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Lockdown Demos + with commentary (2020) - Free download

by The Quicksilver Kings

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There’s a lot of strange people in the house on the hill Looking for nothing and standing still Lost in a day dream, illusion a smoke screen Photograph frames forgotten faces and names All the places that they used to go If they don’t know now they never will There a little old lady who’s patiently waiting She’s so far out no one can hear her call Tracing back through time so slow Like an old song on the radio When it all made sense When the pieces fit When the future seemed so far away Doctor Martinez is writing down notes Making equations, repeating the quotes Sometimes it’s easier looking out than in When in walked a girl with tattoo of Spain Angel and cross hanging down from a chain She’d rather be anywhere, somewhere that is not here The days all rolled into one Between a mixture of morphine and the sleeping pills Are they enemies or victim’s of fate Do they all belong on the house on the hill? There’s an old lady trapped in the circles of mind Bright blue orchards that she’ll never find Tracing back through time so slow Like an old song on the radio When it all made sense When the pieces fit When the future seemed so far away
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With your mothers and you brothers And your sisters and you fathers With the fat cats and the traitors And the downright dirty cheaters He’ll track you down with the face of a clown And he don’t like to be defeated Do not let the devil know when you are leaving town Pulling strings Slinging stones Snapping backs Breaking bones Tearing hearts From sunken chests Turning dreams to sunken wrecks When your fortune is fading Guess who’s in the back there waiting With a hand on the noose and the trap doors loose this and this darkness seems contagious Do not let the devil know when you are leaving town Do not let the devil know when you are leaving town With your mothers and you brothers And your sisters and you fathers With the fat cats and the traitors And the downright dirty cheaters He’ll track you down with the face of a clown And he don’t like to be defeated Do not let the devil know when you are leaving town Do not let the devil know when you are leaving town Do not let the devil know when you are leaving town
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End of Days - demo (free) 03:22
Show me something I’ve never seen Promise to never step on my dreams Light up my eyes with fire Grab your coat girl you’re coming with me Take me to that place in your heart I’ll hold you when your world’s falling apart Blow my mind with love Grab your boots and bag your coming with me It’s a sign of the times and my heart desires What’s on my mind I’m not satisfied Maybe you’re all I need Roll me when I’m over the line Tell me with a secret code sign Whisper your deepest desire Here’s a halo if you’re coming me Make me be a better man I’ll listen and try to understand Touch my soul inside It’s a ride girl if you’re coming with me It’s a sign of the times and my heart desires What’s on my mind I’m not satisfied Maybe you’re all I need I’ll get lost in your passionate way Stay with you till the end of days Underneath a purple sky I’ll better learn to fly What on my mind I’m not satisfied Maybe you’re all I need Show me something I’ve never seen
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Fame (the mask) - demo (free) 03:33
Blood on the tracks the night is long The life you knew has been and gone Circled in spotlight a lonely throne Dance to the time of the devils horn Champagne, cocaine, satin and lace Face is a mask that will eat your face She is a star fame is the crown Burned out broken with the tears of a clown Blinded by desire sinking like a stone It’s a long way down you can never go home We were once like your are now Feeding off the superficial scraps of fakeness thrown into the crowd In a million dollar mansion with no real friends Down and defeated as each day ends Your naked under the microscope There ain’t no fire if there ain’t no smoke Play with matches you will burn It’s a long way back there’s no return from fame On display for all the world to see Starved of attention they can’t breathe An echo chamber for one voice Lost in static and noise You were once like we are now Feeding off the superficial scraps of fakeness thrown into the crowd There's nowhere to hide everyone can see Your latest mistake is on tv The more you gain the more you lose Every move you make is front page news Poison paparazzi photograph of pain Forever in the mirror the reflection of shame Blood on the tracks the night is long The life to me has been and gone Circled in spotlight a lonely throne Dance to the time of the devils horn Champagne, cocaine, satin and lace Face is a mask that will eat your face
