A selection of Country and Folk songs written and composed by Brendan Vincent Owens
Album Title: Let The Dance Begin
Composer: Brendan Vincent Owens
Song List:
  1. Let the Dance Begin
  2. One More Love Story
  3. It Ain’t All Hunkydory
  4. A Man Named Martin
  5. It’s OK To Talk
  6. Start All Over Again
  7. Needs Must
  8. Thanks To All Those In Search And Rescue
  9. Your Wounds Will Heal With Time
  10. I Want A Real Moon
  11. I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love
  12. Everything’s So Right
  13. Daddy and Daughter Song (You’re Never Alone)

Let The Dance Begin (Download)
Words & Music by Brendan Vincent Owens – www.BVOwens.co.uk
BVO@BVOwens.co.uk

It’s was a quiet wee town – but then that’s why I came here

And it’s central to all the Northwest

I came up from the city because these fields are pretty

And I prefer life in the countryside best.

But it’s growin’, it’s growin, – no sign of it slowin’

More houses, more driveways – more lawns to be mowin’

Commuters from Derry and Omagh will buy if they can

It’s growin’ what once was the quiet wee town of Strabane

Let the dance begin” when you drive in from Lifford

as five metal skeletons shine all alone

Where barbed wire and soldiers once stood in your way

Giants play and they dance as they welcome you home.

But it’s growin’ – it’s changin’ – the roads re-arrangin’

The builders can’t hear for the sound of the engines

There was talk of a ‘Riverine Project’ – well that was the plan

It’s growin’ what once was the quiet wee town of Strabane

But a mile out of town you can still hear the sound

of the cattle and sheep on the hill

With the sunset on fire you can’t help but admire

the lush green hills and valleys – that’s why I’m here still.

‘ Was a time you could watch all the trains to-and-frowin’

As the whistle would blow rolling down Railway Street.

Later boys did the whistlin’ – the girls they were list’nin’

Outside “Katie Daly’s” – but now they all tweet.

Yes it’s growin’ – it’s louder – at night is more proud or

At least it seems busy – more youth in the crowd now

McDonalds drive-thru beside ASDA is day and night manned.

It’s growin’ what once was the quiet wee town of Strabane

Not I’ll ever leave – but I can hardly believe

that I left my own city to live where it’s pretty
Now they’re building a city ’round me!

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One More Love Story

Words & Music by Brendan Vincent Owens www.BVOwens.co.uk

I was cold and for love I was hungry

When your love came and touched me so deep

I was sad and alone, had made a prison of home

And so frightened to set my heart free

I was once in a love that was precious

But then a lie came to steal it away

Can my heart live again? I gave so much then

Am I ready to give it today?

It’s one more love story. Should I play my part?

In one more love story _____

Should I surrender and give you my heart?

I could see you had real good intentions

And I was happy when you came around

But while you felt so high with your head in the sky

I was trying to stay on the ground

One more love story – it hurts more and more

Even thinking of the past

And all my love stories had all sad endings

Will this one – will this one really last?

Then in time you had really convinced me

Yeah I was ready to love you at last

Why should I wait and weep and let my heart sleep

It’s no joy living in the past

It’s one more love story and I must play my part

In one more love story I surrender and give you my heart

I surrender – with all of my heart

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It Ain’t All Hunkydory

Words & music by Brendan Vincent Owens (www.BVOwens.co.uk)

From the time that she could talk –

always ran before she walked

And always after someone out of reach

And even when her daddy died, something touched her deep inside

Because she never felt his love for real

No it ain’t all hunkydory – when the lovin’ only comes from you

Hear my call, hear my story, gettin’ nothing back can make you blue

Her boyfriend said he’d meet her here

said to her; “Now have no fear”

He said their love was much too strong to break.

Well all night long she sat alone

And later cried, when on the phone

he said their love was just a sad mistake! . .

No it ain’t all hunkydory – when the lovin’ only comes from you

Hear my call, hear my story, gettin’ nothing back can make you blue

So many times it ended sad.

Lonely, feeling much too bad

Tried to hope – but it was all a dream.

She decided to herself, best to hide upon the shelf

When she found out that love ain’t what it seems

No it ain’t all hunkydory – when the lovin’ only comes from you

Hear my call, hear my story, gettin’ nothing back can make you blue

So if you’re gonna give your heart,

If you’re lovin’ from the start

Just make sure it’s comin’ back your way.

