The Finchley Waltz

from by Robin Grey



This track was written whilst driving a small white van from London to Stafford with a load in the back and a load on my mind.


| C | C/B | Am | Am Am/G | F | G | C | G |
I daydreamed for hours in the traffic jam as the good guys and the bad guys stopped play.
On the radio politicians dutifully opine which liberties they’re taking away.
| Am | % | Em | % | F | % | G | G A B {bass} |
“Please sir, have you seen my innocence? It was hanging up there on my door.
| C | C/B | Am | Am Am/G | F | G | C | G |
And sure it was looking quite tattered but I had things I was keeping it for.

I guess I’ve seen too many movies; I believe in love at first sight.
My heart just slammed into a beautiful brick wall – it's keeping me up late at night.
Maybe I spent too much time dreaming when I could have been joining in.
Pulling the hair of the pig-tailed girl was wrong but it wasn’t a sin.

I got lost on the way out of London listening to Leonard Cohen’s words.
Diverted by police chasing angry young men, who will die just so they get heard.
There’s something about this fine city that will always bring a tear to my eye.
I guess I left most of my innocence here, I can’t say I remember why.

I need to go buy me some new clothes; the famous blue raincoats worn through.
A last thought as I finally hit open road, London fades in the rear-view.
This song is just for you and I, and any other dreamers around
Who know how it feels to be back on the road
Without knowing quite where they're bound.

Although I’ve seen too many movies, I know now that you’re not the one.
'Cos something you said just got stuck in my head for a moment and then it was gone.
The night was a womb to my headlights; the horizon was a mirror to my soul.
I sing to the silence and the darkness around till I finally made my way home.


from More Than Today, released January 12, 2014
Recorded at
Abbot Street Studios (Dalston) by Jimmy Friend
and Dalston Culture House by Robin Grey

Mixed by Dean Firth and Robin Grey
Mastered by Dominique Brethes at Flow Mastering (Brixton)

Basia Bartz - Violin
Caitlin Roberts - Accordion
Candy Parfitt - Backing vocals
Robin Grey - Vocals, ukulele and guitar