Acoustic Overtures

by Dougal Irvine

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1.
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!
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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)
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02:51
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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02:46
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
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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!
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04:03
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
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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
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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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