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Great Songs

Instrumentals • Jambox • Harvest Song • Long Distance Runner • On The Horizon • Into The Wind • After The Rain •
Other Songs • In a Dream • This Heat • Transparency • Another Reflection • Unspoken Voices • Echoes Of Today • Silent Seas • Weeping Winds • I Stare • Once I Woke Up In A Dream • On Paper • I Wondered • A Smile In The Dark • I'm So Sorry • Meaning Of Words •


About Lyrics ~ I usually write the lyrics independently from the music (although this is not always the case). I feel that the writings should be able to exist without the context of music. For this reason, some of the pieces may never become songs. They're not meant to be clever or impressive. They're just a collection of my thoughts.

About Midi Files ~ These were transferred from C-Lab Notator (Atari ST) to PC (ie they're music only, no vocals or guitar solos, although I've put in some guitar tracks as guides). They were mixed using a Sound Blaster Live card. The instruments may not be properly audible with other sound cards (That's the problem with General Midi but it's better than nothing, I guess).

Copyright ~ Please note that copyright exists for all material. You may not use or copy or distribute any material for any commercial reason or value whatsoever. I am exempting educational and personal use only. However, this exemption does not apply to recordings.


Instrumentals

Jambox • [1988~1990] ~ Midi file
This song basically has multiple motifs and I've blended them like a "dance mix". Also, this song's got some wild drum fills too.

Harvest Song • [1988~1990] ~ Midi file
Imagine an ethnic african tribe jumping up and down celebrating the harvest. I have no idea why I think of this everytime I play this song. Another "dance mix" type structure.

Long Distance Runner • [1988~1990] ~ Midi file
Sometimes when you're just messing around with your favourite synth, you get lucky and stumble over a good riff. It's sort of african sounding. Reminds me of their amazing long-distance runners.

On The Horizon • [1988~1990] ~ Midi file
During my "gamelan experiment" phase, I came up with this one which sounds siamese (thai). I also found that shortening the motif into other time-signatures sounded very interesting.

Into The Wind • [1988~1990] ~ Midi file
If you've heard "Music For 18 Musicians" [Steve Reich], you'll appreciate this tune. I reckon it's better than the version done by Tangerine Dream for the movie "Risky Business"... but that's my opinion, isn't it?

After The Rain • [1988~1990] ~ Midi file
A gamelan experiment : I took a few motifs from various traditional malaysian gamelan tunes and married them together to make this tune. Malaysian gamelan uses 4/4 time but motifs are in 12 bars... interesting, huh?


