The Ship That Sailed (LNNMCD03)

by Boss Caine

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The debut album from York based folk/americana outfit: Boss Caine. Released on Little Num Num Music in April 2010.

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released 01 April 2010
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Track Name: Keep the Homefires Burning
Storm clouds loom like impending doom and lightning terrifies me
Lighting up the sky and I’m wondering why, is there something that I’m meant to see?
Makes me feel so small like I’m nothing at all, a celebration of a reality
And I wonder if I’ll ever see the sunshine again

Keep the home fires burning while I’m gone
Light the fire in my heart that will live on in my song
Always wishing for you to be safe and warm
Whether or not we can weather this storm
And awake to find the morning light has come
Keep the home fires burning while I’m gone

Like machine gun fire the rain came down
Washed the dirt from the streets of this old town
As I wander down them in my dressing gown looking for some kind of sign
Should I return home or keep on walking alone
Fighting against the winds of change that blow
Perhaps I strayed a little too far from the line

Keep the home fires burning while I’m gone
Light the fire in my heart that will live on in my song
I don’t know how long you must wait for me
Maybe even as long as it takes for me
To find out where this rains been coming from
Keep the home fires burning while I’m gone

Torrents of tears from electric skies, I scream “come get me Lord if it’s my time to die”
Wished it before, must have been out of my mind
Ain’t it good to be alive?
Tonight’s a rebirth for the salt of the Earth, those who’ve got soul and who know what it’s worth
Get up get out and dance to your hearts desire

Or keep the home fires burning while I’m gone
I’ll be out in the rain and I won’t be missing the sun
While you’re sat home praying for the rain to stop
I’m dancing in the dark until the very last drop
Has fallen on my head from kingdom come
So keep the home fires burning while I’m gone

Keep the home fires burning while I’m gone
Light the fire in my heart that will live on in my song
Look to the sky each and every night
Until my return to where hearts and fires burn bright
And hope and ray that it doesn’t take long
And keep the home fires burning while I’m gone
Track Name: Bring Back my Baby
With a sweet country girl, a smile in her eyes that can’t quite disguise all the pain
I while away all the hours in the day, paying no mind to the rain
But where lies my sweetheart tonight?
I’m calling her name in vain
Where lies my true love tonight?
I’m longing to see her again

Down by the river near the old gaswork towers we rolled back the years to more innocent times
Time disappears when you ditch all your fears, easy to lose hours in company so fine
But where lies my sweetheart tonight?
I’m calling her name in vain
Where lies my true love tonight?
I’m longing to see her again

What I would endure just to ensure you were here by my side
In the absence of you the wine gets me through now that bottle’s run dry
Where lies my sweetheart tonight?
I’m calling her name in vain
Where lies my true love tonight?
I’m longing to see her again

Now my world is an empty glass, I need a drink, Lord I need a drink
Bring my baby to me or just leave me be, just leave me be
Bring back my darling to me
Bring back my baby to me
Track Name: Dreamer
I’m a dreamer, but I only dream of you
I’ve got a lifetime of grieving to do
She’s in all that I do now, she’s in all that I do
I’ve broken my back once again
Each time I learn to walk it’s in vain
She’s in all that I do now, she’s haunting all that I do
Each song that I sing you, each dream that I cling to, it’s her through and through

You believe every single word I say
Each and every one a truth I betray
She’s in every that lie I feed you, do you want to hear the truth ? I think you need to
I’m a bastard right down to the bone
I’m a product of the devils that I’ve known
They’re in all that I do now
There is all that I do
Each heart that I’ve taken, each truth I’ve forsaken
Each song that I sing you, each dream that I cling to, it’s her though and through

So excuse me if I’m not so polite
I have burned all my bridges tonight
Would you care to to come and witness what the price is of leaving me alone to my own devices?
I’m a sinner with a soul set on fire
Burning with the darkest desire
You only ever learn from losing, and I had a lot of learning to do, and now
Each day the sun rises it brings no surprises, it brings nothing new
Each song that I sing you, each dream that I cling to, it’s her through and through
Track Name: Never Really Gone
You asked me to leave so I just went
Packed my things got out of there, I thought that’s what you meant
Now I find you knocking on my door
I think we both know what you’re knocking for

You said go so baby now I’m gone
So far gone now down the road I don’t even know where I’m coming from
And now I find you knocking on my door
I think we both know what you’re knocking for

You keep on coming on back to tease me
Making empty promises you seem to think will please me
You’ve been telling me you’re leaving now for so damn long
How can I begin to miss you when you never seem to be gone

You tell me that I’ll miss you now it’s over
But given time I’ll learn to love another
Honey I simply can’t believe that’s true
When the only girl I ever loved is you

I thought I’d sort a place where you can’t find me
Destroy the things that just serve to remind me
But it really doesn’t matter what I do
When the only girl I’ve ever loved is you and

