Crazy Dancing Days

by Keith Christmas

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1.
Crazy Dancing Days Tuning Open C No Capo Key C CGCGCE Dropped my first trip in the Lots Road, the colours rang, the music flowed I felt a love of every kind, I can honestly say it blew my mind I floated out in to the psychedelic night, London was ablaze with shimmering light And the tumble of the coins, would give you the mystical lines And the signs, of the stars would tell you The pathways to take, what choices to make Well the stuff we were into then, looking back, never ceases to amaze Back in the crazy dancing days Les Cousins, Soho was the place to be, for fiery young folkies just like me The place would start at 7 o'clock, sometimes the queue was round the block At 11 they'd close up and clean up and then, midnight it would start all over again One night I played there, I went on at 3 Open D, A, G, acoustic mayhem, some young men From Norway, in off the street, in their sleeping bags, fast asleep at my feet And at dawn I walked home through the early morning warm summer haze Back in the crazy dancing days Now it's just a 60's theme for an ad Or a Facebook page about the music we had But for those of us who were there With bell-bottom loons and flowers in our hair It was a revolution, not a craze Those crazy dancing days I met a young man who’d run from home, a lady found him out on the street alone Typical city, way people meet, they wound up living at her flat in Beaufort Street When I met them they were happy, together it seemed, she was 60 something, he was 16 The Fleet Street papers, they tried to blacken her name And shame, but those were the 60's, no hurt no blame And nobody cared, about the wrongs or rights of what they did with their nights That odd-matched pair of love-struck castaways Back in the crazy dancing days
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Cross The Water Tuning Open C Capo 7 Key Gm7 CGCGCE Where are you coming from, where are you going to Where are you coming from, where are you going to Where are you coming from, where are you going to Where are you coming from, where are you going to Cross the water, looking for a new dawn You know you're going to live and die, far from where you're born You don't know where you're going to wind up, or in what state But still you lay you're body down, on the wheel of fate Where are you coming from, where are you going to… Where you're going, there's people don't want you there They say “Get back in your boat, and go back where You came from in the first place, we don't like the look of your face We're filling up here, and running out of space” “All we're saying is, we've spent five hundred years, Making our society how we want it, through a river of blood and tears We're not getting into the blame thing, but you should go do the same thing Why should we set you free, just because you want to come here” Where are you coming from, where are you going to… That's the headlines,we keep seeing But I've got my view, and I'm not agreeing There's another narrative here, one that doesn't propagate fear Well the way I see it is, now the world's a very different place Year upon year upon year, we're turning into a global human race Now everybody's got a talent, it might be washing cars Or saving somebody's life or making beautiful guitars A country that doesn't get new blood, is going to fade away And when we get old and we want our pension, well, it's them that's going to pay I know everybody's got opinions, and very opposing views But if they took such a risk to get here, now that's courage we could use Where are you coming from, where are you going to… GBHS31600002
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Flow Through Me Tuning Open C Capo 2 Key A CGCGCE You don't have to wake me I'm gonna be up with the dawn It's that kind of day it's feeling good to be born I'm gonna thank god for every breath I take The songs that I hear and the music I make Flow through me, flow through me, flow through me, flow through me now When I sit down to play, I make it all up as I go Music is easy, it seems to have its own kind of flow But getting the words, that's a whole different game They've got to come from somewhere, right out of the frame Flow through me, flow through me, flow through me, flow through me now It was market day in a town in France I stopped to look and just by chance I walked into a bar and got myself a beer There was lively conversation flowing round my ear I didn't understand much of what was said But it kept me company in my head Just then a picture came to mind Of the wheelchair protestors that had been in the the headlines Interrupting Parliamentary question time So I got out my phone and opened up text Still don't believe what happened next I wrote a whole damned verse from start to end Not one mistake not one amend It's like a hidden message that suddenly shows And where it comes from nobody knows Flow through me, flow through me, flow through me, flow through me now You just never know when the enlightening bolt will strike You can be doing anything anywhere you like Then the door slams open from who knows where And suddenly out of nothing it's all right there Flow through me, flow through me, flow through me, flow through me now
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Welcome to the end of the World (One More Time) Tuning Open C Capo 7 Key Gm7 CGCGCE Welcome to the end of the world, one more time Welcome to the end of the world, one more time Welcome to the end of the world, one more time Welcome to the end of the world, one more, one more, one more time Now the Mayan Temple calendars said By 2012 we'd all be dead Or was it 10 or was it 9? It's a thousand years since they made the signs Well it's come and gone and we're still here Just goes to show what irrational fear Can do for a so-called civilised mind Seek the devil you shall find You should have heard them crying, the priests are prophesying Ahh ahh ahh ahh Welcome to the end of the world, one more time….. Now the 50's were a troubled time Nations in the firing line Nuclear weapons east and west While leaders snarled and beat their chest So people went and dug holes in the ground And that is where they’d be found The day the sirens would have wailed And mankind's future would have been severely curtailed And when the Russkies dropped the bomb They'd survive and everybody else would be gone But they never seemed to pay any mind Of when they crawled out what they'd find You should have heard them crying, the atmosphere's gonna be frying Ahh ahh ahh ahh So welcome to the end of the world, one more time… So now they say it's end of days W’ve entered a new extinction phase We're sliding down the slippery slope Let's rob the young of all their hope And using the politics of fear They'll make sure their names all appear In learned publications And the doom-feed of nations And no, it's not a clever guess See it's real, it's in the press There's research grants to pay for And everything to play for You should hear them crying, the Biosphere is dying Ahh ahh ahh ahh So welcome to the end of the world, one more time …
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Haul It Up 04:24
