Honeysuckle [Free Download]

by Kirsty McGee

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A reissue of Kirsty McGee's 2002 debut album 'Honeysuckle' (originally released on Fellside Records) as a free download from Hobopop Recordings. Produced by John Wood (Nick Drake, John Martyn) and Clive Gregson, the album features performances from Boo Hewerdine and Neill MacColl and earned McGee the first of two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Nine tracks from the original album are presented here, including 'Bliss', now re-recorded on McGee's 2010 release 'No.5'. Also included here is the bonus track 'Little Things', from the lost album of the same name she recorded for Ugly Man Records (Elbow, I Am Kloot, The Man From Del Monte) in 2000.
The artwork is from a sketch for the original 'Little Things' cover art by Manchester artist Peter Seal.

credits

released 14 March 2010
Kirsty McGee: Vocal, Guitar, Flute
Clive Gregson: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ
Boo Hewerdine: Guitar, Vocal
Neill MacColl: Guitars, Autoharp
Jo Hamilton: Viola
Martin Hughes: Drums
Geth Griffith: Double Bass, Bass Guitar

Produced by John Wood & Clive Gregson
Mastered by Paul Adams at Fellside
Artwork: Peter Seal

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Track Name: Rich
take me to the bar so i can drink myself uneasy
drink myself queasy till i pass out on your shoulder
so when i hold you we can both make our excuses
that this shouldn't have happened but the bottle has its uses

you know i love you most of all
when your back's against the wall
but i don't say anything at all
cos you can't read my eyes
you know i love you when you're drunk
you know i love you when you're stoned
cos when you're sober you're the coldest man i've ever known

here we go again, you know it feels like such a cliché
you're afraid to touch me and now i'm afraid to move
spin another line so we can talk and ease the tension
honey do anything except think, feel, mention...

that i love you most of all
when your back's against the wall
but i don't say anything at all
cos you can't read my eyes
you know i love you when you're drunk
you know i love you when you're stoned
cos when you're sober you're the coldest man i've ever known

isn't it rich how we're both hurting inside
the way we talk, all of the things that we write
can never convey what's really going on inside
come on baby, let's go out tonight

you know i love you most of all
Track Name: Cat's Eyes
she never blinks, she never falters
with a grip like steel
she's got blue eyes on the horizon
and both hands on the wheel

and i never meant for her to love me
i never asked for her second chance
but i found a patch of warmth in those pale blue eyes
and i thought it meant romance

it never was easy to love her
she was always so stubborn just like me
i watch her cold hands against the leather
she's got both hands on the wheel

i know how you love to sacrifice
but i never asked you for your soul
i'm caught up in your arms tonight
when i just want to be alone

she never blinks, she never falters
but drives so steady through the night
the white lines they pile up behind us
cat-eye shadows in the lights

and i never meant to leave her
but it's just to hard to stay
i never set out to deceive her
but it's easier this way

so she drives into the darkness
with a grip like steel
she's got blue eyes on the horizon
and both hands on the wheel
Track Name: Take What You Need
don't take the road's uneasy slumber
don't take these silver skies that stretch too far
don't take your eyes all filled with sorrows
take with your heart what you can't with your hands

and you will wake tomorrow on a silver plane
fragile clouds of cotton will suspend you once again
you will wake tomorrow this will be a memory
but please don't take away these rainclouds
take only what you need

don't take these weeds and broken bottles
don't take this emptiness, these shadows
don't take your eyes all filled with sorrows
heaven life's not long enough, there's no time for regrets
Track Name: Skin
and with my fingers trace the fine bones of your hand
the hollow where your fingers meet
at night i hold you to my heart
as though your fragile bones might break

and with my tongue i taste the salt upon your face
where no tear should fall a line i trace
but i don't understand your skin
the way it keeps your feelings in

at five o' clock they set the caged birds free
and they rise into the evening like a holy trinity
and my bird among them flies with the sun in his eyes

oh honey, tell me how the caged bird sings
with barely room enough to stretch his wings
for i fear that i should die
if i had caused a sadness in your eye

and i know i'd miss your skin
the way it keeps your feelings in

i would surely miss your skin
Track Name: The Wrong Girl
our eyes met over coffee
in a dark bar
on the wrong side of town

golden and sleepy
but if you need me
you know where i'm from

i'm from the wrong end of a one way street
on the wrong side of town
i'm kind of the wrong girl
you're kind of the wrong a guy
but that never bothered either you or i

