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released 27 October 2014

Kirsty McGee – Vox, Guitar, Flute, Bass Flute, Saw
Clive Mellor – Harmonica
Howard Jacobs – Drums, Percussion, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Waterphone, Berimbau, Whistling
Nick Blacka – Double Bass
James Steel – Electric Guitar
Biff Roxby – Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Flugelhorn, Tuba, Humming
Barkley McKay – Piano
Marc Ribot – Electric Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele

Produced by Kirsty McGee, Howard Jacobs and Barkley McKay
Recorded and Mixed by Barkley McKay at Valley Wood Studio
Additional recording by Nick Foots, Ryan Kelly & Biff Roxby
Mastered by Russ Hepworth-Sawyer at MOTTOsound

All songs by Kirsty McGee
All songs published by Kirsty McGee | Big Oak Songs
All content © 2014 Kirsty McGee | Big Oak Songs
All rights reserved

Special thanks to:

The wonderful, diverse and inspiring community of musicians that make up The Hobopop Collective – especially Nick, Howard, Biff, Clive, Barkley and James

Marc Ribot, Mary Ho, Nick Foots, Wytse Sterk, Ellen and Jessie at Fox, JD Foster, Ryan Kelly, Danny Boyle, Christian Coulson, Mike Gillespie, Rick Smith, Mark Roberts, Shellshock, Touch Tones Music, Russ at Mottosound, Barkley, Katherine and Georgia at Valley Wood Studio, Mat Martin, Lou Armer and everyone else who’s been responsible for bringing you this nestful of gorgeous demons.

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Track Name: Running With The Blues
What can you do when you’re all unknown
When you’re lost and you’re weary and you feel all alone
You’ve been wandering so long that you’re all skin and bone
You took the wrong path, baby, now you can’t come home

How do you care when your caring is through
When you’ve run yourself ragged when you’ve cried yourself blue
When you just keep on running but you don’t know where to
I took the wrong path, baby, I can’t come home to you

What do you do? What do you say?
When you don’t know why you’re running, you’re just running away
And day follows night sure as night follows day
You just keep on running keep your fears at bay

Who do you trust when your trust has been broken?
To speak your truth when a lie has been spoken
To hold somebody when your heart’s been harmed
How do you hold somebody in your arms?

How can I be now that I’m all alone
How can I taste that sweetness now your sweetness is gone?
I lost so much I’ve got nothing to lose
But you’re running on empty when you’re running with the blues

What do you do? What do you say?
When you don’t know why you’re running, you’re just running away
And day follows night as sure as night follows day
You just keep on running keep your fears at bay
Track Name: Salt
You put a lot of trust in that man
But his kisses barely grazed your broken heart
And his hot hands strayed before you gave them leave
I guess I could have told you that part

You came off lightly, no lasting damage done
Next time I guess you’re going to listen to my advice
If I told you once, I told you twice
There ain’t enough salt to melt that ice

He’s a cold man, he’s cold up to the level
And he does his level best to seem less so
And he’s fooled so many people so don’t take it to heart
It isn’t really such a body blow

He’s a cold man, he’s cold up to the brim
But it’s those crystal eyes that make him seem so nice
Don’t let him fool you, no, don’t be taken in
There ain’t enough salt to melt that ice
Track Name: To The Dogs
To learn,
To learn to swallow your fear
Slide ever onwards out of here
To slide, to slide
Like it or not
To cut through the ties and blindly fly

To fly, to fly
To rustle your wings
To feel the world crumble yet blindly to sing
To sing, to sing,
Always something more to say

And you say it's over
but it isn't over
How can it be over
when everything's gone to the dogs?

The dogs,
The dogs are baying tonight
Out in the pale moon's slippery light
and the stars,
the stars are still shining brightly
in just the same way
that they shine nightly

The night, this night
that swallows the day
Swallows the swallows and nightingales sing
a song,
A song from a silvery tongue
To fight, to stay
when you know that you're wrong

And you say it's over
How can it be over?
No, it isn't over
when everything's gone to the dogs
Everything's gone to the dogs
Track Name: A Plague
Well if love for you is conquest I can see you’ve reached your peak
Seems like they only taught you curses when they taught you how to speak
And all your angels are departed with a burning in their eyes
And oh lord, I’m glad that I’m gone

Seems like an ill wind blew you where the ill winds tend to blow
It picked you up and it threw you like you were a seed to throw
And like a seed you burrow down; like a seed you grow
And oh lord, I’m glad that I’m gone

And you walk so tall
As though no one here could ever see you fall
Like you know more than we do…

