Let It Roll

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released April 29, 2016

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The Ragged Flags are:
James Goodwin - vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Mark Aldworth - lead guitar, backing vocals
Chris Edwards-Dewey - bass, backing vocals
Paul Whibley - drums, backing vocals

All songs by The Ragged Flags
Music by Aldworth/Edwards-Dewey/Goodwin/Whibley;
Lyrics by Goodwin (©2016 Copyright Control)

Produced by Dave Shalloe & The Ragged Flags
Engineered & Mixed by Dave Shalloe
Additional Mixing by James Goodwin
Mastered by Dave Shalloe & Monarch
Recorded at Creative Music Studios, Essex &
Borough Studios, London

Sleeve design by James Goodwin
Photography by Lee Moffatt & John Gentleman
Additional Photography by Sam Whibley

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The Ragged Flags are a London-based four piece with their own distinctive sound incorproating the essential natural juices of rock, pop and folk with the lovely chunky bits of country and blues.

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Track Name: Giving It Up
High tide in a homely harbour
On an ocean with a golden hue
We were young once in the grip of ardour
We could sail away to a brighter blue

No one could tell us timely
That you build today of tomorrow's blues
We walk in time and we don't mind running
When the future hides where you know it to

But you're giving it up, giving it up baby
Letting you down, letting you down slowly
Hanging around, hanging around hoping love might show
But you waited enough, waited enough honey
You had to be wrong, had to be wrong someday
Giving it up, giving it up hoping love might grow
'Cause you never know

Changes that creep in quietly
A stranger in familiar rooms
I'm hoping I can find that feeling
Some brighter light I can hold you to

But you're giving it up, giving it up baby
Letting you down, letting you down slowly
Hanging around, hanging around hoping love might show
But you waited enough, waited enough honey
You had to be wrong, had to be wrong someday
Giving it up, giving it up hoping love might grow
'Cause you never know
No you never know, no you never know

Giving it up, giving it up baby
Giving it up, giving it up baby
Giving it up, giving it up baby
Giving it up, giving it up baby

Low tide in a lonely harbour
As the ocean cuts the moon in two
On a small ship clinging to each other
If we hold on tight we can make it through

But you're giving it up, giving it up baby
Letting you down, letting you down slowly
Hanging around, hanging around hoping love might show
But you waited enough, waited enough honey
You had to be wrong, had to be wrong someday
Giving it up, giving it up hoping love might grow
'Cause you never know
No you never know, no you never know
No you never know, no you never know
No you never know, no you never know
Track Name: A Hundred Million Miles
So long now we've walked this road
We were not wise, we weren't to know
That no one else would sell their soul
There's a hundred million miles to go
There's a hundred million miles to go

Marching forth on that white line
The broken strokes that mark the time
And I could not put down my load
There's a hundred million miles to go
There's a hundred million miles to go

An ancient man by that roadside
He shakes his fist at burning skies
He sang with eyes as black as coal
"There's a hundred million miles to go
There's a hundred million miles to go"

There's a hundred million miles
And miles
And miles
And miles, oh I

He spoke to me that awful truth
Said "Mark this well, for I am you
I passed my love upon this road
Was a hundred million miles ago
Was a hundred million miles ago

On and on no backward glance
Around the bend another chance
We circumnavigate the globe
There's a hundred million miles to go
There's a hundred million miles to go

There's a hundred million miles
And miles
And miles
And miles, oh I
Track Name: Never Ask
Now I've been watching for your weakness
And come the dying of the day
Along the line of least resistance
You'll wake to find that I have slipped away
How low?

Now in the folly where you find me
And all the people move away
All after hours and impatient
But everybody's gonna have to wait

How low do you go when you find you're all alone?
It's a shame that you don't understand what's going on
Come away in the dark with a burning in your heart
And I know that you'd forgive me
But you know I'll never ask

Well now the lights are getting lower
And I belong here in my place
The touch of night will bring you closer
The morning's gonna take it all away

How low do you go when you find you're all alone?
It's a shame that you don't understand what's going on
Come away in the dark with a burning in your heart
And I know that you'd forgive me
But you know I'll never ask
Track Name: My Heart
In my waking hours I am half asleep
Everything I touch the texture of a dream
A delirium from which I must awake
Woken by that wild beating fit to break

My heart
My heart

In those empty hours booming like a drum
Just yourself to lie and contemplate the lull
Would you fix me with a look or chance remark?
Would the shock you give me be enough to start

My heart
My heart

All those happy hours you and I have shared
We may part but in my heart they are still there
I see through reflections you replace me with
Find the shape of love that fits the space within

My heart
My heart
My heart
My heart
Track Name: Down To The River
Oh my God I can't believe it's true
Black and white the truth is absolute
Shake my bones and leave them where they lay
Shrouded in those sins that cover me

We went down, down to the river
We went down, down to the river
We went down, down to the river
And washed them away

The water's edge reflects my own regrets
Will they fade beneath that cold caress?
Where's that final answer I need most?
Where's my father, son, my holy ghost?

