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The Gods
To Samuel A Son

Released: 1970

Line up:

Ken Hensley - Keyboards, Guitar, Lead Vocals
John Glasscock - Bass Guitar
Lee Kerslake - Drums
Joe Konas - Guitar, Vocals

Thanks to Tapio Minkinen and the Heepfiles
for these lyrics !
Track listing:
  1. To Samuel A Son (Hensley) 3.29
  2. Eight O'clock In The Morning (Kerslake) 3.16
  3. He's Growing (Konas/Glasscock) 2.25
  4. Sticking Wings On Flies (Konas/Hensley) 2.39
  5. Lady Lady (Hensley) 3.19
  6. Penny Dear (Konas) 2.35
  7. Long Time, Sad Time, Bad Time (Hensley) 3.12
  8. Five To Three (Hensley/Konas) 3.00
  9. Autumn (Hensley/Konas) 3.12
  10. Yes I Cry (Konas) 2.40
  11. Groozy (Sugarman/Robertson) 3.38
  12. Momma I Need (Hensley/Konas) 3.35
  13. Candlelight (Hensley) 2.31
  14. Lovely Anita (Kerslake) 3.29
Bonus tracks CD released:
  1. Maria (Bernstein/Sondheim) 3.58

To Samuel A Son

On a clear day in May
When the sun was out to play
And the children all made hay
Samuel J. was heard to say
"I've got a son"

All the neighbourhood could hear
Everybody far and near
And they all let out a cheer
Sammy's son was gonna
Grow into a man

Years and years long the J's
Had longed for a son
Someone they could show
The world as their own

Eight O'clock In The Morning

8 o'clock in the morning
Everybody's yawning
School bell is ringing
Little voices singing

"All things bright and beautiful"

Growing up believing
Till it's time for leaving
All he's been concerning
His ambitions burning

ABC and XYZ, 2 by 2 and 3 by 3
He is learning
Learn to choose, to win and loose
Grown up life can be so new
He's learning

He's Growing

When we wakes in the morning
And opens up his eyes
Sun is rising in the sky
Another day will soon pass by
And he won't know the reason
Why he's growing

This same boy, now he's older
Laughs at his young days
Because he's changed
In many ways
Passed the stage of
Playground toys
And all the games of little boys
Puts away his jigsaw puzzles
And all his favourite colouring books

Oh ... he's growing 
Oh ... he's growing
Isn't that a shame
His childhood dreams
Are almost gone
But he won't complain
It will all come true as time goes on

Thirteen years have passed by
Sammy dreams of love
And his mind's in imagination
Fills his head with promises of
Endless days of grown up ways
Just a little complication
This celebration has to end

Oh ... he's growing

Sticking Wings On Flies

Sammy's gone to find the job
Sticking wings on flies
Building clouds for thunderstorms
Growing apple pie

This could be the end
Of beautiful baby dreams
Getting old before his time
Or that's the way it seems
He is faced with Failure's ocean
Devils' evil schemes

Sammy had the chance
To make it in one year
Everyone hustled
Trying to find him a nice career
But he's so tired of
Hang-ups searchin'
He's leaving here

Lady Lady

He closed his eyes
And pretended to sleep
And he dreamed a dream
Of a lady to love
Day after day
To walk down the aisle
And say: "I'll be your lover"
And there'll be no other for me
Or for you, or for us

Sammy, Sammy don't hesitate
She loves you now
But her love won't wait
You've got to start thinkin'
Of your future life
So make a lady
From Dover your wife

A golden band and
A few chosen words
From a christian man who was
In charge of the church at the time
For a lady from Dover
It was very soon over
Her name was Jay
And it had changed
At the drop o fa hat, fancy that
At the drop of a hat

Lady, lady, hold my hand ...

Penny Dear

Penny dear, wish you could be here
Sammy's far away
He'll be back one day
He thinks of you
Hope you're thinking of him
He's feeling bad, you're feeling sad

Penny dear, it's plain and clear
You're both far apart
Your thoughts are in his heart
You write each day
And he reads what you say
Though you're sad, it's not so bad

You know he loves you and it's true
You know he needs you, only you
You know he loves you and it's true
You know he needs you, only you

Penny dear, the time is near
He is on his way, only one more day
You've been alone
And now he's coming home
No falling tears when he appears

Long Time, Sad Time, Bad Time

Listen baby, he's coming home
Where he belongs
So stop your weeping
And on the high tide
He'll be by your side
In the bed he always
Used to sleep in

So stop your wonderin', guessin'
Sammy J. is coming home
It's been a long time, sad time
Bad time living on your own

For your sadness
Will turn to gladness
By the time you count
One hundred and ten, girl
Watch your baby, cook the dinner
Listen for the bell, and then, girl

All the years you've been crying
All the time you've felt like dying
All you really needed was to be
Beside the one you love

