Acoustic Overtures

by Dougal Irvine

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Songs written by Dougal Irvine. CD Album originally released November 2011

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released July 12, 2016

Musical Supervision by Peter White
All songs arranged by Peter White and Dougal Irvine except
'Mermaids' and 'We Need Love' arranged by Peter White, Dougal Irvine and Mark Collins
Dougal Irvine: Acoustic guitars, hand claps and lead keyboard on 'Morning After You Do It.
Peter White: All other keyboards, Banjo, Melodica, Finger Cymbals, Clay Pot, Tin Whistle, African Drum, Shakers, Cajon, Bongoes, Hand Claps and Beatbox!
Phil James: Electric Guitars
Suzanne Evans: Viola and Fiddle
John Hennessy-Brown: Cello
Louis Dowdeswell: Trumpet
Mike David: Tenor Sax
Mat Mcdonaugh: Drums
Gemma O'Duffy & Laura Tebbutt: BV's on 'Clean cut rapper'
Recording Engineered by Peter White and Siggi Sigtryggsson
Mixed and Mastered by Siggi Sigtryggsson
Vocals Recorded at London Elektrik, September 2011
Art Direction by Simon Beechey
Photography by Michael David Smith
8 Tracks featured on Acoustic Overtures were originally developed in Association with Perfect Pitch Musicals.
CD originally produced by SimG records.

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Track Name: 01 Mr Musical
I know a guy
He’s like a Phantom cause his love will never die now
He’s on the town
He’s Mr Wonderful a good man Charlie Brown now
You ain’t Les Miserable when he’s around
He’s a buddy who is crazy for you

Cause Mr Musical is here now
Give me Mr Musical tonight
He hangs out in the West End where they all love to Spend Spend Spend
Because Mr Musical’s alright
He’s alright

Ooh music man
Most happy fella you can catch me if you can now
Keep on your toes
Ride on my carousel cause hey anything goes now
He is the boyfriend I would love to have
I would rent him every Saturday night

Cause Mr Musical is here now
Give me Mr Musical tonight
Across the South Pacific Guys and Dolls think him terrific
Cause Mr Musical’s alright
He’s alright
He’s alright
He’s alright

This baby never lacks for company
In Chicago he’s the beautiful game, hey

Cause Mr Musical is here now
Yeah it’s Mr musical tonight
If you’re feeling kind of Wicked you’ve just got to get his ticket
Cause Mr Musical
(Top Banana)
Mr Musical
(Copacobana)
Mr Musical’s alright!
Track Name: 02 Clean Cut Rapper
Now I'm not your stereotypical mother-humpin' lyrical gangsta
You can tell I'm not cool, in fact at school I was in the top of the class
Though I'm not very street there's this beat that repeats in my brain
And I'm on an insane train
If I don't relate to this rhythm
This is what I've been given
Though I loath it or love it I can't help but succumb to it.

I take my plastic and I put it in the recycling
I grow herbs in a pot but I use them making bolognaise
Though I listen to Stevie, you've gotta believe me
I ain't got soul but I got a whole lotta good sense
To dispense if you can take the pretence
That I am only what I appear to be
And that's a

Clean cut middle class white rapper
With a melody
And I'm comin' atcha fresher than a day in spring
That's right a nice guy middle class white rapper
With a remedy
'Cause I tried all kinds of living
But it's love that keeps me winning
'Cause love's the sweetest thing
Ain't love the sweetest thing

Now rap was born in the Bronx around the nineteen seventies
If you were feeling oppressed at the time you had a lot to say
Though it was full of aggression, I can't help but mention
It was just a bunch of kids having fun
That begun a new craze to create new waves in the ocean
That would stop discrimination for a future generation

Now I'm not oppressed and if I'm tetchy it's because I'm hungover
I only live in a slum when I haven't gone and made the bed
Though I'm far from the bottom it's still a long way to the top
And it seems the rich up there don't care
Because their drive to succeed
Is keeping them hungrier than those who are desperate and in need

