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Stanley Road: The Changing Man

This has to be one of my favorite tracks on Stanley Road I love the guitaring, I like the riff and the sound Paul gets from the guitar, he played this from some old marshall valve combos, those old times love the sound of a valve amplifier as they feel you get a a much warmer tone from the guitar. This song projects that point wonderfully. The changing man is a great song which reflects things which happen to Paul as life is going by. Its also a song which could reflect many parts of our own life.

Lyrics: Broken Stones, by Paul Weller

Broken Stones is a classic track written by Paul Weller taken from the wonderful album Stanley road, This song has a a great feel around the whole song, the piano rhythm is classic as well as irregular making it sound totally original. This is a song favoured by many fans, Paul also played a version of the song with guitar which is also an interesting version, you can find it here on YouTube.

Lyrics: Stanley Road, by Paul Weller

Stanley Road is the title of the album where these classic tracks are played and I love this song, it really does bring back memories of things which happened in the past in my life. In fact this is why Paul Weller songs mean so much to me, they reflect things which have happen and still do happen in my life, in addition to that he projects those emotions and events in a very desirable way. Stanley Road is a wonderful example of Paul’s Great writing skills.

I took a trip down boundary lane
Try an’ find myself again
At least the part I left somewhere
Buried under a hedgerow near
A lazy bridge on a hot afternoon
Water glistening while it plays a tune
Cloud burst on a rainy day
Wiping all my sleep away

Uh-huh oh-yeh! uh-huh oh-yeh!
Always there to confuse and fool ya
Uh-huh oh-yeh! uh-huh oh-yeh!
Always there to confuse and fool you

And in my mind I saw the place
As each memory returned to trace
Dear reminders of who I am
The very roots upon which I stand

And there they were for all to see
My long, lost, used to be’s
And all the dreams I had to dream
Were really something, not make believe

Uh-huh oh-yeh! uh-huh oh-yeh!
Always there to confuse and fool ya
Uh-huh oh-yeh! uh-huh oh-yeh!
Always there to confuse and fool you

A lazy tree by a wishing well
I wish now that I could tell
If all the dreams I used to dream
Are really something or make believe

Uh-huh oh-yeh! uh-huh oh-yeh!
Always there to confuse and fool ya
Uh-huh oh-yeh! uh-huh oh-yeh!
Always there to confuse and fool you

Written by Paul John Weller • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics: Porcelain Gods, by Paul Weller

Porcelain Gods is my least favorite on the Stanley road CD none the less its not a bad track when you listen to it a few times however it never really grabbed me the way others did on the CD. Perhaps there are those of you who favor this track but for me it never really touched me. check the track out for yourself and make your own opinion.

Beware false prophets – take a stand!
My fortune cookie cracked up in my hand,
More advice to fill up your head
More empty words from the living dead-
Who seek to explain what can’t really be said-
And how disappointed I was
To turn out after all –
Just a porcelain God –
that shatters when it falls-
Too much will kill you – too little ain’t enough
You shout my name but I’ll call your bluff
Most who see me – see me not for real
We fake & fawn – play games ’til dawn
But I could see what you can see
And I hate too what you hate in me –
And how disappointed I am
To find me part of no plan –
Just a porcelain God –
that shatters when it falls
“Don’t lose control” – I tell myself,
Life can take many things away –
Some people will try – and take it all
They’ll pick off pieces as they watch you crawl
And how disappointed I was
To turn out after all –
Just a porcelain God –
that shatters when it falls-
That shatters when it falls.

Written by Paul John Weller • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics: Pink on white walls by Paul Weller

Pink on White Walls was a song which Paul Weller wanted the famous R& B singer Steve Winwood to sing however somehow he never got around to do so. Other rumours circulated that he wanted Joe Cocker to sing some of his songs.

Pink on White Walls main riff is played on piano a track which Paul wrote on the piano, its a lovely melodic song and well worth learning and listening too again and again. In fact when you listen to the album Stanley road it will be hard to have a favorite as so many songs on the CD are so good Pink on White Walls written by Paul Weller is no exception.

