Miracles For Beginners

by Nick Harper

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1.
Back from the naughty step I can’t remember what it was I did wrong I was in the wilderness so damned long I wore a groove in it It was incredible that you wanted to be my little girl But we had to grow all the way up It’s a shame about that But what a good time we’ve had You hold me up – I keep you warm I fill your cup after dinner All along we perform Miracles for beginners Back in the olden days they’d have said that you fell from above We’re too sophisticated for that old stuff so forget about it If there was a next world it’d be missing one Prayers would have been answered as you fell into mine But some people see angels all the time so forget about it We know a song about it And I’ll sing your praise on Sunday morning But we don’t have church and we are not sinners We don’t ask god – we’re just performing Miracles for beginners You hold me up – I keep you warm I fill your cup after dinner All along we perform Miracles for beginners All along we perform Miracles for beginners Miracles for beginners
2.
I dreamt of a dream of a girl I saw I wanted to see her around some more - blue sky thinking Beautiful, kind, and all adored Easy to write a love song for - blue sky thinking Blue sky thinking Let me dream of having you Blue sky thinking Let my blue sky dream come true We’d live in a house with a roof of straw With small leaded windows and old wooden floors - blue sky thinking With our children - two and two is four What’s important to us now will be for evermore - blue sky thinking Blue sky thinking Let me dream of having you Blue sky thinking Let my blue sky dream come true I’d be the crazy boy, you’d be the sweetest girl Together we will save the world – blue sky thinking I’d write you the perfect song no-one’s ever heard That says ‘I love you’ with three little words – blue sky thinking It was blue sky thinking Let me dream of life with you It was blue sky thinking Made my blue sky dream come true
3.
I followed my father’s baggage train to the field of the cloth of gold To try and lend some honour to the family name on the field of the cloth of gold Am I to be denied my rightful claim on the field of the cloth of gold? I rested across the valley with the vermin in the stable About a million miles from the ermine and the sable Where the fat king laughs out loud and mocks a sermon at his table On the field of the cloth of gold Well I puffed out my chest and I took a look around the field of the cloth of gold I covered up my crest but left my colours unbound on the field of the cloth of gold You’d never have guessed the amount of mad fools I found on the field of the cloth of gold There were minstrels and mountebanks and harpers and clowns Cudgelling the air with a riot of a sound And jousting to the death for a tiny patch of ground On the field of the cloth of gold So the first day was done as the second day begun When I spent my coin and I had my fun on the field of the cloth of gold We split a line of elms in the midday sun on the field of the cloth of gold No one ever said we were there to get anything done on the field of the cloth of gold I tried my parley with the ladies, so fine and so fair There was something going on, but there was wine a-going spare And in the end I got blind drunk and they yelled, “What the hell is he doing here On the field of the cloth of gold?” So the second day was done With a thumping head the third begun I was with the smiths and the squires from the English shires on the field of the cloth of gold Hoisting the good sir knight with their Archimedic wires on the field of the cloth of gold He’s such a heavy weight it’s not just the horse that tires On the field of the cloth of gold I asked the king for his grace and his mercy With a waft of his ring and cuff of lace he turned and cursed me To a pretty French princess all rosy face and dainty curtsey On the field of the cloth of gold And the third day was the last The time flew by so Those days on that field were the best Yes yes yes! Let the long flags flutter let the falcons fly above the field of the cloth of gold Framed up against a beautiful day’s blue sky on the field of the cloth of gold We must look pretty small from up there you and I on the field of the cloth of gold So spare a thought for the goodly folk chained up by poverty But kings fortunes spent on tournaments can change the way you see But on the whole I know where I would rather be On the field of the cloth of gold
4.
Little rook in the midst of the parliament They hop and chatter, but everybody knows he’s going to be sent away Because he’s white, He’s got a red eye The trees are ringing with the cackles in the twilight Little rook takes one last look and takes flight – he’s away Because he’s white, He’s got a red eye Can you believe that his family cannot be allowed to be together By the very same tribe that helped the elephant fly With a beautiful lie and a magic feather? The dark orb high in the tallest ash tree alone In the upturned branches – sceptres for a throne It’s alright How can it be that a family cannot be allowed to be together By the very same tribe that helped the elephant fly With a beautiful lie and a magic feather?
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03:58
My heart made glad today By a man who gave some away Who lives a life worth living Down Bolivia way With a joy you get from giving And not from what you’re paid The world needs men like Evo Morales To show the rest of us the way He likes football to be played with the feet - not the hands He’s using them to take back his own land Well I had to laugh today About the fuss they made Cos Evo wore a chompa When he met the King of Spain Well he wouldn’t have worn the uniform Where the suit with the face hold sway World leaders need men like Evo to lead them To lead us to a better day He likes football to be played with the feet – not the hands And he’s kicking the empire’s troopers out - claiming back his land Morality evolving What is in a name? When a problem needs it’s solving Do you have to play some game? Send in men like Evo Get it done today The world needs men like Evo Morales To show the rest of us the way He likes football to be played with the feet – not the hands All the world over people want their freedom in their own land
