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John Lodge

NATURAL AVENUE

Album Information

Natural Avenue 1977
1977 Album Cover

 LIST OF SONGS
  1. Intro To Children Of Rock'N'Roll
  2. Natural Avenue
  3. Summer Breeze
  4. Carry Me
  5. Who Could Change
  6. Broken Dreams Hard Road
  7. Piece Of My Heart
  8. Rainbow
  9. Say You Love Me
10. Children Of Rock'N'Roll

BONUS TRACKS ON 1996 EDITION
11. Street Cafe
12. Threw It All Away
Natural Avenue 1996
1996 CD Cover

Intro To Children Of Rock 'N Roll
John Lodge

You have to know 
Where you're going 
Before you say "good-bye" 
You have to know 
What you're asking 
Before you ask "why?"

Natural Avenue
John Lodge

Walking the line that 
Takes you between your eyes 
Showing a place where 
Nobody has to hide 
Keeping it straight is 
Only not living a lie 

Drifting on life and 
Nobody missing you 
Look for a while and see 
What skid row can do 
Tom fool fell for a 
Back street point of view 

All my life I've tried 
Oh how I've tried 
Suddenly I'm there 
There's a feeling in the air 
I can feel it 
I can feel it 
I can feel it 

All my life I've tried 
Oh how I've tried 
Suddenly I'm there 
There's a feeling in the air 
Here on Natural Avenue 

Living on air you take 
>From the Earth for free 
Money you make to pay 
For this liberty 
Tenement dreams are 
Missing reality 

Walking the line that 
Takes you between your eyes 
Showing a place where 
Nobody has to hide 
I'm walking the line down 
Natural Avenue 

I'm doin' fine on Natural Avenue
Natural Avenue
Natural Avenue
Natural Avenue


 

Summer Breeze
John Lodge

Would you like to tell me 
All the secrets that you know?
Would you like to tell me 
While you're thinking 
I want to tell you 
Everything I know 

How hard I try 
I'll not understand why 
'Cause there's nobody here 
Nobody here but me 

How hard I see 
I'll not understand me 
'Cause there's nobody here 
Nobody here I see 

Summer breeze 
Whisper softly through the trees 
Make my cares slip away 
My thoughts drift away from view 

Summer song 
Make my day, make it long 
Help this world walk on by 
On its Natural Avenue 

Would you like to tell me 
All the secrets that you know?
Would you like to tell me 
If you're asking 
I want to tell you 
Everything I know 

How hard I try 
I'll not understand why 
'Cause there's nobody here 
Only my love for you 

Summer breeze, summer breeze 
Summer song, summer song 

How hard I see 
I'll not understand me 
'Cause there's nobody here 
Nobody here but me 

Summer breeze 
Whisper softly through the trees 
Make my day slip away 
My thoughts drift away from view 

Summer song 
Make my day, make it long 
Help this world walk on by 
On its Natural Avenue 

Summer breeze, summer breeze 
Summer song, summer song 
Summer Breeze, bummer breeze 

Carry Me
John Lodge

Make me the captain of your Pirate Ship 
Paint all the clouds the color of "no" 
Drift on the warm wind of your secret world 
Hang on to your star stream 
Make the sun reappear 
Make the dark disappear 
>From my night sky 
Fly away 
Fly away 

Carry me, carry me 
Carry me, carry me 

Show me your island of a thousand names 
Washed by the tide of time gone by 
High on your mountain we can share the view 
There for a short while 
In the corner of an eye 
Is a dream passing by 
In my night sky 
Fly away 
Fly away 

Carry me, carry me 
Carry me, carry me 

Would you believe me 
Would you believe when I tell you 
Would you believe me 
Would you believe when I tell you 
All the dreams you found are mine 

Carry me, carry me 

Still is the new day as the dawn unfolds 
Gone is the white horse that carried us home 
Lost to the morning all your deepest fears 
Watched over safely 
By the words of a prayer 
And the love that we share 
In our night sky 
Fly away 
Fly away 

Carry me, carry me 

Who Could Change
John Lodge

Who could change 
Or rearrange 
The love I have for you 
Who could feel 
The way I feel 
The way you make me do 

Nothing I can say 
Will make this feeling go 
Nothing I will say 
No word no thought will show 
Take it away, take it away 
>From me, from me 

