Soundingfall

by Cloudland Blue Quartet

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1.
So Long Kid 06:18
So Long Kid (12/03/09) I kill my friends so they don’t kill me first It’s so cold up here; don’t even know what time it is You’re wonderful; you remember everything that happens Away for fifteen years; don’t even know what time it is So so long kid, so long kid, so long kid I went back to the cellar of the house, I felt sick as the rain began to fall My room was locked; couldn’t find the key, Slept outside the door at the end of the hall You woke me up when you came back in, My head was sore, my eyes were black I saw the flash and I heard the crack, Knew there and then there was no way back So so long kid, so long kid, so long kid I never wanted it to be like this, All I wanted was a your loving kiss You’re lying on the floor, can’t get by to the door I hear them coming and I want to hide No single soul will be on my side So so long kid, so long kid, so long kid You’re wonderful; you remember everything that happens
2.
The Sound of the Fall Part 1 (08/05/06 & 10/11/08) When I walk into the store And it’s so quiet and the shelves are all so full I just want to pull it down Down to the ground And listen to the sound of the fall I’m so angry with myself All the foolish things I’ve done year after year That’s me up there on the shelf I’m coming down as I listen to the sound of the fall And every day goes by so fast I never know if it’s my last I’m left outside as the world goes rushing past I’m down on the ground And I’m listening to the sound of the fall I do nothing day to day And I know that when I go All the stuff I’ve bought won’t save me from my fate I’ll be lying on the ground Listening to the sound of the fall Now the party is in full swing but I’m listening I’m listening to the sound of the fall Now the sound system has failed And it’s so quiet here I’ve got the future nailed I need to open up my eyes Get myself off of the ground And stop listening to the sound of the fall But I don’t think that I can change Try as I might I know that I am quite deranged My world gets faster everyday I’m lying on the ground And all I hear is the sound of the fall Now the party is in full swing but I’m listening I’m listening to the sound of the fall So now I understand the game But I still live my life exactly the same I need to open up my eyes Get myself off of the ground And stop listening to the sound of the fall
3.
I Believed You Said We Dreamt (6/3/09) You lied about everything you promised me was true And that’s something that I never thought you’d do I believed you said I believed we dreamt I believed Recognised my father’s jersey underneath the long red coat Looked upon the young man up above me With a lump in my throat I believed you said I believed we dreamt I believed The shilling underneath my pillow I never questioned how The baby carried to the rooftop I never wondered how I believed you said I believed we dreamt I believed It took me years to realise I could live without your love Now I look back and see it all so very clearly from above I believed you said I believed we dreamt I believed You took my heart you tore it out you stamped it Down and down and down And I just sat there looking on and watching like a clown I believed you said I believed we dreamt I believed You lied about everything you promised me was true
4.
Non Industrial Catastrophe Blue (15-17/3/09) I had a dream I went out back Out through the gate to get the car The car had gone there was an angel Instead of white his robes were blue, I looked at you and I asked “why?” And you just said “It’s what you wanted” Non Industrial Catastrophe Blue Instead of steel his wings were wood, And they were glazed we could see right through See everything that he had in there I went closer still and there was writing on the wall I couldn’t read but then the words came into focus It said “Non Industrial Catastrophe Blue” Then I awoke and you were sleeping by my side the cat was Lying in between us, she was purring It was only six but I thought I should get up now And get myself off to the beach and watch the sunrise Non Industrial Catastrophe Blue I had a song inside my head the day before it wasn’t great But it was fine to get things started Worked out the rhythm of the words that I required Then told the story of the dream and how it ended The angel spoke he told a tale of when he roamed across The earth just touching people and they fell there Instead of white his robes were blue I looked at you and I asked “why?” And you just said “It’s what you wanted” Non Industrial Catastrophe Blue
5.
Tomorrow or the Day after Next (31/1/09) When will you tell me your name? Tomorrow or the day after next I’ll be around, you won’t hear a sound Biding my time, committing no crime Whenever you like Tomorrow or the day after next I’ll be around, you won’t hear a sound Biding my time, committing no crime I’ll be your friend Right till the end You’ll want me right here It’s all crystal clear You know the rules of the game Tomorrow or the day after next I’ll be around, you won’t hear a sound Biding my time, committing no crime When will you tell me your name? Tomorrow or the day after next I’ll be around, you won’t hear a sound Biding my time, committing no crime I’ll be your friend, right till the end You’ll want me right here, it’s all crystal clear So tell me your name, tell me your name You’ll tell me your name, it’s always the same You’ll tell me your name, it’s always the same
6.
Please Stay With Us (21/1/2006 & 9/11/08) And so this is your home now You can put your things anywhere you like There’s plenty of space for you to fill You can change it around now Arrange these things anyway you like The key’s on a hook on the wall by the door This is home for us all now There’s a room and a bed for all of us Say you’ll work with us and you’ll eat with us And you’ll stay with us Please stay with us... And here is your bedroom Your bed is so soft and warm and clean But it’s not exactly new, if you’re worried, I can wash the linen again Please stay with us... Or here is the fireplace You can sleep by it every single night I won’t trouble you, I’m not ill We’ll take care of you like no-one else will Please stay with us... Please stay...
7.
We Drove 09:12
