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New Song: “The Reunion”

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Some say the past is another country…

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The Reunion

So nice to see you back
Here after all this time
So good to know you’re well
And doing fine

So nice to see
You after all these years
We thought you were dead

We thought we’d see you back
Here from time to time
We waited for some news
But there was never a sign

You never kept in touch
We thought we’d said something wrong
We thought we’d offended you

So nice to see you back
Now we have to go
Maybe we’ll meet again someday
You never know

So nice to see
You after all these years
We thought you were dead

You never kept in touch
We thought we’d said something wrong
We thought we’d offended you

© 2015 Dave Keir

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New Song: “Rattling Drum”

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What to say about this? Best to read the lyrics below to get a feeling about where this song is going. If I were to paint a picture for you it would be of an unsatisfied, anxiety-ridden, nine-to-fiver wasting his life self-medicating with booze after work with his partner at home left alone and wondering. Cheerful stuff!

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Rattling Drum

Stepping out into the daylight
I’ve got bad case of stage fright
Weak at the knees and feeling queasy
But nobody said it would be easy

Why don’t you phone?
You’ve been out all night
Are you alone?
Are you alright?
Ah, yes, I’m alone
But I’m as tight as a rattling drum

Fixing the world with a cold stare
The sea of humanity is out there
Holding on with a tight grip
Knowing I could lose it all with just one slip

Looking at the people on the platform
Looking at the clock and looking forlorn
They’re hoping for once it is punctual
I hope there’s a points failure on the Transvaal

All touchy-feely and as smooth as cream
Have a piece of the pie, be part of the team
I hope I can avoid all the hoopla
The gobbledegook, the broo-ha-ha

My body is telling me to fight or flee
My legs are like jelly and I need to go for a wee-wee
Nobody said it would be a walk in the park
But it’s 10 a.m. and it’s so dark

© 2015 Dave Keir

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New Song: “Afraid”

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OM-18VI made this tune up in 2005 in Naples, Florida on my my newly purchased Martin OM-18V (see right). It was when I was noodling on some simple chords back in the hotel room, while getting used to my new guitar, that during much investigative prodding and poking, picking and strumming that I alighted on it. Why that should be when I was only interested in exploring the sonority of my new instrument, I don’t know. The lyrics came much later when I was back in the UK and when I had become aware that a song was lurking in these simple fingerpicked chords. And in the process I show my unerring ability to make the normally bright and breezy key of C Major something quite a bit darker. Ho-hum.

 Afraid

Be afraid
That’s OK
Your pulse can race but you can’t
Run away

They’ll try to blow you around
Well you can bend with the breeze
But you must
Stand your ground

Pride and grace

You can be statuesque
Or you can just feign death
Or you can just stand still and take a
Big deep breath

So staunch those tears
I’ve been that way for years
And no-one’s
Noticed yet

Pride and grace

© 2015 Dave Keir

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New Song: “After Dinner Drinks”

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This song is a ski-slope of calamity.

An innocent matrimonial candle-lit dinner with the bonhomie lubricated with some fine wine and later (and disastrously) by other more prosaic and economical beverages.

At first, warm-hearted smiles and faux-erotic kisses and hand-strokes accompany the shared reminiscences until. Until some almost forgotten and ancient slight is innocently recalled by one and met with a piece of jocular whataboutery of equal vintage and irrelevance by the other. Playful hair-tussling and smoochy ear-pecking is put to one side to allow space for lip-tightened smirks to replace teeth-gleaming peals of laughter. A slow-motion descent into competitive point-scoring-ping-pong ensues to the accompaniment of alcohol fuelled darkening of both mood and vocabulary. Goodwill evaporates as bloods begin to boil. Voices are raised as inhibitions are lowered. The encircling apocalypse is not even noticed until its finality and permanence is assured. Things have been said that can never be unsaid. At some point exhaustion caused sleep.

At the last there is the weary quiet of a bleak morning-after. A bag is packed and a taxi called. How did this happen?

The first lesson of skiing is to learn how to stop.

The song is written in the form of a reminiscing. But sentiment in numbed. All feeling – and it’s remembrance – is avoided. Shame teaches forgetfulness. Forgetfulness destroys no information.

After Dinner Drinks

After Dinner Drinks

I’m staying tonight
I’ve got every right
But I’ll be gone
Before it gets light

We got high as a kite
We got into a fight
Some things raised their heads should’ve stayed
Well out of sight

I can’t remember how it feels

We let it all out
We started to scream and shout
Just in case there was any
Reasonable doubt

It was like a roll-call
They were all up against the wall
All the hurts and the insults, all the
Negligence and all

I need to rest for a while
Close my eyes for a while
But I’ll get my shoes and coat
In a little while

© 2015 Dave Keir

 

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New Song: Roller Coaster with Guitar Notation, Tab and Lyrics

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For the score of the guitar part and the lyrics, please see below.

