CARAVAN
"Better By Far" (1977)


  • Feelin' Alright (P.Hastings)
  • Behind You (P.Hastings)
  • Better By Far (P.Hastings)
  • Silver Strings (G.Richardson)
  • Give Me More (P.Hastings)
  • Man In A Car (J.Schelhaas)
  • Let It Shine (P.Hastings)
  • Nightmare (P.Hastings)

  • FEELIN' ALRIGHT
    Words and Music
    by Pye Hastings


    I went down boy, feeling low, tryin' to find me a lady
    I had no mind, where to go, just a feelin' that maybe
    I'd be a-reelin' up on a ceiling
    Out of my mind forever
    Gotta be right boy, stay out and fight, boy
    Lay it on by, cos I'll find her

    Cause I'm feelin' alright
    Yes I'm feeling' alright
    And I'm gonna come through searching for you
    It's what's keepin' me straight up ahead
    Well I'm feelin' alright
    Yes I'm feelin' alright
    I ain't gonna take no and tell you all so
    Till I'm dead

    As for the rest, with me undressed
    Tryin' to explain how they found me
    The two black eyes were no surprise
    But all the dogs were beyond me
    This is appalling, I was a-calling
    How could you really believe that of me
    You'll be all right boy, stay here all night boy
    Then in the morning your toll we will see

    And I'm feelin' alright
    Are you feelin' alright?
    Well it's what they all say when they're gonna say
    So don't keep on banging your head
    Well I'm feelin' alright
    Yes I'm feeling' alright
    And I'm gonna come through, and I'll prove it to you
    What I say

    Cause I'm feelin' alright
    Yes I'm feelin' alright
    And I'm gonna come through just searching for you
    It's what's keepin' me straight up ahead
    Yes I'm feelin' alright
    Yes I'm feelin' alright
    I ain't gonna take no and tell you all so
    Till I'm dead


    BEHIND YOU
    Words and Music
    by Pye Hastings


    Twas with no surprise I could feel his eyes
    A-comin' straight through the back of my head
    So I took my flight by the pale moonlight
    No instinct to guide me, I fled
    "If I catch you still with my wife I'll kill you, boy"
    That's what he told me before
    I didn't pay no heed cause she said I'd need
    So I kept going back there for more

    Look out behind you, all right
    If you don't leave it alone
    He's gonna hound you all night
    Said slow down boy and they'll carry you home

    There could be no way I was going to stay
    With a man like that on my heel
    He was six foot four and could eat a door
    And his fists were like great blocks of steel
    But his wife was rude and it seemed so good
    To have fun while he was away
    While he lived in hope of the sale of soap
    Like the cat and the mouse we would play

    Look out behind you, all right
    If you don't leave it alone
    He's gonna hound you all night
    Said slow down boy and they'll carry you home

    It was late that night when he came inside
    I could see through the glass by the door
    For his key had stuck and I praised my luck
    As I dived from the bed to the floor
    When I heard him yell like a bat from hell
    I was out enough down the road
    Twas with no surprise I could feel his eyes
    And imagine the gun that he'd load

    Right up behind me all right
    Cos I couldn't leave it alone
    He will hound me all night
    Said, slow down boy and they'll carry you home


    BETTER
    BY FAR
    Words and Music
    by Pye Hastings


    Better by some, better by far
    Better to have tried than never
    Back of a bus, seat of a car
    Than never to have tried at all
    Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong
    Maybe I'm a fool about you
    Can tell there's no way I'm gonna stay
    With then what else was so long

    Oh, what I wanna do is just lay down with you tonight
    Set 'em up boy, wanna make love tonight

    Easily come, easily go
    Easy to believe in nothing
    Set 'em up fast, take 'em down slow
    Give it down and have a ball
    You can buy gin, you can buy hymn
    And you can buy the world around you
    But you can get roughed, and you can get fluffed
    If you'd have no love at all

    Oh, what I wanna do is just a-lay down with you tonight
    Set 'em up boy, wanna make love tonight

    Oh, I got a love and I just want to let it grow
    Oh, a gift from above, tellin' me, tellin' me to let it show

    Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong
    Maybe I'm a fool about you
    Maybe I'll fight, maybe I've flung it
    all around for too long
    Bet you I will be lovin' you still
    Well it's often bad around you
    You and I must take it on trust
    We're gonna carry on...

