GHOSTS OF ROCK N ROLL

by Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers

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The Serpent, The Maiden, and The Bear Words and Music by Phil Odgers Standing on the porch Polaris marks the way due north The moon was full up in the inky grey Staring into space Puts us in our place Drinking in the Milky Way Paint the galaxy Put it up for all to see The silver river flows the winter way Beauty in the sky A comet flashes by Beyond the sun the tail leads it away The stars are oh so big and bright They’ll light our trail tonight Show me the way Nova’s distant ray The serpent, the maiden, and the bear Standing on the porch Polaris marks the way due north The moon was full up in the inky grey Staring into space Puts us in our place Drinking in the Milky Way The stars are oh so big and bright They’ll light up our trail tonight Show me the way Nova’s distant ray The serpent, the maiden, and the bear
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Flower Lady Word and Music by Phil Ochs Millionaires and paupers walk the hungry streets Rich and poor companions of the restless beat Strangers in a foreign land Strike a match with trembling hand Learn too much to ever understand But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady Lover's quarrel, snarl away their happiness Kisses crumble in a web of loneliness It's written by the poison pen Voices break before they bend The door is slammed It's over, once again But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady Poets agonize, they cannot find the words And the stone stares at the sculptor asks "are you absurd?" The painter paints his brushes black Through the canvas runs a crack Portrait of the pain never answers back But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady Soldiers, disillusioned, come home from the war Sarcastic students tell them not to fight no more And they argue through the night Black is black and white is white Walk away both knowing they are right But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady Smoke dreams of escaping souls are drifting by Dull the pain of living as they slowly die Smiles change into a sneer washed away by whiskey tears In the quicksand of their mind they disappear Still nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady Feeble, aged, people almost to their knees Complain about the present using memories Never found their pot of gold Wrinkled hands pound weary holes Each line screams out you're old, you're old, you're old But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady And the flower lady hobbles home without a sale Tattered shreds of petals leave a fading trail Not a pause to hold a rose Even she no longer knows The lamp goes out the evening now is closed And nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady
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The Brooklyn Bridge Lyrics by Joe Solo, Music by Phil Odgers "Morning Mr Arthur, I've come to fix the fridge" He said "I've got a little magnet of the Brooklyn Bridge / The ice cream melted, nothing much survived We brought it back from New York When me wife were still alive” Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, That’s how… I… remember the Brooklyn Bridge “But where's me manners, would you like a cup of tea? What did you say you're here to fix, the fridge, or the TV?" I said: "I'm no good with tellies I'm here to do the fridge." He said: "I've got a little magnet of the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, That’s how… I… remember the Brooklyn Bridge “Take no notice of me, son, me mind's not what it was I lose me way a lot these days, I know I do because I hear me when I'm talking but there's gaps in what I say Like when the rain stops under bridges as you drive a motorway Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, That’s how… I remember the Brooklyn Bridge I hope the rain stops soon, the fridge man comes at three Oh, where’s me manners, son? Would you like a cup of tea? You'll have to drink it black, there’s no milk in this fridge Look here, I've got a little magnet of the Brooklyn Bridge" Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, That’s how… I remember Brooklyn Bridge, The Brooklyn Bridge, That’s how I remember her…. …the Brooklyn Bridge
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Last Thing On My Mind Is Regret Words and Music by Phil Odgers If I could write a song for you make every wrong right for you If I could write a tune that would change the world If I put pen to paper now, not save it for later If I could pass this test I’d fix this mess But I sit here crack another beer, I ponder and I fret I write these words, cross them out again, light another cigarette I know that all the good things in my head I’m going to forget and the last thing on my mind --- is regret I took all those golden years from you blood and sweat and tears from you Your ma was right when she first clapped eyes me Cos, she said I wasn’t right for you you weren’t right for me she knew But somehow, we saw it through But I sit here crack another beer, I ponder and I fret I write these words, cross them out again, light another cigarette I know that all the good things in my head I’m going to forget and the last thing on my mind --- is regret If I could write a song for you make every wrong right for you If I could write a tune that would change the world If I put pen to paper now, not save it for later Now if I could pass this test I’d fix this mess But I sit here crack another beer, I ponder and I fret Write these words, and I cross em out again, light another cigarette I know that all the good things in my head I never will forget and the last thing on my mind is regret
5.
Ghost of Rock ‘n’ Roll Words and Music by Phil Odgers Cross his palm with silver cross his palm with gold Cross his palm with powder, Mr Rock N Roll Prowling like a wolf, howling at the moon The spirit of his former self is going to haunt your room CH He’s come to eat your heart, he’s come to steal your soul He’s high, high, high, he’s low, low, low He’s coming to get you Barbara The ghost of Rock and Roll He’ll drain you of your blood, he’ll prey upon your mind Walking, stalking, disinterred, he’s following Plan 9 From outer space, one step beyond the twilight zone And the body of his former self will stagger round your home CH He’s come to eat your heart, he’s come to steal your soul He’s high, high, high, he’s low, low, low He’s coming to get you Barbara The ghost of Rock and Roll Gonna never stop, Gonna do voodoo Pull your strings, do awful things, when he catches you He’ll snatch your body put a pod under your bed He can take on any form and hide and inside your head
