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The Haberdasher's Voyage

by Fergus McKay and Nothing Concrete

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    10 track vinyl album, the third by international collective Nothing Concrete, with 4 page vintage newspaper booklet, containing all lyrics.

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1.
Pandora's keeping Schtum I don't know what she's trying to say, but she slipped a key into my fist, then she ran away. I know she has a little toy chest, though she always keeps it hid, and it has a tiny silver lock and a clasp upon the lid. Now her breath is in my mouth, and her eyes are in my head, and all the words that I can hear are all the things she never said. those eyes inspire a web of lies and draw me to deceit, but there never were a pair of eyes more beautiful or sweet. I keep searching for a genie but I keep finding mr Hyde, Every bottle that I open has a devil trapped inside. Obscurity and innocence collide in space and time, so what started as a game of words soon became a crime. Each word that passed between us weighed like gold on silken thread, and each look contained a thousand words that never should be said. There's only one way out of here, we all leave in the same way. No-one knows what happens next, no matter what they say. I stumble through the open door and I fall on the gravestones, while the spectres dance around me, but at least I'm not alone. I keep searching for a genie but I keep finding mr Hyde, Every bottle that I open has a devil trapped inside. Outisde the chapel walls I stamp y cold feet on the ground, where alabaster thorns have fallen from a broken crown, yeah they painted Jesus pink again to make him look more pure, but they only filled the bulletholes with sand mixed with manure I keep searching for a genie but I keep finding mr Hyde, Every bottle that I open has a devil trapped inside.
2.
Sit Tight 03:32
C7 B7 Sit tight my love Em B7 Em I won't bite C7 B7 Em It's a cold night out there C7 B7 Have a drink my dear Em B7 Em for you've nothing to fear C7 B7 Em it will all come clear if you dare F#7 B7 taste the dark surprise Em B7 Em lurking in these eyes F#7 B7 Em I'm afraid it's just the way that I appear G A If you'd like to know Em B7 Em what goes on below C F#7 B7 then you'll find what you've been looking for right here Take a step this way down this alley-way by the light of day you'll be gone and I do believe just the tramps and thieves will be there to grieve when you're gone for they know full well you'll go straight to hell and the casket that you travel in is rotten by the harbour lights just around midnight you'll go overboard and straight down to the bottom break behind the inn where the soldiers sin is a street lit by one dirty little light if you go there late you can meet your fate in the shadows in the middle of the night and the vampires know in the streets red glow you can see the neck an awful lot more clearly so I’ll wait till night before I take a bite of her I love most dearly
3.
I Don't Know 03:59
Don’t know where I’m heading, Don’t know what I’m for Don’t know what I’m up against, or who I’m with anymore Don’t know what the time is, don’t know who I am Don’t know if I want to, or even if I can Don’t know if I’m changing, don’t know if I’m not Don’t know how or why or when & sure as hell I don’t know what Don’t know who is right, don’t know who is wrong But I’m pretty sure it’s been this way all all all all along well what do you know? what do you know it’s nearly time to go so tell me what you know Don’t know if I’m dreaming Or lying here awake I know I’m on a journey but I don’t know what to take I don’t know if I’m ready to face the rising tide There’s an ocean to cross But I don’t know how wide I don’t know if I’m yelling, or only whispering Don’t know if I was born to be a beggar or a king Don’t know if I’m fighting on the side I should be on, & I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready to be gone gone gone I haven’t got a clue what’s being gained or being lost But I’m pretty sure whichever way it isn’t worth the cost Does anybody know how we can turn this ship around Or are we gonna keep on steaming on till we run this thing aground Don’t know if anybody hears a single word I say I don’t know if I care I’m gonna say it anyway Don’t know how to make myself be heard above the din Don’t know if not knowing is a virtue or a sin I don’t know what they’re selling that I could want to buy I don’t know what to believe when everything’s a lie I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do I don’t know if I’ll ever know if what I know to be true is true Don’t know who’s in charge, don’t know who’s the boss I only know the things we find are someone else loss Does anybody know how we can turn this ship around Or are we gonna keep on steaming on till we run this thing aground
4.
Dear Liza 03:45
There’s a hole in my bucket dear liza Through which all I put in drains away To have no bucket dear would be wiser And we’d still end with nothing each day And the trip to the well’s always fruitless for it’s ten long miles under the sun and you say I should fix it dear liza But with shat should I fix it dear one? We’ve no coal for the fire up the forge with for the winter was dark long and cold We’ve no metal to patch up the hole with All of value we had has been sold ————— Then mend it with straw my dear Henry We must make do and mend as we can If the straw is too long you must cut it with the knife that you hold in your hand ———— But my knife has no edge dear Liza And I can’t stop the hole with mere straw ————- Then sharpen your knife dear henry For we must keep the wolf from the door ——- And how shall I sharpen my knife dear? ——— With the whetstone as well you should know —————- But the stone must be whetted with water ————— Then to fetch it my dear you must go —————— There’s a hole in my bucket dear liza Through which all I put in drains away To have no bucket dear would be wiser And we’d still end with nothing each day
5.
Provolone 03:47