You keep on coming on back to tease me
Making empty promises you seem to think will please me
You’ve been telling me you’re leaving now for so damn long
How can I begin to miss you when you never seem to be gone
Track Name: Man Overboard
There are many lies that I could spin to keep you from knowing
What I’ve done and where I’ve been tonight
But great expectations of such fabrications just wouldn’t be right
And intoxication nullifies each explanation I offer you tonight

You see through all my lies
You see through all of my lies
So what’s the use?
In denying the truth

Man overboard, red alert, I’m sailing for stormy waters now
It’s not that the drugs don’t work, they just don’t do what they ought to now
I’m a fool I know, I can’t keep myself afloat
I’m just a fool, I’ve been drowning you

I’ve been pretending that I’ve been defending my heart
But I’m just running scared
I’ve been losing time I’ve been losing my mind I’ve been caught unawares
Though I did not intend to hurt or offend you I’ve got no excuses prepared

There’s nothing that’s left now but lies
There’s nothing that’s left but my lies
What am I to do, when I still love you

Couldn’t tell you where we’re bound for now but I know that I let my baby down
I’ve been giving her the run around and now I’ve found that I’ve let my baby down
But she keeps it all inside
She keeps it all inside
What am I to do, when I still love you
Track Name: Camden Town
These boots have done a lot of working today
Didn’t know where they were heading to, but I followed them anyway
Kings Cross pavements aint no five star stay
I write a million love songs, I wouldn’t dream of singing them to anybody but you
Me and my life, I guess we’re through

Sinking ships just aren’t worth sailing, they all go down in the end
You bide your time and take your chances, but gambling’s for fools my friend
I play the fool for you, until the death of me

Should I meet you on the bridge in Camden Town tonight?
I’ve got a mouth full of words you don’t want to hear but if you didn’t it wouldn’t be right
Me and my life are leaving now if it’s all the same to you
And I guess that it is ‘cause the guy you’re leaving with’s not this one that’s in love with you
Me and my life are leaving now, there’s plenty more fish in the sea
If the oceans are filled with love sick fools like me

Me and my life are leaving now, but it wasn’t my decision to make
I’ve got a couple of litres of vodka and a bottle of sleeping pills to take
Should I meet you on the bridge in Camden Town tonight
Would that make everything alright?
Track Name: Sing For Your Sins
Years ago you were lovers now you just can’t be called that
More like two people stuck in a rut and the same dirty flat
For this is no love now, this is more like a car crash
Busted up bodies lie screaming and bleeding on broken glass

Through the wreckage of it all I make out a feint light
One last burning ember in a beacon of hope on the bleakest of nights
So take good care and won’t you please walk on past
There’s nothing for you here, nothing to see her, nothing that’s going to last

Say goodbye, say goodbye to the guy that you once knew
Caught a glimpse of the other side and sure enough he walked right on through
So sing now, sing out, sing out loud, sing out for your sins
Sing now, sing out, sing out loud, sing out for the suffering
Track Name: Sweet Sorrow Surrender
To these bloodshot eyes You’re a sight to behold
They couldn’t be distracted by diamonds or gold
They’re just hanging on you, like you’re hanging on me
You hang onto hope like a leaf to a tree

Sweet sorrow surrender, unconditionally to me
I’ll fight tooth and nail to defend your thinly veiled vanity
I’m the last of the great pretenders
At least that’s what I pretend to be
Sweet sorrow come surrender now unto me

You’re married to him, yet you cling to my sleeve
Oh what a tangled web love doth weave
He don’t treat you right, not like he should
Come home with me darling and I’ll treat you good
I just can’t leave you there knocking on wood
So come home with me darling and I’ll treat you good

Sweet sorrow surrender, unconditionally to me
I’ll fight tooth and nail to defend your thinly veiled vanity
I’m the last of the great pretenders
At least that’s what I pretend to be
Sweet sorrow surrender now unto me

To these bloodshot eyes You’re a sight to behold
They couldn’t be distracted by diamonds or gold
Track Name: Santiago
He’s got flowers in his hands
He’s got that shirt on that you bought him years ago
He wonders if he’ll still be in demand
Wonders if he’ll find you in the places where you used to go

She’s got ribbons in her hair
The ones she used to tie around the letters that you sent
Dug out her Sunday best to wear
She remembers you resplendent in the uniform issued by the government

All the sins of Santiago couldn’t keep him from you
Nor you from him
You can take the boy out of the town but there’s a pretty little girl there that makes his world go around
And the ship he’s been sailing on has come aground again
Santiago he’s coming home

He never thought he’d get this far
Seen too much death in one lifetime to take anything else for granted
Pauses for a cigarette outside the bar
He’s been praying for this moment
She’s been longing for this war to end

