Lyrics

The summer knows (track 14 on the album)

The summer knows (track 14 on the album)

1 How do you keep the music playing? 4:25

Music – Legrand; words – Bergman & Bergman © Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – fretless bass

How do you keep the music playing?
How do you make it last?
How do you keep the song from fading too fast?
How do you lose yourself to someone
And never lose your way?
How do you not run out of new things to say?

And since we know we’re always changing
How can it be the same?
And tell me how year after year
You’re sure your heart won’t fall apart
Each time you hear his name?

And oh, the way I feel for you it’s now or never;
The more I love the more that I’m afraid
That in your eyes I may not see forever, forever.

If we can be the best of lovers
And be the best of friends;
If we can try with every day to make it better as it grows
With any luck then I suppose
The music never ends.

2 Touch the sky 4:08

Music – L’Estrange; words – Cummings © L’EstrangeMusic/”if up’s the word;and a world grows greener” 1950, 1978, 1991 by the Trustees for the E.E.Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E.E.Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; Simon Allen – alto saxophone; John Turville – piano; Alexander L’Estrange – double bass; Mike Bradley – drums

if up’s the word; and a world grows greener
minute by second and most by more –
if death is the loser and life is the winner
(and beggars are rich but misers are poor)
let’s touch the sky:
with a to and a fro
(and a here there where) and away we go

in even the laziest creature among us
a wisdom no knowledge can kill is astir –
now dull eyes are keen and keen eyes are keener
(for young is the year, for young is the year)
let’s touch the sky:
with a great (and a gay
and a steep) deep rush through amazing day

it’s brains without hearts have set saint against sinner
put gain over gladness and joy under care –
let’s do as an earth which can never do wrong does
(minute by second and most by more)
let’s touch the sky:
with a strange (and a true)
and a climbing fall into near blue

if beggars are rich (and a robin will sing his
robin a song) but misers are poor –
let’s love until noone could quite be (and young is
the year, dear) as living as I’m and as you’re
let’s touch the sky:
with a you and a me
and an every (who’s any who’s some) one who’s we

3 Once upon a summertime 4:14

Music – Legrand/Barclay; words – Marnay/Mercer © Sacem/Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals;
John Turville – piano; Alexander L’Estrange – double bass; Mike Bradley – drums

Once upon a summertime if you recall
We stopped beside a little flower stall
A bunch of bright forget-me-nots was all I’d let you buy me.

Once upon a summertime, just like today
We laughed the happy afternoon away
And stole a kiss in every street café.

You were sweeter than the blossoms on the tree
I was as proud as any girl could be
As if the mayor had offered me the key to Paris!

Now another wintertime has come and gone
The pigeons feeding in the square have flown
But I remember when the vespers chime
You loved me once upon a summertime.

4 So says my song 4:42

Music – L’Estrange; words – Landesman © L’EstrangeMusic/Bucks Music Group Ltd
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – vocals; John Turville – piano; Alexander L’Estrange – double bass; Mike Bradley – drums

Why can’t I write a happy song,
With bluebirds singing all day long?
Why do the storm clouds hide the sun
In all my songs?

Why can’t I sing of honey days?
A song of joy, a song of praise;
Why must I sing of all the ways
That love goes wrong?

I may write a verse that is funny
But mostly laments are my thing.
For somehow the song of the honey
Seems less than the song of the sting.

Why can’t I chant the positive?
Because I find it hard to live
With all the hurts that love can give;
So says my song.

And earth is fair and flesh is fine;
There’s wine to share for Auld Lang Syne;
But death is still the bottom line;
So says my song.

5 A friend has gone away 3:58

Music – Legrand; words – Dréjac/Harnick © Legrand/Dréjac/Harnick
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – electric piano, fretless bass, guitar, backing vocals

Yes, a friend has gone away,
Someone I have known and loved for years.
Saw him only yesterday;
Now today he’s left this veil of tears.

No, there’s nothing to be done;
Nothing on this earth could hold him fast.
Clothed in simple honesty,
He has gone to rest, all troubles past.

So should I say goodbye, goodbye?
Or till we meet again?
Somewhere beneath another sky,
I pray we’ll meet again.
Bye until then.

6 Hello life! 2:56

Music – L’Estrange; words – Magorian © L’EstrangeMusic/Magorian
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – piano, double bass; Mike Bradley – drums

They said it would happen, I’d come out of mourning,
And it would be sudden without any warning.
The pain would be gone and I’d leave him behind
And I would be strong and life would be kind.
I’d discover how lucky I was to be free
And, out of the blue, enjoy being me;
And all of the fire I’d doused with my tears
Would turn to desire, demolish my fears.

