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Publié par JEAN HELFER

"AMERICANA" LE NOUVEL ALBUM DE RAY DAVIES EST SORTI AUJOURD'HUI

Americana Track List

 

1. Americana

2. The Deal
3. Poetry
4. Message From The Road
5. A Place In Your Heart
6. The Mystery Room
7. Silent Movie
8. Rock 'N' Roll Cowboys
9. Change For Change
10. The Man Upstairs
11. I’ve Heard That Beat Before
12. A Long Drive Home To Tarzana
13. The Great Highway
14. The Invaders
15. Wings Of Fantasy

I wanna make my home
Where the buffalo roam
In that great panorama

My baby brother and me
In the land of the free

Americana

In my schoolboy world
I always get the girl

On that great silver screen
'Cause since I was a teen
Ya' know I had this dream
Americana

Oh

Runnin' high on inspiration
Taken from those Wild West heroes
Full of expectations of the road
On that windin' trail to somewhere
Young and foolish though he did not care
What dangers lay in store and so

In the steps of the great pioneers
For (?) I can't understand how I'm gonna
Get there from here
Wherever it goes, it's gonna take me somewhere

Americana
Kentucky Moon

Montana sky
Sierra, Nevada

But it's a long long time
Americana

I wanna make my home where the buffalo roam
Oh

I just got back from a walk down the square
To the local Kentucky
To see what was cookin' down there

I looked around at the store
And the signs and the queues
Lining up for that 21st century fare
I kneel down and say grace for the comforts the world bestows on me
And the great corporations providing our every need
And those big neon signs tellin' us what to eat
In every shop window goods are designed to please
Oh, but I ask where is the poetry?

The day we met were [?] down the road
But we laughed and found comfort
With old books and [?]
And reading poetry out loud
Or watching old black and white films together
In the days before Blockbuster came
I hear you ran off and found yourself a rich handsome fellow
To supply you with all you require, your material needs
I hope your fairytale doesn't end tragically
And in a shopping mall somewhere
You'll be down on your knees
Cryin' out loud "Where is the poetry?"

I'm looking at the sign that says "Have a good day"
And I got too much on my mind, so many questions that get in the way
Everybody's lookin' for perfection
Once I heard a wise man say
To get sometimes, you have to give away
(Where is the poetry? [?])

I have read in the news someone said
That the great population is better off
Than it used to be
Better house, better food, better sex, and better higher education
But with credit card bills always on the way
And I just saw my gal with a guy in a fast-food outlet
They seemed happy together but I saw the tragedy
Maybe I'm missing something but
I'm too blind to see
She settled for someone who isn't so hard to reach
Now I'm on the fire of desire and the mystery
Oh, but I ask where is the poetry?

They called us The Invaders
So we came from another world
And the man from immigration
Shouted out "Hey punk, you a boy or a girl?"
"Hey tutti-frutti give us a kiss"
The custom man proclaimed
'Cause the world as you knew it
Turned upside down, and things would never
Be the same
The day The Invaders came

They called us The Invaders
Like creatures from the black lagoon
Said that we were dangerous
Like space invaders from the moon
We just came to see the world
And entertain America
We just came to get a break
But we turned into enemies of the state

'Cause the world as you knew it turned upside down
And things would never be the same
The day The Invaders came

They called us illegal aliens
As though we were punks
And as we walked through immigration
They heard me speak and shouted 
"Hey you buddy get back in the line"
This sides all full

'Cause the world as we knew it turned upside down
And things would never be the same
The day The Invaders came

They called us The Invaders
Like barbarians from the past
Said that we were dangerous
Like warriors sent to prison rape
We all danced to a different tune
But they didn't like my attitude
Culture clash like 
This  in the land of the free

'Cause the world as we knew it turned upside down
And things would never be the same
'Cause the world as we knew it turned upside down
And things would never be the same
The day The Invaders the came

Rock n' roll cowboys where do you go now?
From the final shootout at the OK Corral
Do you give up the chase like an old retiree?
Or do you stare in the face of new adversaries

Night falls the coyote calls underneath a full moon
"Heeyah" is the final call at the Last Chance Saloon
Your time's passed, now everyone asked for your version of history
Do you live in a dream, or do you live in reality?

Rock n' roll cowboys on the ol' wagon train
You had your time but it won't come again
You rode the prairie and ya' always stood proud
So tall in the saddle and your head was not bowed

[Chorus]

Where are the natives who come to our aid in our hour of need
And where are the great ones that kneaded through brambles no [?]
Got so many questions, so little time but it's still a mystery
Do we live in a dream, or do we live in reality?

