Songs of One Hundred Years​/​They'll Greet Me In Heaven Double EP

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released December 16, 2013

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Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May this year with a sell- out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. The album has received critical acclaim, describing the songs as “gently affecting”, “intoxicating” and “carefully crafted”, but always picking up on the album’s “dark twist”. ... more

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Track Name: A Song Of One Hundred Years
A song of one hundred years
(words and music by Adam Beattie 2010)

Chorus:
Hold me high and send me low
For it is time for me to go
And in my eyes you’ll see no tears
For I have lived one hundred years

Before you throw the ropes below
And fan the soil from head to toe
I’ll turn my tongue, be balladeer
And sing a song of one hundred years

I was born when horses pulled the plough
And marriage held by but a vow
A beggar’s hand assumed sincere
Much has changed these hundred years

An early age, behind the mule
An equal grip on books in school
A mighty fleet I’d commandeer
To sail me through one hundred year

Chorus

I took my boat on the stormy sea
Never I’d dreamt of one like thee
On a nearby shore you did appear
To sail me through one hundred years

A daughter’s care, a quarter share
The loyal son, I had a pair
My every word they would revere
To make me proud for a hundred years

Chorus

Brides and grooms and baby booms
A see of smiles splashed through the room
And through the years, be it smiles or tears
I’d hold dear all hundred years

I’ll hold you all deep in my heart
Fondly filling every part
And as I watch you disappear
I’ll recall all hundred years

Chorus

And as I watch you disappear
Sing a song of one hundred years
Track Name: All I Know
All I know
(words and music by Adam Beattie 2011)

For all I see
A hand misplaced, a tear will fall
For all I see
A man disgraced will not stand tall
The baby cries, the mother learns
The wind will blow, the tree will bend
For all I see
The sun it shines, the world turns

For all I have
A gift is blank without a smile
For all I have
I’ll miss the train and walk the mile
The more mistakes the more one learns
The more that’s lost, the more one earns
For all I have
Things break, money burns

For all I feel
I walk the ground, an insect dies
For all I feel
I wave the flag, a bomber flies
When it cools, the pressure drops
When it gets hot it will pop
For all I feel
Bones break, hearts stop

For all I know
The top is the bottom, and the bottom is the top
Track Name: There's No View Like Bennachie
There’s no view like Bennachie

I grew up on the east coast
Where it falls flat to the sea
From the beaches of Banff
To the firth at Dundee
I never saw the delights
Up with the Dee and the Spey
But I stayed where they sleep
From the Don down to the Tay

Oh how I longed to leave
Over the hills and the seas
To be a man of the world
And find a true love for me
So when I left my home,
I’d just laugh at their plea, that
“There is no view like Bennachie”

I came home once a year
When bright lights filled the trees
On a carpet of ice
And a sharp winter breeze
And the bars all spilt out
And the faces looked old
Far more than their years
And hit hard by the cold

Oh how I longed to leave
Back to the life I had weaved
I feared I might be forgot
So I rushed back to see
And as the train pulled away
I’d look back in the grey
I couldn’t agree
“There is no view like Bennachie”

And so the years came like waves
On the mortal tide
An old me dies
and a young one cries
Bales roll in the fields
Leaves peel from the trees
And the seeds are all dealt out by the breeze

Oh how I longed to stay
Wished for just one more day
To be someone’s very first
or very last to see
And now it pains me to part
And with a weight in my heart
I can see
“There is no view like Bennachie”

And now it pains me to part
And with a weight in my heart
I can agree
“There is no view like Bennachie”
Track Name: Days Of Blind Loving
Days of blind loving

I was doing just fine
Biding my time
Holding out for the life I was due
All was lacey and light
Had no feel for a fight
I thought my days of blind loving were through

She was young when I found her
Fighting freedoms that bound her
There was no place she called home
With no taste for routine
No place she’d past seen
Her days of blind love were long gone

I tried to take it all lightly
But my heart held on tightly
I felt all my foolish blood take command
Until a moment of bliss
Became an age I would miss
That moment where blind love felt so grand

I have been holding a light
To solitude by day and by night
So sure it would pay back in joy
The time it had taken

But it all settled down
I found the jewels to my crown
I’d arrived to where I thought I should be
With a woman so fair
Full of giving and care
From those days of blind love I could see
And from those days of blind love I was free
Track Name: The Splendour Of It All
The Splendour of it all

I try to remember
all the reasons that I left her
But all I can recall
is the splendour of it all

So I look back through the pages
that I wrote to mark the stages
Of the rise and fall of our empire
But all was lost in the fire

