Moments in Time

by Richard Arthurs

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This is a collection of 20 songs that I wrote in 2008. They are in the order that I wrote them. There are songs about love, relationships, personal demons, society, some spiritual songs and a story song.

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released January 15, 2010

written, performed, recorded, engineered, mixed and produced by Richard Arthurs

mastered by Andrew Davenport

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Richard Arthurs Calgary, Alberta

I am a sponge when it comes to musical influences. Almost everything I have listened to through my life has some influence or colouration of my music. There's a mixture of folk, blues, celtic, jazz, reggae, ska and even some bluegrass and country mixed. There's Rock from the 50's to the 2000's. Beatles harmonies, 70's Rock guitars,bass and drums, 80's synths, 90's raw stripped down sounds, ... more

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Track Name: Fresh Start
1251. Get A Fresh Start

v1.
Baby I understand
Just what is in your mind
I know what your thinking
I thinking it myself
Let's just get away
And leave this mess behind
They can go and squabble
till their faces have gone blue

v2.
We can run away
And start fresh some place else
We'll not pass on the address
And never see them again at all
Let's just get away
And leave their mess behind
They can have their pieces
We can start all over in peace

refain1:
Baby I know
It's what's best for us
Let's leave those people
And start our lives again
Family can be complex
Family can be so harsh
We'll just leave them behind
And get us a fresh start

v3.
Baby I can relate
To what is in your heart
I know it's what your thinking
cause I'm thinking it myself
Let's just get away
Leave the comflicts all behind
We'll be much better off
Away from their prying eyes

v4.
We can run away
And begin again anew
It's hard to be the white sheep
from a herd so black and cold
Let's just get away
And leave their insults behind
We can live our own lives
With out them trying our time

refrain 2:
And Baby I know
It's the best for us
We'll leave those people
And begin our lives again
Family can be confusing
Family can be so cruel
We'll just leave them behind
And get us a fresh start

October 25, 2008
Track Name: I'm Too Stubborn
I'm Too Stubborn

refrain:
I'm not gonna die any time soon
They'll have to take me to a high noon
I can take it when I'm more than queasy
I'm too stubborn to die that easy
I know beyond any doubt
They're gonna have to shove me out

v1.
I'm as stubborn as stubborn can be
That's what everyone learns to see
I won't give in and there's no take backs
They're gonna realise that's the cold hard facts

v2.
I'm as decisive as decisive can be
There's a cost and every one learns the fee
I won't give in and that hard truth
I'm gonna keep at it by the nail and tooth

V3.
They can try and try over again
There's a price and it's filled with pain
I won't give in and that's the way
They come any time cause they'll make my day
Track Name: Not a Machine
Not a Machine

v1.
Why does this world have to be a machine
Why does everything have to run with a clock
I see more and more the foolish way it's been
Having everything march in line is a crock

refrain:
I'm not a cog, I'm not a gear
I'm a human being here
I'm not a sprocket, I'm not a spring
I'm a living breathing thing
I'm not a bolt, I'm not a nut
I'm not gonna be screwed in the butt
I'm not a computer, I'm not a machine
I'm not some thing half way between

v2.
Why was this world made into a machine
Why is every one tied to assembly lines
There's a better reality I have seen
Living for real, no longer following blind

v3.
I'm not going to be tied to this machine
A system that's built with no reason to care
I'm not going to give up my sanity
There's a greater vast universe out there

Chant:
I'm not a machine, don't bind me to a scheme
I'm not a machine, don't string me on a ream
I'm not a machine, let me live my dreams
I'm not a machine, I'm not a machine, I'm not a machine
Track Name: Getting Ready
Getting Ready

v1.
I don't know if you know me
I don't know if you care
I don't know if you'll love me
I think it's worth the dare

refrain:
I'm getting ready for you (getting ready, getting ready)
I'm getting ready for you (getting ready, getting ready)
Ready for love, ready for more
I'm getting ready for you (getting ready, getting ready)
I'm getting ready for you (getting ready, getting ready)
Ready to walk through your door.

v2.
Will you want to be with me
Will you open your heart
I won't know if you love me
If I don't make a start

v3.
Do you want to try it with me
Do you want to take the chance
We'll find out if you love me
Then we can begin our dance

