Ten of the Best (Greatest Hits)

by James Delsono

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1.
I look around me now And hear our children cry I see them hurting so And ask myself one question: Why? And prayers seem futile If we can't find a way To love one another The same way, every day ... and so I pray ... Holy Mother, hear our plight Holy Mother, stop the hate ... They swim towards the shore To run away from bitter War They get shot down in schools Because we love our tools More Their cries we do not hear Because we do not want To see ... But for a twist of Fate, Their parent could be you ... or me ... Holy Mother, hear our plight Holy Mother, stop the hate ... Ave Maria *** (and more) We're cutting down their trees So that they cannot Breathe (and more) We drug kids with a pill Just to make them Sit still And as they wilt away With every passing day Who cares? We send our thoughts and prayers And carry on the same Nightmares ... Holy Mother, hear our plight Holy Mother, stop the hate ...
2.
I try so many days to write I try to write a song ... The notes, the words, they don't come any more; I write, if right or wrong. And I almost put my pen aside But one thing's on my brain ... If this was my last day on the Earth, To you, what would I say? I love you, every day. And I look down at God's green Earth Where pain does never cease I look at you, my soul so broke And all I want is peace. And I almost give up straightaway ... But one thing's on my mind If this was my last day on the Earth What words, to say, I'd find? You're ever so kind ... you're ever so kind. The night goes by, so does the day, And, writing through the tears, I think of what to say to you That I haven't said in years ... And if I never write again If my pen I put down If this my last breath does represent Before to Him I bow ... What would I say? I love you, in every way. What would I say? I love you, I love you always.
3.
There's this modern "spirituality" Where everything is "just for me" ... Where heaven's door's locked up, you see, And lets us in, but for a fee ... It's all about "enlightenment" It's all 'bout "self-improvement" It's all about what WE can get ... And there is something left unsaid: Where is Jesus? "Love your neighbour as yourself" Where is Jesus? "Love him so, no more no less" ... Where is Jesus? "There's no greater love than this ..." Where is Jesus? "Than loving your enemies ..." Nowadays, the selfish gene We let loose like a machine; We have never quite enough And if others suffer? "Tough! Where's it said I have to care For my brother? Let him bear His own fardels, his own weight!" That's how hate we generate ... Where is Jesus? "Love your neighbour as yourself" Where is Jesus? "Love him so, no more no less" ... Where is Jesus? "There's no greater love than this ..." Where is Jesus? "Than loving your enemies ..." And thus we give our conceit Record heights for it to hit; Meditate we do, for more For ourselves, for evermore ... We have never quite enough, And if others suffer? "Tough!" Is there another way, you know, For us all to save our souls? Where is Jesus? "Love your neighbour as yourself" Where is Jesus? "Love him so, no more no less" ... Where is Jesus? "There's no greater love than this ..." Where is Jesus? "Than loving your enemies ..." Where is Jesus? Where is Jesus?
4.
Looking down, with passing glances, At untaken second chances, Looking round with older eyes At the times we said goodbyes Marching on to lesser days And with nothing to replace Times gone by with gentle kisses Warmest hugs and newborn wishes Travelling the fields of life With no way to fight the cries Of our twofold broken heart That has e'er kept us apart Proudest egos, rigid rules Playing us for stupid fools; And as we wait at life's own door Scared to knock, afraid to go ... Silly minds and hardened spirits Break us both, too blind to see it, Old mistakes and foolish pride Making both just lose our mind ... And as we wait at closed doors, Looking straight, with frozen souls, We know now, though we're no more, We could have really had it all. *** Kindest thoughts when we first met, Thought we'd paid our karma debt; When our eyes looked straight ahead Into our souls, our love confessed With some joy and with some tears, Those were then our happy years; What we had could never break, Our love no-one could take. We were soft, we were sincere, We believed, we had no fear; All we had could never have stood Life's heartless ways, it's understood. And now, with proud and rigid rules That play us for useless fools, We remain at life's own door, Too scared to let our feelings soar ... Silly minds and hardened spirits, Break us both, we just don't see it; Old mistakes and foolish pride Just fade away into the night ... And as we leave, both standing tall, Broken hearts, closed like a wall, We know, in our wounded soul, We could still perhaps have it all ... We look away ... we are no more.
5.
The Servant 02:54