Haul it Up Tuning Open B No Capo Key B EABF#BE It's been a year since we cast up here In the land of easy pleasure We beached our souls on the sands of love And we had it all in good measure But we left home and security And some left their women crying To seek our fortune across the sea Or die like men in the trying So haul it up, haul it up, haul it up and let's make sail for the far horizon Haul it up, haul it up, haul it up and let's make sail for the far horizon Well wind and fortune drove us here We heard the sirens calling A gentle breeze and a life of ease Into a velvet trap we were falling But in brotherhood and blood we swore To sail to the end of the world And time and tide will wait no more Let's get that sail unfurled And haul it up, haul it up, haul it up and let's make sail for the far horizon And now it's time to take our leave And put the rising sun behind us A silver wake on an endless sea That is where you'll find us For nothing comes to those who hide No riches to your door So let's haul anchor on the rising tide And ride those winds once more And haul it up, haul it up, haul it up and let's make sail for the far horizon
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Sail Wth the Sun Tuning Open Bmaj No Capo Key B EABF#BE I'm going to run the mains’l down the mast I'm going to make sure all the hatches are fast I'm going to make sure the stays are tight as a drum ‘Cos I know there's going to be stormy weather to come I know there's going to be stormy weather to come I'm going to stow the anchor, I'm going to clear the decks I'm going to get myself ready, for what's coming next I'm going to get a little bit of help from two fingers of rum ‘Cos I know there's going to be stormy weather to come I know there's going to be stormy weather to come It's the same for me, it's the same for you It's the same no matter what you think, no matter what you do It's the same everywhere, It's the same for everyone You can't always sail with the sun I'm going to take the wheel, turn right into the wind I'm going to get all my gear on and strap myself in I'll know that it's near when the wires start to hum Cos I know there's going to be stormy weather to come I know there's going to be stormy weather to come It's the same for me, it's the same for you It's the same no matter what we think, no matter what we do It's the same everywhere, It's the same for everyone You can't always sail with the sun I'm going to reef early, I'm going to reef deep No part of survival, ever comes cheap It's the trials of your life that make up the sum And I know there's going to be stormy weather to come I know there's going to be stormy weather to come ‘Cos you can't always sail with the sun
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Talking to the Dead (Again) Tuning Open Bmaj No Capo Key B EABF#BD# I had a dream of a man I knew, toured with him in '72 Up and down the country in my car We laughed and joked, drank and toked, he was jazz and I was folk Even then I knew that he'd go far I was on the road just out of school, I thought he was the quintessence of cool I dreamed he turned up at my door, dressed in the same clothes he wore I threw my arms around him said, “It’s so good to see you again” Then I asked him how he was, but I knew that that was wrong because I know he died in Spain I've been talking to the dead, again I was driving down a road in France, found myself, just by chance Talking to my best friend of them all A bit about this a bit about that, just inconsequential chat Nothing really much as I recall He was just the same as always was, never changing with the years because I don't think that I'm crazy for you see Some part of his soul lives on with me And the memories left behind, remake the person in my mind And I drove on through the rain Talking to the dead, again I'd be rich, if I had, money for the times I told my dad “Sorry for all my youthful pride” All the stupid things I did, all the feelings that I hid The love I should have shown and kept inside He's always there, a strong man in his prime, and he forgives me every time Seems to me it's just one of those things we do Like trying to weave the threads of life anew They come to me they're always strong, there's never a sign of anything wrong Their faces forever freed from pain When I'm talking to the dead, again
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When the New Man Comes to Power Tuning Open Bmaj Capo 3 Key D EABF#BD# No more pigging at the trough for you The reckoning is overdue No more pigging at the trough for you When the new man comes to power No more cheating on the public purse You've had your fill, done your worst No more cheating on the public purse When the new man comes to power No more lying about what you did No more lying about what you hid No more lying about what you did When the new man comes to power There's a light on the horizon One day it’s going to be arriving A new day a new hope So get out there and give it your vote No more rich men paying no tax Time for them to give it back No more rich men paying no tax When the new man comes to power No more zero hours work While the young struggle and the bankers smirk No more zero hours work When the new man comes to power No more deals with the DUP The face of hate and bigotry No more deals with the DUP When the new man comes to power There's a light on the horizon One day it’s going to be arriving A new day a new hope So get out there and give it your vote No more food banks on our streets In a country rich beyond belief No more food banks on our streets When the new man comes to power No more selling off the National Health So your mates can grow their wealth No more selling off the National Health When the new man comes to power No more young men sent to die In wars sold on a massive lie No more young men sent to die When the new man comes to power
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King of the Ruined Castle Normal Tuning No Capo Key Em /G EADGBE You wanted to be the leader you wanted to be the king So you got yourself a new hat and threw it in the ring You got yourself a running mate with morals just like yours That telling lies justifies, anything for the cause Now look what you've done, look what you've done, look what you've done You're the king of the ruined castle, king of the broken land King of the ruined castle, king of the shifting sand King of the ruined castle, king of the broken vow King of the ruined castle, for what good it does you now You’ve got some wealthy friends who wanted to see you put in power And their media empire screamed you were the leader of the hour They poured in the money, to get you to the top And once they set it rolling it was never going to stop Now look what you've done, look what you've done, look what you've done You're the king of the ruined castle.... The thing about kingmakers is they never show their face They hide in the shadows betting on the race Being a puppet master, makes you no-ones fool They know the way to win it is, divide and rule Now look what you've done, look what you've won, look what you've done You're the king of the ruined castle....
