Roll The Dice

The Messenger

Lyrics

Roll The Dice

Roll The Dice

Standing there in front of me

She’s the girl that others want to be

It’s not the way she looks that’s troubling me now

‘Cos I’m a guy, just look at me

I only see what I want to see

Makes her move, then all of a sudden she

Looks me straight in the eyes

“It’s Saturday night”, she said, “pick a number”

She said, “be the first in line” she said

“To win this heart of mine

Because you won’t know what you’ve been missing

If you don’t draw the cards or roll the dice”

I can tell by the signs she’s giving me

She’s not the kind who goes to church on Sunday

She could take her pick from anyone

Any other than me

I believe in the faith we want to find

Comes to each and everyone of us sometime

All the way from heaven for free

Is this a dream or my lucky day?

I’ll ask her name or watch her walk away

It’s up to me to decide, I can take it or leave it

I’m not afraid but I’m a stubborn guy

When I’m alone that’s my alibi

If I’m betrayed by the fool inside of me

Heaven help this soul

It’s Saturday night so I’ll pick a number

Yes I’ll be the first in line

So let your heart be mine

Because I won’t know what I’ll be missing

If I don’t draw the cards or roll the dice

I can tell by the signs she’s giving me

She’s not the kind who goes to church on Sunday

She could take her pick from anyone

Any other than me

I believe in the faith we want to find

Comes to each and everyone of us sometime

All the way from heaven for free

Standing there in front of me

She’s the girl that others want to be

It’s not the way she looks that’s troubling me

“It’s Saturday night”, she said, “pick a number”

She said, “be the first in line”, she said

“To win this heart of mine

Because you won’t know what you’ve been missing

If you don’t draw the cards or roll the dice”