Oh, hello world, I’ve come out of Purdah;
Watch out world, cos I plan to murder
Anyone who puts me down;
I’m determined to paint every town.
Goodbye him, oh I’ve got his number
Now my heart is dancing a rumba
I’m thrilled he’s done with me;
Now I can be what I want to be.

They told me those grey days that seemed to get duller
Would break into sunlight, I’d tune into colour.
It’s true, I’ve come out of my painful cacoon,
Rediscovered myself and not a moment too soon!

Oh, hello life! I’m ready to savour
All you have, each delectable flavour;
Hello stars, come light my way;
I’ve decided at last it’s time to play.
Goodbye him, he had a good innings;
Time for me to indulge in some sinning;
I’m so high I want to cheer “hey I survived!”
And it’s good to be here.
Hey I survived, and it’s good to be here.

7 Pack of three 2:57

Music – L’Estrange; words – Magorian © L’EstrangeMusic/Magorian
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – piano

These are my children, I love them;
Separate people, a clique.
A problem? Oh no, we’re a bargain,
Three kinds of loving, unique.

These are my treasures, enjoy them;
Don’t give me words like you’ll cope.
A hero? No thanks, we don’t want one;
Don’t bother throwing a rope.

These are my chickens, don’t hurt them;
Their hearts need a holiday.
We’ve all been so hurt, please forgive me,
I cannot be going away.

We are a family, a threesome,
All a bit fragile, but strong;
The reason I shrink from a man is
I’m scared of getting it wrong.

Don’t try to lay down the law
Or throw down a gauntlet or glove;
If you want me, you’ll have to remember
The two other people I love.

8 That was then 1:47

Music – L’Estrange; words – Magorian © L’EstrangeMusic/Magorian
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – double bass, backing vocals

That was then, this is now
It’s kind of you to want to know.
My past’s no more, I’ve let it go;
I’m sure I did – does it still show?

Don’t ask me please to open sores,
They’ll never heal, I won’t move on.
I’ll talk some more another night,
But only when the fear has gone.

I’ve been alone, held in so much,
Put on a mask so I’d survive.
The mask is off and I’m exposed;
I’ve been reborn, I feel alive.

Cos this is here and this is real,
You and me and what we feel.
Please hold me close, I love you so;
One day, I’ll tell you everything you want to know.

9 On strike 3:03

Music – L’Estrange; words – Magorian © L’EstrangeMusic/Magorian
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – double bass

Go away, morning! You’re here far too soon;
Can’t you see that I’m having a small honeymoon?
Let cobwebs grow on us, cos I’m planning to stay;
Schedules can all be postponed for the day.

Go away, daylight! I’ve pulled down the blind;
I don’t care if they miss me at work, I don’t mind.

Life is too short when there’s loving to do;
I refuse to get up to stand in some queue!

I won’t let the dawn in; you’re dead a very long time;
And the feel of his skin is something sublime.
A morning together is too good to miss,
So to hell with routine; I shall lie here in bliss.

10 I will wait for you 3:14

Music – Legrand; words – Demy/Gimbel
© Windswept Music London Ltd/Sacem/Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; John Turville – piano; Alexander L’Estrange – double bass; Mike Bradley – drums

The clock will tick away the hours one by one
And then there’ll come a time when all the waiting’s done,
A time when you return and find me here and run
Straight to my waiting arms.

If it takes forever, I will wait for you;
For a thousand summers, I will wait for you;
Till you’re back beside me, till I’m holding you;
Till I hear you sigh here in my arms.

Anywhere you wander, anywhere you go,
Every day remember how I love you so.
In your heart believe what in my heart I know,
That for ever more I’ll wait for you.

If it takes forever, I will wait for you;
For a thousand summers, I will wait for you;
Till you’re back beside me, till I’m touching you;
And, forever more, sharing your love.

11 What are you doing the rest of your life? 4:18

Music – Legrand; words – Bergman & Bergman © EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; John Turville – piano; Alexander L’Estrange – double bass; Mike Bradley – drums

What are you doing the rest of your life?
North and South and East and West of your life?
I have only one request of your life,
That you spend it all with me.

All the seasons and the times of your days,
All the nickels and the dimes of your days,
Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days
All begin and end with me.

I want to see your face in every kind of light,
In fields of dawn and forests of the night;
And when you stand before the candles on a cake,
Oh let me be the one to hear the silent wish you make.

Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes,
In the world of love you keep in your eyes,
I’ll awaken what’s asleep in your eyes;
It may take a kiss or two.

