Honesty And Thorns

by Calum Carlyle

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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
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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
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05:03
If I looked into the well of eternity, what do you think I would see?
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04:50
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...
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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
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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.
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03:53
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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04:25
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
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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!

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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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