Riches

by The Winters

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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
2.
Bring 03:25
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
3.
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
4.
Riches 04:14
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.
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Hold Me Down 04:06
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
6.
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.
7.
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
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Even in July 04:02
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
10.
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!
11.
Real Lies 03:13
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
12.
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!

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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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