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Alex Day - Parrot Stories - Chords and Lyrics

1. A Thousand Hours

Capo 3rd

Verse: Em, C, G, B7
Chorus: F, C, B7, Em

If I counted up the hours I spent on the phone to you
Or waiting at train stations to meet you
Iíd give myself maybe a thousand hours estimate
And that still wouldnít make up for the sleep you made me lose
If someone told me I could have it all back
No more writing or reflecting or thinking on what could be
Iíd tell that person they donít know me at all
Cos you made me who I am and they donít get how much you mean to me

This may come as a surprise
But I donít care if we fight
Cos Iíd rather that you lie
Then you not be there at all
So Iíll sing you some clichťs
As I count down day by day
Till I board another train

So Iíll spend another night writing about you all I can
And revel in our shared sense of nostalgia
Memories made from Waterloo to Hyde Park, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Squares of 
and Trafalgar
If someone told me I could give it all back
No more hostels or those long goodbyes where no-one wants to go
Iíd talk about the time we sung in the rain
Skipping buses cos you didnít want to leave me to go home

This may come as a surprise,
But I love the sleepless nights
Though I tend to speak my mind
I go overboard, I know
So Iíll sing you some clichťs
As I count down day by day
Till I board another train

This may come as a surprise
But I donít care if we fight
Cos Iíd rather that you lie
Then you not be there at all
So Iíll sing you some clichťs
As I count down day by day
Till I board another train


2. Hearts

Capo 6th


Verse: C, E, F, Dsus2
Bridge: C, E, Am, F, G
Chorus: Same as verse

Thereís someone out there in the world like you
With perfect glossy hair and skinny jeans from Camden
But they wonít be able to drive me crazy
ĎCos thatís a curse that only you seem to know how to do

And everytime I see you
It takes days for me to get back on my feet

Iím not that good at writing but I thought you should know
Every songís about you Ďcos youíre everywhere I go
If all we do is hold hands and laugh at stuff on TV
Thatíll still be a real good day for me

Thereís someone out there in the world like you
Who has such a way with words that I couldnít resist him
But I donít think youíd be impressed
ĎCos even if heís more available, he wonít have my honesty

And everytime I need you
I know youíll never be far away from me

Iím not that good at writing but I thought you should know
Every songís about you Ďcos youíre everywhere I go
If all we do is hold hands and laugh at stuff on TV
Thatíll still be a real good day for me

Thereís people out there in the world like us
Who have chemistry and the common sense to act on it
But who needs simplicity in this candid game of hearts
Weíll just keep dancing ítill we tear ourselves apart

Iím not that good at writing but I thought you should know
Every songís about you Ďcos youíre everywhere I go
If all we do is hold hands and laugh at stuff on TV
Thatíll still be a real good day for me

3. No More

Capo 4th


Verse: F, C, E, Am
Chorus: Same as verse
Outro: F, G, E, F

I watched the city lights go up in Glasgow
And I thought about the stupid things we said the night before
There were so many words I had to say
So I wrote ítill I just couldnít write no more

I knew that come tomorrow, Iíd be leaving
And I didnít want to bring it up because Iíd miss you all
There were so many things I could regret
So Iíll think ítill I just canít think no more

Here comes another night of trying to forget what I wonít remember
And I canít move forward ítill I push you back

I wonít stop ítill I make it back to you
But I need time to find out what I want from you
And when I clear these voices in my head
Iíll hear what youíve been saying and weíll sleep under the stars

Iím told that people like to call us dreamers
Because we wonít ever stop until weíve done all we can do
There are so many things I havenít seen
So Iíll look ítill I just canít look no more

And if I told you everything I wanted
Would you close your eyes or look away or say you didnít hear
There are so many things I need from you
So Iíll sing ítill I just canít sing no more

I wonít stop ítill I make it back to you
But I need time to find out what I want from you
And when I clear these voices in my head
Iíll hear what youíve been saying and weíll sleep under the stars

Sat under this tree with you, the rain is on our faces
And I canít think of a single place where I would rather be

Donít forget, if you ever need me, Iím only a vodka away from you
Donít forget thereís nothing you could say, nothing you can say thatís any use to me
Donít forget, if you ever need me, Iím only a vodka away from you
Donít forget thereís nothing you could say, nothing you can say thatís any use to me

4. Holding On

Capo 4th

Intro: Hammering on C
Verse: C, Am, E
Chorus: F, C, E, Am
Chorus-2: C, G, Em, F

A million and one thousand things are screaming in my head
And I canít seem to forget, canít stop thinking about you
I could ride across the sky in a bicycle built for two
Could you teach me how to ride, like you taught me how to feel alive?

