The House of ill Repute

by 'Les Paul's' (The Paul's)

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‘The House of ill Repute’ by ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) at www.facebook.com/PaulonPaul. Visit the album’s page at www.paullyrics.com/album/house-ill-repute-les-pauls-pauls.

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released March 31, 2017

Music composed, performed, mixed & mastered by Paul Odiase, lyrics by Paul Robert Thomas – ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) (as both lads are named ‘Paul’).

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'Les Paul's' (The Paul's) London, UK

'Les Paul's' (The Paul's) are a prolific dynamic song writing duo of ex-Londoners, singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and actor Paul Odiase and song lyricist Paul Robert Thomas. Check them out at at www.facebook.com/PaulonPaul.
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Track Name: The House of ill Repute
The House Of iII Repute

I’ve lived hard and I’ve lived fast
Through times that have long past
I saw people come, saw people go
Who they were no-one knows

There is no row, there is no dispute
I can follow back my roots
Down that twisted route
Back to that House of Ill Repute

It’s like a tattoo in the center of my head
The words of which are best left unread
Coz they’ll tell you from where I came
And I’m never going back there again

No, you’d have to get me as drunk as a newt
Or drop me high from a parachute
Or lead me like Pied Piper blowing his flute
Back to the dark House of Ill Repute

Some may call me a Mongrel dog
Forever lost in the London fog
I’m trying to get as far as I can
But nothing goes according to plan

I’m not dumb and I ain’t mute
But my misery is absolute
Growing fat on forbidden fruit
Growing wild in the House of Ill Repute

All those years of standing still
Then fighting my way uphill
Finally reaching the top
Then crashing down in a belly flop
in a belly flop, in a belly flop

I can wear a tie and chequered suite
When the foot is on the other boot
I’d rather go to war torn Beirut
Then go back to the House of Ill Repute
Then go back to the House of Ill Repute
Then go back to the House of Ill Repute
Then go back to the House of Ill Repute
Growing wild in the House of Ill Repute

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Postcard from the Edge
Post Card From The Edge

Please don’t read these words I write
Just read the spaces in between
My hands are shaking
I can’t see too well
I know you’ll understand
I know you’ll understand

I tried my best to go on
But now I’ve given up hoping
My head is pounding
I can’t sit up straight
I leave you wondering

If you’ll get it on time
This postcard from the edge

This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge

Time don’t mean much in here
The days are measured by shadows
I hear keys jangling
But not in my door
It looks like I’ve disappeared

I gave all I had to give
I guess it wasn’t just enough
My breath is fading
I can’t hear my heart
I feel I’m descending

I hope you get it soon
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge

I can’t say I never felt love
It’s what kept me keeping on
A flower needs light and water
It gives it colour and life
Without it it shrivels and dies
Like my soul and my heart

I hope you get it soon
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge

This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge

I can’t say I never felt love
It’s what kept me keeping on
A flower needs light and water
It gives it colour and life
Without it it shrivels and dies
Like my soul and my heart

I hope you get it soon
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge

I can’t say I never felt love
It’s what kept me keeping on
A flower needs light and water
It gives it colour and life
Without it it shrivels and dies
Like my soul and my heart

I hope you get it soon
This postcard from the edge
This postcard from the edge

Soon all you’ll have are these words
As well as pictures and memories
My eyes are closing
Now I don’t feel cold
I just feel abandoned

Please don’t read these words I write
Just read the spaces in between
My hands are shaking
I can’t see too well
I know you’ll understand

Just keep it on your shelf
This last postcard from the edge

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Mary Jane
Mary Jane

Me and her we caught the train
You know I’m talking ‘bout Mary Jane
How I need her ev’ry day
I won’t let anyone ever take her away

You say I’m too young for this
But what you’ve never had you can’t miss
Coz her flavour lights my tongue
Makes me believe that there’s nothing that can’t be done

I’ve lost my concentration
And my imagination
I’ve broken all the regulations
Coz of you Mary Jane

You say I’m losing my touch
Coz I’ve been with Mary Jane too much
My mind’s scrambled up in weeds
But I can’t do without her she’s something I need

Although we just met I know
This feeling hits me like an arrow
Hitting me straight in the heart
You’ll always be with me I never want to be apart

I’ve lost my communication
Please help me find salvation
I beg you out of desperation
Go away Mary Jane

They think I’ve given her up
That I no longer drink from her cup
With her alone in my room
I forget all about all this darkness and gloom

She is a part of my life
But her loving cuts just like a knife
They say that she’s killing me
But I don’t care and I ain’t gonna disagree

There is so much temptation
To break these regulations
Don’t need to give an explanation
To go with Mary Jane

Why all this discrimination
You’ve got too much frustration
You need to try some relaxation
Come with Mary Jane

