Hand High City

by The Baroque

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The debut album of Gavin Murchie's singer-songwriter project The Baroque

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released August 15, 2014

Music and lyrics by Gavin Murchie
Produced, recorded, mixed and edited by Gavin Murchie
Recorded at Villa del Refugio between April - August 2014; except Piano on 'Windowless', recorded at Reid Hall of Music, Edinburgh; Piano on 'Against a Wall', recorded at Grannys; and Vocals on 'Away in a Stranger', recorded at The Gaff, Edinburgh.

Vocals, guitars, clarinets, piano, synthesisers, percussion, sound design and field recordings by Gavin Murchie
Percussion on 'Against a Wall', 'Windowless', 'Swedish Cider', 'Tara' and 'Marilyn/Romero' by Robert Irving

'Away in a Stranger' contains elements of 'Vankee Promessa, January Last' by Gavin Murchie
'Marilyn/Romero' is dedicated to Niamh Leonard, Melissa MacTaggart, Jak Purkiss and Conor Quinn.
'Frozen Gold' gets loud.

SPECIAL THANKS
First and foremost to Kevin Hay and the Reid School of Music for allowing me use of various recording equipment and microphones. Bob, for his amazing drumming.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
My parents, Scott, Jane, Andy, the Murchie and Waugh families; Conor, Jak, Niamh, Melissa; The Boys: Bruce, Jamie, Martyn, Glass, Carswell, Jay, Adam and the rest of yas!; Jamesy, Megan, Henry, Kate; Sophie; All the Musos and Techies; The Perth Lads; Erin; and to everyone who has ever considered me a friend. Thank you all from the bottom of my medium-sized Scottish heart for your friendship and trust.

And thanks to you, for listening.

The Baroque is Gavin Murchie.

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Track Name: Away in a Stranger
Me; I was a slave to my seven thousand yesterdays
I wanted everything at once
Me; I wasn't there - I packed my packs and left the croft
Into the high unknown

You; appeared ahaze - half-inch of L & B ablaze
A killer in the smoke
I, I stared at pints, and said flowered things for frantic nights
A fire I could toke

I never thought that this'd be another stranger night
I never thought that I would be away in a stranger
I never thought that this'd be another stranger night
And that's because I never think!

You; you should've said that the idea hurt your very head
The very head that I was on
But we; all interlocked - a throng that simply couldn't stop
We made a tired drunken bond

Scraped the dancing-kissing step, failed 'romantic walk'
I thought you'd feel like Audrey Hep! You felt like a stranger
Walking in the North Bridge light, and only then I thought
"Tomorrow all of this love'll sink"

No, no, Nova
I'm on the brink of finding home
If terrible things'll happen
Terrible things'll pass
But nobody held me up to lights to say that
No, no, Nova
My heart is all navy blue and chrome
Staggering to your duvet
So struggling to implore
We're friends as fuck when we're dancing on
Strangers when we turn to leave the floor
Track Name: Fabulous Jewels
HAND HIGH CITY lows
I've held on too long - everybody knows!
I'm under the sun so I'm under the weather
I'm hoping I find work.
I'm hoping you'll find someone different
Who calls you across and who holds you together

Fabulous Jewels are on the way
And try not to lose them in the fray
I think I've got a fear on - a straight-backed terraced fear
If it takes a week to calm me, let it take a year
I think some demons prized me (I know they cherish fools)
But diamond don't you fret! Stay bedded in your hay
And Fabulous Jewels are on the way

Bottle-holdin' fear
The thought of all these ever passing years!
I give up the ghosts but I take in the spirits
HAND HIGH CITY lows
Show me where your heavy head'll go
So I can retrieve, so I can pursue it

***

I was a singer, I was a singer for your head
But now I sing about, I sing about mine instead
Track Name: Against a Wall
Cast impossible
Eyes on me
Terrify and get
Your own way

Whenever the ceiling falls
We'll make a love against a wall
When you apply your soothing hands
You aren't pushed against a wall

Shake it off my friend
'Cos she ain't coming back
Catch up if you're comin', coming to land!
I caught up to late to understand

Whenever the ceiling falls
We'll make old love against a wall
I need your curl of cracked lips and your pair of hands
You lose/choose!

I'll give you food for thought
You're always in my head
But you are never 'you'
Track Name: Windowless
I never made the same mistake with you
Cos I would try to look inside but oh you're windowless

And in my mind I'm thinking hard of all the things we've done
I made for you but end up making off with everyone
I hoped someone coulda stopped us both from breaking all down
(or something like that)

You always tried the things that didn't work
Cos I would try to look inside but oh you're windowless
I never made as if to flee from you
Cos I would try to look inside but oh you're windowless
I never felt the same again with you
Cos I would try to look inside but oh you're windowless

And in my mind I'm laughing hard of all the things we've done
I made for you but end up making off with everyone
I hoped someone coulda stopped us both from breaking all down
But most of all

I WISH I COULD'VE SAVED YOU WHEN YOU WERE EMPTY
BUT YOU CAN'T SAVE A SOUL, IBIZA'D OR WHOLE, FROM A WINDOWLESS PLACE
I WISH I COULD'VE SAVED YOU WHEN YOU WERE EMPTY
BUT NOTHING PREPARES A FALLER LIKE ME FROM FALLING FROM GRACE