And not a single day goes by when I donít wish for you
To watch me pause to find the words to steal your heart away
But Iíll play every word back round and round to try and find
A clue you might have left behind to say you feel the same

And even if I know
Iíll never be your Leo
Iíll keep holding on

A hundred and three thousand ghosts are laughing in my dreams
My eyes are failing me, everywhere I look I see you
I could bake a chocolate cake for you with tiers up to the moon
Could you show me how itís done, like you showed me how to fall in love?

Youíll never see that Iím the one who never left you
When you needed me to cry to Ďcos your heart got broke again
So Iíll play until the strings on my guitar give out,
And Iíll be aching from the pain of trying to pretend

And even if I know
Iíll never be your Leo
Iíll keep holding on

5. Candy Floss

Intro: Variations on G
Verse-1: G, Em, A
Verse-2: Em, C7

We ran through the rain together
You said I looked nice, I said you looked pretty
You held my hand, you pulled me close
And whispered ďtake me homeĒ

We turned around as fast as we could
And jumped on the very next train
I said ďI love you more than lifeĒ
You said ďI feel the sameĒ

And we talked about nothing forever
You spoke to the walls, they told you a story
The world spun underneath our feet
As we shut our exhausted eyes

We wrote our names in a heart on the sand
And saw the sea wash it away
I said ďI want you in my lifeĒ
She said ďokayĒ

She was gonna go, but I said ďno, I donít think soĒ
She looked at me, she smiled at me
And now Iíll tell you what she said:

ďDo you like candy floss?Ē
I said ďyeah, itís alrightĒ
She said ďtake me to a fun fair and weíll eat candy floss tonightĒ

And we spun on the teacups
Round and round and round until we felt dizzy
You asked me to win you a bear
And said it was fine when I failed
(And we all know those things are rigged anyway.)

You and me, spinning through the trees ítill our faces were blue
Iíll always be that little boy sharing candy floss with you

6. What You Do

Capo 1st


Verse: Bm7, F
Chorus: E, Am7

Come, come up to meet
You and I see
All of the world inside your eyes
And I am alive

You move closer to me
I know what you need
Iím gonna set your heart on fire
Feel you inside

Iím addicted to what you do
Iím in love with the way you move
Breathing in every word you say
And all of the promises you make
I know youíll keep them

Legs twisting round me
Hearing you speak
Saying the things I need to hear
We disappear

Your skin against me
Slide desperately
Tingles are slipping down my spine
You make you mine

Iím addicted to what you do
Iím in love with the way you move
Breathing in every word you say
And all of the promises you make
I know youíll keep them

Iím addicted to what you do
Iím in love with the way you move
Breathing in every word you say
And all of the promises you make
Oh God I need them

7. No Sacrifice

Verse-1: E, Em
Verse-2: C, Am, E
Chorus: A, Am, E, E7

I wish I could be the person everybody thinks that Iím not
Surrender to an image until personality becomes lost
I donít want to be the one who always leaves you out in the rain
Every time I try I end up making all the same mistakes

I wish I could stop reacting badly when you speak to me
Push away reaction and just show you what I want you to see
I donít want to be the one whoís always getting in your way
If I let you go, you could be better for it anyway

I can see who I want to be, but Iím not sure I can reach it anymore
Iíve got no sacrifice, the fantasy of you left me unsure

I think if I think too much Iíll think myself away from you
Thinking never does anyone good if it is all too soon
Memories are remedies to stopping me want you too much
Memoryís my ecstasy to keep me craving you enough

Never have I met another person who is quite like you
Moving on without you would be such a stupid thing to do
Why must you be laughing in my head if I donít want you there?
Why do I indulge a single moment to making me care?

