House of Sleep

by Toby Darling

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Original songs which I have remixed over the last few months


released January 20, 2017

All music and Lyrics by Toby Darling, except where indicated otherwise.




Toby Darling Winchester, UK

Amateur enthusiast.
Feel free to do anything you want with these tracks, I am not interested in making money from music.

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Track Name: House of Sleep
House Of Sleep

Intro: A9 Cmaj7 Bm7 Em x4

A9 Cmaj7 Bm7 Em
Shutters drawn, candles long out
C Am7 Em
You could think this was a dead place
A9 Cmaj7 Bm7 Em
But souls inhabit the halls, there’s people lying in these walls
C Am7 Em
And there’s life behind this silent face

Chorus A: Am7-Bm7-C-D
This is a house of sleep
Em – Am7 – Bm7 - C
Lovers talking only in dreams
Nothing is quite as it seems
Em – Am7 – Bm7 – Am7
In this house of sleep

Parties died, music don’t play
We speak only in our deaf tongue
Don’t say what we really feel, eyes shut with lids of steel
And forget those love songs we sung

Chorus B:
This is a house of sleep
Breathing just to stay alive
Easier to slumber than to try
In this house of sleep

Verse Instrumental

Dm7 Am7
Will you ever try to wake me
Whisper in my ear and shake me
Dm7 C
Say we gotta sort things out Am7-Bm7-C-D
But I don’t think we’ll ever make it out of this
Em D Am7
House of sleep

Chorus A, B etc
Track Name: It's Raining on my Piano (Darling/Maertens)
It's Raining On My Piano

Intro: E F#m x4

E G#m A G#m
Listen to the silence....of this heavy sky
E G#m A G#m
Clouds are rolling in, sky's about to cry,
E G#m A G#m
Lightning's in the distance, can you feel its light?
E G#m A B
Have you an umbrella? Oh... the thunder....

E F#m
There's a storm in this song
E F#m
It's raining on my piano
E F#m
Don't know where I went wrong
E F#m
It's raining on my piano
C#m7 B
How can emptiness
F#m G#m
Take up so much space?
E F#m
It's raining on my piano
G#m F#m
I can't write, this way

The cold is setting in, turning all to ice,
What have I to do? Tell me, what's the price?
I put out my heart, with ink from my eyes,
Taste the truth it brings, Touch the hues it cries


C#m7 G#m7 F#m7 G#m7
I must run for shelter, while I wonder why...
Silence is the answer, every time I try Moro mou...(Moro mou)....
Don't you know I love you? Paidi mou...(Paidi mou)...
Are you, that far, blind? Can't you see I need you?
I'm losing my mind As I whisper "Mava mou, Please open his eyes",
"He's so lonely and so cold, Give me courage, make me bold"


E F#m E F#m
These words are but purple, without melody
E F#m G#m A
I need you, my Love....Write these words with me.

Chorus Instrumental

The cold is setting in, turning all to ice,
What have I to do? Tell me
Track Name: The Girl In the Distance
Here is an acoustic remix of a song I wrote about 15 years ago.

The Girl In the Distance

Gm7 Cm7
Crossing over hills
Dm7 Gm7
Swimming over seas
Cm7 Dm7 Gm7
Looking hard as I can to find her

I think I see her face
Is that her waving
Seems like she's waiting for me then she's nowhere

Cm7 Dm7 Gm7
The girl in the distance
Cm7 Dm7 Gm7
Always a step away
Cm7 Dm7 Gm7
One day I know I'm going to find her
Cm7 Dm7 Gm7
The girl in the distance

I don't know her name
Don't care where sh'es going
All I know is I got to search
Till I meet her

verse instrumental

Fm7 Gm7
Seems like I've spent
A life on my own
Dm7 Gm7
I need her now
Dm7 Gm7
Why can't she just stop
Dm7 Cm7 Gm7
She knows I'll be waiting

Chorus etc
Track Name: Ghost of a Ghost
Ghost of a Ghost

Intro: Em F#m Em F#m Bm7 C#m7 F#m7

Em F#m7
So reality bites
Em F#m7
And spits you out the other side
Bm7 C#m7
Turns to change your world
So you’ve nowhere left to hide

And you know
Existence is just suffering
A game played on a child
With no rhyme or reason

Chorus A:
Bm7 C#m7
I’m just a ghost
Bm7 C#m7
A ghost of a ghost
Bm7 C#m7
Rattling round this home
Since you’ve gone

Memories bring pain
And photos cut like a knife
Its gonna take more than time
To bring me back to life

No more religion
Or words to comfort the soul
Just a blank screen of loss
And centuries to grow old

Chorus B:
I’m just a ghost
A ghost of a ghost
Don’t scare noone but myself
Since you’ve gone

Chorus instrumental
C#m7-Bm7 C#m7 – Bm7
There can be silence here
Let the light not shine
C#m7-Bm7 C#m7 – Bm7
Move slowly only by night
Till the days have died

Chorus A/B etc
Track Name: Best and Worse
Best and Worse
Intro Am Em x4

E F#m Am Em Am Em Am Em
I need you, like the air that I breathe
E F#m Am Em Am Em Am Em
I want you, so bad I can't see what's going on

A G Bm7 A
Taking chances, the scarlet glances
Em F#m
The whispers in the corridor
Bm7 A
And my soul crying out for more

And when I'm lying here
Em F#m
In a place I shouldn't be
Thinking you're the best
And the worse thing that's happened to me

