The Ballad of Charlie Darling

by Les Bicyclettes de Belsize

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'The Ballad of Charlie Darling' by Les Bicyclettes de Belsize - originally released in April 2013 - re-packaged and edited to 10-track album in January 2015.

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released April 1, 2013

written and produced by Charlie Darling at The Studio at the End of the Universe.

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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 …

Charlie Darling - songs, production

'Jacques Tati Sur Le Velo' cover art by Justine Lecouffe
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Track Name: Beatnik My Guest
Beatnik My Guest

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: Astronaut
Astronaut

If I was an astronaut I couldn’t … fly up to the moon for you
And if I was Superman I couldn’t … catch a flying bullet for you
If I was Cupid’s arrow, I … wouldn’t fly straight for you
And if I could beg or borrow, I … couldn’t steal your heart from you

And I’m sure enough ….. I’m not good enough, for you
And I’m sure enough ….. It’s true …

If I was a politician, I … couldn’t tell a lie for you
If I believed in superstition … Fortuna wouldn’t shine on you
If I was a shooting star, I … couldn’t burn so bright for you
All I’ve got’s this old guitar and … a song I tried to write for you

And I’m sure enough ….. I’m not good enough, for you
And I’m sure enough ….. It’s true …

No I’m not good enough for you
When your brown eyes reflect in my pale blue
Did you think I wrote this song for you
Well it’s good enough … it’s good enough for anyone but you …

And I’m sure enough ….. I’m not good enough, for you
And I’m sure enough ….. It’s true …
Track Name: Ben Sherman
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: Happy
Happy

If I could lie between your legs
And rest my head upon your breast
Then I would die happy

If I could lie upon your bed
For one last time and feel your breath
Then I would die happy

And I just want to die happy

If I could say your name once more
I know you’d be worth fighting for
Then I would die happy

I want your arms around my neck
Taste your kiss and smell your sweat
Then I would die happy

And I just want to die happy

I’ve got it all worked out, to save me
From a fate much worse than this
I’ve got it all planned out, to reach you
With one last kiss

And I just want to die happy
And I just want to die happy …
Track Name: Stop The Cavalcades
Stop The Cavalcades

I like your style … but your poetry sucks
I like your smile … but you’re out of luck
I read your books … I don’t like your looks
Your hair’s too long … I don’t like your songs

If you don’t love me please let me go
If you don’t look now you’ll never know
You’re a pleasure girl in your l-shaped room
You’re a go-between but you came too soon

I like your touch … but you hate too much
You think you’re cool … but you’re just a fool
If only others could see … you’re not impressing me
Am I the only one … who doesn’t like your songs

If you don’t love me please let me go
If you don’t look now you’ll never know
It’s a lovely war but who’s the lucky man
You can beat my guest … if you can

And when the best laid plans still fail
Keep searching for your holy grail

If you don’t love me please let me go
If you don’t look now you’ll never know
You’re a pleasure girl in your l-shaped room
You’re a go-between but you came too soon
Track Name: The First Day of School
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: Secrets
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: The Girl With The Paintbrush
The Girl With The Paintbrush

The girl with the paintbrush scares me
With the beauty in her eyes
The girl with the paintbrush tells me
She sees through beautiful lies

And always on bad days
Everything she does turns blue
And always on good days
I have to say … I love you so
I have to say
I will paint all those hearts for you
Paint those hearts for you

The girl with the paintbrush rescue me,
Let your imagination fly
The girl with the paintbrush come to me,
Let all your inhibitions die

And always on sad days
Everything she does turns blue
And always on the best days
I have to say … I love you so
I have to say
I will paint all those hearts for you
Paint those hearts for you

Grab your paints, take my hand, and we can, fly away to Spain
Darken skies, close your eyes, and we can, kiss under the Summer rain
Just because, I have lost, it doesn’t, mean that I won’t love again
And I belong … in your arms …

And always on bad days
Everything she does turns blue
And always on good days
I have to say … I love you so … I have to say
I will paint all those hearts for you
Paint those hearts for you …
Track Name: These Days
These Days

In the lazy days under summer’s pale blue skies
I sit on the steps and listen to The Lilac Time
I see your brother he’s out on his bicycle
And I wonder could I leave it all behind

These are the days I’ve waited for
The first quarter of my life
These are the words I’m spoken for
These are the days

When the leaves on the trees are no longer green
And the sky it darkens so much earlier, it seems
The wind blows through my life as it carries a song in the air
I watch as your brother cycles by
And I can see by the look, in your eyes

These are the days I’ve waited for
The first quarter of my life
These are the words I’m spoken for
These are the days

As I look to the sky I see a total eclipse of the moon
Starry eyed, your brother’s lost his way
He doesn’t worry, he leans his bike against the wall
And I wonder all the way home

These are the days I’ve waited for
The first quarter of my life
These are the words I’m spoken for
These are the days
Track Name: Everything I Wanted
Everything I Wanted

Wide awake
I’ll watch you sleep
Your perfect skin
Your breath so sweet

Darling would you
Please stay awhile
Darling could you
Your looks beguile

You are everything I wanted
You are everything I need
I feel something can’t explain it
Maybe I’ll just have to say
I love you

When you wake
I’ll kiss your cheek
Open your eyes
No need to speak

Darling would you
A sudden smile
Darling could you
Make it worthwhile

You are everything I wanted
You are everything I need
I feel something can’t explain it
Maybe I’ll just have to say
I love you