Let the Boy Jam

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Seeking an inner child’s perspective on a world in transformation.  Featuring a cover of Ray Davies’ Well Respected Man and the inspirational and hopeful Novi Mir.

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Name Artist Time
Fish Love Sea
Twenty years of this old town
twenty years of running around
twenty years of ups and downs
off and on with you

Two grown kids up and gone
you and I standing all alone
inside four empty walls
wondering how to turn the love lights
back on

And I loved you as much
as the fish love the sea
and I loved you as much
as the stars love the sky
without the sky the stars would cry
I loved you that much ‘till the day I die

Years of joy years of pain
held us together like a ball and chain
what’ll we do
with what remains of the day

Remember when were still young
I took your hand and sang you this song
what’ll we do
now that our song is half sung

I loved you as much
As the fish love the sea….

Just can’t remember
how long it’s been
since I dared to try and love you
and I just can’t remember
how long it’s been
since you dared to love me too

Remember, I loved you
remember, you loved me
look at “pink coconut”
sitting in a tree
big blue eyes deep and wide
as our love could be

And I loved you as much
As the fish love the sea….

Nick Binkley 02:59
A Well Respected Man
(Ray Davies 1965)

‘Cause he gets up in the morning
and he goes to work at nine
and he comes back home at 5:30
gets the same train every time
‘cause his world is built on punctuality
it never fails

And he’s “Oh so good”
and he’s “Oh so fine”
and he’s “Oh so healthy”
in his body and his mind
he’s a well respected
man about town
doing the best things
so conservatively

And his mother goes to meetings
while his father paws the maid
and she serves the tea with counselors
while discussing foreign trade
and she passes looks as well as bills
to every suave young man

And he’s “oh so good….”

And he likes his own back yard
and he likes his fags the best
‘cause he’s better than the rest
and his own sweat smells the best
and he hopes to grab his father’s loot
when his Pater passes on

And he’s “Oh so good….”

And he plays the stocks and shares
and he goes to the regatta
he adores the girl next door
cause he’s dying to get at her
but his mother knows the best about
the matrimonial states

And he’s “Oh so good….”
Nick Binkley 02:58
Left Out In The Rain
Holding out for money
staying in good health
frantic for her daddy
left up on a shelf
looking for an image
lost inside herself
just a little accident
you know could hurt oneself

But when she sings
It’s like a symphony
left out in the rain
left out in the rain
and when she cries
it’s like a memory
left out in the rain
left out in the rain

She climbed up on a mountain
dizzy from the height
couldn’t turn no miracles
just turned out the light
crying out for daddy
losing sight of fright
she stepped into the darkness
and fell right through the night

But when she sings
It’s like a symphony
Left out in the rain
Left out in the rain
and when she cries
It’s like a memory
Left out in the rain
Left out in the rain
But when she moves
she’s like a sky kite
a sky kite that’s broke its string
she blowed ‘n blowed
she blowed ‘n blowed
so freely
like to blow away that rain
she blowed and blowed
she blowed and blowed
so freely like to blow away that rain

She climbed up on a mountain
dizzy from the height
couldn’t turn no miracles
just turned out the light
Nick Binkley 04:22
New Shoes
Baby’s got some brand new shoes on
baby’s got some brand new shoes
brand new shoes, baby’s got on
gonna dance away her blues

Baby’s got a brand new look in her eye
baby’s got a brand new look
brand new look baby’s got on
gonna drive away my smile

Drive away my grin
drive away my smile
driving hard like a cold winter’s night
don’t know if it will end
peacefully, dangerously
close to my skin –
me win me baby
don’t let me lose
skin me, win me baby
don’t let me lose
skin me win me baby
don’t let me lose
try to walk a mile
in my shoes

Baby’s got a brand new love toy
baby’s got a brand new love
brand new love toy baby’s got on
is the next door neighborhood boy

Baby’s got a brand new look in her eye
baby’s got a brand new look
brand new look baby’s got on
gonna drive away my smile

Drive away my grin
drive away my smile
driving hard like a cold winter’s night
don’t know if it will end
peacefully, dangerously
close to my skin –
me win me baby
don’t let me lose
skin me, win me baby
don’t let me lose
skin me win me baby
don’t let me lose
dangerously
close to the blues

Nick Binkley 03:19
In Her Room
She’s going off to school
leaving home to stay
and she’s going far so far away
oh, it should be a really great day!

