We'll Wave From The Shore

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released February 8, 2010

Adam Beattie - vocals, guitars, banjo,
piano, harmonium, wurlitzer, toy piano
Callum Sadler - electric guitars, organ
Colin Somervell - double bass
Kit Jolliffe - drums
Jim Willis - violin, mandolin
Justin Young - musical saw
Will Heath, Ben Faulkner,
Oliver Talkes and Dave Tunstall -
backing vocals

All songs written by Adam Beattie
Recorded at 8 Forest Grove, London
between 6th and 14th of June 2009
Recorded and mixed by Paul Gallagher
Mastered by Jon Astly
Produced by Adam Beattie,
Callum Sadler and Paul Gallagher

Cover photography by Noemie Goudal

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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: Bone Dry
Bone Dry

We lived inside each others coats
Now you’re gone but still you float
Through the air that I still breath
These thoughts are warm but I wish you’d leave
So the air is fresh and I can start a new
Let me forget about you

You make me angry. You make me sad.
These hollow gestures should make me glad
You devoured my kindness but buried your soul
And when you unearthed it, I suffered the toll.
Out of Bone dry soil you grew
Let me forget about you
Let me forget about you

So I packed my bags
All I owned, memories like rags
I pocketed the past, closed the book,
Gave our love one last look
Out of Bone dry soil we grew
Let me forget about you
Let me forget about you
Track Name: Dirty Water
Dirty Water

Dirty water, grease and grime
I might as well be doing time
I clean all day but look at the state I’m in
Think they want me to wash the colour from my skin

chorus
steal a moment I will sing my song
rambling about what’s right and wrong
stand on the corner people pass me by
I’m just a twinkle in society’s eye

I’m an unmarked grave in the east of town
I smile so proud as I look down
I shine your shoes and press your shirts
But now you’re alone, alone in the dirt

Chorus

My songs are sung by others now
They’ve outlived me, I’m not sure how
“He had to live in struggle, he thrived on it”
Remembered as gold, lived in shit.

Chorus
Track Name: We'll Wave From The Shore
We’ll wave from the shore

Crooked stairway, broken glass
Cold winter coming, coming fast
Bethnal Green road, high price squalor
Bishopsgate in the city growing sleeker and taller

They’re giving out free tickets, but don’t get on board
That ships already sinking, we’ll wave from the shore

We wake with a shiver, squabble with time
Lend each other money, drink Lesley’s wine
We swim with the shackles, hide in the seams
The detoxification of our broken dreams

They’re giving out free tickets, but don’t get on board
That ships already sinking, we’ll wave from the shore
They’re giving out free tickets, but don’t get on board
That ships already sinking, we’ll wave from the shore

Bridge -
Gone are the struggles of bread and water
Stealing crusts and doing time
It’s hard to avoid, broken bikes and old toys
Packaged holidays waiting in line

Captains of our boat, standing firm and tall
While the wind passes and rain splashes through holes in the wall
Mother nature gave us this inclination to roam
But now we’re raking through the rubbish for the philosopher’s stone

They’re giving out free tickets, but don’t get on board
That ships already sinking, we’ll wave from the shore
They’re giving out free tickets, but don’t get on board
That ships already sinking, we’ll wave from the shore
Track Name: May Wonder Never Die
May Wonder Never Die

The sun comes through the window.
The sounds of the street begin to grow.
You twist a little and turn to me.
The morning fills your heart with glee.
I will recall these days until I...
Track Name: Dancing In The Kitchen
Dancing in the kitchen

The tap drips the rhythm,
the sink rings the rhyme
The whole world turns inside out,
through your eyes on mine

We’re dancing in the kitchen,
while everyone is gone
The words still hang upon the wall,
the air still sings our song

The sun shines like our spotlight,
it mingles with our dancing shoes
It makes the dust kind of sparkle,
takes away the morning blues

We’re dancing in the kitchen,
a pan of water boils
The steam surrounds our silent waltz,
and ingrains us on the wall

We’re dancing in the kitchen,
while all the world’s asleep
The stairs begin to creek under feet,
the radio turns on
Track Name: Blood In My Eyes
Blood in my eyes

Woke up smiling, with the sun so high
Laughing in the face of all the people passing by
And as the day wore out, and the sky grew grey
My heart grew blue, seeing you was so far away

Oh baby, I’ve got blood in my eyes for you
Oh darlin’, there’s a space in my heart

You filled my head with what the future may hold
Before I knew it, I was out in the cold
I didn’t even get to the end of the street
I was back in your arms, feeling your heat

