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The Lemon Tree

by KCJ RAR

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1.
I can’t get Just ask my friends I said I can’t get Out of my mind I can’t get Out of my mind You may take me as a fool I didn’t do much at school I can’t get I didn’t do much at school I can’t get Out of my mind I can’t get Out of my mind I can’t get Out of my mind Just ask my friends I said I can’t get Out of my mind Me and my life May not add up to much Don’t mean I won’t give you everything You might want I can’t get You may take me as a fool I didn’t do much at school Just ask my friends They were there And I saw you in the pub With other friends Well looked out for you I didn’t know what to do And the thoughts that I bare And my heart that tore My friends ignored Didn’t recognise What was in my eyes Cos boys will be boys Said they’re making lots of noise Since we made love I can’t get your face Can’t get your pretty little boat race Out of my mind Haunts me at night Making lots of noise Out of my mind I can’t get Out of my mind They said it was just a thing I was going through They couldn’t see me with you Were they just jealous And the thoughts that I bare And my heart that tore My friends ignored Didn’t recognise What was in my eyes Cos boys will be boys Said they’re Making lots of noise Since we made love Couldn’t see me Out of my mind When you said I was on your mind How was I so blind To get to know you Cos now that is us Cos now that it love I’ve put a diamond ring on your finger And the thoughts that I bare And my heart that tore My friends ignored Didn’t recognise What was in my eyes Cos boys will be boys Making lots of noise Since we made love I can’t get your face Can’t get your pretty little boat race I can’t get your face Out of my mind Out of my mind Haunts me at night
2.
Dogs aren’t our best friend They’re not that stupid Nothing ever seems to go right For us We’re not borne No we’re not borne No we’re not borne To lose And nobody up there Seems to like us And what’s more Not many people down here Seem to like us either We’re not borne No we’re not borne We’re not borne To lose The worlds become A bowl of Gluck Are we living in A terrible rut What’s more We’re enjoying every god damn minute People, people, people Just no damn good And everything in this world Has become Gluck except you and me Lately you’ve begun to look a little Glick too We got, that certain nothing If we could work out a way We’d call off tomorrow Cos we’re not borne No we’re not borne We’re not borne To lose
3.
White Knight 04:57
I’m a white knight And I’m guarding my king Yeah, I’m a white knight The battle of chess is just beginning Starting our attack Pawns moving up the board And one of our bishops Moves to guard our Lord Well, I’m a white knight I’m a white knight And I’m on the attack Moving in on a black pawn Well, he can’t go back What is this I can move in First chance I get I’m to mate the black King I’m a white knight Yeah, I’m a white knight And I’m guarding my king Yeah, I’m a white knight And I’m moving on in Relying on the players wit One mistake, and I might get hit What is this, I need some support It’s looking bad, and I can’t get back A great big black rook, Is spying on me I’m easy prey, for one a fast as he I’m a white knight I’m a white knight Guarding my king Yeah, I’m a white knight And I’m moving on in Well, he saved me from attack Could be the oppositions, first mistake Well, here I go, the black king Is in Check mate.
4.
Kings and Queens soft music machines What ever that meant in her dreams Nobody knows, said nobody knows the world secrete Deep and dark and underground Keep the sun from your city Build your towers over me Little girls doll lies in the road Such a pity, she’s so pretty It’s the Pretty things Pretty things that go All my life was an empty space Broken suitcases and places with no spaces Time went by without a trace No bruise, no cut, scar, on my face Kings and Queens soft music machines And those sort of things, that make us sick Is where tried to find my peace As I see it, smashed out in pieces It’s the Pretty things Pretty things that go Cupids Arrows, Popping bubbles, Making trouble It’s the Pretty things Pretty things Pretty things that go White snow drops in the spring Covering everything, shiny and new Like the tower of Pisa That’s leaning Bent, old and crook, its highly educational Open the door and cascade the light Shining on, Shine On, shine on Beaming on the dusty room The shadows reflect the lost the old It’s the Pretty things the Pretty things that go Cupids Arrows, Popping bubbles, Making trouble It’s the Pretty things Pretty things Pretty things that go
5.
Working all day Iin a long hot summer Got no money And what’s for another I’m leaving you along the line Leaving you to ease my mind Leaving you to ease my mind Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Playing around in a band Relive some rock’n’roll if we can Keep our feet on the road Won’t get tied down by no rope Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Working all day in a long hot summer Got no money and what’s for another Baby’s gone said she had wasted her time Took all my money and left not a dime Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Playing around in a band Relive some rock’n’roll if we can Keep our feet on the road Won’t get tied down by no rope Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black I wonder where it’s leading me I wonder where I go I may not be covered in riches But I’ll have the wealth of al I know Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black Paint me black
6.
Water in my eyes But now that they are clear I see things as they are Do you believe in God? Well, if you don’t That’s no fault of yours! Play the guitar Owoo play the guitar That’s no fault of yours! Do you believe in God? Thorn in my shoe Hole in my sock Hole in the world Play the guitar Play the guitar If wishes were horses Beggers would ride And if I were the Lord I’d give you I’d give you I’d, I’d give you the sky But I’m not! So play the guitar Owoo play the guitar Auh Deep in the ground Too deep to be found Then high up above Smoothers That’s no fault of yours! If wishes were horses Beggers would ride And if I were the Lord I’d give you the sky Hole in the world Water, water in my eyes But now that they are clear I see things I see things I see things I see things I see things I see things I see things I see things I see things Hole in the world

about

An aggressive interpretation of retoons project songs here. All lyrics on The Lemon Tree were written early 70's and 80's. I thank my younger self for recording the demo tapes I now crib to recreate the songs fifty years later :)

The tracks:

Me And My Life, Lyrics written circa 1978, very much as a boy band style song, beefed up a bit on this retoons remake.

Tomorrows Call. Lyrics written circa 1977, and modified a little in this retoons remake. A classic in my mind!

White Knight. Lyrics written circa 1977 about a chess game, This song has one of my strongest rock rifts to that date.

Pretty Things. Lyrics written circa 1974. Originally performed as a slow ballad, is one song on the oldest tape I have.

Paint Me Black. Lyrics written circa 1980 as a personal emotional outpouring.

If Wishes Were Horses. Lyrics written circa 1973/4. This song is the first song on the oldest tape I have.

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released April 7, 2023

Home recorded in Glasgow and York 2018 - 2020.

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KCJ RAR York, UK

Song creator, independent artist.
KCJ RAR's Project Retoons, happy time, recreating my songs from the 70's and 80's, home recording guitars and virtual instruments to create classic rock numbers that never were; symphonic prog epics that could have been; and avant-garde psychedelic art rock grooves that surely fill a gap in music history? Maybe not, but lots of fun! ... more

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