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Recorded live at York St John University by Barkley McKay & students on the BA Music Production programme as part of an artist residency. Mixing / post-production at Valley Wood Studio Leeds by Barkley McKay, Mastering by Russ Hepworth-Sawyer for MOTTOsound
Artwork inspired by 18th century cyanometer (device to measure the blueness of the sky) by mat martin

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released December 2, 2016

All Songs Written & Composed by Kirsty McGee
Published by Touch Tones Music Limited


Musician credits:

Kirsty McGee - voice, guitar, backing vocals
Ellis Davies - lead guitar
John Ellis - piano, keyboards (except track 3)
Barkley McKay - piano (track 3)
Dave Tompkins - double bass
Howard Jacobs - drums, percussion, clarinet, bass clarinet
Biff Roxby - bass trombone, trombone

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Track Name: Diamond Days
Diamond Days (Kirsty McGee)

Lately all my wishes
burned so bright and new
like desert skies where desert stars
Scatter all the evening dew

The desert skies like diamonds fade into a morning desert haze
where diamonds shine beneath the sun and there’s enough for everyone

That’s why it’s so

Funny how those troubles seem to burn out in a blaze
of smoke inside the mirrors of our blessed diamonds days
but I do not know what hurts me so now you are far away
So goddamn you happy Goddamn you, diamond days

Why do I feel like I left something just exactly out of reach
We all can learn a lesson even those of us who teach
So go gently into this dark night where bluer stars can creep
and goddamn you, happy Goddamn you, happy

If I could cry then I would cry as many tears as stars
But I’m so far away from you, my tears they dry like desert dew

So best get on my feet again as best as I am able
I will swing by all our favourite haunts and sit there at our favourite table
Drinking, as the stars rise in a million shades of grey

Goddamn you happy
goddamn you, diamond days

Lately all that I was promised fell down on me like stars
An ocean full of midnights, full of dreams and of guitars
But I do not know how it was so so very hypnotising
Goddamn you, happy
you’re so goddamn hypnotising

Here I stare through blue eyes, so much bluer than the skies
and I cannot tell the difference between gentle truths and lies
We had a ball but now it all seems very far away

Goddamn you, happy
Goddamn you, diamond days
Track Name: Electricity
Electricity (Kirsty McGee)

While the moment still remains
Draw in closer kiss my lips
Brush my shoulder with your fingertips
While the moment still remains

Something tingling in the air
Electricity is hard to see
It always happens when you're near to me
When there is nobody to blame

And if blamelessly I slip my hand into your hand
do we cross over some line that we drew in the sand?

While the moment still remains
We'll both be blameless as two souls can be
Only our eyes can speak of certainty
While the moment still remains

Let the moment simply pass
Electricity is hard to see
it always happens when you're near to me
When there is nobody to blame

And if blamelessly I slip my arm around your waist
Do we cross over some line or do we embrace?

And it's only when I dream
You draw in closer and you kiss my lips
Only in dreams I feel your fingertips
and the moment still remains

All my friends say that it's true
I burn much brighter when I shine for you
A small, ironic flame, so bold, so blue
While the moment still remains

And if blamelessly I let my heart hope for a while
Does my foolish heart leap every time that you smile?

While the moment still remains
Maybe it's time for me to say goodbye
when every touch must have its alibi
when every thought for me is strange

Something tingling in the air
Electricity is hard to see
It always happens when you're near to me
When there is nobody to blame
Track Name: If I Had a Dollar
If I Had A Dollar (Kirsty McGee)

So strange, so strange
so strange to want something so strange
so near so near
so why does it seem to disappear

So sweet, so sweet
so sweetly we kissed,and so light
but if I had a dollar for every time I fell
I’d be a rich woman tonight

So you say, so you say
so you say and I guess that it’s true
No sense in lying anyway
when love’s a part of it
the very heart of it

So strange, so strange
so strange to want something so new
but if you had a dollar for every time I dreamed
you’d be a rich man too

Oh I had a dream such a pretty one
one everyone would take pity on
eyes wild and free slowly smiling at me
Oh but dreams are just dreams are just dreams are just dreams

You held me tight
Softly we kissed and so light
but if I had a dollar for every time I dreamed
I’d be a rich woman tonight
Track Name: Little Stars
Little Stars (Kirsty McGee)

Open hearts and minds walking without shoes
In the sands without ocean in a pale white land
And I’ll take your hand for an hour in the sun
and we’ll share as though our hearts were one

And I feel your heart beat so warm and slow
Your breath against my skin lying soul to soul
And you mark my skin, tally deep within
Nevermore, nevermore, nevermore

Next time that I look for those hazel eyes will they be closed will they be open to the sun?
Ever changing like diamonds as they scratch against the light
Like stars will they vanish when a new day comes?

Little stars little stars shine their own bright songs and they weave their light together as we roll on home
How their voices flare in that desert there
How they vanish when the new day comes

Open hearts and minds walking without shoes
Track Name: No Imaginary Kiss
No Imaginary Kiss (Kirsty McGee)

I never dreamed a dream so sweet as this
No imaginary kiss
Could be so sweet as kissing you

I never dreamed I'd meet someone like you
So good, so faithful & so true
When life has been so brittle & so blue

Will I awake to find my restless mind
Excelled itself inventing
The one desire my heart expressed
That I just dreamed our happiness?

I never dreamed a soul so good as yours
Shining steady through its flaws
But steady shining nonetheless

I'll be the one who loves you most of all
Arms to catch you when you fall
And we will wheel on wings of precious hue

When I dream you're in my arms
Oh so soft & still
I remember all your charms
And I guess I always will

I never dreamed a dream so full of joy
No imaginary boy
Could hold me closer than you do

I never dreamed someone would hold me tight
Would cherish me to sleep at night
When life has been so brittle & so blue

So hold me gently just some more So I can dream this dream
So I can dream & still be sure of you

I never dreamed a dream so sweet as this
No imaginary kiss
Could be so sweet as kissing you
Could be so sweet as kissing you