Now's The Time

by Tom Lindsay

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1.
Ask me how do I feel, ask me now that we're cosy and clinging Well sir, all I can say is if I were a bell I'd be ringing From the moment we kissed goodnight That's the way I’ve just gotta behave Boy if I were a lamp I'd light, or if I were a banner I'd wave Ask me how do I feel, little me with my quiet upbringing Well sir, all I can say is if I were a gate I'd be swinging Or if I were a watch I'd start popping my spring Or if I were a bell I'd go ding, dong, ding, dong, ding Ask me how do I feel from this chemistry lesson I'm learning Well sir, all I can say is if I were a bridge I'd be burning Yes I knew my moral would crack, from the wonderful way that you looked Boy if I were a duck I'd quack, or if I were a goose I'd be cooked Ask me how do I feel, ask me now that we're fondly caressing Boy if I were a salad, I know I'd be splashing my dressing Ask me how to describe this whole beautiful thing If I were a bell If I were a bell If I were a bell I'd go ding, dong, ding, dong, ding
2.
Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry When I take you out in the surrey When I take you out in the surrey with the fringe on top Watch that fringe and see how it flutters When I drive them high steppin' strutters Nosey pokes'll peek through their shutters and their eyes will pop The wheels are yellow, the upholstery's brown The dashboard's genuine leather With isinglass curtains you can roll right down In case there's a change in the weather Two bright sidelights winkin' and blinkin' Ain't no finer rig I'm a-thinkin' You can keep your rig if you're thinkin' that I'd care to swap For that shiny little surrey with the fringe on the top All the world'll fly in a flurry When I take you out in the surrey … with the fringe on top When we hit that road hell for leather Cats and dogs'll dance in the heather Birds and frogs'll sing altogether and the toads will hop The wind'll whistle as we roll along The cows'll moo in the clover The river will ripple out a whispered song and whisper it over and over Don't you wish you’d go on forever Don't you wish you’d go on forever Don't you wish you’d go on forever and you’d never stop In that shiny little surrey with the fringe on the top I can see the stars gettin' blurry When we ride home in the surrey Riding slowly home in the surrey with the fringe on top I can feel the day gettin' older Feel a sleepy head near my shoulder Noddin', droopin' close to my shoulder, ‘til it falls ker-plop The sun is swimmin' on the brim of a hill The moon is takin' a header And just as I'm thinkin' all the earth is still A lark'll wake up in the meadow A lark'll wake up in the meadow Hush you bird my baby’s a-sleepin' Maybe got a dream worth a-keepin' Whoa you team, just keep a-creepin' at a slow clip-clop Don't you hurry with the surrey Don't you hurry with the surrey Don't you hurry with the surrey with the fringe on the top
3.
Now the future has a face, and that face belongs to you Now I’m here in your embrace and I know just what to do The vision of future is clear and I know there’s nothing to fear With destiny placing you here, beside me Though the picture in my head has been happy since the start The image that it showed me always missed a crucial part The detail of who it would be, sharing a lifetime with me Then you came along and the answer was totally clear You released the missing piece That’s made complete the picture So the story has an end, but today is just the start All the troubles in creation couldn’t lever us apart Now the picture I’m seeing is true, and it’s such a magnificent view Now the future has a face and that face belongs to you You released the missing piece That’s made complete the picture So the story has an end, but today is just the start All the troubles in creation couldn’t lever us apart Now the searching for answers is through, I’m spending a lifetime with you Now the future has a face and that face ... belongs to you Belongs to you Belongs to you
4.
There’s no use retrospectively Wonderin’ what it’s like to be The one that gets to hold her hand Avoid her eye line just in case Let desire go to waste That ain't a useful plan Don’t waste your time drawing circles and lines When she probably thinks you’re divine Eleanor, Lucy, Amy or Jane Go for it or you’ll go insane Baby, now’s the time All those things you wanna be You sit back expectantly Watching all the world go by You spend your hours feeling blue Hoping it’ll come to you Forget all your mistakes and try Don’t waste your time drawing circles and lines With your dreams sitting so far behind Whether the aim is flying a plane Or trying to sound like John Coltrane Baby, now’s the time
5.
Just 07:32
Can't get the stink off, he's been hanging round for days Comes like a comet, suckers you but not your friends One day he'll get to you and teach you how to be a holy cow You do it to yourself, you do That's what really hurts Is you do it to yourself, just you You and no-one else You do it to yourself Don't get my sympathy, hanging out the fifteenth floor You've changed the locks three times He still comes reeling through the door One day he'll get to you and teach you how to get to purest hell You do it to yourself, you do That's what really hurts Is you do it to yourself, just you You and no-one else You do it to yourself, oh One day he'll get to you and teach you how to be a holy cow You do it to yourself, you do That's what really hurts Is you do it to yourself, just you You and no-one else You do it to yourself, yeah
6.
