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Ray Thomas

FROM MIGHTY OAKS

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From Mighty Oaks
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. From Mighty Oaks
  2. Hey Mama Life
  3. Play It Again
  4. Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues
  5. High Above My Head
  6. Love Is The Key
  7. You Make Me Feel Alright
  8. Adam And I
  9. I Wish We Could Fly

From Mighty Oaks
Ray Thomas and Nicky James


~~ Instrumental ~~



Hey Mama Life
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

Hey, hey mama life is a lonely time
For a man who drinks his whiskey by the jar
Now I do believe the life I lead 
Won't get me very far 
I was once told the streets were paved in gold
Now I know them for what they are

Hey, hey mama life has a sweeter sound 
For a man who lives his life for his dream
Yet he must be aware there are those who care 
And those who would bring him down
Separate trust from your cut and thrust
The truth can still be found 

For the crossroads of your life 
Will lead you almost anywhere
You'll see tomorrow
Your castles in the air...
They were never really there

Take the pride from a man 
You're left without a meaning
Take the wings from a bird, how can it fly?
Give him hope, give him trust 
And a little understanding
Give him back his pride
You'll be satisfied

[AAAAhhhhh......]

Hey, hey mama life is a lonely time
For a man who drinks his whiskey by the jar
Now I do believe the life I lead 
It won't get me very far 
I was once told the streets 
They were paved in gold
Now I know them for what they are

[AAAAhhhh........]

Play It Again
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

Let's play our song again
Make me remember when 
We both chased our rainbows through the rain
Our lives belong within this song 
That's something we cannot change 
So whatever you do and wherever you go 
The memories will always remain 

Play it again, 
Oh play it again, for me 
It maybe for the last time
Please play it again, just for me
It maybe for the last time

Love's a simple melody
Two souls in harmony
Never seem to cast a shadow in the sun
Our days were filled with laughter
While our nights were filled with love
Sweet river flow make my head feel high 
When I hear that haunting refrain 

Play it again
Oh play it again, for me 
It maybe for the last time
Please play it again, for me
For the last time. 

If happiness lies between your tears and my sighs 
Angry words won't ring true 
Remember times we once knew 
We lay in the sun 
Joined together as one 
In love 

When the song's over, 
We'll just say good-bye
There'll be no one left singing, no one to cry
I'll just be a solo man

[AAAAhhhhhh.....]

Let's play our song again
Make me remember when 
We both chased our rainbows through the rain
Our lives belong within this song 
And that's something we cannot change
So whatever you do and where you go 
The memory will always remain

Play it again, 
Oh play it again just for me 
It may be for the last time
Please play it again just for me
It maybe for the last time

Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues
Nicky James

I like lazing in the midday sun 
Doing nothing is having fun, I said 
Oh Lord, I love lazing in your midday sun 
And I like doing my thing all night 
With my baby that suits me right, I said 
Come on baby do your thing all night with me

And I like swimming in the deep blue sea
I like swimming but it don't like me, I said 
Come on baby let me take you to the deep blue sea 
Cause I'm gonna let my hair hang down 
I'm gonna let my skin turn brown, I said 
Come on baby let your hair hang down with me

Wake me up if you're going down 
And I'll put things right 
You might get weary sometimes 
I give you my word you're gonna sleep tonight 
I said oh come closer in my arms 
Cause I'm gonna sing you 
My rock-a-bye baby blues
Oh I'm gonna sing you 
My rock-a-bye baby blues

[be-oo-dabbe-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[dabbe dobee dabbe do wah wah]

[be-oo-dabbe-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[dabbe due-bee dabbe do wah wah]

Try me out if you're still in doubt 
Because it's up to you 
If I should fail you sometimes 
It's not because I wanted to make you blue 
Oh dear no
Come closer in my arms 
Cause I'm gonna sing you 
My rock-a-bye baby blues 

Oh I'm gonna sing you 
My rock-a-bye baby blues

[be-oo-dabbe-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[dabbe dobee dabbe do wah wah]

[be-oo-dabbe-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[be-do-whoa-whoa-whoa]
[dabbe dobee dabbe do wah wah]

High Above My Head
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

High above my head
There's a silver lining 
In the sky
I tell you no lie

I know that we can make it 
I know that we're gonna make it 
That's what I said 
Cause we've got a silver lining above our heads

High above the storm clouds 
There's a new horizon
Feast your eyes 
Come on and feast your eyes 

The beauty will astound you 
The love there will surround you
Open your eyes 
The Lord put the silver lining into our skies 

I want you to see things clearly 
I hope you can feel the Truth
I know there's a hope for all mankind 
Living under one roof

I want you to see things clearly 
I hope you can feel the Truth
I know there's a hope for all mankind 
Living under one roof

I look around in wonder 
While the world is living under 
A broken dream
Or that's how it seems 

But we weren't sent to change it 
To change or rearrange it 
Still we can dream
And dreams were meant for living 
If you know what I mean

High above my head
High above my head
[AAAAhhhh.....]
High above my head....


