we leave can feel so long What's gone wrong? But what we've got here's worth chasing Come and take my hand When love goes on the run we've got to find it We've come too far to let it get away When love goes on the run, there's nothing to be done But to keep on going And we'll find love along the way. We decided long ago to follow A love that sometimes tries to get away It goes astray But what we've got here's worth chasing Come and take my hand When love goes on the run we've got to find it We've come too far to let it get away When love goes on the run, there's nothing to be done But to keep on going And we'll find love along the way. So we fan the gently glowing embers Love is still the fire that keeps us warm
6.
River 04:32
You can't stop a river running It keeps on til it hits the ocean It will always find a way You can't stop a heart from loving Love is such a force of nature It will always find a way And this love is so strong It can carry us along And this love is so strong It will never see you wrong Like raging tidal waters Pulled by forces they can’t fathom Love will not be tamed Love can quickly overwhelm us Once you dip your toe into the water It can carry you away And this love is so strong It can carry us along And this love is so strong It will never see you wrong And this love is so strong It can carry us along And this love is so strong It will never see you wrong And tonight as I sing well I feel your love And my heart is so dry but you never give up When I’ve done all I can You reach out and you take my hand And tonight as I sing well I feel your love And my heart is so dry but you never give up When I’ve done all I can You reach out and you take my hand And this love is so strong It can carry us along And this love is so strong It will never see you wrong This love is so strong It can carry us along And this love is so strong It will never see you wrong
7.
No love lost 04:19
There’s no love lost No love lost No love lost But love can still be found There’s no love lost No love lost No love lost It all comes back around
8.
Oh, my heavy heart As I read the morning papers And oh the wars that rage But show no sign of ending This world could shake your faith But I think that we should look again Beyond the headlines, And all the talk of hate Love is happening Love is happening In the darkness Brighter shines the flame... Love is happening Oh…..Love is happening Love can fill your heart and the space that lies between us Oh… hate can eat you up but love will make you stronger Bright eyes, alive with hope I can see - love’s already here Beyond the headlines, And all the talk of hate Love is happening Love is happening In the darkness Brighter shines the flame... Love is happening Oh…..Love is happening Melt the cold hearts Open up the space where love is happening Love is happening Sometimes you feel it, I can see it on your face Love is happening Love is happening Beyond the headlines, And all the talk of hate Love is happening Love is happening In the darkness Brighter shines the flame... Love is happening
9.
Maybe you woke with a fire in your heart Maybe you woke with a pain in your head Maybe sleep has left you behind. It’s all you can do to get out of bed Maybe you woke with a song in your heart Maybe a thousand thoughts in your head Bleary eyed with a heavy soul Cheeks still wet from the tears you shed But the light still shines, though there's darkness And the fire still burns though there's cold And the way we are, it isn't how we started, or how we'll finish We still got a way to go Maybe you wish you could make a new start Take back some of those words that you said Maybe you think that your chances are gone But don't take your eyes off the journey ahead Cos the light still shines, though there's darkness And the fire still burns though there's cold And the way we are, it isn't how we started, or how we'll finish We still got a way to go So if it all comes right in the end But right now nothing's changing, I know That the light still shines, though there's darkness Ad the fire still burns though there's cold And the way we are, it isn't how we started, or how we'll finish We still got a way to go

about

"Small Town Boy" is the fourth album from singer/songwriter Paul Bell. Nine new songs written with Paul's trademark melodic sensibility and lyrics that connect life's big mysteries with its everyday hopes and struggles.

Paul teamed up with producers Dan and Matt Weeks of weeksweeksweeks for this album, and there's a richness and freshness to the sound as a result, adding horns and lap steel to the sonic palette of Paul's acoustic guitar and piano. Real grown-up songs.

The album features live favourites "Four" and "California" along with some new songs including the brooding "River", toe-tapping "No love lost" and the uplifting closer "Still got a way to go".

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released December 2, 2013

Produced by Dan and Matt Weeks for weeksweeksweeks.
Recorded at Rubble Mansions and Air Studio F.
Mixed by Dan Weeks at Rubble Mansions.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers, Finland.
Photography by Mark Pierce.

Dan Weeks: Drums, Percussion, Programming, Harmonium, Keyboards, Saxophone, Recorders, Rhodes, Hand claps, Backing vocals.
Matt Weeks: Electric bass, Upright bass, Acoustic guitars, Electric guitars, Hi-strung guitar, Wurlitzer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Hammond, Backing vocals.
Russel Smith: Lapsteel, Electric guitars.
Paul Bell: Vocals, Acoustic guitars, Electric guitars, Piano, Mellotron flutes, Hand claps.

All songs written by Paul Bell Copyright Control © 2013

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Paul Bell Nottinghamshire, UK

"Melodic Bliss" - BBC Introducing.

Paul is a singer/songwriter based near Nottingham. Featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing. Appeared at Greenbelt, Big Church Day Out, Spring Harvest and other UK Festivals

Gigs in Coffee Shops, Churches, Pubs, Festivals.

Fifth and most recent album "First Light" recorded in Stockholm, Sweden.
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