Signs & Wonders

by Bleu Charrette

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Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We need the magic that will come from the skies. We don’t believe a word of the government’s lies. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We’ve danced in your circles; we’ve followed your lights. We’ve kept the faith through many sleepless nights. We’re true believers - we know who you are - You are the gods that come from afar-ah-ah-ah-ah-ha. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We need the magic that will come from the skies. We don’t believe a word of the government’s lies. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We know about Roswell and Area 51. We know the shift has only just begun. We need you to save us, so please communicate And come in peace before it’s too la-a-a-ate-ah-ha. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We need the magic that will come from the skies. We don’t believe a word of the government’s lies. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. You might think we’re cranks but we laugh at you doubters. We’ve seen E.T. and Close Encounters. It’s all in the Bible and Erick Von Daniken, So you'd better stop smirking ‘cause soon you’ll be panicking Ah-ha. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We need the magic that will come from the skies. We don’t believe a word of the government’s lies. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We want to be chosen we’re stirred and we’re shaken. Please beam us up, we want to be taken. We know that you’re out there - it’s statistical truth. So come on down and land on my roo-oo-oo-oof ah-ha. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs. We need the magic that will come from the skies. We don’t believe a word of the government’s lies. Signs and wonders, wonders and signs and wonders, wonders and signs and wonders, wonders and signs...
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Once upon a time I sang for you, when I sat upon your bed But the tide has turned and the past has gone, it’s only living in your head And once upon a time in days of old, when knights so bold could be I came along to your rescue, but you tried to rescue me You put me in chains, I didn’t know it You blew out my brains, I didn’t show it Once upon a time, when dragons flew Once upon a time, when I loved you We cut into each other deep down to the bone The blood it flowed like holy wine and loudly we made moan I tried to make you love me and I guess you did the same And when that didn’t work well then we played a different game You put me in chains, I didn’t know it You blew out my brains, I didn’t show it Once upon a time, when dragons flew Once upon a time, when I loved you You wanted a damsel in distress, so you locked me up in your tower I was your sleeping princess, and let you take away all my power But one day I woke up, and saw what you had done So I broke through all your prison thorns, and I’m still living on the run Once upon a time I loved you and I thought that you loved me But you didn’t want me to sing anymore you didn’t want me to be free We sliced and diced our paradise into bitter tears of hate And happily ever after was not to be our fate You put me in chains, I didn’t know it You blew out my brains, I didn’t show it Once upon a time, when dragons flew Once upon a time, when I loved you But you put me in chains, I didn’t know it You blew out my brains, I didn’t show it Once upon a time, when dragons flew Once upon a time, when I loved you Once upon a time I sang for you, when I sat upon your bed But the tide has turned and the past has gone, it’s only living in your head...
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Baby Blues 03:32
Mon bébé Mon aimé Te voilà Enfin dans mes bras Dis maman qui m’aime tant Remets-moi Je veux pas rester Mon p’tit gars M’en veux pas Sois sympa Fais pas ton malin J’suis paumé J’suis largué Pourquoi tu m’as fait naitre J’ai rien demandé Ça s’appelle le blues baby It’s what my baby’s got Ça s’appelle le blues baby Y’a pas d’antidote Pas d'antidote My baby’s got the baby blues Trop de lumière trop de bruit Trop de misère trop d’ennui 9 mois ferme sans sursis J’y retourne, j’suis pas d’ici Mon baby Mon chéri C’est la vie Je coupe le cordon My dear mère Je galère Ce calvaire Laisse-moi m’en aller Don’t worry Sois happy Et puis tant pis T’es là pour de bon J’suis perdu J’suis foutu J’ai jamais voulu être Dans ce monde taré Ça s’appelle le blues baby It’s what my baby’s got Ça s’appelle le blues baby Y’a pas d’antidote My baby’s got the baby blues My baby’s got the baby blues My baby’s got the baby blues
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She looks out at the rain, takes another cigarette She’d like to wash away the pain, she cannot forget She wanders to the window, to the mirror of night She wonders why a shadow should seem quite so white... She lights a cigarette and lets out a breath Sees smoke pirouette in a slow dance of death She gazes at photographs fading in a frame Hears voices and echoed laughs calling her name... Her children have gone, they don’t want to know And her husband passed on a lifetime ago She stubs the cigarette into an ashtray. She knew they’d forget their mother’s birthday And there's mist on her glasses. She listens to the rain Funny how time passes, water down the drain... She has a one-barred fire. It’s too dear to light Time to retire - six o' clock at night She's nothing to live for. She climbs up the stairs Nothing anymore and she knows no-one cares... The tears freeze within her. She shivers with the cold Somebody's mother, alone growing old...
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There was a jolly sailor who sailed upon the sea He was such a happy chap who loved hilarity He liked to sing a shanty or two or even three And dance a merry hornpipe with regularity. Oh the jolly sailor, oh the salty sea Oh the jolly sailor - as happy as a man can be But tho’ he was so jolly he sometimes felt alone He needed someone else to share his happy home He set off on a voyage to find a female friend And finally met the girl of his dreams in a pub called ‘The World’s End’. Oh the jolly sailor, oh the salty sea Oh the jolly sailor - as happy as a man can be There were storms they had to face and dawns that sank with no trace Sometimes they thought they’d never win through But they always knew their love was true, their love was true Oh the jolly sailor, oh the salty sea Oh the jolly sailor - as happy as a man can be Well he finally met the girl of his dreams and she was jolly too When he asked if she would marry him she smiled and said, “I do!” And now they have their own fleet of sailor girls and boys Who like to dance a hornpipe with all their sailor toys. Oh the jolly sailor, oh the salty sea Oh the jolly sailor - as happy as a man can be Oh the jolly sailor, oh the salty sea Oh the jolly sailor - as happy as a man can be As happy as a man can be As happy as a man can be
