West Coast Persona 98 - EP

by john southworth

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1.
Spies on the beach There are spies in our high lifeguard seats Spies apply sunscreen on our future Miss Virginia Spies on the beach Parking cars for the czars of Palm Springs Spies are caddying our Heisman trophy winners Now that our love is a global concern I’m out Maybe you’ll get what you always deserved but I’m out Out of this sponsored eye To the next galaxy Spies on the beach In the sand with suntanned inductees Spies are retiring to our sunny Sarasota Spies are on the beach With the stars entourage windsurfing Spies are catering to the heads of General Motors
2.
Cathy was born on Sandy Hill Road Just a five-minute walk to her dear Auntie Rose Where she played everyday just after the war in the summer Cathy grew tall she grew tall for fifteen She learned shorthand and worked as a temp making tea And she dated a ted while she dated a mod for a summer And she’s never been so proud Cathy grew up in London Town Falling in love on a weeknight out Walking down King Cross Road that summer She gave half her pay to her poor Mum and Dad Till she moved up to St. John’s Wood in a flat With two sweet Jewish boys and her best friend from Eastbourne, Rhonda Till one day she met a man in a Jag From the pop music world with the dice in his hands And they married one afternoon late one summer And she’s never been so proud She’s the life of every crowd And she’s always going out Cathy grew up in London Town Falling in love on a weeknight out The prettiest girl in all of Croydon Cathy grew up in London Town She always looked up when the world looked down Walking home in the rain one summer Cathy we love ya
3.
It’s not about us It’s not about any one thing It’s time I brought up the way that I’m truly feeling I’m not mad or confused It was right for us to love I’m truly glad I found you But there’s more to life than us It’s not about you You couldn’t be more endearing You know I’m for you You know that I’m all for you I want the chance to take risks To live each day to the max I can’t get trapped this is it It’s too easy to lay back It’s about me Let me find a way to make each new day Shine a little brighter And it’s about dreams That I’ve tucked away, girl Ever since the day, girl That we came together To live one’s life in full To can say that you’ve truly lived Well I guess that I want it all And I’m ready to begin It’s not about us It’s about a true life feeling This means more than us I’m talking ‘bout life’s true meaning
4.
Well I love to take her shopping in the capitals of the world These are the things I do on earth In Geneva I buy diamonds and in Brussels I buy pearls These are the things I do on earth Why the money is no object when your hobby is romance These are the things I do on earth So I will treat her to a night on Pennsylvania Avenue These are the things I do on earth These are the things I do on earth That make me happy So darn happy That it almost seems absurd To be me Every minute that I’m with her I make sure she feels adored These are the things I do on earth I’ll take the presidential cabin at the foot of Mount Rushmore With all the secret service perks Then we’ll amble through Augusta ‘neath the Eisenhower pine These are the things I do on earth These are the things I do on earth That make her happy So darn happy That it almost seems absurd To love her These are things I do on earth I do on earth for you These are things I do on earth I do on earth for you These are things I do on earth I do on earth for you I still write a weekly column for the Washington bachelor Whenever patronage concerns And if I ever run for office I will ask her to be mine These are the things we do on earth that make us happy So darn happy that it almost seems absurd to be free
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Who’s great idea was this? Some of us can’t even kiss anymore Some of us can’t go outside Some of us can’t even look at the moon Why must we beg on the streets? Some of us beg on the big city streets Some of us can’t go to work anymore How can you work when there’s love in the air? This is no time for art This is a time for community work How can you work when there’s nothing to do but pretend that you’re flying like birds? To the last place on earth Why don’t we fall in love? It’s the last place on earth for us We can’t go on like this Must our teenagers grow to be psychiatrists? Some of us feel that we shouldn’t exist ‘coz there putting our memories on big epic screens So sleep through the next civil war Sleep in the beds in the furniture stores Some of us don’t follow sports anymore Some of us still go to school without food This is no time for art This is a time for community work How can you work when there’s nothing to do but pretend that you’re flying like birds? To the last place on earth What a handsome idea With a chance of romance To the last place on earth Why don’t we fall in love? It’s the last place on earth for us

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originally recorded in 1998

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released July 17, 2012

produced & arranged by Jono Grant
songs written by John Southworth

photo by Claire Milne
layout & design by Yesim Tosuner

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Est. 1996; b. Cuckfield 1972; great grandson of Mary Sullivan washerwoman b. Cork 1872; descendant of Saint John Southworth martyr d. Tyburn 1654

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