Shire and City

by Gordon Duthie

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One little boy, receives a Christmas toy, his heart is full of joy Six, five, four, three Two people climbed a tree, their hearts were meant to be, they raised a family Seven, six, five, four Three men worked a job, with money left to rob, married to their TV Eight, seven, six, five Four by four is my symbol and she holds the golden key Nine, eight, seven, six Ten reasons to be happy Ten reasons to be happy Ten reasons that I'm not sad Ten reasons that you'll come back Ten reasons to be happy Ten reasons to be happy I'm not sad I'm not sad You'll come back You'll come back Why did I do this to myself Why did I gamble mental health Just to progress myself Just to refill herself
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Being someone else didn’t get you very far The doors are shut, with comfort at the bar Your current plight is plain to see I hear these things that sadden me You used to smile make people laugh Really just a child at heart Those angry eyes on your face No satisfaction or a path to take You told me that you'd change the world Now you just repair the mould Cheating lies and bankrupt promises Makes you feel good inside I know you've had a lot of hard times I know you've had a lot of hard times Look around and see yourself inside Falling apart but you can't hide The young and hopeless are your victims With their undeveloped minds Drinking, dancing, laughing Feeling weak inside Others seem to be your downfall When you’re putting on a show Change your voice to feel accepted Like people do on the phone Some said you should marry her Just to know your state of mind I hope one day you find greatness Leave all of this behind I know you've had a lot of hard times I know you've had a lot of hard times Look around and see yourself inside Falling apart but you can't hide You hide Because you lie You hide You hide You lied You lie Look around and see yourself inside Falling apart but you can't hide Look around and see yourself inside Falling apart but you can't hide
3.
The state of Scottish football Will never be the same Down in the foothills The echoes of the rain A sense of disappointment White walls and golden shores Honesty and hard work Is what I'm looking for Air that makes you want to breath The salt up in the streets Years of empty canvasses Respect is what it needs We picked up our pebbles As the smoke flew out the beach The film wasn't real Like the phone down at the sea Time is not a factor In god's country as it stands The envy of the world Or a past forgotten land Cars slide past the mountain As it all comes around for free Ice cream shops and sweetie bars Haven't been on my TV The captain's down on Friday To say a fond farewell We'll miss your thanks and faithful stance Your guidance fares me well These rocks and sands and windy lands That they all tried to raid Reflecting and respecting on what I have here today I think I have been lucky To have everything I want But freedom is a word That I haven't forgot Time is not a factor In god's country as it stands The envy of the world Or a past forgotten land Time is not a factor In god's country as it stands The envy of the world Or a past forgotten land
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Sadness brings us together and lies keep us apart Why is it wrong, that you just stole my heart Sadness brings us together and lies keep us apart Why is it wrong, that you just stole my heart Trust can’t buy freedom, it only brought me here Thrust into another life, to ease a lonely fear Burden on my shoulders of a frail and fragile ride Leaving this world, would make the animals run wild The young have grown up now, quicker than I hoped I’m still a young man, but I feel I’ve missed the boat Others made a lucky escape and I’m still in decline All that seems to change is the ever passing time Sadness brings us together and lies keep us apart Why is it wrong, that you just stole my heart Sadness brings us together and lies keep us apart Why is it wrong, that you just stole my heart Two seconds of joy in my days of pain Working all day and nights are just the same Gamble of love has taken me here This soap opera life has cost me dear My fear My fear From my dear From my dear Right here Right here My fear From my dear Sadness brings us together and lies keep us apart Why is it wrong, that you just stole my heart Sadness brings us together and lies keep us apart Why is it wrong, that you just stole my heart You just stole my heart You just stole my heart You just stole my heart You just stole my heart
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I hope you got my letter Sent from a digital world You worked really hard Only to be told An opinion only matters When they've seen the full degree Blood, sweat and planning Have been left and now your free Every day Seven days a week This prison is known To make others weak I looked into your eyes And knew you'd be fine Travelling up the road Or on the northern line Unmatchable hardship Can bring us all down An unfair ride That goes all the way down Now it's all over and I have my angel back Those days that made us in the end Right on the northern track I hope you can dance I hope you can dance To this song tonight I hope you can dance I hope you can dance To this song tonight Remember the snow Felt like so long ago Or the walks along the beach The cold morning runs The warm summer suns A feeling of being complete And this Unmatchable hardship Can bring us all down An unfair ride That goes all the way down Now it's all over and I have my angel back Those days that made us in the end Right on the northern track One, zero, three, one, nine, eight, nine One, zero, three, one, nine, eight, nine One, zero, three, one, nine, eight, nine One, zero, three, one, nine, eight, nine Unmatchable hardship Can bring us all down An unfair ride That goes all the way down Now it's all over and I have my angel back Those days that made us in the end Right on the northern track
