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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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Track Name: Rolling River
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……
Track Name: Love is a Rose
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
Track Name: Lamp Down Low
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
Track Name: 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

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
Track Name: Sad Stories
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.
Track Name: The Long Goodbye
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



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Track Name: Burn
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
Track Name: Guardian Angel
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
Track Name: Wrong
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
Track Name: Love is for Fools
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
Track Name: Born to Suffer
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
Track Name: Won't let go
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