A plague on all the houses and a plague upon the trees
A plague on all the birds that fly and a plague upon the bees
You are a plague upon the surface of the earth your shadow frames
And oh lord, I’m glad that I’m gone

I’m gonna take the evil in you
I’m gonna roll it in a ball
I’m gonna pitch a perfect arc and I’ll watch that evil fall
But I won’t take you down into my heart like I took you once before
Cos oh lord, I’m glad that I’m gone

And you walk so tall
As though no one here could ever see you fall
Like you know more than we do…
Track Name: A Family Trait
It’s a family trait
Like the colour of my skin
Like pale blue eyes
Coming round again
And a family like ours
Keeps to its own
There’s no love as gentle
As the lover you know

I know you find it hard to understand
How the lover’s touch comes from the brother’s hand
But we’ve grown up closer, closer than most do
And I won’t break with my tradition for a man like you

I know you don’t talk about these things
And how it’s all done in white and with those
Diamond wedding rings
But I love someone that I already know
And if you don’t like what you’re seeing you can pack your bags and go

And I’ve told you my heart
And you know it’s a part
Of all my sleeping and my waking up
My lover’s heart my lover’s touch
His hands are like mine
And he holds me so tightly
He holds me as I sleep
And then he wakes me
Oh so lightly
Track Name: Those Old Demons
Collect up your demons and bring them to me
All your fears in the darkness that you won’t let me see
and the guttering wick
and the stuttering word
and the muttering low
and the simply unheard

Collect up your demons that shine in the light
and we’ll catch them like feathers and we’ll bind them up tight
and with fire and with water
with blood and with dirt
we will bind them together
so they no longer hurt

Cos those old demons they’ll always get you
they’ll always get you
they’ll always get you
Those old demons they’ll come and they’ll get you
if you don’t chase those demons
if you don’t chase those demons

Don’t give them an inch or they’ll run with a mile
They will tear out your eyes with a wink and a smile
Cos those demons are crafty
and those demons they learn
Got to bury them deeply
till they shudder and they burn

In a mile of fresh earth beneath rolling white clouds
Keep the stars in the heavens and the fires underground
You’re blindsided and blinded at your perfect parade
If you’re seeking perfection, it’s always home-made

And those old demons they’ll always get you
they’ll always get you
they’ll always get you
Those old demons they’ll come and they’ll get you
if you don’t chase those demons
if you don’t chase those demons
if you don’t chase those demons (away)
Track Name: Pray
If you pray to me, you’d better pray out loud
Don’t pray to me desperate,
Don’t pray to me proud
Don’t pray to me lost, you will always be found
You’ve gotta crawl down upon your knees on the stony ground

Don’t pray to me weak if your spirit is strong
Don’t stand up with the righteous when you know you’ve done wrong
Don’t stand there as if defeated, not making a sound
You’ve gotta crawl down upon your knees on the stony ground

And that ground’s gonna hurt like you’ve never hurt before
There’ll be blood on your shoes when you walk to my door
But don’t pray to me clean, just pray that I’m home
Cos I’m here for you, sinners,
But I won’t be for long

So if you’re running to me, you better crawl on your hands
You better crawl on your belly or I won’t understand
You’re a powerful man,
But I’m bigger than you
You’ve gotta fall down upon your knees and crawl on through

And that ground’s gonna hurt like you ain’t ever hurt before
There’ll be blood on your shoes when you walk to my door
But don’t pray to me clean, just pray that I’m home
Sing on out to me, sinners
Cos I won’t be for long…
Track Name: Magnolia
Love, you play a dangerous game
to come so close and then to shy away
Close enough for me to blame
but never close enough to stay

And love, you are a wanton thing
You want to take more than you bring
But I am wise, too wise to play
Too wise to be all that I say

Oh, Magnolia blossom sweet
You’re what I crave, you’re what I need
But you know and everybody knows
How sweetness comes and sweetness goes

Love, your light so pure and clear
It shines on me, it knows I’m here
I try to hide, I shy away
You come so close, but you never stay

So sweet, so sure, so tenderly
You lay your gentle hands on me
My skin like feathers, asking why
this bird is grounded, cannot fly

Away, magnolia blossom bold
You’re what I need - to have, to hold
But you know and everybody knows
How sweetness comes and sweetness goes

And oh, magnolia blossom brave
Your flower so brief, a single day
I dream of stars, so bold and bright
that bloom forever, day and night

But you know and everybody knows
How sweetness comes but not how sweetness goes
Track Name: Love's Great Lie
Love’s great lie
Makes you want to lay down and die
Breaks all the rules until the broken rules apply
Salts your tears every time you cry

Love’s great lie
Leaves you wondering why
Oh how many knots must a broken heart untie
to undo it? (I wish I knew it)

Every spark
Every tender beat
Every minor fluctuation of your lonesome body heat
Every pit pat of a heart as it loses a beat
but all I know is love
All I know is love
All I know is...

