The Luckiest Man in the World

by Darren Lock

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As this year marks my fortieth year on this planet, I wanted to make a very personal album - an artistic statement, as it were - a musical attempt of sticking my flag into the soil and shouting "this is me!". Well, this is me. The Luckiest Man in the World...

Why "The Luckiest Man in the World" - well there are a number of reasons. Firstly, because I am blessed with a wonderful family who make me feel the luckiest man in the world. Secondly, because we've had a few close escapes and one event in 2008 could have nearly caused my demise. The event was such that it transformed me from someone who just drifted through life to someone who appreciated every moment each day brings. Then there are my kids who have added another layer of meaning to my existence.

The album was recorded relatively slowly during 2010 and marks a transitional period in my life. It represents an ending but also a beginning. I hope you enjoy it.

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released January 17, 2011

Darren Lock: guitar, six-string bass, keyboards and vocals.

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Track Name: Change of Life
Change of Life

You’ve got to change
Evolve
Don’t sit still
Find another way to go

It’s easy to stay
The same
In the old rut
Playing the same old game

Change your life
Take on new challenges
Change your life
And grow exponentially
Change your life
against the grain
Change your life
You’re not coming this way again

G o find something new
A way of life
To get your teeth into

Forget what you’ve
Been
Put that behind you
And start clean

Change your life
Take on new challenges
Change your life
And grow exponentially
Change your life
against the grain
Change your life
You’re not coming this way again
Track Name: In Starry Trees
In Starry Trees
We walk quickly
Hold my hand
Tightly as the moon
Waxes in the nightly
Sky high above us
Shining brightly

Hold on
Walking
Breathing
Talking
Wishing
Playing
Laughing
Praying

For this night
Will never end
Through the deep
Dark forest friends
Down to the river
Bank were walking
The river flows
As we’re still talking

In Starry Trees
We are walking
Hold my hand
And keep on talking
Cold night air
Upon our faces
Heading through
Unfamiliar places

Hold on
Walking
Breathing
Talking
Wishing
Playing
Laughing
Praying

Keep you both
So close to me
I’ll always be
Your daddy
To lead you through
The dark forest deep
Home to safety
To dream to sleep
Safely
To mum
And home
Track Name: You are Allowed to Enjoy This...
21st century
New morality
No time to worry
About the consequences
Do what you want
Do what you feel
It’s OK
Because none of this is real

You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this

Steal what’s not real
Live a yourself lie
Share your secrets
In a virtual world
Say what you want
Say how you feel
Shout into the void
‘Cos none of this is real

You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this

Report every thought
Like you are important
I know you
Better than you know yourself
Don’t sit on the fence
Have an opinion
Who cares what you think
‘Cos none of this is real

You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this
You are allowed to enjoy this

21st century
New morality
Nobody knows
What is right anymore
Indulge yourself
Expose yourself
Destroy yourself
‘Cos none of this is real
Track Name: Hold on Till Morning
And I lay here in the darkness
And I can hear the baby breathing
And I feel your heat beside me
And I pray I have the strength to carry on

The tension in my chest
Tightens like a press
And the world spirals
So far away from me

The Coils of Sleep
Won’t drag me deep
As I worry on the how’s and now’s
Trying to find a way out

And I hope I can hold on
Till the early morning birdsong
Signals I’ve survived another night
And I’m greeted by the same familial sight

And you’ll are there by my side
Track Name: Never Enough
Never Enough

The arrogance and ignorance
Means its never enough
To steal what is mine
And lie to my face
When confronted
Act like a mistake

The greed is one thing
But the games you play
And the things you say
Are beyond the pale
Didn’t you think
I could work it all out


It’s never enough
Never enough
I could give you everything I have
And you’d smile at me and extend a hand
Because it’s never enough
Never enough
You could take everything I own
And still be hungry and want more
Because it’s never enough
Never enough
Never enough
Never enough


The learning curve gets steeper
As the malevolence gets deeper
But this is an education
You can’t afford to buy

The thing is I can always change
But you will always stay the same
Like a book left open at the same old page