We went down, down to the river
We went down, down to the river
We went down, down to the river
And washed them away

Do you pray that all your faith's not wasted in a book?
It's a shame that all you gave was less than what you took

Take me to that dark secluded wood
Tell me that inside I might be good
Hear that church bell tolling for the brave
Tally my misdeeds that you forgave

We'll go down, down to the river
We'll go down, down to the river
We'll go down, down to the river (and wash them away)
We'll go down, down to the river (and wash them away)
We'll go down, down to the river
And wash them away
Track Name: Firing Lines
Taking that shot in the heart again, love
Pin a target on my chest, love
One more time around that track
You gave me love but I gave it back again, love

Early morning I awake, love
The last meal I couldn't face, love
Lead me out at the break of dawn
And stand me up against the wall again, love

I'm out of time, my hands are tied
I see you there on the firing line
Nothing to say, all hell to pay
I'm on my way

I'd have told you anything, love
To see you lying that bed, love
All the lovers of my life
Are stood abreast with rifles high again, love

Work my way along the line, love
With protestations, reasons why, love
Sheer desertion was the charge
From every eye a full barrage again, love

I'm out of time, my hands are tied
I see you there on the firing line
Nothing to say, all hell to pay
I'm on my way

Whoa no you don't, whoa no you don't
Whoa no you don't, whoa no
Whoa no you don't, whoa no you don't
Whoa no you don't, whoa no

Taking that shot in the heart again, love
Open fire, I insist, love
One more time around that track
You gave me love but I gave it back again, love

I'm out of time, blindfold my eyes
I am still here in your firing line
Nothing to say, all hell to pay
I'm on my way
Track Name: The Man Of Many Faces
So I'm back in the hole that I dug
And no surprises I'm all alone in this one
And woe betide the seams of my heart
I'm falling apart as I go
And It's starting to show

I'm the man of many faces, don't know what I believe
I'm the man of many faces, but none of them are me
I'm the man of many faces, don't know which one you see
I'm the man of many faces, but none of them - no none of them
None of them are me

Now the actors are out on the stage
They know their lines but my scenes are missing a page
And I can't find the words that I hoped for
All that I wanted to say
It's just the parts that I play

I'm the man of many faces, don't know what I believe
I'm the man of many faces, but none of them are me
I'm the man of many faces, don't know which one you see
I'm the man of many faces, but none of them - no none of them
None of them are me

Well we won't have to wait very long
The winds will change and I must be moving along
But would you trust the look in my eyes
Or number my countenance true?
Well I wear it for you

I'm the man of many faces, don't know what I believe
I'm the man of many faces, but none of them are me
I'm the man of many faces, don't know which one you see
I'm the man of many faces, but none of them - and all of them
All of them are me
All of them are me
Track Name: Away We Go
Trying my luck every way I know
(Get in line and away we go)
Beautiful thing want to take you home
(Get in line and away we go)

Fanning that flame in the to and fro
Meet me outside and away we go
And away we go - get in line and away we go

I could tell you what you told me then
(Get in line and away we go)
Another damn flash in the pan again
(Get in line and away we go)

Risking your heart in the passion's throes
Meet me outside and away we go
And away we go - get in line and away we go

Ain't no brighter day, ain't no right of way
But I'll take a chance tonight
Ain't no reason for, ain't no right or wrong
I just need you to be mine

Trying my luck every way I know
(Get in line and away we go)
Beautiful thing but the lights were low
(Get in line and away we go)

Meet me outside and we'll start again
(Get in line and away we go)
No one else knows where the line begins
(Get in line and away we go)

Greeting each day with its highs and lows
Meet me outside and away we go
And away we go - get in line and away we go
Get in line and away we go
Track Name: Take The Time
Hold tight to the railing now, do you
See me while you're looking down? Are you
Up there on a higher floor? Are you
Better than you've been before?
Before, before, before, before, before

I'll take the time to make you mine
To make you mine I'll take the time
I'll take the time to make you mine
To make you mine I'll take the time

So long since the stars aligned, I'm just
Stood here waiting for a sign, do you
Think about me anymore? It's a
Hard time that we have in store
In store, in store, in store, in store, in store

I'll take the time to make you mine
To make you mine I'll take the time
I'll take the time to make you mine
To make you mine I'll take the time

Hold tight to the railing now, do you
See me while you're looking down? I'm just
Stood here waiting for a sign, if you
Show me then I'll take the time

I'll take the time to make you mine
To make you mine I'll take the time
I'll take the time to make you mine
To make you mine I'll take the time
Track Name: Let It Roll
Well there's dim light in the sky as I am packing up my case
My breath that freezes in the car when I'm pulling away
Each street I pass each idle glance a memory that fades

So let it roll by the window, let it roll away
Let it roll by the window, let it roll away

Another stop, another town, the latest in the line
I'll ride that train to anywhere while bridges burn behind
The beating tracks like broken hearts but I don't feel your pain

Just let it roll by the window, let it roll again
Let it roll by the window, let it roll again

I don't know where I'm heading for or why I have to go
Maybe some day I'll pass again and stop outside your home
Would you invite me in to sit and reminisce a while?

Or let me roll by the window, let me roll on by
Let me roll by the window, let me roll on by
Let me roll by the window, let me roll on by
Let me roll by the window, let me roll