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Lyrics written by Paul Archer cover a variety of genres from classical to pop and jazz.

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Gypsy Girl
A cycle of seven songs with lyrics inspired by the fiery passion and plaintive poignancy of traditional flamenco songs. The lyrics tell a story of love from first meeting to longing and despair and mature reflection. The music was composed by Mike Watts. The first performance by Fiona Stuart-Wilson (soprano) and Bernard Robertson (piano) was on 13th April 2015. A recording by Sarah Leonard (soprano) and Nigel Foster (piano) was released on CD by the Divine Art label in January 2018.

A Quartet of Songs
A cycle of four songs and duets with lyrics inspired by traditional English and Portugeese folk songs. The music was composed by Mike Watts and the first performance was on 2nd November 2014.

Song of Songs
A new English language version of the Song of Songs from the Old Testament designed for a cantata for two soloists and chorus. The text has been arranged into a dramatic sequence and forms a delightful story expressive of passionate love and sexual longing. The text has not yet been set to music.


Paul has also made translations into English of a selection of Italian, French and Spanish song lyrics from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, click on this link to read more: Translations of early music texts


Paul reveals a lighter, more romantic, side to him in these lyrics for light entertainment. Click on the titles to read the lyric:

I won't ask you...
Riviera reverie

Love is the lord of all
Your next text
It's funny what a drink can do
After all these years

Menú del dia
Seeing you today
Three special words
The highway of love

The last to leave
Good old friends and the fellowship of men

The lyrics below were written in the 90's in Tokyo for 'The Gaijin Band'.

All night through
Can we still be friends?
Good knows how I loved you
Hell and high water
I'll be the one
Incredibly in your arms
Late at night
Less than a lover, more than a friend
Love saves you
Night bird
One in fifteen billion
Raise the roof
Seconds away
Sensation searching man
Sign on the line
Silent conversation
Starlight ferry
That distant land
Villa Tropicana

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