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Wonderful Life was Simon Mark Smith’s highly anticipated second album. Released in 2011, 17 years after “Entitled”, it more than exceeded expectations. With 19 tracks including “Facebook”, “Wonderful Life” and “Come Home” all of which got onto radio playlists around the world and were partly behind the sudden increase in Simon’s Internet following, which then shot up to 160 thousand followers on Facebook alone. You can stream the songs for free by clicking on their titles just below.

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Tracks list (lyrics and further details can be found by scrolling down the page).

1 Wonderful Life 4:02
2 Facebook 3:12
3 In The Middle Of The Night 4:06
4 Come Home 3:26
5 The Greatest Love 4:12
6 Naughty 4:01
7 Blue 4:07
8 Gritty 4:00
9 Little By Little 4:22
10 The Book 4:11
11 You and Me 4:38
12 The Chemistry Of Tears 4:18
13 Waiting For You 4:33
14 Love On The TV 4:02
15 Where The Locals Meet 3:37
16 Sometimes You See Me 3:20
17 Persuading You 3:58
18 The Lives Of Ghosts 4:11
19 Happy All The Time 5:03

*Please note track order varies slightly for different countries

A Brief description and lyrics below

1 Facebook

A wry and slightly dark look at Facebook


2 In The Middle Of The Night

One of the most accessible songs on the album, this touches on desperate and confused feelings that can come in the middle of the night.


3 Come Home

A partner with an addiction to computer games is asked to come back to real life. Features some well known contributors.


4 Gritty

Sometimes Love Get’s Gritty. Features Peter Henderson, Chris White and a few other well known artists.

5 The Greatest Love

Based on a chapter in Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, this is about how pain tends to surround what we see as love.


6 Wonderful Life

Faced with an imminent separation the realisation that life goes on kicks in, in this slow build song with a twist in its tail.

7 Naughty

A juxtapositioning of darkness and sex.

8 Blue

Embrace life and embrace sadness, if you want to live then they go hand in hand at times.


9 Little By Little

From the Entitled album, whilst extremely derivative of Dire Straits, this song proved very popular over the years so got an encore on this album.


10 The Book

From the point of view of a book that’s fallen in love with its reader and wants to come alive.

11 You and Me

Everyone wants to be a part of a “you and me”.


12 The Chemistry Of Tears

Scientific understanding doesn’t make the loss easier to bear.


13 Waiting For You

Based on a war poem about a woman waiting for her son to return.


14 Love On The TV

What can seem banal from one point of view often has hidden layers of passion when viewed from another perspective.


15 Where The Locals Meet

The hidden world beneath an otherwise normal exterior.


16 Sometimes You See Me

Touches on the fickleness of feelings often encountered in relationships.


17 Persuading You

Who’s persuading who?


18 The Lives Of Ghosts

What was real? A search through the lives of ghosts for a love that may never have existed.

19 Happy All The Time

From the album Entitled, though derivative of Dire Straits this has become somewhat of an ending anthem for Simon over the years, and appropriately brings this album to its close.

Lyrics


1 Wonderful Life 04:20

Pulled up in my driveway, Sat in my car

Night sky was coming down hard

Listened to the radio, Skipped a couple of tunes

Looked in my mirror at you

Didn’t know why, didn’t want to come in

Feeling dead inside,

Someone told a story, Somebody lied

Chorus

So take a ride, Enjoy the trip of my life

It’s a wonderful life,
Have you got a feeling, got to get away,

Do you get to feeling, that you’ll no longer stay

Have you got a feeling, Got to get away

Got to get away, Got to get away

Moon it goes around

Life it flies, Gonna say hello

Sometimes goodbye

Take the phone right off the hook

Gonna sit down and write your book

Gonna take the lies we once said

Write across your bed

Well I’d come to you, But you’d go,

And all the things I’d have to say, you’d know

Chorus

Times are here, times are gone

No matter what, it moves on

I don’t remember me pointing a gun

I don’t remember us not having fun

I don’t remember us wanting more

But I guess I don’t know us anymore

Chorus

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2 Facebook 03:12

I like your likes

I like your posts

I like your photos

They’re the most

Say won’t you

Add me as a friend

Your photos drive me

Round the bend

Hey look I’m on your Facebook

Hey look I’m on your Facebook

We clicked and our world shook

Now we’re connected on your Facebook

You tagged my heart

I love your smile

Embed our words

In sweet denial

I searched for you

In fields above

Say won’t you PM

Me your love

Hey look I’m on your Facebook

Hey look I’m on your Facebook

We clicked and our my world shook

Now we’re connected on your Facebook

You poked me

I poked you too

These walls of words

Can’t be true

So tell a secret

Never told

No Comment Baby

Dreams I hold

Hey look I’m on your Facebook

Hey look I’m on your Facebook

We clicked and then our world shook

Now we’re connected on your Facebook

08 October 2010

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3 In The Middle Of The Night 04:06

