a way of coming back around: the oxford boys sing so this is london

by Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys

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about

So This is London was our short-lived project that still managed, even in its brief lifetime, to produce some decent product.

credits

released September 16, 2016

music and lyrics:
c. zak and j. piazza [vocals on tracks 5-9]

also featuring:
Patrick Robinson: keys, production [tracks 6, 7]
Bob Piazza: drums [track 6]
Kevin Campbell: bass [track 6]

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Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys Cherry Hill, New Jersey

neo-prog-merseybeat for the people.

music and lyrics by bristol, pennsylvania's currently-in-exile chuck zak, except where noted.

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Track Name: so this is london
So this is London
We get up each day and walk out
Wonder where life will take us now
So this is London

On an island, in the ocean
where i thought that i might hide
in the middle of a crowd that clung to the other side

I heard the sound of running water
and turned to face your eyes
they were gray against the sky that day
and like the sky they took my breath away

So this is London
We get up each day and walk out
Wonder where life will take us now
So this is London

From the top of the rock
to the bottom of the channel
we were careless in our ignorance and we went astray
but all the lights and industry
they worked to bring us near
to the center of an elemental truth
it happened, and we're here
Track Name: never in love
Part of you reflected in a light's ray
While crowds of you are marching down hallways
Unlucky few follow you always
Easy to lose yourself
As each day knows

I chose not to play it rough
And soon enough was enough
If the new you is for real
New you: there's no deal
'cause I was never in love

Too removed, out in your own space
Nothing moves over your whole face
Tried to work, going at your pace
Drained the light from the color
Until only gray showed
Track Name: guy with tits
we went away for days
to see a new sun melt sapphire
into the weave of the waves
where some of that sun stood still

my edge was ablaze
everything else was a red wire
breast still harboring malaise
from under a spongy fill

[you gotta get yourself together]
[get the squishy little bits in a mass]
[whoever betrays you, does only to save you]
[a guy with tits shouldn't ask]

so I lay out in the rays
while seabirds abscond with the french fries
all the beauty of the day
couldn't arouse my soul

bent across the chaise
I catch my reflection in your eyes
now I know the many ways
it's all gone out of control

[you gotta get yourself together]
[knot your tie and run a comb thru your hair]
[whoever rejects you just wants to protect you]
[a guy with tits shouldn't care]
Track Name: do it again
slow down, find out
my heart belongs to another now
and all along as I held you
I think it helped me that I knew
I think it helped me to tell you
To tell you everything was true

I did it all, I'd do it again
I wasn't born to be a pretender
now you know, we both can feel better
now you know [I'd do it again]

I did it all, I'd do it again
I wasn't born to be a dead-ender
now I know, to fate I surrender
now I know [I'll do it again]

slow down, dream now
of all the days, the moments and the hours
and say 'I'll stay til the end love'
but when the push came to that shove
I might let everything falter
and another i would be free of

I did it all, I'd do it again
I wasn't born to be a pretender
now I know, no more to remember
now I know [I'd do it again]

I did it all, I'd do it again
I wasn't born to be a repenter
Now you know the edge is my center
Now you know [I'll do it again]
Track Name: be the light [sung]
All we need are
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

And when things don't go your way
life has a way of coming back around
So, think of others
Be brave, be giving, love
Be your best you all the time

All we need are
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

Give without the thought of me
Karma loves the best in all you do
So, think of loving
Be good, be kind, love
Be the light in someone's life

All we need are
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds
Track Name: this is who i am
Caring is my sword and my shield
Where there's lambs in the field
There's a mother nearby

I love others to love myself
I won't run from a cry for help
This is how I renew my heart
This is who I am

Caring is like sun through the clouds
Neither humble nor proud
It's the promise of light

When my heart wants to hide in pain
I'll run out in the pouring rain
Tis is how I renew my soul
And this is who I am

It began on the day I was born
And it's the only relief from the storm
This is how I renew my love
This is who I am
Track Name: be the light [spoken]
All we need are
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

And when things don't go your way
life has a way of coming back around
So, think of others
Be brave, be giving, love
Be your best you all the time

All we need are
Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

Give without the thought of me
Karma loves the best in all you do
So, think of loving
Be good, be kind, love
Be the light in someone's life