    So, what I wanna do is just a-lay down with you tonight
    Set 'em up boy, wanna make love tonight


    SILVER
    STRINGS
    Words and Music
    by Geoff Richardson


    Oh, let me hear the silver strings
    Oh, hear those violins and things
    Oh, when the music starts to play
    You know it carries me away
    Oh, oh - oh let me here the silver strings

    Oh, with a fiddle and a bow
    You know there's places you can go
    If you can just get there in tune
    You know you're spending that aloon
    Oh, oh - oh let me hear the silver strings

    Silver strings
    You know they never used to
    Mean a thing
    You know they never used to
    Listen when the fiddler starts to play
    Now they clap their hands
    And they all shout 'Yeah!'


    GIVE
    ME MORE
    Words and Music
    by Pye Hastings


    I went out at night, taking the sights
    Fell all in love with a lady
    She's got ill repute, and an over-size foot
    Bad breath and drives a Mercedes
    But oh, she had such style
    Looks that could kill you stone dead

    Though I tried not to stare at the parts that were bare
    She said:
    "Would you like to touch?", I said, "Very much"
    "Then why don't we go somewhere warmer?
    It's cold in the street, and it's hurting my feet
    Come with me down to the corner"
    Ooh, I could not tell you the thoughts that came into my head
    When she and the girl took money and all, and said:

    "Give me more, make me feel as though I was dying"
    "Give me more, give me so much that I'm crying"
    "Give me more, make me feel so much better"
    "Give me more", so I tried not to upset her

    It's not quietened the fact of the funds that I lacked
    At the shop where I bought the equipment
    But the shape of the suit and the size of her boots
    Gave an impending sense of achievement
    But oh, to my surprise, she tied herself onto the bed
    And then with her toes, in an indecent pose, she said:

    "Give me more, make me feel as though I was dying"
    "Give me more, give me so much that I'm crying"
    "Give me more, make me feel so much better"
    "Give me more", so I tried not to upset her


    MAN IN
    A CAR
    Words and Music
    by Jan Schelhaas


    I saw her flying on a rocket-fly moon
    She was smiling like a wheeler at the races
    Come ride my rocket-fly moon
    And I'm sure you could see a lot of places

    But the man in a car is just dreaming
    Opening up his eyes
    Onl the suit must have seen me
    To fill up his tears with eyes

    Saw her rocking like a mother typhoon
    She could sway like the mother of a candle
    Oh no, she's going to rock on me soon
    And that's sure that's how a lot of men go

    I know I should have notified you
    But it's hard from a lot of different places
    My girl, I should have rocket-fly'd you
    But it's gone and I fear her at the graces

    And the man in a car is still dreaming
    Opening up his eyes
    Holding his heart that's still bleeding
    He couldn't believe his eyes


    LET IT
    SHINE
    Words and Music
    by Pye Hastings


    Went down to the corner, sunshine in my hand
    I tried to sell the truth but I couldn't make it stand
    Ooh, come on, I cry, cause I'm feeling kinda low
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it grow

    And when you feel someone closing down on me
    I'm going to myself just to see what I can see
    And when the stars are right I'll come sailing right on by
    Where the sun won't go wrong, long as I...

    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine on the road ahead
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine on the road
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine on the road ahead
    Cause it's carrying me home again

    So when all around you, I'm going down so fast
    That you can see on you averted they have passed
    Don't let them satisfy the need to tell you so
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it show

    And when the four winds blow and you're feeling kind of small
    Everything's wrong and nothing's right at all
    Ooh, you go into yourself and find a way ahead
    It's very clear to me you're ----------

    Instead of feeling lonely, instead of feeling blue
    You come on with a smile that comes sailing right on through
    Wait till the stars above and the ground way down below
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it show

    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine on the road ahead
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine on the road
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine on the road ahead
    Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine on the road...


    NIGHTMARE
    Words and Music
    by Pye Hastings


    Sat down, turn around boy, gotta let out of here
    Silly little sod, you made me shed a tear
    Showing me minor roads of varying cold
    Making the world so young and me so old

    Time dying, time dying, doing what I could in the day
    Lazy little swine, I'm sure I heard you say
    "Sure I took a trip or two inside my head"
    Was there in the road you showed me, stone cold dead

    Yours was a face I remember very well
    See it, touch, feel, even smell
    Imagine how I feel when the face I saw was me
    Chrissakes end down the line, set me free

    When the time is over - oh, oh, oh
    And you're feeling somewhat colder - oh, oh, oh
    And your face is on the run
    And your body's almost done
    Well, you won't have to notice anymore

    Come inside and tell me - oh, oh, oh
    What you're tryin' to sell me - oh, oh, oh
    Did it ever cross your mind ?
    Did you ever read a sign ?
    Well, you won't have to notice anymore

    Hear me a-callin', I've got a dream in my hand
    I close my eyes and realise, now I understand
    If you've got a problem - Christ, you've got to unload
    Or the price you'll pay is that you may explode