Splinterheart

by Cloudland Blue Quartet

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Splinterheart is the 8th song-based album by Cloudland Blue Quartet (Crispycat 1001 - 31 August 2010)

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released August 31, 2010

David Reilly
Vocals; Acoustic Guitars; Acoustic Bass; Samples; Treatments;
Synthesisers; Strings; Vibes; Drums; Whistling; SFX, Artificial Voice Programming

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Peri Urban – Synthesisers (2); Rhythm Bed (4); Atmospheres, Synthesisers and Environments (5); Synthesisers, Cello; Bowls (8)
Norman Lamont – Source Guitars, Synthesisers and Sounds (5)
Craig Sutherland – Synthesisers, Bass Samples, Drum Programming (6)
Andy Wilson – Acoustic Guitars (7)
Ryan Williamson – Electric Guitars; Synthesisers (10)
Matthew Gates - Electric Guitars; Synthesisers (10)

Recorded at Crispycat Studio, September 2009 – June 2010
4, 5 September; 1, 2, 4, October; 26 November 2009
14, 21, 28 March; 3, 4, 8, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30 April
9, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 May; 6, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27 June 2010

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

Thanks to Annie, Meg the Black Cat, Peri, Andy, Craig, Sour Grapes, Norman, Jamie, Brodski and Cobblers

Thanks also for the inspiration of Alberto Ginestera, Leos Janacek, John Cage, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ernest Hemingway

9, 12 © 2009 David Reilly
1, 3, 4, 11 © 2010 David Reilly
2, 8 © 2010 David Reilly/Stewart Robinson
5 © 2010 David Reilly/Stewart Robinson/Norman Lamont
6 © 2010 David Reilly/Craig Sutherland
7 © 2010 David Reilly/Andy Wilson
10 © 2010 David Reilly/Ryan Williamson/Matthew Gates
(P) 2010 Crispycat Recordings

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Cloudland Blue Quartet Edinburgh, UK

Initially influenced by Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" and The Velvet Underground's debut, CBQ started making music in 1977 by spending hours creating drones using sellotape on the keys of his dad's old Bontempi Organ. He has been soundscaping ever since. The subsequent junk shop purchase of an old electric guitar & fuzzbox, followed by a 2nd hand Beatles songbook, led him into songwriting... ... more

