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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas - two songs

I hope you all are having a great Christmas today.

Over the past few weeks I've been inspired by the season and written a couple of Christmas-themed songs that I thought I'd share as a present to you.


The first was written for a radio interview and is the live recording from that day - I basically didn't want to sing a carol, so rustled one up myself. Props to Si for playing guitar with no rehearsal and only a rough voice memo to learn it from.

The second is a wee home recording, maybe one day I'll record it properly, but for now it's hopefully just a nice vibe for you.

Enjoy your family and friends and make the most of the season and thank you for listening. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be a huge year, so I'll catch you then.

It's Christmas Time I'm Told

Christmas Again

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jordie Lane

On Sunday evening I had the privilege of attending a great little gig in Auckland that showcased a bunch of very talented folk musicians.

Three NZ artists took the stage for short sets before the headliner, an Australian called Jordie Lane, finished off the evening. Katie Scott, Matt Langley and Mel Parsons were the Kiwi acts and all impressed in their own ways - Parsons' voice in particular was a highlight for me - but Jordie Lane definitely showed his class as a true storyteller in a genre that needs more of the type.

This guy is one of those old-souls, or just someone particularly gifted in expressing a sense of wisdom and worldliness in his songs that belies his appearance - much like my beloved Laura Marling! Plus, his tunes were great, his musicianship was impressive and he was personable on stage in a way that a lot of Kiwi singer-songwriters could take note of - humble and funny, without any shy awkwardness.


I was actually lucky enough on the night to win a copy of his latest album from a bucket draw (last time I won one of those things it was a meat-pack, so this was huge!) and I've been listening to it in my car the past few days, just to make sure he's not one of those acts you see live that you love only to find their recordings let them down. I was in luck again - it doesn't. It's great.

Have a listen to the below tracks and, if you like them, please go out and buy his album off iTunes, you'll not regret it.



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Album lyrics

Just to stop any confusion out there (there are some strange interpretations going around), here are the definitive lyrics to the songs on my band's latest album, World Comes Calling.


THE STREET
Verse 1
Meet me in the street, where we used to go
Find out what you need, with a single look
I never ask much of you love
I never ask much of you love
I never ask much of you love

Verse 2
Meet me in the street, where we used to go
Rising memories, of a simple world.

I never ask much of you love
I never ask much of you love
I never ask much of you love

Chorus
We’re the best at believing
But the last ones to be heard
Will you fight just to breathe this?

Bridge
Meet me on our street tonight, we’ll ride, we’ll ride
History repeats tonight, we’ll ride, we’ll ride

Chorus
We’re the best at believing
But the last ones to be heard
Will you fight just to breathe this?

Outro
Meet me on our street tonight, we’ll ride, we’ll ride
History repeats tonight, we’ll ride, we’ll ride


DOWN INSIDE
Verse 1
You and I, we’re different thinkers
You’re stuck in time, I’m a future boy
Don’t tie me up, for no good reason
Then rip me off, then rip me off, right down inside
Chorus
Who, who are you to say this music dies?

Who, who are you to lose this paradise?
I, I’m never gonna leave this paradise…

Verse 2
Fill me up, with a sweet illusion
Then send me blind, through a pack of wolves
Oh Mr Man, did you think I’d return?
To rip you off, then rip you off, right down inside
Chorus
Who, who are you to say this music dies?

Who, who are you to lose this paradise?
I, I’m never gonna leave this paradise…
Bridge
You’re too late mister, I’m way too gone
I said you’re too late Mr Sorry, I’m way too gone, way too gone.

Chorus
Who, who are you to say this music dies?
I, I’m never gonna leave this paradise…
Who, who are you to say this music dies?
I, I’m never gonna leave this paradise…

WON’T STOP
Verse 1
You talk of a victory, you never won
Then send your confession, t’far and beyond
You fly with the fables, then pass the buck
Parade with your people, you did not earn it

Chorus
No I won’t stop breathing, if you don’t call
No I won’t stop breathing

Verse 2
Your eyes are aligned now, with every star
When one flickers brighter, you buckle up and then
You send your ship past heaven
You send everything you own
To the world you’re a princess – you did not earn it

Chorus
No I won’t stop breathing, if you don’t call
No I won’t stop breathing
No I won’t stop breathing, even if you talk
No I won’t stop breathing, won’t stop

Bridge
I told you darling not to follow this road
Walk on, walk on x4

(Chorus with bridge continued)
No I won't stop,
No I won't stop breathing,
No I won't stop,
I told you darling do not follow this road.

I won't stop breathing If you don't call,
No I won't stop breathing no,
No I won’t stop breathing, even if you talk
No I won’t stop breathing,

Chorus
If you don't call,
No I won’t stop breathing, even if you talk
No I won’t stop breathing, won’t stop breathing.

WHO SAID YOU'RE FREE
Verse 1
I want a young love, I want a second sun
I want the blink of an eye back from burning
I need a new scar, I need a lucky last
I need a gift, get high on my birthday

Pre-ch
Who. Said, You’re. Free

Chorus
We’re just tryna live a good life look at us
We’re just tryna live a good life look at us
Well who said, who said you’re free?
To take this freedom away from me.
Who said you’re free? who said you’re free?

