Hold out for summer

by Paul Castle

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"Paul Castle writes the kind of songs that make songwriting the valuable and worthy trade it is. Well crafted intelligent lyrics set to contagious melodies and artists like Frances Black and others have been quick to realise this and snap up his material. 'Hold Out For Summer', a 6-track ep perfectly illustrates his musical and lyrical attributes. 'Write Him A Letter' and 'Louise (Kick Off Your Dancing Shoes)' are the tuneful radio playlist staples while 'Just About Leaving' leaves a melancholy yet powerful after effect, while the wistful title track nails his melodic colours to the mast. 'Old Bear TV Theme Song' shows another side with an infectious children's song. 'Hold Out For Summer' proves the art of quality songwriting is alive and well."
[John O'Regan, Broadcaster/Freelance Journalist]

"My kind of music, redolent of that heyday of singer songwriters"
[Tim Blackmore, The Unique Broadcasting Co (ref BBC Radio 2)]

"Lovely lovely album"
[Nonny James, BBC Local Radio]

"Paul, you don't know me. But I just bought your CD in a charity shop for £1.00 - it's really good. Cheers!"
[anon]

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released February 22, 2012

All songs written and performed by Paul Castle
Paul Castle, vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Peter Falkner, acoustic and electric piano
Damian A. Dorelli - piano (on 'Just about leaving')
Bob Cairns - guitar, b.vocals (on 'Louise')
Pete Ward - bass, b.vocals (on 'Louise')
John Davies - flute, b.vocals (on 'Louise')
Mat Fox - hammered dulcimer (on 'Old Bear theme song')
Alison Goldfrapp - b.vocals (on 'Old Bear theme song')

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Track Name: Write him a letter
WRITE HIM A LETTER
by Paul Castle

1. Me oh my, such a sad sigh
She woke up this morning with a tear in her eye
Her boy was gone, he was on the run
Rolling down the freeway in search of a song

Chorus:
So write him a letter from your heart
Tell him that you miss him since you've been apart
Write him a letter and drag him back to your arms

2. Sun went down all around
She's standing on the corner of this dirty old town
Feeling lost, double crossed
Her heart is dull and empty covered over with frost

Chorus:
So write him a letter from your heart
Tell him that you miss him since you've been apart
Write him a letter and drag him back to your arms-

(Middle eight)
It's a different story by the light of day
It'll end in glory no matter what you say

3. He'll be back I guarantee that
Rolling down the freeway with the sun on his back
So delighted to be in view
How could he resist someone as lovely as you?

Chorus:
So write him a letter from your heart
Tell him that you miss him since you've been apart
Write him a letter and drag him back to your arms

© Paul Castle (PRS)
Track Name: Just about leaving
JUST ABOUT LEAVING
(© Paul Castle)

It's not about the driving rain
It's not about the days of change
It's not about feeling lost or feeling strange
It's not about the empty room
It's not about the house repair
It's not about a passionate song
Left hanging in the air
It's just about leaving (repeat x 3)
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It's not about the way you look
On a Friday night
All dressed up and looking for a fight
It's not about where I was at 2am
It's not about the jealous stare
Of all those other men
It's just about leaving (repeat x 3)
-
It's not about the way you make
Your garden grow
We both know what you reap
You also sow
It's not about the whys and wheres
It's not about who really cares
It's not about the way I feel
As I climb those stairs
It's just about leaving (repeat x 3)
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It's not about the driving rain
It's not about the days of change
It's not about feeling lost or feeling strange
It's not about the empty room
It's not about the house repair
It's not about a passionate song
Left hanging in the air
It's just about leaving (repeat x 3)

It's just about leaving to get here


© Paul Castle (PRS)
Track Name: Louise (kick off your dancing shoes)
LOUISE (KICK OFF YOUR DANCING SHOES)
by Paul Castle

Chorus
Louise, kick off your dancing shoes
He's a married man, he don't belong to you
Louise, what you trying to prove?
Leave that man alone, he don't belong to you

1. You betrayed your very best friend
She caught you late last night
Now you want to make amends
For starting that fight in the middle of the night

Chorus
Louise, kick off your dancing shoes
He's a married man, he don't belong to you
Louise, what you trying to prove?
Leave that man alone, he don't belong to you

Middle eight:
All he wanted was a shoulder to cry on
The warmth of a woman's breast
You took advantage with your casual caress

Chorus
Louise, kick off your dancing shoes
He's a married man, he don't belong to you
Louise, what you trying to prove?
Leave that man alone, he don't belong to you

2. You encouraged her to make the break
With your criticism and you schemes
When all along you were on the make
And now it seems he's the man of your dreams

Chorus
Louise, kick off your dancing shoes
He's a married man, he don't belong to you
Louise, what you trying to prove?
He's a married man, he don't belong to you


© Paul Castle (PRS)
Track Name: House
HOUSE
by Paul Castle

1. Driving homeward late at night
Through city streets lit up in amber light
The whole world's sleeping not a soul in sight
My mind it drifts back to another time
When I first came here on the Northern Line
When I first met you and your eyes met mine
But that was long ago and far away
But it seems like just yesterday

Chorus:
After all these years I still think about you
After all these years you're still on my mind
After all these years I still have dreams about you
After all we've been through we survived
Thank God our love is still alive

2. We stopped outside a house where we once lived
It looks the same now as it always did
Well nothing changes just the one you're with
The windows closed, the curtains drawn
No sign that this is where our love was born
No sign of absolutely anyone at all
But that was long ago and far away
But it seems like just yesterday

Chorus:
After all these years I still think about you
After all these years you're still on my mind
After all these years I still have dreams about you
After all we've been through we survived
Thank God we're both still alive

© Paul Castle (PRS)
Track Name: Hold out for summer
Hold out for summer
by Paul Castle

Hold out for summer the lady she begs
It's so much better then, it's warm instead
We can go swimming in the blue blue pools
The sun is hot but the water's cool
I want to see the sun go down
All around this prairie town
I want to see the sky turn gold
I want to see Red River flow
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Hold out for summer it won't be long
Before the thaw and the snow's all gone
We can go walking in the fields of corn
The sun is hot and our love so strong
I want to see the Northern Lights
Dance above the lakes at night
I want to see the sky turn gold
I want to see Red River flow
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Hold out for summer the lady she begs
It's so much better then, it's warm instead
We can go swimming in the blue blue pools
The sun is hot but the water's cool
I want to see the sun go down
All around this prairie town
I want to see the sky turn gold
I want to see Red River flow

© Paul Castle (PRS)