mr jeays


Released: 2005 on 'Mr Jeays'



If one day you see him there
All misty eyes and greying hair
If your children stop and stare
To see him in that state
When he can no longer speak his name
Nor ever sing a song again
Nor take the credit or the blame
For all those past mistakes
Say

If you had known him way back then
Before the rot of age set in
When he rolled his eyes and revelled in
The errors of his ways
If you had known that man I knew
And not this wreck in front of you
I might have introduced you to
A younger Mr Jeays

When all aflame with youthful zest
He raised his eyes and raised his fist
And shouted God does not exist
Controversial Mr Jeays
When he stood up with a passion for
An end to violence and war
And said tax the rich and feed the poor
Oh bravo Mr Jeays


Oh if you had known him way back then
Before the rot of age set in
When he rolled his eyes and revelled in
The errors of his ways
If you had known that man I knew
And not this wreck in front of you
I might have introduced you to
The rebel Mr Jeays

When he took it all upon himself
To try and gain enormous wealth
Singing songs all about himself
Tragic Mr Jeays
When on Beachy Head above the rocks
His true love he gave unorthodox
His last Rolo in a jewellery box
Romantic Mr Jeays

Oh if you had known him way back then
Before the rot of age set in
When he rolled his eyes and revelled in
The errors of his ways
If you had known that man I knew
And not this wreck in front of you
I might have introduced you to
The dreamer Mr Jeays

And while others worked their lives away
He sat in the park all day
Dreaming poetic things to say
Conscientious Mr Jeays
Sitting there with his cocker spaniel
That he decided to call Daniel
With his pen and pad and his rhyming manual
Talented Mr Jeays


Oh if you had known him way back then
Before the rot of age set in
When he rolled his eyes and revelled in
The errors of his ways
If you had known that man I knew
And not this wreck in front of you
I might have introduced you to
The work-shy Mr Jeays

So if one day you see him there
All misty eyes and greying hair
If your children stop and stare
To see him in that state
When he can no longer speak his name
Nor ever sing a song again
Nor take the credit or the blame
For all those past mistakes
Say


If you had known him way back then
Before the rot of age set in
When he rolled his eyes and revelled in
The errors of his ways
If you had known that man I knew
And not this wreck in front of you
I might have introduced you to
A younger Mr Jeays

© Philip Jeays 2003
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Released April 18th 2016 Take The Slow Train album

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