Other Songs

In A Dream • [27 Jul'1982]
V1
I heard your song dancing with me ~ The wind clawed at my face and hands
I wonder if you felt the cold ~ Giving poison to the hungry
V2
The tinkle of glasses return ~ And remember the ice down your back
But once we walked by in the dark~ The sound of acid on the floor
Ch
We turned around and we laughed ~ The light touched you for a second
And I saw the lines on my hands ~ A silence kissed me in a dream
V3
The innocence of playful words ~ Another smile in the mirror
The smell of sleep melted away ~ Lying awake without thinking
V4
The cloudy scene under the trees ~ And my awaiting mouth is dry
Something like a wilted flower ~ And feeling sad on rainy days
This Heat • [16 May'1982]
V1
It creeps up my skin ~ I never looked again
I melted away that day ~ I couldn't get away
C1
Waiting ~ Without learning
Something burns ~ And I turn in my sleep
V2
The wall of bursting heat ~ And sweat fills my breath
I prayed for rain ~ Shadows spoke to me again
C2
I twist ~ And shouted aloud
Peeling off the layers ~ The pressing humid bodies
V3
Pry through the vapour ~ The spicy taste
Mingle in the mouth ~ And I spat it out
Transparency • [Feb'1988; fin 1996]
V1
Thinking of you next to me ~ Reflections moving sideways
My hand across another pillow ~ And the creases disappear
V2
The quiet hell I call my home ~ A chance to say I'm sorry
It never used to be this way ~ The curtains fall behind me
Ch
Transparency, your colour in me ~ The facts of life so nice to know
Intensity of passing years ~ Remembering so slowly
V3
Whispering to take your hand ~ I've no illusions about you
Nothing in the way I breathe ~ There's no glory at all
Another Reflection • [15 Sep'1989; fin 1998]
V1
I knew that moment would make all the difference ~ There's no right and wrong anymore
Not sure how it started, not sure why ~ And things would never be the same again
V2
The dream goes on because I can't let go ~ No excuses, no promises
Speaking without guilt and without fear ~ Don't make a wish but wait for miracles
Ch
The sound of the rain and the sea ~ There's always the breeze to remind me
Look in the mirror and what do you see ~ Maybe another reflection of me
V3
Each passing day it gets harder to remember ~ There are no reasons and no lies
Something real or another story ~ It starts so near but ends so far away
V4
Dreams begin and everything disappears forever ~ No more shadows and no more time
Out the window into the distance ~ I know the feeling never goes away
Unspoken Voices • [7 May'1982]
V1
The call of another dream ~ The song of breaking waves
Won't help to forget the time ~ A funeral for memories
V2
Glistening under the moon ~ A temporary permanence
Lost in a sea of colour ~ With thoughts of burning sails
V3
Another scar to hide away ~ Making paths to walk around
To bury the dead again ~ Waiting for shadows to speak
V4
I set the scene in flames ~ The ashes blinded my hands
Now you can watch me drown ~ Cos these are my unspoken voices
Echoes of Today • [25 Dec'1982]
V1
Sitting here in the dark ~ A temporary silence in my heart
I dream of your secrets ~ When the lights have gone away
V2
Take a look out the window ~ The feeling in my eyes
A moment of weakness ~ You can look the other way
Ch
Listening to the footsteps ~ Like waiting for a kiss
Or the rain outside ~ The echoes of today
V3
Sleeping with the shadows ~ A blind familiar hand
Not another love song ~ A reason for me to stay
V4
The trace of your smile ~ And your arms around me
One more look at you ~ Before I have to go away
Silent Seas • [17 Jun'1982]
V1
The crowded sound of an empty room ~ The walls of silence I know so well
I don't need to die this way
V2
It touches me without permission ~ And turned to look the other way
We can all sit here like broken toys
V3
The aroma of uncertainty haunts me still ~ Keeps me twisting in my sleep again
Tragedies and defeat and I grin
V4
A lonely voice cuts deep into your skin ~ And my undevoted attention
Nobody said it was going to rain
V5
A fresh wind came and blew them in ~ Red sunsets waiting for the tide to turn
And I never stopped laughing
Weeping Winds • [25 Jun'1982]
V1
Painted faces in my mirror today ~ I glance as fixed smiles go by
The walls begin to turn to dust ~ The floor moved an inch in the dark
V2
Falling into the trap of dreams ~ Peering through the wet glasses
I can feel the cold here ~ The burning candles don't listen
V3
A procession goes by my window ~ They will always stare blindly
Pointing fingers and stabbing words ~ My wounds won't bleed for them
V4
Question me with your eyes ~ And lick the blood from my face
A room in a state of mind ~ Don't ask me for reasons
I Stare • [20 May'1987]
V1
Across the room, across the floor ~ I could be halfway round the world by now
Feeling so tired as I hit the door ~ I would say something if I knew how
V2
In the shower, in the rain ~ Something's hit me in my face
Feel the drops, feel insane ~ I've got to get out of this place