When you lit that spark, like flint on a dry desert heart
I felt love like I'd never known before, like you'd opened a hidden door
Led me crying, to your secret space
And I'd never find a better place
To call home

Verse instrumental

E F#m
But happiness don't come for free
With the joy there's the agony
Em F#m
Guilt like a screaming choir
Bm7 A
And desire like a raging fire

Chorus etc
Track Name: The Workhouse
The Workhouse

Em Bm
Cabinets filled with stuffed green woodpeckers
A Am
The market town's bustling while the Avon flows
Weasels and rabbits frozen in flight
Am Em
Like the busy footsteps in the afternoon light

Passing by my small shop front
Looking for fashion or gloves to wear
Not interested in foxes or dusty trout
Just strong Ringwood ale to see the day out

B F#m
And tomorrow they're going to take me...
To the workhouse
B F#m
And there I will spend the rest of my days
'Till typhoid takes my breath away
Bm A
And history buries me in an unmarked grave
C#m - E - D - A G
At the workhouse

So I'll walk through the forest one last time
Reach the leech lake where the swans swim in a line
Past roebucks and horses and a sweet chestnut copse
Say farewell to life as the sun drops

Yes I'll whistle a long forgotten tune
Em Bm
My Playford days and my Purley moons
And my craft and the gentle sound of a saw
Em G - A
And soft footsteps through the nursery door

Toby Darling 3/11/16
Track Name: Misere

Intro: G Am7 Em Bm7 Am7 Bm7
G Bm7
I'm gazing at an empty hand
Am7 Bm7
Kings and Queens have flown away
G Bm7
I begged the aces stay around
Am7 G Bm7
The Joker had to change his mind anyway

The hearts left in your embrace
Clubs thought they'd join in too
Diamonds would have liked to stay
Spades had something else to do

Am7 G
You're holding all the cards
Am7 Em Am7
I can't win, ain't got a chance in this game of

G Am7
Em Bm7
I can't pull a single trick it's
G Am7
Em Bm7 Am7
You got me beat and I'm losing it

So you wanted sweet revenge
'Bout the way I treated you
Thought You'd get back what was lent
Move on to somebody new in this game of..
Verse Instrumental
Chorus etc
Track Name: Breamore

Em C6 C
Take the lane from the Bat and Ball
Am7 Em
Down to the Avon and the fields of marsh
Em C6 C
Onto the platform at Breamore Halt
Am7 Bm7
Heading north up along the old railway's course

Moss grown fence-posts and new-grown trees
Dead sweetcorn, rusted iron, water either side
A widened road runs up to Salisbury
Steam became petrol as the old line died

Am Bm7
No trace remains of the day in June
Am G
When the rolling-stock screamed with the sounds of pain
F Em
And this place became a scene of doom
Dm E7
And they lurched like a drunkard into the drain

G#m7 C#m7 G#m7 C#m7
Make a chant for Emily, Lilian, Mary and George
A F#m C#m
Om Taro Tuttare Ture Svaha
G#m A E F#m
Incense and flowers so they don't need stay more
Am Dm Am
Trapped in the hiatus of their final hour

Walk back across mist-laden chalk
Past the Gallows Hill and the Giant's Grave
The Tudor mansion and the Saxon church
As the crows and gulls circle the end of the day

Am7 Bm7
Stop a while in the Bat and Ball
Am G
Where Sunday diners soak up the warmth
F Em
And know nothing of 1884
Dm Am
When this place became a morgue

(c) Toby Darling Dec 12th 2016
Track Name: When You Fall Down
When You Fall Down

Intro: riff around Em B A

If absolute power corrupts and leads to decay B A
Then you must be the foulest of them all
Swinging your weight knowing you’re above the law B A
Knowing that no one dare answer your call

But you better make sure you stay at the top
G F#m
While you’re surrounded by victims of your crimes
Em D
Cos the moment the crown starts to drop
C D B7
You’re going to face your reckoning time Em D C Am7
When you fall down
G D Am7
Yeh when you fall down
Em D C Am7
The ghosts of your sins will be banging at your door
G D Am7
When you fall down

It’s easy to think might is right
When you’re holding all the cards
You can twist the truth cos you can’t be denied
But when you crash you’ll come down hard

When you fall down
Yeh when you fall down
The mills of god grind slow but small
When you fall down

Chorus intr

G D Am7
Evil always kills itself in the end
D Am7 Em
And the truth will find its way out
G D Am7
But it won’t put right all the pain
D Am7 B7
And revenge starts the cycle all over again
Track Name: I'll Never Have You
I'll Never Have You

Intro: Am7 Em7 x4

Am7 Em7 Am7 Em7
I can dream a thousand nights
Am7 Em7 Am7 Em7
And tell myself all day long
Am7 Em7 Am7 Em7
'Bout how good we'd be together
Am7 Em7 Am7 Em7
How our love would turn out strong

Bm7 Am7
But all the times I tried Em7 Bm7
To get you close to me
Gm7 Am7
I knew deep in my heart
Dm7 G
Even a fool could see...

D Em F#m G-A
That I'll never have you
D Em F#m G-A Em7
No I'll never have you

I can walk a thousand miles
And tell myself on the way
'Bout the times we'd have together
And you'd never stray

But all the times I tried
To look you in the eye
I knew that after all
It was my wishful lie

'Cos I'll Never have you
No I'll never have you

Verse instrumental

I heard your voice the other day
Laughing with a friend
I heard you calling out my name
You said that 'till the end

I'd never have you
No I'll never have you
I'd never have you
No I'll never have you (etc fade)