Who could know 
Begin to show 
The love before my eyes 
Who could dream 
Know what it means 
Of love the way you do 

Somewhere in this 
Crazy Dream 
That we call life 
Someone who can give 
You time and rest from strife 
Take it away, take it away 
From me, from me 

Who could change 
Or rearrange 
The love I have for you 
Who could feel 
The way I feel 
The way you make me do 

Who would know 
Or even show 
Their dream before my eyes 
Who would try 
So hard they cry 
And never say a word 

Who can see 
The way you see 
I'm down upon my knees 
Who can hide 
The hurt inside 
In love that's part of you 

Who has thought 
Of no-one else 
No love no dream denied 
Who has made my life complete 
The reason that I live 

Broken Dreams, Hard Road
John Lodge

I looked everywhere 
Thought that I would find you 
Through the night 
Shadows dancing in the moonlight 
Broken dreams, hard road 

Wish I could write of the love 
I have known in my lifetime 
Wish I could find just one word 
One small line 
When I'm down 
The world has gone and changed 
Its face 
The world has gone and changed 
Its place
While we were dreaming 
For the Human Race 

I know I've been down this road many times, many ways 
In my lifetime 
And somehow the path that you've walked 
In your life 
Has led to me 

Your love has gone and changed my world 
Your love has changed the world I see 
While I was waiting, you came to me 

I looked everywhere 
Knew that I would find you 
Through the night 
Shadows dancing in the moonlight 
Broken dreams, hard road 

Hard, hard road 
Hard road 
Hard, hard road 

Piece Of My Heart
John Lodge

I can remember the 
Words that you say 
Seems like forever 
Or was it today 
The cold light of dawn broke in two 
The one part of me 
That was you 
'Cause you're the one that went 
And stole a piece of my heart 

High on our hillside 
We both shared the view 
Talking of people 
We thought we knew 
How could that dream fade away 
And fall on the ground where we lay 
'Cause you're the one that went 
And stole a piece of my heart 

Oh well, you must be 
Twenty-three by now 
Married with kids of your own 
And the little boy 
Is three 
Does he look like me?
It's a long way from freedom 
It's a long way from home 

I can remember 
The words that you say 
Seemed like forever 
Was taken away 
When time made its own point of view 
On the promise 
Two young people knew 
'Cause you're the one that went 
And stole a piece of my heart 
'Cause you're the one that went 
And stole a piece of my heart 

'Cause you're the one that went 
And stole a piece of my heart 

Rainbow
John Lodge

Make my life a Rainbow 
Paint it every day 
Break my heart or even sin 
Do it, right away 

Make my life the morning 
A promise for today 
Break my heart or let me in 
Do it, right away 

If I have to lose you for a while 
If I have to lose your loving smile 
If I have to lose your loving ways 
If I have 
Make my life worthwhile 

Make my life a Rainbow 
Paint it every day 
Make my heart forever sing 
Do it, right away 

Make my life a lifetime 
Never walk away 
Like the wind upon the sand 
Can't blow it all away 

If I have to lose you for a while 
If I have to lose your loving smile 
If I have to lose your loving ways 
If I have 
Make my life worthwhile 

Make my life a Rainbow 
Turn your face away 
Look upon the setting sun and 
Rainbow fade away 

Say You Love Me
John Lodge

If I could read you like a book 
If I could read your second look 
If I could be the one you love 
The one you're thinking of 

I wouldn't need these eyes 
I wouldn't need to see 
I wouldn't need to hear your voice 
Say you love me 

If I could stay here for a while 
If I could hang on to your smile 
If I could turn your loving ways 
Upon my lonely days 

I wouldn't need these eyes 
I wouldn't need to see 
I wouldn't need to hear your voice 
Say you love me 
Say you love me 

I tried so hard to find 
The reason you came my way 
And now I can't believe my eyes 
Are you here to stay? 

