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It’s a beautiful life

It’s a beautiful life

This is an acoustic song that strays into the Rap genre, it’s about addiction and loving somebody even when they go down a path you don’t understand or accept.

Bucks of Oranmore and Gravel Walks

Bucks of Oranmore and Gravel Walks

This is a medley of two Irish tunes I did back in 2001, I recorded once with a click and then went back and did the 2nd guitar. Can’t recall if I did rhythm or lead first though? Probably worth knowing if I’m to ever try that kind of thing again!

Return to me (one of my old dance tunes)

Return to me (one of my old dance tunes)

I don’t often let people know this,  but I loved (and still do love) dance music. In particular I was a fan of house and techno back in the mid 90’s. In the early 2000’s during what I would call some of my ‘dark days’ where I didn’t do much other than sit around pissed off and writing music I produced a lot of dance tunes.

They aren’t my best work by a long shot but it was a genre I had some fun with so figured I’d post a tune or two up here. This one and another written for my friend Robert O’Boyle called ‘buglars delight’ are probably my favourites.

Old Joe Clarke & Bill Cheatum

Old Joe Clarke & Bill Cheatum

This is a fiddle tune medley I have played in various places and with lots of people. This is a video from a gig we did at the Conwy Bluegrass Festival in Wales about 9 years back. Tom Hanway and Karl Deeter was the act and then we had Neil on another banjo and Joe on mandolin. Both great players. The crowd are great too, they always give a bit of an applause to guitar flatpickers too (so I’m totally biased!).

Things turned out a little different (2016)

Things turned out a little different (2016)

This is a song that we recorded in Sonic in Dublin in October 2016. It’s a tune about how life sometimes works out differently than you thought it would. Lyrics are below, some are alternative lyrics I toyed with and haven’t taken out, as with all my songs, the actual lyrics in it might not match what’s written down!

Open eyes to another day
turn beside me wanna see your face
to know I’m not dreaming
and it’s you
the angel that I wake up to

Hold this hand, and look my way
please understand that in this place
we are free,
as we can be
the world flows on past you and me

[Then] it all turned out a little different
than I thought it would.
Things turned out a little different
than I thought they would.

Life is good but luck can change
change it does every passing day
a thing once bright now
is only a glow
a once big river
no longer flows

Mountains fall, time passes by
a love runs out
and it doesn’t revive (alt lyr: like a river run dry)
Making sense,
is hard to
And it’s hard to make much of anything when I’m around you
[making a future
is kinda hard around you…]

CHORUS

Bridge: Passing time… goes on by….

Time is cruel, cruel and unfair
dark gives way to more grey hair
it’s a life of work
a life of toil
half the time I wonderin’
what I’m doin’ it for

And I’m still here, like a fool I stay
When the better part of me is saying
’up and away’
[when the better part of sense
is tellin’ me walk away]
but it’s a tricky thing
to try and figure out
when it isn’t just me I gotta worry about