Thoughts Of You - an old song by Bard of Ely gets recorded and released

An old notebook

It is Valentine's Day and because of something else I had written today I had cause to rummage around in my drawers and piles of books and papers here to dig out an old notebook in which there are poems and lyrics of mine, mainly written back in the early '70s.

Amongst the verses is one entitled Thoughts Of You. I never got round to recording it and the lyrics have not been published anywhere else so I am going to share them here.

To get a feel for how the song would be performed and recorded if I ever do get round to doing this, think in terms of the feel and style of many songs on Neil Young's Harvest album - the title track Harvest or the hit Heart Of Gold.

Harvest by Neil Young

Thoughts Of You

I was walking in the sunset building castles in the sky,

I was wishing I was in those hills of gold when clouds like thoughts of you went by.

I was walking in the morning and the world shone sparkling cold,

I was still only a young man, because of you I was feeling old.

I went into a bar-room and I ordered many a gin,

I drank a lot and almost forgot until thoughts of you crept in.

Well, I met this young girl later, her face similar to yours its true,

She asked did I want to go with her but I couldn’t because of thoughts of you.

I was going to leave this city because I didn’t know what to do,

I didn’t I fear for you kept me here,

I’m imprisoned by thoughts of you.

Perhaps someday I’ll meet somebody,

Who won’t treat me the way that you do,

And maybe then it will all end,

And I’ll lose these thoughts of you.

By Steve Andrews aka Bard of Ely

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Update - Thoughts Of You recorded at last

Since I originally published this hub I have managed to get Thoughts Of You recorded. This took place when I was visiting Cardiff last year and got together with my friend Sean Donovan who has a home studio and Heulwen Thomas who plays violin.

Heulwen is a brilliant musician and was able to add some backing to my song as soon as she heard it. So Sean recorded us playing the song with me on acoustic guitar.

Alan Craw at DMMG Records, the label I have had my music released on for the past few years, included the song in an EP release. So Thoughts Of You is both recorded and released. As you can see it is now available of Amazon too. And it all started when I came across the lyrics that had been written many years ago!

© 2010 Steve Andrews

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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

Great lyrics - I hope you set them to music soon! I can "hear" Neil Young, but it also puts me in mind of Steve Kopandy, a favorite of mine.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, SEO IT! I have a lot of unrecorded material!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Great especially for Valentines


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

It was because I had written about the subject of Valentines I got on to posting this too!


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Really a great exposition of love expressed in sweet lyrics, very well done...


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Moulik!


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AdeleCosgroveBray 6 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

I wish you'd publish more of your poetry here, Steve; the material you sent me years ago was simply beautiful.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Adele! I would like to but most of it is already online elsewhere and you are not allowed to post duplicates here. Sadly I just had a collection of my poems turned down by a publisher in Cardiff. It's not what publishers are looking for.

But the song above I am hoping to do a basic acoustic demo of with just me singing and playing acoustic guitar. I believe I have excellent material and as good as some of my heroes like Neil Young and Van Morrison. What I don't have is their fame or the publishing and recording contracts. It's a crazy business and is not about quality of writing or performance. That is important but in no way guarantees success in getting work recognised or on sale.


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

very heart felt, i can feel the passion in it......thx 4 share


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank YOU, loveofnight!


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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

Lovely lyrics - autobiographical perhaps?? Whatever, we all have thoughts like that - reminds me of someone in Scotland who admired me once from afar and could have written those very words - thought provoking, thanks for sharing.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Juliette! Yes, it is autobiographical and I recorded it yesterday which is a bit of synchronicity!


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Taylor Gibbs 13 months ago

I really liked the opening to 'Thoughts of You', quite a bit.


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Bard of Ely 13 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am glad you enjoyed my lyrics!

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