Only Heaven Knows

what do you do when its all behind you
everyday something else reminds you
when the times were sweet
wings on your feet
and bells on you toes?
only heaven knows
what do you do when you've lost the feeling
nowhere to go you've reached the ceiling
back down on the floor
no window, no door?
yeah, everything's closed
and only heaven knows


love is a treat
a magical feat
illusion or for real.
You're never quite sure
if its true what you feel
or something that you felt before.
what do you do when you know you're losing
sit on your arse and let the blues in
think of what you had
and how it all went bad?
you send her a rose
and only heaven knows.
love is a treat
a magical feat
illusion or for real.
You're never quite sure
if its true what you feel
or something that you felt before.
what do you do when its all behind you
everyday something else reminds you
when the times were sweet
wings on your feet
and bells on you toes?
only heaven knows

Only Heaven Knows
Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) - trumpet
San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor) - drums
Kellie Sutherland (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Tara Shackell (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Isobel Knowles (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Joe McGinty (baby steps) – keyboards
Candie Payne - backing vocals
Daisy Martey (Noonday Underground) – backing vocals
Heather McIntosh (The Instruments) – bass

Cold Shoulder

I don't understand anymore
as I grow older
nothing seems to be
clearer than before.
old shoulders
become cold shoulders
nothing left to dream on.
we're all kept in fear
we're afraid to take
too many chances
we must keep in step
but there are just too many
different dances.
and those old shoulders
become cold shoulders
nothing you can lean on.

Cold Shoulder
Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) - trumpet
Jeff Baron (Ladybug Transistor) guitar
San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor) - drums
Bill Wells (Bill Wells Trio) - bass
Joe McGinty (baby steps) - keyboards
Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel/Music Tapes) – singing saw
Tucson Philharmonia string section
The Wyattron

Walk on Water

some people seem to walk on water
some people just got it made
and never see themselves completely
never think there's any other way
but you know
its only a show
and you reap what you sow
in your own way.
some people really need attention
just see what they want to see
never more than their reflection
in someone else's fantasy
but they know
its only a show
and they reap what they sow
in their own way.
a pretty face will find a place
its an easy place to be
you're not allowed to change the picture
picture people want to see
but you know
you're only a show
and you reap what you sow
in your own way.

Walk on Water

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Gary Olson - (Ladybug Transistor)trumpet
Jeff Baron (Ladybug Transistor) guitar
San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor) – drums
Bridget St. John – Folk singer – backing vocals
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) - backing vocals
Euros Childs -- backing vocals
Joe McGinty (The Psychedelic Furs) – keyboards
Heather McIntosh (The Instruments) - bass
Tucson Philharmonia string section

Friends and Strangers

why do you still play with me,
treat me like a game?
I don't need the pain
I've had enough.
You say we should stay in touch
and you're there for me,
but its plain to see
you're somewhere else.
funny how the situation changes.
love can turn the best of friends
into strangers.
why do you still lie to me?
why do you pretend?
everything must end,
just let me go.
funny how the situation changes.
love can turn the best of friends
into strangers.
why do you still lie to me?
why do you pretend?
everything must end,
just let me go.
funny how the situation changes.
love can turn the best of friends
into strangers.
funny how the situation changes.
love can turn the best of friends
into strangers.

Friends and Strangers

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) backing vocals
Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) drums
Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) – backing vocals
Bill Wells (Bill Wells Trio) – bass
Joe McGinty (baby steps) – keyboards
Dave McGowan (Mogwai / Teenage Fannclub / Alasdair Roberts) – pedal steel
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) - guitar
Tucson Philharmonia string section

Shine a Light

you shine a light
in my darkness
I guess you showed me
the way
a chance for love to fly again
a chance for come what may.
you brought along the colours
when life was turning
turning grey
you opened up your paint box
and painted the blues away
But you're far away
I can't touch you
you're far away
and its too much to
feel this way
I got to be with you
But you're far away
I can't touch you
you're far away
and its too much to
feel this way
I got to be with you
You to me are special
can't find the words to say
only that I miss you
miss you in every way
But you're far away
I can't touch you
you're far away
and its too much to
feel this way
I got to be with you
But you're far away
I can't touch you
you're far away
and its too much to

feel this way
I got to be with you

Shine a Light

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) – trumpet + backing vocals
San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor) - drums
Heather McIntosh (The Instruments) - bass
Kellie Sutherland (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Tara Shackell (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Isobel Knowles (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Joe McGinty (baby steps) – keyboards
Robbie McIntosh (Paul McCartney/The Pretenders) – guitar
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) backing vocals
Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) – backing vocals
Candie Payne – backing vocals
Daisy Martey (Noonday Underground) – backing vocals
Luca Santucci (Leila) - backing vocals

Wide Awake

another night and I can't sleep
I need to cry, but i can't weep
feeling that I've lost control
where's my spirit, where's my very soul
what's the future, there's no cheer
feeling too much doubt and fear
i hide and run, i run and hide
i just can't face the world outside my dreaming
oooh I'm wide and awake and there's you
giving me a shake and its true
love is what pulls us through
its so good when your'e by my side
no longer need to run and hide
and when I'm dancing -- singing along
nothing seems to be so right or wrong
oooh I'm wide and awake and there's you
giving me a shake and its true
love is what pulls us through
don't you worry, don't you sigh
it's not on you that I rely
you sing love -- i sing along
celebration in this song for you
oooh I'm wide and awake and there's you
giving me a shake and its true
love is what pulls us through
oooh I'm wide and awake and there's you
giving me a shake and its true
love is what pulls us through

