Let It Roll

by The Ragged Flags

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1.
04:36
High tide in a homely harbour On an ocean with a golden hue We were young once in the grip of ardour We could sail away to a brighter blue No one could tell us timely That you build today of tomorrow's blues We walk in time and we don't mind running When the future hides where you know it to But you're giving it up, giving it up baby Letting you down, letting you down slowly Hanging around, hanging around hoping love might show But you waited enough, waited enough honey You had to be wrong, had to be wrong someday Giving it up, giving it up hoping love might grow 'Cause you never know Changes that creep in quietly A stranger in familiar rooms I'm hoping I can find that feeling Some brighter light I can hold you to But you're giving it up, giving it up baby Letting you down, letting you down slowly Hanging around, hanging around hoping love might show But you waited enough, waited enough honey You had to be wrong, had to be wrong someday Giving it up, giving it up hoping love might grow 'Cause you never know No you never know, no you never know Giving it up, giving it up baby Giving it up, giving it up baby Giving it up, giving it up baby Giving it up, giving it up baby Low tide in a lonely harbour As the ocean cuts the moon in two On a small ship clinging to each other If we hold on tight we can make it through But you're giving it up, giving it up baby Letting you down, letting you down slowly Hanging around, hanging around hoping love might show But you waited enough, waited enough honey You had to be wrong, had to be wrong someday Giving it up, giving it up hoping love might grow 'Cause you never know No you never know, no you never know No you never know, no you never know No you never know, no you never know
2.
So long now we've walked this road We were not wise, we weren't to know That no one else would sell their soul There's a hundred million miles to go There's a hundred million miles to go Marching forth on that white line The broken strokes that mark the time And I could not put down my load There's a hundred million miles to go There's a hundred million miles to go An ancient man by that roadside He shakes his fist at burning skies He sang with eyes as black as coal "There's a hundred million miles to go There's a hundred million miles to go" There's a hundred million miles And miles And miles And miles, oh I He spoke to me that awful truth Said "Mark this well, for I am you I passed my love upon this road Was a hundred million miles ago Was a hundred million miles ago On and on no backward glance Around the bend another chance We circumnavigate the globe There's a hundred million miles to go There's a hundred million miles to go There's a hundred million miles And miles And miles And miles, oh I
3.
04:17
Now I've been watching for your weakness And come the dying of the day Along the line of least resistance You'll wake to find that I have slipped away How low? Now in the folly where you find me And all the people move away All after hours and impatient But everybody's gonna have to wait How low do you go when you find you're all alone? It's a shame that you don't understand what's going on Come away in the dark with a burning in your heart And I know that you'd forgive me But you know I'll never ask Well now the lights are getting lower And I belong here in my place The touch of night will bring you closer The morning's gonna take it all away How low do you go when you find you're all alone? It's a shame that you don't understand what's going on Come away in the dark with a burning in your heart And I know that you'd forgive me But you know I'll never ask
4.
04:17
In my waking hours I am half asleep Everything I touch the texture of a dream A delirium from which I must awake Woken by that wild beating fit to break My heart My heart In those empty hours booming like a drum Just yourself to lie and contemplate the lull Would you fix me with a look or chance remark? Would the shock you give me be enough to start My heart My heart All those happy hours you and I have shared We may part but in my heart they are still there I see through reflections you replace me with Find the shape of love that fits the space within My heart My heart My heart My heart
5.
Oh my God I can't believe it's true Black and white the truth is absolute Shake my bones and leave them where they lay Shrouded in those sins that cover me We went down, down to the river We went down, down to the river We went down, down to the river And washed them away The water's edge reflects my own regrets Will they fade beneath that cold caress? Where's that final answer I need most? Where's my father, son, my holy ghost? We went down, down to the river We went down, down to the river We went down, down to the river And washed them away Do you pray that all your faith's not wasted in a book? It's a shame that all you gave was less than what you took Take me to that dark secluded wood Tell me that inside I might be good Hear that church bell tolling for the brave Tally my misdeeds that you forgave We'll go down, down to the river We'll go down, down to the river We'll go down, down to the river (and wash them away) We'll go down, down to the river (and wash them away) We'll go down, down to the river And wash them away
6.
03:32
Taking that shot in the heart again, love Pin a target on my chest, love One more time around that track You gave me love but I gave it back again, love Early morning I awake, love The last meal I couldn't face, love Lead me out at the break of dawn And stand me up against the wall again, love I'm out of time, my hands are tied I see you there on the firing line Nothing to say, all hell to pay I'm on my way I'd have told you anything, love To see you lying that bed, love All the lovers of my life Are stood abreast with rifles high again, love Work my way along the line, love With protestations, reasons why, love Sheer desertion was the charge From every eye a full barrage again, love I'm out of time, my hands are tied I see you there on the firing line Nothing to say, all hell to pay I'm on my way Whoa no you don't, whoa no you don't Whoa no you don't, whoa no Whoa no you don't, whoa no you don't Whoa no you don't, whoa no Taking that shot in the heart again, love Open fire, I insist, love One more time around that track You gave me love but I gave it back again, love I'm out of time, blindfold my eyes I am still here in your firing line Nothing to say, all hell to pay I'm on my way
7.
So I'm back in the hole that I dug And no surprises I'm all alone in this one And woe betide the seams of my heart I'm falling apart as I go And It's starting to show I'm the man of many faces, don't know what I believe I'm the man of many faces, but none of them are me I'm the man of many faces, don't know which one you see I'm the man of many faces, but none of them - no none of them None of them are me Now the actors are out on the stage They know their lines but my scenes are missing a page And I can't find the words that I hoped for All that I wanted to say It's just the parts that I play I'm the man of many faces, don't know what I believe I'm the man of many faces, but none of them are me I'm the man of many faces, don't know which one you see I'm the man of many faces, but none of them - no none of them None of them are me Well we won't have to wait very long The winds will change and I must be moving along But would you trust the look in my eyes Or number my countenance true? Well I wear it for you I'm the man of many faces, don't know what I believe I'm the man of many faces, but none of them are me I'm the man of many faces, don't know which one you see I'm the man of many faces, but none of them - and all of them All of them are me All of them are me
8.
03:39
Trying my luck every way I know (Get in line and away we go) Beautiful thing want to take you home (Get in line and away we go) Fanning that flame in the to and fro Meet me outside and away we go And away we go - get in line and away we go I could tell you what you told me then (Get in line and away we go) Another damn flash in the pan again (Get in line and away we go) Risking your heart in the passion's throes Meet me outside and away we go And away we go - get in line and away we go Ain't no brighter day, ain't no right of way But I'll take a chance tonight Ain't no reason for, ain't no right or wrong I just need you to be mine Trying my luck every way I know (Get in line and away we go) Beautiful thing but the lights were low (Get in line and away we go) Meet me outside and we'll start again (Get in line and away we go) No one else knows where the line begins (Get in line and away we go) Greeting each day with its highs and lows Meet me outside and away we go And away we go - get in line and away we go Get in line and away we go
9.
Hold tight to the railing now, do you See me while you're looking down? Are you Up there on a higher floor? Are you Better than you've been before? Before, before, before, before, before I'll take the time to make you mine To make you mine I'll take the time I'll take the time to make you mine To make you mine I'll take the time So long since the stars aligned, I'm just Stood here waiting for a sign, do you Think about me anymore? It's a Hard time that we have in store In store, in store, in store, in store, in store I'll take the time to make you mine To make you mine I'll take the time I'll take the time to make you mine To make you mine I'll take the time Hold tight to the railing now, do you See me while you're looking down? I'm just Stood here waiting for a sign, if you Show me then I'll take the time I'll take the time to make you mine To make you mine I'll take the time I'll take the time to make you mine To make you mine I'll take the time
10.
04:01
Well there's dim light in the sky as I am packing up my case My breath that freezes in the car when I'm pulling away Each street I pass each idle glance a memory that fades So let it roll by the window, let it roll away Let it roll by the window, let it roll away Another stop, another town, the latest in the line I'll ride that train to anywhere while bridges burn behind The beating tracks like broken hearts but I don't feel your pain Just let it roll by the window, let it roll again Let it roll by the window, let it roll again Oh a restless heart can cost you much you know Each losing game of dice could you just let it roll? I don't know where I'm heading for or why I have to go Maybe some day I'll pass again and stop outside your home Would you invite me in to sit and reminisce a while? Or let me roll by the window, let me roll on by Let me roll by the window, let me roll on by Let me roll by the window, let me roll on by Let me roll by the window, let me roll

