B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Website)

Lisa Hannigan started her singing career at the age of 6 as the fairy on top of the Christmas tree in the school play. Although she still remembers three quarters of the words she is no longer convincing as a fairy. On the long car journeys down to west cork for summer holidays she sang the backing vocals to her mothers' front seat Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone and to this day knows all of the words to Paul Simon's Graceland and the Queen back catalogue. The first record that Lisa ever bought was Michael Jackson's Bad. Although in those days it was called a tape. She sang and danced along until the tape wore out, not only improving her singing but also affirming her lifelong dedication to the art of uncoordinated dancing, believing strongly in the scientific correlation between the amount of fun had to the stupidity of the dance moves. Lisa then spent many years singing in choirs and musical choruses in school, all the while taping songs off the radio. After hearing a recording of Maria Callas singing "The Bell Song" from Delibe's Lakme (a cd at this point), she became fixated with the idea of learning how to sing like her. After a few years of study and development she realised that her chances of playing a consumptive operatic heroine were severely hampered by both her naturally quiet voice and her insatiable love of cake. The former could be helped by a microphone; the latter could not be helped at all.

A chance meeting with singer songwriter Damien Rice led to a long period of collaboration and development. Lisa spent the next few years touring the world, meeting wonderful musicians and friends, writing songs, forgetting then remembering how to ride a bike, contributing backing vocals on many friends records, including the Frames and Mic Christopher, singing with the legendary Herbie Hancock and gradually finding her voice, needing the microphone less and less. When this collaboration came to an end after seven years, Lisa was left with a notebook of songs and the desire and confidence to put them onto a record. Gathering a talented band of friends together, including Tom Osander on drums, Shane Fitzsimons on double bass and Donagh Molloy on trumpet, they got to work. After a few months demoing and working through the arrangements, Lisa and her band, rehearsed and full of coffee and cake, went to the Cauldron studios in Dublin and spent fourteen days putting them on tape. Starting early in the morning, the band spent their days down in the basement studio, playing glockenspiels and harmoniums, violins and organs, trumpets and guitars, and sang until they were hoarse, emerging in the small hours to stagger home to sleep. Friends contributions punctuated the long days, including Gavin Glass on piano, Lucy Wilkins on violin and Vyvienne Long on cello. Together with engineer Jason Boshoff, Lisa and the band marked off their contributions on a blackboard, until they were left with a record both warm and creaky, sparse and full.

Jason Boshoff then took the record home with him to London where he, Lisa and Tomo mixed it in the Strongroom in the east end. Lisa's mother Frances began knitting in preparation for the cover artwork. After spending a happy month stitching the lyrics onto rough cotton, and picking out the many references to the sea in the lyrics, Lisa decided to call the album Sea Sew. Lille is the first single to be taken from the album. It's a story set to guitar, harmonium, glockenspiel, double bass and pizzicato strings and features beautiful backing vocals from Cathy Davey. It is the last song on the record but the first to come together in the demo stages with a cohesive sound and it is full of hope and optimism. Lisa will be taking her songs on tour during August and September including a very special show at Electric Picnic before she sets off with her full band to support Jason Mraz on 42 dates of his North American Tour.



Click HERE For Lisa songs Lyrics with Damien Rice



Sea Sew
- 2008-09-12 -



An Ocean and a Rock
Venn Diagram
Sea Song
Splishy Splashy
I Don't Know
Keep It All
Courting Blues
Pistachio
Teeth
Lille

Passenger
- 2011-09-20 -



Home
A Sail
Knots
What'll I Do
O Sleep
Paper House
Little Bird
Passenger
Safe Travels
(Don't Die)
Nowhere To Go

AT SWIM
- 2016-08-19 -



Fall
Prayer For The Dying
Snow
Lo
Undertow
Ora
We, The Drowned
Anahorish
Tender
Funeral Suit
Barton

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Apparatchik
Banríon Mo Chroí
Blue Moon
Blurry
Braille
Don't Explain
Free Until They Cut Me Down
Get The Party Started
I Don'
t Know What We're Fighting For
Last Leaf
Needles
Playground Love
Some Surprise
 Upside Down