So over to the clean cut middle class white rapper with a melody
And I'm comin' atcha' fresher than a day in spring
That's right an idealistic middle class white rapper with a remedy
Cause the world's so full of voices
And we have so many choices
But love's the sweetest thing
Ain't love the sweetest thing

'Cause love is kind
Love's considerate
Love makes all others your brothers innit
The wonderful thing of the power of love
Is it knows when you have got enough

So I'm a clean cut middle class white rapper with a melody
And it fills me with the joys of a day in spring
You could be a clean cut middle class white rapper with this remedy
'Cause hidden deep inside us
Is a serenity that binds us
It's called love
And its the sweetest thing
It's the sweetest thing
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba etc..

OUTRO (I'm hardcore, I know the score, I'll hiphop till my hips get sore. I know the score - it's about 4-3)
Track Name: 03 Two Faces
There are two faces to everyone
One that you wear, and one that’s within
There are two faces to get to know
Before you can start, start to begin

There’s two personalities
Complex moralities
No one really does what they say
You learn that’s the way
You learn that’s the way

There are two people you try to love
One of them’s real and one’s just a dream
One person you hold so close
One is adrift away down the stream

They look in your eyes
And one whispers you lies
While the other wanders off to play
And that is the way
That’s always the way

Why is honesty
So hard to find
Do we not need it
Is that why it’s easier to hide
Why do we hide

There are two people inside of me
One’s doing fine, and one cannot cope
One girl has her head up high
One girl is crying tears of no hope
I don’t understand
Cause I got where I am
Just by looking at the world today

Is this not the way?
There must be a way
If there is a way
I’m so far away
Track Name: 04 Silence and the Rain
HER I DON’T GET YOU
BUT I LIKE YOU
AND I THINK I’LL TAKE SOME TIME TO LOOK INSIDE YOU
YOU’RE NOT LIKE ME
BUT THERE’S SOMETHING CALMING IN YOUR COMPANY

HIM I DON’T KNOW YOU
BUT I KNOW YOU
AND THERE’S THINGS ABOUT MY LIFE I’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU
I’M LOST FOR WORDS
BUT IT’S NICE TO BE LOST AND NOT BE HEARD

BOTH AND AS THE WORLD SLOWS DOWN
IN THE SILENCE THINGS WORK OUT

HIM YOU’RE A STRANGER

HER YOU’RE A STRANGER

HIM YOU’RE A WEIRDO

HER YOU’RE A WEIRDO

BOTH BUT THERE’S NOTHING STRANGE OR WEIRD
TO FEAR THOUGH
IT’S JUST THE LIGHT
AND THE RAIN KEEPS FALLING
AT NIGHT
AND AS THE WORLD SLOWS DOWN
IN THE SILENCE THINGS WORK OUT

I’M ASLEEP, I’M IN A DREAM
I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT I SEEM
TO BE AWARE OF THIS
COMFORTABLE SILENCE
COMFORTABLE SILENCE
COMFORTABLE SILENCE

WE’RE SO BUSY, ALWAYS RUSHING
BUT FOR NOW WE’LL SIT AND JUST DO NOTHING
AND LET THE SOUND
OF NOTHING RUSHING
PASS ROUND

AND AS THE WORLD SLOWS DOWN
IN THE SILENCE
THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN US
ALL WORKS OUT
Track Name: 05 The Morning After You Do It
The morning after you do it you’ve that smile upon your face
The morning after you do it earthly things seem blessed with a heavenly grace
Your hair’s a mess
And you’re barely dressed
Cause your clothes are half all over her floor
The morning after you do it

The morning after you do it you’re high fiving every where
Your hips start to wiggle your shoulders got a jiggle
You’re acting gay but you just don’t care
You probably smell like an armpit
But you radiate the essence of man
The morning after you do it