[Chorus]

Do you live in a dream, or do you live in reality?

Girl I want to be with you all of the time

Touring relationships are fine when the
Hotels take care of the housekeeping
And you've got room service
But once you check back in to the reality motel
The dust appears on your furniture
The laundry piles up
And there's no room service to clear away the trash

That's when the tempers get frayed
The emotions get heightened
And the fights break out

Once we tried renting an apartment together
But that was also a disaster
I can't sleep when I write
My brain keeps working
The person in the apartment above me
Must have been an insomniac also
Because he was still shuffling around at 3 am
Amazingly he was shuffling around to the beat I had in my head
As if he were accompanying me
Then I decided to write this song for the unknown neighbor
The unseen person above me
As he listened to the fighting downstairs

When I'm far away
In some godforsaken place
That I'm passing through
When my emotions turn to blue
I think of you

Living day to day
Building up the debt
Heavy in excess
Getting in over your head
Vicarious

Wish I could set you free
Over the insanity
Imagining you and me
Flyin' on the Wings of Fantasy

Ah, on the Wings of Fantasy

Live in denial
Chasin' the dream
Livin' the illusion on
The Wings of Fantasy

And up above a solitary Eagles flies
our forgotten dream
So high in the sky
But down here I just wonder why
Am I part of nature's scheme
Or just a man in a machine
Burning on a turning wheel

Livin' in denial
Chasin' the dream
Goin' faster and faster
But running out of steam
Livin' the illusion
Accelerating fast
The worlds in a blur
But we're finishing fast so

 

Fly on the Wings of Fantasy
High on the Wings of Fantasy

Driving through the nest
But feel an optimist
Hope we'll see things through
Imaginary distances me and you
Still we climb
Overland 'til we decline
Touch the sky, hopefully
Fly away on Wings of Fantasy

Fly on the Wings of Fantasy
High on the Wings of Fantasy
Fly
Fly on the Wings of Fantasy

Livin' in denial
Chasin' the dream
Livin' the illusion
On the Wings of Fantasy

New England to Hollywood
Seems so far away
Like all roads lead us to California

It's a long long way to paradise, isn't it?
In the neverending for all perfection
And it seems like an eternity
Since we first turned the ignition
And made our way down the highway
Because I told you lies
It seems a neverending lonesome drive

And now the road is getting clear
The exit sign is very near
The empty spaces will lead us round
Hope we can find our new hometown
It's a long drive home to Tarzana
But once we're there we will see there's nothing there
Except that space
Beautiful space
We drove so far to find this place

It's a long drive home to Tarzana
This space that community
All freeways to Tarzana
No more ghettos or urban strife
It's fine with me
It's fine with me

It's a long long way to paradise, isn't it?

It's the middle of the night
And I look in the mirror
Hey man, what do ya' see?
Hear the sound of the train by the river
Cryin' out "Follow me"
And the (?)
Run down the street, rain on my head

Since I was a kid, always wanted to see
Now I'm faced with mortality
Yeah, I feel a greeting
Yeah, my heart's still beating
Now there's no retreating
Comin' into the mystery room

Yeah, my brain's in a (?)
My body's in free-fall
(?)
Short circuited, crosswire
Up on the highwire
Hear them play that honky tonk tune
As you walk through that Mystery Room
Yeah, can you feel the gloom?
(?) in the Mystery Room

Yeah, (?) face of fear
Live in denial, 'til we all get out of here
Medication in the hope it might disappear
If you can't see it, ya' can't feel it

 

Meanwhile they're playin' my tune
It's rainin' out there, but in here it's (?)
Big black cars, covered in (?)
That's why I hide in my Mystery Room
Don't (?) me
It's a moment too soon
Can't ya' hear the ?
'Cause I'm here in my Mystery Room

Come and join us
We're here in the Mystery Room

Yeah, hear the music
Yeah, my heart's still beating
Now there's no retreating
Turn in to the Mystery Room

An angel waits for all of us
Up there in the heavens
And down here on this lonely street
Good and evil sometimes meet

Change for change sake
Change in the government
Change the environment
Change your life
Otherwise your gonna witness
Look on powerless
While the elements turn up the heat
When the change hit the street
While we're on the subject
Standin' in the street
Hey buddy, can ya' spare some change for me?

Change for the world's sake
Chance for an integrate
Adapt for the future
Change your path
Help eliminate poverty
Save humanity
So the future generations can inherit the land
And while we're on the subject of our fellow man
Buddy, can ya' lay some change in my hand?