Oh baby, I’ve got blood in my eyes for you
Oh darlin’, there’s a space in my heart

I woke with a sweat, I knew it was wrong
I could feel it in my bones, the conception of this song
The blood ran hot, lust turned to woe
My body felt abandoned from my head down to my toes, to my toes

I wrote you a letter, I sent it first class
You’ll maybe read it, at the bottom of your glass
And as you raised your head, with your glazed red eyes
I’ll be gone, like a bird into the skies

Oh baby, I’ve got blood in my eyes for you
Oh baby, there’s a space in my heart
Track Name: Every Time We Say Goodbye
Every time we say goodbye

Every time we say goodbye
It’s only me who sheds a tear
My one true love just passed me by and I fear
It’s never to return

Now the past just seems so golden
And who knows what’s up ahead
If you take the road and go all around the world
You’ll come back to nothing at all

The trees are forever in bloom
The rosebush at the doorstep never weeps
The sun it always shines and you are always mine

Time will tell us all we ponder
Dropping like a feather or a nail
And in our darkest hour all our love may flower
Taking root on a rolling stone
Track Name: Thrill Seeker
Thrill Seeker

Cutting up, cutting down
If I can stay under long enough, maybe I can drown

Lost within, lost without
I’d be the only one who survives the drought

I’ve got you, and you’ve got me
Love is but insurance for the young and free

I can’t be forgiven. And I can’t be forgot
All things in times of need have got us in this knot

Chorus:
I’m a thrill seeker, mark my words
I’ll remember your name if you give me your card
I’m a thrill seeker, I’ve got words of stone
If you stick by me, I’ll help you get known

I couldn’t get it over, so I went under
Came for the sunshine, left with the thunder

I’ve got nothing left, cause I got nothing right
Everything perishes, nothing’s worth the fight

Chorus
Track Name: Glimpses Of You
GLIMPSES OF YOU

I felt as if my skin may rip. My voice slipped
The words had no grip on my thoughts
My thoughts had no hold on my heart

I spilt my beer down my chin, the last sip of you
And I turned to show my tears to the world
As I took my sorry self to the door

My senses get only glimpses of you, the rest is in my mind
You’re right here in this empty bed. In this empty bed.

You left me many weeks ago, the door just slammed.
You stretched me out and pinned me down.
This pain is satisfying. I can’t bear it

A fight is not an option now, even if I chose to fight.
I should have saved you up. Rationed you.
But instead I devoured you and now you’re gone

My senses get only glimpses of you, the rest is in my mind
You’re right here in this empty bed. In this empty bed.
Track Name: Man Running
Man Running

Fistful of rum and pockets full of smoke
He shot with a bang into the street
This one square town has no late bars
He should have left while he was still on his feet

And now every bank knows his name
And each address holds only the fame

Of a man running under a cloud dark with rain
A cloud dark with rain

A bruised and broken home has left him all alone
Now he reads his fortune in the stars
But from these streets the sky is clear
The moon is just a tear
Everything that you drink is what you are

Making drinks to make some money, making money to get drinks made
When every night is just this, even years begin to fade

For a man running under a cloud full of rain
A cloud dark with rain
Track Name: Gabriella
Gabriela

You say you’ve never been on a train
You’ve never left your home
The sun comes downs on the gypsy towns
My mind begins to roam

You can’t leave and I can’t stay
Our wondering hearts make the world this way

I float like a dandelion in the hot red/red hot night
deep as the blood of St. valentine
But when the cheer from the day has gone
I fall like the night time

You can’t leave and I can’t stay
Our wondering hearts make the world this way
Take the road and you’ll never get there
Lost and alone, nobody to care

One should not eat the bread until the baker is fed
Or you run the risk of it being laced with lead
They say you should help yourself before you help one another
But you’ll be up a dry creek with your throttle and your rudder

The steel wheels grind like the gears in my mind
They scream as they slow down
And like the smoke trail vale that leaves our fate so pale
We dissolve into the night time

Chorus
Track Name: Go As If On Water
Go as if on water

Go as if on water, my dear
Go as if on glass, but be fast
Go as if on gravel, and unravel your love for me

I’ve found my self in trouble, when I’ve hung my heart in a frame
So now I keep it in my shoe, wrapped in a picture of you

Go as if on water, my dear
Go as if on grass, make it last
Go as if on pins, let the blood rinse itself of me

But now the blood runs from my shoe, the picture of you is soaked through
So I hang it up to dry, but the ink just bleeds and you cry

Go as if on water, my dear
Go as if on ice, like two dice
Go as if on fire, and retire from this life with me