What if my pockets were empty
(Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer)

Chorus:
What if my pockets were empty
and no more could I hold my head high?
Could I still claim a seat at your table?
Would I still be that glint in your eye?
And what, if the words that define me
could no longer be spoken with pride?
What if my pockets were empty?
Would I still have you here by my side.

1 A cup that cries for mercy
or a glass that calls for wine.
There but for good fortune,
down that slippery road go I.
Many words are spoken,
too few deeds are done
for those whose lives are broken
and what their hopeless world's become.

Chorus

Bridge:
Is it true what people say,
that we're all just a payday away...

2 So come and walk beside me
past the doorways of our town,
past the eyes that say 'So, why me?
Why must I bear this cross and thorny crown?'
If your life changed tomorrow,
if your ship just turned around.
Too proud to beg or borrow,
too scred to face the cold, cold ground.

Chorus
Repeat: What if my pockets were empty
Would I still have you here by my side?

Auf Wiedersehen Me Duck (See You In A Field Somewhere)
(Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer)

When all the songs are sung
And all the poems read
When all the Ceilids are danced
And Morris has gone to bed.
When John and Chris and Mary,
Malcolm, Sue and Pete
Have cleared all things away
And there’s nothing left to eat

Chorus:
So, that’s it for another year,
Goodbye, my friends, good luck,
We’ll see you in a field somewhere,
Auf Wiedersehen, me Duck!
So, that’s it for another year,
Goodbye, my friends, good luck,
We’ll see you in a field somewhere,
Auf Wiedersehen, me Duck!

It’s back to work on Monday
But most there will look at us blank
When we try to describe what it’s like
But to them we’re just some kind of crank

Chorus:
So, that’s it for another year,
Goodbye, my friends, good luck,
We’ll see you in a field somewhere,
Auf Wiedersehen, me Duck!
So, that’s it for another year,
Goodbye, my friends, good luck,
We’ll see you in a field somewhere,
Auf Wiedersehen, me Duck!

Oh, Show me the way to go home 
I’m tired & I want to go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago 
And it’s gone right to my head
No matter where I roam
O’er land or sea or foam
You will always hear me singing this song
Auf Wiedersehen, me Duck!

Chorus:
So, that’s it for another year,
Goodbye, my friends, good luck,
We’ll see you in a field somewhere,
Auf Wiedersehen, me Duck!
So, that’s it for another year,
Goodbye, my friends, good luck,
We’ll see you in a field somewhere,
Auf Wiedersehen, me Duck!

My House
(Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer)

Have you seen my house?
It says all right now
It’s where I feel safe
It’s where I live now
And if I lived before
Then I don’t know how
Have you seen my house?
It’s where I live now

I’ve lived by the sea, where the wind blows loud
And I’ve pushed through the streets & the city crowd
I’ve had cats on the wall, bats in the hall
But nothing compares to now

Have you seen my house?
It says all right now
It’s where I feel safe
It’s where I live now
And if I lived before
Then I don’t know how
Have you seen my house?
That’s where I live now

There was a place that I remember well
Where people came & people went
Just like ships in the night, in love or in flight
So many tales to tell 

But every door led to a heartache
In every room you’d find a tear
Now in every corner there is sunlight
Since he’s been here

Have you seen his heart?
It says all right now
It’s where I feel safe
It’s where I live now
And if I lived before
Then I don’t know how
Have you seen his heart?
That’s where I live now

Only Down To Numbers
(Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer)

They say he had a good life, I really wouldn’t know
But his son told me when he was young he rode through Mexico
And there’s something in that photograph, the eyes say ‘I was there’
And look, there’s not an empty seat so many people cared

But soon there’ll be a gravestone with dates from then to now
And in-between a dash that doesn’t start to tell us how
But it’s the dash that really matters, numbers count for naught
Be sure to get yours noticed, your dash is your report

Chorus:
We should ask ourselves the question
When we look at what is past
Is it only down to numbers?
Or will we be remembered for the dash

As we go along our journey there’ll be junctions that we meet
One road might be bumpy whilst another might be steep
But if we always take the downhill path we might move too fast to see
And in a flash might miss the dash, the dash that holds the key

Chorus:
We should ask ourselves the question
When we look at what is past
Is it only down to numbers?
Or will we be remembered for the dash