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Just Us Two
Just Us Two

Just us two
Just us two
If you love someone
Who loves you
Take her in your arms
For love is true

Tell her you love her
Yeah tell her you love her
And never, never, never, never, never let her go
No, no, no, no, no

Coz love is all there is
It makes the world go round
It lights up your soul
And makes half a man whole
No matter what you say
You need love ev’ry day

So take her in your arms
Tell her you love her yeah
And never let her go
No, no, no, no, no

If you love someone
Who loves you
Take her in your arms yeah
For love is true

If you love someone
Who loves you
Take her in your arms
For love is true

Tell her you love her
Yeah tell her you love her
And never, never, never, never let her go
No, no, no, no, no

Coz love is all there is
It makes the world go round
It lights up your soul
And makes half a man whole
No matter what you say
You need love ev’ry day yeah

No, no, no, no, no
Baby don’t fake it
Baby just take it
Just shake it
Oh yeah
There’s just us you and me
Love is the key, love is the key

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Dragon's on Fire
Dragon’s On Fire

The green valleys lakes and harbours
On this is the land of my fathers
Always was and will always be

I was born here and here I’ll die
And no matter how hard you try
You’ll never take this land from me

There’s silence in the valleys
Unemployment in the alleys
The choirs don’t sing their song

Give us back all that you took
Re-write the history books
To tell what you did was wrong

Watch out this dragon’s spitting fire
Fire, fire
This dragon’s spitting fire
And the flames are getting higher
From this dragon spitting fire

You took our boys for your wars
And they died there for your cause
To feed your thirst for land and blood

The ghosts of Abervan haunt me
Like no others can
Our future buried in the black mud

You let us make you money
I guess it’s kind of funny
That whatever we have you take

You came and stole our water
You corrupted our daughters
Our patience’s not a bottomless lake

Watch out this dragon’s spitting fire
Fire, fire
This dragon’s spitting fire
Flames are getting higher
From this dragon spitting fire

This dragon’s spitting fire
On all those thieving liars
Who’ve raped our land for so long
They can’t rob our identity
Through their legal obscenity
They may think we’re weak but inside we’re strong

The cheating Prince came to town
Dressed in jewels and fancy crown
On a day trip away from the smog

His Mother gave him another name
But everything remained the same
They fed caviar to her Corgi dogs

Can you understand the situation
This is the re-birth of a nation
That’s broken your shackles and chains

Don’t believe in your ‘Hope or glory’
Just another of George’s stories
His empty words are all that remain

Watch out this dragon’s spitting fire
Fire, fire
This dragon’s spitting fire
Flames are getting higher
From this dragon spitting fire

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: You Do
You Do

Ooooo, you do
Oh yes you do

I couldn’t see it coming
There’s no way I could
Everyone tells me
Hey Tommy be good

Been a-rockin’ and a-rollin’
For most of my life
Up and down this land
From Lands End to Fife

But I never in all my natural born days
Met anyone who could rock me the way
You do, you do,
Oh yes you do

Been shakin’ and a-achin’
From since I was small
When things got too tight
I stood strong and tall

I’m hurtin’ in the mornin’
Love cuts like a knife
Those other women
Brought trouble and strife
Brought trouble and strife
Lord, they brought trouble and strife

But I never in all my natural born days
Met anyone who could touch me the way
You do, you do,
Oh yes you do
Ooooo, you do

I wanna feel like a man
Come over here, come over here
And take my hand, oh take my hand
Take my hand
Ooooo

Been blowin’ my own trumpet
Time to change the tune
Come step out with me
Neath that old blue moon

But I’m getting old I know it
But what can I do
You’ve got me so hooked
Gotta be with you
Got to be with you

For I never in all my natural born days
Met anyone who could move me the way
You do, you do
You do, you do

I couldn’t see it coming
There’s no way I could
Everyone tells me
Now Tommy’s been good
Tommy’s been good
Now Tommy’s been good

But you do
Oooooooo you do
Oh yes you do

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: With You By My Side
With You By My Side

Without you I am nothing
Do I need to say more?
You and I have something
That is hard to ignore
People know it far and wide
I walk through life with pride
Hand in hand stride by stride
With you by my side

Without you I wandered
Was so lost and alone
The sky full of thunder
With my future unknown
You made the storm subside
All my fears you untied
I’m free on the inside
With you by my side

There were many hard times
That we’d like to forget
There were mountains to climb
We overcame the threats
It’s been a crazy ride
That cannot be denied
But I had the best guide
With you by my side

Never leave my side
Never go away
Without you I’d die
With me you must always stay
I was made for you
And you were made for me
Stay by my side do
For all of eternity

