Goodbye Marie

by Hugh Kearns

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If you have decided to purchase my album then THANK YOU for your support! It is much appreciated. This is the culmination of about 2 and a half years of work - recorded in various living rooms across Glasgow and Madrid, written in various states of intoxication or derangement. Dedicated of course to dearest Marie, wherever you are.
A very special thanks to all the musicians who have played on the tracks (listed below) and also to those others have played on songs which for whatever reason didn't make the final cut. I hope to be doing gigs very soon and will announce all such details on my Facebook Artist page -

Facebook.com/hughkearnsmusic

** Please note that having a Paypal account is NOT necessary to purchase the album - the instructions can be found on the payment page

Credits:

Produced by Hugh Kearns and Kerr 'Ragtime' Campbell
Mixed and mastered by Kerr 'Ragtime' Campbell

Cover Photo by Yass Cotillas

Too Young to Care:
Guitars & Harmonica - Hugh Kearns/ Bass - Carl Bridgeman/ Piano & Organ - Tim Brough/ Backing Vocals - Lily Kearns, Sally Smith, Claire Campbell

Hey Rosie:
Acoustic Guitar & Organ - Hugh Kearns/ Piano - Padraig O'Connor/ Bass - Frazer Mackay/ Electric guitar - Gavin Gordon/ Drums - Gonzalo Mendez/ Backing Vocals - Sally Smith

Ragtime:
Piano - Tim Brough/ Electric Guitar - Kester Jones/ Acoustic Guitar - Hugh Kearns/ Bass - Frazer Mackay

Goodbye Marie:
Guitars - Hugh Kearns/ Bass - Carl Bridgeman/ Piano - Alex DeNuzzio/ Organ - Tim Brough/ Saxophone - Steve Young/ Drums - Gonzalo Mendez/ Backing Vocals - Lily Kearns, Madeleine Janet, Claire Campbell, Sally Smith, Andrew Clark

The Northwest Corner:
Accoustic Guitars - Hugh Kearns & Kerr Campbell/ Piano, Organ & Saxophone - Tim Brough/ Bass - Kester Jones, Flute - Jen McDonald/ Electric Guitar - Gavin Gordon/ Drums - Gonzalo Mendez/ Backing Vocals - Sally Smith

The Glasgow Drinking Song:
Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica - Hugh Kearns/ Piano - Tim Brough/ Electric Guitars - Gavin Gordon & Kester Jones/ Drums - Gonzalo Mendez/ Bass - Carl Bridgeman
Lookin' For - Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica - Hugh Kearns/ Drums - Gonzalo Mendez/ Bass & Electric Guitar - Kester Jones

Nothings Left:
Guitars - Hugh Kearns & Kerr Campbell , Piano - Clive Jones

Troubadour Blues
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released March 10, 2015

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Track Name: Too Young To Care
As I look all around I’m lost but I’ve found
A place where I know I can stay
‘Till the rain is gone, and this road that I’m on
Is light so I can find my way

Life seems unkind and I feel left behind
But I know that it won’t always be that way
One of these days, I’m gonna find my place
Until then I don’t have a moment to waste

Because someday we know we will be old
There wont be so much time to spare
And someday we know we’ll be too old to remember
The days when we were too young to care

Now these lights, they shine too bright
But shadows, creep around me anyway
Don't let me down, don’t forget me now
I’ll never be too far away

Someday we know we will be old
There wont be so much time to spare
And someday we know we’ll be too old to remember
The days when we were too young to care
Track Name: Ragtime
Ragtime plays a mean guitar
I always said he could go far
But still he plays the unemployment blues
Ragtime had a job for a while
But scrubbing floors was never his style
Late for work cause he couldn't find his shoes

He knows all the Jimi Hendrix licks,
Plays left handed just for kicks
Knows all the scales too but he can't play slide
Ragtimes coming over the hill
Some folk say he's mentally ill
But it’s good to have a ragtime on your side

Ragtime eats his supper cold
From a kitchen table that’s covered in mould
And what’s more he drinks his tea straight from the pot
All of Ragtime’s cupboards are bare
There’s potatoes growing, in his hair
Poor old Ragtime I think he’s lost the plot

Well thank god for the welfare state
From the taxpayer’s pocket to Ragtime’s plate
He’s still holding out, for that lottery win
He says that he once got a hole in one
Says that being on the dole is fun
Look out, I think Ragtime’s at it again!
Track Name: Goodbye Marie
Frankly I don’t care where you've been
Or whether I’ll ever get there
Lately I've heard all your news
And unfortunately just couldn't care

Well you know I'm a sucker for a tall tale
An all of yours sure got me going
But at last you've given your game away
Now your true colours are showing

And oh what what colours they are
Are you listening or did you get bored
Are you too busy at your computer
Purchasing clothes that you can’t afford

So its goodbye Marie
Goodbye from me
I wish you all the luck that you’re so sure that you’ll never need
Its goodbye Marie
Goodbye from me
Maybe, one day we will meet again

You said it's all ours for the taking
But that’s just a phrase you heard
Recycling your means of expression
Just a clumsy collection of words

You came thundering onto the scene
Looking for someone with whom to collide
But you never quite knew what you wanted, did you
Was it really so hard to decide

[Chorus]

Well granted you had your successes
And you sure played a mean saxophone
You can talk just like a statesman
But you’re thinking like a stone

With so much to say about people these days
And all that is right and is wrong
Your high horse is tired, he’s limping
Can’t you see you’ve been up there too long?