I’m watching the storm on my TV

Look out the window at the rain

I see you smiling in the puddles of the sky

Don’t know why you go,

Don’t know why you go,

Lights are flashing

The wind is blowing

And the rain comes down

Trains go by and cars drown out the sound

Planes are flying high

Gonna touch the sky one day

Gonna take it all away

Gonna know you’re waiting there

Upon a wing, Upon a prayer

Chorus

In the middle of the night I drive away

Drive along gonna take away today

Gonna love you and keep my love today

Gonna take my life, gonna take it away

I don’t know I can’t see

But your love is in the wind

Like a bird that’s home to stay

I can feel you here next to me

A thousand miles away

A thousand miles away

Standing in a phone box

Singing tales of woe

Exchange your money

For the things that you don’t know

Forces come and go

‘til my love goes somewhere

I’ll pretend that I don’t care

Memories of love are everywhere

Chorus

In the middle of the night I’m with you

In the middle of the night I need you

In the middle of the night I’m loving you

In the middle of the night I’m with you

Forces come and go

‘til my love goes somewhere

I’ll pretend that I don’t care

Memories of love are everywhere

In the middle of your breath I’ll kiss you

In the middle of our dance we speak a truth

In the middle of journeys that make us stay

In the middle of a crisis my peace be with you

In the middle of the night,

In the middle of the night

In the middle of our life,

In the middle of our life

In the middle of the night,

In the middle of our love

In the middle of our love

10/07/09

4 Come Home 03:26

I’ve walked down the computer game roads

Of your mind,

In the darkness of night I’ve

Crept up behind,

And grabbed you round the waist and said,

“Come back now in to our bed”

“Leave those monsters to fight alone now darlin’ “

“Come back home my darling.”

I’ve walked down the corridors of your mind

Why do you want to leave your life behind?

I’ve walked down the computer game roads of your mind,

In the darkness of night I felt you leave me behind,

From the wasted cities of the web

Come back now into our bed

Without your heart its not a home my darling

Please come home darling

I walked down the corridors of your mind

Why do want to leave your life behind

Oh Baby come home now

Take the modem from the phone now

Please come home my love

If you don’t care then I don’t mind

I walked down the corridors of your mind

Watched you flying on the line

I walked down the corridors of your mind

Why do you want to leave your life behind?

Hey girl

Watched you flying on the line

Watched you flying on the line

Please come home my love

Please come home my love

©2000 London

5 The Greatest Love 04:12

The greatest love you feel

Hurts you deep inside

Might not be what you want

But comes no matter

What you try

You can’t escape it

You cannot walk away

It’s there to stay

There to pay

It’s bitter on one hand

On the other it’s a child

Will make you cry

But later make you smile

The tears will fall but you

Won’t want them to come

But you can’t run

You can’t fly

You’ve got to stay

And feel your time

The greatest love

Will hurt you

Deep inside of you

The greatest love

Will never leave you

But you try to run, you try

To do what you think is right

But there’s no escape

There’s no light

There’s no way out tonight

It is you (It’s coming after you)

There’s nothing you can do

Gonna whisper goodbye

Gonna watch you cry

Gonna watch it stay with you

Haunt you till you die

And feel your time

The greatest love

Will hurt you deep inside of you

The greatest love

Will never leave you

But you try to run

You try to do what you think is right

But there’s no escape

There’s no light

There’s no way out tonight

It is you

There’s nothing you can do

There’s nothing you can do

There’s no escape for me and you

For me and you

Backing: Susan Lahache.

