Eye To Eye

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Self-released studio album 1993 on RowdyMusic

11 songs by annA rydeR including Sailing Boat

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released November 24, 1993

annA rydeR: piano, guitar, French horns, banjo, vocals
Engineering and mixing: Oliver Nicholls at Backtrack Studio, Croydon

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annA rydeR England, UK

annA rydeR is an original and inventive singer-songwriter with a musical style which spans an array of genres. A multi- instrumentalist with a poetic, intimate lyricism communicating her unique take on the world around her.

annA has played all over the UK and Europe, from small clubs to large festivals, and has six studio albums under her belt, featuring some of British folk's finest musicians.
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Track Name: A Child Like Me
The first it was a little boy
The second was a little girl
And the third was another boy
The fourth was a girl
And the fifth was a girl
And the sixth was a boy
And the seventh he was the last
He was the baby

REMEMBER YOU WERE ONCE A CHILD
RUNNING FREE AND RUNNING WILD
DON'T FORGET WHAT IT WAS TO BE A CHILD

The house was big the garden too
There was no end of things to do
And the land all around was sand
Where silver birches grew
And they laughed and they cried
And found places to hide
And they teased and they pleased
Found magic horses to ride

REMEMBER YOU ...

There was primrose and pine
Up the oak the ivy climbed
They made daisy chains
And danced beneath the washing line
There were strawberries in the wood
And the cherries tasted good
And the big tree stood over
And they climbed it if they could

REMEMBER YOU...

And they climbed all the trees
And they kicked up all the leaves
And they lay in the heather
And flew the sycamore keys
There were snakes and rabbits here
And foxes and deer
And all manner of creatures
At all times of the year

REMEMBER YOU...

And now the children have all grown
They have children of their own
Like swallows they've flown
Living far from home
Now they've gone, gone away
From the places where they used to play
But their sweet little voices echo round
You hear them say
REMEMBER YOU WERE ONCE LIKE ME
RUNNING WILD AND RUNNING FREE
DON'T FORGET WHAT IT WAS TO BE A CHILD LIKE ME

Now we've gone, gone away
From the places where we used to play
But our sweet little voices echo round
I hear them say

REMEMBER YOU WERE ONCE ME
RUNNING WILD AND RUNNING FREE
DON'T FORGET WHAT IT WAS TO BE ME
TO BE ME
DON'T FORGET WHAT IT WAS TO BE A CHILD LIKE ME
Track Name: The Session Song
I looked for a song I looked for a tune
I thought there a chance of finding one soon
But I was mistaken I was at fault
All of the music had come to a halt
I looked for a tune I looked for a song
And beginning to think that something was wrong
Picked up me guitar and started to play
But nothing came out so I put it away

OH DEAR WHAT CAN THE MATTER BE
ALL OF THE MUSIC HAS GONE FROM RIGHT OUT OF ME
SEARCHING ALL AROUND
IF IT'S NOT IN YOUR HEART IT CAN NEVER BE FOUND

I scoured the place right up and right down
To see if there was a jam to be found
Hunting around and seeking inside
No music came out wherever I tried
My friends had all gone their instruments too
But playing was all I wanted to do
I was trying to find the music I'd lost
No matter what pain and no matter what cost

OH DEAR ...

And then I gave up I couldn't care
I was looking for something that just wasn't there
I couldn't be bothered to suffer so long
Knowing that all of my music had gone
I just couldn't sing I just couldn't play
My urge to join in had been slipping away
And now I was tired and now I was cross
And now I was mourning my terrible loss

OH DEAR ...

Never be found
You should always look in your heart
Or the music will never start
It'll never be found

I was wandering round so aimlessly
No crack to be heard no sessions to see
Then amongst all the people milling about
Up comes a wave and up goes a shout
Hey what have you got, hey what can you do
You're looking for something and I'm looking too
Why don't we find it right here and right now
We can start anything any old how

GONE NOW IS WHAT ONCE WAS A LACK TO ME
ALL OF THE MUSIC COMES FLOODING RIGHT BACK TO ME
I DON'T NEED TO SEARCH AROUND
IF IT'S THERE IN YOUR HEART IT CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND
IF IT'S THERE IN YOUR HEART IT CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND
IF IT'S THERE IN YOUR HEART IT CAN ALWAYS BE FOUND
ALWAYS BE FOUND
Track Name: Money Children
IT'S HARD TO BE A CHILD, IT'S HARD TO BE A CHILD
IN THIS WORLD ONLY ONE THING COUNTS
OH IT'S THE MONEY THERE IS NO DOUBT

If I speak, they do not listen
If I listen, they just tell lies
If I touch, they smack my hand
The best I can do is close my eyes
The best I can do is close my eyes