Never Alone

She’s the one who picks you up when you feel down

And you know you’ll always miss her when she’s not around

But if you see her in your dreams you’re never alone

You know that you can make her jealous or make her smile

Any you know when she needs solace, it’s just for a while

And if you see her in your dreams you’re never alone

Some learn the hard way through the pain

when their misgivings still remain

She can give you times of trouble or peace of mind

When solemn moods that dwell within her give way to the kind

But if you see her in your dreams you’re never alone

She can be your longest moment or your best friend

She can take or leave the losses but win in the end

And if you see her in your dreams you’re never alone

Some learn the hard way through the pain

when their misgivings still remain

What About Life

Like a walk in the meadow

Or your face to the wind

Like a cool drink of water

From a clear mountain spring

Like a hole in the highway

That fills in the rain

In my mind these things remain

But I can’t hold them quite the same


What about life

What about touch

If it’s a believing thing

What about us

What about time

What about cost

If it’s a forgiving thing

Then what about trust

What about trust


Like the skill of a hunter

To a cry in the dark

With the truth of an arrow

As it flies to its mark

With the grace of an eagle

That soars in the sky

While in the name of compromise

The valleys burn and the rivers run dry


What about life

What about touch

If it’s a believing thing

What about us

What about time

What about cost

If it’s a forgiving thing

Then what about trust

What about trust


What about life

So many times I’ve wondered

So many times tried not to cry

What about life

So many times I’ve squandered

What little chances passed me by

What about life

Crazy Over You

If I could show you all the reasons

For what we thought was in our souls

And why we make this complication

And how our senses lose control

But I don’t care if things turn out

The way they do

Still, I’m crazy over you


Every time I tried to tell you

It got harder to explain

And though we build this wall between us

Deep inside it feels the same

But I don’t care if things turn out

The way they do

Still, I’m crazy over you

If we could never find the answers

To what we thought we had to hide

And though we never knew the questions

Are we sure we really tried

But I don’t care if things turn out

The way they do

Still, I’m crazy over you

You Can Close Your Eyes

From each treasured memory

Or bygone that you can recall

To each anxious moment

Or circumstance you might befall

The view from the window

Is all of the comfort you need

So keep to yourself all that’s sacred and all you believe

Remember this distance between us is only time

Remember those whispers you’re hearing alone, are mine

You can close your eyes and feel

The beating of a heart that’s real

Imagine that you can hear my voice at the top of the stairs

You can close your eyes it’s true

That everything you dream of proves

That nothing ever takes the place of someone who cares

You can close your eyes


From each burning ember

That warms you when cold and alone

To each silent anguish

That haunts you or you’ve ever known

The flame from the candle

Is all of the light that you need

To ward off what shadows surround you

Until they recede

Remember that sooner or later you hopes will rise

Remember that patience rewarded will be your prize

You can close your eyes and feel

The beating of a heart that’s real

Imagine that you can hear my voice at the top of the stairs

You can close your eyes it’s true

That everything you dream of proves

That nothing ever takes the place of someone who cares

You can close your eyes


Remember this distance between us is only time

Remember those whispers you’re hearing alone, are mine

You can close your eyes and feel

The beating of a heart that’s real

Imagine that you can hear my voice at the top of the stairs

You can close your eyes it’s true

That everything you dream of proves

That nothing ever takes the place of someone who cares

You can close your eyes

No Ordinary Life

Everybody’s got a soul to keep

But there’s a fire burning

Slow and deep in me now

While the kisses upon my brow

Turn so cold

For every sinner, there’s a price to pay

So they can go on living day to day

With the crowd

Where the wretched were once so proud

And so clear

No ordinary life, no, no, no

If you lose control

Don’t bear your heart to a perfect stranger

No ordinary life, no, no, no

No long goodbye

When you’ve encountered love

Of the dangerous kind

Every victim has a tale to tell

Though only those who learn to break the spell

Will survive

While the vivid and once so bright

Grows so pale

For every pilgrim there’s a choice to make

Lead the way or follow in the wake

Of the strong

Where they patiently wait upon salvation

No ordinary life, no, no, no

If you lose control

Don’t bear your heart to a perfect stranger

No ordinary life, no, no, no

No long goodbye

When you’ve been touched by love

Of the passionate kind

No ordinary life, no, no, no

If you lose control

Don’t bear your heart to a perfect stranger

No ordinary life, no, no, no

No long goodbye

When you have tasted love of the genuine kind

Hail Caledonia

She wakes from her slumber

Majestic through spring

Till the sun warms the mountains in June

And the size of the moon

From grace into wonder

It’s pride that she weeps

When her rivers run down to the sea

And meets with the breeze

When the forests of Cromar

Grow heavy with snow

And the banks of the lochs will turn frozen

In the glens and the wilderness

Seldom man goes

There is life still for the living to see


And its hail Caledonia

Whose heart is in me

And its hail Caledonia

It’s wild and it’s free


From May through September

The life that she yields

Will be bathed by the sweet summer rain

And will always remain

And the stars shine so brightly

As darkness descends

With this shroud that will cover the land

Like a comforting hand

When the skies pale to grey

And the leaves turn to gold

And the fields and the braes will lie dormant

When the wind from the eastward

As cold as it blows

Is a sign of the changes to be


And its hail Caledonia

Whose heart is in me

And its hail Caledonia

It’s wild and it’s free

The Needs Of The Many

When the eyes of the world

Are focused on the one who’s less forgiving

Instead of those in fear of living in a troubled land

You believe what you will

No matter what your creed or your persuasion

There’ll be no celebration in our plans, yes in our plans


And as the blameless and the lone and pitiful

Toil beneath the sun

We should all share the manna that falls

And then the voices of the vain and powerful echo on and on

While the needs of the many get spurned


There’s a place in the world

For each and everyone to stand beside us

There are signs there to remind us of our fate

You can take or deny

Or listen to the ones who yearn for changes

Because the ones whose words have failed us never wait, no never wait


And as the blameless and the lone and pitiful

Toil beneath the sun

We should all share the manna that falls

And then the voices of the vain and powerful echo on and on

While the needs of the many get spurned


When precious things are taken from our grasp

Then everything that’s left us may not last

It’s only in the blame that we share

Of every wish we harbour deep inside

There’s never been a wish would not survive

With a little care and attention


And as the blameless and the lone and pitiful

Toil beneath the sun

We should all share the manna that falls

And then the voices of the vain and powerful echo on and on

While the needs of the many get spurned

The Best Thing

I can still hear your laughter alone in my room

Where the TV and papers tell of only old news

Now I sit at this table and stare at the floor

Hopin’ you’ll come back through the door


I’ve been hidin’ my feelin’s savin’ my tears

But I can’t stop runnin’ away from my fears

And I carry your picture around in my mind

How could you leave me behind


Oh you were the best thing in my life

But there were words that I could never find

To ease your troubled mind


If I could turn back the pages hold you in time

I’d be everything, you’d still be mine

Now my days are all empty, nights are so long

How could things go so wrong


I remember the places that we use to go

And all of the good times that we use to know

Are all over and gone now, it hurts me inside

Why did you run and hide


Oh you were the best thing in my life

But there were words that I could never find

To ease your troubled mind


Oh you were the best thing in my life

But there were words that I could never find

To ease your troubled mind

If God Created Angels

When All I need is love and understandin’