Ch
It started out so easy ~ Everything was there
The reasons start to change (and now) ~ I don't know why I stare
V3
Inside my room, inside my home ~ It's falling down all over me
On the television, on my phone ~ Something's there but I can't see
V4
Thinking about me, dreaming about you ~ Maybe it's just that I don't know
It doesn't matter what you do ~ Just tell me that it isn't so
Once I Woke Up In A Dream • [Jul'1981]
V1
Once I woke up in a dream ~ Something strange was in the air
I looked around and something was wrong ~ Then I realised that you weren't there
V2
I crawled around on fours in search ~ To find something but in vain
So I closed my eyes and tried to sleep ~ But my dreams kept me in pain
V3
In desperation I reached out ~ My hand crying out for another
But needles struck deep into my brain ~ And images of you became a blur
V4
I jumped and crashed through my window ~ The impact shattering all my bones
I lay there very cold and alone ~ Sprawled out on a pile of stones
V5
Visions of graves formed in the clouds ~ Floating high up in the air
And while life still ebbed within me ~ I wished I was up there
V6
Then I woke up from my dream ~ Something strange was in the air
I looked around and something was wrong ~ Then I realised that you weren't there
On Paper • [18 Mar'1985]
V1
It doesn't seem quite the same, so nearly underwater ~ A stillness in the air, breathing so close to you ~ How many times can you wait for him to call ~ What can you do when you lose that smile
V2
The porcelain sweats tonight, insomnia watching over ~ The people who come and go, the shadows behind your thoughts ~ Dreaming of silence when you can't go to sleep ~ Counting the hours till you're wide awake again
Ch
Everything's on paper, think you've found someone ~ Photographs in colour, when you're having fun ~ Looks good on paper, start to get ahead ~ Dreams in colour, still awake in bed
V3
Listening to the rain, reminding you of the sea ~ Another night in the dark, waiting for inspiration ~ Looking for someone you'd like to get to know ~ Floating away on your dreams of going home
V4
Thinking of another song, that wasn't so long ago ~ Reasons for leaving here, feeling too ordinary ~ Hoping for someone to turn up at the door ~ Wishing that someday you could start your life again
I Wondered • [23 Oct'1982]
V1
You walked into the room ~ I thought I saw a smile
A flick of the eye, a twist in the tale ~ I wondered if you ever walked alone
V2
A twinkle of a star ~ The promise of another land
A song in the dark, a tune in the silence ~ Maybe I'll never understand
V3
Blind kisses in the night ~ Dancing in the hall
The curtains are shut, the lights are down ~ I wish the words were there for me to say
V4
The view through the window ~ And dying on the floor
The bed is made, the tide is turning ~ Running away from something I can't see
V5
The things I used to know ~ The dreams I've left behind
A few words to me, would make all the difference ~ When will the colours fade away
A Smile In The Dark • [15 Nov'1981]
V1
The scent began to linger ~ Before you left the room
Puzzle me with cryptic clues ~ The dense smell in a tomb
V2
Your statue as cold as steel ~ With each cutting remark
You turn around and look away ~ You only smile in the dark
C1
A smile in the dark ~ Is not a smile at all
Does it feel that good ~ To be standing so tall?
V3
To be admired from afar ~ How could you be so vain?
The false image of an idol ~ Out of reach and without pain
V4
Feel safe behind the locked door ~ You know the keys have no mark
You can turn and walk away ~ And only smile in the dark
C1
A smile in the dark ~ Is not a smile at all
I think that you're afraid ~ They'll laugh if you should fall
I'm So Sorry • [1 Mar'1982]
V1
Here we sit as it steals our youth and feelings ~ We stand alone with our work and memories
Carry us through the darkness in our eyes ~ Table for two, hopeful candlelight
Ch
I'm so sorry ~ that we can't spare the time
I'm so sorry ~ that we can't spare the time
V2
Take out the pack, another cigarette ~ Smokey spirals deep within our minds
Hand in hand, feeling sweat in the palms ~ Another smile and I've lost my way
V3
Give me a clue so I know you're here ~ Your distant lips take a sip from the glass
Conversation getting farther away ~ Killing the time not ours to use
Meaning Of Words • [1 Apr'1982]
V1
My love is many years ago ~ Forgotten with the many dreams
The smell of Sundays in the air ~ Bring back the meaning of words
V2
The stabbing eyes that stare ~ Never believe the sound of truth
Lips smile a million miles away ~ And never tell the meaning of words
V3
Breathe in and take aim ~ Face to face and still I miss
The hands are hard and wrinkled ~ And can't hear the meaning of words
V4
When I'm blind and numb ~ To any forward motion to me
How can I see or feel ~ Or ever know the meaning of words


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