Dear miss, if I may speak so formally There's something I must say It comes in the form of an apology Here's hoping that you'll still want to stay Though we as a pair are so very new We've only just begun It might be a sin but I can't hold it in I'm sorry, but you might be the one I'm risking it all to tell you I've fallen Hopelessly in love with you I'm no Mercer or Porter but darling you oughta Listen to my message too So miss let me paint you a picture of Our moment in the sun I know that it's soon but I'll give you the moon I'm sorry but you might be the one I'm risking it all to tell you I've fallen Hopelessly in love with you Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, now me dear (well, sorta) We all have a message that's true So miss if I may speak impatiently Please tell me we're not done I'm crossing my heart that this is the start I'm sorry but you might be the one I'm certain that you dear are the one
7.
Last July 06:50
Why'd you lie, last July, when you said that you loved me? There was I, flying high, thinking everything's lovely Still together in December ... but it started last July August came, September rain drizzled into October Through a fine November time, I didn't know it was over Love in pieces by December ... crumbling since July Vows were taken, now forsaken Slow releases, shattered pieces That year's Christmas cheer disappeared completely Made me pine for summer time, when the living was easy Still together in December ... but it started last July
8.
She lives in a fairy tale, somewhat too far for us to find Forgotten the taste and smell, of a world that she's left behind It's about the exposure, the lens I told her The angles are all wrong now, she's tearing wings off of butterflies Keep your feet on the ground When your head's in the clouds Well go get your shovel and we'll dig a deep hole To bury the castle, bury the castle Go get your shovel and we'll dig a deep hole To bury the castle, bury the castle Ba da baya da ba ba da So one day he found her crying, coiled up on the dirty ground Her prince finally came to save her, and the rest she can figure out But it was a trick and the clock struck twelve so make sure To build your home brick by boring brick Or the wolf's gonna blow it down Keep your feet on the ground When your head's in the clouds Well go get your shovel and we'll dig a deep hole To bury the castle, bury the castle Go get your shovel and we'll dig a deep hole To bury the castle, bury the castle You live in a world of magic 'cause your real life is tragic You live in a world of magic If it's not real you can't hold it in your hand Or feel it with your heart And I won't believe it But if it's true you can see it with your eyes Or even in the dark And that's where I want to be, yeah Well go get your shovel and we'll dig a deep hole To bury the castle, bury the castle Go get your shovel and we'll dig a deep hole To bury the castle, bury the castle Ba da baya da ba ba da, ba dat dat baya dat bay doh Ba da baya da ba ba da, ba dat dat baya dat bay doh Ba da baya da ba ba da, ba dat dat baya dat bay doh
9.
Revolution 04:52
For me our love has always been beyond compare But lately I'm uncertain it's a feeling that we share I look into your deep brown eyes and see the same old face But something's different in the warmth of your embrace The messages you're sending me get colder every day Now some guy says he loves you and you think that that's ok I was too blind to see that those two things were linked Now it's survival of the ruthless and baby, I'm extinct There's been a revolution in your heart It's caused the faith I had in you and me to fall apart There's been a revolution in your heart The picture I had in my mind has been forced to depart Bring back the angel from the image in my head She'd never leave my aching heart to be misled Now she's been led astray by greener looking grass I'm still here if you're wanting me but something's got to change It's looking evermore like that can't be arranged Today's the day that you decide it all There's been a revolution in your heart It's caused the faith I had in you and me to fall apart There's been a revolution in your heart The picture I had in my mind has been forced to depart There's been a revolution in your heart It's caused the faith I had in you and me to fall apart There's been a revolution in your heart There's been a revolution in your heart It's caused the faith I had in you and me ... to fall apart Let's go back to the start Will you step up and save us Will you step up and save us Will you step up and save us from this revolution baby Will you step up and save us I promised you my heart, you promised me yours The path that we're treading just leads to divorce The picture I had in my mind has been forced to depart
10.
You must take the A Train To go to Sugar Hill way up in Harlem If you miss that A Train You'll find you missed the quickest way to Harlem Hurry, get on down it's coming Listen to those wheels a-thrumming All aboard, get on the A Train Soon, you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem

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"Great swing, groove, beautiful singing and surprising changes of mood all go to produce an album of work which everyone can really enjoy." - Andy Derrick

Read more of Andy's review: andyderrickmusic.co.uk?p=455

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released November 29, 2019

Tom Lindsay - piano, keyboards, vocals
Tom Moore - upright bass, electric bass
Ric Yarborough - drums

Elliot Drew - alto sax (track 1), tenor sax (track 5)
Nick Dewhurst - trumpet (track 5), flugelhorn (tracks 7,9)
Joris Bolhaar - trombone (track 5)

The Belongs To You Big Band (all track 3):
Elliot Drew - alto sax
Sam Craig - alto sax
Tim Sentance - tenor sax
Nick Brown - tenor sax
Alicia Gardener-Trejo - baritone sax

John Ruddick - trumpet
Nick Dewhurst - trumpet
David Tibbitts - trumpet
Keith White - trumpet

Josh Tagg - trombone
Martin Gagg - trombone
Charlie Osborn - trombone
Andy Derrick - bass trombone

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