The Deafening Sound of Stars

by Kirsty McGee & The Hobopop Collective

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1.
03:13
Moving on When I told you ‘bout my new love watched your eyes fly blind like hummingbirds and I know you’re sad and it probably hurts like hell But I loved you well and I loved you good I probably loved you more than I probably should and I know from looking at you now that you loved me good as well When the world turns on its axis, babe you gotta find a way to turn Cos heaven knows that moving on is the hardest thing The sun murmurs high and the blossom trees cast their sweet silver blossom on the breeze And the clouds they come and they ride the air like sleighs And yesterday’s behind me now and I’m standing right here in the now I’m standing here beside you in the springtime haze And not everything is perfect now Don’t get me started, it hurts like hell But be happy that I found a friend it’s just like starting out again When the world turns on its axis, babe you gotta find a way to turn Cos heaven knows that moving on is the hardest thing the hardest thing to learn //Instml (Sandy’s theme) When I tell you ‘bout my new love don’t lie to me and say it’s fine Cos I can see you’re hurting bad and you probably feel like crying So take a drive just a little way out, stop the car and get on out and know the world will open out and you ain’t dying Know you’re not the first to feel, the first to fall, the rusty wheel and it only really hurts because it’s really bloody real When the earth turns on its axis, babe you gotta find a way to turn Cos heaven knows that moving on is the hardest thing The hardest thing to learn
2.
I Take You in my Arms It’s been a perfect afternoon and you’ve been perfect company and in the evening’s easy light you’re sitting closer now I see and so I have to speak my part and take this opportunity to say I knew right from the start how this would be I think we know how this will go how somehow hands will find each other though I’ll protest that I must go We both know that we’ll end up lovers and I’ll protest but not too much this new proximity of touch although I knew right from the start how this would be I’m not some foolish débutante you’re not some ingenue and I’ll admit to impure thoughts since I set eyes on you But then you never know how these things are gonna go until you try and there’s no reason why I take you in my arms I’m not some foolish débutante you’re not some ingenue and I’ll admit to impure thoughts since I set eyes on you But then you never know how these things are gonna go until you try and there’s no reason why I take you in my arms
3.
Cast out breath in winter snow Can’t stop all the ebb and flow Seas retreat and water runs Through my fingers flowing like sunlight Can’t catch the colours in the glass Can’t catch showers in the bathtub Rain that comes to wash away All of today and yesterday // Fix you in between my thumbs Fix you further in my sights I can’t fix you in my dreams You melt away like summer ice All the journey’s give and take All the promises we make What is real and what is fake Can’t pin this butterfly today Can’t pin this butterfly today Can’t pin this butterfly Can’t pin this butterfly today Can’t pin this butterfly You’re a story I can’t hold a quarrel with the winter cold Arctic ice, Mojave fire Broken strings a heart’s desire Can’t catch catch a cold when I’m cold and damp Can’t catch bubbles with my hands You rise, sweet smoke and sail away Can’t pin this butterfly today I can’t feel you anymore take my art and make it war words so slick they coat the tongue like frangipane but something’s wrong I can’t catch colours in the glass Weave a web of words to snare the past You rise, sweet smoke and sail away I can’t pin this butterfly today
4.
Madness & The Moon So the story goes Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, and suddenly love Where there wasn’t love before It’s an old, old story and there’s seldom any sense And it rolls out each time until everybody thinks that it’s a brand new story Boy meets boy, girl meets girl and suddenly stars Where there were no stars now there are more But the constellations, they’ve seen it all before Stars have no desires, it’s only us that puts them in their places Trying to make some sense of this unruly galaxy And each love must have its fire, all of its airs, all of its graces And the moon is just a rock, but it controls the sea What is love but an ocean trying to defy the moon? So the story plays, boy meets girl, girl meets boy and suddenly love Expecting the sun to alter its course It’s an old old story, madness and the moon they’re such old friends And they stand here still: boy and girl and all their expectations Barking at the moon But the constellations Well they have seen it all before
5.
04:38