6.
In The Early Morning Rain Words and Music by Gordon Lightfoot In the early morning rain, with a dollar in my hand, With an aching in my heart and my pockets full of sand, I'm a long way from home and I miss my loved ones so, In the early morning rain with no place to go. Out on runway number nine a big 707's set to go, But, I'm stuck here in the grass where the cold wind blows, Now, the liquor tasted good and the women all were fast, Well, there she goes, my friend, well she's going down at last. Hear the mighty engines roar, see the silver bird on high, She's away and westward bound, far above the clouds she'll fly, There the morning rain don't fall and the sun always shines, She'll be flying over my home in about three hours time. This old airport's got me down, it's no earthly good to me, 'cause I'm stuck here on the ground as cold and drunk as I can be, You can't jump a jet plane like you can a freight train, So, I'd best be on my way in the early morning rain. You can't jump a jet plane like you can an old freight train, So, I'd best be on my way in the early morning rain.
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The Desert Has A 1000 Eyes Words and Music Phil Odgers On the Ismailia desert road from Port Said to Cairo It’s a three hour drive from the three green domes As the sun beats down, we’re melting on the highroad Sticking to our seats, boiling in our bones Out in the sand what do I see? A vision calling to me And the desert has a thousand eyes on me V2 Through fields of reeds, whiskey and guitaro Art deco dreams down by the teeming shore Where lady liberty brought her light so faro From the great green sea to the golden door Out in the sand what do I see? A vision calling to me And the desert has a thousand eyes on me V3 On the Ismailia desert road heading down to Cairo I saw you out among the dunes But it was just a dream Ra brought on with the high notes I was 5000 miles and 100 years from you
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Empty Streets & Lovers In The Rain Lyrics by Robb Johnson, Music by Phil Odgers Stood here at this station All you do is wait Trains and revolutions They’re always running late The kids are going shopping Vodka and cocaine The world is full of empty streets And lovers in the rain That rain just keeps on falling That’s the story of our lives Bankers rob you with accountants Gangsters just got guns and knives What you gonna do about it? Stand there and complain? The world is full of empty streets And lovers in the rain M8 The poetry of Monday night All that love in vain The world is full of empty streets And lovers in the rain When that train rolls in the station All that work and all those wheels After all those cancellations Do you remember how it feels Take away the take aways I’ll tell you what remains The world is full of empty streets And lovers in the rain M8 The poetry of Monday night All that love in vain The world is full of empty streets And lovers in the rain And lovers in the rain And lovers in the rain And lovers in the rain
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UKE TOWN Words and Music Phil Odgers How you doing, what do you see You gotta give up the full SP I just need you to tell me What’s happening, down in Uke Town Down in Uke Town Give it straight from the start to the end The whole story you try to defend Don’t hold back ‘my friend’! What’s happening, down in Uke Town Down in Uke Town C’mon fella spill your guts I wanna hear it all, Soup to Nuts C’mon now tella, tella tella me true What in the world come over you Everything is out of kilter Everything is out of whack I’m halfway through Uke Town There’s no turning back Down in Uke Town Down in Uke Town The paths are paved with good intent But something in the road got twisted and bent The money in the pot all got spent What’s happening, down in Uke Town Down in Uke Town Down in Uke Town Everything is out of kilter Everything is out of whack I’m halfway through Uke Town There’s no turning back No turning back There’s robbers on the corner trying to steal your soul, your blues and your funk and your punk and your rock n roll Yeah, robbers on the corner trying to steal your soul, your blues and your funk and your punk and your rock n roll Down in Uke Town Down in Uke Town Down in Uke Town
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Rage Against The Machine Words and Music Phil Odgers I met a man, who told me of a land Never seen, by the likes of me Where the air is fresh and the water is clean Rage against the machine I met a man who told me of a land Deep below, where the downcast workers flow They sweat, they toil, in the steam and the oil, Rage against the machine There ain’t no cats in the catacombs There ain’t no dogs in Yoshiwara rooms But there’s a beast from hell dancing in a metal shell Rage against the machine Maria says we will understand The mind that plan, the heart that beats, and the building hands When all is said and done a time will come Rage against the machine There ain’t no cats in the catacombs There ain’t no dogs in Yoshiwara rooms But there’s a beast from hell dancing in a metal shell Rage against the machine
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The Serpent, The Maiden, and The Bear Words and Music by Phil Odgers INTRO = E X4 [E] Standing on the porch Polaris marks the way due north The [F#m] moon was full up in the inky [E] grey Staring into space [G] Puts us in our [E] place [G] drinking [A] in the Milky [E] Way [E] Paint the galaxy Put it up for all to see The [F#m] silver river flows the winter [E] way Beauty in the sky [G] A comet flashes [E] by [G] Beyond the sun [A] the tail leads [E] it away (perihelion) You said the [F#m] stars are oh so [E] big and bright They’ll [F#m] light up our [E] trail tonight Show me the way [G] Nova’s distant [E] ray The [G] serpent, the [A] maiden, and the [E] bear Break [E] Standing on the porch Polaris marks the way due north The [F#m] moon was full up in the inky [E] grey Staring into space [G] Puts us in our [E] place [G] drinking [A] in the Milky [E] Way You said the [F#m] stars are oh so [E] big and bright They’ll [F#m] light up our[E] trail tonight Show me the way [G] Nova distant [E] ray Show me the way The [G] serpent, the [A] maiden, and the [E] bear

