Honesty And Thorns

by Calum Carlyle

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Honesty And Thorns is the third CD from Orkney's estranged singer-songwriter Calum Carlyle.

An acoustic adventure through life's lushest, and most arid, landscapes, Honesty And Thorns takes you on a journey of discovery dealing with modern relationships of all kinds. It reflects the myriad ways that modern life can be viewed. It includes at least one love song, a few anti-love songs, a new adaptation of the Hebrew Song At The Sea, and more besides. Come along for the journey, as this album plumbs the depths and comes back looking for more.

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released January 8, 2010

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Calum Carlyle Edinburgh, UK

I'm a musician and songwriter from Orkney, now based in Edinburgh. Have a listen to some of my music, i hope you enjoy it!

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Track Name: May I Have A Large Container Of Coffee?
I watch you serve
Those cafe meals
You smile so shyly
I wonder how it'd feel
To have you look at me
That way
I'd sure like to know
But don't know what to say

I'll hang around the counter
Till you notice me waiting
While in my imagination
There'll be no hesitating
I'll simply say:

Come over here, waitress
there's no need to be shy
I'm a lonely astronomer
Half in love with the sky
May I have a large container of coffee?
It'd go so well with my Pi

Johann Lambert
Started it all
He played with numbers
But that was his call
Wonder if he had a wife
And kids
Or was calculating Pi
All he ever did

I'll hang around the counter
Till you notice me staring
I know I look like a fool
But I'm way past caring
I'll simply say:

Come over here, waitress
There's no need to be shy
I'm a lonely astronomer
I love you and the sky
May I have a large container of coffee?
It'd go so well with my Pi

I'm a silver-tongued devil when it comes to equations
But words get tangled in real-life situations
Yet my heart's only human, I ache for your smile
Oh, you're moving towards me...

Come over here, waitress
There's no need to be shy
I'm a lonely astronomer
And I love you more than the sky
May I have a large container of coffee?
It'd go so well with my Pi
Track Name: The Sound Of Falling In Love At First Sight
When i saw you in the morning, didn't know who you were
Wanted to go with you but i didn't dare
You were the one true thing that i could believe in
You were the fly in my ointment, the ice in my glass
I would have lifted the world for you

When i saw you in the evening, rainbows in your hair
Barefoot in the moonlight, and
all i could do was stare
Well i wanted to say that you've made my life worthwhile
And i wanted to be there, just to see you smile
Track Name: Guatemala
If I looked into the well of eternity, what do you think I would see?
Track Name: Atom Bomb
We made the atom bomb
In our own image and look what it's done to us
Never knew what went wrong
In our ambitions, were we too headstrong or
Is this our time of renewal?
A baptism of fire in our hearts?
Or is this our one final hour?
Will we get to make a new start?

Time
will tell
If we
Can ever live together

You're the one i adore
Can't let myself say the wrong thing when i talk to you
You're the thing i want more
Of the times that we've spent holding hands
Is this our Three Mile Island?
Our Bikini Atoll at the end?
And once the fallout has fallen
There's no way to make amends?

Time
Will tell
If we
Can ever live together

And one day we'll know
Which way we should go
Will it be fusion or fire
Or desire?

We made the atom bomb...
Track Name: Sometimes There's Magic
I love you, i mean it, but you don't seem to want to hear it
We just argue, it's me and you and this problem, we can't get near it
But sometimes it all just fades away, sometimes there's nothing to say
Sometimes there's magic in the air when we meet, but not today

You hate me, i hate you, it's all these years of bottled frustration
We feel it, but we don't mean it, it's a complicated situation
But sometimes it all just fades away, sometimes there's nothing to say
Sometimes there's magic in the air when we meet, but not today

And i can't live like this and neither can you
But i don't think i can live without you

I'm sorry, you're sorry, but it could happen again in a minute
If only we could be able to play this game and win it
But sometimes it all just fades away, sometimes there's nothing to say
Sometimes there's magic in the air when we meet, but not today
Track Name: Shirat HaYam
The song, Shirat HaYam, is in Hebrew. Here is the English translation of the lyrics (words selected from Exodus Ch 15, verse numbers included)

1 I will sing to the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously.
Horse and rider He has hurled into the sea
3 The Lord the warrior,
Lord is his name
4 Pharaoh's chariots and army
He has cast into the sea
6 Your right hand, o Lord, glorious in power.
Your right hand, o Lord, shatters the foe
8 At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up.
The floods stood straight like a wall.
The deeps froze in the heart of the sea
16 Terror and dread descend upon them
Through the might of your arm they are as still as stone.
Till your people cross over, o Lord,
Till your people cross, whom you have ransomed
11 Who is like you Lord among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in splendour, working wonders?
18 The Lord will reign forever.
Track Name: Yeshua
1 The Kingdom is like bread, which rises when it's cooked
2 It is for those who are poor or alone
3 It's like a rich man giving everything he has
4 for a single pearl all on its own
Aah, Yeshua x2

5 Lucky is the womb which has not conceived
6 Lucky the breasts that do not nurse
7 Do not lend your money to one who pays it back
8 Instead, let a beggar in your purse
Aah, Yeshua x2