So I’m asking me the question but little’s coming back
A number here a number there, how much more can I ask
Life’s clock keeps on ticking & and it rarely seems to slow
But I’ll make time I’ll carve out mine, my dash before I go

Chorus:
As we ask ourselves the question
When we look at what is past
Is it only down to numbers?
Or will we be remembered for the dash

Tea For One
(Paul Walker)
 
I hate it when you’re gone
And all that’s left is empty rooms
Perfume bottles, empty strewn across the bathroom shelf
I’m drinking to my health
To all the things I won’t do now
Well here’s to life, cheers anyhow
I’m making tea for one
I hate it when you’re gone
 
I hate the way I feel
Where’s that confidence that’s me
The gallant heart for all to see
Has left the room for now
I’ll take my final bow
I’ll pack my props & stage away
I’ll climb back in my cage & say
I never was the one
I hate it when you’re gone
 
So if you think like me
You’ll know the way I’m feeling now
Well here’s to life, cheers anyhow
I’m making tea for one
I hate it when you’re gone
I hate it when you’re gone
I hate it when you’re gone
 
Play Me A Love Song
(Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer)
 
The bar almost empty, the night nearly done
Just two songs to sing & away we can run
A man on a bar stool in love with his glass
One more at the table whose best days are past
A couple are fighting over old love affairs
And the barman is dreaming of millionaires
 
Chorus:
Then play me a love song, comes a call from the floor
I need something to sing as I walk out the door
The streets will be lonely, the streets will be cold
There’s nobody waiting, there’s no-one to hold
So play me a love song, then I can go home
 
Just a voice in the darkness but no-one in view
Then out of the shadows, a face that I knew
I remembered a summer somewhere in my past
And a young man who promised a love that would last
The face had grown older, the body more thin
But I still hear the music come deep from within
 
Chorus:
Play me a love song, was the call from the floor
I need something to sing as I walk out the door
The streets will be lonely, the sheets will be cold
There’s nobody waiting, there’ll be no-one to hold
So play me a love song, then I can go home
 
Bridge:
The heart that was broken, the words still unsaid
They’re boxed with the memories under the bed
 
Chorus:
Play me a love song, was the call from the floor
I need something to sing as I walk out the door
The streets will be lonely, the sheets will be cold
There’s nobody waiting, no-one to hold
So play me a love song, then I can go home
 

Life Of Plenty
(Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer)

I don’t want for money
Possessions I have many
Got food to feed an army
It’s barmy
Got shoes for every weather
The blues they get me never
My belly’s full believe me
It comes so easy

Chorus:
But in this life of plenty
Scrutiny reveals
A part of me that’s empty 
And down at heel
Call it satisfaction
Or call it my reaction
To a life of milk & honey
It’s almost funny

Chorus:
‘Cause in this life of plenty
Scrutiny reveals
A part of me that’s empty 
And down at heel

Bridge:
Why is that country crying?
Why is that young man dying?
For whom’s that family grieving?
Who’s is that heart that bleeding?
No I don’t want for money
I don’t want for money

Chorus:
‘Cause in this life of plenty
Scrutiny reveals
A part of me that’s empty 
And down at heel
I don’t want for money
Possessions I have many
Got food to feed an army
I don’t want for money
I don’t want for money

Marble Town
(Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer)
 
She met her love in Marble Town
On streets of coal she gave her heart
Her hair of gold his eyes of brown
Fal de lal le dae
And as the evening sun went down
They swore themselves were ne’er to part
And in that town their hearts did melt away
 
In Marble town, in Marble town she came
 
He gave to her a ring to wear
On streets of coal she gave her heart
And for her love a ringlet fair
Fal de lal le dae
They married in the chapel there
And swore themselves were ne’er to part
Bells were rung & songs were sung that day
 
In Marble town, in Marble town she gave
 
Then one night she heard him cry
On streets of coal she gave her heart
By morning time he’d left her side
Fal de lal le dae
She walked the streets from dawn till night
They swore themselves were ne’er to part
And she asked her god how love could slip away
 
In Marble town, in Marble town she prayed
 
Pushing through the wailing crowd
On streets of coal she gave her heart
There her love lay on the ground
Fal de lal le dae
And through his heart a blade she found
They swore themselves were ne’er to part
And on his lips a ringlet fair as May
 
In Marble town, in Marble town they lay
 
 
Tell The Folks Back Home
(Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer)
 
