Sidetracks

by Clifford T. Ward

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A compilation of singles and rarities originally released as a CDR by The Friends Of Clifford T. Ward in 2004. Featuring rare single versions and B-sides plus some alternative versions as well as 8 tracks from the Studio Sessions cassette.

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released April 15, 2017

01. Sidetrack: B-side to the 7" single Carrie (Dandelion Records 1972).
02. Thinking Of Something To Do: B-side to the 7" single Wherewithal (Charisma 1973).
03. Jayne From Andromeda Spiral (single version): released as a 7" single (Charisma 1974).
04. Maybe I'm Right: the B-side to Jayne (Charisma 1974).
05. Escalator (Alternative version): the guitar version.
06. Jesus Of Long Ago: released on the Beyond An Empty Dream (Songs For A Modern Church) compilation LP (Charisma 1975).
07. Ocean Of Love (single version): released as a 7" single (Philips 1976).
08. Up In The World (single version): released as a 7" single (Mercury 1977)
09. Convertible (single version): released as a 7" single (WEA 1980).
10. Taking The Long Way Round: B-side to the Convertible single (WEA 1980).
11. Lost Again (Single version): B-side to 7" single The Best Is Yet To Come (WEA 1981).
12. Climate Of Her Favour: B-side to the 7" single Contrary (WEA 1981).
13. Cricket: 7" single (Tembo 1986).
14. Computer: B-side to Cricket (Tembo 1986).
15. End Of Time Tonight
16. Last Train Tonight
17. Somehow
18. Let's Be Fools Again
19. Yesterday In Parliament
20. Fast Thinking
21. Dear Julia
22. This Was Our Love
(Tracks 15 - 22 originally released on the Studio Sessions cassette by The Friends Of Clifford T. Ward).

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This is the official Bandcamp account for the English singer songwriter Clifford T. Ward. We will be uploading a series of exclusive and previously unreleased tracks from Clifford's tapes over the next few months. Clifford is of course famous for such great songs as: Gaye, Scullery, Home Thoughts From Abroad, Up In The World and The Best Is Yet To Come. But there are many more gems to discover! ... more

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Track Name: Sidetrack
Sidetrack (Clifford T. Ward)
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When I started out I knew where I was going
But the fact that I didn't get there's showing
I was gonna be somebody going to the top
But the glory I wanted wasn't what I got

I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na

I can see my name flashing across city streets
Crowding in the rain people waiting for their seats
And on every tongue my reputation grew
But when I woke up it all had fallen through

I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na

Now you find yourself in a military zone
Doing what you can try to barricade your home
And you're wondering however you got this way
Was it all for her you decided to stay

We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na

We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
Track Name: Thinking Of Something To Do
Thinking Of Something To Do (Clifford T. Ward)
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If I should tell you what I'm thinking of
You might not ever speak to me
If I should tell you what I'm thinking of
You might not ever want to be
Associated with a person as dubious as me
Well I know I am so what I only love you
And I'm only thinking of something to do

We've been friends for such a very long long time
I wonder if you knew
I could show you what it's all about sometime
It's up to you

If you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might not openly approve
Yes if you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might emphatically move
That I should try and restrain myself and watch my Ps and Qs
Well of course you would be right but I am too
'Cause I'm only thinking of something to do

INSTRUMENTAL

If you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might not openly approve
Yes if you knew what's going on inside my mind
You might emphatically move
That I should try and restrain myself and watch my Ps and Qs
Well of course you would be right, but I am too
'Cause I'm only thinking of something to do
And I hope that you would like to do it too
'Cause I'm sure you must be thinking of it too
Tut, tut, tut, well I never!
Track Name: Jayne From Andromeda Spiral (single version)
Jayne From Andromeda Spiral (single version)
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Late last night the midnight movie
Went out in a blaze of clichés
A cultured voice whispered goodnight
And suggested I switch off the set
Well my eyes felt so heavy the sofa so warm
That I slept till the static awoke me
And there on the screen such as I've never seen
Was a girl strange and beautiful smiling

Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral

Well I looked in amazement
She gazed at me so intent
Was her expression and then
She spoke oh so frail in technical detail
Of her world so that someone might hear

Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral

Then she said 'goodbye' and though vainly I tried
To say 'stay' the picture broke up
I'm a little too late to communicate
For the distance is too great between us
It's all of two million light years

Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Track Name: Maybe I'm Right
Maybe I’m Right (Clifford T. Ward)

Lately you are the girl I'm dreaming about
And if I should venture to say
Would you think me too forward or something like that
Would you turn me away?

Maybe I'm right maybe I'm wrong
But I get the feeling your love could be strong
I might be misled these feelings wasted
So why don't you guide me and be mine tonight tonight

Simply you are the girl I cannot erase
For me there can be no doubt
No matter what I do my mind is a maze
And you are the only way out

Maybe I'm right maybe I'm wrong
But I get the feeling your love could be strong
I've waited alas but love has no compass
Why don't you guide me and be mine tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Track Name: Escalator (Alternative version)
Escalator (Alternative version) (Clifford T. Ward)
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I take back everything I said
About the modern technology
I met her on the escalator
And that's good enough for me

It happened in department store
Where everything is to be found
Well I was going down from first
And she was coming up from ground

While stationary moving by
She passed before my eyes
I could not help but turn around
And then before I knew what happened
I was looking up and she was smiling down

From there the whole thing escalated
To the fourth floor coffee shop
We talked about the price of things
And oh I hoped it would not stop

And then she said she had to go
And oh I did not know
If we would ever meet again
But as the escalator slowly took her out of sight
She said "Tomorrow then"

I take back everything I said
About the modern technology
I met her on the escalator
And that's good enough for me

Escalator
Escalator

INSTRUMENTAL
Track Name: Jesus Of Long Ago (Beyond An Empty Dream compilation)
LYRICS
Jesus Of Long Ago (Clifford T. Ward)
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Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know

To Bethlehem came three wise men
With gold and frankincense and myrrh
The journeyed far by guiding star
To find the King of all the world

In a manger he was born
In a manger he was born

Shepherds in the fields nearby
Saw the Angels in the sky
And they all came down to welcome him
On that night in Bethlehem

Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know

In Galilee he grew to be
Healer of the sick and blind
He spoke of love in Heaven above
And people came from miles to find

Jesus Christ the son of God
Jesus Christ the son of God

He was a man who could be strong
Doer of good and righter of wrong
And he was gentle kind and true
All the things that we could be too

Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know
Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know
Sing us a song about Jesus
Jesus of long ago
Sing us a song about Jesus
He loves us you know
Track Name: Ocean Of Love (Single version)
Ocean Of Love (single version)
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There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to sail it
There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to bail it

Come on girl and get your feet wet don't be shy
There's no tidal wave in sight
Come on girl let's push the boat out you and I
We could be there by tonight

There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to sail it
There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to bail it

Come on girl and let your heart rule your head
It's harder to be foolish than wise
Let's show 'em all adventure is not dead
'Cause I can see it girl in your eyes

There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to sail it
There's an ocean of love between us
All we gotta do is learn to bail it

There's an ocean, ocean
All we've got to do is sail it
Ocean ocean
All we've got to do is learn to sail it sail it
Ocean ocean
All we gotta do is learn how to bail it bail it
Ocean ocean
All we gotta do is learn to sail it sail it
Ocean, ocean
Track Name: Up In The World (Single version)
Up In The World (Single version) (Clifford T. Ward)
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You've come up in the world
And it's all to your credit
You made something of your life
Like you always said you would
But what ever happened to
The girl I used to know
And all those halcyon days of love

You've come up in the world
And it's such a shame
You made success of a dream
But it seems so empty now
With your weak excuses and
Your condescending ways
And all too frequent nights alone