But I’m sitting in her room
singing to a pale blue moon
where there used to be a mess
now just emptiness
singing by the claire de la lune

And the little girl is in my heart
I smile through the tears
when the memories start
to come again
I walk by her room, it’s dark
the little girl is shining in my heart

There are photos on the wall
memories ten foot tall
there are rings and things and fairy
wings
oh, I hope she remembers to call!

And the little girl is in my heart…

And I’ll reach for
the memories when I was a boy
to try to explain the pain that I feel
and I hope to find the truth
in the little things in life
like what you feel
when you first go off to school

And the little girl is in my heart…

And she’s going off to school
and her daddy’s feeling low
hope she uses what she’s got
and learns a lot
remembers when and how to say “no”

Nick Binkley 04:01
Endless Sleep
The night was black
rain fallin’ down
looked for my baby
she’s nowhere around
traced her footsteps
down to the shore
afraid she’s gone
for ever more


I looked at the sea
and it seemed to say
I took your baby
from you away
I heard a voice
crying in the deep
come join me baby
in my endless sleep

Why did we quarrel?
why did we fight?
why did I leave her
alone tonight
that’s why her foot
steps
ran into the sea
that’s why my baby
has gone from me

I looked at the sea…

Ran in the water
heart full of fear
there in the breakers
I saw her near
reached for my darling
held her to me
stole her away
from the angry sea

I looked at the sea
And it seemed to say
you took your baby
from me away
my heart cried out
“she’s mine to keep”
I saved my baby
from an endless sleep
Nick Binkley 03:24
Ball of Yarn
Some say she’s cold
some say she’s hot
some say she’s hungry
got a strong appetite
for my slow cookin’
cat-nippin’
long lastin’
day-trippin’ ball of yarn

Some say she’s better down
some say she’s up
some say she’s losing
ground
don’t press your luck
always fast-trackin’
some side-steppin’
jive-talkin’
back street alley kat

Street dogs in the house
mice in the barn
street dogs in the house
mice in the barn
can’t distract my kitty kat
from her ball of yarn

Some say she purrs
some say she pouts
some say she’s quiet
some say she shouts
always looking
hot-footing
some corner-cuttin’
hole-hopping wicked
mouse

Street dogs in the house…

Some say she’s gentle
some say she’s fine
some say she’s “Oh so sweet!”
can turn any kat’s eyes
with her inscrutable
irresistible
backscratching
fast-acting kitty kat charm

Street dogs in the house….

Some say she’s low down
some say she’s cruel
some say she’s downright mean
but that ain’t the rule
thank the Lord
“Oh Lord!” she’s got her
ball of yarn

Street dogs in the house…

Nick Binkley 02:26
Wooden Indians
It’s late at night
fluorescent light
it’s all that’s left
on my black and white TV
it don’t seem to pay
to work all day
for sleepless nights
that steal away the years

Wooden Indians, wooden hearts
wooden faces never laugh
wooden Indians, wooden hearts
wooden faces never cry

Pushing numbers
slumping shoulders
boss man cracks criticisms
colder than a whip
broken minds
lost in time
twist and turn like
rusted signs in the wind

Wooden Indians, wooden hearts….

And I’d walk a mile
for a country smile
where the song of love
is the sound of life
where the late show
is a friend by the fireside
where the late show
is a friend by the fireside

Wooden Indians, wooden hearts…

Its late at night
fluorescent light
is all that’s left
on my black and white TV

Nick Binkley 03:29
Heart Attack
Got twenty years to go
‘Till the end of the rainbow
gold watch retiree
marking time
in corridors of power
losing sight of the forest for the trees
there’s an eagle in the sky
with a tear in his eye
a little boy on a hill
with a dream
wild card, the path with heart
lost and forgotten it seems

Heart Attack!
Heart Attack!
Can’t look forward
Can’t turn back
Heart Attack!

Boy eternal on the nine-to-five treadmill
in an airtight steel n’ glass box
where the view is fine
from the 54th floor
of the Hollywood sign
on the LA mountain tops
in the executive suites
high above the streets
just in reach of the power
and money games
a little voice cries down deep inside
“Do you remember my name?”

Heart attack! Heart Attack!....

