Vicious Circle

by Calum Carlyle

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about

This album has been a long time in the making.
I had always wanted to form a big electric rock band and record this as a big psychedelic double album in a huge expensive studio. That hasn't happened. It's a solo album, recorded largely at home and on the fly, but given the very limited constraints available to me i am very happy with how it all turned out, and i hope you are too.

It contains several tracks written as part of the FAWM or 50/90 songwriting challenges, and many of these are collaborations, the details of which can be found on each individual song's page, and in the liner artwork, for those who download.

I've got a huge list of thank yous, but i don't think i have space for them all. Thanks go to all my co-writers, everyone i've ever been in a band with in The Lapels, The Ferny Brackens, Neoviolet, The Urban Folk Crowd and The Mixed Reactions, my parents, of course, and everyone who's supported and been a part of this ongoing musical journey.

This album is also dedicated to Donald Tiso, a big supporter of local music who would have been one of the first to purchase it, if he were still with us.

I hope you enjoy "Vicious Circle", it's the album i've been trying to make for years, so turn it up, and rock on!

www.calumsmusic.com
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released January 23, 2015

All songs written and performed by Calum Carlyle, unless otherwise stated, copyright Ⓒ 2015 Calum Carlyle.

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Track Name: Interesting Times (featuring Expendable Friend)
One, two, three, four, five
We'll never make it out alive
Five, six, seven, eight, nine
A, B, C, D, E
This'll go down in history
It's true we live in interesting times
Social justice, massive change
Feels like we're on a shooting range
We're gonna have to hope for the best
Tryin'a make it all work out
Don't even know what it's all about
This life is truly a test

They never told us it would be this way
All the world is hungry and in pain
So we've got to stand up and say what we've got to say
Or things will always stay the same

Because now one, two, three, four, five
We'll never make it out alive
Five, six, seven, eight, nine
I said now A, B, C, D, E
This'll go down in history
It's true we live in interesting times
Social justice, massive change
It feels like we're on a shooting range
We're gonna have to hope for the best
Tryin'a make it all work out
Don't even know what it's all about
This life is truly a test, truly a test

In the middle east they've got their conflicts, y'know
And all around the world, there's famine and war
But we turn a blind eye, yeah, because charity begins at home
But we're all part of it so what are we waiting for?
We can't wait any more!

I said now, one, two, three, four, five
We're never gonna make it out alive
Five, six, seven, eight, nine
Yeah well now, A, B, C, D, E
I said this'll go down in history
It's true we live in interesting times
Now, social justice, massive change
It feels like we're on a shooting range
We're gonna have to hope for the best
Tryin'a make it all work out
Don't even know what it is all about
Well, this life, brother, is truly a test, truly a test
Track Name: Burning In My Soul
As i see you through the mist it seems i've found you
Almost as a dream it seems as though it's not true
When i saw you there i stared, i couldn't help it
Floating through the dawn, a perfect, frozen, moment

Your skin, softer than the snow
Your lips, hotter than the Sun
Your eyes, burning in my soul

What am i to do, i couldn't even tell you
What was in the air was everywhere i turned to
There was only time and space for just an instant
Caught forever in my mind, a perfect moment

Your skin, softer than the snow
Your lips, hotter than the Sun
Your eyes, burning in my soul

Burning in my soul
Track Name: New Toy
Got a new car, got a new car, got a new car
Wanna see what it can do?
Got a TV, flat screen HD TV, but i gotta get something new
Got a new job, got a new job, got a new job
Gonna earn more than before
Got a new house, got a new house
Got a new garden and a kitchen and a new front door

I gotta get a new toy
I need a new toy

Gotta get a new girlfriend gotta get a new girl
Got a girl but i need something more
Gotta get a new kind of fix
Gotta get a new fix till i'm lying face down on the floor
Gotta get a new kind of mind, gotta get a new mind
'Cos my mind;s got a mind of its own
Gotta get a life, got to get a life baby
Gotta get out of my head and into the zone

