Play Something We All Know

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The offical Porvari debut CD “Play Something We All Know” Released on 23rd November 2007 and featuring eleven lyrically rich & melodically diverse songs written by Sam Whimpenny and arranged by Porvari

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released July 23, 2007

Porvari are:
Sam Whimpenny: guitars, vocals and percussion
Simon Meader: guitars, mandolins, harmonica, percussion

Artwork by Laina Watt

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Porvari Eastbourne, UK

Friends for more than 30 years and musical collaborators for over a decade, Porvari are founded on Sam Whimpenny's infinitely varied lyrically rich and melodically diverse songs enhanced by Simon Meader's guitar, mandolin and synths plus B.L. Underwood's encyclopaedic understanding of the recording process & occasional epic guitar solo. ... more

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Track Name: Genie
Genie (Sam Whimpenny)

Scientifically it can’t be true
Too much weight, too much inertia
But the proof is there in front of you
Flown here all the way from Persia

And the Genie is set free
He’s well qualified I hope you will agree
He’ll do anything you ask
Name your wish Sir, name that task

Intuition stares you in the face
There is something slightly scary
When you contemplate the Human Race
Life can be so damn contrary

And the Genie is set free
He’s well qualified I hope you will agree
He’ll do anything you ask
Name your wish Sir, name that task

Keep believing, keep your smile intact
You’re an accessory after the fact
Don’t ask for proof as a refusal will offend
Just keep believing till the end

Have another glass of irony
Take the chill from your illusion
I was watching but I did not see
Guess he escaped in the confusion

And the Genie is set free
He’s well qualified I hope you will agree
He’ll do anything you ask
Name your wish Sir, name that task
Track Name: Star Of The Show
Star Of The Show (Sam Whimpenny)

Dear John it's happening just like I said it would
The system is extolling what you planned
Dear John don't let it bite - it's teeth are sharp
And the syntax is what you and I won't understand
You should beware my friend
It is an evil road we must tread
Without a kindly word
We must accept what will not be said

Dear John don't let your mind run away from this
Give me another clue which I should know
Dear John don't crack, if you do the reason's gone
You alone can predict which way my mind might blow
I heard it was people like us
That were susceptible to prayer
But if we can close our ears
Then we can surely close their cares

Dear John you've been the helping hand more than once
If I can't repay I'll surely have to leave
Dear John your thoughts are so much clearer now
And what can a health fanatic life not achieve
An inkling of sympathy
Passes over my furrowed face
Please don't encourage him
He might just take my place

Don't you dare give in John
You're the star of the show!
Track Name: Watch Yourself
Watch Yourself (Sam Whimpenny)

Draw the curtains on inevitable night
Let your conscience do the rest
Less attention will be paid if you are right
Who’s to say who does it best?

I don’t mind I got a peace of mind I can’t share
You decide and I’ll be on your side anywhere

Please yourself I won’t be staying all that long
My farewell is imminent
Let the poet in me stay for one last song
Now suppose your anger’s spent

I don’t mind I got a peace of mind I can’t share
You decide and I’ll be on your side anywhere

Will you turn the tables on me once again?
I don’t think you’re capable
Now we’ve seen the “you” without his Sacrament
We can tear off the label

I don’t mind I got a peace of mind I can’t share
You decide and I’ll be on your side anywhere
I don’t mind I got a peace of mind I can’t share
I decide and I’ll be on your side anywhere
Track Name: For You
For You (Sam Whimpenny)

If you’re gonna call me make it soon
There’s nothing but the chances in your room

Who am I to answer for you?
Who am I to question you?

There’ve been a lot of changes since I saw you
If I knew the way I’d see it through

Who am I to answer for you?
Who am I to question you?

Got to know how you feel

I know what other people like to say
And there are other games that I could play

Who am I to answer for them?
Who am I to question too?

Got your message from a friend
Am I always last to know?
Don’t expect me to pretend
I know who’s starring in this show

Surreptitious glances will not do
There’s nothing you can ask that I won’t do

Who am I to answer for you?
Who am I to question you?
Track Name: Satellite Pictures
Satellite Pictures (Sam Whimpenny)

Like to catch the breeze this evening
I feel in need of it somehow
It’s a curtain for a meaning
That I just can’t help you now

Oh how would I call it?
If it was mine?
Oh who would I leave it to everytime?

The cumuli cling softly to the sky
A silver shower cuts me dry
Spark and sparkle meet this morning
In a perfect alibi

Oh too many dreamers
Not enough time
Oh how could a night be cruel everytime?

I took what I thought I wanted
If lessons are learned
Cuts that don’t always heal
Have got to be turned to my advantage

There is no ring in this engagement
Just a word that sees it through
If my master’s taking chances
It’s only fair I do too

And if I ever let you know
What a waste my feeling for you would be

The bridge is coming here to meet me
I no longer need to move
And the image pecks at shadows
That in turn must be improved

Oh Satellite pictures
On your TV
Oh Don’t be disheartened
It’s only me.
Track Name: When The Note Of The Engine Changes
When the Note of the Engine Changes (Sam Whimpenny)

Oh no
Will you forget that I said it
I’ve given the game away
Well I can read in those great green eyes
You’re not shocked what I say

It may be January sunshine
It could well be alcohol
It could be the way you look at me

But when the note of the engine changes
It’s never subtle I know
And when the note of the engine changes
We are in trouble
At least I hope so

