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What You Know

Firefighter
Garden Of Roses
White Vapour Trail
Cradled in Your Arms
No One living Here
Falling Down
Streets of the City
Today
From The Blue
Indians and Aliens
Away From Love

OTHER SONGS

Beautiful Affair
we had it all
Walk Away
TAKE A CHANCE
 
 

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Some Fools Cry
When You Smiled
Angel
Blackhill
Chasing Down A Rainbow
Lonesome Road

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WHAT YOU KNOW

1. Firefighter (m.hanrahan)

This song was written a few weeks after my dad died from a long painful illness.

This song was written a few weeks after my dad died from a long painful illness.
It’s not a depressing song by any means. It realises that we do need help from time to time and there is no shame in crying out for it. My dad’s final and ultimate gift was to show us that there is great honour and real pride in preserving ones dignity as we face the inevitable and deal with the pain it brings. He was a great man. Firefighter is the corner stone of the CD. I like the production and in particular Garvan Galagher’s groove on the Bass. There is a lot of discussion going on between several guitars and the fiddle. I am also very pleased with the vocal. I think dad would be happy with this one.

fire fighter wont you come
and take my pain away
fire fighter bring me water
dampen down the flame
this old house is burnin down
in ashes I will lay
firefighter bring me water
help me rise again

Take away the sad and lonely
all the trouble that surrounds me
fire fighter

sailor boy hoist your sails
take me far away
far away from stormy weather
that’s comin down my way
with a wind so high
On the waves we’ll ride
across the ocean wide
sailor boy man that riggin
lets leave this place behind
you take away the sad and lonely
all the trouble that surrounds me
sailor boy

farmer john plough your fields
bring the seed to grain
feed the hungry
fill the belly
of the traveller as he sails
a weary heart and a tired soul
will try come what may
farmer john plough your fields
help him on his way
take away the sad and lonely
all the trouble that surrounds him
take away the sad and lonely
all the trouble that surrounds him
Fire fighter wont you come

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2. Garden Of Roses (m.hanrahan)

This song may be a little dark but it’s a salute to all those people on their own individual journey to Healing. I had to write this song and I am very proud of the effort. Having grown up in an Ireland renowned for casting shadows rather than light it’s a comfort that we are now coming to terms with our faults and fears but most of all our ability to shine. Rod Callan, our engineer, worked so hard on this track along with Sonny to give the Lyric and music its full voice. It’s a great mix.

In The garden of roses
Where you came by
Beautiful roses
The eyes of a child
In Your secret desire
You cut it all down
Now petals lay scattered
on tainted ground
in the garden of roses
beautiful roses

how your temple has fallen
The walls cave in
we witness the sanctum
in their evil sin
but a river once frozen
deep in the mind
flows on like a river should
in the eyes of a child
in a garden of roses
beautiful roses

in the garden of roses
where you came by
In the Garden of Roses
beautiful roses
In the Garden of Roses

A river once frozen
Down deep in the mind
Flows on like a river should
In the eyes of a child
In the garden of roses
Beautiful roses
In the garden of roses
Beautiful roses

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3. White Vapour Trail (s. condell/m.hanrahan)

Sonny and I have been neighbours for a good few years. This song just happened as we made our way through the CD and I love the end product. It seems a very retro sound with Steve’s guitar and Sonny on that keyboard sound that reminds me so much of that movie Barbarella. We had a lot of fun with this song. Eddie’s percussion is a treat.

Flying over suburban clover staring up to the sun
far below me fading ,all the things that make me run
here its all so distant thin air of a dream
out here no resistence nothing up above me

Come on come ride the white vapour trail
cut into the blue and fade away burst into the sun

Little people little houses caught up in a web of light
just a feeling of falling far out of sight
then you come to meet me hold me in your arms
into the dream you take me way up to the stars
Come on come ride the white vapour trail
cut into the blue and fade away burst into the sun

Come on come ride the white vapour trail
cut into the blue and fade away
Come on come ride the white vapour trail
cut into the blue and fade away

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4. Cradled in Your Arms (m.hanrahan)

Donna, my wonderful wife, suggested I write a song about coming home because I delight in the notion of coming home. I like to travel but there’s nothing like the feeling you get when you turn the key on your own hall door. Cradled in your arms is a very warm, safe and comforting expression.

