Just A Few Demos

by Alex Bowen

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A compilation of songs I've written and recorded in the last few years.

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released 02 January 2011

All songs written and performed by Alex Bowen.
Artwork by Tracey Meek.

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Track Name: Too Much Tea
He's got me biting my tongue and I don't like it
He says "Hush! Hush! Keep quiet!", (though we're all wide awake...)
"Speak when you're spoken to. Not now, just not now.
You'll ruin the chance you've made."

Even in darkness there's moonlight to guide us
Illuminates all with a shine unsurpassed
But he's clutching my heart at his chest like it's his heart
I forget it's shape out of his grasp.

Now I'm thinking almost every waking moment of the day
How I'll return you to your rightful place.

I've been drinking too much tea (again)
Staying up past bedtime 'til who knows when.
These late-night ramblings seem so amplified
But there always there in my mind.

Pause patiently for the dust clouds to settle
Inhale. Wait. Stagnate. I want more.
The tip of the iceberg will not satisfy me
But I've faith in my dreams. I'm sure.

Now I'm thinking almost every waking moment of the day
How I'll return you to your rightful place.
Track Name: Into the Sea
The lovers were quiet as plans were made
Over thirst-quenching, ice-cold lemonade
She stirred the straw, gave a cheeky smile
But he remained wistful all the while
Then took another biscuit from the loaded pile.

'It's all for you', she whispered passionately
As they cooled in the shade of a willow tree.
And the boy, who nodded, felt so numb
As though there was a battle yet to overcome.
He didn't know she knew he'd already won.

Shall we take the first flight out
Paper aeroplane? Boat bobbing up and down.
Sailing along-long longingly. We'll be free.

So there they sat and conjured ways
To prolong the happiness of those days.
Her grinning lips, his heedful stare,
The enchanting enchantment of each of them there.
And the hopeful magic that hung in the air...

Diamond waves lapped on the golden coast
Boy and girl knew for what each wished most
So then, carefree, hand in hand
They ran away: bare feet on sand.
And shining, beaming blissfully
They disappeared into the sea.
Track Name: The Easiest Thing To Do
Bundle all your uncertainties
Open your arms
Give them to me

I'll bear the burden; you're worth it, I'm sure
Your mind is rich
Your heart is pure

If your heart is pure
Then why do I feel so insecure?
You have your secrets

Give me your answer
What say you now?
Since you've been gone
I'm turned inside out
Just a short message
I would prefer
How can you love me
If you still love her?

Grant me one act of decency
I'll close my eyes
If you tell me

I'll have the patience the courage, it's true
If that's what it takes
I'll be with you

In me you can trust
So why do you feel you must
Keep your secrets?

Give me your answer
What say you now?
Since you've been gone
I'm turned inside out
Just a short message
I would prefer
How can you love me
If you still love her?

This isn't quite the easiest thing to do
Track Name: Icicle
Delicate as an icicle in the sunshine
One ray of light, it trickles to the ground
Watch it playfully glisten
Dazzles you almost blind
Most do not care for the fragility inside

And you're merely just an icicle
More that meets the eye
Maybe that's why I jealously admire
All those who catch your eye.

But I don't know why you say the things
You say exactly what they want to hear
And all those near to you think they're dear to you
But they're never any closer than a stranger.

Beautiful as a snowdrop blooming in the Spring
A whole sea of whiteness, fields of serenity
Gradually fall to pieces, soon they all die away
Even a simple flower in all its glory will decay

And you're merely just a snowdrop
Beauty and weakness combined
That explains my desperate sigh
As once again you pass me by.

But I don't know why you say the things
You say exactly what they want to hear
And all those near to you think they're dear to you
But they're never any closer than a stranger.
Track Name: Can't Come Down
In this blistering heat I feel I could look at you forever
Giddy, lost my feet again
Painted stars on my ceiling to recreate that feeling
I can’t come down from this

Just the thought of one small kiss, my whole body just tingles
Can’t remember why I’m standing here
Like a daydream or hallucination, someone stop this vivid imagination
I can’t come down from this

Now you’ve trapped me here but I’m not another of your empty, heartless shrews
I’d be there kicking and screaming if I didn’t feel so bruised
I let you distract me from the peaceful content I once felt
And now I’ve slipped so far below I can’t seem to find the way out

Abandoned here. I’m crawling from underneath your reject pile
When I finally see daylight I’ll greet you with an all-forgiving loving smile
And I’ve been having nightmares about losing you but that won’t do

I could hold you endlessly to show how much you mean to me
Can’t you feel the beating of my heart?
I’d hold your hand, you’ll understand how no-one else could be my man
I can’t come down from this.