You grin at girls normally in your dreams
They’re smiling back, you’re right up top with the creams
It’s your day
You’ve hit a home run so what if you get carried away
You’ve won a crowd, you hold ‘em all in a tranc
They gather round, they all wanna taste your chance
Of romance
But with a glance
You clap your hands and you say “it’s time to dance”

And it’s all Summer
The city brightens in Summer
How can it not make you wonder
Of life and its miracles?
Oh Summer
I believe that I love her
Never be another
After Summer

But

The morning after you do it you just bathe in the glow of sex
You ‘shotgun’ builders they stand there all bewildered
As you swing your butt and you flex your pecs
There’s a blue bird from a Disney movie
Singing especially for you

Your heart beats fast
To a marching band
They’re celebrating
Throughout the land

It's all for the boy and the one night stand
The morning after you do it
Track Name: 06 Megans Hero
TODAY I MET MY HERO
THE HERO OF MY DREAMS
HE WAS SMALL AND PALER IN THE FLESH
BUT A FRICKIN REAL LIFE HERO
THAT I’VE WORSHIPPED SINCE THIRTEEN
ALTHOUGH HIS BREATH WAS NOT SO FRESH

AND NOW I’VE MET HIM
THERE’S SOMETHING MISSING
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR
IT’S LIKE HE’S MISSING
WHAT I AM MISSING
I’M SO UNSURE

CAUSE I WAS TOLD BEFORE I GOT OLD
THAT HEROS ARE ‘MYTHICAL CONSTRUCTS’
AND NOT TO BE TRUSTED
THEY’RE JUST LEFT OVER SCARS
FROM WHEN WE EVOLVED
BUT THERE’S A DEEP DOWN PART OF MY HEART
THAT’S CRYING OUT TO BELIEVE
IN ALL MY DREAMS
OF KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOUR
AND A GOD BEHIND THE THUNDER
OH MAKE IT THUNDER

SO TODAY I MET MY HERO
AND IT SEEMS THEY GOT IT RIGHT
AND IT’S ALL A BIG FAT FANTASY
AND PEOPLE DON’T NEED HEROS
TO GET THEM THROUGH THE NIGHT
THEY MAKE THEIR OWN REALITY

BUT OH WITHOUT HIM
I’M ALWAYS DOUBTING
MY HEADS A MESS AND I DON’T HAVE A CURE
MY STUPID HERO
IS JUST A WEIRDO
WHO LIVES NEXT DOOR
Track Name: 07 Tir Na N'Og
FRIEND Once upon a time.

JANE THERE ONCE LIVED A MAN
HE WAS THIRTY ONE
HE LIVED BY THE SEA
HE LIVED ON AN ISLAND
HE WAS A WARRIOR

FRIEND My turn.

JANE Okay you go.

FRIEND I’m going.

JANE You go.

FRIEND I’m going.

JANE Go on.

FRIEND SO ONE DAY THIS MAN
WELL HE MET A GIRL
SHE HAD GOLDEN HAIR
THAT HAD A NATURAL CURL
SHE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL
BUT SAD

JANE That’s nice. So what happens next?

FRIEND You go.

JANE THEY FELL IN LOVE IN AN INSTANT
WHEN HE SAVED HER FROM HER DEATH

FRIEND HER HORSE WAS STRICKEN WITH MADNESS
BUT HE CALMED IT WITH A BREATH

JANE SHE SAID, “I AM A FAIRY FROM TIR NAN OG
THE DAUGHTER OF A KING”

FRIEND HE SAID “THAT DOESN’T MEAN A THING
THAT DOESN’T MEAN A THING”

SO THIS MAN AND GIRL
LIVED IN TIR NAN OG?

JANE THE LAND OF ENDLESS YOUTH
WHERE NO-ONE CAN GROW OLD

BOTH THEY LIVED THREE HUNDRED YEARS

JANE BUT ONE DAY THE MAN
HE WANTED TO GO HOME

FRIEND JUST TO PAY A VISIT

JANE THE GIRL SAID “GO ALONE
BUT DON’T LET YOUR FEET TOUCH THE GROUND”

FRIEND Why not?