If all the world came falling down 
And lay in pieces on the ground 
With only darkness from above 
If I could touch your love 

I wouldn't need these eyes 
I wouldn't need to see 
I wouldn't need to hear your voice 
Say you love me 
Say you love me 

Children Of Rock 'N' Roll
John Lodge

You have to know 
Where you're going 
Before you say "good-bye" 
You have to know 
What you're asking 
Before you ask why

And I think to myself 
Wonderful way 
My world revolves just a different way 
And I think for a while 
Reflecting a smile 
If changes are coming 
I gotta say 

You have to know 
Where you're going 
Before you say "good-bye" 
You have to know 
What you're asking 
Before you ask why

Love, love 
Children of rock 'n' roll
Love, love 
Raised on rock 'n' roll

I remember all the words of 
Love that we sang out of tune 
Waving good-bye to a generation 
As we danced by the light of the moon 

I remember oh so clear 
How the world looked from Blueberry Hill 
When you sang all the songs 
On a six-string guitar 
And it made you a rock 'n' roll Star 

You have to know 
Where you're going 
Before you say "good-bye" 
You have to know 
What you're asking 
Before you ask why

You have to know 
Where you're going 
Before you say "good-bye" 
You have to know 
What you're asking 
Before you ask why

Children of rock 'n' roll
Raised on rock 'n' roll
Children of rock 'n' roll
We played Elysian Park 
Until the night was dark 

Children of rock 'n' roll
We traveled eight miles high 
We never saw the sky 

Children of rock 'n' roll
We had a beautiful day
When an island gave way to the 
Children of rock 'n' roll
And in the garden of dreams 
We found out what it means 
To be the 
Children of rock 'n' roll 
Raised on rock 'n' roll 
Raised on rockin' 
Raised on rockin' 
Raised on rockin' ways 

Raised on rockin' 
Raised on rockin'
Raised in rockin' days 


 
BONUS TRACKS RELEASED ON CD

Street Cafe
John Lodge

The music played from the street cafe
All the people were passing in a distant haze 
When you walked by 
And I'm lonely and need someone to talk to 

I said "Hello girl 
Would you walk with me?
I got nowhere to go 
And I'd much rather be 
Taking a chance that you had more 
Than a fancy way about you" 

So tell me girl 
Where will it end, rescue me 
The music you send 
I'll play in the end, rescue me 

The way you smiled was like a rising sun 
You set a burning inside from which I should have run 
But you walked by 
And I was lonely and need someone to talk to 

You blew my mind just like a neutron bomb 
You left a shell outside where I could never come from 
Now you walk by 
You say you're lonely and need someone to talk to 

So tell me girl 
Where will it end, rescue me 
'Cause the music you send 
I'll play in the end, rescue me 

I should respect your point of view 
But what can I say when I'm in love with you 
When nothing makes sense 
I'm gonna take one more chance that you can love too 

So tell me girl 
When will it end, rescue me 
'Cause the music you send 
I'll play in the end, rescue me 

The music played from the street cafe
Rescue me 
Rescue me 


 

Threw It All Away
John Lodge

And when I see you, my lips can't speak 
And when I'm near you, my heart goes weak 
All I'm searching for, all I can say 
You've taken everything I had
And thrown it all away 

And when I touch you, you send a shiver to my mind 
And when my eyes close, I see you all the time 
All I'm certain of, all I can say 
I gave you all the love I had
You've thrown it all away 

Lover [Lover] 
Can you hear me calling? [Hear me calling]
Lover [Lover] 
Can you hear me calling you? [Hear me calling, calling you]
What can I say? 
What can I do?

[Taken everything you've had 
And thrown it all away]

All I'm searching for
All I can say 
You've taken everything I had
And thrown it all away 


 

Album Information:
Released Jan 28, 1977 by London Records
Words and music by John Lodge
Produced and engineered by Tony Clarke
Orchestra arranged and conducted by Brian Rogers

Recorded at Theshold Studios, London
Recording Engineers: Derek Varnals, Dave Baker
Mixed at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles
Mixing engineer: Tim Sadler

John Lodge Portraits by Terry O'Neill
Original Album Cover produced by Martyn & Roger Dean 1977 Dragon's Way Ltd

Original CD release: Apr/May 1987 by Decca Records with bonus track Street Cafe
CD Cover: Wherefore Art?

CD Re-release: May 1, 1996 with bonus tracks Street Cafe and Threw It All Away

Bonus Tracks:
"Street Cafe" produced by Pip Williams
"Threw It All Away" produced by Tony Clarke and Pip Williams

Singles:
Feb 1977 Say You Love Me / Natural Avenue
Mar 1977 Children of Rock'n'Roll / Piece Of My Heart
Jul 1977 Summer Breeze / Rainbow
Sep 19, 1980 Street Cafe / Threw It All Away
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