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Ray Thomas

HOPES WISHES & DREAMS

A hearty THANK YOU to Mirko for sending me a copy of John Tracy's page in the liner notes...which provided the date for the single below. THANKS MIRKO!!

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Hopes Wishes & Dreams
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. In Your Song
  2. Friends
  3. We Need Love
  4. Within Your Eyes
  5. One Night Stand
  6. Keep On Searching
  7. Didn't I
  8. Migration
  9. Carousel
10. The Last Dream

In Your Song
Nicky James

If you find you can't sleep at night 
And you pace up and down in your room 
And your mind is just full up with words 
You'll be writing your own song soon 

So let the music just turn you around 
When you can't seem to utter a sound 
But don't worry my friend that's alright 
You'll be doing the same tonight 

For we've got the music for your soul 
We've got the rhythm to the roll 
We hope the melody lingers in your mind 
We've got the freedom of our youth 
We've got the chance to speak the truth 
So put you hopes your wishes and dreams 
In a song 
In your song 
In your song 

Laughter heartaches tears and sorrow 
Joy of living peace and trust for the heart 
Time is space with all things borrowed 
Live your life and learn to love that's a start 
In your song 
In your song 
In your song 

If you find you can't sleep at night 
And you pace up and down in your room 
And your mind is just full up with words 
You'll be writing your own song soon 

So let the music just turn you around 
When you can't seem to utter a sound 
But don't worry my friend that's alright 
You'll be doing the same tonight 

For we've got the music for your soul 
We've got the rhythm to the roll 
We hope the melody lingers in your mind 
We've got the freedom of our youth 
We've got the chance to speak the truth 
So put you hopes your wishes and dreams 
In your song 

Friends
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

A long time ago when we met you were lonely 
I helped you forget life was solely only a wish to survive 
And blood flows much thicker than wine 
Friends who give up their time to be near you 
Sing you a song just to cheer you 
You will be rich in the end 
Brother now you've got a friend 

Life hurries by in the wink of an eye 
Almost without meaning 
Days speeding past like the wind hard to grasp 
No wonder you're bleeding 
Friendship is needed today 
Or tomorrow is empty and we need each other please stay 

For your only hope is together 
We'll live in much calmer weather 
And we'll make a beautiful blend 
Brother now you've got a friend 

Friends who give up their time to be near you 
Sing you their songs just to cheer you 
You will be rich in the end 
Brother now you've got a friend 

We Need Love
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

My soul is willing to travel 
I've got a song that's waiting to be sung 
I've got a dream that needs to be answered 
And my heart needs to belong 

My hope is we can learn together 
My dream is we can all belong 
And my reason for loving doesn't matter 
My hunger for life carries on 

But we need love, we need love, we need love 
My love song's a sad song 
I sing it to say I'm sorry 
Then maybe just maybe 
You'll learn to love again my baby 

So much time is spent in forgiving 
So much time is lost in a lie 
And the truth is sometimes never answered 
I'm left to sit and wonder why 

But we need love we need love we need love 
Yes, we need love we need love we need love 
We need love 
We need love 

Within Your Eyes
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

Within your eyes so many good hellos and sad good-byes 
Your future shines the past reclines 
Yet still you seek to find 
A place to run you can't hide yourself behind the sun 
Your wings will burn you'll never learn 
That life must carry on 

For you could be the dancing breeze 
That moves the trees to shed their leaves around you 
Or you could be the light in me 
That shows the way my life could be around you 

When you feel low you try so hard but still you let it show 
Such foolish pride you're hurt inside 
I know so why pretend 
When love goes wrong you're left to sing a very empty song 
Your love was blind but that's no crime 
True love is hard to find 

But you could be the dancing breeze 
That moves the trees to shed their leaves around you 
Or you could be the light in me 
That shows the way my life could be around you 

One Night Stand
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

The lights go down the band prepares 
The scene is set we're here to sell our wares 
And we know that truth is an ever guiding light 
So we sing our songs each and every night 

Do you know?
Can you feel it?
Do you understand?
What it's like to be living in a rock 'n roll band 
Up and down the land on a one night stand 

Well I've sworn that I'd been in this place before 
Yes I wrote my name on the dressing room wall 
It was another band on a one night stand 

And it's all for the music 
Love is in the band 
And freedom we command 
On a one night stand 

And it's all for the music 
Love is in the band 
Freedom we command 
On a one night stand 

The lights go down the band prepares 
The scene is set we're here to sell our wares 
And we know that truth is an ever guiding light 
So we sing our songs each and every night 

Do you know?
Can you feel it?
Do you understand?
What it's like to be living in a rock 'n roll band 
Up and down the land on a one night stand 

Well I've sworn that I'd been in this place before 
Yes I wrote my name on the dressing room wall 
It was another band on a one night stand 

Yes it's all for the music
Love is in the band

It's all for the music
Love is in the band
Yes it's all for the music

Keep On Searching
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

Well I've always been a dreamer 
And I sometimes play the fool 
But when the lights go down 
And I hear the crowd then I'm cool 

Then I sing my song of freedom 
And I sing my songs of love 
But there's nothing changed 
'Cause I'm still the same as I was 

