Labi Siffre So Strong

The higher you build your barriers

The taller I become

The farther you take my rights away

The faster I will run

You can deny me

You can decide to turn your face away

No matter, cos there’s….

Something inside so strong

I know that I can make it

Tho’ you’re doing me wrong, so wrong

You thought that my pride was gone

Oh no, something inside so strong

Oh oh oh oh oh something inside so strong

The more you refuse to hear my voice

The louder I will sing

You hide behind walls of Jericho

Your lies will come tumbling

Deny my place in time

You squander wealth that’s mine

My light will shine so brightly

It will blind you

Cos there’s……

Something inside so strong

I know that I can make it

Tho’ you’re doing me wrong, so wrong

You thought that my pride was gone

Oh no, something inside so strong

Oh oh oh oh oh something inside so strong

Brothers and sisters

When they insist we’re just not good enough

When we know better

Just look ’em in the eyes and say

I’m gonna do it anyway [x4]

Something inside so strong

And I know that I can make it

Tho’ you’re doing me wrong, so wrong

You thought that my pride was gone

Oh no, something inside so strong

Oh oh oh oh oh something inside so strong

Brothers and sisters

When they insist we’re just not enough

When we know better

Just look ’em in the eyes and say

I’m gonna do it anyway [x4]

Because there’s something inside so strong

And I know that I can make it

Tho’ you’re doing me, so wrong

Oh no, something inside so strong

Oh oh oh oh oh something inside so strong

Labi Siffre I Will Always Love You

I’m walking in your fire

And diving in your sea

Burning with desire

You’re the honey to the bee

Whenever you’re in trouble

Whenever you’re in doubt

You don’t have to worry

No, you don’t even have to shout

The world is full of strangers searching for a friend

The world is full of sadness

And we must learn to smile

‘Cause sadness never ends

I, I will always love you

Darling can’t you tell

I will be your champion

Through heaven and through hell

Good fortune may desert you

People can be unkind

The world may turn and hurt you

And I, I will always love you.

We may be separated

We’ll never be apart

We’ll be dedicated

I’m gonna love you with every beat of my heart

Giving it all is the secret of life

Taking no chances when I’m with you tonight.

Thinking the hands of time won’t stop

And my devotion won’t even remove

You got it, you got it yeah

I, I will always love you

Darling can’t you tell

I will be your champion

Through heaven and through hell

Good fortune may desert you

People can be unkind

The world may turn and hurt you

And I, I will always love you.

I will always love you

Nothing’s gonna stop us,

Nothing’s gonna keep us apart

You’ll be my lover

And I’ll keep you here in my heart

No matter where you are, you’re here in my heart

Never, forever can’t keep us apart

‘Cause I love you

Labi Siffre Cannock Chase

Sitting in the back seat of my car

With my arms round my guitar

And the rain falls from the roof of the world

Nothing around just the trees and the ground

There’s a bird in a tree singing a song just for me, just for me

I’ve been down for oh so long

It seemed like my soul was dead and gone

But it’s alright – I’m back in the fight

I thought my day would never come

Maybe it won’t but I’ll have fun

And I’ll hold tight ’cause that way it might

Oh I know I’ll be down again with my old friend

This friendship never ends

The blues is always the same, the blues is always the same

Well I don’t know just where I am

I’m a nowhere man I’m a Desperate Dan

But I’ll find out – maybe if I shout

Give me your hand I’ll give you my mind

It’s a fair exchange if your deaf, dumb and blind

And we’re sold out well that’s what it’s all about.

Labi Siffre A Number Of Words

I could be happy if only you’d stay

With me, any way that you say I’m

Selfish and lazy and much more besides

It’s time we were married the children are nearly

Five years ago you were happy here with me

I’d bring your morning tea

And I knew that it was all worthwile

Cause you’d look at me and then you’d smile

At me now cause I need you the most in my

Life, I’ve been living for me and I hurt you I

Know what you’d have to be, lonely, believe what I

Say when I say that I’m saying I’ll really

Be good times, on their way back here again

I know just how and when

We’ll take a trip across the bay

And then we’ll sit and watch the children play

Making up is gonna be fun

No sooner said than it’s done

I never meant to make you feel this way

Whatever you want just say

I need you here to be my girl

I’d give you anything in the world

Is a place where it’s sad to be lonely

Is one of a number of words we could all do

Without you I could never be happy

Is one of a number of words everybody should shout

Well what do you say?

Is everything okay?

