The Tears Of Xerxes

by Calum Carlyle

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This is a little collection of songs which I wrote and recorded during September 2013. I hope you enjoy them!

Please check out my other music on this site too.

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released September 30, 2013

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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: An Original Sin
It comes to you from within
It's a monster but you love it
You can't touch it, or taste it, but you never waste it
It's like an original sin

when i saw you standing
I offered you my seat
Which i never do
No i never do, but you took it
And you sat
And without a glance
You fell asleep
As i opened my packet of juicy fruit
And looked away
Quite self consciously

It gives you a sense of commitment
The drive that you need to succeed
And you love it
It's like an original sin
Track Name: A Boy
There was a boy
And he stayed on at school
Didn't know what to do
With himself

He got good grades
And he went into the world
But he didn't have a trade
So he couldn't make much wealth

And he didn't know how to play the markets
And he didn't know how to drive a van
And he couldn't be a plumber or a joiner
And as time passed he grew to be a man

And as he grew
He just kept busy
He got a girlfriend
Had a string of jobs

Never highly paid
He always rented
Getting by
Doing bits and bobs

And he didn't have enough to start a pension
And he didn't start a high interest account
The money came and went the week he earned it
Somehow he never had a large amount

Not everyone can retire when they're fifty
The fact that some are rich makes others poor
Some people work to just put food on the table
They can't afford to try to be entrepreneurs
So they stay poor

There was a boy
And he worked all his life
And he never had much
But no-one really cared
Track Name: Imaginary Wings
Well remember i wrote that song the other day?
I sent it to you by email from an internet cafe
You told me it was negative
You didn't like what you had heard
So i've written another and this one
Has much more happy words!

It's about Cake, and chocolate
And houses with central heating
This one doesn't mention wars
Or genocide or beatings
and i know you will be happy
'Cos it's filled with fluffy things
You can transcend the world's problems
On imaginary wings!

Well unicorns are nice and so is cheese
Or sunsets, and a nice cool summer breeze
And we'll forget that most people can't
Enjoy them 'cos they haven't got time
'Cos they're too busy trying to clothe their kids
Or avoiding urban crime

So it's all about Cake, and chocolate
And houses with central heating
This song doesn't mention wars
Or genocide or beatings
and i know you will be happy
For the comfort that it brings
You can transcend the world's problems
On imaginary wings
You'll be proud with your head in the clouds
On your imaginary wings
You can transcend the world's problems
On imaginary wings!
Track Name: Food! Food! Food!
It's a hopeless world we live in
With the bomb hanging over our heads
The social troubles we're reliving
Mean we might as well be dead

Oh but there's one thing that's needed
By every boy and girl
So grab a knife and fork and sing
All around the world!

Food! Food! Food! it's a glorious comfort
Food! Food! Food! it's what we all need!
Food! Food! Food! we can't live without it
So pass the plate around, don't give in to greed
We all need food

There are millions without housing
And millions who have AIDS
While crass misinformation's
Being handed out in spades

Don't believe your politicians
Don't believe your TV screen
Engage your brain despite the pain
And think "what can it all mean?"

It's about food! Food! Food! it's a glorious comfort
Food! Food! Food! it's what we all need!
Food! Food! Food! we can't live without it
So pass the plate around, don't give in to greed

'cos Food, food food should never be wasted
But most of the food we produce goes straight in the bin
Three quarters of the world have to go hungry
While their governments wage war, it's the ultimate sin
We all need food
Track Name: Cats
Well it's time for me to tell you
How i really feel about cats
I never really mentioned it
When i first arrived in your flat

But i have to take antihistamines
Whenever i visit you there
and since i have known you, my clothes are all covered in hair

Well it's time for me to let you know
How i really feel about food
I like it straight and simple
To me that's what makes it so good

But whenever i visit you you always serve
Some exotic dish from afar
And so after i've left, i just eat takeaway in my car

I love you so i didn't tell you before
But now we're building up a nice rapport
And now we're ready for a little bit more
Don't throw me out the door!

Well it's time for me to tell you
I think you're a little bit fat
And you could do with a nose job
And your hair would look nice in a hat

And now come to think of it i don't really like
Your taste in films, books or clothes
So it's probably best if we end this right now i suppose!
How i ever thought i could love you, God only knows!
Track Name: Together
I wanna change the world we live in
And for that i'll be forgiven
I want to feed and clothe the children of the world
Before theygrow up to be guerrillas
And urban serial killers
I'd give a lollipop to every boy and girl

Because a sticking plaster's what they need
To protect them from this world of greed
Full of adults who are children in their minds
And for every kid who grew up fast
There's a parent who just can't be assed
To lead them through this world which twists and winds

Because we're all in this together
And that should give us pleasure
But we cheat and kill and lie and we destroy
So will we set a good example
Or will we simply gamble
With the future of every girl and boy?