[Chorus]

It’s Goodbye from me
And it’s goodbye from the band
Are you too blind to see
Or just too drunk to understand
That it’s goodbye Marie
Goodbye from me
Maybe, one day we will meet again
Track Name: The Northwest Corner
I look into the distance
But I’m afraid of what I’ll find
I hear the thunder rolling like the drums
That play on my mind

As I see the changing faces
Of a worn out world in tears
And as I call to you I know
That youre no longer here

But somehow I know
I just wish that you
Would tell me when

Now some get high on life,
Some get high on money
Youre laughing because youre high,
But not because its funny

If seeing is believing
Well then I must be blind
I don’t believe I’ve seen anything
That could ever change my mind

And somehow I know, I’ll see you again
I just wish that you
Would tell me when

So now I’m standing on your doorstep,
Looking through the broken glass
I see a smouldering apparition
Of all the times that have passed

I can see that painted ship
Way out on it’s painted ocean
The canvas it is still, but still
I can see the water’s motion

Somehow I know,
I’ll see you again
I just wish that you
Would tell me when
Now I must go
I can’t linger any longer
But I’ll see you, one day on the Northwest corner
Track Name: The Glasgow Drinking Song
It was on a Friday evening, I was down on Ashton lane
Feeling sorry for myself, busking in the rain
I was singin for my supper, singing for another beer
All the usual hits that the punters like to hear

I went in to Jinty McGuinty’s and old Jim Cassidy was there
His coat was ripped and his tooth was chipped, but he didn’t seem to care
You’re a sorry sight I told him, as he swayed from side to side
And I’ll tell you what my friends, I wasn’t far behind

And he said tell me what’s yer name again I seem to have forgot
See I’ve been sinking Guiness now for 6 days on the trot
But I’ll wake up tomorrow and I’m sure the sun will shine
‘Till then I’ll drown my sorrows in a bottle of cheap red wine

Sure there I was the next day, oh how my stomach turned
I was thinkin’ of the drinkin’ and the bridges that I burned
I woke up with odd shoes on saying how did it come to this
But I don’t remember and you know what they say, ignorance is bliss

I looked around and theres Jim again crawling across the floor
Looking for his marbles that he’d lost the night before
And there in the bed beside me, much to my surprise
Was a wee face that I could have swore that I recognised

So I said tell me whats yer name again I seem to have forgot
See I’ve been sinking Guiness now for 6 days on the trot
But I’ll wake up tomorrow and I’m sure the sun will shine
‘Till then I’ll drown my sorrows in a bottle of cheap red wine

The drowning of your sorrows sure it’s good fun for a while
Loosening your morals in true Glaswegian style
You talk a load of nan bread, and every man’s your friend
Then the next day you say I’ll never drink again!

Now some are mad for the whisky, some prefer the beer
Some will do just about anything for even stronger gear
But me I swore I was aff it, yes I swore I was gonna stop
No, no I said never again will I touch another drop

But that was now week ago and I seem to have forgot
See I’ve been sinking Guiness now for 6 days on the trot
And I’ll wake up tomorrow, I’m sure the sun will shine
‘Till then I’ll drown my sorrows in a bottle of cheap red wine

Send it hame!
Track Name: Lookin' For
You said you had to get away you had to be alone
I never understood the reasons why
I walked all night to find you, just to find you were not home
Gone like a shadow in the night

As you look towards the future I see you’re thinking of the past
Afraid that all this time has passed you by
And though they’ll always tell you that the good things don’t last
I’m sure we could have changed that if we’d tried

You said do you know what it means, to be where I’ve been
Do what I’ve done, see what I’ve seen
You talk but you don’t listen, you look but you don’t see
That I don’t care what you say you did, or what you thought you saw
But I hope you found what you were lookin’ for

I heard that you were back, a different time but the same old place
It had to happen sometime I suppose,
And all the things you left behind are gone without a trace
Where to, nobody knows

You stepped in through the doorway, I couldn’t help but smile
You brought the sunshine with you on your way
So let us stick around now, and tell stories for a while
‘Cause time is on our side... or so they say

You said do you know what it means, to be where I’ve been
Do what I’ve done, see what I’ve seen
You talk but you don’t listen, you look but you don’t see
That I don’t care what you say you did, or what you thought you saw
But I hope you found what you were lookin’ for

