Some Of These Stories Are True

by Tommy Keyes

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Completing the trilogy recorded in Dublin's Temple Lane Studios, in the same sessions as "An Irish Life" and "The Sad Pursuit", "Some Of These Stories Are True" includes 14 more examples of Tommy Keyes' songwriting excellence.

Highlights include "Surprised By Joy", co-written by well-known poet Nessa O'Mahony, and "Sailing Ships" which Keyes originally wrote for Sidewinder in the 1970s.

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released July 29, 2016

Tommy Keyes: keyboards, vocals
Dick Farrelly: guitars, bass
Gerard Farrelly: drums, percussion, cello
Richie Buckley: saxes
Maurice Mullen: flute
Fergal Lynch: french horn
Ellen O’Mahony, Carla Ryan, Sarah Bass, Cian O'Mahony:: backing vocals

All songs written by Tommy Keyes except the words of Surprised By Joy (by Nessa O'Mahony from Her Father's Daughter, published by Salmon Poetry 2014).

Produced by Dick Farrelly
Engineered by Michael Heffernan at Sun Studios, Temple Lane, Dublin 2
Assistant Engineer: Michael Brady
Mastered by FergalDavisMastering.com
Sleeve design by Ken Drakeford

Released on Keyes Records 2016 - KEYES 503

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After an absence of nearly 40 years, Tommy Keyes returns with a stockpile of great songs that defy categorisation. Rock? Pop? “It’s 1970s singer-songwriter music”, he says, “because that’s what I am.”

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Track Name: Smile
Why are your eyes so sad, why do you feel so blue
You can’t see the good for bad, you’ve taken it all on you
You’ve got to believe in yourself
You ‘ve got to believe in yourself
Like I do, I believe in you
You light up the world when you smile
You light up the world when you smile
You light up the world when you smile
So smile…….smile

I’ve watched you through the years, I’ve seen the good you do
I know all about your fears, the burdens that lie on you
You’ve got to believe in yourself
You’ve got to believe in yourself
Like I do, I believe in you
You light up the world when you smile
You light up the world when you smile
You light up the world when you smile
So smile….smile….smile
Track Name: Sailing Ships
Don’t count your mornings till they come
Don’t set your sights into the sun
Take your shelter from the storm
And sail when gentle winds blow
Don’t try to read between my lines
My words explain themselves in time
There’s a world I’m living for
It waits wherever I go

Sailing ships they come together in the still of the night
Stop awhile and then they sail away
You and me we found each other in the shimmering light
Now it’s time to start another day, today

Princess awoken by the touch
Of one who loves her very much
You believe in fairy tales
They mean so little to me
I stole your storybooks away
You try to live the things they say,
Come the night you’ll call my name
And I just don’t know where I’ll be
Track Name: (I Can't See How I Was) Meant For You
Is there anyone you can see to get inside your mind
To unravel your fantasy and leave it all behind
I don’t know why you feel the things you do
I can’t see how I was meant for you

I don’t want to be the one who wants to be forever in your arms
I don’t want to be the one who’s never free, a prisoner of your charms
I don’t know why you feel the things you do
I can’t see how I was meant for you

When we’re walking along the street you want to hold my hand
I’m afraid that the friends we meet will never understand
It’s just one more silly thing you do
Doesn’t mean that I was meant for you

Now I’m lying alone in bed, I twist and turn all night
Just remembering the things I said that never came out right
Inspiration and suddenly I see
The simple truth is you were meant for me
Track Name: The Debutantes' Waltz
Somebody showed me some pictures
Lost in the shadows of time
Hands held alone in the corner
The ones that were shaking were mine
Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow
Maybe we won’t meet at all
Slipping away at the break of the day
After dancing the debutantes’ waltz
I couldn’t dance at all

Round and round we go, turning the fast to slow,
Stay with me, please stay with me until they stop the show
We are together now please don’t go

Turning the overlooked pages
These are the things that we find
Now that the children are sleeping
Come here and lie by my side
Resting your head on my shoulder
You hardly seem older at all
You must remember I’m sure you recall
We were dancing the debutantes waltz
I couldn’t dance at all
Track Name: Don't Let Her Down
Boy meets girl, happens every day
First attraction doesn’t always stay
But in time they come to realise it’s otherwise
Set their sights and sail away

Don’t let her down, don’t let her down
She will always be the special one you found
And you know you’d never live without her now

They get married on a sunny day
Throw a party then they slip away
Soon they’ll find they’ll have to sacrifice and compromise
When every day’s a rainy day

Years go by and the kids are grown
House is big but they live alone
Each has little ways that drive the other mad some days
They have their says and life goes on

Always and ever, forever, you’d never live without her now
Track Name: Barryville
Half a mile from Barryville I flagged the first car down
To take me any road that leads a long way from that town.

Twenty miles from Barryville I waited for a train
I bought a one way ticket to begin my life again.