Cannabalising a nursery-rhyme is cheap trick but in this case it serves me well. In each verse a stolen line gives me a fine platform from which to plunge into…

In brief, this is a song about (…) and the alienation it causes and the need to conceal it and put a brave face on it in public – especially with work colleagues and even with close friends. The use of fairground imagery and the nursery-rhyme lines gives a sense of grotesque burlesque, I hope; a sense of the absurdity of acting in the external world in a way that is so remote from what goes on in the internal one.

The fact that the song is about (…) might surprise some since the guitar part is in a bright Major key and sounds pretty upbeat except during a couple of interludes. (Actually, if I mute the vocal in the studio the guitar part sounds for all the world like a cheery guitar ditty… oh, well.)

As with most of my songs, the guitar part and the tune came first within which was embedded the words. This song is hard to play and I haven’t played it since I recorded it; consequently I don’t perform it. Yet. What do you think? Should I take it out and about? Will it behave in public?

Download the tab & notation: Roller Coaster Guitar Part (418)

Roller Coaster

One, two, buckle my shoe
I live in a coloured caravan
What colour would you like it to be today?
Climb on board and I will change it if I can

Blood of mother, blood of father
Flows through these varicose veins
Add an eye of newt and a fat rat’s tail
And a bottle and a half of cheap champagne

Three, four, knock on my door
Step into the amusement arcade
I am a bundle of fun I am a barrel of laughs!
This joker here sharper than a razor blade

Drunk or sober sorrow steps over
And sits on the very next stool
And says “Gravity now is the most profound
It’s in the deepest sky it’s on the highest ground”

Five, six, pick up sticks
Listen to the rattle of the drum
The band is playing just for you
Don’t turn away please come

Seven, eight, don’t be late
The roller coaster’s ready to begin
Close your eyes now; hold on tight
Who knows where goes this flight tonight

She said “If you were a man you’d take you coloured caravan
And get rid of that melancholy hue
Paint it purple and pink instead of black and blue”
She said “If I were you that’s what I would do”

Nine, ten, big fat hen
Waiting for a cockle-doodle-do
I get dizzy spells, I get most unwell
But I’d still rather be me than you

© 2014 Dave Keir

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Many More New Songs (Coming Soon)!

Yes, I’ve been listening through some recorded songs with a view to finally publishing the whole lot of them. Not all together by any means; they have to be auditioned, edited, mixed and generally made presentable. And they will crawl out of that process individually, or at most, a few at a time.  And maybe not the “whole lot”; I’m bound to have become disenamoured of some of them for one reason or another. But we’ll see. I’m also unsure in which form to publish them. That is to say, I’m not inclined to do another CD at this time – maybe as (an) album download(s). Through iTunes or CD Baby – or even just from here? Not sure. What do you think? Leave a comment below now – or later when you’ve heard a few of the songs.

Of the songs, I have got a couple just about ready. Look forward to “Roller Coaster” and “After Dinner Drinks” comin’ soon! In the meantime here’s another pic from my Pentlands wanderings – this taken last week from the top of Castlelaw Hill:

Pentland Hills

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New Song: “You Didn’t See The White Man Coming”

This is nearly finished. Finished apart from living with it and then possibly tweaking the sound and writing it down – at least the guitar part. No plan for including it on any CD, or anything like that. Maybe it’ll turn out to be an orphan. I hope you like it. If you would like to have an MP3 of it just let me know. Post a comment or write via the “Contact” email address on the right, if you do.

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I’ll update this post with a bit more info into the song and the lyrics very soon.

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Good Grief! candidate #2: Piranha

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Whyever I thought in my fevered imaginings that such an ugly fish as a piranha was a suitable metaphor for a good looking – albeit predatory – woman escapes me just for the moment. But there it is. Once again your humble songsmith takes what otherwise might have been unremarkable dogeral to hitheto unplumbed depths.

But I’m not going go about trying to “improve” it, though. Oh dear,no. I’ll not bend in my commitment to resist society’s poet-ist and beauty-ist discrimatory values. I’ll continue to fight for its rights in the just confidence that with the right care and a loving audience it will have a rich, rewarding, fulfulling, and proud future.

Nah! So there!

(Technical note: The guitar part is in rather an unusual tuning for me due to a rare success in achieving an accurate tuning of the instrument before the recording started.)

Now, here’s where I need your help dear reader (see here for why):

Should Piranha be on Good Grief! ?

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Good Grief! Candidate #1: The Shirt

Join me on the upward and windy path toward the pinicle of my achievements so far in this wild land on independent musicianship as I take a deep breath and start preparing my next CD.

It’s already got a title: Good Grief!

That alone should give you some insight into what we’re in for.

Here’s an early version of The Shirt for your consideration. Is the song good for inclusion on the CD? Listen to the song then use the voting buttons in the poll at the bottom of the page to cast your vote! Also, feel free to leave comments in the box provided at the bottom.

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New Song – The Favour

Free MP3 and tab / notation of the The Favour. Go to the song’s page to play it or save it to your computer:

The Favour

I hope you enjoy the song and the guitar score. Please leave your impressions or thoughts below. Feedback is important – and your opinions can count and make a difference to the finally released versions! Also, if you have any questions about the song or the tabs, I’ll be very happy to help!

Thank you!