STRINGS

I've come down in the world
And it's all to your credit
You made something of my life
But you've thrown it all away
For your books and your fancy talk
Your new found friends and all
Your theories on mankind and society
Track Name: Convertible (Single version)
Convertible (single version)
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Let the racing cars play shooting stars and break the record
And watch the break down man go fetch ‘em out the ditch again

In my convertible we take it nice and slow
And watch the world go by we got the top down
In my convertible life is wonderful
The sky is never dull we got the top down

Watch the limousine go sailing by and make you dizzy
And in the posh hotel they smile and sip champagne as well

In my convertible it’s more than comfortable
And life is never dull we got the top down
In my convertible there’s nothing comparable
The world is wonderful we got the top down

And when the stars switch on and the moon’s accelerating
We’re gonna light the fire where I can love you till the night time’s fading
And when the sun gets back up on its way
We’re gonna start out on a brand new day

INSTRUMENTAL

And when the stars switch on and the moon is sailing high
We’re gonna light the fire where I can love you till the night time dies
And when the sun gets back up on its way
We’re gonna start out on a brand new day

In my convertible life is wonderful
The sky is never dull we got the top down
In my convertible it’s more than comfortable
Life is never dull we got the top down

INSTRUMENTAL
Track Name: Taking The Long Way Round
Taking The Long Way Round (Clifford T. Ward)

Taking the long way round I know it's a big mistake
I can't help myself I'm in love with you and that's the truth
I've been looking for inspiration to inspirate my mind
Won't you give me an invitation and you'll find that I'll be true

You know how it is when you want somebody
Who don't especially want you
You tried so hard to make her see it
And that's especially true

Here's what we're gonna do
Toss a coin up
Heads I win tails you lose
Come on make your mind up

There's something I wanna know if you try to keep on stalling
Can I catch ya before you let me down? Ah say I can

INSTRUMENTAL

You know how it is when you need somebody
Who don't especially need you
You try so hard to make her see it
And that's especially true

Here's what we're gonna do
Toss a coin up
Heads I win tails you lose
Come on make your mind up

Something I wanna know
If you try to keep on stalling
Can I catch ya before you let me down?
Ah say I can

INSTRUMENTAL
Track Name: Lost Again (single version)
Lost Again (Single version)

Lost again your dreams all turned and tossed again
And mine all double crossed again in the same old way
You won I'm lost again
Lost again I'm on my own washed up again
All alone mixed up again in the same old way
You won I'm lost again

It's the same old feeling tonight
Me on my own
And loving you still out of sight

I'm lost again standing down nonplussed again
Broken down mistrust again in the same old way
You've won I'm lost again

INSTRUMENTAL

It's the same old feeling tonight
Me on my own
And loving you still out of sight

I'm lost again standing down nonplussed again
Broken down mistrust again in the same old way
You've won I'm lost again
Track Name: Climate Of Her Favour
Climate Of Her Favour (Clifford T. Ward)

There's a frost on the fields and a chill to the night
Where the vixen screams and the dog fox fights
And all the world is lying still
In silent ease and frozen will
There's a change in the season and a change in you
From the girl I wanted to the one I knew
And I've grown tired of trying to save her
And trying to reach the climate of your favour

Ice on the water snow in the sky
Darkness falls to the night owl's cry
And all the world is sleeping still
In silent ease and frozen will
There's a change in the season and a change in you
From the time we started to the time we're through
And I've grown tired of trying to save her
And trying to reach the climate or your favour

INSTRUMENTAL

Yes I've grown tired of trying to save her
And trying to reach the climate or your favour
Track Name: Cricket
Cricket (Clifford T. Ward)