Barryville – I see it still when I can’t sleep at night
I turn away to face the day, the dark shuts out the light.

A hundred miles from Barryville I tried to make a call
My body shook, my voice choked up, I couldn’t speak at all

A thousand miles from Barryville I sought some peace of mind
But nothing fades the memories of what I left behind.

They say that time heals every wound but I could not agree
A million miles from Barryville’s not far enough for me.
Track Name: Boardwalk
Now the carney’s cries are fading
And the boardwalk’s shutting down
And the cabaret has gone away, it’s over
And the candyfloss containers
Bib and bobbing on the tide
To disappear beyond the pier forever

You’ll be leaving too
Those cold and grey October nights
Will see you far away from here
I’ll wait for you
Until another summer comes
Will you be back again next year?
Next year.

And the fortune teller wonders
Whether she’ll be here next year
For if truth were told she doesn’t know her future
And you’re packing up your suitcase
Stow it underneath the bus
If we could know what lies in store for both of us…
Track Name: Lovers
Sometimes I feel so tired
Burdened, just uninspired
Then you shine and break through the clouds in my day
When you smile the clouds drift away

And you will stay and I will never leave
All that you say I always will believe
Believe in a love, a love that endures
For we are lovers, you’re mine, I’m yours
For we are lovers, you’re mine, I’m yours

Sometimes I’m so alone
Somewhere so far from home
Then I hear your voice from wherever you are
And we’re near no matter how far
Track Name: Courage My Dear
We face into the fury of the storm
And stand our ground
Once more we run
Homeward bound
Don’t let the world overwhelm you
Don’t get sad or afraid
Courage my dear
We’ll face your fear
We’ll chase your demons away
Chase all your demons away

When heavy shadows gather all around
Don’t turn away
We two are one
Always stay
Track Name: This Is Paradise
When the setting sun sinks over the sea
And the fishing boats come home
And the nightbirds serenade you and me
When they see that we’re alone
They see that we’re alone and then we know
That this is paradise
This is paradise
Please tell me there’s a way that we can stay forever
Forever in this place

When the sun is rising over the trees
And the sea is crystal clear
And we feel the gentle warmth of the breeze
And we want to disappear
We want to disappear together here
For this is paradise
This is paradise
Please tell me there’s a way that we can stay forever
Please tell me there’s a way that we can stay forever
Forever in this place
Track Name: Surprised By Joy
Ambushed by sunlight
and birdsong

A moment’s work
the time it took
to connect a call
hear a flat tone

Hair’s breadth between
light and shade
what we hold
what we give away
or have taken from us

And if we retrieve
can we hold cleanly
a child’s faith

That the sun will always rise
the blackbird sing
Track Name: We Run
Close to the horizon
We see the road dividing into two
Whichever turn is taken
Will be the better choice for me and you
We may never pass this way again
Life’s a game of chance until the end
We run, we run, we run
Until we fade into the sun

In the deepest winter
Your love is all I need to keep me warm
In our darkest hour
We give each other shelter from the storm
Close your eyes and put your hand in mine
Bound together till the end of time
We run, we run, we run
Until we fade into the sun

When you’re weary I will pull you through
Lean on me as I have leant on you
We run, we run, we run
Untll we fade into the sun.
Track Name: Not Growing Old
My heart is writing cheques that my body just can’t cash
And I’m slowing down a little every day
If I try to stay up late my system starts to crash
And I know exactly what it’s trying to say
But I’m not growing old, not growing old
I’ve still too many stories to be told
I’m not growing old, not growing old
I will never ever wear my trousers rolled
I won’t be like those ancient relics propping up the bar
Wearing cardigans
Starting arguments
Mixing up their names
Pushing walking frames
No I’m never, no not ever, growing old
Not growing old, not growing old

The clothes I’ve always worn are coming into style
But my back goes out twice as much as me
There’s nothing I can’t do but it takes a little while
And I can’t remember where I’m meant to be
But I’m not growing old, not growing old
I’ve still too many stories to be told
I’m not growing old, not growing old
I will never ever wear my trousers rolled
I won’t be like those ancient relics propping up the bar
Wearing cardigans
Starting arguments
Mixing up their names
Pushing walking frames
Singing oldie songs
With the words all wrong
Talk the night away
About the good old days
No I’m never, no not ever, growing old
Not growing old, not growing old
Track Name: Salt Water
When I was a sailor on the open sea
Crossing mighty oceans opened all the world to me
I was just a cabin boy turning seventeen
Lost in wide-eyed innocence in all the things I’d seen
Pictures from the past filled a young boy’s dream
But all his dreams came true

Salt water is running through my veins
Northern star still guides the old man home
Home, sailor, through the wind and rain
I will never go to sea again.

When I was a master on the Southern Line
They were mighty steamers then, the proudest one was mine
We brought tea from China, we brought tin from Singapore
Kept the food lines open in the middle of the war
No-one wants an old sea dog anymore
What else can sailors do?