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Sea Sew

Ocean And A Rock

What you at my gentle spoken friend
I lack a frame to put you in
When you're an ocean and a rock away

I feel you in the pocket of my overcoat
My fingers wrap around your words
And take the shape of games we play

I feed your words through my buttonholes
I pin them to my fingerless gloves
Green and prone to fraying

Thoughts of you, warm my bones
I'm on the way, I'm on the phone
Let's get lost, me and you
An ocean and a rock is nothing to me

Now I am far away from where you lay
Awake the day while you fall to sleep
An ocean and a rock away

I keep you in the pockets of my dresses
And the bristles of my brushes
Spin you into my curls today

I spoon you into my coffee cup
Spin you through a delicate wash
I wear you all day
I wear you all day

Thoughts of you warm my bones
I'm on my way, I'm on the phone
Let's get lost, me and you
An ocean and a rock is nothing to me

Thoughts of you, you warm my bones
I'm on the way, I'm nearly home
Let's get lost, me and you
An ocean and a rock is nothing to me

Venn Diagram

I have lost you to sleep again
Sleeping as we do
On opposite sides of a venn diagram
I read the time
In shadows on your wall
The shards of light
Through the slats on your window

I ease myself from under your languid arm
I fumble on my boots
And hear you breathe through your alarm
And I disarm it for you
You rarely heed it anyway
I wouldn't want it to intrude upon your dream
School bell ring messing up the play

A note, penned clumsily
In this century's type-ruined hand
Saying gone down the shops for a walk
I'll bring back some sandwiches
And then I kiss your face
The black and the blue
I tie it into my laces
I don't want the wander blocking up the view

I stumble out into the afternoon
I still salty from drink
And the late night pool
And I'll be gone an hour at most
And you'll be more diagonal
And I've a head on me in the post
I know, a castle swallowed in the swell

Sea Song

There's one man
He's like the wishful thinking in my life
I see so
And he's like the wine on the weekend

And though he is like the sea
And it's right he be so
If I hold tight he'll wash over me

There's one girl I like
She's a smile on a Monday
And she'll fight to stay so
And she's like the sun on the weekend

And though she is like the sea
And she's right to be so
I like that she sails with me

Didn't we all break down
Didn't we all fake
Isn't it alright now
Didn't we all break out

There's one man so bright
He blocks the light
And he'll always be so
He's like no sleep on the weekend

And though he is like the sea
And he's right to be so
If I hold tight I sink down deep

Didn't we all break down
Didn't we all fake
Isn't it all right now
Didn't we all break out

And though we are like the sea
And it's right we be so
We could chase tails
All the years I've been given

Splishy Splashy

Surface slowly
At your own speed
Waiting for some sky

We're all laughing
We're all faking
Just to see you smile

She waits her turn
She waits her time
And all her love
It sings, it shines

Have your coffee
Splishy splashy
Frozen up the stairs

Hollow but so
Normal when she
Needs a piece of care

She waits her turn
She waits her time
And all her love
It sings, it shines

She's breaking
She's mending
She's floating
She's breaking

I don't know

I don't know what you smoke
Or what countries you've been to
If you speak any other languages
Other than your own
I'd like to meet you

I don't know if you drive
If you love the ground beneath you
I don't know if you write letters
Or you panic on the phone
I'd like to call you all the same
If you want to, I am game

I don't know if you can swim
If the sea has any draw for you
If you're better in the morning
Or when the sun goes down
I'd like to call you

I don't know if you can dance
If the thought ever occurred to you
If you eat what you've been given
Or you push it round your plate
I'd like to cook for you all the same
I would want to, I am game

If you walk my way
I could keep my head
We could creep away
In the dark or maybe not
We could shoot it down anyway

I don't know if you read novels or the magazines
If you love the hand that feeds you
I assume that your heart's been bruised
I'd like to know you
You don't know if I can draw at all
Or what records I am into
If I sleep like a spoon
Or rarely at all
Or maybe you would do
Or maybe you would do