It was midnight On a bridge beside A fountain in a park In northern Italy I was playing music She sat down to listen Then we started talking And she said to me Tell me where you come from Tell me where you’re going Maybe I can join you As you travel round I said I was leaving First thing in the morning Meet me where the campers s Stay when they’re in town Sure enough the next day i was bright and early i’d said all her goodbyes So we drove away Stopped to get some diesel Have a little breakfast Drove a little further Found a place to stay I told her that I liked her Thought that she was funny Thought that she was pretty And thought that she was sweet She said that I was only Just a provolone Who’d try my luck with every Single girl I meet i said ihe wasn’t interested But I protested Said I’d like to prove That I was not so bad i said i’d like to learn To play the mandolin And that if I could teach her She’d concentrate on that I told her that I liked her Thought that she was funny Thought that she was pretty And maybe we’d be good She said that I was only Just a provolone I asked if I could kiss her And she said I could She said that I was only Just a provolone I asked if I could kiss her And she said I could
6.
I Need Money 03:14
I need money to buy a ticket, a ticket to I don't know where, I need money to buy a ticket, if I'm going then I'll pay my share I need money to buy a ticket, a penny for to pay my share I need a ticket to take the train the train to take me far away I need a ticket to take a trainI ani't staying here for one more day, I need a ticket to take the train, I need the money so that I can pay We're gonna live, we're gonna die, we're gonna ask a lot of questions so we know the reason why We're gonna give, we're gonna take we're gonna lose more money than we're ever gonna make I need a pen to write a letter, a letter to my family, I need a pen to write a letter, a letter so that they can see I need a pen to write a letter, I'm going where I can be free
7.
Deeper 03:59
I got some pieces of this, I got some pieces of that, I got a penny in my pocket and a feather in my hat there are people I remember, there are people I forget, but nothing makes me wanna go home just yet. I found a pile of broken bones beneath the turf the other day it made me wonder what was underneath the concrete and the clay I got a dark recurring dream that doesn’t wanna go away but i still rise above the wickedness before dawn every day chorus: And we can still go deeper, looks like this one is gonna be a keeper don’t matter which way you turn or which way you choose someday you’re gonna have to get to know the grim reaper…. I got the skull of a bear, and the teeth of a whale I got the hair of a dog from a shaggy dog tale I’ve been a farmer in the fields I’ve been a sailor on the sea there ain’t no government ever gave a shit about me well it makes my ankles buckle and it makes my knees go weak it makes me look just like a clown or some sideshow freak there’s a million ways to say it when there’s nothing to be said it’s gonna frighten you to death and make your eyes pop out your head chorus And we can still go deeper, looks like this one is gonna be a keeper don’t matter which way you turn or which way you choose someday you’re gonna have to get to know the grim reaper…. Bridge And there are letters in the water, and poison in the mail everything you ever try is already destined to fail You can set me on the water put the wind into my sail but to break me out of jail somebody’s gotta pay my bail they’re selling short at all the bookies, but I’ll tell you a tall tale all your hopes and aspirations gonna be to no avail final chorus And we can still go deeper, looks like this one is gonna be a keeper don’t matter which way you turn or which way you choose someday you’re gonna have to get to know the grim reaper…
8.
When did it start all going wrong? From the moment they went down below There’s a nightmare around every corner these days and it’s never too soon to let go It won’t get any better, once it all starts to rust it’ll all go back to the sea who’ll be here to forgive us when everything’s lost except the devil, his henchmen and me There are dark clouds upon every hilltop if you stop to take in the view it’s a fine desolation wherever you look so soft, so cruel, so untrue theres an old corner store in a long buried town the owners once lived upstairs They sold dark storm clouds to politicians and thieves and other miscellaneous wares no-one really knows what makes Jezebel weep is it something in the water she drinks the pipes and drums play all night while she sleeps but the wolves only howl when she thinks There are dark clouds upon every hilltop if you stop to take in the view it’s a fine desolation wherever you look so soft, so cruel, so untrue all the junk we abandon will sink back to earth the world will be green once again but there won’t be soul left who knows what it’s worth who can haul in the anchor and chain all that nature around is encroaching again So soft ... so cruel so serene! Peace and silence, morning and evening birds that wake you up with a scream There are dark clouds upon every hilltop if you stop to take in the view it’s a fine desolation wherever you look so soft, so cruel, so untrue
9.
Sycamore 03:47
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The third album from international collective "Nothing Concrete", recorded during the time of Covid in their studio in the French pyrenees

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released January 3, 2021

Fergus McKay, wrote arranged, recorded and produced all songs.
mixed and mastered at bongo Studios by Fergus McKay & Paul Smith
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Fergus McKay and Nothing Concrete Toulouse, France

In the shadows of the Pyrenees in Southern France, resides a collective which has purposefully chosen this remote locale from which to strike out in all directions with their extraordinary music.

An acoustic-led combination of folk, swing jazz and a bluesy country cabaret polka which is quite unlike anything else, embracing the ancient art of storytelling through song.
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