You smile
But you’re not at all certain
I know I’m not number one
Yet
It’s not commitment I’m after now
Just a chance to give you some love
I may sound slightly romantic
I don’t really mean it that way
It’s just unstable semantics
Words can mean anything, they say

But when the note of the engine changes
It’s never subtle I know
And when the note of the engine changes
We are in trouble
At least I hope so

I had to know
Which way the flags would blow
And yes I know
We’re gonna make it somehow you can take it from me that

When the note of the engine changes
It’s never subtle I know
And when the note of the engine changes
We are in trouble
At least I hope so
Track Name: Chatterbox
Chatterbox (Sam Whimpenny)

Hadn’t you better practice walking on walls before you walk on me?
Don’t you think you’re prey to one or two pitfalls that you just can’t see

Don’t start rumours that you can’t defend
Don’t start rumours that upset your friends

Cos your friends may know the game
And it’s seldom in the frame
Before I know

Don’t go walking on me

A week or two ago you were on the level don’t you realise?
Many things you say have unintended gloss and I’ve some first class spies

Don’t start rumours that you can’t defend
Don’t start rumours that upset your friends

Cos your friends may know the game
And it’s seldom in the frame
Before I know

Don’t go walking on me

Lessons to be learned
Your heart may turn the tide
Your silence is the lie
That your desperation cannot hide

Don’t start rumours that you can’t defend
Don’t start rumours that upset your friends

Cos your friends may know the game
And it’s seldom in the frame
Before I know

Don’t go walking on me
Track Name: Shock To The System
Shock to the System (Sam Whimpenny)

With his dilettante glasses
And a handlebar moustache
He was a prime suspect for the movement
Handed his tradition down
With all his inhibitions
Of course it was me who needed improvement

Take it like a man
All I could hear was in that phrase
Take it like a man
It’s the kind of thing time can’t erase

I was a shock to the system
They said “Why d’you wanna mister?”
Shock to the system
Now everything’s blown, all you could have known
Take it like a man

Hair touching his nipples
On his face you saw the ripples
Of a smile about to break the ice
Stoic and impassioned
Like a Greek God out of fashion
He was silenced because he wouldn’t pay their price

Take it like a man
Something told me he knew too
Take it like a man
It was his expression that pulled him through

He was a shock to the system
They said “Why d’you wanna mister?”
Shock to the system
Now everything’s blown, all you could have known
Take it like a man
Track Name: Don't I Know You From Somewhere?
Don't I Know You From Somewhere? (Sam Whimpenny)

I think we got our wires crossed somehow don’t you?
Lying twice as fast as each other is fun
But we all tell stories, some of us tell the truth
Yes we all tell stories but some of us tell the truth

If I told you we’re in love would you believe me?
It’s not the time we spend together I’m sure
But we all keep secrets, some of us write them down
Yes we all keep secrets but some of them get us down

When I watch you play your part I’m so elated
But when I watch you disappear like that I’m so sad
Cos we all have mirrors but some of us really care
Yes we all got mirrors but some of us come upstairs

Oh brothers don’t you give me gane away
My life just ain’t the same these days
Oh Brothers don’t you giv my game away
If you do I’ll have a few strong words to say

Well we all got problems but some of us hide them well
Yes we all have problems but sometimes it’s hard to tell

I’ve seen that look of innocence on many a wild eye
I never trusted it before I ain’t meaning to try
Cos we all drink fruit juice but some of us drink as well
Yes we all drink fruit juice but sometimes it’s hard to tell

They say you’re a teaser, no more no less
Hmmmm, let me guess
They say that it’s true, say you’re Mrs. And all…
Well I’m well aware but I can’t say I care

Cos we all get Sunshine but some’s got modern freedom
Yes we all get Sunshine but some’s got more than freedom
Track Name: 1st May 1999
1st May 1999 (Sam Whimpenny)

There are words on this wind
If I listen they’re meaningless
When I let my head spin
Then they seem to begin again

Shine in my mind
And may you explain to me
That though life’s unkind
Not all of it needs to be

As I listen to time
Echoes seem to be answering
If I could catch the rhyme
Love might still hold a place for me

Shine in my mind
And may you explain to me
That though life’s unkind
Not all of it needs to be

As this breeze blows the world
Round another sunrisen sky
And the rays that are hurled
Show the way for us to decide

Shine in my mind
And may you explain to me
That though life’s unkind
Not all of it needs to be
Track Name: 3am Bradford To Capricorn
3am Bradford To Capricorn (Sam Whimpenny)

I am free
I’m tied down
I am lost
I am found
She’s in stay
Not in go
She’s in yes
Not in no
I’ve been to places where the light means summer
The snowflakes whisper and the wind’s a murmur
The subject may have been a source of friction
But I was left inside my own description
I’m the court
She’s the trial
I’m the Sun
She’s the dial
I’m the mask
She’s the face
I’m the time
She’s the place
The stars are shooting and the ice is melting
And act of mercy or a flooded delta?
The seconds sit upon the marble morning
They stop and stare as we watch them falling
I’m the grass
She’s the grail
I’m the shop
She’s the sale
I’m can hint
She can tell
I’m the wand
She’s the spell
Is she a comma or a complication?
The rain is listening to my elation
A change is wrought out of the Southern stations
I catch a market and I lose creation
I’m the cry
She’s the tear
I’m the glass
She’s the beer
We are two
We are one
We are halves
We are none