©April 2011

6 Naughty 04:01

The moon looks down

As we both sleep

I breathe, and eat,

And feel and weep

I love, I hate

I dream, I wake,

I have lost and gained

I feel pleasure and pain,

I have lived and I will die

I have repented

And I have lied

Chorus:

I can feel your

Eyes undressing me

You want my body

As close as it can be

Next to you

You’re a naughty girl

But baby you will do

All the things

I dreamed you’d do

It doesn’t matter what

You do or say

The moves you make

Or the songs you play

What you love to hate

The money you make

Cos I want you to long

And I want you strong

I have loved you

And I have cried

I have been tempted

And my heart tried

Chorus

Sun is blinding

As we dance in the rain

The beat of your heart

Drives my mind insane

We’re lost in the heat

Of this deadly game

I’ve lost and gained

Felt pleasure and pain

Surrender and our love dies

Defend it and I will lie

Chorus

Copyright 2010

Backing Vocals Carol Baldock

Jane Broadmore

7 Blue 04:07

We’ve been a racing

Against time

Don’t know if

You’ll be mine

But my heart

Is waiting for you

And the night time

Will you be there

When I need you

Will you sing me

Songs of blue

Will your sentiments

Be true

Will you fill me

With the deepest

And the truth

Chorus: Blue ( long )

Well I sit

In my night chair

And I hold

Memories of you

But the truth

It’s so hard

To take sometimes

That I don’t want

To be true to you

Don’t want to fill you

With blue

Chorus: Blue ( long )

Well the times

They come and go

I think of you

And you know

But the times

They will change

But If you stay still

Or if you’re filled

With fear

Then you’ll never

Come here

And feel the blue

Blue ( repeat until end )

© 2007 Simon Smith and Paul Tanner

Guitar Paul Tanner

8 Gritty 04:00

I was lying on the road

Looking at my skin

I said hey baby

Will you come and look in?

I was pleading

Don’t you leave me

I was begging you

Don’t forsake me

I could tell the sight

Weren’t pretty

But sometimes

Love gets gritty

I was lying beside you

Through a long dark night

I was holding your hand

Oh so tight

I was thinking

About you leaving

About you

Going away

You woke

To find me praying

Begging you to stay

Well love it’s a dark time

So love

Welcome to my dark mind

I was walking a long road

Trying to find my way

I was telling you to go

But hoping you would stay

I was giving you this shit

‘Cause you’d given some to me

I was blinding you with words

But hoping you’d see through me

But sometimes love gets gritty

©Simon Smith 1995

9 Little By Little 04:22

Little by little

I will go away

Little by little

You will learn

The lines

That you’ve

Got say,

You’ve got to say

Little by little

I will fall from view

Little by little

I will lose you

Learn about a life

Without you

A place in my mind

That I will go

A place in my life

That you got to know

A scar in my heart

That I’m proud to show

You said not to stay

So we went with the flow

I’ve been taught

About passion many a time

I’ve been taught about love

And given the signs

I’ve been taught about

The way we’re meant to be

I followed the river

And you flowed through me

There’s a peace in my heart

When you are near

It’s something I love,

Something that’s dear

It’s something to lose

And its loss I fear

The river is pure

And the river is clear

©Simon Smith

14 November ’90

10 The Book 04:11

Come, listen to me

Gonna move you now

Your whole story

I am a friend

From times gone by

I watched you smile

And I made you cry

I didn’t know what

You were going to do

So I tied up your hands

And left you too

To ride in dreams

Upon high

Used to ride in the beam

Of where we’d fly

You didn’t know where

And didn’t see

I’m your inside guide

On a long journey

I did my time

And I did it well

We’ve been to heaven

And ran through Hell

I’ll sign to the left

But keep to the right

When I take you out

On a Saturday night

I’m gonna love you

But now you’ve gone

I used to love true

But that was wrong

I used to love blue

But now it’s grey

I’ll come back to you

Another day

I’m gonna look deep

In to your eyes

Gonna pour tears

In to long goodbyes

You’ll touch my nose

And caress my ears

While I warm your heart

And stir your fears

I need your love

To take me out of control

Gonna drive to the end,

End of the road

Gonna love till the stars

Are coming on home

I need your love

But you’d rather

Lie alone

I got a gun

And I aimed it true

I got your site

And your eyes were blue

I’ll make you laugh

I’ll make you cry

I’m the story teller

Of times gone by

I’m gonna see you

Fall to me

I want your hands

To set me free

I’m gonna sit at the table

And break the bread

And listen to the thoughts

Inside your head

I need your hands

To take a hold on me

I need your mouth to

Set me free

I need your heart

To rescue me

I need your love

Need your love

To bring life to me

I need your love

(Outro)

