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April Moon

by Shadow Captain

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Lavender Way 03:16
I've taken the last bus to Lavender Way Don't want to make a fuss I've called it a day on Lavender Way From a so-called friend Who's got plenty to say My ear he has to bend When life goes astray on Lavender Way It's rich tea and sympathy When he recalls a memory Always feeling life is wearing him down He wallows in his misery Without a sense of dignity Always blames the neighbours getting him down On Lavender Way I hear the same old song from Lavender Way There’s always something wrong I’m leaving the fray of Lavender Way It’s good to be back home What more can I say? I'd rather be on my own Than wasting the day on Lavender Way
I'm just a barfly wasting my time Drinking corona with a squeeze of lime I'll sing my song with a rhythm and rhyme When I see a woman I feel past my prime I've been a gambler for most of my life I've been a player through trouble and strife I've been a sinner with another man's wife She was a clandestine lover and I paid the price I play the joker or so I've been told More than a thrill, I want someone to hold There's no worse feeling than confessing you're old When you're a loner out in the cold I met a woman, we couldn't relate The death of a friend would seal our fate By the time I could face it I'd left it too late She's now with another, she couldn't wait
Every friendship must come to an end So I drink to the death of a friend It was a life that was lived to the full He was always content with himself I found his painted picture in the window With half a smile on his face Such a sad reminder of the death of a friend The penny whistle he played with the band Always playing by popular demand On the harp he would play me a tune Every note that he played filled the room Gazing at his picture through the window Could read the lines of his face Such a sad reminder of the death of a friend When you grieve for the death of a friend It's so hard to adjust and be yourself When that person you knew was around They would help you believe in yourself Remembering his picture in the window With half a smile on his face Such a sad reminder of the death of a friend
I am the Pan Piper and this is my tune I make my way out on a grey afternoon Come follow me down I can meet you there soon On my way to the Willow I arrive at the Tavern to settle a score I spar with the landlord, who lays down the law If I give him more trouble, he'll show me the door Leading out of the Willow I am the Pan Piper all ready to play If my troubles were riches It'd be a breeze all the way If you buy me a pint I'll play a tune you can sway It's your round in the Willow I'm counting the hours I'm counting the jars I'm counting the pennies I'm counting the stars I wasn't counting on losing my heart To a lass in the Willow Come the end of the night Last orders have gone I am the Pan Piper I've played my last song
When you're remembering someone You haven't seen in a while Time slips away, what was once yesterday She could melt you with her smile A part of me longs to be with her The distance is only a mile But Jenny's with Oliver It cuts like a knife into my heart Jenny and Oliver Always together, never apart I should have tried harder to reach her But she never could find the time Should have given it straight But I left it too late Now she will never be mine I found it hard trying to read her If only she had gave me a sign Now Jenny's with Oliver... She was a love of mine that didn't last long When we were together I could sense something wrong Every time she drank seem to always lose herself But now she's found herself in the arms of someone else
Hey Django 02:46
Hey Django, you're under my feet Chin up, I'll give you a treat Django come in off the street, Django You relax by having a doze Wake up, get back on your toes You react by licking my nose, Django Always barking when the door bells ringing Follows you around he won't stop clinging Running to the door the postman's singing Hey Django, Django Hey Django, don't jump on the suite Get off you've taken my seat Good boy, you're back on your feet, Django Likes a scamper on the beach in summer Getting stuck in mud is such a bummer He leaves his mark then does a runner Hey Django, Django...
April Moon 03:09
April Moon was the first time It began as a holiday romance long ago April Moon like no other Never thought she'd still remember She's had more than her share For me to ever judge Never lived her life Is she misunderstood? April Moon, she deceived me Led me on to believe she wasn't spoken for April Moon, two-time lover There was always distance between us April Moon like no other We had a stolen weekend together April Moon end of subject Out of her life forever
Going Solo 02:32
I don't want to be the bride groom I only want to be the best man Everyone who went to my school Are following their own game plan The loneliness of being free (Now all my friends are moving on) The emptiness awaiting me Now I've been left behind All my friends have got a Yoko Ono It winds me up like a yo-yo When it comes to love I'm minus zero That's why I'm happy going solo I've never been the marrying kind No woman's ever tied me down No one will ever change my mind Cause I don't want to settle down The family way is not for me (The grass is greener on the other side) I know deep down it's meant to be Going to take that solo ride The loneliness of being free Is the grass greener on the other side? The emptiness awaiting me Now I've been left behind
Honey Bear 02:06
Like a giraffe I stuck my neck out for you If I were a lion I'd find the courage for you Like a honey bear I shouldn't want to want you But I do Like a zebra I'd cross the road to find you If I were a better man I'd forget about you Like a raving nut I shouldn't want to want you But I do
Gideon, hello my friend It's good to be here again, Gideon Gideon, how have you been? Was wondering how you've been Gideon I want you around for this melody It's a dedication to you from me Gideon the songs you sing New bop sounds all around, Gideon You're making sketches of everyone you see Every room you're in is such a cool place to be Gideon, you're on again The Conn is on, there's only one Gideon Gideon, so long my friend Until we meet up again Gideon With new bop sounds all around Gideon When the Conn is on There's only one Gideon
After Dark 03:12
Twilight time, intertwines An orange sunset Wish I could float on cloud nine Where stars shine After dusk Moon arise Winding up the day After dark the moon is up Waiting for the dawn Sleepless in the dead of night After dark A campfire in the wood Smokes its last breath The smell of bark Cold and stark Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye it's been a pleasure Goodbye, goodbye...


Recorded and mixed at Crash & 3rd Planet Studios, Liverpool
Produced by Stuart Todd & Andy Fernihough

Stuart Todd - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys, Melodica, Cigar Box
Andy Fernihough - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Engineer
Mark Pountney - Pedal Steel (2) (11), Drums (2)
Jez Wing - Keys (6) (10)
Paul Carroll - Electric Guitar (5) (7) (8)
Wayne Dineley - Lead Guitar (8)
Rae Clark - Acoustic Guitar (7)
Amy Chalmers - Violin (4)
Siofra Ward - Cello (3)

Sleeve Design: "Earthshine" by Charlie Jordan
Based on the painting "After Dark" by Gareth Kemp (11)

Dedicated to Gideon Conn (10)
In memory of Stan Ambrose - Celtic Harp (3)


released April 2, 2021

All tracks by Stuart Todd © & Ⓟ 2021


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Shadow Captain is the brainchild of Liverpool singer-songwriter, musician and award-winning promoter Stuart Todd.

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