Through all of my life,
Summer Winter Spring and Fall of my life,
All I ever will recall of my life
Is all of my life with you.

12 Tea totally 1:37

Music – L’Estrange; words – Magorian © L’EstrangeMusic/Magorian
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – piano, double bass; Adam Riley – percussion

Hey there, Mister Wonderful,
Share an hour with me;
A little jaunt, a chintzy haunt,
Let’s go and sup some tea.
Lemon dunked in Lapsang,
Earl Grey or dark Assam,
Scones crumbly from an oven,
Coronary cream and jam.

Murm’ring by a window, drinking in the view;
That’s a lie, it’s just so’s I can gaze non-stop at you.

Melting when you smile at me,
Laughing till I’m weak,
Then overwhelmed and suddenly
I’m far too shy to speak.
Chill out for a moment,
Let’s flee from the hubbub;
Chats among the china
Beats yelling in a pub.

How about it, treasure?
A quiet English tea?
We can be the fruitcakes;
If you’re up for it, I’m free!

13 You must believe in spring 5:24

Music – Legrand; words – Bergman & Bergman © Sacem Spirit Music Publishing Ltd
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – piano, double bass, backing vocals; Mike Bradley – drums

When lonely feelings chill the meadows of your mind,
Just think when winter comes can spring be far behind?
Beneath the deepest snows,
The secret of a rose
Is merely that it knows you must believe in spring.

Just as a tree is sure its leaves will reappear;
It knows its emptiness is just a time of year;
The frozen mountain dreams
Of April’s melting streams;
How crystal clear it seems, you must believe in spring.

You must believe in love and trust it’s on its way,
Just as the sleeping rose awaits the kiss of May;
So in a world of snow,
Of things that come and go,
Where what you think you know you can’t be certain of,
You must believe in spring and love.

14 The summer knows 4:39

Music – Legrand; words – Bergman & Bergman © Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – vocals; Simon Allen – soprano saxophone; Alexander L’Estrange – electric piano, fretless bass; Mike Bradley – drums; Adam Riley – percussion

The summer smiles, the summer knows,
And unashamed she sheds her clothes;
The summer smoothes the restless sky
And lovingly she warms the sand on which you lie.

The summer knows, the summer’s wise;
She sees the doubt within your eyes;
And so she takes her summer time,
Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger,
Twists the world round her summer finger,
Lets you see the wonder of it all.

And if you’ve learned your lesson well,
There’s little more for her to tell;
One last caress, it’s time to dress for fall.

15 Legacy of love 4:57

Music & words – L’Estrange © L’EstrangeMusic
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead & backing vocals; Simon Allen – tenor saxophone; John Turville – piano; Alexander L’Estrange – fretless bass, guitar; Mike Bradley – drums; Adam Riley – percussion

Who would’ve known? All we could see
Was the smile upon your face,
Feel the warmth of your embrace.
Who could’ve known? You lived your life
As if each moment of each day
Should be enjoyed, not thrown away.

And everyone you met you felt your energy, your drive;
You made us feel like family and glad to be alive.
We were the lucky ones
Because we had the chance to be part of your life;
We were the lucky ones because we knew you.

Who would’ve known? You had such dreams
Such visions of beauty,
Which you turned into reality.
Into your home you welcomed us all;
A mother wife and friend,
You were so strong right to the end.

And people will remember, through this legacy of love,
The woman with the heart of gold, the Maggie we all loved.
We were the lucky ones
Because we had the chance to be part of your life;
We were the lucky ones because we knew you.

I wonder if you ever knew how changed we were because of you?
Strange how someone fighting to live could have still had so much to give.

We were the lucky ones
Because we had the chance to be part of your life;
We were the lucky ones
Because we had the chance to be part of your wonderful life;
To share it with you, be there with you, dream all your dreams with you
We were the lucky ones because we knew you.

16 How do you keep the music playing? (reprise) 4:27

Music – Legrand; words – Bergman & Bergman © Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – lead vocals; Alexander L’Estrange – piano, backing vocals

How do you make it last?
How do you keep the song from fading too fast?
How do you lose yourself to someone
And never lose your way?
How do you not run out of new things to say?

And since we know we’re always changing
How can it be the same?
And tell me how year after year
You’re sure your heart won’t fall apart
Each time you hear his name?

And oh, the way I feel for you it’s now or never;
The more I love the more that I’m afraid
That in your eyes I may not see forever, forever.

If we can be the best of lovers
And be the best of friends;
If we can try with every day to make it better as it grows
With any luck then I suppose
The music never ends.

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