9 Foxes have dens, birds have nests
10 But the son of man can never rest his head
11 Do not take the plough, and then start turning back
12 Leave the dead to bury their own dead
Aah, Yeshua x2

13 A wicked generation looks for a sign
14 Let those who have ears let them hear
15 Your body can be killed, but never can your soul
16 So there's no need for you to have fear
Aah, Yeshua x2

17 What did you mean when you said i had to hate
my mother and my father and my sons?
18 When you said you came to throw fire on the world
Did you mean nuclear weaponry and guns?
19 When you said that the lucky ones were hungry and poor
Did you mean that poverty should never end?
20 Did we misunderstand when you told us we should drink
From the spring that you were only there to tend?
Aah, Yeshua x4
Track Name: The Photograph
I took a photograph
And as soon as i'd taken it the moment had passed
You were smiling then
Pixelated pleasure, perceived through a lens

But now it's cold and it's dark
I'm alone in my chair and it's late
The photograph falls from my hand to the floor
As i sleep once again

And in the photograph
The people are young and the flowers are in bloom
Smiling at me from the past
The photograph makes my memories last

But now it's cold and it's dark
I'm alone in my chair and it's late
The photograph falls from my hand to the floor
As i sleep once again

A frozen moment in time
Sweet taste of the past, preserved just like wine
Nothing's ever the same
Those long distant faces will never be real again

But now it's cold and it's dark
I'm alone in my chair and it's late
The photograph falls from my hand to the floor
As i sleep once again
Track Name: No Use Looking Back
Sitting in the place where we had always shared our time
Remembering when all the words in both our lives would rhyme
Now a single shadow casts its shape across the floor
There's no use looking for you you don't live here anymore

I'd like to see your smile but you're in another land
I'd like to feel that feeling when i used to hold your hand

No use looking back, gotta walk into the future
No use looking back, there's nothing there for me
No use looking back, got to try living without you
No use looking back, it's time for me to see what i can be

Once there was a time when everything was new
Spectrum colours sparkled in the early morning dew
But now the leaves are turning and the nights are getting long
I tell myself it's right though i am feeling like it's wrong

I'd like to hear your laughter but now you're far away
Wish i'd loved you better when i saw you every day

No use looking back, gotta walk into the future
No use looking back, there's nothing there for me
No use looking back, got to try living without you
No use looking back, it's time for me to see what i can be

No use looking back, gotta walk into the future
No use looking back, there's nothing there for me
No use looking back, got to try living without you
No use looking back, it's time for me to see what i can be
No use, No use looking back
No use
Track Name: No, A Rainbow
You don't know a rainbow
Till You've seen a rainbow
You don't know a rainbow, no
You might have a sweet dream
Underneath the moonbeams
Or so it might seem, so

We might never meet again
And i'd lose you as a friend
That would be a crying shame
I don't even know your name

Have you had a birthday?
I once had a birthday
What does that mean? I don't know
Standing by the fireside
Just before the flames died
Basking in the waning glow

When i was a young lad
I did things that were bad
And bad things would come to me
It didn't really matter
If i acted better
Things will come at fate's decree

We might never meet again
And i'd lose you as a friend
That would be a crying shame
I don't even know your name
Track Name: Where Do We Go From Here?
This time i didn't follow you
Because now i understand
Life's not always easy
And sometimes can't be planned

Where do we go from here?
What are we doing now?
We'll have to take control of our lives, again, somehow

We thought it would be sunshine
But it was violent climate change
And with the passion of a hurricane
Our lives were disarranged

Where do we go from here?
What are we doing now?
We'll have to take control of our lives, again, somehow

And just how long
Can this go on
Are we still alive
Or do we just survive?

Where do we go from here?
What are we doing now?
We'll have to take control of our lives, again, somehow
Track Name: Glad Rags
Baby baby it's a long time, long time, it's a long time
Since I've seen you like this before
And baby, baby it's a long time, long time, it's a long time
Since I've seen you walking smiling through my door
And baby, baby it's a good day, good day, it's a good day
For singin' a happy song
And baby, baby it's high time, high time, it's high time
That you put your glad rags on, put 'em on

Sometimes people get lazy, lazy, they lay down
Don't wanna do anything
But if you've got life you gotta live it, live it, live it up now
You've gotta lift up your voice and sing (yeah yeah yeah)
So don't you tell me that it's rainin', rainin', rainin' down
That you can't see the risin' sun
'Cos the golden age is not over, over, over, no, no no
In fact it's only just begun
Track Name: Something Worthwhile
First tell me all the reasons why you're here and you're not somewhere else
Then write down all the reasons why you're you and you;re not someone else
You are the product of your long lost past
How long do you think these concepts should last?

But while i'm waiting, tell me something else
Something worthwhile, something about yourself
Life is hard, what's it all about?
There's no time to figure it all out

Are you made up of all the things you think you should be made up of?
Are you made up of happiness and tenderness and light and love?
Or is this all a fleeting illusion?
Please tell me what's all of this confusion?

But while i'm waiting, tell me something else
Something worthwhile, something about yourself
Life is hard, what's it all about?
There's no time to figure it all out

Tell me something!