The Boy In The Attic

by Cas Greenfield

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released January 18, 2018

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Cas Greenfield England, UK

Casimir Greenfield is an author, musician and broadcaster.


A well-known figure on the Dutch music scene in the 70s and 80s, Cas worked with artists as diverse as B.B. KIng, Yes, Sparks, Sonja Kristina, Kayak, Leonie Janssen, Frans Ehlhart, Herman Van Veen, Boudewijn de Groot and many others. Cas has remained fresh and involved with current music. ... more

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Track Name: Not Dead Yet!
Not Dead Yet – words and music Cas Greenfield

I don’t drink, I don’t swear
I’m just growing old disgracefully and I don’t care
I’ve got style, I’ve got poise
I’m deaf in one ear so I make a lotta noise
It’s alright, it’s okay
I’m at the centre of the universe and I’m here to stay
I feel strong, call it fate
And let me divvy my philosophy
‘It’s never too late’

chorus:
The blood's still pumping
The heart’s still thumping
Let me tell you something
I’m not dead yet!

You can’s stop me
Cos I’m not dead yet
The book is writ
But it’s not read yet
You can’t stop me
Cos the pulse is racing
I don’t fear the reaper cos it’s him that I’m a chasing

I don’t kill, I don’t bitch
The sap’s still rising, It’s the sixty year itch
Give me love
Give me peace
But when the pressure starts to boil
Give me sweet release

You cant bring me down, cause there’s a fire in my soul
My volcano heart is burning
With the beat of my life and the pulse is racing
I don’t fear the reaper cos it’s him that I’m chasing
Track Name: Home Made Mini
Sweet sixteen, a Singer machine
A length of poplin in aquamarine
A reel of cotton and a two inch seam
Let me help you with that zipper, if you know what I mean…
I’m all fired up, I’m lean, I’m skinny
Let me take you back and run you up a home-made mini.

In my Lurex jacket and my Prince of Wales
Let me button up my breeches and dust off me tails
Peter Pan collar, Op-Art nails
You had a handle on my candle that couldn’t fail
I’m all fired up, I’m lean and skinny
Let me take you back and run you up a home-made mini

Every other guy wants to take you out tonight
But I’m a tough little bugger
And I’ll give every one of them a damn good fight
Alright?

Sweet sixteen, a Singer machine
A length of poplin in aquamarine
A reel of cotton and a two-inch seam
Let me help you with that zipper, if you know what I mean…
I’m all fired up, I’m lean, I’m skinny
Let me take you back and run you up a home-made mini.
Track Name: Secret Lovers
It was sixty nine and the heat was on
It hadn’t been long since that old ‘Dear John’
When the paperback boy in the pouring rain met the wolf in the baa-lamb’s clothing
He told his lies with a silver tongue
Filled my head with a poisoned hum
And boy, you should have seen him run like a bullet from a gun

And he ran to you
And he stole your heart with his tales of the valleys
As he ripped us apart
And he took the prize with a hunter’s knife
And he severed all the ties

Chorus:
Nobody knew that we knew each other
That you and I were secret lovers
Cos we’d been together for oh so long
If only in our minds

It was New Year’s Eve and the rumours flew
With my ‘Hapsash’ hair and my platform shoes
And nobody there even had a clue in the roughhouse and confusion
So I hid in the shadows losing you, paving the way for a life of blue
Then It took a bit of magic and cosmic glue to put us back together

Then I ran into you
And I won your heart,
Tilting at windmills, lunch in the park
And we stitched the quilt with invisible thread
And patched it back together…
Chorus:
Track Name: Mayflies
Mayflies – words and music Cas Greenfield

Mayflies, you looked so sad and lonely how the time flies
Mayflies, how long have I loved you – from the dawn of time
Mayflies – oh how we changed in their eyes
Bright eyes, love-in-a-mist traps my little mayflies

She has the power of creation - she brings my days to life
She’s my sun in the morning, my silver moon at night
I never want to close my eyes - can’t take those sweet goodbyes
It’s like walking with an angel when she’s on my mind
It’s different from any love I’ve ever known
It’s a new love, it’s a strange love, it’s a love that is so old

She’s my quiet revolution - the power behind this throne
She’s the simple solution – can’t find it on my own
She’s my soul's evolution – our love has grown and grown
While the world turns its circle and other loves have flown
It’s different from any love I’ve ever known
It’s a new love, it’s a strange love, it’s a love that is so old

Mayflies, you looked so sad and lonely how the time flies
Mayflies, how long have I loved you – from the dawn of time
Mayflies – oh how we changed in their eyes
Bright eyes, love-in-a-mist traps my little mayflies

Mayflies, living for the day, living for the night - Mayflies
Mayflies, living for the darkness, living for the light - Mayflies
Mayflies, living for the moment love takes flight – Mayflies
Track Name: Change Of Heart
I was thinking of the time when love was something new
When our hearts beat as one and our love was in tune
Oh, how I need to see you now if only for a while
But you had a change of heart

You said the end was fated, but I don’t believe in fate
For me the end came much too soon
For you it came too late
But when I close my eyes it’s like we’ve never been apart
Who had the change of heart

Chorus;
Change of heart change of heart
The magic just ain’t there
Change of heart change of heart
The pain’s too much too bear
It hurts right here, but you don’t even care
Cause you had a change of heart

