Pluck

by James Henry

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1.
Imagine my shock In the blink of an eye patch My comic disguise is blown Embellishing wigs I’m all make-up and trousers All over a slide trombone All I want is a girl like you To love me so long At the front is a girl like you Who’s writing this song I fall in the dust Where the elephant lingers And gentlemen eat some fire The flying trapeze Has her slip through his fingers He’s testing the safety wire But I just want a girl like you To love me so long In the front row, a girl like you Could do me no wrong I get to my feet And I stumble and fumble A couple of children howl The pie in the face Says that I can be humble A load of the parents scowl Through it all is a girl like you You make me feel strong All I want is a girl like you To love me so long All I want is a girl like you To love me so long…………….
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Cinema Haze 03:26
Cinema haze – haven’t been outside of it In twenty two days – my brain is fried in it Hyped-up releases The fun never ceases I know Cinema haze – on the back row, publishing Looking to praise – I end up rubbishing This latest nincompoop Why do they think he is gold? Got a line – for a headline Keeping breadlines at the creeping horizon So I do – my review Gently skewering this romantic adventure Cinema haze – could have acted years ago A cynical phrase – impacted years ago Caused me to falter And fiendishly alter My soul I know why – he was vile By a mile, I was the pride of the stage school He was crushed – so he rushed Into print, to decimate my Othello (What an unpleasant fellow……) Cinema haze – am I twisted round a bit? Cinema haze – not immensely proud of it Flickering features With beautiful creatures Still roll………
3.
If you're needing somebody to rescue All your best laid planning I'm the best you'll ever hire Let a matchless armoury impress you Put me in and I will win your heart's desire I'm available for selection Available for selection now! I want to put my body on the line I'm available for selection now.......! If you're wondering whether I can handle All the pressure I can burn the candle at three ends I have been there, done that And exploded! Now I'm back to do the business once again I'm available for selection Available for selection now! I want to put my body on the line I'm available for selection Available for selection now.......! Lead I'm available for selection Available for selection now! I want to put my body on the line I'm available for selection Available for selection now.......!
4.
Dreaming secret pleasures ‘Til you kick me out of bed I land in pizza on the floor I’m picking bits out of my head I’ve never loved you more I’ve never loved you more than I do now I’ve never loved you more than I do now Trip into the bathroom Over hangers, pants and chairs Slip on the mat, you ponder that Before you push me down the stairs Chorus Lead Smelling something dying I look around to find a peg Before my nose gets repose I feel a rat run up my leg Although I’m fond of dancing This is not the time or place I flick it off, my hands aloft And watch it hit you in the face Choruses
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Lying Down 03:16
My friend says that you’ve been let down before Broken promises left you insecure Don’t you worry for a minute Live this moment, now you’re in it I can show you what you should be living for Don’t have to take it lying down, anymore Don’t have to take it lying down Come out and fight your corner You might think it’s impossible to change A world so broken, you cannot re-arrange In your own small way, it’s easy If the day is saying “seize me” Take it with both hands, before it’s out of range Chorus Lead Don’t let anything constrict you Looking at the bigger picture This can be the liberation you desire Chorus
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I’m currently resting Taking a day or two I’m only assessing Everything that I can do Sold encyclopaedia door to door Now it’s over, handed back the Rover And I’m lying on my floor Chorus Maybe drive a tractor down the road Making sure that it is all secure I wouldn’t want to shed my load Chorus If you need plumbing Call, I’ll be coming I won’t be slumming it ‘til I’m through So tomorrow, I’ll be on my bike Delivering flowers, working zero hours Of a contract I don’t like Chorus If you need pointing Some dove-tail jointing I won’t be disappointing you Sold encyclopaedia door to door Now it’s over, handed back the Rover And I’m lying on my floor I'm currently resting Taking a year or two I'm only assessing Everything that I can do I’m currently resting Taking a day or two I’m only assessing Everything that I can do
7.
Afterthought 03:00
Why do you treat me like an afterthought? I can’t compete if I’m your last resort? I won’t be plan B I want to rewrite your history….but I’m never going to be anybody’s afterthought Craving my fingertips – an afterthought Wearing me upon your hips – an afterthought I’d be stranded, girl If I took you for granted, girl - so Why should we ever be - anybody’s afterthought? Let me be the first thing on your mind I’m not looking for a reason, baby To leave this love behind So don’t let me dangle in an afterthought While you are strangling that astronaut Come back down to earth I still adore you, for what it’s worth, but I’m never going to be anybody’s afterthought Lead Repeat middle Repeat 1st verse