I packed some clothes, my singing shoes & loaded up the car
Some CDs & a microphone, then squeezed in my guitar
I’m heading for the southlands where someday I’ll be a star
No more lay-bys, no more drunken bars
 
Then you can tell the folks back home that I’m famous
With limousines that wait at every door
Feeling ten-feet tall, as the crowd calls out for more
Trying to keep my head from spinning
But at last it seems I’m winning
Say I’ll tell them all about it when I’m home
 
I could not believe that neon sign next day when I arrived
Beaming out my face & name, it almost made me blind
I thought I’d be a stranger but it seems this town is mine
Hold the front page, this could be my time
 
Then you can tell the folks back home that I’m famous
With limousines that wait at every door
Feeling ten-feet tall, as the crowd calls out for more
Trying to keep my head from spinning
But at last it seems I’m winning
Say I’ll tell them all about it when I’m home
 
Now the papers want to know about my past & what is next
Take pictures with some woman they’ve got hangin’ round my neck
They didn’t even ask about the thing I do the best
But who’s complaining, hey, not me, I must confess
 
No, you can tell the folks back home that I’m famous
With limousines that wait at every door
Feeling ten-feet tall, as the crowd calls out for more
Trying to keep my head from spinning
But at last it seems I’m winning
Say I’ll tell them all about it when I’m home
 
Then suddenly I wake to hear a banging on my door
Someone shouts “get out of here before I call the law
It looks like tonight I will be searching for a floor
Bring me back the dream I had before
Looks like tonight I will be searching for a floor
Bring me back the dream I had before
 
Oh Lord, just tell the folks back home that I’m famous
With limousines that wait at every door
Feeling ten-feet tall, as the crowd calls out for more
Trying to keep my head from spinning
But at last it seems I’m winning
Say I’ll tell them all about it when I’m home
 

The Whole Charade
(Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer)

When I was young, a long time gone now
I took the road from Cork to Kerry
I’d been travelling thirty days 
Or more, I can’t recall

She was standing by the shelter
In her eyes the light of morning
I asked where I’d find a bed
Or some place I could rest

Chorus:
Now here I go, bear my soul
Uncover the whole charade I turned out to be
I’d forget all I know, I would fight & I’d grovel
If she’d come back to me

And she said, “come with me, your eyes are gentle
Stay a while & I will feed you”
Time it past & love came quickly
A love like never before

Chorus:
So here I go, bear my soul
Uncover the whole charade I turned out to be
I’d forget all I know, I would fight & I’d grovel
If she’d come back to me

I loved her much but I left her many
Those rolling hills they’d call out for me
Once I returned & the rooms were dark
And her chair was empty & cold

Bridge:
And she cried, “all the days that I worried
All the nights that I trembled with cold
So much to love but so hard to hold”

Chorus:
And here I go, bear my soul
Uncover the whole charade I turned out to be
I’d forget all I know, I would fight & I’d grovel
If she’d come back to me
If she’d come back, if she’d come backI’d cut off my hair
I’d quit all my travelling
I’d even trade this old guitar
If she’d come back to me

 

Lift This Weight
(Unknown writer (Chorus) / remaining lyrics by Paul Walker)

Could be a million years ago
When you look at what is left
When pots & crocs, coal & steel
Were words that made us best
Walk by any Longton Street
Or amongst the crumbling kilns
Listen for the voices
I swear they echo still

Chorus:
Hey Jack won’t you lift this weight with me my friend
Hey Jack won’t you lift this weight with me
Thanks Jack, it was breaking my back
'Till you lift this weight with me
Now you’ve made it all so easy

People stood together
No care for who had what
Potters, miners, Shelton Bar lads
They worked for what they got
As a boy they scared me
With their blackened eyes & hands
How quickly would we join the queue
To do that work again

Chorus:
Hey Jack won’t you lift this weight with me my friend
Hey Jack won’t you lift this weight with me
Thanks Jack, it was breaking my back'
'Till you lift this weight with me
Now you’ve made it all so easy

Stoke on Trent’s a funny place
Never had no redwood pines
Just loads of dirty faces
Walking from the dirty mines
But was it all a better place
Were those our cherished times
I think maybe, I’d go back now
If just to hear those lines

Chorus:
Hey Jack won’t you lift this weight with me my friend
Hey Jack won’t you lift this weight with me
Thanks Jack, it was breaking my back'
'Till you lift this weight with me
Now you’ve made it all so easy