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Keep It Under Your Hat

by Nick Ward

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1.
I was 9 years old and so in love With a fine young girl from the street above With her long brown hair and fire in her eyes She left me dazed and stupefied How could I impress a girl like that? Take her for a spin at the bicycle track There was just one thing that I would need The coolest ride on two wheels Wind in her hair Sun in her eyes Didn’t have a care Wheels in the sky on my chopper bike What young girl wouldn’t want to be A pillion rider with me I want that girl oh yes it’s true And a red Rayleigh chopper too I was 9 years old and so in love With a fine young girl from the street above With her long brown hair and fire in her eyes She left me dazed and stupefied Wind in her hair Sun in her eyes Didn’t have a care Wheels in the sky on my chopper bike The moon only shines when kissed by sun She kissed my cheek and off she run If I had to choose the best I like I’m sure I’d go with my chopper bike
2.
Born beneath a silver crescent moon With the valleys green Cattle sleeping He grew up too soon He was no more cowboy than alley cat Gun in his vest Heart on his chest And a John B Stetson hat With a wink and a smile And no word of a lie He said ‘Son can you keep a secret?’ ‘I stole this hat from ol’ Hank Williams’ He told the tale way back in '52 He took that hat From a cadillac Drunk on the moon With a wink and a smile And no word of a lie He said ‘Son can you keep a secret?’ ‘I stole this hat from ol’ Hank Williams’ He said ‘Son can you keep a secret?’ ‘I stole this hat off ol’ Hank Williams’
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Seventeen 02:47
Age corrupts you The more you see you hate Time makes you jaded While years seal your fate Oh daylight What have you done to me now The sun falls upon us Like ash from the sky Days never slow down And time slips on by Oh sweet world Why won’t you stop going round Seventeen I wish I was seventeen I feel the same, do you feel the way When you were seventeen Risks are for taking Before it’s too late There’s no other world for to Make your escape Is time really The healer it’s made out to be Seventeen I wish I was seventeen I feel the same, do you feel the way When you were seventeen Ah cursing the days & the Nights are wasted on me tell me Why did it take me so long to Feel that I have so much to give To believe in the life that I live Seventeen I wish I was seventeen I feel the same, do you feel the way When you were seventeen
4.
I feel the sun has gone out of this life I feel the winter’s come to last forever I feel the corner’s turned, we’re on the home run Who will raise the dead? Raise a smile, raise your hell Sink like a stone Without a trace, without a soul Come see the broken heart of mother nature Come see us drift apart, a world divided Come see us suffocate under a world of red tape Who will raise the dead? Raise a smile, raise your hell Sink like a stone Without a trace, without a soul
5.
Mack lived at the edge of town Such a complicated man Only ever see him when The sun goes down He said the voices in his head Tellin’ him go do some bad So he shot Eliza dead And put her in the playground On the carousel Where he laid her head Her peaceful eyes Staring to the skies Mack he was a lawman’s son Confessing of the crime he’d done Upon the ground he threw his gun Cryin’ mercy Now the voices in his head As silent as the grave is dead A bullet hole that never bled Cryin’ an cursin’ And the swings did blow By a wind so cold And her mother’s eyes Brown from dust, red from cryin’

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released October 23, 2020

Nick Ward - vocals, acoustic guitars, harmonica, glockenspiel, tambourine, stompbox
Andrew 'Wal' Coughlan - electric bass, double bass, piano, shaker, organ
Teri Ward - vocals
Andrew Millard - fiddle
Recorded at Bridgerow Studios, Wales
Produced, mixed and mastered by Andrew 'Wal' Coughlan
All songs written by Nick Ward
Audiofile Records

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Nick Ward Porthcawl, UK

Nick Ward is a singer-songwriter. He lives by the sea in South Wales, UK.

He has been signed to London based independent label Audiofile Records since 2009 and has many releases to his name.

Nick isn't afraid to delve into different genres, from pop to rock, folk to country, whatever the genre Nick's sound is unmistakable.
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