JANE It would break the magic.

FRIEND Of course!

JANE SHE SAID TO RIDE HER WHITE PONY
HE WILL BEAR YOU SAFE RETURN

FRIEND BUT LET ME GUESS SOMETHING WENT WRONG

BOTH FOLKS IN STORIES NEVER LEARN

JANE SHE SAID “I AM A FAIRY FROM TIR NAN OG
THE DAUGHTER OF A KING”

FRIEND HE SAID “THAT DOESN’T MEAN A THING
THAT DOESN’T MEAN A THING”

BOTH THREE HUNDRED YEARS AND ALL HAD DIED
THE LAND WAS CRACKED THE SEA HAD DRIED
HIS FAMILY LAY TOMBED INSIDE
THE LANDS CRUST
THE MAN BROKE DOWN, CLIMBED OFF THE HORSE
HE TOUCHED THE GROUND AND THEN OF COURSE
THE YEARS HE’D MISSED CAME BACK WITH FORCE
HE TURNED TO DUST

JANE SO THE HORSE WENT BACK

FRIEND BACK TO TIR NAN OG
THE LAND OF ENDLESS YOUTH

JANE WHERE NO ONE CAN GROW OLD

BOTH AND THERE THE PRINCESS WEPT

JANE THIS WAS THE TWENTY-SEVENTH
WARRIOR SHE’D ALMOST KEPT
Track Name: 08 Simple
Night was dark
Day was night
How I saw before in black and white
Things were simple
Simply simple
And small

Now the time
Rules the day
And the colours brush me into many shades of grey
Not so simple
Maybe simple
Is tall

All you grow, all you learn
Makes you more unsure where to turn
Why can’t simple
Just stay simple
For all

Tell me why
In the sky
There’s a dark light burning and it burns my eye
Please be simple
Don’t want simple
To fall

When you’re simple
Nothing’s simple
At all
Track Name: 09 Do You Want A Baby Baby?
Oh babe I just dunno where to start really it/ breaks my heart when I see what they’ve done to you/ sittin’ there tied to a chair in your underwear/ ooh I like your hair have you had it straightened?

/anyways you being nearly naked makes it easier/ kind of reminds me of the last time I was seein’ yer/remember Ronnie Scotts? we danced a lot, you said I looked hot/ you said something about the economy too but I forgot

/It was good night right a fun night right I could have / danced all night but the inevitable happened well /in the morning you disappeared without warning / no goodbye so I had a cry and I went shopping – I bought this Jimmy Choo handbag, amazing…..

TWO WEEKS LATER HEARD A SONG ON THE RADIO
NEW RELEASE, FUNKY BEATS AND IT MADE ME GO “OH
IS THERE SOMETHING MORE TO LIFE?”

I GOT A SENSE OF SOME KIND OF DESTINY
I GOT A FEELING SOME THINGS ARE KIND OF
MEANT TO BE
OH WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY IS…

DO YOU WANT A BABY BABY?
COZ WE’RE HAVING A BABY BABY
DO YOU WANT A BABY BABY?

DO YOU WANT A BABY BABY?
YUP, WE’RE HAVING A BABY BABY
DO YOU WANT THIS BABY BABY?

I JUST CAN’T HELP IT I’M A NAUGHTIES BABY BABY

Now/I understand it was a one night deal please don’t / feel like I’m tryin’ to trap you or nothing I mean/ I’m too young to have a kid I was gonna get rid / even borrowed off my Daddy the thousand quid but

/ here you are under lock and key in front of / me and I can’t help but think of providence / you’re an artist I’m the Mayor’s daughter / we aughta capitalise on our potential!

