Riches

by The Winters

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released May 15, 2013

Produced by Les Keye & Ed McGinley

LORRAINE McCOLGAN vocals
ED McGINLEY vocals, electric and acoustic guitars,
slide guitar, pedal steel guitar
LES KEYE bass, vocals, percussion, piano, drums, acoustic guitar
DARRAGH O’KELLY organ & piano
CONOR MURRAY drums

with contributions from:
Ger Kiely (acoustic guitar & Spanish guitar on 7,
electric guitars [right channel] on 8 & 12)
Joey Pleass (percussion on 1, 6 & 12)
Alan Montgomery (bass on 1 & 7)
Niall Toner jnr (guitar on 1)
Colm O’Hara (trombone on 6 & 8)
Bill Blackmore (trumpet on 6 & 8).

Recorded and mixed by Les Keye at Arad Studios, Dublin 2,
between September 2009 and September 2011.
Mastered by Jon Astley at Close to the Edge, London, October 2011.
Horn arrangements by Darragh O’Kelly (6, 8) and Les Keye (8).

Conception & pre-production at World’s End Studios, Dublin 8.

A&R and creative consultant, Robert Emmett.
Photography by Matthew Thompson.
Artwork by Nixon Dixon Associates, with thanks to Sean Sills,
Jamie Murphy and Mary Plunkett at Distillers’ Press, Dublin 8
for the beautiful handset wooden type.

With thanks to Catherine Fitzgerald, Christian Volkmann,
Chris Heaney, Ger Staunton, John Lalor, Anthony D’Arcy, Cliff Rosney, Brendan Priestley, Alan Montgomery and Art Lorigan for bringing these songs to ‘live’.

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The Winters Norfolk Island

Steeped in the sound of classic American folk musics—blues, country, RnB, soul, Appalachian—they emerge with their own identity, some kind of hybrid of Roy Orbison and the Sir Douglas Quintet… oscillating between moody and clubby.

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Track Name: The Rain Is Falling Down Again
Once we stood on a wide open highway
Sun was shining bright in the sky
Far we flew, we were never arriving
There we blew the best of our lives…
The best that we could ever be
You and me, we belonged together
You and me, we had so much sun
Now the rain is falling down again
The rain is falling down

Once we saw clouds on the horizon
Looked for cover under the trees
Thought we’d find a distant silver lining
Thought we knew how to keep ourselves free…
Forever and a day
You and me, we believed in karma
You and me, thought we’d take our turn
You and me, didn’t make a drama
You and me didn’t know the clouds had returned...

Now the rain is falling down again
The rain is falling down
The rain is falling down again
The rain is falling down

Cover up your head, boy
It’s gonna drop a line on you
Track Name: Bring
Bring all your gifts to the table
Bring your party hats, your deck of cards and your games
Bring all your hang-ups and all your hapless fables
Your charm and skill, your will to thrill and your fame

Bring everything that makes you able
To tell us how you’ve suffered for so long

Bring your mother and your father
Your whole family and all your dearest friends
Bring all your better-known acquaintances
Your china, your childhood and your last romance

Bring everything that makes you able
To tell us how you’ve suffered for so long

Bring your cross, please bring your statue
Your candle, your bell, your book and your healing balm
Bring everything that keeps you stable
Your medication, your crutch, your TV and your dressing gown

Bring everything that makes you able
To tell us how you’ve suffered for so long
Bring everything that keeps you stable
And tell us how you’ve suffered for so long
So long
Track Name: Holly, Go Lightly
Oh ah, Holly come back to us, we won’t mind
Fools are only the ones who don’t see they’re blind

Your dreams were wonderful
It’s not your fault they failed
Warm arms wait to hold you
Soft and pale

Oh ah, Holly get back to us, we’ll be kind
Take some peace in this company, ease your mind

Don’t try to understand
It’s far too soon
Just feel the warmth of wings
The cool of the moon

Now come to golden rooms
And you move on
Come through the shreds of lives
And come through a swan

Oh ah, Holly go lightly, don’t even try
Your wings cool in the skies, you were made to fly
Track Name: Riches
Deep indoors your hair falls long
When evening comes and terrifies the senses
The sense is
Of seeing truth that’s testing you
Thinking truth could rescue you
And bundle up your heart to meet some lover

Soft you sit and rock it low
As though it were a baby in a cradle
You’re able
To wrap these words like blood and skin
Around you for the state you’re in
Be careful when you feel your soul unfolding

Small pieces of gold and silver,
Tell you that you can deliver angels to the world
Angels rushing in
Telling secrets in the dark
Secrets sent to free your heart and lend you life
Get wed you wife
Telling you, telling you get wed
Telling you, telling you get wed

Gazing at your fisted hand
Your fingers white, your nowhere man
You feel it, you see it
You see the riches in the rock
The woman underneath her frock
Your gown’s already falling from your shoulder.
Track Name: Hold Me Down
Once I was, young Tommy Joad, out on the road
Once I mined, a seam of gold, a tale untold
Once I tried, to shelter from, the bitter cold

Hold me down, hold me down

Once I fought, decorated for, exploits in war
Once I saw, an emperor, without his clothes

Hold me down, hold me down, hold me down

Once I sold, a precious stone, a flake of snow
Once I had to move along, I just let it go

Hold me down, hold me down, hold me down

Last night was free-falling
That night was me calling
This light will see all this
Rope holding on
Thrown to the ground
If I get to the top
I’ll let it go
Track Name: Starlight Song
Under the moon shoots a soft lunar rainbow
Light hugs the sky in pearly blue shades
Here in the night lives the body of your heart song
Living the life, you should have made
And no, you don’t have long
You better sing your starlight song.

