I got a bit of time to upload some new songs and other ones which I have had the chance to edit. Been a while since I have had the time to do so and it feels good to revisit songs which I haven’t listened to since I recorded them.
So here they are. Ranging from original songs (and an original song / story about the Irish Famine) and a few cover songs too.
I hope you like them.
Rumours (original song about the Irish Famine)
Last Night (acoustic cover of The Strokes song)
I’ll Meet You There One Day (original song for Palestine)
There Won’t Be Many Coming Home (Roy Orbison cover)
Junior Chills – On The Lonesome Road (original album)
With the onset of fatherhood and a return to education I haven’t had the time I once had to regularly update my WordPress page. However I have been endlessly writing new songs to keep ‘stress’ at bay. I find that writing my songs are the easiest part but finding time to record them is quite tedious. Nevertheless I got a few hours today to upload not just one song but a handful which I have put into a wee album.
The songs explore a lot of different topics well the usual ones that I explore anyway. Although I love playing all the songs I write, I particularly enjoy Daydreaming, Stress and Ireland Bound.
So check it out. Give it a listen to. Find out a song which sticks out for you and let me know. Any and all feedback is greatly received and appreciated.
I suppose it sounds more ominous than it actually is which is simply a short instrumental piece to introduce a few songs which I have wrote.
I would like to think that if I was savvy with garageband I would introduce a small drum beat and maybe some form of electric guitar riff to mirror what I play on the acoustic. However I am unable to import my own songs to garageband 😦 I can only create ones afresh…so for the meantime this will have to suffice!!
While practising the Kings of Leon song ‘Back Down South’, I thought that I would put my own lyrics to the song and make it about Ireland. I’ll not get into the geography / politics (which do indeed come hand in hand) of the situation but I thought I would amend the song to look at visiting the Republic of Ireland i.e. going back down south.
In the song I discuss Luke Kelly, Christy Moore, the Garda, Food, Culchies and the Euros. Maybe it can be my own song for Ireland at the Euros this year.
Fuck it. This is my song for Ireland at the Euros this year.
Very random title. Very random song. I think I have always been fascinated with the bullshit theory that fish have only a three second memory…I think this could have been spawned from a fishing trip where I caught a fish with a hook in the eye, took it off, threw it back in and then caught the same dumb ass mutilated fish again…which I then brought home because being Irish I thought there was an old proverb somewhere that said ‘Catch a fish and give it to the sea, catch it again and you’ll get cash money moneeeeee’…I made that up…
I don’t think that they do have three second memories. But do they dream? What if they did dream? Would a salmon dream about walking down the road…this reminds me of Billy Connolly’s joke about how Wildebeast don’t know that they’re wildebeasts because there are no mirrors in the Serengeti Plain…this salmon in the story doesn’t think he’s a fish…he thinks he’s one of those walking things dandering about on the shore line!!
Again it is just a wee song that I put together…I have never dreamt that I have been a salmon so it’s unrealistic that the salmon would dream of being us…why would they? Christ, it’s just a song!!
Junior Chills – There Won’t Be Many Coming Home (Roy Orbison cover)
I first heard this song while watching The Hateful Eight (shame on me I suppose) and instantly loved it. I read a bit about the song and found that it was created for a film which Roy Orbison starred in called ‘The Fastest Guitar Alive’ which was set during the American Civil War. As such I felt that I could do a cover of the song and relate it to other periods of history which I have attempted to reflect in the video using:
The Hateful Eight: set during 1860’s – 1870’s
The High Plains Drifter: 1800’s
Cross of Iron: 1943
The Wild Bunch: 1913
Full Metal Jacket: 1950’s – 1970’s
Wee acoustic number of a fantastic song which I hope I haven’t ruined for anyone.
‘The Thief’ is a song I wrote a few years ago and one which I always wanted people to hear. I had it lined up as one of my set list songs for a busking competition in Belfast and literally, as I went to play it, I was told that my time was up…no more songs for me!!
To be honest I had sort of forgotten about the song since then and came across it today as I was flicking through my song book. I know the previous few songs I have put up have been historically based (and linked maybe) but now I will return to playing just my normal songs…for a while at least.
‘The Thief’ is a song a person who not only steals objects but other peoples’ feelings too.
I haven’t gave much thought into writing anything about this song if I’m honest but I’ll run with it and see where it takes me.
If you have listened to my other songs you will know that the music sounds very similar to the song ‘Hoops’…that’s because it is!! But this song was wrote first and I couldn’t find any other music to fit in…actually, I didn’t even try. The song is called ‘Sins of Ireland’ but I think it is more of a satirical song which delves into some popular misconceptions about the Irish – we are all alcoholics, we all know Irish dancing, we love gambling (but this could be more of a local stereotype where someone who loves gambling would be said to put money on two flies racing up a wall).
Each verse looks at a different month of the year: May, July, September, December, February, March / April and tells a story about what happened in each month between a married couple.
I think that the line I love the most in the song is ‘In the rain of July lad, I decided to take a trip, I brought the wife to Cashel Rock, and I left her there in Tipp (Tipperary)’. Typically weather in July would be nice, maybe even warm. In Ireland the weather is, more times than not, a nice cool, cloudy, rainy constant…even during the summer.
St Patrick’s Day and the third day of Cheltenham…fuck it! Few pints and a few bets 😉