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1.
It’s a rolling river of song night falls lonely and long, hard graft , and tough times, and bad breaks babe they make your heart shine , you fall hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard, like the rain on the river and the moon hangs heavy and low and the stars they just wont let her go and your heart sinks like a stone when you fall hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard like the rain on the river you got crazy pains in your heart feelings, they stop and start inside it's too late , it's too bad don't hesitate babe and you'll be so sad you fall hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard like the rain on the river and the moon hangs heavy and low and the stars just wont let her go and your heart sinks like a stone when you fall hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard like the rain on the river lalalalalalalalalala x4 and the moon hangs heavy and low and the stars just wont let her go and your heart sinks like a stone you fall hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard like the rain on the river more lalalalas etc and the moon hangs heavy and low and the stars just wont let her go and your heart sinks like a stone you fall hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard hard……
2.
love is a rose and like the rose it must die everybody knows we whither on the thorns still we hold on too tight still we hold on and still we hold love is the hour that's ours alone where we hold back the night the tide is slowly creeping forward we ignore it cos we're lost in the night because we're lost because we're lost in the lightning over the river blood sweat and tears will fall with your heart unchained from the stars in the old time down from the mountain the wild woods call down from the mountain the wilds wood call love is the dawn that comes to wake us like a thief those stolen kisses in the moonlight were never yours to keep well they're not yours well they're not and love is the stars just the stars burning holes in the sky pretty fires ,lost in your eyes telling far away lies something far away something far in the lightning over the river blood sweat and tears will fall with your heart unchained from the stars in the old time down from the mountain the wild woods call down from the mountain the wilds wood call down from the mountain the wild woods call down from the mountain the wild woods call
3.
well it's good to warm these weary bones in the low light of an old flame and I guess there's no real harm done as it's just not the same where once burned a mighty forest fire a burning building all full of desire only the smouldering shell remains and the smoke of illusion hangs in the air like a stain go on babe, turn your lamp down low go on babe, turn your lamp down low go on babe, turn your lamp down low treat me right honey let me go.... are your eyes playing tricks in the shadows on the wall was that really love you lost was it ever there at all though the flame still flickers but the wall is bare don't get fooled again by what never was there where only the smoke and the mirrors remain come on lie to me baby wont you lie to me again come on babe turn your lamp down low go on babe, turn your lamp down low go on babe, turn your lamp down low treat me right honey let me go come on babe turn your lamp down low go on babe, turn your lamp down low go on babe, turn your lamp down low treat me right honey let me go treat me right honey let me go let me go let me go let me go let me go
4.
Samurai 04:12
let the wind take your sorrows it’s time to let go you lie as empty as your heart where you tremble in the snow ..... oh ooh samurai your sword lies fallen by your side samurai oh the man you serve, he stole your love then he sent you out to die now underneath the willows in the mountains you lie ...... oh ooh samurai your sword lies fallen by your side samurai on the wind in the twilight you will send your love a poem then your eyes grow sad and distant now it's time to die alone ..... oh ooh samurai your sword lies fallen by your side samurai so the last bed that you'll lie in is this cold cruel snow it is empty of her kisses it is empty of your soul ..... oh ooh samurai your sword lies fallen by your side samurai let the wind take your sorrows it’s time to let go you lie as empty as your heart where you tremble in the snow ..... oh ooh samurai your sword lies fallen by your side samurai oh the man you serve, he stole your love then he sent you out to die now underneath the willows in the mountains you lie ...... oh ooh samurai your sword lies fallen by your side samurai
5.
Sad Stories 06:10
if I thought that you were the one, but you weren't if I thought that it would be so much fun, but it hurt and now that we're so far apart if I found myself with a broken heart then yes I guess you could call that love but oh no , well I don’t think so because I don’t feel bad , and I'm not sad to see you go..... but I just want to be alone ... with you but I just want to be alone ... with you but I just want to be alone ... with you baby that’s cos all the sad sad stories are so often true baby that’s cos all the sad sad stories are so often true. if I thought that the moon and the stars shone in your eyes if I'd known that all those tender words that you spoke to me were lies if I'd known how my heart would break and it would be much more than my soul could take then yes I guess you could call that love but oh no , well I don’t think so because I don’t feel bad , and I'm not sad to see you go but I just want to be alone ... with you but I just want to be alone ... with you but I just want to be alone ... with you baby that’s cos all the sad sad stories are so often true baby that’s cos all the sad sad stories are so often true (guitar break) but I just want to be alone ... with you but I just want to be alone ... with you but I just want to be alone ... with you baby that’s cos all the sad sad stories are so often true baby that’s cos all the sad sad stories are so often true.
6.
well you should have gone home some time ago now but I just should have known that it would be so hard to go and if now it's too late, to say goodbye well I guess then you can stay tonight now there's not much left to say save the long goodbye when we can welcome the day with a kiss, goodnight and now it's too late, to say goodbye and regret then that you stayed last night but the heat drives us on as we slowly burn in bed you think it's where we belong but this is journeys end and we'll open our eyes and hind sight is there to remind us to regret then that you stayed last night inst break rpt 1st verse end tag
7.
Burn 04:21