Labi Siffre Listen To The Voices

Old man

Your race is run

You think it’s over

It’s only begun

Child is born

Who has to face

The world you’re leaving

A dangerous place

Listen To The Voices

Crying to be free

Can we be the promise that we promised to be

Love and understanding

Are better than a war

People just laughing ’cause they’ve heard it before

Night chills

In Plenty town

Cardboard hotels

They sleep on the ground

Hard choices

How to respond

Red or rosé

With the Duck à l’orange

Listen To The Voices

So easy to ignore

Choruses of old folk scared to open the door

Living in the shadows

And dying in the cold

Inner city jungle ain’t no place to grow old

Helpless

We’ll never be

Though justice

Is so hard to see

Kindness, yes

That same old song

But don’t stop singing

There’s so much strength in kindness

Listen To The Voices – Crying to be free

Crying to be free – Can we be the promise

Can we be the promise – That we promised to be

Love and understanding – Better than a war

Are better than a war – People just laughing

People just laughing ’cause they’ve heard it before

Listen To The Voices

Crying to be free

Can we be the promise that we promised to be

Listen To The Voices – Listen To The Voices

Crying to be free – Crying to be free

Can we be the promise – Can we be the promise

That we promised to be

Love and understanding – Love and understanding

Are better than a war – Better than a war

People just laughing

People just laughing ’cause they’ve heard it before

Labi Siffre All I Wanna Do

Our conversation

Is mad of inevitability

You walk the ocean

I’m sailing deep into your mystery

Ooh no more losing, no more losing

Just follow me to honesty

All I wanna do

Make good love with you

Life is very short

We need nothing more

Than to be where you are

‘Cos I just wanna be

Wherever you see

No more fantasies

Good enough for me

With you is where I want to be

Life is illusion

We may believe but we may never know

Love is the comfort

My heart will find you wherever you are

Magic moments

Ooh they happen

Don’t let this day just slip away

All I wanna do

Make good love with you

Life is very short

We need nothing more

Than to be where you are

‘Cos I just wanna be

Wherever you see

No more fantasies

Good enough for me

With you is where I want to be

Magic moments

Ooh they happen

Don’t let this day just slip away

Let it, let it, let it slip away

All I wanna do

Make good love with you

Life is very short

We need nothing more

Than to be where you are

‘Cos I just wanna be

Wherever you see

No more fantasies

Good enough for me

With you is where I want to be

All I wanna do

Make good love with you

Do do do do

Make good love with you

Labi Siffre Dreamer

Dreamer, dream away the night

When you wake I will be here

To greet you with the light

Dream on, the moon is on the wane

When you wake we will be here

The sun to light the way

Me here to love you

And how we spin and how we turn

And now we lose and now we learn

And now we win and now we’re burning

Dream on dreamer

When you wake you will be loved

Rainbow, colours of the light

Brightly paint a warning

To the clouds upon the heights

Sorrow, please be gone away

I have no time to fight you now

The dreamer wakes

I made a vow to love her

And how we spin and how we turn

And now we lose and now we learn

And now we win and now we’re burning

Dream on dreamer

When you wake you will be loved

Slow motion smile, oh the dawn breaks

Blinking your eyes, oh oh oh my heart aches

Slowly you rise, oh my arms take

Touching inside, oh oh oh

Dreamer, the love I want to say

Words in mind so hard to find

My heart gets in the way

Dream on, the night and through the day

See the light, the dream is clear

When you wake I will be here to love you

And how we spin and how we turn

And now we lose and now we learn

And now we win and now we’re burning

Dream on dreamer

When you wake you will be loved

Dreamer (dream on dreamer) dream away the night

Labi Siffre Bless The Telephone

It’s nice to hear your voice again

I’ve waited all day long

Even wrote a song for you

It’s strange, the way you make me feel

With just a word or two

I’d like to do the same for you

Its nice to hear you say “hello”

And “how are things with you – I love you”

But very soon it’s time to go

An office job to do

While I’m here writing songs for you

Strange, how a phone call can change your day

Take you away, away

From the feeling of being alone

Bless the telephone

It’s nice, the way you say my name

Not very fast or slow, just soft and low

The same as when you tell me how you feel

I feel the same way too

I’m very much in love with you

Labi Siffre Nothin’s Gonna Change

Life can be funny

Sometimes a shame

Making the same mistakes again and again

It isn’t easy being a man

For a woman it’s harder

Try it in the Sudan

And when you’re winning and when you’ve won

You turn around… your problems just begun

And when you’re losing and when you’ve lost

You turn around… it wasn’t worth the cost

How did we make it…

It’s a mystery

We’re getting better…

That’s news to me

Are we defeated…

Huh! Defeated like hell

We may be losers…

But we’ll never tell

Nothin’s Gonna Change

But we don’t give in

Nothin’s Gonna Change

Take it on the chin

Nothin’s Gonna Change

Keep that silly grin

Nothin’s Gonna Change

The only way to win

World wars are over

One and two

Others are raging still just like brand new

The Big Band is with us

It’s here to stay

Unless the Martians come to take it away

My TV dinner shows a starving face

The kicked a man to death outside my place

We strangle nature

We murder the trees

Forgetting we need the trees to breathe

Labi Siffre The Vulture

They call me the vulture cause that’s my name

I fly high, around the town, looking for game

Any girl who’s lost her man I’m by her side, as fast as I can

And I tell her things that she wants to hear, I’m an evil man

Oh oh oh I’m a vulture

I say, now that is over what you gonna do

I’m so sad that you’re on your own

And your heart is a shelter

That man is gone and is gone for good

He’s gone and he’s never coming back

And the love that you had that was beautiful

But it’s dead that is a fact

If you’re looking for consolation you don’t have to look no more

And I fold my wings around the girl I’ve made it for sure

Oh oh I’m a vulture

When I fly into town the work is around

The vulture’s here you’d better tie your baby down

Take a girl for a drink, take her out for something to eat

Leave her just for a little while, take a nature retreat

By the time, I’ve made it back, I’ve got a name, address and a date

And you can see by the far away look in her eyes

That you’ve made it there much too late

Oh oh oh I’m a vulture

Vulture’s got class, vulture’s got style

Vulture can heal her, with a look or a smile

Vulture’s in town, so you’d better beware

Married or single, I just don’t care

Oh oh oh I’m a vulture