You say I’m everythin’ you want me to be

And I don’t need no tellin’ or remindin’

That you’re the only one friend that I’ll ever need


And I don’t know if God created angels

And I don’t know if God created

Everything we see

I only know if God created angels

It’s though he chose the best one

And saved you for me


You whisper to me softly at my shoulder

With tender words that sound so warm and sincere

That you’re there to hold onto should I falter

In yours the sweetest voice that I’ll ever hear


And I don’t know if God created angels

And I don’t know if God created

Everything we see

I only know if God created angels

It’s though he chose the best one

And saved you for me


And with each day that passes

You grow closer to my heart

Yes more than ever


When All I need is love and understandin’

You say I’m everythin’ you want me to be

And I don’t need no tellin’ or remindin’

That you’re the only one friend that I’ll ever need


And I don’t know if God created angels

And I don’t know if God created

Everything we see

I only know if God created angels

It’s though he chose the best one

And saved you for me

When I Just Wanna Be

I can take all I’m given

These unrelenting days

Acting alone and driven

By unrepenting ways

The feeling is fine

The feeling is fine

While the road may be long

That vision’s still mine

I can befriend those fallen

Those easily betrayed

When not for the first time

Honesty just got in my way

I’m thinking out loud

I’m thinking out loud

From a voice in my head

To a face in a crowd


But lone is the heart that follows

Waiting patiently

So lone is the heart that follows me

When I just wanna be


You may survive when promises

Fail to build the trust

But never deprived

When dignity hides

The things we must

It’ll drive you insane

It’ll drive you insane

Till the tears that you weep

Have extinguished that flame


But lone is the heart that follows

Waiting patiently

So lone is the heart that follows me

When I just wanna be


When only the few feel gratitude

Then only the lost find solitude

When I get the calling in me

It’s all I wanna be


I can take all I’m given

These unrelenting days

Acting alone and driven

By unrepenting ways

The feeling is fine

The feeling is fine

While the road may be long

That vision’s still mine


But lone is the heart that follows

Waiting patiently

So lone is the heart that follows me

When I just wanna be

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Messenger

Oh So Sweet

When part of me sleeps, the others are wakened

What part of me keeps, the others have taken

I’m lying in wait, ready for action

I’ve taken the bait, it’s oh so, so sweet

It’s oh so sweet


If part of me speaks, a word of confession

Then part of me seeks, a soul of discretion

I’m laughing in chains, but praying for rescue

It’s oh so sweet


Not to waste the time I’m given I count my

Blessings and failures, just to taste the vine that’s risen

Would quench this yearning and stop me turning

To anyone I meet, it’s oh so sweet


It’s harder to teach, the truth from illusion

But easy to preach, amid the confusion

It comes at a price, for services rendered

It’s better than nice, it’s oh so, so sweet

It’s oh so sweet


When part of me sleeps, the others are wakened

What part of me keeps, the others have taken

I’m lying in wait, ready for action

I’ve taken the bait, it’s oh so, so sweet

It’s oh so sweet


Not to waste the time I’m given I count my

Blessings and failures, just to taste the vine that’s risen

Would quench this yearning and stop me turning

To anyone I meet, it’s oh so sweet

Just Me (Sam's Song)

I am not a stranger, I herald each sunrise,

Steady as a mountain that sits perfectly still

If I could be a rainbow I’d colour the greyest skies

But when you look, what do you see

Don’t be fooled it’s only me, just me

 

Stronger than the starlight from heavenly distance shines

Softer than a rain cloud that gives gently its rain

Don’t worry of the thunder it’s only my beating heart

But when you look, who could it be

Don’t be afraid it’s only me, just me

 

I could be a beacon bright where darker waters flow

Or just like a dancer in the spotlight

I could be a soothing breeze where troubled winds may blow

 