 

I don't live life, life lives me
Always has, always will be
Time to change history
Shine on through our misery
Change for change sake
Everybody fightin' for the same gutter
That's livin' in the free world

Change for change sake
Rearrange the landscape
Shape your identity
Change the world
Otherwise you're gonna witness
Look on powerless
When the future generations turn
And wipe out history
And while we're on the subject
Of man's history
I want you to give your change to me

I don't live life, life lives me
Always has, always will be
I can't (?)
Shine on through this misery
Change for change sake
For ages and dealers
(?) and beggars
Livin' in the free world

Man speaking:
I'm saying the people in this town have to be locked up. All of 'em. We have to leave and these people have to be locked up. D'ya know what I mean?

I'm going to LA, check into a quiet, groovy hotel
Get myself a tan by the sleepy pool
Meet a pretty girl, walk her down the strip
And chill out in the bar

Then I will rent a car
An open-top Mustang
To cruise around the beach
And I'll check out all the babes
While the sun goes down
By then I will be ready
To party and that's cool

When I'm emotionally refreshed
Relaxed and confident
I'll hit Rodeo Drive
And drink a cappucino
And depending how I feel
I'll grab a piece of action
At the Beverly Hills
And get myself a deal

Isn't wonderful, marvelous
Utterly surreal
Totally fabulous, fraudulent
Bogus and unreal
This is my lucky day
I'll travel to LA
And get myself a deal

Today I'm a bullshit millionaire
As good as anyone, better than I was
In dreary (?) real but disillusioned
Traveling on the tube, riding on the bus
Now I'm full of self-belief
Pretend to be somebody while the credit's good
I will rent a mansion somewhere in Bel Air
Confidence abounding, looking really awesome
Truly debonair

It'll be wonderful, marvelous
Feeling really (?)
Feeling so fabulous, fraudulent
A counterfeit on the make
Today I'm gonna get my break
Go to LA, strike myself a deal
And be part of the American Dream

 

It'll be wonderful, marvelous (wonderful, marvelous)

Woman speaking:
Hey Ray, what's the haps?(?)

Man speaking:
What's the deal?

Ray:

It's been a while
I haven't seen you for at least a year or more
Or is it (?) sure
Really (?)
You must've heard about the troubles that I had
Still I got through, I always manage to
And I (?)
(Ooh, marvelous)
How is your life? How is it goin'?

I still have to sign a contract
People in this town have to be locked up
All of 'em

Hey Ray, what's the deal?
Yeah, what's the deal, Ray?

(Ray)
The deal is... ​​​​​​​

Hold tight, things are growin' cold inside ya' never known
Cut to the rawhide right to the metal bone
Strap a live (?) across your knees to the back (?) where your jawbone freezes
Bitter bad lightning freeze

Who needs to ride a train
When we got the natural motion
That's gonna take us right across the line
(?) that you ever see
Whoa, oh
Hey, look at that big sky
Look at that moonglow lightin' up the Rockies
On the way to Idaho
Take out your fiddle put your hand on the bow
Rustle up through the tune put a rhythm in your toe-o

Ray speaking:
Hello? Is anybody there? Hello?

I can't explain
And I'm letting my emotions get the better of me
Your always on my mind
But I can't tell you that I willingly follow you
If I can't have you
How can I expect to have a place in your heart?
But I wouldn't be so bold
As to expect that you have feelings for me, oh no
Can I get it to you (West to East, under the stars)
(?) I have to admit defeat
(It's a thousand miles to the nearest bar)
An' I wouldn't want to bother you
(West to East, 'til we reach Valhalla)
'Cause then I won't have to admit I'm alone (West to East)
It's bothering me (In the land of the free)

See the sign up ahead, see the moon behind
(Place in your heart)
You were right on time with gonna' get there come rain or shine
You're always on my mind
(In Omaha city)
Soon be over the (?)
I can't tell you that I'd really follow you
I can't admit it to you (West to East, under the stars)
'Cause then I will have to admit defeat
(It's a thousand miles to the nearest bar)
And I wouldn't want to bother you
(West to East 'til we reach Valhalla)
'Cause then I won't have to admit I'm alone
(West to East)
It's bothering me
(In the land of the free)

 


See the sign up ahead
See the sign up ahead, see the moon behind
(Place in your heart)
You were right on time with gonna' get there come rain or shine
You're always on my mind
(In Omaha city)
Soon be over the (?)
To expect you to have feelings for me