IT'S HARD TO BE SO YOUNG, IT'S HARD TO BE SO YOUNG
I'M NOT A REBEL NOR AM I FREE
ONLY ONE THING MATTERS AND THAT'S THE MONEY

And if I look, they say turn away
And if I taste, spit it out they say
But I know one thing that they don't know
They sealed my future a long time ago
They sealed my future a long time ago

IT'S HARD TO BE A CHILD, IT'S HARD TO BE A CHILD
IN THIS WORLD ONLY ONE THING COUNTS
AND THAT'S THE MONEY THERE IS NO DOUBT

All my ideas they say are too simple
Life isn't as easy as you make out
You're too naive to make decisions
Leave to us we know what life's about
We know what life's about

IT'S HARD TO BE A GROWING CHILD, IT'S HARD TO BE A GROWING CHILD
AS ALL AROUND YOU THE WORLD GROWS SMALL
YOU FORGET THAT MONEY DOESN'T MATTER AT ALL
YOU FORGET THAT MONEY DOESN'T MATTER AT ALL
Track Name: We'll Get Time
THIS SONG IS YOURS, IT'S YOURS AND MINE
IT'S OURS TO KEEP NOT LEAVE BEHIND
'COS WE'LL GET TIME, OH BABY, WE'LL GET TIME

This thing we have is all our own
This thing we have is ours alone
Ours alone to feel
Don't you know this thing it's real
It's not a dream, it's really true
That you love me and I love you

THIS SONG IS YOURS ...

I want to walk with you awhile
I want to hold your hand and see you smile
I want to say so many things
Must we wait to see what the future brings
Can't we just grab it all right now
'Cos it's gonna happen anyhow

THIS SONG ...

Ev'ry minute I think about you
I don't know if I can do without you
This thing makes me sad
And the feeling it's good and bad
Ev'rytime I see you my heart races
Oh baby you're my oasis

THIS SONG ...

I miss you when you go away
All I want you to do is stay
When you're gone, baby
I shall sing this song for you
And though I am weak I will try to be strong
'Cos this thing is gonna carry on

THIS SONG ...
Track Name: Gone
It's so hard to say I love you
When you look into my eyes
But so easy to say I love you
When you're gone, gone from my side
Oh the years they have fallen behind us
And the years to come they seem few
And I know I am wrong to feel embarrassed
But I can't say I love you to you

Oh the fishes they swim in the dirty sea
And the birds fall sick to the ground
There is fire all around the rainforest tree
And no more will the whale's song sound
Our muck and our rubbish is strewn upon the land
And the air it is spoilt with fumes
What once was all green is now only sand
Which is blown round our home-made tomb

It's so hard to say I love you
When you look into my eyes
But so easy to say I love you
When you're gone, gone from my side
Oh the years they have fallen behind us
And the years to come they seem few
And I know it's too late for me to realise
That I can say I love you to you

Now our children have come and found that it's true
It's not hard for them to see
That it would have been better to say I love you
Better than letting things be
For the trees that have died, for the dolphins who have cried
For the creatures still barely alive
For you and I and our children to survive
It would have been better to say I love you
It would have been better to have said I love you
Track Name: Downtrodden
DOWNTRODDEN AND DOWN-HEARTED
BEEN PUSHED RIGHT DOWN TO THE FLOOR
BEEN DEGRADED, HUMILIATED
AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE

Well I've been through things and I can do things
I think I know a little about life
But they despise me and criticise me
And stab me in my back with a knife

Well since I started being down-hearted
I feel like giving in though I should fight back
But I know I got things they haven't got
They're just frightened of what they lack

DOWNTRODDEN AND DOWN-HEARTED…

Not into caring nor used to sharing
They're just climbing up the ladder to nowhere
Though their ways are going to expire
The strain, it's for me to bear

'Cos they've ignored me and they've torn me
Between the things they think they know I should do
But they don't come near me, they only fear me
And they're scared when they hear something true

DOWNTRODDEN AND DOWN-HEARTED…

Well these people, they can keep all
This openness they like to talk about
'Cos they're just pretending and it's all ending
Up with me on the bottom losing out

DOWNTRODDEN AND DOWN-HEARTED…
Track Name: Robert
There was once a boy I knew when I was about nine
He was friend of my brother's, not a friend of mine
In fact I did not like him very much, he used to be so rough
He was only seven years old, but he acted very tough
Little did I know, little did I know

He stepped on the coach that day and such a smile he gave me
I was surprised for he was sewing little crosses on a patch
Look what I've made he said
And his eyes shone at me for the first time
I smiled and I said that's fine
But little did I know, little did I know
His eyes shone at me for the last time

