London, England (2009)

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1. Firefly
The Lightyears  

She's The One

(Words & Music by Tony Lyons [bassline by Garry Jones])

She was a girl like no other
On my computer screen
She came from Surrey in the suburbs
But London was her scene

She worked in media and fashion
Lived in Highgate on the tube
And I just had to meet her
Sounded too good to be true

So after e-mailed faint attractions
Met in Chalk Farm for a drink
She wore the latest Hoxton fashions
Pretty trendy, but I think

That her clothes they do not suit her
And her business chat’s put on
But she’s the one I’m after
Affected girls just turn me on

She’s the one for me
She’s the one for me

We had to date in the right places
Primrose Hill, Point 101
She thought she was one of the faces
Fashion friends all tagged along

I liked the bright lights and the city
The excitement of it all
But she’s in media and fashion
Never could get comfortable

Chorus

These are the good old days, just wait and see

 
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2. She's The One
The Lightyears  

Sleepless

(Words & Music by Chris Russell & George Owens)

It floods my brain, again and again
The lines all change and my world stays the same
You see, your timing was so sweet
It brought me to my knees

Sleepless night, drowning me inside
I’m just the type to let you forget what you did
But it makes me sick, I feel so sick
Lord, please let me forget what you did

So tell me it’s a lie
And everything you said was just to make me hurt
Because I just can’t take this
Sleepless every night
I’m shut up in my bed
Spare me, let me go

It comes again, sleepless again
My heart is open wide
And inside, all the time I know
That you’re not coming home

Chorus

 
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3. Sleepless
The Lightyears  

Emily

(Words & Music by George Owens, Chris Russell & Tony Lyons)

Little sister walking by, with a look in her eye,
“Come on”, she’s saying.
“I’m going out with all my friends tonight,
See we’ve got drinks to buy and parties to attend,”

“Oh, today I got a man from SA
He’s got a lot to learn and I’ve got plenty to say”
So come on (come on), come on (come on)
She wanna stop in The Sun, smile at everybody,

Emily, I’m sorry,
We’re just fooling around (just fooling around)
Emily, I’m sorry
We’re just fooling around (just fooling around)

”Four more hours of work today, then it’s time to play,
I’ve got all my things,
And I love the conversation-stop
When they laugh a lot at the things that I say”

Chorus

Little sister, smiles and tan, got a brand new plan
Most all of the time,
Says “I’ve got some other flames to fan,
See not quite every man is eating out of my hand…”

Chorus

 
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4. Emily
The Lightyears  

This House Will Burn

(Words & Music by Chris Russell & George Owens)

You left me nothing to lose
Falling out of my skin
I found that all this time
You’ve been lying to me

They left me battered and bruised
All these things that I’ve seen
Houses will burn down
And we will be torn at the seams

I’m taking everything back
I’m reclaiming the old city streets
I found that all this time
They’ve been waiting for me

They left me crawling and sick
All these things that I’ve seen
Houses will burn down
And we will be haunted by screams
Houses will burn down
And we will be torn at the seams

Now I talk in my sleep
I tell tales of daring and pain
All of my friends will be gathered in thundering rain
The truth is my sweetheart you’ll never see my face again

So you stand and you stare
If you think that I’m wrong, I don’t care
I’m pouring out all my heartbreak
But nothing is stirring inside
All that I ask for
Is some sign that I’m still alive

So I pour myself another black and white
And resign to settle in here for the night
I don’t care if you bring me back – just keep her safe from harm
And now I’m waiting for the call to bring my brothers home
Safe here in my arms

You left me nothing to lose
Nothing is real when there’s no one to hear you
In front of your eyes your whole life will come crashing
She will betray you as if you mean nothing
Painters will paint you a room that is flaming with fear

This house will burn down so please take me far, far from here

 
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5. This House Will Burn
The Lightyears  

I'm Not

(Words & Music by Chris Russell & George Owens)

You came to talk and to set things straight
I’d say you’ve come to the right place

We promised never to part
But here we are again
So just in case

You think I’m coming back, I’m not
You think I care for what you’ve got
There’s nothing left and I don’t care

I did not come to be made a fool
It’s such a shame to be so cruel

You said “Take care of my heart”
But here we are again
So just in case

Chorus

 
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6. I'm Not
The Lightyears  

Filmstar

(Words & Music by Chris Russell & George Owens; bassline by Tony Lyons)

You stay in shade when you step in the light
You’re like a Manga wannabe
Curl your lip like you’re picking a fight
I’m gonna make you so sorry

I’m gonna make you feel like a filmstar
I’m gonna make you feel

I never lied to a lover before
Don’t ever think you beat me
You look at me like a toreador
Flashing red eyes right through me

I’m gonna make you feel like a filmstar
I’m gonna make you feel

And now you claim that you’re moving away
You never really wanted me
You think it’s change that is keeping you sane
I’m gonna make you so sorry

I’m gonna make you feel like a filmstar

I’m gonna make you feel

 
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7. Filmstar
The Lightyears  

 

8. In Black Eyes
The Lightyears  

 

9. That Was Us
The Lightyears  

England

(Words & Music by George Owens, Tony Lyons & Chris Russell)

My father worked every hour
My timing was good
Fought enemies we believed in
For honour we stood

With sentiment, I grow older
I’m watching things change
These settlement walls are burning
Fear bellows the flames 

For another second we remain
Halt the fire with steady, ashen rain
Raise us up and bring us home again
The dawn is falling, the dawn is falling
Take me home

Take me home
Take me home (I hear England)
Take me home (I hear England)
Take me home 

It’s hidden in every heartbeat
It’s written on every wall
We’re sending a silent army
To fight for us all

Nail a call to battle on our door
Name the ground and what we’re fighting for
Take the strain and wait for us to fall

We won’t come crawling
We won’t come crawling
Take me home

Take me home
Take me home (I hear England)
Take me home (I hear England)
Take me home  

Do you believe in me now?

 
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10. England
The Lightyears  

Released in 2009, London, England features LYs favourites “Emily” and “Sleepless”, which were produced by million-selling producer Hugh Padgham (Sting, Paul McCartney, Elton John).

“Babyshambles with better manners…” (4/5. State Magazine, Ireland)

 

 
 
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