I can see who I want to be, but Iím not sure I can reach it anymore
(I wish I could be the person everybody thinks that Iím not)
Iíve got no sacrifice, the fantasy of you left me unsure
(I wish I could stop reacting badly when you speak to me)
I can see who I want to be, but Iím not sure I can reach it anymore
(I think if I think too much Iíll think myself away from you)
Iíve got no sacrifice, the fantasy of you left me unsure

8. Impossible Dreams

Verse: C, Am, Em, G
Chorus: F, E, C, Am, Dm, G

This landís so alien to me
But I just felt comfortable here
And now I donít know the way home
I donít know where Iím trying to go

The streets here have numbers
The buildings in blocks
But none of the street signs are pointing to you
Iíve seen a whole different world

The skyís getting darker, the airís getting cooler
And I just canít win anymore
So forgive me, my darling
We all have impossible dreams

I tried so many new things
Smashes donít matter against memories
Seems that I made the wrong choice
Iíd say sorry but I have no voice

To tell you that decisions are hard
And my world is so small
Nothing matters unless youíre satisfied
Who else can I share my chai with

Now the skyís getting darker, the air getting cooler
And I just canít win anymore
So forgive me, my darling
We all have impossible dreams

I donít know much of my life
But I know I want people to know
Maybe I might sing along
As if this was only a song

But now the skyís getting darker, the air getting cooler
And I just canít win anymore
So forgive me, my darling

9. Sicily

Capo 5th


Verse: Em, C, D
Chorus: Am, G, B7

Sat in peaceful scenery
The city lights shine bright around me
The smell of last nightís dinner is still breezing through the air
Dozing in tranquility
The morning sun hangs high above me
Clicking camera shutters catch bewildered foreign stares

And I must be away from my home
But it feels so close to me
And I must be away from my home
But it feels so close to me

Clifftop is our tapestry
The sunlit sky does well to cool me
Drifting past the villas in a coach without a care
Blackjack in serenity
Fellow makers ride beside me
Walking through an archway and admiring what lies there

And I must be away from my home
But it feels so close to me
And I must be away from my home
But it feels so close to me

Sat in peaceful scenery
The city lights shine bright around me
Smell of last nightís dinner is still breezing through the air
Through the air

10. How We Were

Verse: Am, F, Em, Am
Bridge: Dm, G, E, Am, Dm, G, E
Chorus: Am, Dm, C, G, Am, Dm, E
Outro: Same as verse

Things I like to think about involving me and you include a wait for a proposal 
a London cloud
We make choices and they take us closer to our future and the day I wake up next to you 
safe and sound

Maybe we can spend a little time, growing old and drinking wine
Looking forward to the things weíve yet to face
And if they bring us pearls for us to wear on Judgement Day
We can think ourselves quite lucky that we havenít worn away

I want to know if this could be something that you could believe in
Or am I just saying words again

I remember how we were, before you became intoxicating
I remember how we were, before I could feel my will escaping
I remember how we were, before my mind was inundated
With wishes of you getting lost in me

Things I have to think about when I donít know if you will do your best to make this 
or if you wonít reciprocate
I could stand in front of you and offer you my world but if youíre not quite ready yet 
you will leave me lost in space

Maybe we can spend a couple days, high on life and cheap champagne
Dancing as we discuss possibility
And if hypothetically the two of us become more strange
Iíll think myself quite lucky you donít throw my hand away

I want to know if this could be something that you could believe in
Or am I just saying words again

I remember how we were, before you became intoxicating
I remember how we were, before I could feel my will escaping
I remember how we were, before my mind was inundated
With wishes of you getting lost in me

11. Don't Look Back

Verse: A, Amaj7, F#, Fmin
ďWhen it gets to midnight/we both know what we wantĒ: D, Dm
Chorus: D, Dm, E7, D, Dm

This wonít be the first time that Iíll give it all Iíve got
I promise I donít mean for everything to turn out wrong
Iím not a complex person, wind me up and watch me go
Youíll always be second to my love for the unknown

Itís late and your nose is turning red from the cold
Our feet are walking rhythmically and crumpling the snow
And I have got myself a question that I would like to ask
When it gets to midnight, will you take my freezing hands and dance?

And itís too late for me, but you can still be free if you leave now
And donít look back, my love

Iím a sucker for stability, which might come as a surprise
But I canít help but love the way you smile to one side
We donít need the music to remind us what weíve lost
I can barely move my fingers and Iím slipping on the frost

Now the dark is all around us but for the full moon in the sky
The world is silent to me, weíre the only ones alive
And I can see my breath in front of me, dancing in the air with yours
We both know what we want, but we canít cos weíre so unsure

And itís too late for me, but you can still be free if you leave now
And donít look back, my love
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