Leaving me without the words
They now seem so absurd
And all I can recall is the splendour of it all

So I tightly close my eyes and hope
That your image will arise
But it’s lost in lovers past
When you appear you never last

Leaving me without a picture
To take me back to when I left her
But all I can recall is the splendour of it all

I hold on to all these thoughts
In hope one day I won’t be caught
Pondering the paths I took
Unable to take another look
But to be content with all life’s choices
All regrets turn to rejoices
And you’ll take pleasure when you recall
The glorious splendour of it all
Track Name: She's A Stranger
She’s a stranger

Chorus
She’s a stranger
She’s a danger to my health
And all the love we made
will be carried in the spade
that is used to dig my grave

She’s a stranger
She’s a danger to my health
And all the kisses we shared
They can’t hide the ones that we spared
The very last one leaves a tear

And all those days entwined
Leave all these nights unkind
A true love is hard to find

Chorus

She’s a stranger
She’s a danger to my health
And any new flame
Wont let you speak the name
Of the stranger that came before

And when you left me
You took the best part
You put me right back
Back to start

Chorus
Track Name: Who Knows For Tomorrow
Who knows for tomorrow?

All we have is a bud, babe
Scared love wont grow
Who knows for tomorrow?
Another may say it aint so

Burrow into my bussom, baby
And cry tears in my hands
Who’ll bathe you tomorrow?
Another may be someone who can

Hold this cup, pull on the string
Or my heart will go to hell
Forgive me tomorrow
And the other whom you now know well

I opened my arms and you laughed
You opened your heart and I flew
Don’t change for tomorrow
Though another may be hoping you do

I led you down to the sea
Drew lines on your palms
Lept into the new day smiling
While the other held his head in his hands

Hold this cup, there’s truth in it
Forever keep the taste
Today will tell tomorrow, and
Another love wont go to waste

Today will tell tomorrow, and
Another love wont go to waste
Track Name: They'll Greet Me In Heaven
They’ll Greet Me In Heaven

They’ll greet me in heaven
For my good work down here
When I get to the gates
I’ll here them cheer

“He was a good man.
He lived his life well”
And I’ll be ready
when they ring those bells

Can’t say that I believe
In such a man and such a place
No house and no doorway
No voice and no face

But I know that he’d greet me
For I’ve loved and I’ve lost
I’ve danced and I’ve sang
And I’ve paid all the costs

They’ll greet me in heaven
If god’s a good man
I said to the missionary
As she stopped me to say

“There’s a big change coming
If you don’t read and pray,
God’s fierce fist
Will cast you away”

And I said “Surely the man,
Of which you tell,
Won’t give a good man like me
Away to hell”

And surely he’d greet me
With a wink and a grin
For I did not believe
But neither did I sin

They’ll greet me in heaven
And I’m sure they will you too
For the gates wont just open
For those who knew

And no matter the judge
Or who’s God will prove true
Goodness is known
In the heart and right through

And they’ll greet you in heaven
And every day until then
For if man created God
Then God is in every man
Track Name: I Fell In Love For Just a Minute
I fell in love for just a minute

I fell in love for just a minute
Don’t know if I can get back in it
So I sent you on your way
To try me on another day

We walked each other down the darkened road
We said we’d marry in the corner shop
We banked upon our lucky stars
We fell in love for just a minute

I thought to gain a few more chances
To plough the field of new romances
But with the season at its tail
This harvest was bound to fail

I hope that in my final hour
Around me all true loves will shower
Me with kisses and gladly sing it
“We fell in love for just a minute”
Track Name: Cherry On The Cake
Cherry on the cake

You’re the cherry on the cake
That’s taken years to bake
You came along to wake me just in time

But now I’m trundling along
With you my sweet song
Of words that both reason and rhyme

You’re the flag on the castle
Slowly carved from sand
You came along when the tide was high

Now the water is lapping
The walls are all cracking
But the flag is still flying and dry

You’re the cherry on the cake
That’s taken years to bake
I was just about to give in to solitude

But now I’m dancing again
I’m making new friends
Never thought I would be back in my prime

You’re the star atop the tree
The whole town can see
You’re the reason that they all come crowd around

And the children sit by me
Looking up with glee
They sing a sweet song and they warm the cool ground

You’re the cherry on the cake
That’s taken years to bake
You came along to wake me just in time

But now I’m trundling along
With you my sweet song
Of words that both reason and rhyme

You’ll be the earth that falls
Through six feet of dark walls
You’ll be the kind words that sound at my wake

And while there’s warmth in your breath
And the icing’s still fresh
Find your very own cherry on the cake