Who has believed one word we've said? To whom has this story been revealed? For he grew up before us as a tender plant, and as a root sticking out of dry ground He had no good looks or majesty, No beauty to desire when him we see. Despised he was, we hid our face before him Respect? Please. We found him boring. Yet surely, he bore OUR sickness And carried with him all our suffering And yet we thought HIS was the illness When he carried inside all OUR wrongdoing. He was oppressed - of that, please have no doubt And yet, when afflicted, he did not make a sound. As a lamb to the slaughter, he stayed ever silent When took away, he was, by hate and judgement. They made his grave with the wicked And with the abandoned in his death Although he had done nothing icky Nor were ever lies said from his breath. Yet surely, he bore OUR sickness And carried with him all OUR suffering And yet we thought that HIS was the illness When he carried inside all OUR wrongdoing. Oh yes, it pleased the world so much to bruise him And cause him much cause for suffering But after the dark night of his own soul He will soon see his own offspring. His hope is for the light and to be happy For love's own pleasure to prosper in his heart And, having taken on the pain of so many, For him and his loved one never to be apart. His hope is for the light and to be happy For love's own pleasure to prosper in his heart And, having taken on the pain of so many, For him and his loved one never to be apart.
6.
Good morning, Lord ... how are You? Me? I feel Broken in two. Around me, now My brothers fight For the best part of A long, long night ... And I would like to live And help them, maybe But I'm just a child, I'm just a child ... And I would like to love And help them, you see, But I'm just a child, I'm just a child ... *** Good day, my Lord ... and how are You? The time has passed So quickly, true ... My Mum's in shock And so's my Dad ... Today we've lost All that we ever had ... And I would like to live And help them, maybe But I'm just a child, I'm just a child ... And I would like to love And help them, you see, But I'm just a child, I'm just a child ... *** Good evening, Lord are You still there? Please save me from Such deep despair ... ... show me You care ... ... show me You care ... For I would like to live And help You, maybe But I'm just a child, I'm just a child ... And I would like to love And help You, You see, But I'm just a child, I'm just a child ... Bring peace tonight.
7.
Milly Anne 03:21
I've never seen someone so beautiful Sit down and talk to me; I've never seen someone so wonderful Take time to know and see What lay beneath my eyes, what lay beneath my smile ... I never thought I'd see Someone ever so kind, to come and take some time To stay here and rest with me. And when you looked at me, and when my eyes met yours, I thought I'd never breathe again; I hope that you are happy, I hope that you found joy, My only, Milly Anne. *** For Fate is ever so cruel, the time is out of joint Forever ... always, ever so ... The time was never right, for us to blow their mind And be together ... ever more. *** I miss you, Milly Anne ... Our time, though brief, was bright ... I'm left with but a dream, until we meet again, I sigh ... and say good night.
8.
I'm just a man, No shining star. I'm not someone who plays with hearts Just so, for fun ... My life's a mess ... Whose isn't so? But I won't change just because You want me to ... Trying hard in life, with endless fails, To find that one person whom with life to share And, as I get closer for my time to end There's just this question drives me round the bend ... Trying hard in life, with endless fails, To find that one person who th' same river sails, And, as I get closer for my life to shelve, Will she ever love me purely for myself? You know, I'm kind I'm one who cares I just won't fight an endless fight Just so, for dares ... And I am good I know my soul And yet I wonder whether it's enough To meet a girl ... Trying hard in life, with endless fails, To find that one person whom with life to share And, as I get closer for my time to end There's just this question drives me round the bend ... Trying hard in life, with endless fails, To find that one person who th' same river sails, And, as I get closer for my life to shelve, Will she ever love me purely for myself?
9.
There was this girl I loved her so much, you know ... As life unfurled, I had to leave town and go. I thought that she Would stay forever with me; That we would be Together for eternity. And I can't go back To hold her in my arms I can't go back To hug her and to dance ... And I don't regret A moment of my time But, when all is done and said, I wish she was still mine ... Whilst I was lost She found herself another man He can now boast He's holding her in his arms And I'm alone My memories to keep me warm And as I look Inside my soul, there is a storm ... *** They married years ago They're happy; children, too ... I can't but hope That life for them holds true ... And I'm still here, Cold fingers, by the fire ... And sometimes I can still hear Her voice, full of desire ... *** And I can't go back To hold her in my arms I can't go back To hug her and to dance ... And I don't regret A moment of my time But, when all is done and said, I wish she was still mine ...
10.
Dance 03:18
And I saw you from across the room Quite so, by chance ... And, so suddenly, my heart went boom Seeing your glance ... I looked down ... and so did you Once our eyes met ... We both blushed ... and, tout d'un coup The moment went ... And I wonder what it would've been like To hold you into my arms And I wonder what we could have started that night Had I asked you ... asked you to dance. *** Many years have passed e'er since that time I saw you first And, in my heart with a burning flame, I see the ghost Of a beautiful, stunning lady Who smiled at me ... With a photo in my hand, so hazy, Still you I see ... *** And I wonder what it would've been like To hold you into my arms ... And I wonder what we could have started that night Had I asked you to dance ... *** Had I asked you to dance.

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