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released April 29, 2016

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The Ragged Flags are:
James Goodwin - vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Mark Aldworth - lead guitar, backing vocals
Chris Edwards-Dewey - bass, backing vocals
Paul Whibley - drums, backing vocals

All songs by The Ragged Flags
Music by Aldworth/Edwards-Dewey/Goodwin/Whibley;
Lyrics by Goodwin (©2016 Copyright Control)

Produced by Dave Shalloe & The Ragged Flags
Engineered & Mixed by Dave Shalloe
Additional Mixing by James Goodwin
Mastered by Dave Shalloe & Monarch
Recorded at Creative Music Studios, Essex &
Borough Studios, London

Sleeve design by James Goodwin
Photography by Lee Moffatt & John Gentleman
Additional Photography by Sam Whibley
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Thanks to:
Dave for manning the desk with endless patience and endless tea;
The Aldworths — Sonia, Martha, Alicia and Grace;
The Edwards-Deweys — Katie and Charlotte;
The Goodwins — Val and Stewart;
The Whibleys, especially Sam for photographic as well as gig support;
Lee and John for taking pretty pictures;
Anyone who’s come to a gig and waved a flag (we love you all);
...and last but not least you for buying this record.

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The Ragged Flags are a UK four-piece with their own distinctive sound incorporating the essential natural juices of rock, pop and folk with the lovely chunky bits of country and blues.

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