If you walk my way
I will keep my head
We will feel our way
Through the dark
Though I don't know you
I think that I would do
I don't fall easy at all

If you walk my way
I will keep my head
We will feel our way
Through the dark
Though I don't know you
I think that I would do
I don't fall easy at all

Keep It All

For you, we steer a house of smoke
And brick and I keep it all
For you, bedecked with bicycles
To pick and I keep it all

For you, it wouldn't do wandering all adrift
So I keep it all
For you, there's fire in the belly of our ship
I keep it all, I keep it all
I keep it all

Call if the lights on
Come in and lay low
Just so that you know
Go on and fall down
And hold your ground
A harbour that grows
And how could you know
That I keep it all

For you we fill our sails with tales and fables
I keep it all
For you, to bear you through stormy seas unstable
And I keep it all
For you, you're welcome to all that's on my table
I keep it all
And you, I count you til I fall asleep
I keep it all, I keep it all
I, I, I keep it all
I keep it all

Call if the lights on
Come in and lay low
Just so that you know
And go on and fall down
And hold your ground
A harbour that grows
And how could you know
That I keep it all
I keep it all
I, I keep it all
I keep it all, I keep it all
I keep it all
I, I, I keep it all
I keep it all

What you say
We come up with the sun
The morning bell to come
And be my friend
Until the end
I'll be your friend
As well

I keep it all
Go on and fall
Go on and fall
I keep it all

Courting Blues

(written by Bert Jansch)

Green are your eyes
In the morning when you rise
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will not know

Love can be broken
Though no words are spoken
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will not know

Love, don't cry
I'll never try
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will not know

Green are your eyes
In the morning when you rise
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will be told someday
About our wedding day

Pistachio

Sit down, and fire away
I know it's tricky when you're feeling low
When you feel like your flavour has gone
The way of a pre-shelled pistachio
I know you're weighed down
And fed up with your heavy boots
Laced with melancholy
Notions all your own

I do, like sugar, tend toward the brittle
I'm sticky when spun
And I know my demeanor can go the way
Of a photo left out in the sun
And I try to keep myself in lilies
And flax seeds
Oh what a folly of fooling just yourself

Sit down and smoke away
I wouldn't knock it til you're in them shoes
And watch as our subtlety blows away
As a blush it gives way to a bruise
But seemly we'd freely make a trade off
A dry rot to take the weight off
And swap the boots for red shoes

Teeth

Waking up today
It was cold out
There's something I should say
But I can't get my head
Around the bends in your brain
And your elaborate pain
Makes me tired

As an old balloon
I hold my breath
Like a penance paid too soon
With too much eagerness
To know what is true
When air is changed by you
It makes it hard

I don't know where it comes from
Where to go
When the rains come
When the rain

Put me back in the bottle
Where the sea meets the sun
When the bones and their rattle
Don't mean anything to no-one
I, I had a swing
When my salt was my own
I'd my teeth bared for battle
Til love lost made me dull
It made me dull
It made me dull

Oh put me back in the bottle
Where the sea meets the sun
When the bones and their rattle
They don't mean anything to no-one
And I had a swing
When my salt was my own
I'd my teeth bared for battle
Til love lost made me dull
It made me dull
It made me dull

Lille

He went to sea for the day
He wanted to know
What to say
When he's asked what he'd done
In the past to someone
That he loves endlessly
Now she's gone
So is he

I went to war every morning
I lost my way but now I'm following
What you said in my arms
What I read in the charms
That I love durably
Now it's dead and gone
And I am free

I went to sleep for the daytime
I shut my eyes to the sunshine
Turned my head away from the noise
Bruise and drip decay of childish toys
That I loved arguably
All our labouring gone to seed

We went out to play for the evening
We wanted to hold on to the feeling
And the stretch in the sun
And our breathlessness as we run
To the beach endlessly
As the sun creeps up on the sea

Passenger

Home

Home, so far from home
So far to go
And we've only just begun
Oh, every lie we told
Is written in stone
Every lie we wrote on our bones

Hold on, there's nothing to pack
We know we're not coming back

Oh, every promise that we broke
Is sewn to our clothes
Now we are pinned to the wind I suppose
Oh, every falling flake of snow
It has to give in
Oh but we spin and we spin and we spin