I’m going to leave you I’m going to leave you lying dead when your last breath has gone I’ll put that gun to my head and I’s goodbye cruel world goodbye, hello devil and when I see you in hell then well well and when I see you there in hell then well well I’ll kill you again then baby we can burn, burn, burn for all eternity you and I will always be together so baby we can burn, burn, burn for all eternity you and I will always be together I don't believe you, I don't believe what you said, when the light leaves your eyes I'll put that rope around my neck and it's good bye cruel world goodbye, hello devil and when I see you in hell well well and when I see you in hell well well I'll kill you again so baby we can burn, burn, burn for all eternity you and I will always be together so baby we can burn, burn, burn for all eternity you and I will always be together so baby we can burn, burn, burn for all eternity you and I will always be together so baby we can burn, burn, burn for all eternity you and I will always be together how much I love you , we could never be apart if I thought you would leave it would be like a knife through my heart and it's good bye cruel world goodbye, hello devil and when I see you in hell well well and when I see you in hell well well
8.
well you said you’d be my guardian angel just before you left me for the land of the dead you said you’d always be there to keep me safe that’s what you said well then where were you yesterday when trouble came my way and broke that bottle over my head well you said you’d be my guardian angel baby, that’s what you said I lost my money down the whorehouse now I'm lying in the poor house my teeth have all gone rotten in my head you said you’d be my guardian angel baby that’s what you said so don’t blame me if you find me lying in the street drunk all out of my brain, rambling on like a man insane saying guardian angel, where can you be .... oh oh oh oh oh guardian angel, where can you be I bet you looked the other way, or have you found someone else to watch instead got yourself another pretty boy, great big wings and a halo on his head, you left me to my own devices, listening to the advice of a drunk man singing sad songs in my head oh you said you'd be my guardian angel baby, that's what you said I lost my money playing cards , and last night I drank so hard I woke up this morning sick all round my bed oh you said you'd be my guardian angel baby that's what you said so don’t blame me if you find me lying in the street drunk all out of my brain, rambling on like a man insane saying guardian angel, where can you be .... oh oh oh oh oh guardian angel, where can you be so don’t blame me if you find me lying in the street drunk all out of my brain, rambling on like a man insane saying guardian angel, where can you be .... oh oh oh oh oh guardian angel, where can you be
9.
Wrong 04:40
if I'm honest with myself I've been lying to you all those things that I said well were they were not true it was wrong and it was wrong to hold you at arms length for so long if you are honest with yourself you were lying to me all those things that you said you were never going to be you were wrong you were wrong to need me to leave you for so long wrong, wrong to keep you, here on your own for so long it’s wrong , so very wrong to keep you here on your own for so long so I ask myself what are we trying to do so I push you away while I try to push through it’s wrong it’s wrong to keep this thing going when the love we shared has gone and when all is said and done we're so tired and blue and the only thing we've left is more crying to do and it's wrong it's wrong because even as we're leaving the pain in our hearts lingers on wrong, wrong to keep you, here on your own for so long its wrong , so very wrong to keep you here on your own for so long wrong, wrong to keep you, here on your own for so long its wrong, so very wrong to keep you here on your own for so long
10.
so love is for fool and I'm a fool for you send in the clowns, roll out the brass band too there's an ache in my heart and it's as big as the moon you're out of reach from me as the stars are too as the stars are too... love is a game you will play it and you'll lose you've read the rules now let it break you in two your kiss cast a shadow on my heart your kiss cast a shadow on my heart your kiss cast a shadow on my heart and left it stumbling around in the dark and left it stumbling around in the dark so love is for fool and I'm a fool for you send in the clowns, roll out the brass band too there's an ache in my heart and it's as big as the moon you're out of reach from me as the stars are too as the stars are too... love is a game you will play it and you'll lose you've read the rules now let it break you in two your kiss cast a shadow on my heart your kiss cast a shadow on my heart your kiss cast a shadow on my heart and left it stumbling around in the dark and left it stumbling around in the dark
11.
well you born to suffer for love and you will try, try, try until you find your way just a poor lost soul left to wonder this world all alone until you lie, lie, lie as cold as the stone as cold as the stone, as cold as the stone once I heard joy sing soft a sweet caress over me where in my arms I held a little lost bird but from my arms she flies on a cold wind in the clear blue sky where she will cry, cry, cry until she finds her way until she finds her way, until she finds her way well you are just the dust in the wind you know you're an echo of a song sung long ago long ago, long ago, long ago, long ago ooooooh would someone hold your hand when your time comes to go and when the night draws in it's long black veil you'll see the stars still shine while memories wash over you hear the wind call your name until you find your way until you find your way, until you find your way
12.
Won't let go 02:12
if you see my babe, won't you tell her I miss her tell her I miss her and I won't let go oh no, no no tell her I miss her and I won't let go if you see her smile, like a ray of sunshine remember she's mine and I won't let go oh no, no no remember she's mine and I won't let go if you see that twinkling little star in her eye remember she's mine and I won't let go oh no, no no remember she's mine and I won't let go and if she breaks your heart, just like she broke mine like she broke mine you won't let go oh no, no no like she broke mine and I won't let go

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released February 28, 2008

gareth mcgahan - voice, guitar, banjo
grant allardyce - drums
matt oldfield - guitar and backing vocals
simon c. russell - double bass and backing vocals
mike simmonds - violin
luke smith - mandolin

all songs by gareth mcgahan
arranged by the mountain firework company
recorded and produced by simon c. russell
art by alan moore, photos by bob russell

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wine, women and song, usually in that order....all acoustic roots type stuff, quality of all and any kind excepting in grammar and spelling, string bands, old time, new time, good time, bad time and bad times, singing and/or complaining/therapy to music, constant sorrow, mischief, applause, music and the joy of giving .... living life to the half empty .... ... more

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