Five To Three

Sammy and his wife
Living city life
From eight till six every day
Fourtynine years and more
They've spent in the big town store
With never a morning away

All at once the day approaches
Sammy knows it's time to leave
One thing playing on his mind is
Do they know how he will grieve

But Sammy needn't sigh
His days have not passed by
Without being noticed at all
At nearly five to three
The manager wants to see Sammy
In his office by the hall

"Please accept this gift we offer
Thank you for your loyal years"
Then it's over, the store is silent
Sammy cries devoted tears

What will Sammy do
His working life is through
But the firm must have
Cared after all
A part of him has died
But he still has the pride 
Of five to three
In the office by the hall

Have you read the morning paper
Did you see my picture there
Have you seen
The watch I'm wearing
Given to me on that day


Oh, how the days fly by
Never stopping for a minute
While he cries, no, no, no
But no tears fill his eyes
And no sighs or goodbyes
To the world that is
Treating him badly

Now his autumn years
To cloud his mind with fears
He knows his time has come
Life is almost gone

As life leaves
The strongest fighter dead
And the figures of
Past years approach his bed
Shared those sorrow on this day
As he passes away
Samuel J is the name
They'll remember

An end, yet life begins
He looses but he wins
Sammy will live on
In the shadow of his own son

Yes I Cry

If she brings me down what can I do
There'd be nothing left if I lost you

If she makes me sad
And goes away
(She makes me sad)
There'd be nothing left for me to say

And so I cry, cry, cry, yes I cry
Though I try, try, try not to cry
I cry

Crying hurts me and
It can hurt you too
(Crying hurts me too)
So you know it's only up to you

In my heart I know it hurt to stay
(Inside my heart)
Tims stood still, moved
Then she went away


Standing outside in the rain
Blown all my money again
Shining in the gutter
The neon lights can flutter again

Sam steppede outside the arcade
Whispered, man, we've got it made
I just got the invite
And we won't spend
Our whole night un-laid

Something is wrong
I don't feel like I should
I know you've tried
And if I understood
I'd explain the whole thing
And I'd come if I could
But something is wrong
You better forget it
Forget it, forget it!

And I know something is wrong
(Something is wrong)
It won't let me, you go alone
(We're going on)
Said I know something is wrong
(Something is wrong)
I've lost the tune of my song

So believe me when I whisper it's so groozy
All you hippy happy chicks are really choosy
Try to make it and forget about the sad scene
You can tell Farukh the King's a nasty has-been
Layaround and left upon the hurly-shurley-burly
Always welcome on the hurdy gurdy
Don't forget that whisky makes your hair grow curly
And it swells inside to make your brain go whirly
We can make a good time boozy, groozy, lose it
Hit that thing!

Momma I Need

Momma I need
Your shoulder to cry on
Bring it on home for me to rely on
Momma I need your bed to lie on
I'm sure my time has come

Here I stand, a broken man
A lifesize illustration of
A fallen favourite son
And I lay deep in sleep
Of a lonely kind
And sadness reflecting misery

Good morning, sorrow
Today I'm going out ot borrow
Just a little of the sun
From someone else's life
But the way to happiness
Is gonna be closed again
And so I begin to feel
It just the same

In her heart a million ways to love
In her head a thousand
Poisoned dreams
Just for the first time
This has got to be the last time
I can't get down any further

Pain and dreams are hand-in-hand
But who holds the answer I need
Where is my turning in life's long road
Did I take a side-lane to this hell I'm in

Momma I need
Your shoulder to cry on
Bring it on home for me to rely on
Momma I need your bed to lie on


By the sun and candlelight
Wandered through a misty night
In a dream not long ago I saw her 
In a dream not long ago

I walked all around the town
Thinking she might be around
In a dream not long ago I saw her
In a dream not long ago

Foolish heart of mine
Going out to find
Someone who is never there
How am I to know
If she'll care at all
For someone who's never there

Lovely Anita

Lovely Anita, I'd love you
To meet her
Her eyes are as deep
As a wishing well
Her eyes are so pure
And her lips are so cool
I love her forever and ever

She makes my heart bleed
When she knows that I need
The good things in life
That I know she can give
And when we're alone
And there's no-one the same
I tell her I love her again and again ..

Yes, I know Anita is mine
Lips like strawberry wine
Yes, I know Anita is mine
Mine till the end of time

Lovely Anita, I'm going to meet her
She waits for me down by
The trees near the lane
And when we're alone
And there's no-one around
We make love again and again ...

Lovely Anita ...
Going to meet her ...

Single a-side, included as a bonus track on cd.

I just met a girl named Maria
And suddenly that name
Will never be the same to me

I just kissed a girl named Maria
And suddenly I've found
How wonderful a sound can be

Say it loud and there's music playing ??
Say it soft and it's almost like praying

I'll never stop saying Maria