John Expanding

by John Awakening

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The Best Bit Of You? First there was no reason, then there was no rhyme Captain Shag with a hole in his pocket and a mind that was lost in time Lift me up to Heaven, wave as we pass the moon We’ll fly by in the bright of night in a beautiful balloon. Waking up ‘post-coital’ on a Sunday afternoon She looks at me naked reflections I see, there’s a subtle change in the room What’s your favourite feature baby, tell me which bit you like best? Indicate, dictate or relate which is the one a ‘cut above’ the rest. It’s not your hair, not the clothes that you wear, that’s not the best bit of you It’s not your grace, not your beautiful face, that’s not the best bit of you I always seem to see ‘a good bit’ of you. The best bit about you is the way you … It’s not your face, not your satin and lace, that’s not the best bit of you It’s not the score that you keep on the door, that’s not the best bit of you The way can be rude when you’re in the mood is not the best it of you The best best about you is the way you move… … it’s the way you move me. The best bit about you is you love me too x
Liberty 04:25
I’ve been finding it hard to sleep, I’ve had no luck with counting sheep I’m awake all night cos I’m not feelin’ right I sit all alone in bed, the books I’ve opened lie unread All across the floor, there’s barely room to reach the door When we broke up I cried a lot and I still don’t know where I stand with you I found closure on many things but it comes down to me understanding you Now, we’re not speaking too, so what am I supposed to do Open fields where the dogs ran free, constantly nudging at my memory you’re still there with me, if only metaphorically The routes I take are the ones you taught and everyone brings the same old thought that I want you near cos Darling, I still hold you dear Since we parted my thoughts cleared fast now I’me more ‘sorted’ than when you last saw me I’ve found closure on the things we shared and all the time I find that I’ve been scared of me, or at least, how alone I’d be once consigned to your history Since I started to get it together, I started doubting that I could ever have loved I don’t want to cling to false feelings of comfort, like some lost soul who gives all his promise for free And I don’t need your sympathy, all I’m looking for is Liberty An email, a letter, a phone call, a song, which way’s right or are always wrong and would you listen to me? and how I think that we could be My words fall like birds with too many feathers, soft and clumsy in difficult weather when the weather is fine, could we share a bottle of wine, a Cava would be just fine could you be a friend of mine
Talk To Me 05:53
Talk to me, tell me all your dreams, I will share mine if you talk to me Walk with me, down to where the water feeds the vine, come walk with me Through fields of joy and pleasure we’ll stroll at leisure to the sea sunset is our golden treasure, we’ll talk of treasure still to see these things could be if you walk with me. Sing with me, sing in harmony with me and rhyme when you sing with me dance with me, move my body gently, be devine when you dance with me To the rhythm of the ocean’s heart beat, know that we’ll learn each step in time For our inspiration we’ll have constant celebration on our minds You’ll dance beautifully when you dance with me. Tou’ll sing heavenly when you sing with me Your eyes are clear as water, you’re the ocean’s daughter, oh please be mine I come to you in peace, I would be yours if you’re so inclined and we could find that we’re of one mind, we could find that we’re two of a kind Drink to me, toast my health to me as I toast to you and your beauty too Fly with me, lose yourself in the freedom of the air, free from care Take a line to the planets, let the universe provide for us in space You’re a shooting star I feel a comet’s glow each time that I see your face Take my hand and see if you fly with me. You’re at liberty to talk to me.
Fugitive 05:35
Have you ever been held in a cold, grey cell in the darkest place, only walls to face have you ever been scared to go home at night to answer your door, they might be there to pick you up and lock you away for the night have you ever felt hunted, not safe where you live, You’re a Fugitive Don’t go to this place, you can’t talk to him don’t pass my doorway, you’ll be in trouble again Have you ever felt hounded within an inch of despair and you can’t understand just why she’d want to drive you there and you can’t forget she won’t let you forgive You’re a Fugitive Now, it’s a fatal attraction get’s you into this mess and the more that you’re drawn in the more you find that more is less A wise, wise man learns to calm himself down cos if you live by the sword, it will surely cut you down I hope you never get busted, hope you never have to live Like a Fugitive Well I’m not leaving my house, changing my name, hiding in doorways, weeping in shame I won’t be hounded out, if that’s her aim, I’m not going to play that stupid game I’m only looking for justice, it must be found, the future’s uncertain but I’m not going down I won’t travel the highways that’s no way to live I won’t be a Fugitive
Pride 04:45


Here lies a very personal group of songs, of course, which I have realised as 'full band' studio recordings. I would like to thank the anti-social, enforced isolation for getting through these.


released May 3, 2020

John McColm


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John McColm Macclesfield, UK

John is an independant musician from the UK. Apprenticed in 2000 for three years as a street musician, he now plays a set born from the need to play 'songs people know' whilst remaining true to his own musical instincts. Known in Macclesfield and Aschaffenburg', his music holds the listener in a spell primarily based on rhythm but ultimately cast by the intensity of the vocal performance. ... more

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