The sun shone pink on white walls
And the trees stood so tall
Defiant, proud and loud against the sky.
There’s no sign, there’s no plan
There ain’t even a helping hand
Just the bitter tang of sweet virtue.
Don’t waste your time –
Don’t hesitate –
Life is but a moment, you can’t wait,
Go & have your fun –
Go & lose your mind –
But can you get back to the ones you left behind?
When it comes, it comes quick!
An’ when you’re least expecting it
But the top’s the bottom, an’ the bottom is all you got.
The sun shone pink on my wall
And the trees stand so tall
I’m empty now – but funny how –
Defiant, proud & loud against the sky.

Written by Paul John Weller • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics: Out of the sinking by Paul Weller

Out of the Sinking is one of those great tracks which has nice guitar riffs and tasteful guitar phrases combined with nice licks. So you take a way the vocals and there is a distinctive sound. When Paul’s combines his vocals with this track its absolutely brilliant.

There is a part of the song where there is a standard rock beat used, I can recall seeing P. Weller play this song live with one guitar when he started having Steve Cradock play guitar with him and they played this part together the strength of two guitars gave a much stronger effect to the song.

Lyrics

Past midnight’s hold
Where the world’s awaiting
I’ll wait for you love
But I close my eyes, as there’s pain too in paradise
Hey baby say, just what you’re thinking
Know I know it, yeah, feel I’m sinking
Know I feel it, I know you feel it too
Across the water, there’s a boat that
Will take us away

It is shining for me
All I need to be
But I can’t find the key
The one to make me believe

Late at night
When the world is dreaming
Way past the stars
That ignore our fate, all twinkle too late to save us
So we save ourselves.

Hey baby do, just what you’re thinking
Know I know it, yeah, feel I’m sinking
Know I feel it, I know you feel it too
Across the water, there’s a boat that
Will take us away

Far from the madness, out of the sadness
Into sunlight, out of the sinking
You know I feel it, I know you it too
Across the water, there’s a boat that will take us away
And there we will stay
Written by Paul John Weller • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics: You do something to me, by Paul Weller

I have been a Paul Weller fan for many years and this track is yet another example of many of just what a great song writer “Weller” is. The album Stanley Road illustrates that point perfectly well. Hats off to one of the greatest song writers ever the one and only Weller for writing another classic song and Album.

You do something to me, something deep inside
I’m hanging on the wire for a love I’ll never find
You do something wonderful then chase it all away
Mixing my emotions that throws me back again
Hanging on the wire, I’m waiting for the change
I’m dancing through the fire, just to catch a flame
an’ feel real again

You do something to me somewhere deep inside
I’m hoping to get close to a peace I cannot find

Dancing through the fire just to catch a flame
Just to get close to, just close enough
To tell you that…..

You do something to me something deep inside.

Lyrics: I Walk on Gilded Splinters, by Paul Weller

Here is a beat giving the impression of African Zulu Drums and it gives a great impression again the beat sounds really authentic and hard driving, its a great track with good music and intelligent lyrics. The idea of Gilded Splinters puts your thoughts into all directions. I think the title of the song I walk on guilded splinters is well suited also very original.

Some people think they jive me
But I know they must be crazy
Don’t see their misfortune
I guess they’re just too lazy

Je suie le grand zombie
My yellow belt of chosen
Ain’t afraid of no tomcat
Fill my brains with poison

Walk through the fire
Fly through the smoke
See my enemy
At the end of their rope

Walk on pins and needles
See what they can do
Walk on guilded splinters
With the King of the Zulu

Walk to me, get it, come, come
Walk on guilded splinters
Walk to me, get it, come, come
Walk on guilded splinters

Till I burn up
Till I burn up
Till I burn up
Till I burn up

I roll out my coffin
Drink poison in my chalice
Pride begins to fade
And you all feel my malice

Put gris-gris on your doorstep
And soon you be in the gutter
Melt your heart like butter
And I can make you stutter

Walk to me, get it, come, come
Walk on guilded splinters
Walk to me, get it, come, come
Walk on guilded splinters

Till I burn up
Till I burn up
Till I burn up
Till I burn up

Written by John Creaux • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, AT Last Publishing Co.