If you’re too shy for the beast that you’re riding
Dreams slip and slide and her claws hide away
But no, you don’t have long
You better sing your starlight song

It’s going to shake you like an earth quake kicking off
It’s going to push you ’til you scream
That’s just the movement of the old skin snaking off
It’s just the waking of the dream

Don’t hesitate, grab your guts and stick your neck out
There’ll never be a time so ripe to grow like this again
Take my surrender as a final confirmation
And don’t take long
Don’t take long
Don’t take long
Get up and sing your starlight song.
Track Name: (Don’t Let Me Be) The Last One To Know
If you choose to be free
You’ll never know the best of me
That’s the part I really want to show
But if your heart plays the field
Because I’ve hurt you, tell me please
Don’t let me be the last one to know

I could smile, I could cry
I could look you in the eye
It wouldn’t give me anywhere to go
So you’ll give me your best
Well, what do I do with the rest?
Don’t let me be the last one to know

If it really is the end
You’ll be losing our love

All our traces are here
The marks of love that cost us dear
A yearling leaves his footprints in the snow
Does he run to be free?
Or make the tracks of destiny?
Don’t let me be the last one to know
Don’t let me be the last one to know
Track Name: Even in July
It’s not about anything he’s done
It’s not about anywhere he’s gone
It’s all about, a world in doubt
And everyone for once, is on his side

Wonder springs eternal when we dream
The rusty-coloured sandman tries to steal
The fading light and every night
His gentle words go whispering through the leaves

And the sun shines, through the clouds
And the rain falls, even in July

The sun is out, the sea and sky… so blue
He’s feeling good, I think he’s pulling through
And every doubt, has been cast out
Now I’m sure, for certain, that it’s true

And the rain falls, from those clouds
And the sun shines, even in July
And the sun shines, even in July
Track Name: I Want My Baby Back!
You’re my little baby
You’re my good luck charm
I’m full of bad intentions
Something inside of me’s wrong
Call up your fortune teller, ask her what she sees
A little pick-me-up from a china cup, brings out the bad in me

I want my baby back! I want my baby back!

The moon is full in the nighttown sky
And the water’s under the bridge
The ghouls are out on the prowl tonight
And the potion’s safe in the fridge
But I’m not ready, to spend a night at home on my own
All of my fears, since she disappeared, have chilled me down to the bone

I want my baby back! I want my baby back!

I can croon and I can growl… I can bay or croak or howl
I’m a lizard, I’m an owl, I’m a dawg in search of fowl…

This whole town is empty
The carnival is packed up and gone
The rain-soaked streets are deserted
The rooftop’s got a menacing frown
Look down upon my nightmare, laugh at my trembling fears
Ridicule this stupid fool and mock his luckless tears

I want my baby back! I want my baby back!
Track Name: Real Lies
Do you want to realize
The end is near, the tide is high
The fire’s fading embers hypnotise you to a stone
You can’t be surprised
The time were warm, the air was light
And now the truth will pierce your skin and bang upon your bones
There was a warning sound
You never even looked around
And still you shade your eyes

I told you I was good like this and so I am
I warned but you wouldn’t let it in
You told me, you told me, you told me lies

Come on and get wise
You cannot sell a compromise
The burning building’s empty don’t stay staring at the flames
Take down the book of lies
And lose those the ancient alibis
Return the purpose to your eyes

I told you I was good like this and so I am
I warned but you wouldn’t let it in
You told me, you told me, you told me lies
You told me, you told me, you told me lies
Track Name: When Are You Going To Love Me?
When I’m all out of luck
And I’m battered and bruised
When I’m down on my knees
And there’s holes in my shoes
When I’m tired and weary
And I’m sick of these blues
And I’ve lost my direction
And I’ve got no excuse

When you going to love me?
When you going to love me?
When you find the time, just let me know
And you know that I’ll be there…

When I’m out in the desert
When I’m lost on the plain
When I’m found in some trouble
When I’m wishing in vain

When the storms have abated
And the sailing is plain
And the champagne’s on ice
And the taxman’s been paid
When my ship’s just come in
And I’m top of my game
I’ll be knocking on your door
I’ll be climbin’ up your drain

When you going to love me?
Well I know the time, I’ll tell you when…
You’re gonna love me when I’m … dead!