January 1, 2007
Track Name: It's a Crime
It's a Crime

v1.
I was talking with my friend the other day
About all the creative people who have lost their way
Not that they died, it's something sadder still
They have left the creative world they used to fill
And I said it then and I say it now
It's a crime

v2.
I was talking with my friend about it all
About all the creative people whose creations stalled
They've let it die, and even sadder still
They stopped being creative of their own free will
And I said it then and I say it now
It's a crime

v3.
It's a crime, it's crime
To waste our precious time
It's a crime, a real crime
To end our creative rhymes
It's a crime, an absolute crime
To not fill the world with the positive energies creation bring
It's a shame and its crime.
To not fill the world with up lifting words we love to sing
It's a crime against all time
To end the flow gifted from the greater divine
It's a crime and it's a sign
And I said it then and I say it now
It's a crime

v4.
Why do you stop writing your songs
Why do you stop drawing that scene
Where is the paint you smiled through
Where are the stories you told so well
Why are you so torn up inside
That you let your creativity slide
There's no place to hide
When your creativity died
And I said it then and I say it now
It's a crime
Track Name: The Darkness in Their Hearts
The Darkness in Their Hearts

refrain:
They have no care when they stomp over you
There is only Darkness in their hearts
They have no remorse when they take from you
There is only Darkness in their hearts
Their state of being is devoid of love
There is only Darkness in their hearts
They and only they matter to themselves
There is only Darkness in their hearts
The laws of man and nature don't apply to them
There is only Darkness in their hearts
They reflect on to everyone the darkness in their hearts

v1.
You know who I'm talking about
You know who they are there's no doubt
The darkness in their hearts betray their lies
When they get punished they're being victimised
They're never to blame for the evil they do
They remain unrepentant when payment is due

v2.
Their deeds have a way of catching up to them
They get stomped on the way down
By the ones they stomped on the way up
Rising to replace the fallen ones
They follow the desires of the darkness in their hearts

v3.
You know who I'm talking about
You know who when you catch them out
The darkness in their heart betrays their ways
They manipulate and connive with what they say
They're never to blame for the problems they make
They're out for them selves and all others they forsake

v4.
They have a weakness they can never hide
You see them constantly looking from side to side
They plan and they plot to the smallest detail
In the end they always seem to fail
They are deafened and blinded by the darkness in their hearts
Track Name: Mister Banker Man Do You Sleep Well
Mister Banker Man Do You Sleep Well

v1.
Mister Banker man do you sleep well
Do care that you bleed the life from the poor
Do you care that you hurt the people who need your help the most
Do you bother to wonder what they will eat tonight
Now that you take their last pennies away with your service charge tax
Mister Banker man do you sleep well

v2.
Mister Banker man do you sleep well
Knowing that it's your business that steals
Using policy and using opportunity
to hurt those who
need help the most
Do you bother to wonder
if they can sleep through the night
Now that you take their last pennies
away with your service charge tax
Mister Banker man do you sleep well

v3.
I don't have five hundred dollars in my account
That's a four dollar fine
I don't have four dollars in my account
That's a ten dollar overdraft fine
I have no more money left in my account
And now I'm going to hungry tonight

v4.
Mister Banker man, Are you going hungry tonight
Mister Banker man do you sleep well
Enjoy your comfy bed, in your comfy home
With you comfy food to keep you company
I'm not eating tonight
I'm not sleeping well tonight

v5.
Remember me in your dreams
remember me In your comfy bed
In you comfy home
Paid for with the blood from my veins
Track Name: Darwin is Still Right (stupid people get killed)
Darwin is Still Right (stupid people get killed)

v1.
So I see on the news today
Some man got killed in some stupid way
Yeap, I say to myself
Survival of the fittest is alive and well
And every one smart enough can tell
Darwin is still right

refrain
Stupid people die in stupid ways
It happens every minute, every hour of every day
The news is filled with the casualties
Of those who represent the species stupidities.
Stupid people killed in stupid ways
It happens every moment, every time through every day
The news is filled with the causalities
That have removed certain people because of their idiocies

v2.
So I see on my walk around
Some kid got killed going out of bounds
Yeap, I say to myself
Survival of the fittest is working well today
And all the smart people rightly say
Darwin is still right

talk:
yeah, Stupid people, I tell ya man
Stupid people, gotta be so many
Stupid people, and they're proving
You know Darwin, Darwin's always right
You know, survival of the fittest
Let's face it man,
Stupid people, They're not the fittest
No chance of that

v3.
Let's have a cheer for the stupidest around
For they confirm the truth that Darwin is sound
For all the lies and deceptions that are found
And all the stupid people that abound
Survival of the fittest still holds it's ground

end talk
Still holds ground man, Still holds ground,
No doubt about that
Track Name: Lost Memories
Lost Memories

v1
Who made this wonderful machine ?
Who was the first to build it ?
ho was it to design this amazing device ?
And why don't we have this memory
When did this one disappear
Why is there a mystery around this device