Hold on, there's nothing to pack
Lay your heart out, we're not coming back

A Sail

It's long gone, that carry on from December
It is no matter, if you remember
Mulled paper bagged wine
And too much bedside whiskey
I will roll my heart up
I will roll my heart up in my sleeve

Now it is your line, I know that I wrote it
If you tell a lie, no one will notice
And of you and I, I was the loudest
While you stayed quiet, we were surrounded

It's long gone our carry on from the winter
I asked you upstairs
And two we tangled in my hair
You were never one for chronic chattering
Your heart beat pale
While I flew my colours
I flew my colours like a sail

Now it is your line, I know that I wrote it
If you tell a lie, no one will notice
And of you and I, I was the loudest
While you stayed quiet, we were surrounded

Knots

It was early in the morning
We were sitting on the stoop
There wheeled away a starling
And I thought that I would too
Oh for all I knew
I was lost through and through
In my high heels and my old dress
With my new keys in the wrong city

I tie the knots to remember in my heart
So I choke and I sputter to a stop
I am a borrower and lender of the lot

I walk away asleep
And chalk an outline round the scene
This shadow play of whiskey talk
A heavy denier dream
Oh let it be, I was lost in him and me
In my high heels and my old dress
With my new keys in the wrong city

I tie the knots to remember in my heart
So I choke and I sputter to a stop
I am a borrower and lender of the lot

What'll I Do

What'll I do without you around
My words wont pun, my pennies won't pound
Oh and my Frisbee flies to the ground
What'll I do without you

What'll I say without you to talk to
No one to serve or volley the ball to
You write the words but I miss the volume
What'll I say without you

Oh I don't know what to do with myself
Now that I'm here and you're gone

What'll I do when you've gone away
My ball wont pin, my records won't play
And all of my hours limp into days
What'll I do without you

What'll I do now that you're gone
My boat won't row, my bus doesn't come
I have the fingers, you've got the thumb
What'll I do without you

Oh I don't know what to do with myself
Now that I'm here and you're gone

O Sleep

O Sleep, come for me, I will go quietly
Where the roof doesn't leak in my heart
O Sleep, come for me
I'm a boat, sprung a leak
I'll hide and you'll seek a new start

For me, until dawn, I’ll be too gone
To care how grey the day is
The dreams that it chases away
They stay asleep

O Sleep, come for me, I will come willingly
Like a leaf from a tree in October
O Sleep, come for me, I wait hopefully
I was drunk on a dream, now I'm sober

From now until dawn
It can't be too long for me
I count the hours
'Til I sleep with your feet by my feet
Your breath on my cheek, asleep

Paper House

We lended our heavy hearts
Motors with broken parts
We had a deck of cards it was a start
We'd sit out in the sun
And wait for our skin to turn
You would ask for truth
And I would look for something to burn

Oh we walked in a hallowed place back then
The edge of Dublin, the edge of May and June
Oh to live in a paper house again
Where we grew by the light of the moon

Often we took the train
The sky pacing white to grey
When you or I would leave
And the other would stay
We were all that we had
And breathed in each others words
I would ask for truth and
You'd look for something to burn

Oh we walked in a hallowed place back then
The edge of Dublin, the edge of May and June
Oh to live in a paper house again
Where we grew by the light of the moon

You were much younger then
Younger than I am now
I still keep as much an eye as the wires allow
I still keep as much an eye as the wires allow

Oh we walked in a hallowed place back then
The edge of Dublin, the edge of May and June
Oh to live in a paper house again
Where we grew by the light of the moon

Oh you know what you are to me
And you know you will always be

Little Bird

Your heart sings like a kettle
And your words, they boil away like steam
A lie burns long while the truth bites quick
A heart is built for both it seems
You are lonely as a church
Despite the queuing out your door
I am empty as a promise, no more

When the time comes
And rights have been read
I think of you often
But for once I meant what I said