Well you’re eyes seemed brighter than the sun
I loved you, and was not the only one
There’s just one thing I’d like to know before you finally close the door
Did you ever find what you were lookin’ for
Track Name: Nothing's Left
You always seemed to me to be so sure of all of your success
And though you were not the only one there is one thing I will confess
I never did believe you, even when you were right
Your head was in the crowd and the ground, was out of sight

So I grabbed you by the cheekbones looking for the child that I once knew
Saying sometimes your eyes look like they don’t belong to you
So tell me who you really are, tell me what is your position here
There are some things I’d like to know before you go, and you disappear

And now my love, I watch you turn away
I’m sure knew you once, maybe I will again some day
Don’t you know there’s so much more that lies beyond the things you cast your eyes upon
I think that we can both agree, nothing’s left here for you and me

Are you ever alone, I wonder you could be
Misapprehension, I’m sure she keeps you company
You are forever moulding yourself new faces to wear
Oh and once again I see you’ve changed the colour of your hair

Like some cold man whose old hands still hold on to his own brand of truth
You’re bored, ignored and you’re soon to be abandoned by youth
But maybe I too one day I will be one of those
Who, alone with his regrets, staggers down that path that he chose

‘Cause now my love, I watch you turn away
I said I’m sure knew you once, and maybe I will again some day
Don’t you know there’s so much more that lies beyond these things you cast your eyes upon
It’s plain to see Marie, nothing’s left here … for you and me
Track Name: Troubadour Blues (Acoustic version)
In the winter of the seventh year I set off down the track
Had to get away but didn't know where
Everything I owned was in the case upon my back
Where I ended up I didn't care

I went away to find myself but lost myself instead
There I was alone in Triskel bay
With a pocket full of paper and a bookcase in my head
Just coins enough to last me for a day

At a house by the harbour on a frosty New Year's Eve
I drank with Sam Garonne and Mr Jones
Telling my tall travelling tales to anyone who would believe me
I felt just like a king upon a throne

[Chorus]
Come on now won't you give us a song
You know you've nothin left to lose
But the time has come to be movin along
I've got the Troubadour blues

After leaving the celebrations I was dressed up in the coat
Of an Irishman whose name i did not know
I think he was the captain of some local fishing boat
But I was cold and the streets were filled with snow

I pulled into the station and soon I fell asleep
The night before was catching up with me
Underneath the rusty pipeline on south west Sycamore street
I lay on the cold hard ground beside the sea

I woke up two hours later with the sound of the church's bells
Rust and dust and dirt was my hair
Stumbled around for a while and several times I fell
Till I landed flat at the bottom of some stairs

Chorus

While I was lying there in the ditch beside the street
I saw that a little doll was tucked away
I put her in my pocket and i stumbled to my feet
Thought nothing more and went along my way

Now feeling the guilt for stealing the coat I stashed and it behind the stairs
In a corner by the empty telephone box
I was meaning to return as soon as i knew the coast was clear
When the fishing boats has sailed out from the docks

I found an empty room above a local store
Somewhere I could rest my head
There were boards across the window and a warning on the door
Though I didn't read what it said

Chorus

After sleeping in the gutter I got as cleaned up as I could
I cut off all of my hair and made a bed
From my misadventures I wasn't feeling all too good
With an aching in my back and thumping in my head

Suddenly I heard voices, what they said I couldn't tell
Footsteps were running toward the door
As I tried to hide outside the chimes of the church's lonely bells
Were ringing somewhat louder than before

I knew that I should flee although I don't know how to fly
As that stranger came and burst into the room
There was fire in his belly and the smoke was in his eyes
In his hand he held a gold harpoon

Chorus

He said I’m looking for a sailor who's been seen around the place
If I could help he would be much obliged
For having shaved my head he didn't recognise my face
That sailor was here just a moment ago, I lied

With a whole lifetime behind me of telling twisted truths
I tried to play on him my little trick
'There goes the sailor now!' I said and I pointed across the roof
'You can catch him if you follow quick'

Well he went crashing out the door in the direction of the docks
Cursing as he thundered down the hall
As soon as he was gone I ran back to the telephone box
And grabbed the captain’s coat and the little doll

Chorus

Inside the doll were diamonds! those shining shimmerin’ stones
That shone a light upon my lonely way
I loved that little doll with her precious shiny bones
Lady Luck was smiling on my day

Well now I am a rich man, I’ve got everything i need
No more will I be stealing anyone’s clothes
I am a ramblin’ troubadour and a lucky one indeed
And that's how my little story goes

Why the doll was hidden there I suppose I'll never know
The circumstances were so very strange
But me I'm still that rambling troubadour, from place to place I go
You know, some things just don’t ever change

Chorus
Come on now won't you give us a song
You know you've nothin left to lose
But the time has come to be movin along
I've got the Troubadour blues