If you’re goin’ through that gate, think before it gets too late

I’ve been there and this is what i say . . .

No it ain’t all hunkydory – when the lovin’ only comes from you

Hear my call, hear my story, gettin’ nothing back can make you blue

Yeah gettin’ nothing back can make you blue.

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A Man Named Martin

Words and Music By Brendan Vincent Owens (18/09/2016)

I know a man named Martin – When he paints, he puts his heart in.

Always willing to take part in – Always ready with a smile.

And he’s handy with a banjo – has a voice sweet as a mango

Spent some time across in Glasgow and Ontario for a while.

And he’s happy teaching others how to paint

Pretty flowers and a cottage oh so quaint

In this pain-filled world all art is a fine reminder

“God is love” echoes the man Martin McGrinder.

I know a man named Martin – learned his craft in Kindergarten.

Walls with murals he can smarten – in his own artistic style.

And he likes to bang a beat-box – It doubles u p as a wee seat-box

Everybody says the beat rocks and his winsome words beguile.

And he’s happy teaching others how to paint

Pretty Plumbridge hills and valleys oh so quaint

In this hate-filled world all art is a fine reminder

“God is love” echoes the man Martin McGrinder.

But there’s even more when viewed in panorama

Not just art and music – he also does some drama!

Still he’s happy teaching others how to paint

bringing peace and love and joy without restraint

In this lonely world all art is a fine reminder

“God is love” echoes the man Martin McGrinder.

When this world is cruel, this song is a fine reminder;

“God is love” – helps us agree we should be kinder.

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It’s OK To Talk

Words and Music By Brendan Vincent Owens (www.BVOwens.co.uk)

It’s OK to talk – It’s really good to talk.

It’s better to talk than to hide behind a grin.

It’s OK to cry – It can be really good to cry.

Yes it’s better to cry than to hold it all in.

How’s it worked out for you so far, saying nothing to no one?

Is your heart rising up? Or constricted and strained?

If you talk to yourself can you really find answers

while your dark thoughts are twisted, in turmoil, and in pain?

So it’s OK to talk – It’s really good to talk

Step out of that treadmill – that prison within.

It’s OK to try – though it’s really hard to try

It’s better to try than give up and give in.

Some thoughts are destructive the rot can build up.

No one sees on the outside the damage within.

Silent sadness is poison you need to throw up.

Better talk to release it – Better outside than in.

I know all you want now is relief from the pain

and you may not see how you can cope with the strain

It may not seem like it now but things will soon change

Each day sunrise returns but it’s never the same

Yes it’s OK to talk – It’s really good to talk

Release all that poison that’s under your skin

It’s OK to try – though it’s really hard to try.

But it’s better to try than give up and give in.

It’s better to try than give up . . .

Don’t give up – don’t give in.

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Start All Over Again

Words & Music By Brendan Vincent Owens (Aug 1987)

Have you ever met someone and got off on the wrong foot?

If it was a movie that’s when you would have said “cut”

You’re sinking in your sorrow and thinking maybe you should

Just start all over again

It’s just like a morning you wake up with a sore head

You’ve been sleeping all night but your not feeling rested

You got out the wrong side, so back you go to your bed

To start all over again

Well it’s the same old thing in a love situation

I never seem to get it right

Just like the times I’d argue and talk without thinkin’

When i really ought to hold you tight

So if you’re sad and heart and feeling you’re driftin’

Just go back to the start, you’re heart you’ll be liftin’

You should step back then take a deep breath and hold it…..

And start all over again

There’s not one that fell in love and got it right the first time

If at first you don’t succeed then better joy the next time

There’s a way to make your day so you can see the sunshine

Just start all over again

Well it’s the same old thing in a love situation

I never seem to get it right

Just like the times I’d argue and talk without thinkin’

When i really ought to hold you tight

So if you’re sad and heart and feeling you’re driftin’

Just go back to the start, you’re heart you’ll be liftin’

You should step back then take a deep breath and hold it…..

And start all over again

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Needs Must

(Brendan Vincent Owens ~ /May/1999)

As I need my food for hunger and my drink to quench my thirst

The air I breathe, my songs to sing, I need your love the worst.