Lost
Lost that person
Lost to our memories
It's like this one person never existed at all
Lost
Lost from our memories
Never to return to live here again

All the lives this one lived are gone
Nothing remains but holes in our memory
Nothing remains but holes in our history
Every life this one lived are gone
This one no longer exists in our space and time

Gone
Gone is that person
Gone from our memories
It's like this one person never lived among us at all
Gone
Gone from our memories
Never to return to live with us again

v2.
Who build this wonderful structure ?
Who made this sculpture ?
Who was it to create this missing culture
And why don't we have any memory
Of this long lost place
Why has there existence become a mystery
Lost
Lost these people
Lost to our memories
It's like these people have never existed at all
Lost
Lost from our memories
Never to return to live here again

All the lives these people lived are gone
Nothing remains but holes in our memory
Nothing remains but holes in our history
Every life these ones lived are gone
These ones no longer exists in our space and time

Gone
Gone are those people
Gone from our memories
It's like these people have never lived among us at all
Gone
Gone from our memories
Never to return to live with us again
Track Name: Faded Footprints
Faded Footprints

v1.
I look at you and I see here is my love
A love that we share so free and so true
And all the problems that we have are fading footprints in the sand

Different places we could be
Different people who could know
That's not how it is and that's not how we grow
All those could be's are faded footprints in the snow

refrain:
For you my love there is nothing I regret
There is no one else I want to be with
There is no one who I will completely trust
For you my love everything else is faded footprints in the dust

v2.
I look at you and I know you are my love
A love that you give so free and so real
And all the troubles in our lives are fading footprints in the sand

The knowledge that we have learned
The knowledge that we can teach
All the love we have is within our reach
All we once were are faded footprints on the beach
Track Name: Stab Him in the Heart
Stab Him in the Heart

V1.
And I don't know why he still has affection for you
Some kind of addiction he has for you
He gives you everything in his heart
He gives to you every single part
And Each time he does
You go and stab him through the heart

V2.
You sing of love
and you sing of wonderous things
But I see behind your words is your hate
You're not one who will contemplate
Your are a soul filled with unbridled hate
Stabbing over and over you are an ingrate
Ungrateful, Unloving, Disrespecting, Foul Minded, Masquerading filth

refrain:
Go on and do it, Stab him in the heart,
We're all watching
Go on and do it, Stab him in the heart
We're waiting for you to do it
Go on and do it, Stab him in the heart
We all know you want to do it
Go on and do it, Stab him in the heart
Go on, go on, go on
Go on and do it, Stab him in the heart

v3.
And I don't know why he still is attracted to you
Some kind of obsession he has for you
He gives you everything he's earned
He gives to you every single thought
And each time he shows you
You go and stab him through the heart

v4.
You sing of love
and you sing of wonderous things
But I see behind your words is your hate
You're the one who will discriminate
Yours is a soul filled with unbridled hate
Stabbing over and over you don't hesitate
Ungrateful, Unloving, Disrespecting, Foul Minded, Masquerading filth

bridge:
He deserves some one so much better than you
But to convince him, its impossible to get through
Track Name: An Angel's Guilt
An Angel's Guilt

refrain:
It's an Angel's guilt that we carry with us
Never being what we set out to be
We get side tracked
Always failing at what we set out to be
We get hi jacked
We carry a guilt when we don't achieve
Is it some thing we lacked
We carry a guilt that is not ours
Feeling we're being attacked
It's all about letting that guilt go
And letting our soul's know the facts

v1.
I lost track of what I set out to be
a burden of guilt I carry with me
Some where between Heaven and earth
It all started with my birth
I got off track with my life's mission
Now I'm carry guilt with a hard life lesson

v2.
I have failed at what I set out to be
a burden of guilt I carry with me
Some thing has gone terribly wrong
When it started it didn't take long
I went all wrong with my life's purpose
Now I've lost track of who and what I can trust

v3.
this guilt I have not achieving my goals
a burden filled with so many holes
Some thing has me going sideways
I am losing track of the days
I went off the path with my life's direction
Now I don't know if I still have my connection

v4.
This guilt is not mine
I know I can get along fine
This guilt is not for me
I know I can get by perfectly
This guilt is not true
There are no punishing dues

v5.
This guilt is imaginary
I can let it go unconditionally
This guilt is contradictory
Letting it go is self explanatory
This guilt is artificial
Releasing it is my capital
Track Name: Micky Kingston
Micky Kingston