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All the kings horses hurry over the hill To find tiny tin soldiers Standing perfectly silent with a golden gown Wonder where will you sleep tonight? Clutching the twilight in a figure of eight Throw the clowns to the lions Leftover lovers in a half remembers dream Don’t wake me up when you rise It’s too late to save me The words that you offered Left limp by the wayside Now they have become Goodbye Gabrielle It’s time to go my love While two constellations come close to collide Silver trumpets played softly and slowly To the chains of a cloud Determined to drift apart Don’t try to hate me I’ve sentenced myself to A lifetime of suffering My next line will have to be Goodby Gabrielle Our time is over my love t’s too late to save me The words that you offered Left limp by the wayside Now they have become Goodbye Gabrielle It’s time to go my love Puppets are dancing covered in paint At a circus of light looking for the rapture In a pumpkin heart The mask hides all of your lies It’s too late to save me The words that you offered Left limp by the wayside Now they have become Goodbye Gabrielle It’s time to go my love Don’t try to hate me I’ve sentenced myself to A lifetime of suffering My next line will have to be Goodby Gabrielle Our time is over my love
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If you can tell me what I wanna know Show me what’s inside your heart If you can give me something real Then maybe I won’t have to go Then maybe I won’t have to go If you can tell me why I ought to stay How much do I mean to you If you promise to leave the lies behind Then our love won’t fade away Then our love won’t fade away Every time you spin a line I’ve heard it all before It’s a requiem for a dream When you’ve never ever even seen the key to the door If you can tell me where it all went wrong Down this rocky road Give a good reason why you did what you did There’s a chance we’ll get along There’s a chance we’ll get along If you can tell me when the day will come Silence shatters the night If she can look me in the eyes Then she’ll surely come undone Then she’ll surely come undone Then she’ll surely come undone
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You gotta get up to get down A revolution in this town You gotta get up to get down Get your feet back on the ground Just let it go you’ll never know you might surprise yourself You gotta get up to get down You’re lost but now you’re found You gotta get up to get down Raise the roof and make a sound You gotta get up to get down Everybody let loose Everybody hang tight Everybody keep on trying hard to keep on Everybody jump up Everybody shine bright Everybody step back Dancing in the spotlight I don’t mind if the sun don’t shine Nothing’s gonna spoil my day Try to be nobody’s fool You’re in charge you make the rules Try to be nobody’s fool Play into their hands and you Find ambition in your disposition Sing your your own tune Try to live for today There’s only here and now The hourglass is running out Try to live for today Everybody let loose Everybody hang tight Everybody keep on trying hard to keep on Everybody jump up Everybody shine bright Everybody step back Dancing in the spotlight I don’t mind if the sun don’t shine Nothings gonna spoil my day Everybody let loose Everybody hang tight Everybody keep on trying hard to keep on Everybody jump up Everybody shine bright Everybody step back Dancing in the spotlight I don’t mind if the sun don’t shine Nothings gonna spoil my day
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Like a slow train train coming Like the white wind blowing Like a snowflake in the night Like a hard rain falling When I hear her calling Let the bells ring out tonight Close your eyes And when the darkness comes Don’t let it swallow you whole Close your eyes And you will find if you search inside your soul... Like a winter morning Like a new day dawning Like a river drenched in moonlight Like a soft voice humming Like a guitar strumming Let the bells ring out tonight Close your eyes And when the darkness comes Don’t let it swallow you whole Close your eyes Search inside and you will find your soul... Like a fast wheel singing Like a songbird singing Like a fantasy taking flight Like a wild flower growing As we reap what we’re sowing Let the bells ring out tonight Like a dream coming true Like a sky forever blue Like a diamond shining in starlight Like a gentle whisper As I softly kissed her Let the bells ring out tonight Close your eyes And when the darkness comes Don’t let it swallow you whole Close your eyes Search inside and you will find some soul
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The worlds gone crazy and we’re losing touch The little things that used to mean so much Times are strange and the days are all empty now You can’t pull strings when you’re hands are tied Locked down in a prison for the mind It’s a long black road where the darkness never ends Maybe I’m a dreamer we can turn things round Before the sky is on fire and we’re six foot in the ground Hope for the future shine a light on everyone Here’s a thought to make you think twice It’s the poor young children who will pay the price It’s never to late to build a better day You can’t pull strings when you’re hands are tied Locked down in a prison for the mind It’s a long black road where the darkness never ends Maybe I’m a dreamer we can turn things round Before the sky is on fire and we’re six foot in the ground Hope for the future shine a light on everyone Maybe I’m a dreamer we can turn things round Before the sky is on fire and we’re six foot in the ground Hope for the future shine a light on everyone The worlds gone crazy and we’re losing touch The little things that used to mean so much Times are strange and the days are all empty now