16 July 2010

11 You and Me 04:38

I’m happy now

You’re sleeping here

This love is pure

You come to me

And go away

Play songs of love

From yesterday

Lovers kiss eternally

That’s the way it’s

Meant to be

Everybody learns

By heart

How their love

Is gonna start

It’s gonna be

You and me

Everybody wants

You and me

Come with me

You and me

Keep my love

Don’t take away

I know

I’m gonna stay

And run away

Fled by me

Keep today

In my love

Every time

You go away

My love will come

And say no more

To you

Kiss the blue

Start to lose

Je t’accuse

And you

Make my heart sing

Of dreams where truth

Is something

If our love is

Meant to be

Then it’s something

That we’ll see

If this dream is

Going to live

Then we’ll have to

Learn to give

Every time you go away

My love’ll call another day

Every time you see my heart

Gonna take us to the start

Everybody take my hand

Everybody understand

Everybody laughin’ with me

Everybody come to me

In time we’ll be fine

Walk away my love

With you

Every time you go away

My love’ll call another day

And every time

You cry no more

Gonna open up a door

Every time you go away

My heart it says

It gonna stay like

Everybody who loved me

Is gonna see

If it’s you

And I am me

Well you’re gonna take me

Forsake me for a lie

My love is true

Dressed in blue

Start to lose

Je t’accuse

And you make

My heart sing

Of dreams where

Truth is something

If our love is meant to be

Then it’s something that we’ll see

If this dream is going to live

Then we’ll have to learn to give

If we’re gonna live at all

We’re gonna have to risk a fall

Now here’s my number

And here’s the ball

Speak the truth

Now make the call

Every time you leave

Your heart calls

Through doors and walls

Fate may choose

That we should lose

I’ll kiss the blues

Je t’accuse

March 2009

12 The Chemistry Of Tears 04:18

The rhythm of the seasons call

Upon the shadows on my wall

As I wait for the phone to ring

I feel the thoughts hurting

But the times they come to me are sharing tears

And the time we visited Galilee last year

And the sun it calls over prison walls

And the time you loved me

Will recall what I first saw and

This is the geology of our love

A fault line through my heart

And the shingle of your tears

Resounds to me for a million years

I wave at you across the canyon

You shoot a starry look at me

And say that this was a place

Where once they’d been a sea

And on dry land star fish come to me

But the times they come to me are tearing tears

And the time we visited Galilee last year

The bullet it landed here and made a mark upon the wall

This where the body came to fall

This is the time of my life

And this is a photo where

You once were my wife

This is the weapon

This is the song

This is the reason why it went wrong

And this is the chemistry of

This is the biology

This is the psychology of goodbye

23 January 2009

13 Waiting For You 04:33

Well The sun is setting

And I’m sitting in my room

Waiting for you to come

In to my life

The door is open and the breeze upon my face

I’m sitting here

Waiting for you

I’ve travelled the world

And I’ve seen a million people

Who said hello and goodbye to my heart

The day has come and the night will pass

Will you come to me

Well the sun is setting on my woeful days

I have been paying for the time

Will you come to me when I will lay

Will you come to me when I lie down and cry

The story comes and it leaves me still

I’ve dreamt of you through the long dark night

And woke to find you weren’t real

My soul is searching

Through the world for you

Will you come to me?