V1.
That was the night we killed Micky Kingston
a lonely groups of kids
We couldn't take any more
from the evil creature who stalked us
Who beat us
Who terrorised us

v2.
That was the night we killed Micky Kingston
With a stake or steel through his heart
it was the only way
to stop the beating and the thieving and the terror we lived through
and to this day twenty years passed
No one ever asked about Micky Kingston again

v3.
I ran away from home when I was twelve
I couldn't take the hate and the anger
and the beatings every night
I ran away from home to find a better place
And any place, no matter how bad
it couldn't be that bad

v4.
It was a group of kids like me.
Boys and girls living on the streets
Each one starving, Starving for food
for attention, for just a little real love

V5
But then there was him.
Micky Kingston ruled the streets
He sold drugs, he hurt the kids, he killed for fun
And no one saw what he did.
No one that is, except me.

refrain 1
I watched and I waited and I secretly planned
To kill Micky Kingston where he stands

v6
I had a plan and I could trust only two
Writer was 14 and Tony was 15
They hated Micky more than me.
They wanted him dead more than me

refrain 2
We watched and we waited and we secretly planned
To kill Micky Kingston with our hands

v7
Micky came through the alley on his rounds
Nasty and looking for some one to cause pain
That's when, from behind, I took a bat to his knees
and down he went to the cement ground

refrain 3
We planned and we waited and we carried out our plan
And we killed Micky Kingston with bats in our hands

v8.
Micky had two lackeys to watch his back.
They didn't watch it this night
They were on the ground with him
With base ball bat holes in their heads.

refrain 4
We waited and we watched and we carried out our plan
And we beat Micky Kingston to death with our hands

v9
Writer took that stake of steel
Drove it through Micky's heart
That was the end for him.
That was the end of it all

refrain 5
We waited and we planned and completed our deed
And we buried Micky Kingston in an empty field of weeds.

bridge 1
No one said anything
No one said anything at all
No one came looking
No one came looking at all

v10
Weeks passed and Life moved on.
The social services took me in
They sent me to a happy home
And I grew up happy and content

bridge 2
And
No one came looking
No one came looking at all
No one was asking
No one was asking at all
About what happened to Micky Kingston
Track Name: What is it You See in Me
What is it You See in Me

v1.
I was wondering today
While you had gone away
What is it that makes you stay
Here
with me

v2.
I was wondering this time
For some reason or rhyme
Why you haven't left me behind
here
alone

refrain:
I don't understand what drives you on
Other women have packed and gone
But you're still here still with me
What is it in me that you see

v3.
I am wondering constantly
The love you share consistently
You behave so unexpectedly
love
loving me

v4.
I am wondering confusedly
The choice you've made decidedly
No other woman shows comparably
now
to you

end
I don't understand, No I don't understand
What is it that drives you on
Other woman, All the other women
Have all packed and gone
But you're still here, Yes, you're still here, with me
What is it in me, exactly what is it in me, that you see
Track Name: Not Useless, Not Worthless
Not Useless, Not Worthless

refrain:
I'm listening to what you say
I'm not listening to what you spout
I don't have time for your self doubt
You're not useless, you're not worthless
I believe you are blessed
and you're the best friend I ever had

v1.
Tragedy befalls you and I know you're wounded to the bone
But you have to understand you have nothing to atone
You don't have to go through life feeling you are alone
Because every one sees the radiance you have shown

v2.
Misery stalks you and I know you feel it deep in your soul
The depression you walk through will never bury you whole
Your spirit is a jewel the darkness hasn't stole
I know no matter the pressure you will never fold

v3.
Any lesser being would have rolled over and died from this
Could Any wiser person figure out what is amiss
I doubt many would make it through half of your list
And many more would get lost through all the turns and twists
Track Name: Friends Don't Leave Friends Behind
Friends Don't Leave Friends Behind

refrain:
You don't have to ask why
You don't need to know how
I'm here and that's all that matters
We are all here and that's all that counts
Friends don't leave friends behind

v1.
You've had some problems
And I'm here to lend a hand
Yes I know you can't take the money
Yes I know you find it hard to take the help
That doesn't matter to me
That's what Friends do

v2.
You're having some troubles
And I've come to give you a hand
Yes I know you can't take the money
Yes I know you find it hard to accept help
But this doesn't matter to me
This is what friends do

v3.
Things are unraveling
This now is when friends mean the most
Yes I know you won't take the money
Yes I know you find it hard to receive help
It doesn't matter to me
This what a friend will do