To Serenade The Roar

by David J. Cayley

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DJC's debut cd "To Serenade the Roar" is a beautifully constructed and delivered song cycle on the taboo subject of child abuse. The songs are confessional, sometimes harrowingly so, sung with real passion. His lyrics never shy away from the stigma and the pain it can bring but have a redemptive quality which is central to the music. The songs ride on the exquisite always tasteful musical settings, from acoustic picking to rock guitar. David is a new voice with a story to tell and the honesty, passion and skill to move an audience. Hear the roar for yourself.

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released August 2, 2015

Produced by James Bennett.

Engineered, mixed and mastered by James Bennett.

All songs written and arranged by David J. Cayley except Track 1 (Trad.) arranged by David J. Cayley.

All songs recorded at Swanyard Music except Track 12; recorded in Mal's Kitchen and Swanyard Music.

Original artwork by Beverley D. Thompson
Artwork layout courtesy of Swanyard Music for The Reverb Project CIC

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Track Name: Hey, Uncle Tim
I can see you, with your crooked smile
You say, listen kid. Will you partake in communion wine
I can see you, hoping, you see the prisoners knife
You only got eight years, the rest of us, well, we got life

I'm over you, that's what I tell myself
Not defined by you, there's more to me than this
Not angry any more, the firelight's gone dim

I can see you, with your twisted mind
You ever stop to think, then end of that life, well it could be mine
I can see you, looking, another little girl
They said they stopped you then, but we both know you went back for more

I'm over you, that's what I tell myself
Not defined by you, there's more to me than this
Not angry any more, the firelight's gone dim

Hey, Uncle Tim
Track Name: Click My Heels
I'm the man, behind the curtain
And I'm still here when the magic dies
A tin can with an empty heart
And I've been rusting from inside
See the lion roar
And I'm to scared to ask for more
Just hanging in the field just all forlorn
I'd lose my mind if I'd had it at all

And I look back down yellow road
And see the horror I behold
I click my heels three times
Wishing I could fade to black and white
I wish this world would compromise
Hoping I could see the sun rise

I'm the boy, who ate the breadcrumbs
Found himself outside the witches door
The walls were made of toffee apples
But they were rotten to the core
Hear my heart soar
And I don't know what I'm fighting for
Mourning for the life that I was sure
Was poisoned and replaced with what I abhor

And I look back down yellow road
And see the horrors I behold
I click my heels three times
Wishing I could fade to black and white
I wish this world would compromise
Hoping I could see the sun rise
Track Name: It'll Never Be Over
I don't know where the good people go
Do they really, reap what they sow
And you know, they say, good things come to those who wait

I wanna see what the good people see
When they're standing in a circle, laughing at me
And you know, sometimes, I don't know how much I can take

Lying there in my blood and my shame

Cos, it'll never be over
Not over, for me
No matter how hard I try
I don't now if I'll survive
Cos, It'll never be over
While I am still alive

I wanna know where the good people go
Do they still pray, even when they're alone
And you know, some wounds they just run too deep

I scrub my skin to remove his scent
Then I, scrub my soul, they say I should repent
And you know, sometimes, I'm too scared to sleep

Lying there in my blood staring at my defeat

Cos, it'll never be over
Not over, for me
No matter how hard I try
I don't now if I'll survive
Cos, It'll never be over
While I am still alive
Track Name: Sometimes, I just Wanna Rock
I'm driving all these miles, late at night
Hear the soothing tones, with which I identify
Songs of despair, 'bout feeling alone
Reflecting on the things I should have known

The mist descends I hear the devils knock
The foot goes down, I just wanna rock

Always chasing my
Always chasing my soul
Always terrified of losing control
Sometimes, I don't wanna stop
Those are the times I wanna rock

I'm flying down the highway at the speed of light
On the edge of control, feeling out my mind
Enticed to the end, I hear the devils trick
I know there are some things I cannot fix

Always chasing my
Always chasing my soul
Always terrified of losing control
Sometimes, I don't wanna stop
Those are the times I wanna rock
Track Name: All I Can Remember
Open Road, in the days of old
That magical moment, the calm before the cold
And if I was wise, I would have taken the train
But all I can remember is the pain

Rolling hills, and clear blue skies
It's heaven on earth, no matter how fast I ride
See the spinning wheels across beautiful terrain
But all I can remember, is the pain

It's running through my veins
Through my body, once again
And now I'm riding through, this beautiful terrain
And all I can remember, is the pain

He says, keep on going, you can cross that line
My heads getting dizzy, though the end it's in sight
And everyone's gone, as the light starts to wane
But all I can remember, is the pain

It's running through my veins
Through my body, once again
And now I'm riding through, this beautiful terrain
And all I can remember, is the pain

I knew it would hurt, I did it for my friend
He'd walk through walls for me, if a hand he could lend
Through all my demons that he helped me tame
But all I can remember, is the pain

It's running through my veins
Through my body, once again
And now I'm riding through, this beautiful terrain
All I can remember
All I can remember
All I can remember, is the pain
Track Name: Don't You Walk Away
Don't you walk away, from all of your crimes
Don't you walk away little man
Did you hear the children's cries

You say it wasn't me, but that monster over there
So blind you couldn't see, or didn't really care
When judgement rings it's bell
You'll be going straight down to hell