/ We’ll get our pictures in ‘Hello’ and ‘Okay’ okay?/ Okay, then we got your auto-biograph-ay/ we’ll get paid to attend film premiers/ havin’ a child could make both our careers – and I haven’t even started on the merchandising…

AND I’LL RECORD A SONG FOR THE RADIO
NEW RELEASE FUNKY BEATS THAT’LL MAKE YOU GO
“OH, IS THERE SOMETHING MORE TO LIFE”

AND IF IT DON’T WORK OUT FOR YOU AND ME
CAUSE NO ONE REALLY MEANS ETERNITY
WE’LL HAVE A BATTLE FOR CUSTODY

SO DO YOU WANT A BABY BABY?
CAUSE WE’RE HAVING A BABY BABY
A CELEBRITY BABY BABY

DO YOU WANT THIS BABY BABY?
IT’LL BE A RICH BABY BABY
DON’T BE SUCH A BABY BABY

I JUST CAN’T HELP IT I’M A NAUGHTIES BABY BABY

Come on say something!

Do you do you wannit do you do you wannit? Huh
Do you do you wannit do you do you wannit? Huh
Do you do you wannit do you do you wannit?
Cause in 8 months - I’m gonna drop it

DO YOU WANT A BABY?
CAUSE WE’RE HAVING A BABY
DO YOU WANT THIS BABY, BABY?

DO YOU WANT A BABY
OR SHOULD I END THIS BABY
CAUSE IT’S ONLY A BABY, BABY

DO YOU WANT A BABY BABY
OR SHOULD I ----- THIS BABY BABY
NO ONE WANTS A BABY BABY

NOT TIME FOR A BABY BABY
WHEN I’M READY FOR A BABY BABY
THEN I’LL GET ME A BABY BABY

I JUST CAN’T HELP IT I’M A NAUGHTIES BABY BABY
YEAH!
Track Name: 10 Mermaids
Life is trains and life is stations
Life is beds and visitation hours
Lovely flowers

Life is fading yellow curtains
Life’s ignoring what’s for certain soon
Nearly June

And sometimes I feel like the mermaid
Born from land and sea
I’m half my life among the fish
And half what I could be
That’s me

Life is sheets and contemplating
Life is much appreciating tea
Lovely tea

Life’s a game you sometimes lose
But in the end it’s what you choose to do
I love you

Sometimes I feel like the mermaid torn from land and sea
I’m halfway drowning dying for air
But half what I could be
And if I cut myself in two
Then half of me will be
So free
Track Name: 11. We Need Love
WE WANT SPEED
WE WANT POWER
WANT MORE MINUTES TO THE HOUR
WANT MORE WORLD TO DEVOUR
WE NEED LOVE

WE WANT CHOICE
WANT CONTROL
WANT THE BODY NOT THE SOUL
BUT WE CAN'T REMAIN WHOLE
WITHOUT LOVE

LOVE CAN CHANGE
LOVE CAN GROW
LOVE IS REAPED FROM WHAT WE SOW
LOVE IS MORE THAN WE KNOW
WE NEED LOVE

WHEN YOU'RE LOST
YOU CAN'T COPE
THAT'S WHEN LOVE WILL SEND ITS ROPE
IT'S A CORD OF FRESH HOPE
IT'S CALLED LOVE

WE LOVE
(THE FIRST TOUCH OF LOVE SETS US FREE AND ALIVE)
(FREE AND ALIVE)
WE LOVE

LOVE IS REAL
LOVE IS RAW
LOVE WON’T LOCK BEHIND A DOOR
LOVE WILL NOT BE IGNORED
WE NEED LOVE

LOVE IS REAL (I’M ALIVE)
NOT A TREND (I’M ALIVE)
AT THE START AND AT THE END
LOVE IS ALWAYS A FRIEND
WE NEED LOVE

WE LOVE
(THE FIRST TOUCH OF LOVE SETS US FREE AND ALIVE)
(FREE AND ALIVE
WE LOVE