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Niagarama

by How to Swim

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1.
Niagara 02:33
Falling in a barrel There are slings and there are arrows There is water far beneath me And I wonder if I’ve really Made the right decision I should have never sold the practice My mother told me it was reckless To be falling in a barrel Is no way to get ahead It’s no way to get ahead It was a way to make a living Respect and admiration From all corners of society Is not something I am getting In a barrel above water Falling in a barrel There are slings and there are arrows There is water far beneath me And I wonder if I’ve really Made the right decision
2.
Just cos it hums he was sure he could take it He could hear something moving, moving inside Small parts slightly heaving and wheezing Bolted twice and tied at the side Just cos it beats he was sure he could help them He could hear something breathing, breathing inside I’m not a doctor but I think I can heal it My arms and knuckles are a web of contention If you were broken like a leper convention I’ll give you sweeties But I won’t kiss it better My big girl’s gonna knock you out She’s a real tough cookie My big girl’s gonna knock you down She’s a real good looker Just cos it runs he was sure it was viscous Darker than he remembered it to be It’s not the way it seemed to him in the movies If you were broken like a leper convention I’ll give you sweeties But I won’t kiss it better My big girl’s gonna knock you out She’s a real tough cookie My big girl’s gonna knock you down She’s a real good looker
3.
Bacterium 03:31
Start to divide Welcome the genomathon Double-strand your RNA To avoid oblivion How do you feel about decline? Are you able to live on your own? Imagine a world where your hopes and dreams Are unrealised I watched her grow I watched her grow into a woman And then when she was grown I watched her walk away Try to cut a hole in all of this But I turn the weapon on myself Everybody sees when we divide Everybody sees when we divide Everybody sees when we divide Start to align Chromosome dreams of a lineage Bypass your guilt and malaise And embrace replication
4.
I’m too old I’m too old (REPEAT FOR AGES...) When I rule the world everything will be better I’ve not had my tea I have not had my dinner I’m too old, I’m too old For a crush, for a crush I’m too old for a crush to be endearing So I try to hint at a meaning I’m too old, I’m too old I’m too old, I’m too old In the morning everything will taste much better Because the night before is a bitch
5.
And it’s not about the way that we’ve changed I still look 19 when I’ve had a shave You wave your hands as the trucks go past Gonna finish the race I’m gonna finish in last And it’s not about the places you’ve been The things that you’ve done Or the people you’ve seen You shake your fists as the trucks go past But I’ll take my chances I’ll take my chances It doesn’t even have to be you It doesn’t even have to be you And it’s not about the things that we said Our memories fade as it gets close to the end We shake our fists as the days go past We missed our chances We missed our chances It doesn’t even have to be you It doesn’t even have to be you Please don’t break me Don’t forsake me I’ve got love to give So don’t forget about me When you’re down And you’re out I wanna fall in love again It doesn’t even have to be you It doesn’t even have to be you
6.
I Need A War 05:26
I know that life is short and cruel And yet I waste my time I need a war to wake me up I need a stick to break my back I need a war to wake me up I need a stick to break my back I need a child that won’t get better I need a girl who won’t say yes I need a job that tires my muscles I need a bed that shifts my bones I need a lover treats me badly I need a tumour to rip me up I need a hole I gotta get out of I need a river I gotta cross I need a struggle I gotta overcome I need a prison I gotta escape Now my body is weak And my mind is tired My relationships: Dull My creations: Unexceptional I could get some work done In the jail, the hospital Or the lunatic asylum They won’t let me sleep till three There’ll be a guard Or some kind of orderly I could get some work done In the jail, the hospital Or the lunatic asylum I could get some work done I could get some work done In the lunatic asylum I know that life is short and cruel I know there’s nothing And nowhere afterwards I know it could end at any point Yet still I waste my time It’s all a waste of time People get ready We’re all struggling to keep up People get ready We’ve got to leave a little bit behind I’ll be the better man You be the bigger man I’ll be the bigger man You be the better man
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8.
And you can only get so dirty You can only get so thin Before the good all trickles out of you And something bad burrows its way in Well I'm a young man I don't need your sympathy I'm a young man That's no reason for suspicion of me Back when we started There were cells dividing I was so disappointed in you We were amazed At how you put in the hours I was so disappointed And maybe it will break and maybe it won't And maybe it will get better again And maybe it will break and maybe it won't And maybe it will get better And we don't tire of getting dirty We don't tire of getting thin There's something moving In the undergrowth Something trying to make its way in Well I'm a young man I don't need your sympathy I'm a young man That's no reason for suspicion And maybe it will break and maybe it won't And maybe it will get better again And maybe it will break and maybe it won't And maybe it will get better We're gonna break your boyfriend's legs And everything will be alright We're gonna break your boyfriend's legs And you and me can go out tonight
9.
Bark 03:21
Did I make you feel wanted? Did I make you feel loved? Did I make you feel important? Did I make you feel a part Of whatever the fuck it was I was doing? All I am is a bark with little bite You've gotta get up pretty early in the morning To be more down than me Sometimes it's hard to be a loser When all you wanna do is win Sometimes it's hard when you discover that This city is ugly right down to its centre I know that I'm meant to but I can't defend it All I am is a bark with little bite You've gotta get up pretty early in the morning To be more down than me Struggle with these thoughts Inside of my head I could have promised you the world But I chose nothing instead We made ugly little children That I could not love
10.
Animals 05:13
Four years older and three stone heavier Think I’m gonna try to find some Maybe I’m lucky and I’ll find somebody Who can tolerate what I have become The ones I’m attracted to get no older My big vein’s blood just gets colder Is there some kind of sign when you discover that You’ve passed your prime? You’re no older than I remember you My memory’s not what it was The days get longer and the years get shorter That’s how the numbers build up I’ve got no chance with contemporary females I can’t remember the simplest details Why does sleeping with someone new Feel like I’m cheating on you? Gets a little better with the passing of time The hills and the mountains get eroded to fine sand The rivers and the lochs and the lakes and the springs Turn themselves into gaseous things The babies and the children And the teens and the grown-ups The kids gotta grow up to replace the grown-ups And this all happens without my involvement Did I miss my time? Have I passed my prime? Oh, and the big yellow sun’s Gonna move through crimson and blue Before exploding And becoming a rock or a big black hole And no, I don’t wanna see your baby pictures Or hear about the stag do I don’t care what you’re redecorating Or the cute things that your pets do I’ve got my health, they like to remind me The healthier people lined up behind me Ready to push me out of the line Now that I’ve passed my prime And we will not be forgiven As we forget the past The animals that we are Cannot possibly recall at all The animals that we are Can’t recall at all
11.
You wish you could know love You wish you could break yourself in him Break yourself on someone else You don’t have to lie You don’t have to wait for him tonight Somewhere, someone. Love, it’s not all it was Don’t think it’s your fault; it’s not It’s a complication You don’t have to beg You don’t have to smash his windows in Oh, he won’t love you like I would He’ll hold you back, I think. Now you’re close to the waist of it all Is this where you thought you’d be? It’s all adding up Is this where you hoped you’d be? Overthink it again The music it reinforces the way you long for him And so it begins You don’t have to wait for him tonight Oh, he won’t love you like I did He’ll hold you back, I think. And there is a pain we all know Is this where you thought you’d be? It’s all adding up Is this where you hoped you’d be? Oh, “I love you” is all that we wait for Wait for me “I love you” is all that we wait for Wait for me.