I gotta get a new toy
I need a new toy
I need a new toy, yeah!
Alright

I gotta get a new toy
I need a new toy
I gotta get a new toy
I need a new toy
Track Name: Computer
Look into my eyes
And i'll show you something
But don't take away my flies
And don't jump on a spring
'Cos i can't control myself and i don't want to play computer anymore
I can't control myself and i don't want to play computer anymore
Eat more tobacco
And throw yourself away
Watch your own hand grow
And never ever complain
I can't control myself and i don't want to play computer anymore
I can't control myself and i don't want to play computer anymore
Sing a sad song
And give yourself a plan
Find a shoe where you belong
Telephone a man
'Cos i can't control myself and i don't want to play computer anymore
I can't control myself and i don't want to play computer anymore
Track Name: Fade Away
Carry on without me
I don't mind the pain
Carry on regardless
It's all the same

I won't be there this evening
I won't be there again
But please go on without me
Anyway...

Anyway...

Anyway...

Anyway...

Anyway.....
Track Name: Iron Gates
Behind the iron gates i stand and wait
'Til you take me home
But you never come
Because i'm made wrong
Because i'm defective
That's the reason the gates are here
That's what we're told

And what if i could smile, could you love me, for one day?
Or maybe you could just pretend
And what if i could cry, would you love me?
We could play
Maybe i could be like a friend

So the unloveable wait
Behind this locked iron gate
Sometimes i wonder just who put it here, can i have a clue?
Was it us or was it you?

And what if i could smile, could you love me, for one day?
Or maybe you could just pretend
And what if i could cry, would you love me?
We could play
Maybe i could be like a friend
Track Name: Pretending (featuring Sean T Wright)
My heart
Is bleeding
Now

My hope
Was pinned on you
But you're gone...

Why'd you leave that way?
Why'd you take so long to say?
So many years I thought you loved me
But I was mistaken...

Oh my heart
Oh my breaking, broken heart

So many memories
So many times we dreamed
Holding hands
But you were just
Pretending
Track Name: Don't Call Me Crazy
I never should have opened up and said
All the things that were running through my head
'Cos you didn't want to listen, to the things i had to say
You just gave me your opinion, and turned away (and turned away)

Don't call me crazy,
I'm not crazy, I'm not crazy
No I'm not

Now the box is open, there's no going back
You're aware of all the things you think i lack
And you don't want to hear, any other point of view
You'll never listen to me, like i listened to you (listened to you)

Don't call me crazy,
I'm not crazy, I'm not crazy
No I'm not
Track Name: Rule Of The Black Hats (featuring Peter Watkinson)
Code up
Extracted formant, release the format
Check the library
Define
Variable reason
In season, like that
Open the loop, if-then-else is cute
Seek the sought
Weaken the bought
End the line, like that
Rule of the black hat

Open doors
With no key
Seek the flaws
Kill your security
Wanting more
Than you are
Hacker lore
Be the best you can be

Lock tight, examine the lines
Distribute denial, exploit targets, strip back
One piece at a time
Firewall down and past the ghosts in the machine
Packet disclose, reload, rewind
Malware
Anywhere
Like that
Rule of the black hat

Open doors
With no key
Seek the flaws
Kill your security
Wanting more
Than you are
Hacker lore
Be the best you can be
Track Name: Try Harder
Pushing shit uphill would be far
Easier than living life like this
You try your best to do your best and
Every hit you aim for is a miss
But where is it leading to?
What do they want you to do?

'Cos you try...

Okay, you aren't perfect but at
Least you make the effort you don't stop
And all around you charming smiles and
Greasy handshakes rise up to the top
But how did those people win
While you somehow got chucked in the bin?

'Cos you try...

Something just isn't right
'Cos everything has turned out shite

Pushing shit uphill would be far
Easier than living life like this
No matter what you do your name will
Always be on someone else's list

But you try...