As I need my sleep to slumber, to rest and work and play

I need, but with a passion, to be by your side each day.

What good is it for me to see, hear, touch, taste and smell

Without your face, voice, hands and lips and scent I know so well?

As I need my dreams to wonder, to soar up as a dove,

To save my soul when I’m falling fast, I hold on to your love

As the lightning comes with thunder, and the dawn awakes with due

So deep within, you’re part of me. I was surely born for you.

What good is it for me to see, hear, touch, taste and smell

Without your face, voice, hands and lips and scent I know so well?

What good is it for me to see, hear, touch, taste and smell

Without your face, voice, hands and lips and scent I know so well?

So come softly sweet and warm my love

Let me feel your smiling face

I need your tender words, your laugh,

Your love and warm embrace.

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Thanks to all those in Search And Rescue

Words & Music By Brendan Vincent Owens (www.BVOwens.co.uk)

Sometimes even those once strong with hearts of joy most every day,

may feel weak, they fall and stumble; in the dark they lose their way.

If that was you or one of yours I’m sure you’d like an out-stretched hand

Friends to rescue you with kindness, raise you up so you can stand.

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue we have friends to light the way

They will struggle and get through – we can live another day

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue we have help – we’re not alone

Like the strong and “Tall Fescue”* our hope and courage now has grown

We need a team of workers not just willing but ready

They’re kind and trained to give support to those who feel unsteady

And they will brave the rocks and rivers night or day in weather bleak

Volunteers who give their time to help search out and save the weak

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue we have friends to light the way

They will struggle and get through – we can face another day

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue we have help – we’re not alone

Like the strong and Tall Fescue our hope and courage now has grown

Hold on! – Stay strong!

You should hold on! – Help is on the way!

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue We have friends to light the way

They will struggle and get through – we can face another day

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue We have help – we’re not alone

Like the strong and Tall Fescue our hope and courage now has grown

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue – if we don’t support them we might lose them.

Thanks to all those in Search and Rescue – Let’s pray we never have to use them!

*Tall Fescue is a very persistent grass. It is very winter hardy and can be grown successfully on a wide range of soils. While it is a high protein sustenance for livestock, Tall Fescue is also sown to prevent devastating soil erosion.
In a similar way, hope and courage provide sustenance and are essential to preventing the devastating erosion of the human spirit; our will to carry on.

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Your Wounds Will Heal With Time

Words and Music by Brendan Vincent Owens (www.bvowens.co.uk)

You hear all the sad lines in every love song

And even the sunshine; sometimes it too can make you cry.

Your heart should be healing but it’s taking so long

You still have that feeling and you wonder why . . .

Just when you think there’s an end to the pain, you’re heart is aching again

But don’t worry; your wounds will heal with time.

You think it’s the first time a heart has been broken

And yours is the only love that’s been left to die

Just when you think you’re finally sane, you’re heart is aching again

But don’t worry; your wounds will heal with time.

Yes I’ve been there too and all I can say is . .

Let God help you through – meanwhile keep the faith.

When you’ve been mistreated – used like a token

You feel you’ve been cheated, but in the by and by . . .

Soon there’ll be an end to the pain, you will be happy again

So don’t worry; your wounds will heal with time.

 

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I Want A Real Moon

Words & Music By Brendan Vincent Owens (www.bvowens.co.uk)

Just like a moth around a flame at night, I was absolutely wrong

and I was dying in the process while I wrote it down in song

Still, I’d keep coming back for the burning, if I didn’t wake real soon

and learn; to navigate, it’s going to take a real moon.

I want a real moon – I want a real moon

If it’s not too late to navigate – I want a real moon.

We had a talk about our feelings and she was absolutely right

and soon the time had slipped away and so her day became our night

Upon the rocks the ship can be wrecked and your heart will be marooned

Unless within your sight is the guiding light of a real moon.

I want a real moon – I want a real moon

If it’s not too late to navigate – I want a real moon.

Just take the good and then forget about the bad

You’ll be far more sane to know that everyone is mad.

I want to ask someone directions – just to be absolutely sure

or at least relieve the symptoms if for now there is no cure.