Don't you walk away you turned a blind eye
Don't you walk away little man
Did Jesus save your precious pride

You preach forgiveness over hate, but you're just too mild and meek
You let them fuck your children and then turned the other cheek
The choir starts to swell
When you're looking facedown in hell

Don't you walk away, you know your guilt won't stain your suit
Don't you walk away little man
You burnt the files, burnt the proof

You're worse than all the pigs with their snouts deep in the trough
You think you own the law, you know that won't be enough
He likes his meet cooked well does the devil
Does the devil
Does the devil

When he's feasting on your soul in hell
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Pretend
And I was tired of, all this hiding
Didn't know which way to turn
And I was tired of, all this lying
Something, bu now I should have learned

Had no right, to be jealous
I knew I, was only second best
Makes me feel just worthless

In the end
I don't wanna pretend

And I was dreaming of, just a ghostly mirage
Thought I could reach out and touch
But it wasn't real, like my broken bandage
It's time to let those wounds really heal

And I was feeling just helpless
I knew I, was only second best
Makes me feel just worthless

In the end
I don't wanna pretend

And I know, i could see your face again
I know I said I'd always love you
But I don't wanna pretend

And I was tired of, all this crying
Seems my tears have gone to ground
And I was tired of, all this trying
Something by now I should have found

Had no right, to be jealous
I knew I, was only second best
Makes me feel just worthless

In the end
I don't wanna pretend
Track Name: When I Look At You
I'm walking, through the blood and rain
I'm just walking, to that place again
I'm walking, with my head in the noose
I'm still walking, before, all hell breaks loose

Still see the darkness, deep in my eyes
Well it's just a window, to another life
Now I need some help, just to pull me through
That's when I look at you

I'm walking through the gates of hell
I wave to the devil and he shrugs, oh well
I go dancing with Aunt Mary's ghost
She says it's failure, that hurts the most

She sees the darkness, deep in my eyes
Well it's just the pain, from another time
Now I need to get, a different point of view
That's when I look at you

I don't wanna fall
To the places I've been
Don't even wanna recall
All the things, that I've seen

I'm walking, through a distant land
I'm still walking, but now you hold, you hold my hand
I'm walking, with that head in a noose
But you cut the bonds, and you set me loose

Still see the darkness, deep in my eyes
Well it's just a window, to another life

Now I see the world and it's all brand new
When I look at you
Track Name: This Is Home
I've been a wanderer, I've roamed around by trade
Stayed in every shitty hotel room, this city it had made
They say, home's where the heart is, that's why I couldn't stay
It's wherever I'd lay my hat, if it hadn't blown away

'Cos this is home
This is home
It's not where you're from that defines where you belong
And all at once, tears start to fall
When you finally realise
This is home

Been running most my days, on the outside looking in
Consumed by all my troubles I did't know where to begin
I'm older wiser now, the nightmares start to fade
And like ore forged in to toughened steel, in Sheffield I was made

'Cos this is home
This is home
It's not where you're from that defines where you belong
And all at once, tears start to fall
When you finally realise
This is home

This is home
This is home
It's not where you're from that defines where you belong
When you're all alone, and something starts to call
When you finally realise

This is home
This is home
It's not where you're from that defines where you belong
And all at once, tears start to fall
When you finally realise
This is home
Track Name: Dear Jon
Dear Jon, I never told you, I'm sorry
That I'd run away again
I couldn't trust anybody
Not even, my own best friend

I want you to know
Of all these crazy things that I've done
I've got no regrets in my life
Save perhaps maybe just one

Oh, oh, dear Jon

Dear Jon, I never told you my story
About how I came to live there
I couldn't put in to words
This awful sense of despair

I cried myself to sleep every night
Or just stared at that sharpend blade
I dreamed about being in oblivion
And wondered if for me it was made

Oh, oh, dear Jon

Dear Jon, I know I left without warning
And disappeared without leaving as trace
Sometimes I find myself mourning
For what I've lost, and that look on your face

I'm sorry now, that I hurt you real bad
Took me years for me to find my own skin
And with the demons long gone and I don't feel so sad
It's time for my life to begin

Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, Oh, Oh

Dear Jon
Track Name: Hyde Park
I see you when the music fades
And all is stripped away
I see the scars on my skin
Where I was betrayed

I tore out my heart
I tore out my soul
I can't run any more

I'm playing Hyde Park
After midnight, before the great gates
The lions are hungry, they swallow me whole
They don't wanna wait

Oh, to serenade the roar
Oh, to serenade anyone at all

Got the last ticket for the last bus home

The darkness was my only friend
The one I can't let go
Lying in this bed of shame
Wrapped in a blanket of scorn

I stare down my heart
I stare down my soul
I can't fight them anymore

I'm playing Hyde Park
After midnight, before the great gates
The lions are hungry, they swallow me whole
They don't wanna wait

Oh, to serenade the roar
Oh, to serenade anyone at all

Got the last ticket for the last bus home

Say what it is that you wanted to say
Look me in the eyes and think it anyway
Say what is is that you wanted to say
And have more

Just serenade the roar
Do you want more
Do you want more
So serenade the roar

Oh, to serenade the roar
Oh, to serenade anyone at all

Got the last ticket for the last bus home