You gotta keep on keep on searching 
You gotta keep on searching 
And I believe I've found the way 
Along the road along the road of freedom 
You gotta keep on trying to belong 
Come sing the song be strong 

I sometimes think that the world's gonna pass me by 
In my mind I ask myself the reason why 
And before I know the answer's come and gone 
And before I know the music's turned me on 

You gotta keep on keep on searching 
You gotta keep on searching 
And I believe I've found the way 
Along the road along the road of freedom 
You gotta keep on trying to belong 
Come sing the song be strong 

Well I sometimes stop and wonder 
Just what we are doing now 
Life has got to change 
Maybe we can arrange it somehow 

But then I've always been a dreamer 
And I sometimes play the fool 
But when the lights go down 
And I hear the crowd then I'm cool 

You gotta keep on keep on searching 
You gotta keep on searching 
And I believe I've found the way 
Along the road along the road of freedom 
You gotta keep on trying to belong 
Come sing the song be strong 

We gotta keep on searching 
We gotta find a way 
Along the road of freedom 
We'll be there someday
We gotta keep on searching 
We gonna find a way 
Along the road of freedom 
We'll be there someday 

Didn't I
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

They day that love should last forever 
Forever's such a long long time 
And my darling I still love you 
Is that a crime 

Didn't I buy you pretty flowers 
Didn't I tie them in your hair 
Didn't we spend those precious hours 
Without a care 

Didn't our love burn like the sun 
Didn't our passion run so very high 
Didn't we aim for the moon 
But our love died too soon 
And that's no lie 

Didn't our love burn like the sun 
Didn't our passion run so very high 
Didn't we aim for the moon 
Then our love died too soon 
And that's no lie 

Didn't I love you in the morning 
Didn't I love you through the day 
Then our love left without warning 
Memories don't die 
Do they 

And they say that love should last forever 
Forever's such a long long time 
And my darling I still love you 
Is that my crime 

Migration
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

On and on they journey southward 
To the land of warmer summers 
On the way they shed their feathers 
For the poet's hand to write love letters 

Flying high in straight formation 
Seeking out their destination 
Over seas and windswept forest 
Frost and snow they're soon forgotten 

Trees are bare snowflakes are falling 
You can hear their leaders calling 
Follow me fly strong my brother 
Be strong of heart and help each other home 

And here I am I'm just a man 
And there you are among the stars flying high 
Searching for a new tomorrow 
I wish I could follow 

Nearer still to new horizons 
Chill winds blow so far behind them 
Endless days and sleepless nights 
A borrowed gift navigates their flight 

Still and pure this morning air 
So tired now but almost there 
The mysteries of nature's calling 
Some will climb while others return back home 

Carousel
Ray Thomas and Nicky James

The world's like a big carousel 
Turning in space with the whole human race hanging on 
But the sounds that are played on that penny arcade 
Turn me on 

Then I need a little romance 
If you play me that song 
Then you'll get me to dance 
I can dance 
Sing me a slow song and maybe then I'll take a chance 

For there's something in the air 
And it's turning spinning 
Seems like I float everywhere 
For there's something in the air 
And it's turning spinning 
Seems like I float everywhere 

Oh I need some loving tonight 
Someone to hold me and make me feel alright tonight 
And I can't explain why the whole human race 
Wants to fight 

For the world is a beautiful place 
So small but it's all that we have to stand on 
You and I 
So won't you join me on my carousel in the sky 

For there's something in the air 
And it's turning spinning 
Seems like I float everywhere 

The Last Dream
Ray Thomas

A simple man had the strangest dream 
He stood in a garden of flowers 
That overlooked the sea 
And there sailing by 
Were his truth and his lies going home 

While all around the sweetest sounds 
Filled the air with love 
They made his senses pound 
He saw with open mind 
His life turn with the tide to go home 

Memories of youth had passed before 
He and he alone could count the score 
For he was free he was free 
This was his last dream 

Such melodies are made to sing 
The mellow sounds within a thousand violins 
Caught upon the breeze 
They play in harmony sweet harmony 

At last he knew his act was through 
With no applause and no encores 
Though the house was full 
So bring the curtain down 
Lay him in the ground 
For he's gone home 

Memories of youth had passed before 
He and he alone could count the score 
Now he is free he is free 
This was his last dream 

Album Information:
Original LP released June 1976 by Threshold Records
Original CD release: September, 1989 by Decca Records

Produced by Ray Thomas in association with Derek Varnals
UK Cutting Engineer: Harry Fisher
Recording Engineers: Derek Varnals, Dave Baker

Instruments:
Ray Thomas: Bass Flute, "C" Flute, Harmonica, Lead Vocal
John Jones: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Trevor Jones: Electric Bass
Mike Moran: Keyboards
Graham Deakin: Drums, Percussion

Backing Vocals: Ray Thomas, Nicky James, John Jones, Trevor Jones, Barry St. John, Liza Strike, Helen Chappelle
Brass Arrangements on "One Night Stand" and "Keep On Searching": John Jones
Orchestral Arrangements: Terry James

Illustration and Design: Phil Travers
Photographs (Sleeve and inserts): Gered Mankowitz

From Ray Thomas:
"I would like to express my thanks to Nicky James whose love for music helped to make this album possible."

Singles:
June 11, 1976 One Night Stand/Carousel

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