I am not a stranger, I herald each sunrise,

Steady as a mountain that sits perfectly still

If I could be a rainbow I’d colour the greyest skies

But when you look what do you see

Don’t be fooled it’s only me, just me

Why Am I Here

I like to hear the rolling thunder

I like to see the sun go under

I go with fortune on my side

I travel far, I travel wide


You like the rain against your window

You like to sit and watch the fire glow

You always bathe at eventide

Until you rest your tired eyes


I know we’re different people

And so our worlds collide

We know each other better than ourselves

And though there’s always danger

In things we try to hide

There’s nothing gained as far as I can tell


So why, why oh why, would I turn away from you

If I’ve laid all the blame on you then why am I here

And why, why oh why, would you ever think that I

Could never look you in the eye

Say all the things you want to hear

Then why am I here


You like my touch upon your shoulder

Until the darkness passes over

Still you’re afraid that you might fall

Or nobody else will hear your call


It’s true when dreams get shattered

They don’t make a sound

You think that all that matters now has gone

And all the little pieces lay scattered all around

It’s those you need to gather one by one


So why, why oh why, would you ever think that I

Could never look you in the eye

Say all the things you want to hear

Then why am I here

Why am I here

If We Had Our Chance Again

Another winter day

Another time when nights grow cold

In skies of gold

Another year goes by

And still we ask the question why

The hours fly


An oh… where did we find the time

For what we had in mind

And oh… would we do the same

If we had our chance again


Another restless dream

You count the raindrops in the dark

You hide the scars

Another flower dies

Another season passes by

But still we try


An oh… where did we find the time

For what we had in mind

And oh… would we do the same


We gaze upon the sky

As though to wish our lives away

In some small way

Our feelings insecure

We search in vain to find a cure

For something more

Your Satin Veil

We’re in the middle of this situation

Dazed in the headlights, alone in a crowded room

Between us you and me to make this happen

We need to make that move

No need to talk about it if we’re to get there

We need to get there, to get there soon

But you in your satin veil, your satin veil

You’re all wrapped up in blue

Your satin veil, your satin veil

You’re all wrapped up in blue


You’re free to listen to your private voices

Afraid of the silence, a slave to your own perfume

Though we were never meant to make those choices

Torn by the blame consumed

No one need say they’re sorry, no reservations

No hesitations or iou’s

But you in your satin veil, your satin veil

You’re all wrapped up in blue

Your satin veil, your satin veil

You’re all wrapped up in blue


I don’t remember all the times and places

That you ever cried

I just remember holding still, until the tears had dried

I’ve not forgotten all the change of faces

The need to survive

And you can tell yourself you’ve tasted, the sweetest wine

But you in your satin veil, your satin veil

You’re all wrapped up in blue

Your satin veil, your satin veil

You’re all wrapped up in blue

You Can Be The Voice

Doomed to failure, when caught in-between

Embrace the changes, as part of the dream

For love won’t care to be your saviour anymore

Or be the prize you’re looking for

Live the future, don’t dwell on the past

And face the danger, as long as it lasts

For you won’t find someone to blame too far behind

So don’t you waste your precious time


You can be the voice

Don’t suffer all alone in silence

When you can make a choice

Both simple and free

When you can be the voice

You don’t have to stand by helplessly


Raise the hunger, don’t give up the fight

Or fear the darkness, it’s only the night

Don’t put your faith in those, the fools who masquerade

Behind the veil of the glory days

Brave the journey, its part of the plan

Forgive the heartless, as much as you can

Don’t break those promises, don’t make your own way home

Until you’ve spent some time alone


You can be the voice

Don’t suffer all alone in silence

When you can make a choice

Both simple and free

When you can be the voice

You don’t have to stand by helplessly


Doomed to failure, when caught in-between

Embrace the changes, as part of the dream

For love won’t care to be your saviour anymore

Or be the prize you’re looking for

All I'll Ever Be

When you feel down and broken

Things on your mind unspoken

I’m the one you always turn to

These arms will always hold you

These things are all I’ll ever be

This face is all you’ll ever see

And every time she thinks it’s over

Tears will fill those eyes of china blue

And I don’t care which way I’m facing

She’s all I ever need and ever knew


If I should fall or stumble

If I should fade or crumble

You alone will always find me

You strike this spark inside me

These things are all I’ll ever be

Your face is all I’ll ever see

And every time she thinks we’ve made it

Joy will fill those eyes of china blue

She don’t mind how long it’s taken

It’s all that she believes and ever knew


These things are all I’ll ever be

This face is all you’ll ever see

And every time she thinks it’s over

Tears will fill those eyes of china blue

And I don’t care which way I’m facing

She’s all I ever need and ever knew

It's Your Life

You can parlez with me

As you do walk beside me

And I could listen to you tale

But don’t you reason with me

Or try to bargain with me

I’m sorry, I’m just not for sale


The favoured don’t know how to lose

Beggars, they don’t get to choose

They only live to see the sunrise


It’s your life, you see

You don’t belong to me

Don’t lay your broken heart on me

It’s your life, your call

If you survive that fall

You’ll hear, you’ll hear it loud and clear


Don’t say “I told you so”