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Black lighting strikes on the hollow ground of town For the second time in as many days The moon reflected in his eyes black as night He had murder on his mind Tried to tell a story but he had nothing to say Worthless words give him away You can take a horse to water but you cannot make him swim Wanted me so badly to believe You’ll never notice who you’re really talking to You’ll no know what they’ve been through Till you walk a million miles in their broken shoes You’ll never know what they’ve been through Yellow tear stains of bittersweet emotions Everything they tried to hide from me In a room of mirrors you can see for miles He had murder on his mind He had murder on his mind He had murder on his mind
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Paralyzed with fear ‘cause your collar is crooked A cheap excuse that I didn’t buy Don’t make a scene get your story straight girl I’ll suffer my fate with a prayer and a smile Oooh please tell me I’m crazy My imagination sees the worst that I can Oooh if this loves amazing Then why you trying to sneak out the back door Do you want to run? Sick and tired of these accusations I don’t need no alibi Stop creeping around, you better back off boy This bad blood enhances the green of your eyes Oooh I think you’re crazy You’re suspicious mind sees the worst that it can Oooh if this loves amazing Stop hiding of the shadows of the back door Do you want me to run Oooh it was never like this when life was just a practice and we both new nothing cause we were so young. Oooh please tell me I’m crazy My imagination sees the worst that I can Oooh if this loves amazing Then why you trying to sneak out the back door Oooh I think you’re crazy You’re suspicious mind sees the worst that it can Oooh if this loves amazing Stop hiding of the shadows of the back door Do you want me to run
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Sunflower Moon - demo (free) 02:21
You’re loving flame burns a hole in my heart They’ll never tear us apart, she’s my baby I can’t explain how I’m feeling inside She’s keeping me satisfied she’s my lady Tomorrow never comes too soon Falling stars with a sunflower moon Sailing on a strawberry wine sea She’s so beautiful she belongs to me Spanish tongue tantalising my mind After all love is blind she’s a mystery Electric eyes taking me by surprise That’s when I realise how much she missed me Dancing to a runciple tune Dark sky with a dusty pink moon There’s nowhere I would rather be She’s so wonderful, she belongs to me Golden hair that comes cascading down Spreading love all around she’s an angel How kind of her bringing heaven to my door If this is love give me more, she’s a miracle Tomorrow never comes too soon Falling stars with a sunflower moon Sailing on a strawberry wine sea She’s so beautiful, she belongs to me You’re loving flame burns a hole in my heart They’ll never tear us apart, she’s my baby
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She’s up with the sunrise and out of the door A one night stand she won’t return for more She’s here today and gone tomorrow The secrets of a sparrow But this little sparrow must fly She’s the diary of a call girl she feels so alive It’s a hell of a job beats working from nine to five She’s perfectly happy and free from all sorrows The secrets of a sparrow Spreading her wings to fly She’s dancing after midnight She’s singing on the rain She’s laughing at the sunrise She rides a twilight trail You will tumble blindly as you fall at her feet If you’re a married man she’ll be ever so discreet She refuses to beg steal or borrow The secrets of a sparrow And this little sparrow must fly And this little sparrow must fly And this little sparrow must fly
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In the morning at the red phone box I tried to place a call This is tomorrow The dream we borrowed Beyond the wall of time Every Sunday after midnight I try to rest my mind Never knowing which way the wind blows I try to catch my breath But I think of you If you’ll be my blue In the shadows at the back of my mind I only hope that I can see you some time my love But I wait till day break Every cloud has a silver lining So just ignore the rain You know I feel your pain In the shadows at the back of my mind I only hope that I can see you some time my love But I wait till day break To ease my heart ache
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What's The Rush - demo (free) 03:09
Take your time there is no need to hurry What’s the rush? The night is way to young to entertain your worries What’s the rush? Don’t flee your feelings and stay a little while What’s the rush? Pour some more red wine while I walk another mile What’s the rush? Why don’t you talk to me and tell me what your thinking about Let’s pretend there are no strangers here Give me hope and help me cope with these feeling Because from this point I can’t find my way back home Because from this point I can’t find my way back home If your so inclined we could steal a moment What’s the rush? Let’s leave this world behind and wish that time was frozen What’s the rush? Why don’t you talk to me and tell me what your thinking about Let’s pretend there are no strangers here Give me hope and help me cope with these feeling Because from this point I can’t find my way back home Because from this point I can’t find my way back home
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Wild One - demo (free) 02:57