Abandoned here. I’m crawling from underneath your reject pile
When I finally see daylight I’ll greet you with an all-forgiving loving smile
I know you can shine. Save it for another time
Now I’m in a daze, some deep sleep but I’m awake
I’m here but miles away... every single day.

Can’t come down from this.
Track Name: Delicate Feet
Ancient as the forest, as the trees
There's one who's always watching over me
He knows all. He sees all.
Towering above us all. So small. So small
(I feel I'm nothing at all.)

He hands a tiny ballerina to me
I marvel at her beautiful hair and delicate feet
He says 'This is you, once before. And it will be forever more'
He smiles. I shiver hesitantly.
(That smile could be the death of me.)

His golden heart is beating and it never stops
Emanating magic in a shiny dust

When he holds me I dream he'll never let go
And 1000 quivering kisses he'd bestow
I'm on a string. Just a spring. With his every word I'll return back to him
And if I know that's how it always goes
Then why does it never fail to confound me so?

His golden heart is beating and it never stops
Emanating magic in a shiny dust

He offers a crimson rose blossom to me
The scent conjures my wildest hopes and fears
I'm on a string. He's everything. It's he I crave. I'll come back to him.
But I know. There's so far that I must go.
There's so far that I must go.
Track Name: Silent Chapters
Secret book - So many times
The leaves left overturned
Guarded. The padlock and key
Protect the dusty pages.

What's inside?
And will I ever discover the mystery?
What will I find?
When those silent chapters speak their minds...
Track Name: All Good For Me (or 'Poetry')
Poetry - you come and go but why
Why do you have to leave
Oh-so quicker than anyone I know?
Are you restless, dishonest?
Do you serve another one but me?
Well, whatever makes you happy is all good for me.

Catch a smile, a glimpse, a tiny inkling
Then gone, gone fast as a blink.

Tranquility you come and go but how
How to make you stay
You're more mysterious than anyone I know.
Befriend you? Impossible... but not for lack of trying
You're so evasive, leave me thinking
Why you're always hiding.

Catch a smile, a glimpse, a tiny inkling
Then gone, gone fast as a blink.
Cool as the wind on a winter's day
Where the lonely sun has wandered its own merry way.
Track Name: At Midnight
Pushing the boundaries of my own senses
I'm treading the tightrope of sanity
Kiss me, dismiss me: I don't care which you do.
Nothing really bothers me.

So you roam the streets at midnight.
Find the slipper. Does it fit right?
It won't fit right... rarely ever does...

You can call it lunacy
You can call me unkind
I will take what's given to me
Call me anytime you like.

So which destination do you think I'm heading for?
All paths around me - so intertwined.
And will I make it with my eyes half closed?
I really don't mind.

I'm happily drifting, flying aimlessly
Next day, I'm destined to yoyo down
This cycle could drive me crazy
But I'm used to it now.

You can call it lunacy
You can call me unkind
I will take what's given to me
Call me anytime you like.
Track Name: The Bb Song
That sensation in my stomach defies my thoughts
Thought rational and logical they may be.
I know I should really behave myself
But something else is controlling me.

I feel nervous, jealous, reckless, over-zealous
But persecute myself and there's no change.
All the dreams I ever closed my eyes for, swarmed with pangs of doubt.
And still the urge to fall remains...

One day I'll lighten up, feel warm inside
Condemn that thing that haunts my mind.
That fear in me, my own jealousy
is the only poison dart in my side
With eyes closed, I may as well be blind

So right at the epicentre of this
There's a girl who's feeling torn
Between the lively aggression of the stormy sea
And the dry, baron desert in front of me

Drown in the ocean or perish from thirst
I'm bewildered by the apathy inside
Consciousness corroding like a lonely grain of sand
And no one seems to understand.

Can I find the bravery?
Dig out the courage inside me?
Deep dark secrets can't stay all-concealed forever
You - my pillar for too long now.
My infectious smile's now an infectious frown.
Deep dark secrets can't stay all-concealed
But it's hard to change when so much hangs on this.

With a wink of an eye, a nod of his head
That seductive smile lures me into his bed
Bed of thorns, bed of knives, I really don't care
At the click of his fingers he knows I'll be there...