Note: All lyrics and songs are copyrighted with PRS. Please don't steal them from me, as I have nothing else. All Soundcloud and Youtube recordings on this site are produced by Steve Allan 'Yorlum' ( www.yorlum.com) and are all copyrighted, as are all the photographs on this site.
Rue the day Protest song about the abuses of (some) oil companies, and (some) military forces. Reading about it in the university library f***** up my head. Guaranteed to exclude me from corporate funding for, probably the whole of my lifetime. ' I don't know the date, that I lost my spark,
They say education lifts you out of the dark,
But now that I see things just how it is,
I've lost my soul and my champagne's............ lost its fizz'
The Ferryman (aka the grim reaper) (2015/10) Lyrics and tune by Penny - production by Yorlum
Based on the ancient myths that there is a man who takes you in a boat, over the water, to another world when you are ‘no longer required’ in this one. I've nearly died a few times, and sometimes I argue a bit about that with whoever or whatever is out there (which I’m quite good at, especially in stress situations) and I feel that with this precious time I have left, I should have a better run at it. And, tho I've been a bitch woman, (as my kids will testify) maybe I should now be a little kinder to others along the way...
'Sailor won't you take me back?, I quietly did say
'We have to land the other side, but this time I will delay'
I gazed at him and asked him, 'Did you have to bring me by?'
He said 'I am the ferryman' and looked............into my eyes
'But as time went by, the winds did change, the people divided in two
I was facing war with the other side, and their chosen one was you
I was ill-prepared for battle as, I heard the mission bell
And then I saw the fight begin, and I knew it would not end well'
Strings (2016/2) Happy flirty song about playing strings, whilst weaving the threads of a musical tapestry, with other musicians. OK, another musician. But that's all you're getting.
Tall, dark, handsome stranger ( 2016/5)
A modern folk song, penned after singing at Musa café, and encountering another musician there, who completely swept me off my feet the moment he walked in.
'She ran away from the circus,, they say she fell off the trapeze
She was tired of having so many men to please
And just when she got away and, was well out of danger,
In walked a tall ,dark, handsome stranger'
Fox and Hare (2016/10)
A folk song about a mythical village in Scotland, invaded by the English, but this time the villagers come out on top. The foxes, to this day, remain hidden in their dens. Kind of reminds me of living in N Ireland in the troubles. Is it safe to mention that the foxes allude to the IRA? A complicated tune, that keeps changing beat, (more times that Mr Darcy at a ball) .
Shadows of Summer (2016/11) My favourite song of this album with the same name. Written after spending a happy, summer day mucking about with friends. On a very small boat. While trying to film a backing video to another song. Tricky to balance guitars and cameras, whilst rowing. (Thanks to Sue and Ali for taking us out).
'Music gives me all the answers that I need
So what if it's a little off key?
Summer, gold and bright green sunshine on the trees
Ain't gonna, let the shadows bring me to my knees'
Dark Shore (2016/12)
'Long is the night, beside the dark shore
The light barely shows from the moon
A boat is nearby, all around is dark sky
And I won't move anytime soon'
Old Soldier (2016/13) A peace song. Not without some empathy for ex-soldiers, though. This is one for Remembrance Sunday.
'And there are many who are angry at the harm
Time for all of you to lay down your arms
And there are many who prefer to hold peace talks
When has anything been solved by war'
Time for you (2016/18) Lyrics and tune by Penny, Millbrig
In a life of chaos, it's important to make time for people, places and things that matter.
'You'll never know, just how much trouble I am in
Coz you live apart, from all the confusion and the din,
But I want you to know, before you go,
That any time you call me, I'll come running'
Song for Syria (2016/25)
‘Song for Syria’ was written after hearing Dr Samer Attar interviewed by Eddie Mair on Radio 4 (26.07.16). Dr Attar is one of many medics who volunteer to help in conflict zones, at considerable risk to themselves. An mp3 copy of the song was sent to Dr Attar in Chicago as a world exclusive, as a gesture of thanks and appreciation for his work and for that of his colleagues. He was chuffed.
Steve and I were pleased to tell this story on Keith Community Radio recently as guests on their ‘live lounge’ programme (an hour of chat and music).
Update Jan 2017 - After the bombings in Aleppo up to Christmas 2016, I contacted Dr Attar again who reported that 'most of my colleagues got out alive'.
A woman lies asleep, and hears the footsteps of her man going out in the middle of the night...she's half asleep and half awake....was she dreaming?
'Sometime later, a vixen calling, part of Nature, hear her scream
Waking me and, then I can't sleep, maybe it was, just a dream
I look around and, you are lying, like a baby, fast asleep,
Can't make out what, time it is from, the carriage clock on, the mantle piece.'
Bound for America (2016/28)
Proud of this tale about a Scottish couple emigrating to America aboard a ship, about 80 years ago. Think Titanic. Written after attending a Scottish trad session at the Blue Lamp, one Monday evening. A lot of shit was going down….so it was a good escape, in more ways than one.
A small Ray of Light (2016/41)
Written whilst hovering outside somebody’s home, wondering whether to go in or not. It's a sort of feeling I also get being a peace activist,when other people aren't, and they view you as an outsider, which makes you feel uncomfortable.
'I know that you say, your door's always open
There's days when your smile, keeps me alive (God knows)
But how can I keep, these things within me any longer?
Maybe it's best, if I stay outside'
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