Northern Slums to Western Dreams

by Les Cotton

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" Why the title ? "

My Great Grandparents, Ben and Ellen Cotton, grew up in the notorious Angel Meadow area of Manchester in the 1800s...described by Engels as...
" The lowest, most filthy, most unhealthy and most wicked locality...full off cellars inhabited by prostitutes, their bullies, thieves, cadgers, vagrants in the very worst sties of filth and darkness... "

We are indeed fortunate to be "Where We Are Today"...

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released December 8, 2013

Les Cotton -
All Guitars / Bass / Drum programming / Vocals / Synth Pads / Recording / Mixing / Mastering / Sleeve Art

Special thanks to Peter Rand for Keyboards on "Homecoming" also thanks to Bjorn Nilsen , Author and Acoustiic Guitar, on "Homecoming"

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Track Name: Bright Enough For Shades
standing at the bus stop
trying not to get shot
blending into the night
if i wernt paranoid i'd be alright

looking for the right change
make it new or rearrange
choices to be made
tomorrow could be bright enough for shades

drowning in a sea of information overload
a million ways to make me change my mind
if i had it all i'd still want more
like a thousand times before
take some, give some, leave it all behind


looking at me, looking at you
Why do you love me like you do?
looking at you, looking at me
There's no place that I'd rather be.

tomorrow is a new day
You can't win if you don't play
set your sights for the sun
no regrets, the party's just begun

so head out on the highway
Lock the door and throw away
things you just dont need
Satisfaction is guaranteed

drowning in a sea of information overload
a million ways to make me change my mind
if i had it all i'd still want more
like a thousand times before
take some, give some, leave it all behind

looking at you, looking at me
There's no place that I'd rather be.
looking at me, looking at you
Why do you love me like you do?

looking at you, looking at me
There's no place that I'd rather be.
looking at me, looking at you
Why do you love me like you do?
Track Name: Question
When Life becomes a Movie scene
and nothings as its ever been
reality is struggling to find you

who to be and what you see
questions and democracy
stuff the world and leave the past behind you

who am i to question
what you need to carry on
then watch your world exploding into flames

who am i to ask you
what the hell is goin on?
set the sails and turn another page

its all the same to me
its just a name to be
the person you believe
is hiding up your sleeve
still running from the world

who am i to ask you
what the hell is goin on?
set the sails and turn another page

set the sails and turn another page

its all the same to me
its just a name to be
the person you believe
is hiding up your sleeve
still running from the world
Track Name: The Answer
I dream of days when we drive away
without a single word to say
or worry about things we left behind us

just you and I and a deep blue sky
a six pack and a bottle of wine
head full of dreams and nothing on our mind

gaze into the distance
its all becoming clear
path of least resistance
must be getting near

fly like an eagle
ride like the wind
run like hell and never look behind
head for the place where the road meets the sky
make it today if we really try
rainbow lane is always on my mind...
always on my mind

is it you, or is it me ?
is this the way it meant to be ?
dont you know the sun shines on the righteous

the wind has blown your thoughts away
the millionth word you'd ever say
has gone beyond the line of the horizon

we're kids again
round the bends the answer
i'll be your fool
Track Name: Goin With The Flow
summer came then went away
theres not a lot that i can say
to make you understand the way i feel

i loved you then and a love you now
its hard for me to know just how
you stuck with me thru all my crazy deals

unconditional surrender
will be your friend and sole defender
melt into the background knowing
its all for real, the feelings growing

Sitting in the rain
i'm really glad you came
talk some bull sh** , watch the flowers grow
drink some wine and we'll dream
drifting off upstream
chasin rainbows searching high and low
goin with the flow

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Playing games and taking chances
all wrapped up in circumstances
you never know you can until you try

no one ever thought to mention
happiness is your own invention
peace of mind is impossible to buy

unconditional surrender
will be your friend and sole defender
melt into the background knowing
its all for real, the feelings growing

Sitting in the rain
i'm really glad you came
talk some bull sh** , watch the flowers grow
drink some wine and we'll dream
drifting off upstream
chasin rainbows searching high and low
goin with the flow
Track Name: One Of Those Days
its one of those days when your fallin apart
and you cant see what it means
its one of those days to be breakin your heart
burstin at the seams

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its so hard to be a poet
when your words have blown away
so easy to have nothin left to say
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its one of those days...
when you're feelin lonely
its one of those days...
when the sun wont shine
its one of those days...
stringin words together that just dont rhyme

its one of those days...
to be feelin sorry
its one of those days...
when you just dont care
its one of those days...
when the worlds against yo
it just aint fair
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Its one of those days when nothins in tune
you've lost your ryme n reason
Missin the sun so you stare at the moon
needin somethin to believe in

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its so hard to be a poet
when your words have blown away
so easy to have nothin left to say
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its one of those days...
when you're feelin lonely
its one of those days...
when the sun wont shine
its one of those days...
stringin words together that just dont rhyme

its one of those days...
to be feelin sorry
its one of those days...
when you just dont care
its one of those days...
when the worlds against yo
it just aint fair
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its one of those days...
its one of those days...
its one of those days...
its one of those days...
Track Name: Photograph
Your picture speaks a thousand words
I never met you, but I heard
your laughter ringing in my ears

I never lnew you, but I know
your smile could melt the coldest snow
forever summer in your world

Here I sit, years apart
you can almost touch my heart
don't break it

Here I sit, years apart
you can almost touch my heart
don't break it...

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Photograph
mine is not to reason why you found me
Photograph
whisper from beyond the sky
Echoes from the edge of time...
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Mysteries you left behind
I was always mean't to find
hidden in the pages, there's a meaning

You did the things you wanted to
never had to give up on your dreaming
never had to give up on your dreaming...

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Photograph
mine is not to reason why you found me
Photograph
whispers from beyond the sky
Its just a ...photograph
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whisper from beyond the sky
Echoes from the edge of time...
Track Name: This One's For You
For the girl with the faraway look in her eyes
for the one that kept telling me too many lies
.....its for you, this ones for you

For the one with the hotpants that zipped from behind
For the one who loved Ziggy and messed with my mind
......its for you, this ones for you

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I wouldn't be what I am today without you
Those bitter memories just made me see
there's a world beyond the darkness of the city
and a hand that's reaching out to set me free
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For the one that held hands as we walked in the park
For the one in the cellar that danced in the dark
......its for you, this ones for you

for the angel in bluejeans just over the fence
for the one who was crazy, but made so much sense
......its for you, this ones for you

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I wouldn't be what I am today without you
Those bitter memories just made me see
there's a world beyond the darkness of the city
and a hand that's reaching out to set me free
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for the one in the house at the side of the tracks
for the one with my number that never called back
......its for you, this ones for you

The one that took my breath away
a fleeting glimpse that never stayed
......its for you, this ones for you

This ones for you...oooh...ooh
This songs for you...oooh...ooh

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