Shoreline

by Neil McSweeney

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Neil McSweeney's second album.

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released October 26, 2009

Recorded at G2 studios, Sheffield by John Sephton and Paul Harris. Mixed by Mike Timm at Axis Studios and mastered by Rob Gordon. Covershot by Phil Gribbon. Sleeve design by Andy Woodhead. Bonus video of Rope To Hang directed by Sat Johal.

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Track Name: Glencoe
I went walking down in old Glencoe
And the mountains and the ghosts of long ago
Stirred my soul
So I’m heading north as far as I can get
If there’s peace on earth that must be where it is
Is it you sweet peace?

I’ve been called up and I’m going to go
For to live in the mountain tops and to walk in the snow

City life and southern climes are in
But the price is high and the air is wearing thin
And so is my skin
Though to leave it takes a sacrifice
All the people at my back I’ve called my life
Well perhaps they’ll write

But I’ve been called up and I’m going to go
For to live in the mountain tops
Piss my name in the snow
Track Name: Standing Still
There’s something about your smile that hurts my heart
It burns my life
There’s something about your laugh
I hate to find that it makes me cry

With all your needs fulfilled
You went and you left my whole life standing still
And I’m not proud to say that I only wish you pain
Yeah and one of these days I’m gonna get my way

It’s a wonder the human mind isn’t better designed
For goodbye
When that is all we do
Each day anew, our whole lives through

With all your needs fulfilled
You went and you left my whole life standing still
And I’m not proud to say that I only wish you pain
Yeah and one of these days I’m gonna get my way
Track Name: Wonder In The Making
Take it easy now my boy
The bright world is out there waiting
Long moments to enjoy
Is all that we can wish for

But I can’t always be there to pick you up
I won’t always be with you to show you my love
We only get so long but it’ll never stop

Take it easy now my girl
You’re a wonder in the making
This life is but a whirl
A ride that we are taking

Great fortune brought me here so I could pay you on
And sit with you a while as the ride rolls on
We only get so long but it’ll never stop

Take it easy now my love
Our troubles are not hard ones
I’ll kneel down next to you
To tend our little garden

When the time it comes around for us to reap the crop
Look down into the soil and new shoots come up
We only get so long but it’ll never stop
Track Name: Side To The Sun
Loving her was easy
Then she broke your stride
Now nothing but the whisky
Takes you for that ride

Handles are for turning
When you’re locked outside
With nothing but the whisky
You can see for miles

It’s taken all that I’ve got
Standing there side to the sun
There ain’t a ride or a rush
That doesn’t end
Track Name: Time
Sweetheart it’ll tear you apart
Sunbeam it’ll bury your dreams
Angel it’ll make you unwell
I saw it coming for you straight outta hell

But then the darker, the deeper the drive
It’s in the clamour of the infant crawl
The day you don’t put your life on the line
That’s the day after they make no more
Of the time; the living spark.
Track Name: Rope To Hang
Every night I’m walking round on eggshell
Every night I’m waiting for the end
Watching through a veil of apprehension for a sign
That you’ve grown too weary to continue to pretend

And in your eyes I see a world of worry
Shining like the fantasy of the world you left

Come on girl you gave the world but it’s never gonna be
Sometimes hope is just a rope to hang yourself you see
You keep me warm you keep me dry
You keep us both alive
It can’t be long until you realise
It’s not enough to just survive

Now I’m thinking back to last September
The summers-end bash up on suicide ridge
As you held me close I promised always to remember
A couple of lines that you made me sign of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Now every time you throw your arms around me
I get the urge to fill my skin with drink

Come on girl you gave the world but it’s never gonna be
Sometimes hope is just a rope to hang yourself you see
You keep me warm you keep me dry
You keep us both alive
It can’t be long until you realise
It’s not enough to just survive to survive
Track Name: The Break
You’ve been waiting from the moment you were born
Have you worked out what you’re waiting for?
It takes patience to sit staring at your food
While hunger eats a hole in you

You lose track of all the days
You’ve been working for some future raise
You might die before you get paid
You might die before you get paid

And it’s all you can do
To keep on moving like you do

In the valley you only saw the hills
Went to the mountain but you couldn’t stand the chill
Because the summer is always somewhere else
And it’s a cold world baby when you’re wrapped up in your self

And it’s all you can do
To keep on moving like you do

This life’ll get you with delerium tremens
There must be a way where all beginnings have an end
It takes patience but it also takes a fool
The let hunger eat a hole in you
Track Name: Half A Mind
Summer’s shadow heart is beating it’s last
Twisting on the breeze and glistening in the grass
I’ve got half a mind to fall on my knife for you
And maybe come the winter I will do

But I’ll wait for now by the river
Where we would meet
And we’ll float like messages in bottles
Both captured and free

Summers shadow heart is calling a truce
Drying on the leaves and leeching from the roots
I’ve got half a mind to bury myself for you
And maybe come the rains I will do

But I’ll wait for now by the river
And you’ll come to me
We’ll float like messages in bottles
Both captured and free
Track Name: Wasters
Slow down. What the rush? You’ve earned a little time
Your bed it won’t unmake itself
That bottle it won’t drink the wine unattended
Why don’t you climb into both for a while

I know that you’re tired and there’s work still to do
But just for tonight we’ll be the wasters we once knew we were

It’s not so hard to lose yourself in life
Some days it’s the road up ahead
On others the country behind gets your thoughts
To the ground at your feet you go blind

I know that you’re tired and you’ve work still to do
But just for tonight we’ll be the wasters we once knew we were