and me, well i'm rough and ready
i wear the wrong clothes
hang around in the wrong bars

you, you're just too pretty
but if you need me
you know where i'll be

i'll be at the wrong end of a one way street
on the wrong side of town
i'm kind of the wrong girl
you're kind of the wrong a guy
but that never bothered either you or i

and i know you could never love me
i wear the wrong clothes
hang around in the wrong bars

it's love and love alone can break me
so you see you can't hurt me
but i guess if you need me

i'll be at the wrong end of a one way street
on the wrong side of town
i'm kind of the wrong girl
you're kind of the wrong a guy
but that never bothered either you or i
Track Name: Bliss
if bliss was a place
it would be in your arms
to find ourselves again
skeleton to skeleton

with nothing in between us
but the beating of our bosoms
and the light on our faces
from the fire and the candles

love and fire
theyʼre one and the same
lift you to the heavens
only to drop you down again

oh the blistering heat
of a loverʼs embrace
can bring tears to your eyes
leave you devastated

and home is where it feels right
home is where your heart is
and my heart is the one place
i think only you can touch

and your touch
is as light as any zephyr
the summer breeze
couldnʼt touch me so tender as you

when the heat of your arms
and the strength of your skin
the fire in your eyes
melt me again

well iʼll rise like a phoenix
and iʼll fall like a moth
or iʼll crumble into ashes
in the strength of your touch

if bliss was a place
it would be in your arms
to find ourselves again
skeleton to skeleton

with nothing in between us
but the beating of our bosoms
and the light on our faces
from the fire and the candles
Track Name: Venice
one of these days these walls
are going to crumble and fall
rose pink stucco and cement
colouring the spring tides red

and venice is tumbling down
her waters swollen in the rain
i ride a boat out to the edge of town
and ride another back again

and you write letters every day
and pile your books up in the hall
but honey when this whole place is underwater
those books won't be any use at all

when venice is tumbling down
venice is tumbling down

beneath the spires of our dreams
sinuous waters flow
and so we sit in our rococo palaces
waiting for venice to fall

rivers under cities flow
beneath the half moon glow
and all the bustle and the beat
under the pounding of our feet

venice is tumbling down
venice is tumbling down
venice is tumbling down
Track Name: Never Can Last
i've got blisters on my fingers from playing this thing
oh darling won't you come home
and i'm sitting by the telephone wishing it would ring
oh darling won't you come home
oh darling, won't you come home..?

and my throat is hoarse from singing this song
oh darling won't you come home
and i'm drunk on the hope that it won't be long
oh darling till you come home
oh darling, won't you come home..?

i never saw your eyes until your eyes were closed in sleep
or knew your skin until your skin brushed mine
i saw you washing in the pale daylight
and your body in the water became particles of light...

he rounds the corner, what wouldn't i give
oh darling won't you come home
for this love not to die, for this love to live
oh darling won't you come home
but it's four in the morning and there's something wrong
oh darling won't you come home
and my lips are blistered from singing love's song
oh darling won't you come home..?

never really saw you at all until i saw you vanishing down my hall
sometimes i wish you were a ghost from my past
because love like this never can last

one night you'll come to me, speaking your heart's truth
oh darling won't you come home
and i swear i won't be too scared to say to you
darling won't you come home

darling won't you come home
darling won't you come home

it's all water under bridges now, it's all in the past
and no matter how you wish it
you can't turn the river back

won't you come home, won't you come home, won't you come home?
won't you come on home?
Track Name: She's Got To Travel
she's got to travel
sure as seagulls must take to the sky
sure it's hard but she's got to fly

remember those golden wings
with the sunlight shining through?
how beautiful the soul in a state of truth

that's why she's got to travel
and no one can stand in her way
she's got to journey
it's the road she's got to take

remember those golden
wings with the sunlight shining through?
how beautiful the soul
how beautiful the soul
how glorious the soul in a state of truth

sure it's not easy
sometimes it's so hard to see
why you've got to keep on moving
why you've got to set her free

because she's got to travel
sure as seagulls must take to the sky
it's a need in her she's got to fly

sure it's not easy
sometimes it's so hard to see
why you've got to keep on moving
why you've got to set her free

remember those golden wings
with the sunlight shining through?
how beautiful the soul
how beautiful the soul
how glorious the soul in a state of truth