Keith Ames

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Category: Lyrics (co-writes)

Give me London by the sea

Verse:
You can honeymoon
in old Cancun,
you can walk the talk
in Frank’s New York,
you can catch a plane
to southern Spain,
and show your form
in Benidorm,
you can make your home
in sunny Rome,
but there’s one thing I’ve got to say,
on any day,
in any way,
give me London by the sea.

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Forever yours

Verse 1
Let me paint you a picture
for you to gaze upon,
when times are tough
and people rough,
after I’ve gone
away.

Verse 2
Let me carve you a statue,
a simple work of art,
for you to hold
in winter’s cold,
when we’re apart
someday.

Chorus 1
These things will be forever yours,
whenever you’re in need.
Reminders of my love for you
in thought and word and deed.
Why should I hide
my love inside
and what you mean to me?
These things will be forever yours
wherever you may be.

Verse 3
Let me give you this moment
so you can feel the same,
when no-one’s there
and no-one cares,
life is a game
to play.

Verse 4
Let me take you to places
then hold you by the hand,
and show you round
my old hometown,
you’ll understand
someday.

Chorus 1
These things will be forever yours,
whenever you’re in need.
Reminders of my love for you
in thought and word and deed.
Why should I hide
my love inside
and what you mean to me?
These things will be forever yours
wherever you may be.

(Instrumental solo)

Chorus 2
These things will be forever yours,
forever come what may.
Reminders of my love for you
and things we used to say.
There will be times
when nothing rhymes,
remember on that day,
these things will be forever yours,
forever come what may.

Forever come what may.

Copyright Keith Ames & Jim Hawkins

Alternative extended last verse:

Let me tell you a story
of how we used to be,
and with a prayer
I’ll be right there,
a dream of sleep
for you to keep,
a lasting love
from up above,
a gift from me
to say:

(Chorus)

Ain’t nothing so bad

Verse 1:

Ain’t nothing so bad
as a man that knows you love him,
nothing so bad
as a man who puts you down.

Ain’t nothing so bad
as a man who takes advantage,
nothing so bad
as a man who plays around.

Turnaround:

Nothing so bad as a man who puts you down.
Nothing so bad as a man who plays around.

 

Verse 2:

Ain’t nothing so good
as a girl that knows you love her,
nothing so good
as a girl who wants you to.

Ain’t nothing so good
as a girl who makes you happy,
nothing so good
as a girl who tells the truth.

Turnaround:

Nothing so good as a girl who wants you to.
Nothing so good as a girl who tells the truth.

 

Breakdown:

Ain’t nothing so bad,
ain’t nothing so good.
Ain’t nothing so bad,
ain’t nothing so good.
Ain’t nothing so bad,
ain’t nothing so good.
Ain’t nothing so bad.

 

Verse 3:

Ain’t nothing so bad
as a man that knows you love him,
nothing so bad
as a man who puts you down.

Ain’t nothing so bad
as a man who takes advantage,
nothing so bad
as a man who plays around.

Turnaround:

Nothing so bad as a man who puts you down.
Nothing so bad as a man who plays around.

 

Breakdown:

Ain’t nothing so bad,
ain’t nothing so good.
Ain’t nothing so bad,
ain’t nothing so good.
Ain’t nothing so bad,
ain’t nothing so good.
Ain’t nothing so bad.

 

Copyright Keith Ames & Jim Hawkins

There’s no-one to touch you (when you’re touching me)

Intro chorus
There’s no-one to touch you,
no-one to touch you,
there’s no-one to touch you
when you’re touching me.

Verse 1
No angel above
or goddess of love
has got your face.
No magazine queen
or star of the screen
could take your place.

Bridge 1
There’s no face in this town
I’d rather see,
there’s no place in this world
I’d rather be,
than alone at home
with you tonight.

Chorus 1
There’s no-one to touch you,
no-one to touch you,
there’s no-one to touch you
when you’re touching me.

There’s no-one above you,
no-one above you,
there’s no-one above you
when you’re loving me.

Verse 2
When I have to go
you soften the blow
with just a kiss.
My life is complete
when again we meet
and kiss like this.

Bridge 2
There’s no face in this town
I’d rather see,
there’s no place in this world
I’d rather be,
come alive tonight
and say alright:

Chorus 2
There’s no-one to touch you,
no-one to touch you,
there’s no-one to touch you
when you’re touching me.

Instrumental

Chorus 3
There’s no-one to touch you,
no-one to touch you,
there’s no-one to touch you
when you’re touching me.

There’s no-one above you,
no-one above you,
there’s no-one above you
when you’re loving me.

Copyright Keith Ames & Jim Hawkins

When you say you love me

Intro
When you say you love me
and I believe it’s true…

Verse 1
I always thought that I would be
a law-abiding man,
but when I think of you with him
I begin to plan.

Bridge 1
I wait to see who you will choose
before I lose my cool.
I’ve played this kind of game before,
I’m nobody’s fool.

Chorus
When you say you love me
and I believe it’s true,
must you go on meeting him
the way you do.
One of us should tell him,
the next time that he calls,
many things are different now
between these walls.

Verse 2
I never notice anyone
around here anymore,
I’m far too busy killing time
wearing out the floor.

Bridge 2
I have to face up to the truth
and overcome my fears.
The way that everyone must do,
sometime down the years.

Chorus
When you say you love me
and I believe it’s true,
must you go on meeting him
the way you do.
One of us should tell him,
the next time that he calls,
many things are different now
between these walls.

(Instrumental solo)

Bridge 2
I have to face up to the truth
and overcome my fears.
The way that everyone must do,
sometime down the years.