Because a bit of kindness is what they need
To protect them from this world of greed
Full of adults who behave like thugs and thieves
And money makes the world go round
But hearts and minds fall to the ground
Like autumn's branches shedding withered leaves
Track Name: Rose Tinted Spectacles
Flowers and fairies and fluffy new kittens
And honey, and sugar, and cheese
Bouncy new babies with hand-knitted mittens
They always bring me to my knees

'Cos i'm wearing my rose tinted spectacles
They block out the hurt and the pain
Yes i'm wearing my rose tinted spectacles
They generate sun out of rain!
Again and again

Bigots and chauvanists, people who hate
Behind the civilised grin there's a beast
They'll smile while they kick you, and beat you to death
Well, their twitter feed says so at least

But i'll put on my rose tinted spectacles
And now i can be that guy's friend
Never mind what he did to that other guy
Never mind all those lies that he penned
'Cos i'm that guy's friend

Yes i'll put on my rose tinted spectacles
And now i can join in the crowd
They're telling some guy that he's broken the rules
So i'll help them as they trample him down
Into the ground

With my rose coloured spectacles
La la la la i'm not listening
La la la i can't hear you
With my rose coloured spectacles
Track Name: Blinded By The Beauty Of The Sunrise
Blinded by the beauty of the rising sun
Sitting in amongst the purple heather
The sight of it was something that just left me stunned
A sunrise undiluted by the weather!

Blinded
By the beauty
Of the sunrise


Blinded by the beauty of the rising sun
I thought about the people still in bed
Gazing at the tapestry the sun had spun
From ultraviolet through to infrared

Blinded
By the beauty
Of the sunrise


And all too soon it was over
The sun had risen to the sky
As i sat in the heather and the clover
Shaking my head to clear my eyes

For i was blinded
By the beauty
Of the sunrise
Track Name: Please
Please give me back my books
I know you like them but they're mine
you can't keep them

Please, give me back my tapes
I know you've got them but they're mine
And you can't have them

Please give me back my clothes
I know you want them but they're mine
And you can't have them

Please, give me back my leg
I know you broke it, but it's mine
And i was using it

I need to stand on my own two feet
though the chances of that are slim
Give me back my life
Give me back my wife
Or else

Please, look inside your heart
I know you've got one, or you used to
Yes, you used to

Please give me back my life
I used to have one
Till i met you
And you took it all away

Yes, you took it all away
Track Name: Live In The Now
It's all muddled up in the grand scheme of things
I can't tell if it's yellow or blue
You say that's it's one or the other
I can't tell if it's me or it's you

The future's indestructible
It can never be seen
It's not tax deductable
whatever that means

It may seem i'm regressing
But i know i'm not guessing
Nothing is pressing but Now

I can't think of the past 'cos the present is crowding my mind
I can't make it last any longer so why look behind?

The feeling of time passing
Is all in your head
Your life is everlasting
Because you are not dead

It may seem i'm regressing
But i know i'm not guessing
Nothing is pressing but Now

We live in the Now
Track Name: To See Is To Act
You are learning from now till the day when you die
Understand who you are, and you won't have to ask why
Don't be afraid of your fear, the key's in your hand
Just be your Self for the truth is a pathless land

Listen to the meaning, not the words
Don't rush to learn the names of all the birds
Time's an illusion
It's the space you leave between your thoughts and deeds
You struggle with your thoughts but there's no need
It's an internal fusiona

All roads lead to God, the god of the Self
Which all of us share, it's a true common wealth
And there's no need for effort, because effort distracts
You just need to know that to see is to act

All philosophies
All ideologies
All idiotic and crass
Be at peace with your being
Be at peace with your self
And just lay in the sun on the grass
Because to see is to act
Track Name: Can You See?
Do you see, now, what we all have in store?
As it turns out, there is no lock upon the door
Can you see?
Can you see what's on the other side of the door?
Can you see through?
Can you see the world on the other side

Will you spread the wings of your head and take to the skies?
It is said that you will see if you open your eyes
Can you see through?
Can you see what's on the other side of the door?
Can you see?
Can you see the world on the other side

Ah, it's all inside,
Ah, there's nothing to hide
It's all inside, there's no way to hide
There's no way to hide

Can you see me?
Can you see me through the wide open door?
Can you see me?
Can you see?
Track Name: From There To Here
Places i will never see
Things that i will never be
Showing me it's a long way from there to here

Things i never knew i'd do
Want to share them all with you
but sometimes it's a long way from there to here

Why, why can't things just stay the same?
It's a long way from there to here
I don't want things to stay the same
No, but it's a long way from there to here

All of the people i've known
With all of their help i have grown
And sometimes it hasn't been nice
Yes i've been doublecrossed once or twice
Oh but some people were my dear friends
And i never will see them again
And as i get older each day
The memories just fade away, to grey, every day

When i was only just a lad
Sometimes things were pretty bad
But now i know it's a long way from there to here

But now, i've got to introduce my little girl
To this ever spinning world
And it's a long way from there to here

Yes it is, it's a long way from there to here
Track Name: Nadia Cripps and Calum Carlyle - Where Is Happiness?
I'm happy, more or less
But i can't find a sort of peace i guess
I don't know what happiness is made of
Perhaps it's made out of a kind of love

Happiness is something that you can't find
It creeps up on you, your
Happiness will find you while you sleep

Happiness will come to you if
You just do what you would do
So don't spend your days worrying and weeping

Grey day, but nonetheless
You can still find your happiness
Happiness is something that comes from within you
So if you feel blue
It's in you

Yes it's true

Happiness is something that you can't find
It creeps up on you, your
Happiness will find you while you sleep

Happiness will come to you if
You just do what you would do
So don't spend your days worrying and weeping

Happiness is something that you can't find
It creeps up on you, your
Happiness will find you while you sleep

Happiness will come to you if
You just do what you would do
So don't you sit and worry while you weep