Never be the same as me
Cos that'll only hollow me
Never be the same as me
Don't be here when I'm empty
Track Name: Leaving
I'm a tied-up cunt with a tied up brain
I will pass you once and pass you by again

I reckon leaving is a chore for you as well
I reckon I must keep you grounded down in hell

You took me in and by surprise
When I was Simon in 'Flies
I could talk to you for days

I'm back to 15 black n whites
Alone and pacing nights
I won't talk to you for days
Track Name: Swedish Cider
Don't spill a drop; be your epitaph
Mind the days that you made me laugh?
Now I'll take take then fall in half
Stone
You've got an idea of what to do
Sip and side on so closing through
But things look smaller in funnel view
Don't
Know

I'm in love with the open road
Where I'm not sidetracked and told-you-so'd
But things'll change once i've had a load
The awful truth of it you ought to know

Did you drink all of my Swedish cider
And cry when I told you how innocent you were?
Did you drink my friends under a table
And lie: "they all left when the cupboards were bare"

Did you drink all of my Swedish cider?
Could you live with me you cold outsider?
Don't know

I only to drink things of Navy Blue
The only work I'm not paid to do
I reckoned I might get close to you
oh no
I'm wet, tequila'd and needing bed
Those three cement themselves in my head
But I can't walk calm through middle mead-
-ow
Know

I'm in love thus a crying shame
You drank my draught dry and I'm to blame
I'll sleep with lights on and feel unsafe
The awful truth of it, you've went and blown
(Couldn't you have stopped me?!!!)

Did you starve yourself of Swedish cider
And cry when I told you how innocent you were?
Did you drink my friends under a table
And lie: "they all left when the cupboards were bare"
Did you drink all of my Swdeish Cider?
I know when you lie, I know when you're tall
You are not to be of womankind
This is not how I want you to see me at all!
Track Name: Tara
Tara , it's been a while since we dog'n'boned
Did you die or turn to stone?
Cos someone said something or other
And now I'm scared
Tara, thought about what you said to me
A month's a month, we're not the same so I want freed
A month alright, a month too long of being optimism's pair

I can feel you about, feel your presence in a room
Everyone'll go away, but no one leaves me like you do
I've climbed in and out your head, tried to see myself in there
But I wouldn't see a thing 'cept, Tara laying bare

Tara, queen of duvet and pillow talk
I'm Beauvais, you're Charles de Gaulle
I shied away, I should've stayed. You were all
But Tara, I am wired wrong and weird
I might be widely known but I'm feared
The rain is on, the spirit fucked off, but it's nearly out again

I can feel you about your awful presence gives a sigh
I wanted you but I was Hand Highe
I imagined your head there, tried to see myself
But I couldn't see for life! so now i'll say Tara
Track Name: Marilyn/Romero I
Catastrofuck
I'm outta luck
I want romero to breathe again
Once where I was living
I thought of her
I thought of everything we had in her
Yous said that i had the stance to fly
To reach and look you in the eye
But every time I try to land a foot away from you
I end up flying home again

Romero
We sang songs and left it at that
Romero
I found health but it lead to a trap
Romero
You were vast and filled every gap
And in a countdown to the end
We'll sing disaster songs my friend
Round a table set with kings
and everyone's everythings
I went about there for a spell
Like a cursed ne'erdowell
Fuck! It felt alright when I was good old Romero

Potterrow
You told me so
My head was shaking like you must've been!
Mild and disbelieving
Points de Fuite
The rain came down it felt like sleet - OBSOLETE

Fuck

Believing I could fly
I'm ready now to try
and look you in the eye from where I stand
But every time I try to land a foot away from you
I end up flying home again

Romero
You sag songs and left it at that
Romero
I found health but it lead to a trap
And in a countdown to the end
We'll sing Disaster Songs my friend
"No-one leaves me like you do"
and I wrote a song called 'Leaving'!
I went about there for a spell
Ended up a cursed ne'erdowell
It felt alright when I was YOU ROMERO
I thought about you hard today
and what it would mean for me to say
I'm finally over you and good old Romero
Track Name: Marilyn/Romero II
Romero
We sang songs and left it at that
Romero
I found health but tit led to a trap
ROMERO

Where have you gone my oldest friend?
I only came to make amends
Look at somewhere in your eyes
Like someone said I should
I lose my head and sweat and sing
Flight and flight through everything
You asked if it was me and I said it was HAND HIGH CITY
I thought about you hard today
and what it would mean for me to say
I'm finally over you and good old lost Romero
Track Name: Frozen Gold
I HAD YOU
I LET YOU GO
GONE'S THE SIGHT OF
EDINBURGH IN SNOW
I'M TERRIFIED I'LL SAY THE WRONG THING
I'M TERRIFIED OF EVERYTHING
AND FROZEN GOLD

I HAD TO SORT OF LET YOU KNOW
BUT I CAN'T FIND TINY WORDS TO MAKE IT SO
I'M TERRIFIED I'LL SAY THE WRONG THING
I'M TERRIFIED OF EVERYTHING
AND FROZEN GOLD

AND I'M HERE
WITH ALL MY FROZEN GOLD
BUT IT CAME AT A PRICE
AND THAT ALONE'S
THE TROUBLE WITH PARADISE