You’re a live one You’re a danger to yourself You’ll die son But hopefully not yet Time is a gift we can’t afford Don’t hold to things you cannot keep You won’t always get what you want But the best things you will find are free You’re a wild one living on the edge Look around son Try to comprehend The fast lane only ends to soon Gotta get back gotta pull back from yourself Situations come and go You can always change the hand you’re dealt You’re a live one (a danger to yourself) You’re a wild one (living on the edge) You’re a live one (a danger to yourself) You’re a wild one (living on the edge) Stop loving in a bubble Wanting the world to change Talking to the walls To hear what they have to say Look inside and ask yourself what do you see Holding up a mirror who do you wanna be You’re a live one You’re a danger to yourself You’ll die son But hopefully not yet You’re a live one (a danger to yourself) You’re a wild one (living on the edge) You’re a live one (a danger to yourself) You’re a wild one (living on the edge)
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Wild One - commentary (free) 04:37
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Railroad Song - demo (free) 03:01
She’s got flashing eyes There something in her style Got me looking up when I’m falling down Devil woman angel child Electric lady, looking like you do She’s got me spinning round in circles Feeling dizzy like a fool My heart was pulled, persuaded My whole life jilted, jaded Oh yeah Stop, you turned my head I was singing my railroad song When you came along With another dream to chase Stop, you turned my head I was singing my railroad song When you came along With another dream to chase Now I see, this is where I think I wanna be Stop, you turned my head I was singing my railroad song When you came along With another dream to chase Madam butterfly I love the way you walk I wonder what secrets you heart would say if it could talk Sweet señorita She’s got me on my knees Mystical woman I’ll do anything you please My heart was pulled, persuaded My whole life jilted, jade Stop, you turned my head I was singing my railroad song When you came along With another dream to chase Stop, you turned my head I was singing my railroad song When you came along With another dream to chase Stop, you turned my head I was singing my railroad song When you came along With another dream to chase With another dream to chase With another dream to chase With another dream to chase
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Gaslight Cafe - demo (free) 03:26
At the gaslight café there’s a poet with a leather bound black book who preaches the blues All the cool kids play fight with puppets and try on ideas like they’re buying new shoes Plucking their lofty ideals from an online buffet They say “war is hell and freedom ain’t free" “As such is life... it’s a mystery” At the back end of town there’s a mother who can’t afford food Her rented house has leaky windows and no heated rooms It’s the children who go without at the end of the day But the landlord he squeals “oh woe is me." "If the bank should foreclose then I’m history” A banker stands 50 floors up on a ledge thinking of How he bought low and sold high but never did learn how to love As the ground sucked him closer The last thought he could find was “Is it too late to change my mind?” A young thirsty student Pays for a future with help from those behind the vale Desperate for knowledge craving answers The taxman took the wind from their sales So many lonely old people, sick and poor When will profits fall to those who Ill afford Instead if those sat in the House of Lords
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Stalemate - demo (free) 03:50
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Stalemate - commentary (free) 11:38
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It was a pretty little break up Over a petty little thing I was under your spell all the time Like a force of nature, now I can see You can lie to yourself but just don’t lie to me Lying to yourself is a one way road Go let it out before you explode You know how to push my buttons You know how to keep me hanging on Don’t promise you will When you know that you won’t You’re playing with fire honey Don’t treat me like a fool Day after day why are you so cruel Trying to shovel smoke with a silver spoon While I’m holding out my hand trying to catch the moon You know how to push my buttons You know how to keep me hanging on You know how to push my buttons You know how to keep me hanging on I tripped through your wires and fell at your feet In the hope of deliverance like a twist of fate I thought I’d better speak up before it’s too late You can kill with your smile and wound with your eyes You’ve been telling too many little black lies I consider it a capital crime To steal my thoughts and waste my time In a losers lounge where I’m trying for break free You can lie to yourself but just don’t lie to me Just don’t lie to me Just don’t lie to me Just don’t lie to me You know how to push my buttons You know how to keep me hanging on
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credits

released December 31, 2020

All Songs written by The Quicksilver Kings and demos recorded on a mobile phone.

These Things Take Time - written by QSKs and Ryan Mosleh
Murder on His Mind - written by QSKs and John Hamilton

Photograph by Stewart Baxter.

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The Quicksilver Kings Hull, UK

Acoustic trio weaving elements of country, blues and pop over vintage rootsy songwriting.

New album out 2023...

"Every once in a while you’ll come across a group of musicians that inspire you to find every scrap of music that they have created – The Quicksilver Kings is one of those groups." Jampshere Magazine.
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