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49 Arlington Gardens

by NICK GARRIE

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My lover’s just a simple girl her head is in the sand She talks in mathematics that I just don’t understand But no one ever catches her she hides behind the sun And she is not afraid of anyone And sometimes when the nights are cold she lies so close to me I try to whisper gentle things but she says let it be Oh no one ever catches her she hides behind the sun And she is not afraid of anyone I could have made something of my life so goodbye I could have been someone very nice how I tried But nothing mattered much to me I spent a lifetime by the sea The mountain ranges heard my song The young girls laughed and sang along They sang along they sang along Now I don’t really understand just what you see in me I left my wife and children for a love that could not be But no one ever catches me I hide behind the sun And I am not afraid of anyone Oh I am not afraid of anyone
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When the child in you meets the child in me And the children with you walk with the children with me Then peace will come to the green green land And finally I will understand The ferryboat waiting by the shore A father waving from a darkened door They’re taking his children to the promised land And then one day they will understand The children play by the sycamore tree The lone star shines above the sea And soon we’ll be in the green green land And come that day we will understand
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Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine Et nos amours Faut-il qu’il m’en souvienne La joie venait toujours après la peine Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure Les jours s’en vont je demeurre Les mains dans les mains restons face à face Tandis que sous Le pont de nos bras passe Des éternels regards l’onde si lasse Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure Les jours s’en vont je demeurre L’amour s’en va comme cette eau courante L’amour s’en va Comme la vie est lente Et comme l’Espérance est violente Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure Les jours s’en vont je demeurre Passent les jours et passent les semaines Ni temps passé Ni les amours reviennent Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure Les jours s’en vont je demeure
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Lovers 04:52
Lovers in the sunshine laughing at each other Walking by Children on the water singing to the skylark Flying high Nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why Summers pass so quickly songs become a memory Lost in time Photos of the moments that should last for ever Left behind But nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why Long lonely nights, I dream of you, I call your name I close my eyes, but nothing’s changed Long lonely nights, I hear you cry, you call my name You close your eyes and things don’t change on lovers’ nights Smiling at the morning dancing on your pillow For a while All your fears forgotten hidden in the corners Of your mind But nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why Nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why Long lonely nights, I dream of you, I call your name I close my eyes, but nothing’s changed Long lonely nights, I hear you cry, you call my name, You close your eyes, but things don’t change on lovers’ nights You call my name, You close your eyes, but things don’t change on lovers’ nights
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When evening comes you shine your lonely eyes on me Until the sun makes his appearance on the sea Parce que je t’aime Parce que ces’t toi Je suis boheme Le jour viendra le jour viendra When evening comes you shine your lonely eyes on me Until the sun makes his appearance on the sea Parce que je t’aime Parce que ces’t toi Je suis boheme Le jour viendra le jour viendra
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In every nook and cranny And I’ve been everywhere And not for love nor money Could I see it there No love to share I rode a train Where people sat in silence With folded hands And nothing in their eyes If they could realize If they just realized In every nook and cranny And I’ve been everywhere And not for love nor money Could I see it there No love to share She played the harp Outside some eastern station With faraway Travelling eyes that cried Sa she sang lai lai lai Whoh she sang lai lai lai In every nook and cranny And I’ve been everywhere And not for love nor money Could I see it there No love to share
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Now sometimes I get sad and tired of running with the wind But something in the midnight sun just makes me want to sing What am I supposed to do Shall I spell it out for you I’m gonna stay till the morning comes stay till the morning comes I’ll stay till the morning comes Oh once I had no money and my pockets full of songs Now I carry dollars but my poems sound all wrong What am I supposed to do Shall I spell it out for you I’m gonna stay till the morning comes stay till the morning comes I’ll stay till the morning comes There’s too much talk and too much nonsense spoken everywhere And you and me both know that we’re not going anywhere What are we supposed to do Shall I spell it out for you We’re gonna stay till the morning comes We’re gonna give it till the morning comes
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Twilight 01:59
Midnight, here come those blues again It’s all right I’m really on the mend For sentimental reasons undefined You’re always on my mind Twilight, and colours changing hue Long nights, I tried to talk to you For sentimental reasons undefined You’re always on my mind It don’t take much to make a grown man cry A broken heart a rainbow in the sky For sentimental reasons undefined You’re always on my mind Mm mmm Sunshine has made its way to me Moonshine is dancing on the sea And something that I thought would never end Has turned into my friend
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It seems to me that nothing lasts for ever The house you used to live in gone away And your wife has gone to look for better weather And Pontius Pilate would have had his say No matter where you look it don’t feel right And childrens’ stories drift into the night But you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer Oh you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer Yes you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer And what is self esteem the doctor asks you And you say you don’t know until it’s gone They take you to the house beside the fountain And ask you questions till you can’t go on A corridor has never been so frightening Your children wouldn’t recognize you now But you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer Oh you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer Yes you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer The answer my good friend is in the friendships You forged before these crazy times began The doctors don’t know jack about your ailments And the district nurse has done the best she can And you remember all the good you gave Cos when you go they’ll chisel on your grave You’ll get there on a wing and a prayer You’ll get there on a wing and a prayer
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I’m the clockmaker From down the road My eyes are dim I’m getting old Don’t you want to buy a clock That never loses time And if you do make sure That you buy one of mine Cos I’m the clockmaker From down the road Got lots of clocks I’ve never sold Don’t you want to buy a clock That never loses time And if you do make sure That you buy one of mine Cos I’m the clockmaker From down the road My eyes are dim I’m getting old

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“49 Arlington Gardens” is the album that musical history uses to pay its dues to Nick Garrie. There are many reasons for it to be so. The marvelous recording sessions in Scotland, sponsored by Ally Kerr and that included such great names as Norman Blake (TEENAGE FANCLUB), Francis McDonald (NICE MAN, TEENAGE FANCLUB, BMX BANDITS), Duglas T. Stewart (BMX BANDITS) producing, and Duncan Cameron (DELGADOS, TRAVIS, TRASHCAN SINATRAS) as sound engineer, with the still less famous DOGHOUSE ROSES, Spain’s Sandra Belda Martínez (CALIFORNIA SNOW STORY, SUPERÉTÉ), Rachel Allison, Iona McDonald and many other musicians from the Scottish indie pop scene. An astonishing collection of great compositions, with gems like “Twilight,” “Le pont Mirabeau,” “When Evening Comes” and “When the Child in You,” and a deeply romantic song like “Lovers,” written with Francis Lai (responsible for such historic soundtracks as “A Man and A Woman” and “Love Story”). The fact that “The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas,” the cursed disc released in 1969 that barely saw the light of day and that today has become a collector’s item, is receiving this small moment of glory that it was robbed of by chance when it was first released.. And above all, a singer-songwriter, Nick Garrie, with a precious voice full of solemnity and a classic pop feeling, in the best sense of the word, enjoying a moment of brilliant inspiration.

It’s one of those discs that sees the light of day thanks to the support of a new generation of musicians, admirers of the British singer-songwriter. It’s an honest, intimate, elegant, precocious disc that maintains a marvelous balance between arrangements and melodies. Just under thirty minutes of dreamy compositions, of pop and tight folk that deals humbly and candidly with human nature with the surprising element of juvenile fantasy that is “The Clockmaker".

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released January 26, 2009

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