That you don’t mean it, no

Or dare to let it show


Behind your curtained window

Burns the candle yellow

To share the darkness you embrace

If you hide in shadows

And run from dangers you know

You’re not ready yet to face


There’s no room for sorry now

Wipe fever from your weary brow

You only long to touch what feels fine


It’s your life, you see

You don’t belong to me

Don’t lay your broken heart on me

It’s your life, your call

If you survive that fall

You’ll hear, you’ll hear it loud and clear


Don’t say “I told you so”

That you don’t mean it, no

Or dare to let it show

Here In No Time

You can be who you want to be

Raise your hands for the world to see

Or wander round with a simple point to prove

The cold and the midnight rain

And darkness takes its toll again

Still your eyes see a different kind of view

But it’s hard to settle when you’ve been peddled

What you already know

What once was cherished, but now has perished

So how do you let them go


Well,  you wait and you see, when you smile

You feel the sunshine

And that hope that you need, will be here in no time

Here in no time


Be yourself from the inside out

Don’t kiss and tell what you dream about

Just make the most of the time you choose to stay

Though words are broken all the same

The loser shoulders all the blame

They can fall, not a single thing to say

But be sure to mention, that your intentions

Are pure and honest made

To learn the lesson, from your obsession

That only in time will fade

Well,  you wait and you see, when you smile

You feel the sunshine

And that hope that you need, will be here in no time

Here in no time


But it’s hard to settle when you’ve been peddled

What you already know

What once was cherished, but now has perished

So how do you let them go


Well, you wait and you see when you smile

You feel the sunshine

And that hope that you need, will be here in no time

Here in no time

The Messenger

Failure to listen, afraid what people say

A voice in the shadows may scare your heart away

If these things have ever touched you

Unsure of everything you’re told

 

As the pages yellow, the stories mellow

Still pretenders gather to take what carries your name

If you get used, don’t blame me, I’m only the messenger

 

You’re just like an open book

Be proud of the way you look

The hands you shook

And each and every step you took

And so, remember

It’s your mind to change, it’s your mind to change

I’m only the messenger

 

Torn by the choices of soft or solid ground

Talk from a distance may turn your head around

Don’t sell yourself for glory

Or dare to sacrifice your dreams

 

Keep your eyes wide open, don’t hide from what you see

Until the truth comes calling to tear those barricades down

If it’s bad news, don’t blame me, I’m only the messenger

 

You’re just like an open book

Be proud of the way you look

The hands you shook

And each and every step you took

And so, remember

It’s your mind to change, it’s your mind to change

I’m only the messenger

It's You

It’s you, puts the light in my life

It’s you, puts the light in my life


It might look different through another’s eyes

Who’s to sacrifice or compromise

You make it simple, you say it clear

You let me hear the things that I want to hear, every day


It’s you, puts the light in my life

It’s you, puts the light in my life


We could be listening to the radio

Some songs they’re playing always seem to know

What lies before us, what’s in between

Imagine places that we’ve never been


It’s you, puts the light in my life

It’s you, puts the light in my life


The light is fading now the sun is low

That quarter moon’s on the rise

Shadow flicker in the candle glow

So we won’t be afraid of the night


It’s you, puts the light in my life

It’s you, puts the light in my life


Each time this weakness in me come and goes

That sweet forgiveness in you really shows

You gave a promise, you see it through

The only thing I’m sure of is loving you


It’s you, puts the light in my life

It’s you, puts the light in my life

Oceans Unknown

I can still see a flicker, maybe

Of a flame that’s been dyin’ lately

Or the sound of a whisper faintly

Sayin’ turn out the lights

Or leave a note on the door

‘Cos it doesn’t really mean

That much anymore


Are the chances you go on takin’

Worth the heart of another breakin’

Or the choices you plan on makin’

Mean you’ve made up your mind

And maybe proud of yourself

Of just getting confused

With somebody else


This ship sets sailin’

For oceans unknown

In hopes each course we take

Will carry us home

Don’t let’s talk about it

It’s best some things we never know


I can still see a flicker, maybe

Of a flame that’s been dyin’ lately

Or the sound of a whisper faintly

Sayin’ turn out the lights

Or leave a note on the door

‘Cos it doesn’t really mean

That much anymore


The more I think about it

To get my conscience clear

The less I know

But in the cold of the morning

And through your own desires

Would your true colours start to show

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

© 2020 Steve O'Connor