Dreams are funny aren't they?
Last night I dreamt that World War three had been declared
The BBC gave it out
And then they gave the cricket score
England were all out for seventy one
And the West Indies had made 'em bat on
Dreams are funny aren't they?
Last night I dreamt that the end of the world had come
The BBC gave it out
And then they gave the cricket score
England were all out for nil
And the West Indies had made 'em bat on
Dreams are funny aren't they?
Last night I dreamt that America had made the UK the 52nd
Or is it the 53rd state? Oh I don't know
The BBC gave it out
And then they gave the cricket score
England were all out for fifty one
And the West Indies had made 'em bat on and on
Dreams are funny aren't they? Ah they're hilarious
Last night I dreamt that Labour had won the election
The BBC gave it out
And then they gave the cricket score
The West Indies were all out for a hundred and thirty four
And our England sighed with relief
Dreams are funny aren't they?
Dreams are funny aren't they?
Dreams are funny aren't they?
Track Name: Computer
Computer (Clifford T. Ward)

Shakespeare said: my often rumination
Wraps me in a most humorous sadness
Well here we are the age of information talking to myself
I don't have a computer but I still got my sense of humour
It keeps me guessing and leaves me room to make a fool of myself

Today I met my old friend Yellowhammer
And I asked for a few bars of 'a little bit of bread and no cheese'
Well he just looked at me and shrugged his shoulders
And flew up in the trees
'I've been programmed' he said
'They fixed me a computer and I can give you anything you like;
Anything except the one you like'

Our Sandra's joined the middle class and left me on me own
She says I think too much and it's not healthy
And I should go out and get a computer
then everything would be alright
And she'd have me back home again ah Sandra

Jesus where are you? Can't you see I need some help?
This world I'm in's gone crazy can't you see I need your help?
I don't wanna computer I don't wanna computer
They can't make me have a computer, can they?
All I want, all I want
Track Name: End Of Time Tonight (Studio Sessions cassette)
End Of Time Tonight (Clifford T. Ward)

I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
It was an accident
There was no one to blame

And I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the lights go out tonight

And I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight

And I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
And I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
Track Name: Last Train Tonight (Studio Sessions cassette)
Last Train Tonight (Studio Sessions) by Clifford T. Ward

The last train tonight is taking your love away
Why don't we try again 'cause you know that I want you to stay
And this fast train tonight is taking your love away
Why don't we try again 'cause you know that I want you to stay

Last train tonight is taking your love away
Why don't we try again ‘cause you know that I want you to stay
And this fast train tonight is taking your love away
Why don't we try again ‘cause you know that I want you to stay

Here in the platform light another December night
And come on back home

The last train tonight is taking your love away
Why don't we try again ‘cause you know that I want you to stay
And the fast train tonight is taking your love away
Why don't we try love again ‘cause you know that I want you to stay
And the fast train tonight is taking your love away
Track Name: Somehow (Studio Sessions cassette)
Somehow (Studio Sessions)

Somehow you know when she comes near
She's the one you're waiting to see
Waiting to see waiting to see
Somehow you know when she comes close
She's the one you wanted the most
Wanted the most wanted the most

Somehow you know when it's too late
She was the one but it's too late
Somehow you know
Somehow you

INSTRUMENTAL (This is strings)

Somehow you know when it's too late
She was the one but it's too late
Somehow you know
Somehow you

Somehow you know when she comes near
She was the one you're waiting to hear
Waiting to hear waiting to hear
Somehow you know
Somehow you know
Somehow you know
Track Name: Let's Be Fools Again (Studio Sessions cassette)
Let’s Be Fools Again (Studio Sessions)

There were days long ago
When your smile came across
With the wind in your hair
And the rain on your face
And laugh we could
Come on let's laugh again

We were young we were free
We were foolish and poor
Couldn't care we had time
We were careless for sure
And cry we did
Come on let's cry again

(STRINGS)

There was you there was me
And a crowd would be three
But we could not prevail
Though we fought to agree
And lose we did
Come on let's lose again

Well I could sing I could shout
I could scream the place down
But I won't lest I stumble
Make a fool of myself
I've done it before
Let's be fools again