I was salted by your hunger
Now you've gone and lost your appetite
And a little bird is every bit as handy in a fight
I am lonely as a memory
Despite the gathering round the fire
Aren't you every bird on every wire

When the time comes
And rights have been read
I think of you often
But for once I meant what I said
Here I stay, I lay me down
In a house by the Hill
Dug from the rubble, cut from the kill

Passenger

Walking round Chicago
I have smuggled you as cargo
Though you are far away unknowing
By the time we get to Salt Lake
I have packed you in my suitcase
Ironed the creases from my own remembering

She said Bird, why

We wound our way to Texas
Where I summoned remote hexes
And I sent them across dust and oceans
In Phoenix, Arizona I had the notion
I might phone you

But there it lived and died, a notion
She said Bird, why
I said Bird, why

Oh my satellite, oh my passenger.

We came up on Ohio
I have you chewed on like a biro
You are a sum I am no closer to deciphering
We came to Minneapolis
All fizzy blood and twitchy fists
I buried you in a day of snowing

She said Bird, why
I said Bird, why

Oh my satellite, oh my passenger

Safe Travels (Don't Lie)

Please eat your greens
And don't sit close to screens
Your eyes are a means to an end
And I would be sorry if, due to your hurry
You were hit by a lorry my friend

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die
Safe travels, don't die

Don't walk on ice, no matter how nice
How sturdy, enticing it seems
Please cross at the lights
And don't start fires or fights and
Don't dabble in heights on caffeine

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die
Safe travels, don't die

Don't swallow bleach
Out on Sandymount beach
I'm not sure I'd reach you in time my boy
Please don't bungee jump
Or ignore a strange lump
And a gasoline pump's not a toy

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die
Safe travels, don't die

Nowhere To Go

Bird, you've so many hearts on your sleeve
One for each feather
Though you never see
Blue eyes blink bright lights
Through leaves on the trees
From seeds that did grow where you sowed
You'll never have nowhere to go

Look at this silver and gold
Shook through a tangle of thorns

Bird, we've so many days spent beside
This sulk of a river
Now we're deep down dyed
Into the marrow, out with the tide
With all that you have and I hold
You'll never have nowhere to go

Your heart, it holds more than your hands
Not bought or sold, more than mountains

Look at this silver and gold
You'll never have nowhere to go

At Swim

Fall

Hide your horses, hold your tongue
Hang the rich and spare the young
Who drain the spirits from the jars
Hop the fences, steal the cars
Run on fumes and from the north
And burn for us right through the fall

Harbour ladies call your names
Brush your hair like it could be tamed
Hitch their dresses past their knees
Spill them to the floor like keys
They swing the bridges one and all
And burn for us right through the fall
Copy, paste, you lose
All our running
All our running
All our running
All our running

Time will seize the captain's wheel
A mutiny we've come to feel
When where we're aiming's gone from view
With everything we thought to do
Oh, the devil won't have me
I wonder who will, I wonder who will
All our running is a crawl
And burns for us right through the fall

All our running, all our running
All our running, all our running

All our running, all our running
All our running, all our running

Prayer For The Dying

A prayer for the dying
For the waves coming in
And washing the edges
The edges away from within
Copy, paste, you lose
Your heart
My heart
Your heart
My heart

A prayer for the dying
For the sun coming up
To fill all the corners
So misunderstood

Of your heart
My heart
Your heart
My heart

Snow

Heading from city to sea
Just you and me
Boots creaking quietly
We would never be here again

Watching the snow falling down
Watching the city lose colour and sound
And we were looking
To find in the feather sky
The contour line from summer
To Christmas time
For the what, for the when

When you were the snow falling down
When I was the city losing colour and sound
When we were

Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure

Heading from city to sea
One facing east
One looking westerly
We would never come back again

Watching the snow falling down
Watching the city lose colour and sound
And we were
Copy, paste, you lose
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure

Watching the snow falling down
Watching the city lose colour and sound
And we were

Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure

Lo

Every night of late
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Because I feel, feel, feel

That every last mistake
That I have made, that I have made
Has me in piece, piece, pieces