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04:53
He shapes his mouth and the air takes the sound That narrows and swells unseen valleys and mounds That surge through the ether and barge in her ears Down happy canals two syllables steer Where tributaries join with the flow of the years And sing to her heart from their gondolier And the waveforms dance back to him when she speaks And give up their treasures between their peaks They build it in their heads This is what they said: He say, ‘Love you’ She say, ‘Love you’ Two seconds of thoughtless affection is all To build up the temple with marble white walls A habit unthinking gives voice to the feeling To paint the long frieze on the beautiful ceiling A touch and a stroke and a kiss and a smile The door made of oak and the red roof tiles Two words two secs a look and a sigh On a little stone bridge at least a mile high They build it in their heads This is what they said: He say: ‘Love you’ She say: ‘Love you’ …… ‘Love you’ ‘Love you’
7.
04:55
Really know ya love ya dearly See ya want ya near me Always always Like a social gambler playing roulette - Having been diagnosed by Dr. Tourrette But having no conventional boundary set - I fly When I look back on the world – Then I see the one who loves me I am the one who loves you - Not because you do, just because I do I was born to give life a shake I’m a half-baked snake make no mistake But everyone seems to be on the make - I fly When I look back on the world – There I see the one who loves me I am the one who loves you - Not because you do, just because I do Really know ya love ya dearly See ya want ya near me Always always It really is about what you give and not what you get And it’s no damned good if it’s full of regret But I haven’t done anything that bad yet - I fly When I look back on the world – Then I see the one who loves me I am the one who loves you – Not because you do, just because I do These clichés are clichés because they are true And we live them through like we‘re bound to do So let me say hey babe hey you yes you I love you When I look back on it all – it’s you who makes it all I am the one who loves you – not because you do, just because I do Really know ya’s love ya dearly See ya want ya near me Always always
8.
I’m a badly drawn cartoon in the wind up to waking up My hair’s gone ka-boom, fell out with my face and they ain’t making up I’ve got to drive a million miles, but my misery stays a secret Because I’m going to roll over and kiss you while you’re still warm from sleeping Your love has saved me from myself Down the stairs and out of the door and I jump into the car But my brain begins its boiling before I get very far It’s funny how time stands still when you’re driving under bridges in the rain I was thinking about bailing out, but a smile flickers into flame – your love Your love has saved me from myself Finally I get into town and all the lights are green But no one at the junction’s moving – they can hear the siren’s scream And you can feel the tribe working together because some poor soul’s in trouble And my thoughts read, ‘I love you’ in a little white bubble Your love has saved me from myself
9.
Whether us comes, it takes the time it takes Whether us goes away forever All we can say, it takes the time it takes Helps us to stay this way together As one, in line, in deep, in time Our wandering fates, separate yet intertwine, underneath the same skies At once free, ever unified Reckless and strong, helpless and needy for someone Making our way on, tracing our paces back on themselves It’s free and it’s wild, feeling the child within one another Helping each other, walking away together And with no hesitation, communication Wandering fates, separate yet intertwine, underneath the same skies We’re at once free, ever unified Decisive aware, childish and dithering Needing to share, unselfish considering That we’re led by momentum feeling the force of Father Time Reading the river, riding its course with open minds And with no hesitation, communication
10.
05:00
Naked - simple No drums no bass no style nice easy pace - simple Same chords different order nothing to declare at the border – simple Same cut same chase same old shoes same old face – simple Same faults same flaws doh ray me and that’s all - simple I’ve got everything I need and more Glass of wine laugh and a joke a good time down the line – if it ain’t broke – simple Acoustic guitar and a kiss on the cheek – edited highlights of the week – simple Food clothing shelter – simple Life the universe and everything – simple We’ve got everything we need and more No symbol no logo no product placement no market knowhow no no no - simple No enticing jiggery-cakery no icing from the half-bakery - simple 1 2 3 – simple Life the universe and everything – simple All together now We’ve got everything we need and more 42. Yes it’s true I am - simple

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A more intimate acoustic recording with great new songs including the iTunes No.1 single 'Blue Sky Thinking'

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released August 31, 2016

I'd like to thank Crispin at Crookwood, Foxy Fowler, Mercedes Murray and Zand for the loan of precious equipment without which this recording would not have been half as good; Ian at SE Electronics; Malcolm and Neil at Newtone Strings and George Lowden for making a guitar that makes writing and playing even more enjoyable. Also Lily for being a bright presence in the studio. Justin for much valued advice and friendship and Jackie for accidentally-on-purpose humming the songs she inspired and making dinner whilst I was 'working'.

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