Let's be fools again
Come on let’s try again
Track Name: Yesterday In Parliament (Studio Sessions cassette)
Yesterday In Parliament (Studio Sessions)

Yesterday in parliament
You got the honourable this
The honourable that
And nothing so eloquent
As a little bit of misunderstanding and a lot of chat
Something you wanna say
Don't address it to me you gotta see your MP
He's gonna to take up your case today
Do civilised people always act this way

Oh yesterday in parliament
We got shouting down the front
And shouting up the back and
Come on gentlemen settle down at the front
Sit down at the back
There's something you wanna say
Well address it to the House in the usual way
I know you want to have some fun
But civilised people ought to get things done

Blame Jesus for all the trouble in the world today
Blame anybody you like but don't blame the government of the day

Oh yesterday in parliament
We got rhetoric elective a little bit of cynicism
Nothing heaven sent
Just a mere hint of socialism lotta conservatism
Nothing I wanna say
To make any changes let's keep it this way
There's nowhere I wanna go
I'm enjoying my breakfast and this radio show

INSTRUMENTAL

There's nothing I wanna say
To make any changes let's keep it this way
There's nowhere else I wanna go
I'm enjoying my breakfast and this radio show
Track Name: Fast Thinking (Studio Sessions cassette)
Fast Thinking (Studio Sessions)

Sue you've been drinking
Or you wouldn't say the things you say
Drinking again
It never was your way

Maybe I'm old fashioned
And maybe I've lost some of my shine
But as to your drinking
And gallivanting I draw the line

I remember when butter wouldn't melt in your mouth
But your sweet smile changed its style

Sue you've been drinking
And you're not the girl I knew
Drinking
And it's really not amusing

INSTRUMENTAL

I remember when butter wouldn't melt in your mouth
But your sweet smile changed its style

Sue drinking
And I think we know our love is through
Fast sinking
There's not a lot we can do
Track Name: Dear Julia (Studio Sessions cassette)
Dear Julia (Studio Sessions)

Ah now please Julia don't try
To get confident and star
Leave it like it is
You're lovely as you are

The only girl who can attract me and engage
The one that I believe
I know you have no desire to upstage
A single thing they give you to read

Julia don't tell
The chat shows and the press
Anything at all
Leave 'em all to guess

Please say nothing off the cuff I couldn't bear
Any reason not to like you
Just stay vulnerable and clear
Believable and sincere

INSTRUMENTAL

The only girl who can attract me and engage
The one that I believe
I know you have no desire to upstage
A single thing they give you to read

Leave the sophistry to the others
At the moment you're my favourite

Oh Julia don't try
Getting confident and star
Leave it like it is
You're lovely as you are

Please say nothing off the cuff I couldn't bear
Any reason not to like you
Just stay vulnerable and clear
Believable and sincere

Oh Julia don't try
Julia don't try
Julia don't try
Julia don’t try
Track Name: This Was Our Love (Studio Sessions cassette)
This Was Our Love (Studio Sessions)

This was our love for the very first time
This was our love for the very first time

You were dancing I was singing
Well it really wasn't my kind of place
You were carefree I was nervous
You were no more than just another face

And this was our love for the very first time
This was our love for the very first time

I was working hard you looked so cool
And I was thinking still an hour to go
Your friends were drinking
But you seemed to listen
Well it was no more than just another show

And this was our love for the very first time
This was our love for the very first time

Just as I was losing interest
Just as I was losing heart
You looked and me and smiled
Took my part

And this was our love for the very first time
This was our love for the very first time

INSTRUMENTAL

Just as I was getting to know ya
Loving your misty gaze
Morning comes and we go
Our separate ways

And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time

I hope you’re still dancing
And I hope you’re still smiling
And I hope you never lose your common sense
‘Cause I’m still singing
And when I get nervous
I think of you and it gives me confidence

And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time