We Drove (20/12/08) We drove out along the coast road We saw deer on the headland The white red roofed villas Patches of forest and the ocean oh so blue The tide was out and the sand So golden on the edge of the beach We drove through the town passing down the coast Across the rolling country and up into the mountains We went over and the road stretched out ahead I glanced at my watch it was time to go back And I knocked on the glass and I asked the driver “Please turn around” Back at the hotel where we stayed close to St John We stopped the car and I got out and the man Carried the bags to the door as I stood at reception I’ll see you around don’t worry about the money I’ll see you around and I waved to the car as you drove off
8.
My House Could Be Your Home (16/11/08) You’ve just arrived in town from somewhere far away You don’t know anyone, you sit and watch TV all day Don’t really know what all those funny folk are saying You fall back on your faith and you fill your day with praying Come on round, for my house could be your home Won’t you come on round, come on round I know it seems like nothing’s going right today Why don’t you pack your bags, come on over here and stay Put the book behind you open up your eyes One day you’ll see how you’ve been poisoned by the lies Come on round, for my house could be your home Won’t you come on round, don’t rely upon the phone Won’t you come on round, there’s no need to be alone Won’t you come on round, come on round, I’ll introduce you to a world of fun and laughter We can turn this town upside down And we can sing and we can dance If you’ll just give this world a chance Come on round, there’s no need to be alone Won’t you come on round, don’t rely upon the phone Won’t you come on round, for my house could be your home Won’t you come on round, come on round
9.
Blend 04:07
Blend (15/6/08 and 27/9/08) Keep your feet on the ground Don’t think out loud Play dead when you fall Don’t answer their call Keep yourself to yourself Do nothing at all I walked through the silence and the colour and the heat And in the twilight saw his fingers play the barrel of his gun The silence is chilling Then it starts again The voice comes from nowhere And then I see the radio We curve round and down and off the bridge The big sign with the stars over looking the falls When he comes into the room One thing that strikes me is the tune They think they know, they don’t know anything at all And when the telephone does ring When you are walking through the rain And then you know that there is someone after all Play dead when you fall Do nothing at all Keep your feet on the ground Blend in with the crowd Blend
10.
The Fire in the Clearing (20/12/08 & 11/01/09) He stood up, he was alright He looked up at the track And the tail lights in the night And the loco, tight round the curve There was water on both sides of the track Felt his knee, trousers torn to flesh and bone He tried to strap, he tried the telephone Down to the water, watch them come round again He was covered in cuts and bruises Felt the lump over his eye Couldn’t believe what had hit him Oh so dark, out in the night Along the track he saw the fire Down the embankment down on the wire The track came out through the cut The fire was burning, the clearing opened out He fell away into the woods The fire was bright At the edge of the trees There was a man, he was down on his knees With his head in his hands looking at the fire Head in his hands looking at the fire The man looked at him, he looked at the man And in the light of the fire His face was misshapen His nose was sunken His eyes were slits He had queer shaped lips Oh Oh Oh Oh The man’s face, the baby’s face The man’s face, the baby’s face He looked so dead in the firelight Away from the fire Across to the tracks Climbed the embankment Blood on his back Found he had some food Deep down in his sack Put it in his pocket Then he walked away He could see the fire in the clearing
11.
They Broke The Door Down (29 & 30/03/09) He lived alone above the grocery store With his memories and his lies And every night he’d make his way downtown Where he’d meet up with his boys They broke the door down, they broke the door down And they found him lying on the floor When he emerged from the dimly lit room And the lights shone in his face They took him down with such heavy handed force That his blood was all over the place They broke the door down, they broke the door down And they found him lying on the floor The sky was dark and the clouds were grey When he took the long last walk The children played with a hop skip and jump On the sidewalk marked with chalk They broke the door down, they broke the door down And they found him lying on the floor
12.
The Sound of the Fall Part 2 (08/05/06 & 10/11/08) I take a walk across the park The sun is out, it isn’t dark I lie upon the grass, under the blue sky Down on the ground and I listen to the sound of the fall I buy some ice cream from the van Ice cream and chocolate and a Coke from the man I tidy up before I leave I walk back to our home as I listen to the sound of the fall And the garden looks so good I like the fence you made from those old bits of wood There’s no traffic driving down our little street Safe for our kids and I’m listening to the sound of the fall I have a job that pays me well It’s not too hard and I bring happiness to all Bring home the bacon as you look after our home We can sunbathe out the back While we listen to the sound of the fall Now the party is in full swing and we’re listening We’re listening to the sound of the fall And our sound system is great The reproduction makes you feel like you are there All our friends come round and party through the night We dance around the room As we listen to the sound of the fall I hope that we won’t ever change Like that old song that goes “home on the range” Our life gets better every day Not a care in the world As we listen to the sound of the fall Now the party is in full swing and we’re listening We’re listening to the sound of the fall And we both love each other more and more each day There’s no way that you or I will go away We’ll watch our children grow And have families of their own Keep our feet on the ground As we listen to the sound of the fall
13.
My Last Trip 05:33
My Last Trip (14/2/09) I don’t think that anyone should know What I feel right now When morning came, I had used him up Like a drunkard I had hoped it would be my last trip What is there that you can write right now? Now that he is dead? The critics dive into their vats of hate Now that he is dead Howard was a hero to us all but we didn’t know