Love, love, love, love....

Love’s sweet shame: making the wild one tame
Breaking the rules but then you’ll always take the blame
You’ll be the loser when you play

Love’s great game: why do we insist on playing?
Love plays dirty and you really can’t undo it
You try playing fair but then you always rue it...

Love, love, love...

Love’s great lie: you think you won the battle but I
I have determined not to fall again
Never will I become so small again
In love’s great pain: why would a lover ever love again?
How many knots can a broken heart untie
to undo it? - I wish I knew it

But all I know is love
All I know is love
All I know is love
All I know is...

Love, love, love, love
Love’s great lie
Track Name: Sweet Talk
Well your eyes are as bright as brass pennies
and your voice is as clear as a bell
I watched you sweet talk your way into heaven
Let's see you sweet talk your way out of hell

And you sing in a very fine alto
You whisper like settling flames
You can make fellas do what you want to
and then make them do it again

Well you swing your way on out of trouble
and you swing every time to success
I've never seen you deal with a failure
never seen you clear up a mess

When all the lights go on on your little parade
of only the bright and the good
You'll be there doing just what you want to do
instead of doing what you should

So get on that train if you're gonna ride
Don't stand there so dumb on the track
There's a thousand fireworks just doing their thing
and you know you ain’t ever coming back

All of the demons are waiting in welcome
They'll line up by the track and they'll wait
To wave your good majesty homeward
to a new and magnificent state

All of the angels are anxious to see your bright face
like a star from the bottom of a well
I watched you sweet talk your way into heaven
c'mon and sweet talk your way out of hell

Well I'd like to say I’d led an exemplary life
but there's folk here that might disagree
I've been standing for years in the roots and the weeds
while you swing from the top of the tree

But there is something to be said for being grounded
though you never become well-known
When you've planted your feet at the bottom
when you fall you don't break any bones

So get on the train if you're gonna ride
Don't stand there so dumb on the track
There's a thousand fireworks just doing their thing
and you know you ain’t ever coming back

All of the angels are anxious to see your bright face
like a star from the bottom of a well
I watched you sweet talk your way into heaven
c'mon and sweet talk your way out of hell

I watched you sweet talk your way into heaven
c'mon...
Track Name: Survival
I’m a survivor
I’ve lived through things to tell a tale or two
That’s why the tales I tell
They always sound so true

At the bottom of the river in a burned-out boat
There’s a smile and it used to be mine
But they burned all the bridges that I crossed over
Sipping the blood that used to be wine

You need me
You won’t admit it
I can teach you a thing or two
When you cease learning
You start teaching
What I could share with you

At the top of a tree where it spins in the breezes
There’s a heart in the branches and it’s mine
I learned all about branches from the forest in me
Slipping the rope and shedding the line

And at the corner of Salvation by the burnt-out bridge
There’s a wishbone buried in a jar
And when they start to whisper of their wishes and their dreams
You can run but you never get far

Oh won’t you make me a dreamer of innocent dreams
I want to dream again
Nowadays nobody is what they seem
And who saves the innocent when

There’s a chain and it only turns backwards
And you smile when I ask you is it true
That they burned all the bridges that I crossed over
And the only thing that’s left for me is you

Survival
Tell me it don’t matter when the hangman is fiddling with the noose
When you’re running in your shoes and going ‘pitter patter’
To the sound of the rain on a corrugated roof
Survival
Track Name: Your Main Man
When you walked in here I thought you were someone I once knew
Someone I knew well a long time ago
And when I spoke, I did speak out of turn
There are some things that we learn
And there are others we just know

And I just knew that you were gonna need me
You were gonna need me – so here I am
And I will wait. I will wait until you’re ready
I will wait until you’re ready
I’m your main man

When you blew in here like a storm in April
You scattered my thoughts to these four winds
And I am ready to see and to be the one you’re needing
I will be the seedling that will grow upon the stone

And I just knew that you were gonna need me
You were gonna need me – so here I am
And I will wait. I will wait until you’re ready
I will wait until you’re ready
I’m your main man

Don’t be scared, don’t be scared while the wind is blowing
There is no way of knowing what he carries in his hands
Don’t be scared, don’t be scared: there’s a heart and it’s beating
Like a bullet while you’re sleeping
I’m your main man