My Side Of The Bed

from Tightrope by Odgers and Simmonds



A completely re-recorded version of this song from ‘Rising Road’ with Paul accompanied by Phil on harmonies and Bobby on fiddle. Produced by Pat Collier during the March 2015 sessions.

Lead vocal Paul Simmonds


My Side of the Bed

I know every grain of cotton on the sheets beneath my head
I know every plain and prairie of the mattress on this bed
I know every little story the pillow here can tell
I know my side of the bed very well

There’s a silent wall between us when you turn out the light
So I watch the shadows flicker by the street lamp here at night
If I accidentally touch you, your body turns away
So I watch stars grow dimmer, hear things I can’t say

I wish that you’d come over to my side of the bed
I wish that you’d put down that book and hold me instead
Over on my side of the bed

Oh love hold on, oh love be strong
Keep the embers burning
Even low

There’s a tiny little leaving that wasn’t there before
There’s a little cigarette burn below me on the floor
And unless you’ve started smoking or dyed your brown hair red
Someone else is sleeping on my side of the bed


from Tightrope, released August 21, 2015
Words and Music P Simmonds


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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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