Make the most of nature's great highway
Rest (?) night turn into day
Moved so fast to (?)
A place in your heart
 

Ray speaking:
Alright lads, I gotta phone home

Man speaking:

Hey, Ray. What's the deal?
Let's get this show on the road

Ray:
Alright then

I can't explain
(Come get a train)
Am I let my emotions get the better of me
(Take a ? across a ? plain)
You're always on my mind
But I can't tell you that I really may follow you
To the end of the earth

Jayhawks:
West to East, follow that star
Thousand miles to the nearest bar
Rattlin' wind, hold on tight
Rap (?), it'll blow you apart
Pass that whiskey, stoke up the stove
Pluck that string, wiggle that bow
Midwest show, thunder and rain
Get to the East coast, turn around and head West again

Move so fast (?) and you can't stay
A place in your heart

The neighborhood's really goin' down
Since the couple upstairs arrived back in town
Ain't never seen what they both look like
But I sure can hear them when they start to fight
They go at it
He shouts at her, she shouts back
He slams a door, she starts to pack
Ya' know I can't help thinkin'
Starts me thinkin'
Yeah, I can't help thinkin'
Ya' know, I've heard that beat before
I've heard that beat before

And when he goes out to get drunk with friends
There's a record she plays over and over again
It reverberates and the bass and boom
And the windows shake in my bathroom
Oh, starts me thinkin' of the life I had
Before the good times turned to bad
And my heart starts achin'
When the floor starts shakin'
Yeah, there ain't no mistakin'
The beat I've heard before
I've heard that beat before

What can I say, what can I do?
Like me anew, a stage a vous
Those memories keep reappearing
Another day, another hour
Another brog, another fight
Can't stand what I'm hearing
I've heard it all before
Yeah, I've heard that beat before
C'mon
Alright

Then one night it's a new flashback
Sound of a different pitter pat
A new song playin' in an upbeat tone
And sounds of laughter when they get home
Oh, must be new love goin' on in that bed
Before the same old habit raises it's head
As the mood starts changin'
And the fights start ragin'
I just sit here waitin'
'Cause I've heard that beat before
I've heard that beat before
Yeah, I've heard that beat before
Yes I have
I've heard that beat before

Yeah, I've heard it before
Yeah, I've heard that beat before

I had this dream America
Was always a very special place
Heroes of the great Wild West
Wild Bill Hickock and the rest
The romantic on a wreckless chase
'Til reality hit me in the face

Hey, hey, hey
I'm ridin' on The Great Highway
All across America
From New York to LA

Hopin' I can find my dream
In New Hampshire or New Orleans
Find a place where I can stay
A'once out there I'm never goin' away so

Hey, hey, hey
From [?] to San Francisco Bay
All across America
Along The Great Highway

Bright eyes like wishing wells
Instamatic kiss and tell
Optimistic self-belief
College girls with perfect teeth
Technicolor realism in 20/20 vision
Animated multi-race
And always out there in your face

Hoorah [?] cool if [?]
And life is not a [?]
So wake up to reality and

Hey, hey, hey

I'm drivin' on the interstate
All across America
Along The Great Highway

And even if the dream goes wrong
[?] for the last song

So, hey, hey, hey
From [?] to San Francisco Bay
All across America
We're on The Great Highway

The great illusion it may be
But always somethin' else to see
Always some little hick town
To pick you up when you are down
Another day, another shake
Malted with a slice of cake
La di da di da di da (La di da di da di da)

At a jukebox in a smoky bar
A girl stands looking at the stars
Dressed in denim, wearing shades
And how sad is The Great Highway

(I had this dream, America)

She sips her Coke, walks away
It's just a second in her day
But all her culture's on display
She might be a dreamer
But maybe I'm a dreamer too

Hey, hey, hey
I'm ridin' on The Great Highway
All across America
From New York to LA

Hey, hey, hey [4x]
Hey

Here's my message from the road
I'm travelin' through the (?)
So try to call again tomorrow

Tell my kid I miss her so
Then I'll play in shows and singin' songs
But I miss the place where I belong
In another town, but still I find
That you are always on my mind
When night turns into day
There's another town so far away
Waiting for me on The Great Highway

Right now you're in a far country
With good-time gals who come and go
You'll party with the good old boys
Have a drink and act macho
Out of sight and out of mind
Always somewhere on the road
Wherever you may go
You'll have a place in my heart
When night turns into day
In your reality, I'll be just another memory

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