(c) Simon Smith August 11th 2007

14 Love On The TV 04:02

Look out a long way to sea

People on a boat lookin’ back at me

I’m sitting quietly watching the world go by

Don’t you see me cry

Don’t you see me

I’m watching the trees grow

Watching the peace blow by

I’m watching people dancing

Walking hand in hand – no cry

And if you knew the things we did

Then maybe you’d come to see

But our love is something

You’ll never find on the TV

I’m watching the history of our love on TV

Rewind to the part where you say you love me

But our love was a story that could make a film

On A TV coming soon to you

But you’d never know if it was real

If it was ever true

I’m looking out the window

Our words fall from the sky

The letters of our love

Are scattered far and wide

But our love was a story that could make a film

On A TV coming soon to you

But you’d never know if it was real

If it was ever true

But if you knew the things we did

Then maybe you’d come to see

But our love is something

You’ll never find on the TV

19 August 2009

15 Where The Locals Meet 03:37

Welcome to my humble house, friend

This is a where I choose to live

Cigarettes are left outside

Shoes can be worn

Magazines lay unread and un-torn

Welcome to the town I live in

It’s been a sunny here for years

But there’s a lake outside of town

Which the locals fill with their fears

And the waves they’re a crashing on our front doors

But we don’t care ‘cause we’re tall

And the storm it comes and goes every year

And I don’t know which way to turn

So lay across my bed my sweet one

I will stroke you ‘til you sleep

And as you dream I’ll take your tears

And your fears

To the lake where the locals meet

Where the locals sleep

Where the locals weep

Welcome to my house, friend

This is the place that I was born

This is the place where magazines go un-torn

And unread

Lay across my bed

The animals are happy and are fed

And this is the place where my fears grow stronger

With every candle that I light

And this is the place where I live, longer

If I go to bed at night

That’s where you’re weak

That’s where we’re in deep

With the secrets I keep

16 Sometimes You See Me 03:20

Well my friends they’ve been going away

Been a long time since they did stay

Don’t know what to do or say

It’s just the way my life has played

Don’t know if I should be sad

Don’t know if I should be true

Don’t know if I should be glad if I never see you

Well my love comes

And my love goes

But sometimes you see me

Sometimes you feel me

Sometimes you don’t know

Well the time it goes

And my love it fades

Don’t want to see you go

But don’t want to have you stay

Well my love comes

And my love goes

Sometimes you see me

Sometimes you feel me

Sometimes you don’t know

Love comes and goes

Dreams will not stay

I want to hold you close

But I’m feeling sad today

Well my love comes

And my love goes

But sometimes you see me

Sometimes you feel me

Sometimes you don’t know

17 Persuading You 03:58

I’m riding the wheel

Going round and round

Listening to the same sound

And it’s going round

I’m watching you spin

I’m feeling everything

It’s hard to know

If it’s time to stay or go

Persuading you persuading me

Persuading you persuading me

Watching the wheel turn

Watching the sun burn

Watching the telephone

And I’m waiting for your return

My love is shining through

You don’t know what to do

But I feel your love for me is

Persuading you persuading me

My advice to you is hope my words are true

My advice to you is keep my trust in you

My advice to you is gonna keep me for you

My advice to you is

Persuading you persuading me

Watching the sun burn

Watching the telephone

And I’m waiting for your return

My love is shining through

You don’t know what to do

But I feel your love for me is

Persuading you persuading me

28th Feb 2009

18 The Lives Of ghosts 04:11

Long time loving always hurts

The ghosts of dreams that we’ve had

Around my mind so sad

I’ve searched the seas to find you

Knocked on every door

But I’m not sure if you

Love me anymore

And I call to you

Through the lives of ghosts

I don’t if I’ll ever

Know you

See you

Touch you

Or free you

Long time love has gone

Don’t know if she’ll hear my song

I don’t if she’ll come and go

I don’t know if we’ll ever know

I don’t if the times

Will help us find

Each others minds

I don’t if the sun will

Cast our shadows

Upon the rows of houses that I search

Upon the pain I feel that hurts

Upon the streets that shine in Winter time

Upon the lives we could have had

In the places where I was so sad

And bad to you

But now there all empty of you

Empty of you

Empty of you

Long time loving always hurts

2007

19 Happy All The Time 05:03

You cannot judge the man by the funeral

You cannot judge a man at all

You cannot hold a precious thing forever

One day you’ve got to let it fall

I cannot keep you happy all the time

I cannot say “I’m yours and you’re mine”

I cannot say, “I’ll love you forever”

But you know I’ll keep you in my mind.

We cannot understand all our feelings

I cannot say I know how you feel

We cannot empathize in every way

But understanding helps the scars to heal.

Now they can not do what isn’t right for them

They can only help when it suits their needs

They cannot do what they do not want

If they want they’ll laugh while you bleed

She cannot say what’s right for her is right for him

They cannot search for meaning without pain

She suffers his light heart life for too long

Now he laughs at her as she takes him back again

You and I cannot deny the judging that we do

When we stand so proud in these justice halls

I used to think these walls could hear

But now I know it’s just these eyes have walls.