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Once I had a young man. He loved me oh so true He told me there was nothing that for me he wouldn't do. He said he'd buy a cottage with roses round the door With a horse and a carriage. I'd never again be poor He said that I'd have dresses like a lady oh so fine. He told me I'd have servants to bring me food and wine. He said we'd have our own seats in the church upon the hill. With a house full of children who never would grow ill. Oh he said he was a fisherman, of nothing was he afraid, But I knew that, like his shipmates, he followed the fair trade. He asked me to marry him. He went down on one knee. He gave me a precious ring that sparkled like the sea. He told me that he'd love me forever and a day, But I knew that the fair trade would soon take him away. And then one day the news came that there had been a fight between my love and his crew and the revenue men at night. Near the shore they'd been waiting, on the clifftops up above. They'd slain all his shipmates and taken away my love. But now he's hanging, oh he's hanging, My sweet man's hanging in the Gallows Field She knew they'd been betrayed by his treacherous first mate. He'd sold his friends down the river for silver coins and hate. And with the money that they've paid him, he's having a fine wedding. He doesn't know that with my dead lover's knife that's now where I'm heading. They say revenge is sweet or so I've been told and like his wedding feast, a dish best eaten cold. His bride she screamed in horror as the groom fell at her feet, And now I know tomorrow the hangman will I meet. And I'll be hanging, I'll be hanging, beside my sweet man I'll be hanging in the Gallows Field. And we’ll be hanging, we'll be hanging, Together at last in the Gallows Field Together at last in the Gallows Field...
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A narrow boat nudges along the canal Roses and castles drift slowly by. Engine chugging down below. Smoke from the funnel hangs on the air. Once these boats were the blood in our veins Feeding the cities of England. They moved to the pull of the rope and the horse Towpaths echoed to the striking of hooves. But this speed was too slow for the men who made money Even when steam replaced horse. They abandoned the waters for the iron railway And left the canals to the past. For one hundred years the boats they lay still Water-filled dustbins and tombs. Fair roses faded and proud castles cracked, Narrow boats beached up like whales. Locks jammed open, pounds ran dry, Paddles rusted and timber decayed. Towpaths crumbled, bridges collapsed, Arteries hardened in the heart of our land. And then the railways met the same fate- Beeching’s axe fell hard and cut deep. Vital tracks left to ruin and rack Monstrous motorways hacked through the fields. Then along came the people with a vision in their hearts Workers who needed to play. They rolled up their sleeves and they picked up their spades And laboured to open the way. They fought for years against closed minds and laws To let the waters run free. And finally the day came when they won back our rights And the canals were for you and for me. A narrow boat nudges along the canal. Smoke from the funnel hangs on the air Hangs on the air Hangs on the air...
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I just love happy endings, you can call me a fool. I love happy endings, when love conquers all. I love happy endings, when good beats the bad. I just love happy endings, so spare me the sad. You can call me sentimental out of touch with the real But who needs a world in which people can’t feel. You can harden your heart, you can sneer you can scoff But into the sunset with my girl I’ll ride off. Happy endings, help us cope. Happy endings, give us hope. Well the poets might be right about what we can’t bear But life is what you make it, so let’s make it fair. If we try for the moon, we’ll never aim low, So let’s set our sights high and see where we go. And I just love happy endings, you can call me a fool. I love happy endings, when love conquers all. I love happy endings, when good beats the bad. I just love happy endings, so spare me the sad. Happy endings, help us cope. Happy endings, give us hope. Well I’ve lived on the edge, I’ve trod on thin ice I’ve made my mistakes and I’ve paid the price You reap what you sow: that old saying is true And though I’m not a saint, somehow I’ve found you. And I just love happy endings, you can call me a fool. I love happy endings, when love conquers all. I love happy endings, when good beats the bad. I just love happy endings, so spare me the sad. And I just love happy endings, you can call me a fool. I love happy endings, when love conquers all. I love happy endings, when good beats the bad. I just love happy endings, so spare me the sad.
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Is That It 00:06

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released December 31, 2016

Words & Music: James Armstrong (except Baby Blues, lyrics Sacha Touw)
Vocals: James Armstrong, Sacha Touw
Acoustic guitar & banjo : James Armstrong
Harmonicas: James Armstrong, Sacha Touw
Percussion: Sacha Touw
Fiddle : Mr Moon

Recorded and produced by Mr Moon (www.facebook.com/mrmoonandthebeautifuldream) at Mad Dog Studios - Gindou 46 France.
Special thanks to Rob Ellen - www.medicineshow.co.uk
Copyright 2016 - James Armstrong & Carlenrig Music. CMCD002
www.facebook.com/bleucharrette - www.bleucharrette.com

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Bleu Charrette Cahors, France

Bleu Charrette are a " Folk Roots" duo based in the South West of France. The duo consists of James Armstrong and Sacha Touw. Their combinations of beautiful harmonies punctuated on guitar by James and Sacha on cajon and harmonica, produce an evocative tapestry of sound ranging from feel good dance tunes to poignant observations on life and love. A must see act ! ... more

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