It’s never enough
Never enough
I could give you everything I have
And you’d pretend that you could be a friend
Because it’s never enough
Never enough
You could take everything I own
But you’d still leave the knife sticking out my back
Because it’s never enough
Never enough
Never enough
Never enough
Track Name: The Luckiest Man in the World
The Luckiest Man in the World

I might be a dreamer
I might be a fool
I might be a chancer
Who sticks to the rules

I might be a saint
I might be a sinner
I might be a loser
I’m certainly no winner

But you and me
We’ve got history
And memories
They can’t take away from me

I’ve gone to seed
And I’ve lost my hair
But you make me feel
The luckiest man in the world

I might be old
I might be jaded
You cannot argue
That my looks have faded

I might be a fighter
Who gave up the fight
I might be a guy
Who always tried to do what is right

But you and me
We’ve got history
And memories
They can’t take away from me

I’ve gone to seed
And I’ve lost my hair
But you make me feel
The luckiest man in the world
Track Name: It Seemed Such a Good Idea at the Time
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

What was I thinking?
It was the perfect plan
A way to take control
The best way to be a man

Stand up and be counted
Don’t get pushed around
But punch above your weight
And they’ll only knock you down

I never make mistakes
But this was the biggest and best
All that could go wrong went wrong
It all seemed like one big test

And you stumble
From one disaster to the next
And start to wonder
How you got into this fucking mess
And you hope
That everything turns out fine
It’s funny how
It seemed such a good idea at the time

You saw me coming
A fool and his money
To be parted quickly
But that joke isn’t funny

They sold off the family silver
Before you arrived
Death by four thousand cunts, more like
Wondering how you can survive

But you have your hand
The one that’s dealt you
And you play the game to your rules
And not the way they want you to

And you stumble
From one disaster to the next
And start to wonder
How you got into this fucking mess
And you hope
That everything turns out fine
It’s funny how
It seemed such a good idea at the time

Then you came out of nowhere
Found us, no surprise
I could sense it coming
From the moment I arrived



To see the stars through the missing wall
You running into the night
The smell of brick dust, gas and plaster
The car on its roof, smoking alight

A warzone brought to my door
You could have wiped us out
Lucky just my home was smashed
With us evacuated into the night

And you stumble
From one disaster to the next
And start to wonder
How you got into this fucking mess
And you hope
That everything turns out fine
It’s funny how
It seemed such a good idea at the time

So the process to begin again
And men who don’t care for you
Argue over the value of your sorrow
So you sit and wonder what you can do

I’ve learnt that there is no insurance
To fix the pieces of a broken mind
No compensation for the mental scars
As you wait for the healing time

Seconds into minutes into hours
Into days into weeks into months
And after a year you are back at the start
With no map, no compass or hope in your heart

And you stumble
From one disaster to the next
And start to wonder
How you got into this fucking mess
And you hope
That everything turns out fine
It’s funny how
It seemed such a good idea at the time
Track Name: Back to the Start
Back to the Start

Hoping
Waiting
To find
The answer to a question no-one asks

Knowing
Nothing
Ever comes
To those who wait

Finding
Something
To hold onto
In this game that we call life

Trying
Praying
To a god
That no longer cares for you

Standing
Watching
The world
As it spins out of view


Maybe
Take me
Back to the start
Before it all fell apart

Maybe
I’m crazy
To turn back the clock
Find a way to make this all stop

Then we
Can be
Happy?
Happy?

Seeing
Believing
All things
You thought you held true

Hearing
Feeling
The time
Is catching up on you

Trying
Finding
The world
Different from how you used to

Making
Breaking
The things
You do your best to hold on to

Freeing
Being
Leave behind
The ties that bind you
Track Name: Give It to You
Give it to You

You fix me here
A reason to be
Put my feet on the ground
Someone to be around
To take care
To hold you in my hands
To help me understand

See the shining stars in sky
Every one is there for you
Count them if you can
Hold them in your hands
And If I could give them to you
I’d give you everything
That I can