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Track Name: Splinterheart
SPLINTERHEART (24,25/4/10)
He sees her walking through the garden
He sees the sunlight on her hair
He knows she’s hurt her heart has hardened
It’ll take some time for her to care
But he needs her now like he’s never needed anyone before
And he can’t see how he’ll ever find the key that unlocks the door
He knows she’s hurt her heart has hardened
It’ll take some time for her to care
His friends all say that he should stop and let it go
They say it’s pointless and she’ll never ever know
But he can’t stop this thing that’s capturing his heart
If he could talk to her then that would be a start
She’s like a flower in the winter
That needs the sun to let it grow
So now his heart begins to splinter
He doesn’t think she’ll ever know
And he needs her now like he’s never needed anyone before
But he can’t see how he’ll ever find the key that unlocks the door
So now his heart begins to splinter
He doesn’t think she’ll ever know
Track Name: The Apple of Your Eye (pt 1)
THE APPLE OF YOUR EYE pt 1 (19,26/6/10)
I never knew how much I meant to you
It seems that I was the apple of your eye
And now after all these years
I know
But it’s too late
For me
For you
Track Name: The Killers at the Counter
THE KILLERS AT THE COUNTER (27/4/10)
The door opens and two men walk in, they sit at the counter
“What will you have?” the busboy asks, “What will you have this evening?”
Outside it’s getting dark, the streetlight lights up
The killers at the counter read the menu
And the clock strikes eight and it’s getting late and the day has flown
“Give me the gun; every time you drink you want to kill someone”
He’s down on his knees, he’s begging them please
“Every time we get drunk we want to kill someone, give me the gun”
He’s down on his knees, he’s begging them please
And the clock strikes eight and it’s getting late and the day has flown
Track Name: Here They Come With the New Machines
HERE THEY COME WITH THE NEW MACHINES (6/6/10)
I don’t know but I’ve been told that the streets are paved with gold
On the other side of town and they’ll never let you down
When they say what they will do they will always carry it through
They will never let you down
I can’t say if that’s the way for you to reach the highest goal
But if it’s better than before then that’s surely worth the time
You can do what you want to do set your sights and carry it through
You can live by your own mind
I don’t know what you’ve been sold but I don’t believe it’s true
When they say the things they do and they make you feel so bad
On the other side of town they will never let you down
You can do what you want to do
People say today’s the day when it all comes true for you
But I don’t if know that’s quite right I didn’t sleep a wink last night
It was all going through my mind you’re so very, very kind
Now I don’t know what we should do
Here they come with the new machines the ones that make the dreams
The dreams come true for you greatest thing under the sun
And they say it’s all for you but I don’t know what to do
I don’t know if we should go
Perhaps I’m wrong faith needs no proof and the absurdity of youth
Will always win out in the end and with every hour you spend
With the boys and girls of old I don’t know what we’ve been told
But this doesn’t seem like gold
I don’t know but I’ve been told we might die before we’re old
But I’ve never felt so young and I feel like spring has sprung
And an eternity of truth has only just begun
And the songs are being sung
Track Name: The Eternal Optimist
THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST (24/5/10)
Cross my heart and hope to die, see the birds up in the sky
Watch the stars come out at night, everything will be all right
Track Name: Krebs Went to War
KREBS WENT TO WAR (18,23/4/10)
Krebs went to war from the college door, he lay flat, he shivered and he prayed
“Dear Jesus please, please get me out, keep me from death and I’ll do anything you say
I believe in you, I believe in you” and in the morning the sun came up
And the day was hot and the day was quiet, and he lived
Krebs went to war from the college door; he never told anyone he loved Christ
Now here’s a picture of his graduation, here’s another of humiliation
From ugly girls along the Rhine, back to small town Oklahoma
Years beyond the war being over, back he came but it was much too late
He didn’t want to talk about it; people didn’t want to hear about it
He lied to please, came to him with ease, the more he lied, the more he’d freeze
Took on the roles of others, till the memories were set in stone
Chains and guns in the forest, deep down he knew everything was wrong
Krebs went to war from the college door, he never told anyone he loved Christ
Late summer days spent sleeping late, bored in the bookstore, bored with the town
Nothing had changed as he looked around he walked up Main Street and he walked back down
He liked to watch, didn’t like to talk, his family loved him; he drove dad’s car
Krebs went to war from the college door; he never told anyone he loved Christ
There was nothing he could change; his experience was out of range
He was no hero inside his head; inside his head he was already dead
He read his books, he read the papers, still liked his sisters but broke his mother’s heart
“I don’t believe in you, I don’t believe in you”, and in the morning the sun came up
And the day was hot and the day was quiet, and he lived
He abandoned Jesus, he abandoned God, still prayed with his mother and she kept him safe
Krebs went to war from the college door - he lost everything
Track Name: The Foundling
THE FOUNDLING (29/5/10)
You asked me once, you asked me twice, you asked me far too many times
Where was it you had come here from?
I couldn’t break the truth to you; it would have been too hard to take
I knew your little heart would break, if you had ever known the truth
You weren’t from here, your weren’t from me, I found you one day in the cold
I took you in, made you my own
But I still loved you like the son I knew that I could never have
I knew your little heart would break, if you had ever known the truth
You ask me once; you ask me twice, you ask me far too many times
Where is it you have come here from?
Track Name: The Cage of Expectation
THE CAGE OF EXPECTATION (29/5/10)
The cage of expectation will rule your very soul
Your mind will not be open you’ll never let it go
You have to leave your hat and your coat outside the door
Come in and sit upon the ground and let your feelings go
The night will soon be over and you’ll realise the truth
You closed your mind so long ago, just beyond your youth
Track Name: I Walk to the Beat of a Cold Broken Heart
I WALK TO THE BEAT OF A COLD BROKEN HEART (1/10/09)
The boy fell from a very great height
Saw his mother with her hand to her mouth
There was nothing I could do, I stood frozen, I stood still
We’re coming down to earth with a song and a dance
A song and a dance and a bang
There was nothing I could do, I stood frozen, I stood still
Nothing I could do so I pulled myself together
Didn’t look, I merely walked on
And I walk to the beat of a cold broken heart
And the river runs over the stone
It’s the end of the line
Down towards the bank I could feel the hot city
Summer sun beating down on my head
There was nothing I could do, I was thirsty, I was warm
Went to the shade and I ordered a drink
And I sat at a favourite old table
There was nothing I could do, I was thirsty, I was warm
Track Name: Black Earth and the City Falls
BLACK EARTH AND THE CITY FALLS (28/3/10)
She said “No-one will ever find us here”
We walked down to the end of the pier
I called on God to fear
She took the wheel she steered
And we move through the darkness
And we move through the light
Black earth and the city falls
And we’ll hide in the mountains
And we’ll hide in the desert
And we’ll hide in the city
And we’ll hide at the coast
And they will not know we are here, no, no, no
And the sun’s rays burn the paper down
And the flames take the books down
When I tire of staring at the stars,
I close my eyes and I lay down
Track Name: The Apple of Your Eye (pt 2)
THE APPLE OF YOUR EYE pt 2 (19/6/10)
I never knew how much I meant to you
It seems that I was the apple of your eye
And now after all these years
I know
But it’s too late
For me
For you
Track Name: Never or Now
NEVER OR NOW (4,5/9/09)
I had time to kill
But time is precious so I put my watch away
I was thinking about my lifetime
I fell asleep
And I slipped into a dream
The one with flowers on the table
I fell upon the floor I awoke and saw you watching
Across the table
Never or now is what you said
We should be living but we’re almost dead
And now you know life’s too short for waiting
Well you took me home and we drifted off to sleep
I had no thoughts about tomorrow
Now you’ve gone away and they say it’s for the best
But I can’t think about tomorrow
I was walking alone then I felt you by my side
I am never alone you’re always with me
I feel you now so close oh yes but it’s all wrong
I never knew how life could be