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released September 11, 2021

GHOSTS OF ROCK N ROLL ALBUM CREDITS (CD)

1. The Serpent, the Maiden and the Bear

2. Flower Lady (feat. Sid Griffin)

3. Brooklyn Bridge

4. The Last Thing on My Mind (Is Regret)

5. Ghost of Rock 'N' Roll

6. Early Morning Rain

7. The Desert Has a Thousand Eyes

8. Empty Streets and Lovers in the Rain

9. Uke Town

10. Rage Against the Machine

Phil Odgers - Vocals, Ukulele, Acoustic Guitar

Sid Griffin – Guest Vocals on Flower Lady, Harmonica, Mandolin

Al Cherry - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo

Dan Drury - Bass

Simon Lea - Drums

Bobby Valentino - Violin

Pete Billington - Piano, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Solina.

James Knight - Backing Vocals, Saxophones, Percussion

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by James Knight at Knight Time Studios

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering

Consulting Producers: Dean Davis, Richard Weir and Bob Antia

Cover Art by Aly Fell

All songs copyright control and written by Phil Odgers except:

Brooklyn Bridge is based the poem ‘Motorways’ by Joe Solo. Music by Phil Odgers

Empty Streets & Lovers In The Rain - Words by Robb Johnson / Music by Phil Odgers

Flower Lady - Word and Music by Phil Ochs ℗ Barricade Music, Inc

Early Morning Rain – Words and Music by Gordon Lightfoot ℗ WB Music Corp. o/b/o Moose Music

Love to Frances, James and Katherine - my constant source of support and inspiration.

Thanks to Nigel & Marianne, Paul Cousens, James Baker and Family, Christiane & Holger Arntz, Andrew Coates, Brian McCusker, Francis Doherty, Donna Fulton, Chris and Mandy Roe, Henry van den Brink, Geoff Earl, Sanna Rimpiläinen, Aaron Chapman, Jeremy Blain, Daniel McKeever, Andrew Smith, Marvey Mills, David Yettram, Kevin Cunniffe, Chris Barnes.

Swill uses Auden Guitars (www.audenguitars.com) and Mahalo Ukulele (www.stentor-music.com/brands).

For bookings email nmwgigs@sky.com

www.twitter.com/swillodgers

www.swillodgers.co.uk

In memory of my friend and bandmate Stefan Cush. RIP.

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Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers is one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Vancouver and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.
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