Electricity 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
6.
04:46
Raven’s Eyes I’m cooler than an iceberg I don’t want to feel your heat Show your two hands to me You won’t do me wrong I’m watching you with raven’s eyes I can feel the heat from you yet I know you’re cold as gelato Show me what you’re made from but stay away from me Am I supposed to turn to you embrace you renew you You’re thinking you fooled me I’m staring right through you and hands on the table I think that I’m able to resist your confidence trick And I’m watching you with raven’s eyes Confident that your disguise will not be fooling me I’m cooler than an iceberg Still I feel my feathers burn I don’t want to yearn for you You’re hotter than heatwave There’s something in the air so stay away
7.
05:06
Copenhagen I remember blackbird singing How I even stole his call to make a song Lazy morning, light a candle in the dim light when the day is not begun And your eyes were not quite open when you turned and took the covers all from me Cold and naked in the morning Making coffee in the morning Copenhagen Sun not bright enough to see by Icy water, barren branches, Copenhagen Walking out here in the city in the streetlights in the half light, dressed up warmly And I pull you to my side because the world is not quite right, is never ready And I know I’m not quite steady so I’m walking here beside you Copenhagen There are bubbles rising gently in the cold cathedral air and I rise with them Always flying out to meet you, vapour trails and airport coffee, and I miss you Maybe our eyes were not quite open when we set the stage for romance on the small screen But I’m here, we have four days so let’s be lovers in this city Copenhagen Sometimes life will throw us diamonds Sometimes feathers let us learn to know what’s precious With your arms all wrapped around me all the world becomes so trivial and small And I guess our friends are saying ‘how can this affair they’re having ever work out?’ But they only have one city, we have two and I love you, sweet Copenhagen
8.
Second Tuesday Days are hard Nights are harder Things feel wrong I won’t roll over Cos I was born into it and I know how to be I was born on a Second Tuesday When everybody else had started the week and I may feel too much I may crave somebody’s touch But I won’t roll over And if I ever fall if I ever fall if I ever And if I ever fall if I ever fall if I ever And if I ever fall if I ever fall if I ever I get up again all dusty and shiver Times are tough Things get rough sometimes Things feel wrong On the tip of my tongue to say it…
9.
Highway Dog Rose She packed up her things on a Saturday on Sunday she was down by the road She didn’t want a part of anybody’s bouquet Angel was a highway dog rose Angel was a highway dog rose, boys Angel was a highway dog rose She didn’t want a part of anybody’s bouquet Angel was a highway dog rose I don’t think anybody asked to marry her She was busy being wild and being free She was sometimes tired and frequently wired and always who she wanted to be, boys She loved to watch the seasons through the window glass She loved to watch the seasons come and go She loved the tiny flowers that pushed the highway back and the spring buds that blossomed through the snow People say that roses that grow by the way are coarser than the roses in the jar I say the rose by the highway’s edge is the prettiest rose by far
10.
The Glimmer in the Corner of Your Eye I’d rather be innocent than dead I’d rather have no price on my head I’d rather be delicate like blossom than tiger lily loud I’d rather be dancing than running But if you should see me coming I’ll be the glimmer in the corner of your eye I’d rather be here than disappear I’ll take the long, lingering gaze over the firework blaze I’d rather be dancing than running But if you should see me coming I’ll be the glimmer in the corner of your eye // Don’t want to be obvious or brash Don’t throw me out early with the other trailer trash I don’t need you to applaud I don’t mind if I’m ignored I’ll not be your sugar or your spice but it would be so very nice to be the glimmer in the corner of your eye I’d rather be here than disappear I’ll take the long, lingering gaze over the smile that fades I’d rather be dancing than running But if you should see me coming I’ll be the glimmer in the corner of your eye Sweetie pie - I’ll be the glimmer in the corner of your eye
11.
Greedy Little Things Send them all to sleep all those greedy little things All those weary things that cry so you cannot sleep at night They are greedy little things and they mean to do you harm and they take away your pleasure and they take away your calm So send them all away you deserve some quiet time Send them all to sleep all those weary little things Before they whisper in your ear Before they whisper and they sing For they’re greedy little things and they mean to do you ill they will promise you the moon but you know they never will Bring the moon to you That’s just not the kind of thing they do Those greedy little things greedy little things Those greedy little parts of you