Verse 2
I wanna be sure, I need a final call
My. Lord. Love me like a waterfall
I wanna see dead, I want a few regrets
I need a break, flying with a cigarette

Pre-ch
Who. Said, You’re. Free

Chorus
We’re just tryna live a good life look at us
We’re just trying, tryna live a good life
We’re just tryna live a good life look at us, look at us yeah
Well who said, who said you’re free?
To take this freedom away from me.

Bridge

Pre-ch
Who. Said, You’re. Free

Chorus
We’re just tryna live a good life look at us
We’re just tryna live a good life look at us
Well who said, who said you’re free?
To take this freedom away from me.
Who said you’re free? who said you’re free?
Who. Said. You’re. Free.

COME ONE, COME ALL
Verse 1
Each time I walk by, everybody wants to know why
This land gives me life, this blood can only let me strive
I give what you need, if you will only follow me

Pre-ch
So open up and feel the noise
Come and follow all the girls and boys

Chorus
Come one, come all
This town is home
Come one, come all
There’s no need to roam, this town is home

Verse 2
Each time you move on, just think about where you belong
Move on, mobilise, I’ll wait for you to realise
Pre-ch
Chorus

Bridge
Come one, come all, to the town I was born in, you’ll never know, where you’ve been before…
Come one, come all. Come one, come all – we could take this, we could.

Chorus

Outro

Come one, come all. Come one, come all – we could take this, we could take this
Come one, come all. Come one, come all – we could take this, we could take this

WORLD COMES CALLING
Verse 1
This is where we will live, this is where we will die
There’s no one to run to, and no place to hide
There’s one to turn to, no world running wild

Pre-ch
So what you gonna do when the world comes calling?
What you gonna do when the world comes calling?

Verse 2
This is where we exist, this is where we will fight
There’s no one to save us, this flat earth we’ve made
We’re blind to the burden, of digging our graves

Pre-ch

Chorus
What you gonna do when they reach out for you?
Tell me you don’t think about it, you never think about,
What you gonna do when the world comes calling.

Bridge
And I still recall the answer, as it rained down from high
You said:
What you gonna do? x 6

Pre-ch
Chorus
Chorus

TOO YOUNG TO WONDER
Verse 1
Give us direction
Shine through the dark
Run with our wishes
Mind disregard

Chorus
I don’t, I don’t wanna give you up
I don’t, I don’t wanna give you up
We’re too young to wonder

Verse 2
Roll with the ocean
Take what you find
Walk with a whisper
Break wrong from right

Chorus
I don’t, I don’t wanna give you up
I don’t, I don’t wanna give you up
I don’t wanna give you up
We’re too young to wonder

Bridge
Feel no perception
Lose every sigh
Feet far from frozen
Break through goodbye

Chorus
I don’t, I don’t wanna give you up
I don’t, I don’t wanna give you up
I don’t wanna give you up
I don’t wanna give you up

We’re too young to wonder

LISTEN
Verse 1
She was born with a grey and aimless mind
She was born, with a chance that she denied
Oh, she caught my eye

Verse 2
Lucy went, to a house every Friday night
Working for her man, believing that her name would shine
Oh, she caught my mind

Chorus
Everybody listen, there’s a riot in the air tonight
Listen, it’s a tragedy you can’t deny
Listen, she’ll be calling out your name tonight
Listen, everybody listen.

Verse 3
She had faith, oh god, she had won
Look beneath the sheets, this bed’s a fool for fun
Oh, she caught my mind. Oh, oh.

Chorus
Bridge
Chorus
Outro - adlibs

FRENCH GIRL
Verse 1
I can’t find what I need, in this stale stricken sea-town
I feel, I feel, I feel, like a stranger to love
I see, I see, I see, you on the TV I’m dreaming
Of finding what I need, the arms of a French girl

Chorus
I’d take a train through the night just to smell you on me
And the voice of an angel would settle this mind
Find, me a French girl
Gotta find, me a French girl

Verse 2
I know, I Know, I know, your eyes are a-searching
For what, I cannot say, but I hope I can shine
And though I’m far away, I’ll watch and I’ll get there
And one day I will find, the arms of a French girl

Chorus
I’d take a train through the night just to smell you on me
And the voice of an angel would settle this mind
Find, me a French girl
Gotta find, me a French girl

Find me
Find me

MARK MY WORDS
Verse 1
One last look before I go, I’ll never understand it
But I know we can be strong
Falling like an autumn leaf
I’m falling from the tallest tree
Into a time I don’t belong

Pre-ch
Mark my words that I’ll move on, and I will stay strong

Chorus
I let my lover walk, into the coming dark
I rest my hope in the daylight
And if the sun should rise, would you believe that when all is said and done
We’d be lost, if we should face, it all alone

Verse 2
One last touch before I go
One month and I will feel it more
One moment keeps the powder dry
Feeling like a done-for child, through it all I somehow smile
One moment keeps the flame alive

Pre-ch
Mark my words that I’ll move on, and I will stay strong x2

Chorus

Outro
One last look before I go, I’ll never understand it
But I know we can be strong
Falling like an autumn leaf
You’re falling from the tallest tree
Into my arms where you belong
Mark my words that I’ll move on, and I will stay strong x2

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I think I've found my summer album

Some sweet modern soul....well, not really modern-sounding, but I'll take it and not feel too bad as I'll throw it an a mix with Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye etc..

The album is called No Time For Dreaming by Charles Bradley...his name makes him sound like a PGA Tour pro, but you'll quickly ignore that once you a) see his album cover and b) hear him sing. Too good.


Here's a taste. Listen, then go buy it.