8.
The Unknown 03:23
Reproduction is our means of creation Never ceasing to amaze and delight Are you contemplating fertilisation Or some other way of spending the night? The unknown is all-knowing Of the known it may know is unknown to us now So gestation is correctly proceeding Mama’s vital signs have got to be fine Daddy has to be around if she’s needing Folic acid or a wash on the line Chorus Square prong In a black, untarnished hole somewhere in time Might save the world Lead Chorus Repeat middle At the moment of umbilical severance Will the separation prove to be grave? Or the makings of a wonderful person Kind-hearted, confident, intelligent, brave The unknown is all-knowing Of the known it may know is unknown The unknown is all-knowing Of the known it may know is unknown The unknown is all-knowing Of the known it may know is unknown to us now
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You’re lost in love – you wouldn’t believe it You’ve lost your heart – you want to retrieve it Your life is in her hands And the vice-like grip is sore Just like it’s been So many times before You loved this girl – as soon as you met her No matter what – you cannot forget her She really counts on you But you think she’s keeping score Just like it’s been So many times before Love affairs have left you scarred They’re so long and they’re so damned hard The brightest day or the blackest night You never seem to get the balance right You’re lost in love - and there’s a new rumpus You’re poles apart – and you don’t have a compass There’s no direction home So you head down town for more Just like you’ve done So many times before I hope that you can find a friend Who's gonna bring this to an end And steer you from extremes So you can open up and find your dreams Now then, son, relax - don’t hold her to ransom Look at the facts – she thinks that you’re handsome Despite a face like cheese And a brain made out of straw Just like it’s been So many times before
10.
Tomorrow may be too late So why do you sit and wait? Get out of your chair - start tempting fate Tomorrow may be too late It may not ever come around Don’t want to be too profound But lightning can strike at your front gate Tomorrow may be too late Ring up - say goodbye to your steady job The boss is a knob Go and do something worthwhile With your best friend’s mate Tomorrow may be too late Make love on a roller skate Run naked along the Menai Strait Tomorrow may be too late Roll up – to this coconut shy And get you a prize Wander this fairground fun house With a restless gait Tomorrow may be too late No debt for a third world state But can we make sure their man Does not dictate? Tomorrow may be too late It may not ever come around So why do you sit and wait Get off your behind and tempt your fate Tomorrow may be too late Oh, tempt your fate Tomorrow may be too late Angry eyes - they won't submit to a disguise Don't put those angry eyes back in your head Angry eyes - another drink or telling lies Won't stop those angry eyes from seeing red
11.
I can't deny I'm in denial Will not admit the end I'm headed downward in a spiral She bedded my oldest friend I got home late one afternoon And found them in the throes The sight of it will stay with me Until I turn my toes And only because - my old fella was Down on his luck again There's sap in the tree - so what's happened to me? Something is stuck again I can't deny I'm in denial I'm off to see some quack To get a pill of blue persuasion And take it to the sack But what will I have underneath My crumpling eiderdown? For that I need to be a man A king beneath a crown And only because - my old fella was Down on his luck again There's sap in the tree - so what's happened to me? Something is stuck again Bridge I can't deny I'm in denial I feel a million yen The healer said "Just take it easy" The old man said "'Til when?" Back home, I run up the stairs Sweating like a mop And in the bedroom there she is With my best friend still on top And only because - my old fella was Down on his luck again There's sap in the tree - so what's happened to me? Something is stuck again
12.
Look in her eyes - I’m following colour Until it melts me down Swirling around - a mystical canyon Stark and brown I can only find love I can only find love in there I can only find love Kind of frightening but I don’t care Look at her face - I notice she’s smiling I never miss a trick Look up her sleeve – ‘cause maybe she’s hiding Half a brick Chorus An empty queue – I lined up A fake dotted line – I signed up But now I can only find love……. Look at her hands - so tender and open Something to be desired Looking to guide - not angry or groping Cold or tired You will only find love - you will only find love in there I can only find love - kind of frightening But I don’t care Repeat chorus Hope that you don’t mind, love I’m going crazy (kind of) I know this ain’t a wind up ‘Cause now I can only find love I can only find love

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A collection of loud, guitar pop

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released June 15, 2021

All tracks composed, performed and produced by James Henry (clever boy).

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James Henry delivers punchy, guitar-driven songs with sweet melodies, succulent harmonies and sharp lyrics. Think Merseybeat meets Squeeze meets Weezer.

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