"Cold Bread" as written by and John Patrick Vivian Flynn....
Well I'm sure you're near
And I can almost smell you
But the winds are up at the walls again

I can hear you coming
Heaven helped you coming
I believe in heaven it's a wait away

Did you learn just how I loved you?
Did you see how far I'd been?
Would you meet me in an hour?
I could tell you what I've seen
What I've seen

[Chorus]
Cold bread
Cold bread
We had

Would you whine in water
Pull your chips back in
So you crawl like a crab across black fries bridge
Suffer none to fade
Hit the homeward road
I'm a bowling green
A delivery boy

Have a heart that skips a beat
Oh come on
Roll along for free
In the middle of the morning
Swap your drinking nights with me
With me

[Chorus: x2]

I can live with dying
I can chew my bit
Play panic to my senses
And hijack my head
It's the rhythm of moving
And a rolling and a rattle
Its a giving instead
It's a well sprung bed
We can roll around forever
We can pray for all we've been
We can knock it hell for leather
We can call it all a dream
All a dream

[Chorus: x2]

For your outward bound
Remember what we found


Lyrics submitted by MuchTooMuch, edited by flynner, Macphisto12

"Cold Bread" as written by Joe Zeitlan Adam Beach

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  • +1
    General CommentJust pedantic things:

    But I think it's "I've a heart which skips a beat"
    And "Livery boy" - as in a stable-hand?

    x
    Coldbreadwehaveon September 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionAlso, I believe he says:

    Play pander to my senses
    not
    Play panic to my senses
    saintjudason April 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPut your wine in water
    Pull your chips back in
    So you crawl like a crab across Blackfriars Bridge.

    Not sure about the next bit.
    Macphisto12on September 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit goes:

    Put your wine in water
    Pull your chips back in
    So you crawl like a crab across Blackfriars Bridge
    ???
    Hit the homeward road
    I'm a bowling green
    I'm a livree boy
    I'm a heart that skips a beat
    Oh come on
    Roll along for free
    In the middle of the morning
    Swap your drinking nights with me
    With me

    I'm 99% sure.
    cora_reynoldson October 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank yous! All done :)
    MuchTooMuchon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read on a website that the missing lyrics are "suffer none to fade"....

    but to me it sounds like "suffer not to fade"

    The lyrics on that website started that verse off wrong though ("would you whine in water") so i guess that justifies me disagreeing with the missing lyrics... Here is the link:

    last.fm/music/Johnny+Flynn/_/Cold+Bread/…
    strunk218on July 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure he says:

    So you crawl like a crab across Blackfriar's Bridge
    Suffer not to fate
    Hit the homeward road
    saintjudason April 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionSo, I've got the vinyl in front of me which contains the lyrics. It's free verse, but I'll put it into stanzas as you lot have above. Some of the lyrics written down are different from what he sings, but most are the same. Lovely song!

    Cold Bread

    Well I'm sure you're near, and I can almost smell you,
    But the winds are up at the walls again.
    I can hear you coming-Heaven helped you coming-
    I believe in heaven it's a way away.

    Did you learn just how I've missed you? (recording: "how I loved you")
    Did you see how far I've been?
    Would you meet me in an hour?
    I could tell you what I've seen... what I've seen

    Cold Bread... Cold Bread... we had.

    Put your wine (not whine) in water pull your chips back in
    I saw you crawl like a crab across black friar's bridge
    Suffer naught to fate (as in, "take no chances"), hit the homeward road,
    I'm a bowling green, I'm a livery boy

    Have a heart that (which) skips a beat
    Oh, come on! Roll along for free
    In the middle of the morning.
    Swap your drinking nights with me... with me.

    Cold Bread... Cold Bread... we had. (x2)

    Genius musical interlude.

    I can live dying, I can chew my bit,
    And play pander to my senses and hijack my head
    Eat the rhythm of moving and a rolling and a rattle.
    It's a giving instead, it's a well sprung bed,
    We can roll around forever,
    We can pray for all we've been,
    We can knock it hell for leather
    We can call it all a dream... all a dream

    Cold Bread... Cold Bread... we had. (x2)
    jdedaluson September 12, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's 'boreen green' as in the colloquial irish term meaning 'green country road'
    which would be a reference to the scots song 'Star of the county down'
    Also, it's spelt 'livery', meaning clothing, or uniform.
    Osemajon January 20, 2015   Link

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