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Soundingfall is the 7th song-based album from Cloudland Blue Quartet (Crispycat 0901 - 4 May 2009)

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released May 4, 2009

Cloudland Blue Quartet Soundingfall
2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 Lyrics & Music by David Reilly
1, 4, 7, 10, 13 Lyrics: David Reilly, Music: David Reilly & Craig Sutherland
2, 6, 8, 9, 12 (c)2008 David Reilly; 7, 10 (c)2008 David Reilly/Craig Sutherland
3, 5, 11 (c)2009 David Reilly; 1, 4, 13 (c)2009 David Reilly/Craig Sutherland
(p)2009 Crispycat Recordings

Recorded at Crispycat Studio, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 2008 – April 2009
27, 28 September; 7, 26 October; 8, 9, 15, 16 November; 20, 21, 25, 27, 28 December 2008
4, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 30, 31 January; 14, 15, 16 February; 6, 12, 14, 15, 16, 29, 30 March; 4, 5, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 April 2009
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums and Percussion by David Reilly
Rhythm Beds, Synthesisers & Programming on 1, 4, 7, 10, 13 by Craig Sutherland
Synthesiser Environments on 7, 10 by Stuart Cobley

Treated CBQ Portrait by David Reilly
Photographs by Jorg Sonnenschein

Produced by David Reilly for Crispycat Recordings
Executive Producer: Anne Reilly

Composition Dates
Initial Lyric Ideas
21/1/06 - Please Stay With Us
8/5/06 - The Sound of the Fall pt 1
15/6/08 - Blend
Final Versions
27/9/08 - Blend
9/11/08 - Please Stay With Us
9/11/08 - The Sound of the Fall pts 1 & 2
16/11/08 - My House Could Be Your Home
20/12/08 - We Drove
20/12/08 - The Fire In the Clearing
31/1/09 - Tomorrow or the Day After Next
14/2/09 - My Last Trip
5/3/09 – I Believed You Said We Dreamt
12/3/09 – So Long Kid
15/3/09 – Non Industrial Catastrophe Blue
29/3/09 – They Broke the Door Down

Thanks to : Anne Reilly, Craig Sutherland, Stuart Cobley,
Alan Brodie and James Jamieson

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Cloudland Blue Quartet Edinburgh, UK

Initially influenced by Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" and The Velvet Underground's debut, David Reilly, aka Cloudland Blue Quartet, started musicking in 1977, creating drones by using sellotape on the keys of his dad's Bontempi Organ. The subsequent junk shop purchase of an old electric guitar & fuzzbox, followed by the acquisition of a 2nd hand Beatles songbook, led him into songwriting... ... more

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