Chorus
When you say you love me
and I believe it’s true,
must you go on meeting him
the way you do.
One of us should tell him,
the next time that he calls,
many things are different now
between these walls.

Between these walls.

Copyright Keith Ames & Jim Hawkins

Live like there’s no tomorrow

Verse 1
Beneath the pavement, the beach,
paradise within our reach.

A cool breeze, perfect sky,
beautiful people passing by.

Bridge 1
I’m the one, staring into the blue.

Half chorus 1
Live like there’s no tomorrow,
love like there’s only tonight,
dance with your heart’s desire
in the light.

Verse 2
Do you believe in the sun?
Looking out for number one?
Hit the town, live it up,
drink from this overflowing cup.

Bridge 2
I’m the one, captivated by you.

Chorus 1
Live like there’s no tomorrow,
love like there’s only tonight,
dance with your heart’s desire
in the light.
Kiss when the moment takes you,
stop when you know that you must,
lie with your dream beside you
in the dust.

(Instrumental solo)

Bridge 3
I’m the one, staring into the blue.
I’m the one, captivated by you.

Chorus 1
Live like there’s no tomorrow,
love like there’s only tonight,
dance with your heart’s desire
in the light.
Kiss when the moment takes you,
stop when you know that you must,
lie with your dream beside you
in the dust.

Chorus 2
Live like there’s no tomorrow,
love like there’s only tonight,
dance with your heart’s desire
in the light.
Kiss when the moment takes you,
stop when you know that you should,
make all your dreams come true now,
oh so good!

Copyright Keith Ames, John Park, Dave Williamson & Jim Hawkins

Look out!

Johnny is a juggler with a mobile,
steering wheel and a pen.

Eddie is a trucker with an artic,
vitriolic A.M.

Julie’s on her way to work in Chertsey,
taking the kids into school.

Everybody’s in a hurry somewhere,
every neighbour a fool.

What would you do
if they ran into you?

Look out!

 

Johnny’s picking up beyond a camera,
Eddie drumming at the lights.

Julie making up her new mascara,
breaking up backseat fights.

None of them see Billie on a scooter,
covered up against the rain.

Everybody’s in a hurry somewhere,
everything set to change.

What would you do
if they ran into you?

Look out!

 

Johnny is a juggler with a mobile,
steering wheel and a pen.

Eddie is a trucker with an artic,
vitriolic FM.

Julie’s on her way to work in Chertsey,
taking the kids into school.

Everybody’s in a hurry somewhere,
every neighbour a fool.

What would you do
if they ran into you?

What would you do
if they ran into you?

What would you do
if they ran into you?

Look out!

Copyright Keith Ames, John Park, Dave Williamson & Jim Hawkins

Night of the longest day

The very first time I saw you
I felt something in the air.
I knew love would grow between us,
someday you would care.

The very first time you called me
I felt my heart jump the beat.
A fire was lit inside me,
flames of burning heat.

And it’s the night
of the longest day
and it feels right
to hold you this way.
And it’s the night
of the longest day
I’ve ever known.
I’ve ever known.

The very first time you kissed me
the scales fell from my eyes.
I swore the earth moved beneath me,
my lips tell no lies.

The very first time you held me
the minutes turned into hours.
I dreamt of your arms around me,
night time would be ours.

And it’s the night
of the longest day
and it feels right
to hold you this way.
And it’s the night
of the longest day
I’ve ever known.
I’ve ever known.

And it’s the night
of the longest day
and it feels right
to hold you this way.
And it’s the night
of the longest day
I’ve ever known.
I’ve ever known.

Copyright Keith Ames, John Park, Dave Williamson & Jim Hawkins

 

There’s always tomorrow

You wake up to find Johnny’s crying
and so you rise
wiping the sleep from your eyes.

You comfort the child ‘til he’s sleeping
and as you stare
at your angel lying there:

You turn the ring on your finger,
you turn a key in the door.
If only you knew what tomorrow
held in store.

There’s always tomorrow,
always.

You treasure the words in the letter
that came to say
he died fighting on the day.

You look at your face in the mirror
and then you stare
at your angel lying there.

You turn the ring on your finger,
you turn a key in the door.
If only you knew what tomorrow
held in store.

There’s always tomorrow,
always.

You turn the ring on your finger,
you turn a key in the door.
If only you knew what tomorrow
held in store.

There’s always tomorrow,
always tomorrow.

Copyright Keith Ames & James Reynolds

I wouldn’t know what to do

I wouldn’t know what to do,
what to say to you.

I couldn’t be just a friend,
so alone again.

Why shouldn’t I be the one
after all we’ve done?
I, I need you.
If you go right now
would you know somehow
I, I want you?
I cry too.

I wouldn’t know what to do (what to say to you).
I wouldn’t know where to find (any peace of mind).
I wouldn’t know where to go…

I wouldn’t know where to hide
all the hurt inside.
I couldn’t be just a friend,
so alone again.

Why shouldn’t I be the one
after all we’ve done?
I, I need you.
If you go right now
would you know somehow
I, I want you?
I cry too.

I wouldn’t know what to do (what to say to you).
I wouldn’t know where to find (any peace of mind).
I wouldn’t know where to go…

I, I need you.
I, I want you.
I cry too.

I wouldn’t know what to do,
what to say to you.

I wouldn’t know what to do (what to say to you).
I wouldn’t know where to find (any peace of mind).
I wouldn’t know where to go (if you hurt me so).
I couldn’t be just a friend.

I wouldn’t know what to do (what to say to you).
I wouldn’t know where to find (any peace of mind).
I wouldn’t know where to go (if you hurt me so).
I couldn’t be just a friend.

Copyright Keith Ames & Greg Fitzgerald

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