I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

With every hour that passes
I try, I try to tell myself
What I know, know, know

That nights are only ashes
Of days gone by burned
Black and broke, broke, broken

I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

I wear them on my skin
Ahead when I begin
To run I chase until it follows
Copy, paste, you lose
I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

And I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

Undertow

I want to swim in your current
Carry me out, up and away
I want to float
On every word you say

I want to be underneath your weather
Every cloud and ray of sun
I want to float
In between every one
In between every one

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

I want to be, all of a sudden
Every wave and undertow
I want to float
Everywhere I go
Everywhere I go
Everywhere I go
Everywhere I go

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home
Copy, paste, you lose
I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

Ora

I was adrift and
Caught in the ropes
Under a pinhole sky
Blowing off course
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Bleach me to silver
Under the moon
Pulling the water round
And me to you

I'm going home
I'm going home
Won't you come with me
Won't you come with me

You'll be the boat and
I'll be the sea
Won't you come with me
Won't you come with me

We, The Drowned

We, the drowned
Hold our hollow hearted ground
Til we swallow ourselves down
Again
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
We, the ashes
We spend our days like matches
And we burned ourselves as black as
The end, the end
The end, the end

We know not the fire in which we burn
But we sing and we sing
And the flames grow higher
We read not the pages which we turn
But we sing and we sing and we sing and we sing

We, the wrong
We the sewn up and long gone
Were before and all along
Like this, like this
Like this, like this

We, the drowned
The lost and found out
We are all finished
Again, again, again

Anahorish

My "Place Of Clear Water"
The first hill in the world
Where springs washed into
The shiny grass
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And darkened cobbles
In the bed of the lane
Anahorish, soft gradient
Of consonant, vowel-meadow

After-image of lamps
Swung through the yards
On winter evenings
With pails and barrows

Those mound-dwellers
Go waist-deep in mist
To break the light ice
At wells and dunghills

Tender

Tender as a loose tooth
Askew at the root
My love

You came up swinging
Every morning
Through it all

Tender is a kiss
While the dancers dip and twist
Under lights in the darkness
We take the long way round again
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Tender, as a shadow
So fast to follow
A swallow to the summer
Tethered, like a mirror image
A cup and string message
One to the other

Tender is a kiss
While the dancers dip and twist
Under lights in the darkness
We take the long way round again

You came up swinging
Every morning
Through it all

Tender is a kiss
While the dancers dip and twist
Under lights in the darkness
We take the long way round again

Funeral Suit

He came by in his funeral suit
In an open hearted shade of blue
Asked me what I like to do
On a July evening
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
To bermondsey or to shoreditch
I said I don't know which is which
The night a thread for him to stitch
For me, the unbelieving

In the end we just stay in
And gesture with our mugs of gin
Dance around this borrowed kitchen
A stop and start dumb snow

I am a cold filament
We advance in tender increments
Between the past and future tense
Test the weight of both

Barton

Same as always it begins
Heard a knock and let it in
This is just the medicine
To swallow
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I'll be on my own awhile
Smiling like a crocodile
You can see for miles and miles
It follows

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

I don't remember where I was
Heavy is as heavy does
Weighed me down because, because
It's hollow

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

Non Albums Tracks

Apparatchik

(Printer Clips with Lisa Hannigan / Printer Clips LP)

House always wins
So don't cry, cry
Down like water
Down like sand
Got to try
'Cause I, I am an old dog
This is a new trick
I won't look down, down
Apparatchik
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
These are the punches that we roll with
This is the shit
When it's so much easier to stomach it
I'm downwind of you

Black berets and blue jeans
A wry smile, a smile
From the glue
For your tip tape
I get high, high
All these cars
Have lost their soul
In the race for the prize, compromise
Apparatchik

These are the punches that we roll with
This is the shit
When it's so much easier to stomach it
And I'm downwind of you

'Cause you give good odour
And you raise my game
From this high rise hoping
You steal my gains
Stuck together with traffic jams
Sweaty palms
Apparatchik

These are the punches that we roll with
This is the shit
When it's so much easier to stomach it
I'm downwind of you

Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge

Banríon Mo Chroí

( Mary Janes/Mic Christopher Cover of "Queen of Hearts" - Ceol 06 LP )


Uisce a’ teacht a’ breathnú orm
Ag fanacht siar
Ag fanacht siar ar dhuine
Uisce a’ teacht a’ breathnú orm
Ag feitheamh, ag feitheamh ar dhuine éigin.
Ós do chomhair an saol ‘tá thart
Is mise tréigthe san am fadó
Ag caitheamh ama go mall réidh
Ag fiafraí díom “Cén fáth, cén fáth?”
Ar chuaigh siad thart i ngan fhios dom
Nó an dall atáim?
De bharr an t-uisce ...

Ní fhacamar an téacs bhí romhainn
Níor thomhaiseamar céard bhí le teacht
Ag sciobadh linn aislingí ár dtodhchaí

Is chuireamar amach faoin ngrian iad
Nocht, mar rabhchán do ‘chuile dhuine
A rinne faillí
Tar a mhic, is mar seo atá sé
Mar chailín cúthail faiteach
Nó athrú aimsire geimhridh
Mar chúis le briseadh chroí
Is a bhanríon mo chroí
Le mo smaointe aoibhne áille
Imithe i bhfad uaim
Is mé buartha le
h-Uisce a‘ teacht...

Is mé ag feithimh
Ag feitheamh
Le banríon mo chroí

Blue Moon

( Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart / Live KCRW )

Blue moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own

Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms could ever hold
I heard somebody whisper, "Please adore me"
When I looked the moon had turned to gold

Blue moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own

Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms could ever hold
I heard somebody whisper, "Please adore me"
When I looked the moon had turned to gold

Blue moon,
Now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own

Love on my own
Love on my own
Love on my own

Blurry

( Live / Other voices )

Blurry like a railroad journey
You get down, so
You need the music that enrings
You got someone in your hand
Another in your mistiness
And several in your open arms
Sometime, sometime

Maybe you’ll pin nothing else on me
I get down sometimes
And I am perforated plenty
It’s you on the train
You don’t know where you’re heading to
Or even where you started out from

No-one ever talks to me like you do
I don’t like what you say, but at least it’s true
No, yeah…

Braille

(b-side)

For you, I leave my light on
To do it's best against the storm
And you came in like the tide and
I knew that we could keep each other warm.

You bring crocosmia and fuschias
And I, I sing your name into the night
A king of salt and stones, your compass
It swings from you to me tonight

We’ll swim without a word between us
Our breath held in
We reel in love in the ocean
Braille on our skin, on our skin

I fill a glass with what you’ve gathered
They wilt against the window pane
In the morning sees you off with nets to scatter
You will come in with the tide again

We swim without a word between us
Our breath held in
We read enough in the rush of
Braille on our skin, on our skin

We swim without a word between us
Our breath held in
We read enough in the rush of
Braille on our skin, on our skin

Don't Explain

( Billie Holiday Cover - Performed with Herbie Hancock )

Hush now, don't explain
There ain't nothing to gain
Well I'm glad that you're back
But don't explain

Quiet baby, don't explain
You know there ain't nothing to gain
Skip that lipstick
Don't explain

You know that I love you
And what love endures
All my thoughts are of you
I am so completely yours

Don't wanna hear nobody chatter
'Cause I know you cheat
Right or wrong, it don't matter
When you're with me sweet

Hush now, don't explain
You are my joy
And you're my pain
My life is your love
So don't explain

You know that I love you
And what love endures
All my thoughts are of you
I am so completely yours

Don't wanna hear folks chatter
'Cause I know you cheat
Right or wrong, don't matter
When I'm with you sweet

Hush now, don't explain
No, you're my joy and you're my pain
My life is yours love
Don't explain

Free Until They Cut Me Down

( Iron & Wine Cover / Live )

When the men take me to the devil tree
I will be free and shining like before
Papa don't tell me what I should've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me, take me home"

When the wind wraps me like the reaper's hand
I will swing free until they cut me down
Papa don't tell me what I could've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me, take me home"

When the sea takes me like my mother's arms
I will breathe free as any word of God
Papa don't tell me what you would've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me, take me home"

Get The Party Started

( Pink Cover / Even Better Than The Real Thing Vol. 1 )

I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm comin' up so you better get this party started

Get this party started on a Saturday night
Everybody's waitin' for me to arrive
Sendin' out the message to all of my friends
We'll be lookin' flashy in my Mercedes Benz
I got lotsa style, got my gold diamond rings
I can go for miles if you know what I mean

I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm...