Let’s forget the sorrow
And all that we’ve been through
Let’s look to tomorrow
When all is bright and new
No nothing can divide
Our love but some have tried
But I pushed them aside
With you by my side

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Dance Under The Midnight Moon
Dance under The Midnight Moon

Holding you tight next to me
Bringing me closer to ecstasy
The beauty of it all makes me cry
I see the stars swimming in your eyes
I never want to leave
Never want to go
But our time will be gone soon
Dance with me under the midnight moon

Can you hear the train whistle blowing through the bars
Can you see the moon hiding behind the stars
This moment we had will fade in our minds
And will be lost in the tangled weeds of time
I never want to leave
I never want to go
Let’s get wet in the monsoon

Dance with me till the end of time
Till the words no longer rhyme
Hold me close like we are one
Like our true love has just begun
Hold me tight and never let me go
Hold me through the spring, summer and snow
In April, November and June
Dance with me under the midnight moon
Yeah, Dance with me under the midnight moon

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Oh Babe
Oh Babe

I held you once, I held you twice
I got burned, I paid the price
Oh babe, that fire is still burning
Is it what I’m deserving?
Guess I was wrong, you could be right
Thought of you, day and night
Oh babe, I’m a-so-a-hurting
Will it stop, I can’t be certain

Dark is the night, ‘lone in my bed
Time was wrong, or so you said
Oh babe, can’t control emotions
Is there some magic potion?
Yes you had plans, for sure I know
That’s why you, had to go
Oh babe, plans always get broken
Tears in my heart, I’m-a-choking

I wrote you words, I played you songs
Time was short, you were so long
Oh babe, I felt I was living
I’ll learn to stop giving
For you were me, and I was you
You were fresh, you were so new
Oh babe, life seemed so daring
I’m a fool to be so caring

Thought we were one, but it can’t be
You had to leave, now I see
Oh babe, hope you’ll find contentment
Don’t feel any resentment
I gave you all, I had inside
I was true, I never lied
Oh babe, wish things were more easy
I tried to please, it wasn’t sleazy

Our lives as one, we cannot share
I am here, and you are there
Oh babe, tell me how you’re doing
For loving you, I’m not ruing
I can’t look back, I must be strong
Fix my heart, and carry on
Oh babe, I’ll never forget you
May be you’ll think of me, too?

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: The Funeral On Bourbon Street
The Funeral On Bourbon Street

The moon’s gone down over Bourbon Street
The night girls are all in bed
Fog whispers in from the Mississippi
The day is here night time is dead

From Saint Anne Street to the Velvet Line
They’re getting ready for the show
Through the mist a steamboat bell chimes
The wind and rain starts to blow

A church organ and saxophone plays
Feet shuffle to a drum beat
Harmonica sighs like a ghosts breath
On the funeral on Bourbon Street

Leadbelly, Satchmo and Johnson came
Bobby made it all complete
They all came down on the midnight train
To the funeral on Bourbon Street

They invited down the President
Even prepared him a seat
A black man says ‘knew he wouldn’t show’
At this funeral on Bourbon Street

Well, they closed the bars and restaurants
Some guy sells coke and cooked meats
But this ain’t no festival
It’s the funeral on Bourbon Street

A marching jazz band playing Dixie
The smoke in the air smells sweet
Drifting down from the cemetery
To the funeral on Bourbon Street

A black Cadillac drives slowly by
The widow’s in the back seat
Everyone bows their heads down low
At the funeral on Bourbon Street

The rain falls down hard on Bourbon Street
The streets are shiny and black
And everyday it’s the same scene
There’s a funeral on Bourbon Street

The bones have already turned to dust
Some say ‘Tradition is obsolete’
The age is gone but the spirit lives on
From the funeral on Bourbon Street

A marching jazz band playing Dixie
The smoke in the air smells sweet
Drifting down from the cemetery
To the funeral on Bourbon Street

A black Cadillac drives slowly by
The widow’s in the back seat
Everyone bows their heads down low
At the funeral on Bourbon Street

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: When Tomorrow Comes
When Tomorrow Comes

There’s a feeling in the air
It’s spreading everywhere
That tomorrow’s gonna come

There’s music in the streets
A parade of marching feet
Can you hear the beat of the drum?

Hear tomorrow comes
Hear tomorrow comes

The sun will shine brighter
The day will seem lighter
Birds will sing louder than before

The rain will be clear
They’ll be no pain or fear
They’ll be no need to lock your door

All eyes are fixed upon
The new rising sun
That will shine upon the human race

When tomorrow comes
When tomorrow comes

A time of love and peace
From the West to the East
Will overwhelm me and you

I long for that time
And I can see the signs
I hope you can see them too

For tomorrow comes
For tomorrow comes
For tomorrow comes
For tomorrow comes

Paul Robert Thomas