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Money won, money won The battle of our life Working hard, working hard Joker in disguise Deck of cards, never been touched No drinking gambling here Find my words, hide my words Denial of my fear Hold her close, hold her close Her wants will be your need I don't need you anymore That's one less mouth to feed Standing here, standing there In a pile of all my greed All of this small talk Makes the conversation deed We don't speak, we don't speak What is going on Perfect life that we lead Look what we've got We don't speak, we don't speak What is going on Perfect life that we lead Look what we've got Hills, rivers, valleys Will never keep me free Trees, heather, mountains Mean nothing to me Summer, autumn, winter Always leads to shopping sprees Guilt amongst the landscape I'm sure you would agree Wait until the finance Comes flying home from sea I'll go and meet them shortly When you’re driving on the tee Reason one to live my life Shame that it's not you Your old, I'm young Your empires done, It's time to start a coup We don't speak, we don't speak What is going on Perfect life that we lead Look what we've got We don't speak, we don't speak What is going on Perfect life that we lead Look what we've got Oil ideas are hard to lose Whilst play and lies and understood Respect is gone, i am done No need for fatherhood Oil ideas are hard to lose Whilst play and lies and understood Respect is gone, i am done No need for fatherhood We don't speak, we don't speak What is going on Perfect life that we lead Look what we've got We don't speak, we don't speak What is going on Perfect life that we lead Look what we've got
7.
Don't like awkward silences I'd rather blend into the crowd Loud places are the death of me One day I’ll make you proud Quoting is my hobby I'm really quite some guy Weirdness over wisdom Makes it hard for you to try Work men don't want me Too complex for this world Nobody understands my life Or the path that I chose Failure that I'm known to most Potential is sky high Guidance was my problem Made me sink instead of fly Smoking just to pass the time Hurry up this slow decline Procrastination, devastation This is why I’m never fine Smoking just to pass the time Hurry up this slow decline Procrastination, devastation This is why I’m never fine Thrown out this New Year’s Day For acting like a child Drugs and university Have made me go wild Old and incoherent with An eccentric point of view Harmless and untypical Wearing skater shoes Living in a council world Where money isn't true Walking home late at night Through all the bins and spew This ballad is a tragedy Of how life is unfair This brain among the brainless Has left me with despair Smoking just to pass the time Hurry up this slow decline Procrastination, devastation This is why I’m never fine Smoking just to pass the time Hurry up this slow decline Procrastination, devastation This is why I’m never fine Quarter age breakdown Leaving home Has only left me on my own Student of idiots Far away now Sold myself To the boring crowd Smoking just to pass the time Hurry up this slow decline Procrastination, devastation This is why I’m never fine This is why I'm never fine This is why I'm never fine This is why I'm never fine This is why I'm never fine Oh yeah
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There's a fire out on the street Can't see police out on the beat In a world of incomplete For a sorry man Rain puts out the fire He was proven as a liar Voting for the loudest crier In a broken land Riot riot police Prophets of peace Returning to your streets In a broken land I can see your lonely face Filling out the weekend place The thrill of the chase For a sorry man We all pay All your way Make you stay In a broken land Riot riot police Prophets of peace Returning to your streets In a broken land Riot riot police Cleaning our streets For hope we can't achieve Like role models on TV If it's broke Do not fix it Youthful world with plenty victims We're failing with distinction Abusing the system Fighting with religion In a broken land Riot riot police Prophets of peace Returning to your streets In a broken land
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Do you think you know me now Do you think you know me now Did you ever see this Imagine you would hear this Dream about a great day Play, play, play Do you think you know me now Do you think you know me now Looking out my window Spinning like a swivel Think you know me now I think I know you now Things were always unclear Crazy like a fun fear Rough like an old beard Time to disa-clear I don't know me now I don't know me now Direction change is coming Now, now, now Who am I now Do you think you know me now Do you think you know me now Tried to start a sea change Stumbled on my old age Felt like being strange Rage, rage, rage Only I know how A change of directive row Fitting in was easy Made me feel queasy Time to go back now Do you think you know me now Do you think you know me now Change is always coming Arrows are falling You don't know me now
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Broken wheel, flying wheel Broken wheel, flying wheel Broken wheel, flying wheel Broken wheel, flying wheel

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Produced by Gordon Duthie

Lyrics written by Gordon Duthie

Instrumentals arranged or composed and performed or programmed by Gordon Duthie

Vocals performed by Gordon Duthie except the female vocals on "Sadness Brings Us Together" which were performed by Kristen Johnson

Recorded during 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland except the female vocals which were recorded in 2012 in Ohio, United States of America by Kristen Johnson

Mixed by Kevin Paul except “Ten Reasons to be Happy”, “Hide”, “Paying a Broken Record” and “Routine Cycle” which were mixed by Scott Horton and “Frost to Humidity (Only in Aberdeenshire)” which was mixed by Gordon Duthie

Mastered by Kevin Paul

Art direction and design by Gordon Duthie and Szymon Włochowski (inside cover panorama photograph of Aberdeen taken by Andy Stuart and back cover artwork created by I 365 Art)

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© Gordon Duthie 2012

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released June 18, 2012

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