He stepped off the coach that day and his coat caught in the door
His brother ran beside and he shouted and he cried
And all the children saw
The driver did not stop for the driver did not see
And the boy went under the wheels
And everybody knew yes everybody knew
They knew and wished it wasn't real
And little did I know, oh, little did I know
That when I ran from the coach to my front door
He was smiling and his eyes were shining for the last time
For the very last time
But in me for ever more
Track Name: Homeward
It's time for us all to be leaving
We'll pack up our things and we'll go
A song in our hearts is still breathing
We'll pack up our things and we'll go
Back to our houses and back to our work
Back to the lives we all know
Back on the road again, travelling home again
Hoping the journey is slow
But my mind will spend hours retrieving
The moments I felt I was stealing, stealing

And now I am woke from my dreaming
We'll pack up our things and we'll go
For songs in my veins they are teeming
We'll pack up our things and we'll go
Back to our houses and back to our work
Back to our everyday lives
Back on the road again, travelling home again
Hoping we'll never arrive
But all round my brain songs are weaving
Songs which I cannot stand leaving, leaving

And now I have found a new meaning
We'll pack up our things and we'll go
There's people and places I'm needing
We'll pack up our things and we'll go
Back to our houses and back to our work
Back to go on going on
Back on the road again, travelling home again
Hoping the journey is long
And now with the sun in the evening
Leave the threads of the music still streaming, streaming
Above us as homeward we go
Track Name: Love Is A Curious Thing
Remember the time you asked me to dance
I said you must be mad
I thought you were old, I thought you were cold
I said your looks were bad

BUT LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IS A CURIOUS THING
OH, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IS A CURIOUS THING

You held out your hand, I took it in mine
I couldn't tell you why
It wasn't your face, it wasn't your looks
But something caught my eye

OH, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IS A CURIOUS THING
OH, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IS A CURIOUS THING

How could I see this was happening to me
There is no end without a starting
We just collided without remembering
We'll dance all the night without parting

I thought it no harm to be in your arms
Just for one dance
And I just couldn't say why I wanted to stay
But I just took the chance
I wasn't aware of the love that was there
It came slowly creeping
I didn't realise it lay in your eyes
And me off my feet was sweeping

WOH, LOVE ....

I tried to be rude, I tried to be crude
I didn't want to like you
I told you I thought that you weren't the sort
I'd like to say goodnight to

BUT LOVE ....
How could I see ...

And now without you I think about you
Time and time again
The moment you went, the hours I spent
They seemed to have no end
Now the dancing's all done, the songs are all sung
And we've grown apart
I'll see you again but I don't know when
Such a space is in my heart

WOH, LOVE

Love is a curious kind of a serious
Could it be a spurious sort of a thing
Oh love
Track Name: You Can Leave Me
There is nothing, nothing you can do
Nothing you can do or say
That'll make me lose my memory of you
That'll make my thoughts of you just fade away
You can leave me, yes, you can leave me
You can even shut the door in my face
But it won't be easy, no, not easy
Not even if you're in a different place

You can ignore me or shut me out
You can run and you can hide
You can forget what it was all about
But I'll remember what I feel inside
You can leave me, yes, you can leave me
But you'll never go away from my heart
You'll put it all behind you but things'll remind you
And then you'll realise that we never should part

There is no-one, no-one else but you
Nobody else who really knows me well
So well as you do so can't you see it's true
There is no way that I am going to hell
You can leave me, yes, you can leave me
You can tell me that our love is gone
But I won't believe you and I don't deceive you
When I say that I think you are wrong

When you held me, when you kissed me
How I felt I just could not say
To me it seemed like such a mystery
Why you felt about me in that way
You can leave me, yes, you can leave me
You can pretend that you will have no tears
But you should feel ashamed you're the one to blame
When I've been loving you all these years

There is nothing, nothing you can do
Nothing you can do or say
That'll make me lose my memory of you
That'll make my thoughts of you just fade away
You can leave me, yes, you can leave me
You can pretend that you will have no tears
But you should feel ashamed you're the one to blame
When I've been loving you all these years
When I've been loving you all these years
When I've been loving you all these years
Track Name: Sailing Boat
If I had a sailing boat
I would travel far from this place
And you can wait for me
But I would never come back
Because I've been here before

I wish to hear my boat upon the ocean
And know the sea lies just beneath my feet
I want to feel like I'm walking on water
Not running round in circles
Time and time again

Loneliness and storms and rocks
I would still carry on
And you may wait for me
But I would never return
Because I've done all that before

I wish to hear the sails catch the wind
And taste the sweetest salt upon my lips
And know for sure that I'm heading in one direction
Not running round in circles
Time and time again

To see the night all spattered with stars
And know the world is curling all around me
To see its sparkling reflection in the ocean
I could fall starwards or I could fly down
Not run round in circles until I drown

And if I had a sailing boat
Would I travel so far from this place
And would you wait for me
And would I ever return
Because I've loved you before