 

Love Is The Key
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

Somewhere the sun is always shining
Somewhere the breeze blows in another brand new day
So let us gather up our tears 
We'll save them for the rainy day

Come on, let's fill our world with laughter
Let's put the sunshine into everybody's heart
Then peace will last forever after 
Oh, what a lovely start

It gives you hope for a brand new day
Have faith in love it will show the way
Happiness, who could ask for anything more?

So realise there's no need to hide
Show yourself to the world outside
Don't you know that the world is an open door?
Don't you know that love's the key to open any door?

It gives you hope for a brand new day
Have faith in love it will show the way
Happiness, who could ask for anything more?

So realise there's no need to hide
Show yourself to the world outside 
Don't you know that the world is an open door?
Don't you know that love's the key to open any door?

The earth is good, why do we abuse it?
Our land, our seas, our skies
Let's try our wings and fly 
Across green meadows hand in hand
Let's be the brotherhood of man

Come on, let's fill our world with laughter
Let's put the sunshine into everybody's heart
Then peace will last forever after
And that's a lovely start


 

You Make Me Feel Alright
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

This is just my love song 
And I sing it just for you
To tell you of my feelings 
With harmonies so strong 
Although my words aren't new

I found out what true love's about 
You came into my life
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
I feel alright

A woman's intuition 
Helps you see things very clear
So feel my jubilation 
You are my inspiration 
So wipe away your tears 

I found out what true love's about 
You came into my life
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
I feel alright

And if I was to say, "You are my everything"
Could you believe it?
Would you believe you're my life?

I found out what true love's about 
You came into my life
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
I feel alright

I know the situation 
I know exactly how you feel
I'll try to bring you laughter 
Love forever after
And I'll show you that it's real

You came in and the whole thing started 
Love came into my life 
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 
You make me feel alright 

I'm alright
You make me feel alright 

Adam and I
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

I waited so long
For you to come along
Hoping and praying
My love would bear a son

Now I see that love 
It shines within your eyes
We're gonna take our journey
Adam and I

We'll ignore all borders
For our spirit must stay free
Free as the wind that blows
There's so much for you to see
We'll ride on a moonbeam
And never pass one by
We're gonna take our journey
Adam and I

When we reach the land of the setting sun
You'll be overjoyed, 
You'll see the sights
So reach and take your father's hand 
And may the Lord have mercy on our flight
Adam and I 

Adam and I 
Adam and I 
And I

The river of life flows swiftly
Into the sea of time
Our lives were made for living
My joy is in your smile

We'll talk to the heron
And he can teach us how to fly 
We're gonna take our journey
Adam and I

Our Lord is in his heaven
He watches us below
His seed was made for sowing
And we reap what we sow
But He's a man of love
Divine, He's on high
We're gonna take our journey
Adam and I

Adam and I 
Adam and I 
Adam and I
My son and I

I Wish We Could Fly
Ray Thomas

You can't buy a dream 
Then expect your schemes 
To appear brand new 
Like the way you do 
It's not hard to find 
Deep inside your mind 
Which road will take you home 

Now you know that rain 
Never falls in vain 
For the seed must grow 
It's glory shows 
In the summer sun 
While our world is young 
They reach to touch the sky 

I wish we could fly 
I wish we could fly 
How I wish we could fly

I wish we could fly 
I wish we could fly 
How I wish we could fly

Then we'd see far more clearly 
Maybe then we'd know 
The best way we should go 
Man just has to grow and grow and grow 

All the air we breathe 
And the warmth we need 
It's given to us free 
Like you loving me 
Throughout our days 
In so many ways 
Helps me reach to touch my sky 

But I can't explain 
Self inflicted pain 
When there's room for all 
To play life's game 
And as we know 
Our love must grow 
Or we'll never touch the sky 

I wish we could fly 
I wish we could fly 
How I wish we could fly 

I wish we could fly 
I wish we could fly 
Oh how I wish we could fly....

Album Information:
Released in July 11, 1975 by Threshold Records
Producer: Ray Thomas and Derek Varnals
Recording Engineer: Derek Varnals
2nd Engineer: Dave Baker
US Cutting Engineer: Bob MacLeod of Artisan Sound Studios, Hollywood
Recorded at Threshold Studios, London

B.J. Cole: Pedal Guitar
Richard Hewson: Orchestral Arranger, Conductor
Nicky James: Vocal Backing, Percussion
John Jones: Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
Trevor Jones: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Mike Moran: Keyboards
Dave Potts: Drums, Percussion
Mike Silver: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ray Thomas: Flute, Bass Flute, Harmonica, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals

Illustration and Design: Phil Travers
Photographs (Insert): Graham Hughes, Mike Putland

Original CD release: August, 1989 by Decca Records
Cover: Shoot That Tiger!

Singles:
Jun 27, 1975 High Above My Head/Love Is The Key

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