12.
Mesquite Honey Like the low voice of a bell like the poison in the well like a game you thought you’d win the needle’s sharper than the pin Peerless angel, reckless blue Tearing up the ozone, coming on through Jumping trains, my hair like flames My blood buzzing like a subway train I wear my heart outside my bones A breathless fire so poignant bright Sweet love like heaven, blazing wild there’s such a rage in me tonight You’re meant for me like fire to a blizzard cactus spines to the skin of a lizard air to feathers thin and fine Heart jumping trains on the Liberty Line Blind creosote in a smoke tree fire Mojave drunk on hot desire Dust clouds rising from the desert floor Dust clouds shooting from the spinning tyre like the game you play and thought you’d win that needle’s sharper than any pin I wear my heart outside my bones I wear my skin inside my skin Mesquite honey with a taste like blood Staring at the angel on the hood Hummingbird feather, wildfire wine Racing the trains on the Liberty Line We’re only waiting for the train to come Hailstones falling fast as big as my thumb Hail sweet angel of the Southern night Flying steady as a nighthawk’s flight Blind creosote on a cotton tree fire Buzzing like bees up and down the wire Mesquite honey, wildfire wine Racing the trains on the Liberty Line
13.
Deafening Sound of Stars Taint how it used to be Do you recall a summer without rain Taint how it’s meant to be Look at it all and tell me why Why all the good escapes and all the bad remains why there’s no single place where an untouched flower remains Taint all we’re meant to say falling on deaf ears like the prayers they pray Taint all the world that’s wrong But how can you hear When everybody’s talking all at once? And all the good escapes and all the bad remains and there’s no single place where an untouched flower remains // Taint all the world can see You and I We were meant to be Hope there’s a place of silence soon Where the good in you can find the good in me And let them go their way where they go anyway but let your heart be soil where the forest grows And when the peace resides somewhere behind your eyes The deafening sound of stars Doesn’t keep you awake
14.
Scorpion in a Mason Jar Oh there’s lightning bugs hanging down like fairy lights draped around the shutters on the sill Someone said enchantment was a human right Pretty soon you’re gonna get your fill Oh the devil’s just a scorpion in a mason jar and god is just a flicker of the light there’s comfort to be found in every syllable and sound and when you sleep you’re gonna sleep tight (dear) The dew is falling like a silvery rain and the glitter of the dawn is like a song That someone near is singing so sweet and so low Don’t you get the feeling you belong (here) Tell me a story oh speak to me true the night in its glory just me and just you a song on your tongue and the stars all blue and shiny Hold me ever closer never let me go Never let the love burn dry Never be the one to say I told you so & I’ll never be the one to make you cry (dear) Cos there’s glory in the whole world turning brighter than a pin and there’s no other moment then the moment that you’re in There’s a breeze in the sky and the tears in your eye are not sorrow And the devil’s just a scorpion in a mason jar and god is just a flicker of the light there’s comfort to be found in every syllable and sound Pretty soon you’re gonna sleep tight (dear)

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The Deafening Sound of Stars - Kirsty McGee & The Hobopop Collective
HPCD00012 Hobopop Recordings

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released October 11, 2019

Production Kirsty McGee, Biff Roxby
Engineered & mixed by Barkley McKay at Valley Wood Studio, Leeds
Overdubs engineered by Biff Roxby at The WoodRooms, Salford
Robert Garson overdub engineered at Red Barn Recorders, Joshua Tree, California
Tomás Oliveira overdub recorded remotely at Garência Studios, São Paulo, Brazil
Mastered by Russ Hepworth-Sawyer at MottoSound


Publicity by Rosie Wilby and Virginia MacNaughton at Piranha PR
Artwork by Ekaterina Prokopyeva, Belarus, design by Mat Martin

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A wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke & velvet, McGee defies categorisation, to make 'hobopop' –“music of no fixed genre”. Her continuously evolving musical personality is proof that a freedom from artistic restraints can sometimes produce a unique, enthralling and original voice with a rare honesty. ... more

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