Past, Present, Future

by Les Bicyclettes de Belsize

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Past, Present, Future by Les Bicyclettes de Belsize.

Specially re-recorded versions from 'Les B's' and 'Paisley & Charlie's' back catalogue to accompany live performances during Summer 2015 (London and Norway).

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released August 13, 2015

A Shamrock Street Production.

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Les Bicyclettes de Belsize London, UK

Picture the scene …if Tom Bell, Olivia Hussey, David Barry, Leonard Whiting, Tom Courtenay, Arthur Lowe, Barry Evans and Judy Geeson were all in a bedsit together, sipping wine and idly chatting, maybe this is what they'd listen to ? ?

Oh, and of course, Jacques Tati …

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'Jacques Tati Sur Le Velo' cover art by Justine Lecouffe
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Track Name: Beatnik Song
I drove my battered car to your flat on Beatnik Street
I carried all my books on Art and Poetry
I wore my turtle neck and my jeans, they both were black
Under my duffle-coat, I kept an old Jack Kerouac

And I won’t be taken for a ride
And I caught you hiding
And I won’t be taken for a ride
And I caught you hiding

I walked you home from school to your house on Bourgeoise Street
I carried all your books, on De Beauvoir and Magrite
You wore your tee-shirt, with Satre on the back
You quote Jean-Paul Belmondo, and read from Pasternak

And I won’t be taken for a ride
And I caught you hiding
And I won’t be taken for a ride
And I caught you hiding
Track Name: The Commercial
Summer Sunday’s cruel
When I lost you
Down on Spitalfields you made me feel

Like a boy again
In a second hand dress
Your looks were blessed and yet

I didn’t think you’d find
That I was quite your kind
But then you took my hand
On Commercial Street
And I found out

Autumn, birthday, school
When I lost you
Through the kissing gates I made mistakes

Like a boy again
In a third-rate song
When it all went wrong and yet

I didn’t think you’d find
That I was quite your kind
But then you took my hand
On Commercial Street
And I found out
What it was all about
On Commercial Street
Track Name: Ben Sherman
He wears his Ben Sherman
Down Carnaby Street
He looks like Noel Fielding
Cuban heels on his feet

She slaps his face in disgust
She spits him out … into the dust

He stares in Ben Sherman
In Soho at night
He’s seen Quadrophenia
He rides Jimmy’s bike

She slaps his face in disgust
She spits him out … into the dust

He wears his Ben Sherman
Down Carnaby Street
He looks like Noel Fielding
Cuban heels on his feet
Track Name: Secrets
Maybe we should talk awhile
Or maybe we could kiss awhile
Danger lies in what we do
Let’s hide away, be safe for now

And you and I
Keep secrets in our hearts and one day
You and I
Will tell them to the world

All at once it’s happening
This complicated, simple thing
If life’s a scene, or a game to play
Let’s break the rules and slip away

And you and I
Keep secrets in our hearts and one day
You and I
Will tell them to the world

I’m not asking for your thoughts, or your honesty
I’m just asking for your touch, and to stay with me
Track Name: Francois The Postman
Francois the postman rides … on his bike
Francois the postman flies … through the sky

He wants to make us laugh
A black and white photographic scene

See Jacques Tati dance … in the night
See Jacques Tati dance … for you and I

He wants to make us laugh
A black and white photographic scene

And when he comes around
You know he’ll hit the bottle … now …
Track Name: The First Day Of School
Everyday is like the first day of school
I cried and cried and cried
What a fool

Every day is like the last day of Spring
I cried and cried and cried
Silly thing

And I miss you
I miss you

Everyday is like a birthday parade
It rained and rained and rained
All day

Everyday is like the last kiss goodnight
I cried and cried and cried
Holding tight

I miss you
I miss you

And when it all goes wrong
You’ll find me laughing

I miss you ….
I miss you …
Track Name: Sebastian
She left her house and red brick road
Blanket autumn leaves had died
Sixty seven tears and closed school gates
The death of summer filled her eyes

Painting prize fell from the wall with velvet sighs

Come home, come home
Sebastian
Come home, come home
Sebastian, like lovers

Butterfly stars in her brother’s car
Some Sunday coffee-table smile
Wishing well heart and despite herself
She breaks like china, careless child

Painting prize fell from the wall with velvet sighs

Come home, come home
Sebastian
Come home, come home
Sebastian, like lovers
Track Name: Stone Lions
She kissed stone lions in Trafalgar Square
The tourists have long flown
Taxi drivers no longer stare
As she makes it home alone

Don’t trust lions, they made you
Don’t trust lions, maybe … they’ll come through

Market stalls lay in silent prayer
On Portobello Road
Dying colours in her something hair
Of yesterday’s Munro

Don’t trust lions, they made you
Don’t trust lions, maybe … they’ll come through