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All songs by Gregor Barclay except (3, 5, 9, 11) by Gregor Barclay and Paul Kelly.

Produced by Gregor Barclay.
Drums and guitars engineered by Sam Smith at Green Door Studios.
Additional vocal engineering by Jim Neilson.
Mixed and mastered by Sam Smith.

Recorded in Glasgow, Scotland and Zadar, Croatia. But mostly Glasgow.

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released June 16, 2014

Performers:

Gregor Barclay: Vocals, Guitar, Piano (1), Omnichord, Percussion
Paul Kelly: Guitars, Piano, Hammond organ, Vocals, Percussion
Peter Vallely: Bass, Double bass
Ian Cronan: Drums, Bongos (8, 6), Percussion
Chris Brown: Bongos (3), Additional engineering (7)
Heather North: Flute, Vocals
Richard Merchant: Trumpets, Cornets, Helicons
Anna Webster: Vocals
Jim McAteer: Vocals (6, 10)
Ross McCrae: Trombones
Anna Mary Lynch: Bassoon
Nicola West: Cello (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11), Vocals
Jamie Watson: Alto Saxophone (3, 4)
Angus Munro: Alto Saxophone (2, 10)
Dave Towers: Tenor Sax (2, 3, 5, 8, 11)
Tom Brogan: Tenor Sax (3, 8, 9)
Dave Gillies: Violin (2, 3, 9, 10)
Claire Philip: Violin (5, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Jenny Reeve: Violin (5, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Zoe Hodgson: Viola (5, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Markee De Saw: Singing Saw
Susan Applebe: Cello (8, 9)
Gavin Thomson: Additional programming
Thomas Marsden: Pedal Steel
The Sea Organ of Zadar: Itself

Sleeve design and compositing by Anna Webster
‘Stamp’ artwork by Chris Fleming

Thanks to:
The Privates Hammond Orchestra

VERY special thanks to:
Patrick Rinz, Matt Paton, Lauren Paton, Rebecca Paton, Sheila Nicoll, Jamie Stone, Scott Bamford, Robert McAllan, Andrew Gower, Sarah Fleming, Ewan McGill, Craig Weldon, Brandon Roach, Martin Sivorinovsky, Colin Bell, Sally Stone, Daragh Lynch, Adam Smith, Laura Lynch, Sandy Bauld, Duncan Watson, Hank Ostendorf, Lorna Hunter, Evelyn Kelly, Ann McGill, Nina Doherty, Janet West, Sara Clark, Pat Morrissey, Anna Juge, MyAnna Buring, Kelli Gagnon, Gillian and Murray Barclay, Neil Williamson, Claire Netherton, W N Lingwood, Sebastian Weiß, Craig Hand, Catherine Somerville, Jon Kelly, Thorsten Gritzan, Cosmo Taylor, Thomas Curry,
Michael Merchant, Paul Cassidy, Evelyn Cronan, Ria Kirby, Scott Ferguson, Charlene Ridley, Sonia Anker-Petersen, Sally McAdam.

PH016. A Personal Hygiene Release. ©2014

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