Did you really think my love was no more than a game
Something to turn on when you wanted to play
Maybe I was crazy to let you lead me on
Till you had a change of heart

Do you remember?
Do you recall?
When love was new, we had it all
We were forever, right from the start
Who had the change of heart?
Track Name: Boy In The Attic
Boy in the Attic – words and music Cas Greenfield

The world was at his fingertips
The words were on his tongue
The blood was on his hands
The boys were on the run
The sound of pain was on his mind
The rain was on the roof
The tissued lies inside his head
Were inches from the truth…

But the boy in the attic told his darkest tales
Of sutured skin and bloody trails
While the Dick in the diner joshed the frails
He turned the page
And staked the mail
The boy in the attic, the fly on the wall
Had a twist in his tale
That fooled us all…

The ink poured from the quills and nibs
And ran against the grain
The line between the truth and fibs
We’re driving him insane
The tattooed pages writhed with life
The shadows hid the light
The needle points that pierced the skin
Were shimmers in the night
But the boy in the attic told his darkest tales
Of sutured skin and bloody trails
While the Dick in the diner joshed the frails
He turned the page
And staked the mail
The boy in the attic, the fly on the wall
Had a twist in his tale
That fooled us all…

The dirty deeds upon the page were twisted from within
The secrets passed from hand to eye were tantamount to sin
The body count was growing, the alibis were thin
The wired chair was humming and the padre stank of gin
Track Name: Poison Pen
Poison Pen
I’ve got something you just don’t understand
I hold your fate in the palm of my hand
Little women, little men
I can change your lives with one stroke of my pen

I can make you live, I can let you die
I can make you laugh, I can make you cry
I can take your pain turn it into joy
I can take a girl and change her into a boy

Slow Poison dripping from my pen
Turning the screw ‘oh… you tell me when
Cold blooded murder, little ticking bombs
There’s no way out, but you and me are gonna get along just fine…


Slow Poison, tainted blood
Something in the DNA and the chemical scrub
Slow Poison, Quicksilver thumbs
The last thing you’ll see is that setting sun…

I’ve got something you just don’t understand
I hold your fate in the palm of my hand
With my p p p p poison pen

I’ve got something you just don’t understand
I hold your fate in the palm of my hand
Little women, little men
I can change your lives with one stroke of my pen

Slow Poison dripping from my pen
Turning the screw ‘oh… you tell me when
Cold blooded murder, little ticking bombs
There’s no way out, but you and me are gonna get along just fine…

Pppp poison pen

I’m always making notes
nailing down the facts
was it a Diamond tip or woodman’s axe?
Don’t turn the page if you can’t stand the fun

Remington ribbons, little Mac bytes
Nail-biting days insomniac nights
Hand-crafted vellum, Park Drive Lights
Overheard confessions in the dead of night
Track Name: Green Fingers
Green Fingers


She ran her Green Fingers
Up and down my spine
The way her perfume lingers
I wish that she was mine
There’s a slow number
I’d like to take her to
So that we can work out what it is her green fingers do…
Hey hey…

Brushwood bonfire smouldering on a summer night
There’s a lone wolf howling and somehow it don’t feel right
There’s a full moon glowing, glinting in the corner of my eye
And the winds in the honeysuckle vines make me moan and sigh…
Chorus:
Green Fingers
Up and down my spine
Green Fingers
I wish that she was mine
Green Fingers
She’s making me grow
She’s taking me to places I’m not sure I ought to go…
Hey hey…

Estuary shoreline burning in the evening sun
The seabirds are circling, telling me the race is run
A commotion in my DNA is telling me that she’s the one
Now there’s a notion in the corner of my mind – hey, let’s have a little fun…
Hey hey…
Chorus:
I like my coffee strong and black, she likes her coffee white
I drink it all the blooming day, it keeps me up all night

Chorus:
Track Name: Immortals
Immortals


If World War Three is on the way there’s nowhere we can hide
La la las and pillow dark won’t help to stem the tide
So we try cling to something that nothing bad can change:
That we lived our little lifetimes through a bright and golden age

And love will hear my beating heart

We are like marble
We are like granite
We are like air
Like the sphere of a planet
Like the arc of a rainbow rising up to the sky
We are immortal and immortals never die

And in this last cold day of winter at the keening of the knives
I give thanks to love and nature for keeping us alive
I don’t know where we’re headed before my soul takes flight
So let’s smash the walls of darkness down and step into the light…

And love will heal my breaking heart

We are like diamonds
The core of the sun
Like the stars in the heavens
We are second to none
The arc of a rainbow rising up to the sky
We are immortal and immortals never die
Track Name: Splinters and Sparks
Splinters and Sparks


And he said
And she said
There were so many words that were left unspoken
And she cried when he lied
The hurt was deep and their hearts were broken
Tears obscure the lost horizons
Dreams are fading fast
On the shores of distant islands
Drifting in the past

Who was right?
Who was left in the silent storms and the hollow theft?
Who was weak?
Who was strong?
Who was shadow-dancing all along?
Dancing on the edge of nowhere
Splinters and sparks
Playing games of solitaire
All alone in the dark

Dancing on the edge of nowhere
Splinters and sparks
Playing games of solitaire
All alone in the dark

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