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

by Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys

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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
2.
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
3.
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]
4.
02:26
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]
5.
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
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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
8.
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
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10.
fell asleep in the shadows dreamt my way across the sky waking up to tomorrow waking up in a web of yesterdays, but why? do you only show your face in disguise? and then turn away as soon as, almost, I... tired arms on the table tired hands on my chin but my heart wild and angry yes my heart will thrash that web of yesterdays, and why? 'cause if you're gonna show your face then show both sides before you turn away as soon as, almost, I...

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

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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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