over here in the trees

by vincent burke

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1.
he paid to have himself murdered it was about that time he called 0389 and paid to have himself murdered he gave them all he had then called his mum and dad he’d paid to have himself murdered seems like his life was getting dull and everybody else’s was great he thought he’d try to spice it all up and take it to a spiritual place he got the morning train but it was not the same he’d paid to have himself murdered the faces glowed with light so all the carriage was bright he’d paid to have himself murdered he said he saw things differently now and suddenly was truly awake he felt his spirit soaring up yes now he saw the gold on the lake he saw the morning sun and all the weight had gone he’d paid to have himself murdered so when the sniper hit a smile played on his lips he’d paid to have himself murdered seems like he bought his own ticket out well you could say he made a mistake it crossed his mind to call them back but he figured it was probably too late.
2.
on the event of… golden days come free spend them all with me now is the time that is yours and mine in the sound of the sun and I love her so persons ought to know sweep me away from the cold and grey in the sound of the sun I will remember all the kindness you have shown to me and all the moments you set free I can imagine all the happiness that we can share until we look up from rocking chairs at grown-up children on the beach and swapping smiles from each to each yes we can make that sound melt me pound for pound now is the time that is yours and mine in the sound of the sun
3.
can I just explain? I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to do this tonight. it was just a fling. no it didn’t mean anything. you were acting like a stranger turning your back in the dark now this marriage is in danger tell me we’re not falling apart. I was working late I had those appointments to make. she let down her hair. I could feel the thrill in the air. you were acting like a stranger I was alone in the dark now this marriage is in danger tell me we’re not falling apartI’ll try harder not to be myself. I’ll try to be like someone else. I promise I will. would you like some tea? would you like to throw it at me? do you feel the same? maybe I won’t do it again. you were acting like a stranger turning your back in the dark now this marriage is in danger tell me we’re not falling apart
4.
yellow guitar the sun has moved across your skin the day has gone and night begins come on and make me right I want to see the night with you slip off your sandals on the beach move over here and get in reach until the morning light I want to see the night with you can you hear my yellow guitar sing to you from under the stars let it come and open your heart let it be let it be socome on and move me like you do come on and let me get to you come on and make it right I want to see the night with you can you hear my yellow guitar sing to you from under the stars saturn, venus, jupiter, mars let it be let it be so and when the morning comes again we may be here and more than friends come on and make it right I want to see the night with you
5.
stronger than a mountain: some people drink some people smoke some people find they’re at the end of their rope some people laugh some people cry some people give up and kiss it goodbye well I think you know that I’m stronger than a mountain what do you do when things fall away who do you turn to and what could they say? do you drink coffee? do you eat fruit? who do turn to when you’re down in your boots? well I think you know that I’m stronger than a mountain oh maybe you’re out in the cold but you’re not on your own because maybe you’re lost caught in the snow maybe you think there’s no place you can go but some people reach out look for a friend I hope that soon you can do that again because I think you know that I’m stronger than a mountain
6.
it can happen to you: you bite your nails in a dark room you say it’s over for you you say you shouldn’t talk to strangers all this time it can happen to you you say you’re seeking out protection from a god or a man in the moon put down your shovel and believe it all this time it can happen to you all this time it can happen to you like a warm wind singing softly underneath a desert moon there’s a rhythm stirring in the pavement feel it calling out to you take off you helmet of sorrow shake off that mantle of gloom put down your sword and believe it all this time it can happen to you all this time it can happen to you like a warm wind singing softly underneath a desert moon there’s a rhythm stirring in the pavement feel it calling out to you turn off your light in a dark room bite all those finger nails too curl right up and stare into the dark night all this time it can happen to you all this time it can happen to you right here now it can happen to you…
7.
here she comes: I know those books and what they say but here she comes and all those words just float away ‘cause here she comes and I yes I yes I I don’t know where to begin sometimes I see her through the crowd yes here she comes I want to call her name out loud but here she comes and I yes I yes I I don’t know where to begin framed in blue sky moving in a river of sunlight cut down trainers moving in a river of sunlightI’ve got to shake myself somehow ‘cause here she comes wake up and talk to her right now but here she comes and I I don’t know where to begin I don’t know where to begin and here she comes..
8.
small 02:09
small: take me to the bungalow I love the motorway help me decorate the lounge and fold my time away kind advice from advertisers shows me what to choose 2% on fixed rate pensions we can never lose I don’t I don’t even mind at all I don’t I don’t even mind at all it keeps me small ready meals on plastic dishes sitting on atrain wondering about the weather back to bed again hello to the garden centre hello to the shops one day I may buy some petrol set light to the lot I don’t I don’t even mind at all I don’t I don’t even mind at all it keeps me small
9.
on remembrance day: on remembrance day when the army prays and the flags go up to remind us that they do it for us on remembrance day by the flower display where the church explains how the heroes keep the villains away there I’ll tell it to the careless wind there I’ll tell you when the good guys win on remembrance day I should stay away from the bbc where they tell you what a real man should be and the children watch as the vicar walks around with a cross ‘cos to love is fine if you do it at a sensible time there I’ll tell it to the careless wind there I’ll tell you when the good guys win yes I’ll save it for the next of kin on remembrance day on remembrance day on remembrance day.
10.
goodbye 02:56
goodbye: goodbye fare well there is something calling me although I wish you well I can’t go on filling in a harmony upon a broken song I may see your face again another platform boarding on another train oh don’t look at me that way I just want to be there in the thin of the air I just want to be on my side goodbye fare well see the blackbird calling me to heaven or to hell it’s my turn now to give myself another chance to see if I know how I can’t let go go to harm some day you’ll find yourself in someone else’s arms oh don’t look at me that way I just want to be there in the thin of the air in the punch of the wind as the daylight begins in a pin prick of sun that is leading me on I just gotta be on my side goodbye goodbye goodbye.
11.
life is good 03:03
life is good: we work upon the green we plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land we put our faith in god we’re mostly made of carbon but that don’t bother me we live our lives for free and life is good for me oh and when the day is done I sit beneath the sun and think of all the things that I have seen the birds are in the bush the bread is on the table and she is there for me and how much do we know? and does it really matter beneath the burning sea? we live our lives for free and life is good for me.

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thank you for buying this album of songs, I hope they will stick around and come to mean something for you – they all mean something to me.
It was all recorded here at home 2018 in between the spin cycle and cars going up the road, figuring out the technical stuff as I went.

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released January 17, 2019

thanks to tom robinson and max reinhardt for putting me on the radio;
thanks to jonny and the willbees for interest, encouragement and advice (all ignored), and thanks to Carol, Nathaniel and Laurie for keeping me in the sunshine.

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vincent burke UK

Vincent recently discovered the fresh air and long walks of a Summer Festival (Latitude 2016) He is well behaved and pet- friendly; his music is melodic and non-stupid. Recent triumphs? lots of him on BBC Radio 3 + BBC6 Music
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