And if it’s true “No man’s an Island”; then I’ve run too far too soon.

No artificial light will guide me right – I need a real moon.

I want a real moon – I want a real moon

If it’s not too late to navigate – I want a real moon.

I want a real moon – I want a real moon

If it’s not too late to navigate – I want a real moon.

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I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love

Words & Music By Brendan Vincent Owens (www.BVOwens.co.uk)

Can a man be so happy – and yet be so afraid

Every day is adventure – and a man can be made

or lose all love he tries to save.

Do I really deserve you – girl you’re so good for me

I just want to be close to you – how can I make you see

when locked in your arms I still feel free.

I don’t want to lose your love – that’s my greatest fear

But I don’t want to use your love – and drown in my fear

I’ve lost so much of a tender a touch – I could lose you.

Like the days and the seasons – I will always remain

‘Though I don’t have a reason – I keep seeing the rain

while the sun keeps on shining my hearts in pain

I don’t want to lose your love – that’s my greatest fear

But I don’t want to use your love – and drown in my fear

I’ve lost so much of a tender a touch – I could lose you.

No I don’t want to lose your love – that’s my greatest fear

But I don’t want to use your love – and drown in my fear

I’ve lost so much of a tender a touch – I could lose you.

Ooh you know I love you love you baby

You – you’re so good for me good for me

Ooh don’t you know I love you love you baby

You’re so good for me

You’re so good for me

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Everything’s So Right

Words & Music by Brendan Vincent Owens

Reelin’ and rollin’ we don’t need consolin’

’cause right now – everything’s so right

Feelin’ like dancin’ – our senses enhancin’

Yeah right now – everything’s so right.

And we know – there is no one that could steal our joy tonight

We’ve got it deep in our soul

We’ve got our happiness locked up good and tight

I’ll tell you now that I know –

There was a time we could never feel this good

Now it’s a glorious day – So we won’t throw it away

Feeling exited – our heart’s so delighted

’cause right now – everything’s so right

Our heart’s feeling lifted – with peace we are gifted

So right now – everything’s so right

Yeah we know – there is no one that could steal our joy tonight

We’ve got it deep in our soul

We’ve got our happiness locked up good and tight

I’ll tell you now that I know

There was a time we could never feel this good

Now it’s a glorious day – So we won’t throw it away

Our hearts are healing good – so good we’re reelin’. Could

. . dance on the ceilin’ tonight

Can’t stop revealing joy – it’s such appealing joy

So good just feelin’ so right.

Reelin’ and rollin’ we don’t need consolin’

’cause right now – everything’s so right

Skippin’ and jumpin’ – our hearts wont stop thumpin’

’cause right now – everything’s so right

‘Yeah we know – there is no one that could steal our joy tonight

We’ve got it deep in our soul

We’ve got our happiness locked up good and tight

I’ll tell you now that I know =

There was a time we could never feel this good

Now it’s a glorious day – So we won’t throw it away

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Daddy and Daughter Song (You’re Never Alone)
Words & Music By Brendan Vincent Owens (www.BVOwens.co.uk)

(Daddy sings) If ever I am not around I want you to know how much I care

This song can be your comfort sound so you can dream and feel as though I’m still there.

And when you hear me sing this song, you’ll soon recall my warm embrace

How I held you tight in our squishy hug, and rubbed my cheek on your smiling face.

No you’re never lone when you hear my song

These notes will hold the memory of my love

No you’re never alone even if I’m away

Sing this song until I’m home with you some day

(Daughter Sings) If ever I am not around, I want you to know I miss you Daddy

This song will be your comfort sound to remember how I would kiss you Daddy

And how we played ‘can’t catch me’ with my teddies talking in my bed

How you prayed at night, and then sang me to sleep, and you planted sweet dreams in my head.

No you’re never alone when you hear my song

These words will hold the memory of my love

No you’re never alone even if I’m away

Sing this song until I’m home with you some day

(Daddy & Daughter together) So while we can, let’s make some memories, so we can recall them if need be.

If we have to part, these words and melody will hold us close as we sing in harmony.

—— Instrumental ———-

No you’re never alone when you hear my song

These words will hold the memory of my love

No you’re never alone even if I’m away

Sing this song until I’m home with you some day

This is our song.

 

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