Sweet child from our youth
Sweet child from our youth
Don’t lose your heart or your dreams

In the executive suites
high above the streets
just in reach of the power
and money games
a little voice cries
down deep inside
“Do you remember my name?”
“I’m the eagle in the sky
with a tear in his eye
a little boy on a hill with a dream
wild card, the path with heart
lost but now found at last”

Heart Attack! Heart Attack!
Gotta look forward
Can’t turn back!
Heart Attact! Heart Attack!
Nick Binkley 04:47
Yesterday's Child
Sometimes in the morning
when dreaming’s run me down
sometimes in the morning
I want to cry out loud
I feel like a woman
giving birth to a child
sometimes in the morning
when dreaming’s run me down

Sometime yesterday
when I was just a child
I thought I knew the answers
and the reasons why I smiled
I thought I was living
but I never quite found out
the reasons for the answers
of yesterday’s child

Sometimes the answers
they come in our dreams
sometimes they fall like the rain
sometimes they’re found
in the face of a child
but some answers don’t come
without pain
some answers don’t come
without pain

Sometimes in the evening
I reach for my friend
sometimes in the evening
I need a helping hand
I feel like I’m dying
from things not yet said
sometimes in the evening
I need a loving hand

Sometime tomorrow
looking back today
I’ll think about what we’ve done
and just what was said
I might ask the same questions
staring at the sun
blinded by the answers
of a child of my own


Sometimes the answers
they come in our dreams
sometimes they fall like the rain
sometimes they’re found
in the face of a child
but some answers don’t come
without pain
some answers don’t come
without pain
They say the answer
is blowing in the wind
but some answers don’t come
without pain
Nick Binkley 04:52
True Love
If you don’t love me
why did you hold me
and rock’n roll me
the way you did the other night.
and if you don’t care
just tell me so
this dance is over
and it’s time to go

I’m a man
trying hard as I can
with this aching heart
I don’t fully understand
whatever it is you’re thinking
whatever it is you’re feeling
I can’t believe you really understand
what you’re doing to me

I’m so damn tired
of being lost and found
so love exhausted
this poor heart is just breaking down
so here I stand
warm heart and cold hands
with this empty feeling
try to understand

I’m a man
Trying hard as I can….


And if we never know another
and if we say we belong together
but if we never learn
to touch each other’s hearts
how will we ever know true love

But if you still love me
and if the truth still lies
in your tender touch, dear
and the look in your eye
then take my heart
in your tender warm hands
try to melt the heartache
and try and understand

I’m a man
Trying hard as I can….
Nick Binkley 04:07
Loving You
Yellow-dawning August moon
dying in the sweet of night
floats like an ancient dream
‘Cross the summer sky
I’m playing with sticks in phosphorus
leaving trails of starry
universe behind

Loving you
Loving you
Loving you

Over winding forest paths
jumping logs running by the sea
skipping stones and laughter
break the sleeping sound,
I’m waking up to a new day
shining through the windows
of your eyes and your smile

Loving you….


Gentle grace and family friends
still-life by the fireside
simple lines, clicking photographs
hanging in the air
I’m reaching out for how to say
take my hand and walk me
home from yesterday

Loving you…

Nick Binkley 03:52
Novi Mir
It’s high noon in the East
midnight in the West
rich man sells the poor man’s food
and the people get no rest
stretch out your hand
stretch out your heart
look a man straight in his eyes
and let the truth come out

Do you know where we’ve been?
do you know what we’ve dreamed?
do you know what we know?
do we really mean the same thing
friends?
or are we only making sounds

SUNG IN RUSSIAN (English in italics)
Let the word of peace go out
east and west north and south
to the rhythm of our
beating hearts

Listen to the laughter
vodka mixed with scotch
East and West are reaching out
‘Cross the nightmares from the past

Do you know where we’ve been....

Whatever is the matter
what troubles so your mind
there’s something wrong
I know way down deep
in the soul of mankind

SUNG IN RUSSIAN (English in italics)
May the winds of change
clear cloudy skies forever
while love and peace
for you and me
shine like starlight in the night

Do you know where we’ve been….

Governments do us violence
people make the peace
dream a dream of Novi Mir
there’ll be dancing in the streets
Do you know where we’ve been….

Nick Binkley 04:31

1 review for Let the Boy Jam

  1. Orange County Register

    Enjoyable album with a real sense of purpose… gifted songwriter.

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