Wide Awake

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) guitar and backing vocal
Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) drums
Bill Wells (Bill Wells Trio) - bass
Dave McGowan (Mogwai / Teenage Fannclub / Alasdair Roberts) – pedal steel
Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) - trumpet
Jeff Baron (Ladybug Transistor) guitar
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) – guitar
Robbie McIntosh (Paul McCartney/The Pretenders) – guitar
Kellie Sutherland (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Tara Shackell (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Isobel Knowles (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki) - brass
Joe McGinty (baby steps) - keyboards
Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) – backing vocals
Candie Payne – backing vocals
Daisy Martey (Noonday Underground) – backing vocals
Tucson Philharmonia string section

Baby Come Home

Baby Come Home

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) - trumpet
San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor) - percussion
Bridget St. John – vocals
Joe McGinty (Baby Steps/The Psychedelic Furs) - keyboards
Robbie McIntosh (Paul McCartneyThe Pretenders) – guitar & ukulele
Graham Henderson (Fairground Attraction) – accordion
Heather McIntosh (Of Montreal /Elephant 6 / The Instruments) – bass + cello

Brainstorm


You're safe and you're warm
got a break from the storm
and its visiting time in the past
and you've just reached the part
where you're losing your heart
and your spirit is leaving you fast
and then the storm blows a scream
and it crashes your dream
like a fist through a curtain of glass
and there's a giant of darkness
surrounds you with fright
and the only way out
is to stand up and fight
and so you shout, scream
give me back my dream
I need one to get through the day
if its lost and if its gone
i wont keep hanging on
and the storm can just blow me away
blow me away
its a long way to dawn
and you got to get warm
'cause you're shivering deeply inside
so you turn on the light
try to burn up the night
but your spirit has run off to hide
there's nowhere to run
so you wait for the sun
nowhere to run
you wait for the sun
you shout, scream
give me back my dream
I need one to get through the day
if its lost and if its gone
i wont keep hanging on
and the storm can just blow me away
blow me away
so you shout, scream
give me back my dream
I need one to get through the day
if its lost and if its gone
i wont keep hanging on
and the storm can just blow me away
blow me away
wait for the sun
nowhere to run
wait for the sun
nowhere to run

Brainstorm

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor) – drums
Joe McGinty (Baby Steps/The Psychedelic Furs) – keyboards
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) – guitar
Jeff Barron (Ladybug Transistor) - guitar
Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel/Music Tapes) – singing saw
Heather McIntosh (Of Montreal /Elephant 6 / The Instruments) – bass
Tucson Philharmonia string section

Unfairground

It catches fire at midnight
it leaves the room for doubt
but everything's so well defined
there's only one way out.
and all the girls are on tonight
the coloured wheels all spin
you're more aware than ever before
you need a prize to win
and all the funfairs will have one
that is the usual theme
no secret Jack in this box
to help the pain within.
quiet country roads and trees
birds sing from a cage
you understand you just lost one
you step outside your rage
and what's left to believe in?
the children in the lake?
I didn't see them go under
let's try another take.
pass me the bottle baby
one day you'll understand
we almost make the same mistakes
and hold eachother's hands.
take this particular shade of grey
just for a change I shout
there's nothing in this fairground
that couldn't be left out.
there isn't much left to show you
maybe the tunnel of love
who knows we'll be there for ever
just like the stars above.

Run Run Run

you run run run
you get nowhere
oh take it easy
oh take it easy
long time gone, babe,
but I still care
it isn't easy
it isn't easy
I still feel that its true
still in love with you.
you push, you pull
but that's not fair
take it easy
oh take it easy
you're not here
so you must be there
it isn't easy
it isn't easy
I still feel that its true
still in love with you.
you're running
you're running
you're running away
repeat
you push, you pull
but that's not fair
take it easy
oh take it easy
you're not here babe
so you must be there
it isn't easy
it isn't easy
I still feel that its true
still in love with you.
you're running
you're running
you're running away
repeat

Produced by: Timothy Shepard with Peter Henderson and Gary Olson
Mixed by: Peter Henderson and Timothy Shepard
Executive Producer: Timothy Shepard
Engineered by: Peter Henderson, Craig Schumacher, Chris Schultz, Niall McMenamin, Mark McCarthy and Jamie Johnson
Mastering Engineer: Steve Rooke
Recorded at: Wavelab Studios, Tucson, Arizona
Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, New York
Eastcote Studios, London
Gallery Studios, London
YipJump Studios, Glasgow
Mixed at: British Grove, London
Mastered Abbey Road Studios, London
Art: Timothy Shepard
All songs written by Kevin Ayers

Run Run Run

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) – trumpet + backing vocals
Jeff Baron (Ladybug Transistor) guitar + backing vocals
Bill Wells (Bill Wells Trio) – bass
Joe McGinty (The Psychedelic Furs) - keyboards + backing vocals
San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor) – drums + backing vocals
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) backing vocal
Candie Payne – current pop singer – backing vocals
Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) – backing vocals
Heather MacIntosh - backing vocals
Frank Reader (Trash Can Sinatras) – backing vocals
Daisy Martey (Noonday Underground) – backing vocals
Luca Santucci - backing vocals

Unfairground

Kevin Ayers – vocals and guitar
Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) drums
Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine) – bass
Graham Henderson (Fairground Attraction) - accordian
Peter Nicholson (The One Ensemble / Ravi Shankar) - cello

couldn't get to sleep last night
missing you so much it hurts
missing your company
all the things you mean to me girl
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
to me
don't have very much to say
never was so good with words
its only that I'm missing you
wishing i was kissing you now
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
to me
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
to me
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
baby wont you please come home
to me