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If the Young Don't March Tuning Open G Capo 2 Key A DGDGBD They're knocking on the doors of parliament To show them what their laws have meant To those without their wealth and power Seize the moment seize the hour They're prime time on the evening news Maybe it will change some views Of all those who are unaffected Maybe change a mind or two, of those we have elected And how will society raise it's voice if all we get is liar's choice If the young don't march who will If the young don't march who will If the young don't march who will If the young don't march who will 2005 in the USA Dick Cheney signed the laws away Giving America's sons and daughters The right to clean air and water So Halliburton's favourite son Made certain fracking's time had come They said it would be a revolution In energy production and there wouldn't be any pollution So they fracked and drilled the coffers filled And into the water table spilled The poisons they were pumping And the farmers and the land they were ruined From what they were dumping They spread out across the land there was no-one there to make a stand And If the young don't march who will… And now they want to bring it here And those in power have made it clear That if you're going to be one of the protesters You're just a tree-hugging zealot And you're going to damage the investors And when it's time to make a choice And local people raise their voice To make a life-changing decision You're going to be on the end of the millionaire's press club derision And ripping into those who won't say 'yes', the talons of the right-wing press If the young don't march who will…
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Cover it Up 03:22
Cover It Up Tuning Open G No Capo Key G DGDGBD There’s some kind of link between the brain and the hands And the desire to have what you see It goes through the eyes, and is really no surprise To a man of the world like me When eyes alight with jackdaw sight on an object of great desire The little worm turns, like the mind never learns You get burned if you put your hand in the fire But if the eye don’t see, hand don’t get greedy Cover it up, Cover it up, Cover it up If the eye don’t see, mind don’t get needy Cover it up, Cover it up, Cover it up There’s some kind of bridge from the eyes to the soul That causes temptation to grow There’s some kind of synapse, that cause a mind lapse In those who find it hard to say no But if the eye don’t see, hand don’t get greedy… Some things, you’ve got to tell your children Some things you’ve got to tell them true Some things, you’ve got to tell your children This is what some people see and do This is what some people see and do This is what some people see and do See and do, see and do, see and do, see and do The use of detection, as some kind of protection Is all very good as it stands But the use of detention, as some kind of prevention Is no cure for covetous hands But if the eye don’t see, hand don’t get greedy…
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Small Brass Box Tuning Open G No Capo Key G DGDGBD There's a small brass box, high up on the shelf It sits there quietly by itself Nobody ever bothers to look inside Except me when I want to feel some pride There's four medals my father won In a war he didn't want to fight in but it had to be done And sitting there beside them together once more Is the wedding ring my mother wore They got married in 1938 There were storm clouds gathering, they didn't want to wait They were too poor for a diamond or any such thing But he placed on her finger this tiny gold ring How you measure value depends where you look The power of money or a life-changing book Cities and highways that spread across the land Or this token of a lifetime I hold in my hand They were together, for 74 years There were days full of laughter, some nights full of tears And when his time came, she fell to the floor And eleven days later they were together once more How you measure value depends where you look The power of money or a life-changing book Cities and highways, that cover the land Or this token of a lifetime I hold in my hand I paid the harbourmaster, for a bench by the sea It's where I can go, when I just want to be Alone with my thoughts as I look out at the bay Where they joined with the ocean one bright sunny day

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Keith Christmas UK

In a career spanning over 50 years Keith has recorded multiple albums, played acoustic guitar on Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ album, appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970 and gigged solo all over the UK and Europe.
A legendary live performer he has had a resurgence in popularity since ‘Crazy Dancing Days’ was released in December 2016 and ‘Life,Life’ in 2019
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