A Pocketful of Unicorns

by Sam Small

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Experiences both real and dreamlike. Unicorns, if you like. Some in my pocket. Some on the shelf. Gathering the dust of time. Blow it off and sneeze and sing. New songs come uninvited but welcome. It's never too late. Time to get on the stage. Some things are dark. Others full of light. That's life for all of us. When I sing about me I sing about you.

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released April 15, 2016

All songs by Sam Small.
Vocals, piano and synths by Sam Small except "Is It Because" arranged by Sue Littlejohn.
Backing vocals, Sam Small, Heather Small, Jennifer Berkelaar.

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Track Name: Being With You
Being with you is all I want is all I have to say
Wanting you is all I feel on this and every day
I love you

A year ago I would have said this day would never come
But now it seems with you with me life has just begun
I love you

Being with you is all I want is all I have to say
Wanting you is all I feel on this and every day
I love you
Track Name: Giai
I am the voice of the desert
I am the voice of the rain and snow
I am the voice of the earth
And the the raging sea
Oh help me to believe
Oh help me to believe
I'm not alone

Deep in the mist of the valley
I can see the cold eyes laughing
I can hear the woman
Who is shouting out the last refrain
Oh I have seen the eyes
Oh I have seen the eyes
Of my dying son

DANCE

Listen
Listen
Listen to the sound of the music
Please oh please don't turn you head away
Oh there is so much more
Oh there is so much more
That we could do
Track Name: You Could Have Been
You stare at me over the table
You're a blue eyed steel eyed man
I gotta get out of this house right now
To find out who I am

I'm stuck outside of an alehouse
With a little blue bag in my hand
I stare at you in at the window
Won't you please come an take my hand

CHORUS:
You could have been a cocktail waitress
You could have been in Steeleye Span
You could have been a mathematician
You could have been a sailor man

I'm sitting upon your shoulders
On the field of royal fun
We're riding on the highway dragon
Burning wheels in the melting sun

CHORUS

There's a hundred bonfires burning
There's a thousand planes over my head
I can see the blue moon a-rising
Please tell me that the monster's dead

CHORUS

CHORUS

You could have been my old man
Track Name: Belinda May
Oh my lovely Belinda May
Caught in the middle of what you say
What you say

Oh my people get ready to fight
The saber toothed tiger is ready to bite
Ready to bite

Oh my lovely Belinda May
Caught in the middle of what you say
What you say
Track Name: Alice Bean
Alice Bean was as lovely as a queen
Her horse was made of leather
She came to me one cold crisp night
And bade me hold her tether

Her look was pure and her voice was sure
'Neath stars of ancient wonder
I said, "My dear, tho your words are clear,"
"Your bridges are rent asunder."

She touched her head with a hand that was red
And smiled into the lamplight
"Go away, young man, and fight if you can,"
"Before the coming sunlight."

She rose in the air with a wave of her hair
And in that moment I quivered
I laughed and I cried with a pain in my side
And knew from whom she was delivered

Alice Bean was as lovely as a queen
Her horse was made of leather
She came to me one cold crisp night
And bade me hold her tether
Track Name: When She Smiles
She floats through the air when she smiles
Her hair hangs for millions of miles
Play me that sound
Play me the sound of your eyes

Dreaming of soft summer clothes
My heart is where that girl goes
Into the night
Into the night I watch her go

She floats through the air when she smiles
Her hair hangs for millions of miles
Into the night
Into the night I watch her go
Track Name: Seven Lonely Years
I push back you hair
And I tell you once again
I can't be in this madness
Not knowing where or when

Holding back the sorrow
And sliding down the tears
There's not a lot of magic
In seven lonely years

How can I be friendly
And how can I be good?
My friends are all round me
It's so misunderstood

Your stranger from the attic
Is down upon his knees
I'm stuck in the corner
Excuse me please

Oh Mr Policeman
Tell me where to go
I haven't got a clue, mate
You really aught to know

Help me light a fire
Or help me climb a tree
My message in the bottle
At the bottom of the sea

Bottom of the sea
Bottom of the sea
Bottom of the sea
Bottom of the sea

I'm going home
But I've lost the key
Down the pathway
In the morning
I can see me
In your dreams
All around the mountains
Can you hear me?
I should hide your evergreen
Sitting by the fireside
I am bleeding

Down in the jungle
The fleece is getting wet
How can you explain it?
I don't know yet

Don't let them see you coming
Don't make a big mistake
Get out of your corner
For heaven's sake
Track Name: South Coast Blue
Pass me that bottle of home made wine
It's cheap and it's cheerful and it looks just fine
Oh my God it's still raining
Close the curtains
And sit by my side

Think of a number and dry your eyes
Tell me a story but tell no lies
We're lost on the edge of old England
Isn't it funny
Perhaps we aren't here

Yesterday's houses and yesterday's men
Call up the doctor he can say just when
Follow me down to the seaside
Don't be concerned love
I'm just south coast blue
Track Name: Farewell
So I say farewell my friend and I'll be on my way
It wasn't very nice of you
To pack your bags and leave that way

The last time they saw you you were standing on the hill
The sound of rolling thunder
The music and your heart stood still

Sometimes i think I see you in some crowded avenue
And I recall the laughter
It's a better place because of you
Track Name: Far Away
As I sail across the shining sea
Far away, oh far away
And my lover's heart will always be
Far away from me

As I speed into the starry sky
Far away, oh far away
And I think of you so lonely too
Far away from me

Hold me and stay by me
Never ever be so
Far away from me

SOLO

Hold me and stay by me
Never ever be so
Far away from me
Far away from me
Track Name: Is It Because
Is it because
Of the time
That we spend
In our own spinning minds
That we find
That our eyes
Are not our to reach out
And be clear

Rain may come
But trust
Have faith in the soft inner glow
Of life and love

SOLO

Rain may come
But trust
Have faith in the soft inner glow
Of life and love

So may you all
Spend your lives
With a will
To defend all your dreams
And your loves
Good or ill
And find joy in the peace
Of your lives
Track Name: Goodbye
It's been good to spend a while with all of you
But now's the time to say a sweet goodbye
And I know that when morning comes
The birds will see the sun is surely rising

And this old world will still be round
Where all you do comes back to tap you on your shoulder

But I don't want to hold this ground
For some one else is sure to take my place oh take my place

Thank you all who did stand by me
And please forgive all the bad in me
Now I can't believe that I'm standing
Here outside this open door

But I won't take my final bow
'Cos I know that some day somehow that
We'll meet again