All the sins of Santiago couldn’t keep him from you
Nor you from him
You can take the boy out of the town but there’s a pretty little girl there that makes his world go around
And the ship he’s been sailing on has come aground again
Santiago he’s coming home
Track Name: This is Your Life
This is no Spanish inquisition
And you don’t need an alibi
This is your life it’s your decision
Just please mean what you say when you look me in the eye

Your stories don’t hold any water
I can’t comprehend why you’d lie
Your words just don’t say what they oughta
But I believe you when you say that you’d die, for me

There are no wrong answers, there are no trick questions
All that I’m seeking is your truth
I promise I’ll make good of all my intentions
All that I need in this life is you
But your stories don’t hold any water
I can’t comprehend why you’d lie

Your words just don’t say what they oughta
But I believe you when you say that you’d die, for me
Track Name: Sha La La
You blew my mind out in that storm, I simply cannot sing anymore
Not about you, there I go again, shalalalala
You blew my winter away, left me out of season, it’s all over bar the shouting now
And my coffee’s getting cold, shalalalala

All the branches of the trees on my horizon are as bare as my soul is layed before you now
I’m naked as the day that I was born, naked as the day that I was born, shalalalala

This damned guitar won’t stay in tune but I can’t play it for shit anyway, not today
And now my coffee’s getting cold, shalalalala
Sing me that song again, I swear that it could bring me to my knees,
Me? I’m just a two bit chancer, and my coffee’s getting cold, shalalalala

Muses come and go, and who are they amusing when they stick around and choose me as the one that they should bless, I’m just a mess
I’m naked as the day that I was born, naked as the day that I was born shalalalala

Don’t always say what I mean but I mean it when I say, I’m ok if you’re alright
But now my coffee’s getting cold, shalalalala
I miss my Cardboard Radio, always playing songs that I want to hear
Bob Dylan with the lights down low
All the cowgirls are dancing tonight, and I feel alright
Shalalalala
Track Name: The Ship that Sailed
The water was wide, too wide for me to swim across to Tennessee
But that’s the only place that I want to be tonight
So I built me a boat with sails made of letters that you wrote to me
I set it afloat and I took to the sea

Now there’s nothing but water waiting for me, waiting for me

Countless days and nights sailing by the skies and drifting with the tides
Just my boat and me, drinking my wine, with only your letters for company

So seasick so wasted so wet that I didn’t even notice the rain
Until the ink of the words that I read from the letters you wrote me
Lest I should forget, ran down the sails, as the wind howled and ripped them to shreds

Now there’s nothing but water waiting for me
And now I must go where it takes me

I’m all out at sea and there’s a tragedy on board this loveless vessel to contend with, so please don’t be offended if I take it on the chin and sail off into the wind

Sail off into the wind
Track Name: Leaving Victoria
Got to get myself a glass of what made the south the south
Wash the taste of all your lying kisses from out of my mouth
There is little that comes easy in these times, I have found
But it is seldom what comes easy is ever worth keeping around

I’m leaving Victoria
In a state of euphoria
But only because I know I’m coming back

You go to bed each night a hero and wake up the next day a tramp
When your life is on the road and your home is wherever your hat lands
A life I wouldn’t change for all the riches in this world and the next
I’ll remain a man out of time ‘til these bones have been laid to rest

I know it sounds crazy but it doesn’t get better than this
when you hit rock bottom you’ve got nothing left to lose that you’d miss
I’ve got rolling thunder, the last of the reefer, a couple of Budvar and a bottle of wine
And a feeling deep in my heart it will be just fine

I’ve got my guitar and a bottle to drink from
I’m thinking I’ve been singing sad songs for too long
I’m heading back home to get myself on track
I’m leaving Victoria
In a state of euphoria
But only because I know that I’m coming back
Track Name: Small World
I know one guy, one guy from Canadia, he never missed a beat
I ran into him on Oxford Street
Neither of us from London, what a strange place for an impromptu meet

But it’s a small world, it’s a small world that we’re living in it’s true
But I can’t find you, I can’t find you
What am I to do?
Down each and every road I’m bound
I’m haunted by the sound
Of the wind whispering your name your name and a sense of déjà vu
But each and every road I take is taken for the sake
The sake of finding something that is true
For such a small world there is such a distance between me and you

The show sold out, a stranger pulled a ticket from his hat
The very seat she wanted, in the circle with some long lost friends
Tell me what are the chances of that?

But it’s a small world, it’s a small world that we’re living in it’s true
But I still can’t find you, I can’t find you
Tell me what am I to do?
Down each and every road I’m bound
I’m haunted by the sound
Of the wind whispering your name and a sense of déjà vu
Each and every road I take is taken for the sake
The sake of finding something that is true
For such a small world there is such a distance between me and you

For such a small world there is such a distance between me and you