Makin' my connection as I enter the room
Everybody's chillin' as I set up the groove
Pumpin' up the volume with this brand new beat
Everybody's dancin' and their dancin' for me
I'm your operator, you can call anytime
I'll be your connection to the party line

I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm comin' up so you better get this party started, started, started
I'm comin' up so you better.. you better...

I Don't Know What We're Fighting For

(Oscar The Hypno-Dog And Other Tails LP)

What was it this time
Was it the nappy
I pulled from the bin

Or this delicious stuff
I brought in
On my chin
Also from the bin

My nose is still hurting
From where you spanked it before
I can't remember
What we're fighting for

I wasn't barking at nothing
There was something there
Didn't you see
Didn't you care

Don't talk to me
Like I'm some pup
How was I to know
It was just your coat hanging up

Well, it's true
I can't see
My paw in front of my face
But I don't need good sight to see
The disappointment on your face

My nose is still hurting
From where you spanked it before
I can't remember
What we're fighting for

Can we start again
We've done so before
If you hold out your hand
I'll give you my paw

Last Leaf

( The Cake Sale LP )

I know what it would take for me to be free
To always be silenced everytime she spills tears
I can't ever leave you baby I believe
Just want to be the one who shakes down the last leaf

Feel I'm hanging around only to test thread
If it's strong enough to hold me then I'm weak enough to live
But I can't ever leave you baby I believe
Just want to be the one who shakes down the last leaf

Long time running
From the strong lines that holds
It's all I've known
Don't adjust your set

There are cracks on the pavement
So watch where you walk
I'm up in my room
Can you be here soon

You've put it across forbidden lines
If you never brought it back
I'd never know how where to find it

Long time running
from the strong lines that holds
It's all I've known
Don't adjust your set
The storm will pass
Been up on the roof til now
Changing the tune

There are cracks on the pavement
So watch where you walk
Are you in the room
Can you be here soon

Needles

( The Cake Sale LP )

Under my cloud
Out of my hands
Lost in a feeling
That I can't get out of

Wondering why
Wasting our time
Wasting all I love
In the shiny side of my life

I need you near me
Some ???
I need you near me, oh

Under my hand
Out of my head
Lost in confusion
I can't say we're out yet
Under the light
What if I died
What if halfway though
I turn around and change my mind

I need you near me
Some ???
I need you near me, oh

Playground love

( Air Cover / The Saturday Sessions CD )

I'm a high school lover
And you're my favourite flavour
Love is all, all my soul
You're my playground Love

Yet my hands are shaking
I feel my body remains
Time's no matter, I'm on fire
On the playground love

You're the piece of gold
The flushes all my soul
Extra time, on the ground
On the playground love

Anytime, anyway
On your playground Love

Some Surprise

( With Gary Lightbody / The Cake Sale LP )

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise

I was always a special child
Circuit boards for my insides
All I dreamed of was flying high
So your lips came as some surprise

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise

I was never one of the boys
Throwing shapes and power ploys
In your arms warmth I did find
In your seat I did decline

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise

Now that we've sat for a while
You've shown me yours and I've shown you mine
Even after all this time
Your lips come as some surprise

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise
Your lips come as some surprise
Your lips come as some surprise

Upside Down

(Diana Ross cover / Even Better Than The Disco Thing LP)

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Instinctively you give to me
The love that I need
I cherish the moments with you
Respectfully I say to thee
I'm aware that you're cheating
When no one makes me feel like you do

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Instinctively you give to me
The love that I need
I cherish the moments with you
Respectfully I say to thee
I'm aware that you're cheating
When no one makes me feel like you do

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully
Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully
Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully
Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully

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