Cradled in your arms happy to know you
happy to love you to believe in you
cradled in your arms happy to need you
Happy that you need me too to believe in you

drivin through the wind and rain
heading back home again
all I want is to be with you
and the closer i get to you
Gone are these lonesome blues
all I need is to be with you

Cradled in your arms happy to know you
happy to love you and to be with you
Cradled in your arms happy to need you
happy that you need me too to believe in you

you keeping me warm inside
no more lonely nights
Its the little things that you do
whenever I go away
all through those lonely days
all i want is to be with you

Cradled in your arms happy to know you
happy to love you and to be with you
Cradled in your arms happy to need you
happy that you need me too to believe in you

Drivin through the wind and rain
headin back home again
all I want is to be with you

Cradled in your arms happy to know you
happy to love you and to be with you
Cradled in your arms happy to need you
happy that you need me too to believe in you
Cradled in your arms happy to know you
happy to love you and to be with you
Cradled in your arms happy to need you
happy that you need me too to believe in you

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5. No One living Here (b.graham/m.hanrahan - Acorn Music)

Brendan and I wrote this song based on memories and images from our past.
I think this song deals with the frustration of memory. Memory is not tangible but exists only in the rooms of our subconscious. The house in question still exists but is inhabited only by the ghosts of memory. Still it’s nice to have good memories. Co-writing with Brendan was a very fruitful experience. I know this song touches so many people and I regard that as the greatest compliment I can receive as a writer.
I love the simplicity of Siards emotive fiddle on this track.

Tonight I’m back in the house where I used to be
Its empty now, just a roof and four walls
No smiling face, no arms to gather me
Like she did when I was small
Now no one’s living here at all

In this room every night she’d kneel and pray with me
Then tip-toe out and leave a light in the hall
I hear her still in the rooms of my memory
Always the answer to my call
But no one’s living here at all

I could have been back so many times
all through her twilight years
But I was busy building up my life
While hers was disappearing

As I leave I turn, but she’s not standing there
Waving goodbye, just like I recall
Too late to say all the things that I should have said
That light is gone forever from the hall
Now no one’s living here at all

I could have been back so many times
All through her twilight years
But I was busy building up my life
While her’s was disappearing

Tonight I’m back in the house where I used to be
Its empty now, just a roof and four walls
No smiling face, no arms to gather me
Like she did when I was small
Now no one’s living her at all
No one’s living here at all

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6. Falling Down (m.hanrahan)

Watching TV one evening I switched channels and saw missiles shooting into the dark sky and then realised I was watching a war somewhere in another part of our planet. Camera angles, commentators, panel experts and hit ratios. I thought at that point we had finally lost the plot. My thinking has not changed much. Sonny’s daughter Gina sings with me on this song and I like to think that she represents the next generation and I hope they have better luck and do a better job than we have done.

Were shooting arrows into the sky
Digitally programmed to destroy
Hundreds and thousands of lives
Can you imagine all those people
Yes Our world is falling down
Falling down falling down
How our world is falling down
falling down falling down

Before we get to where we dream
Save a moment for our grief
this was never meant to be
we’ve finally turned crazy
Our world is falling down
Falling down falling down
How our world is falling down
Falling down falling down

And as we look deep into the mirror
Do we salute what we’ve become?
God’s greatest creation
Almost done
Our world is falling down
Falling down falling down

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7. Streets of the City (m. hanrahan)

A few years ago Paddy O Gorman on Irish radio aired a programme called "Queuing for a Living" dealing with addicts at a centre in Dublin city, which they referred to as the night train. The song has been hanging around in one form or another for some time and I am delighted that I finally got it finished. This was originally called "queuing for a living" but the title never seemed to fit or match the sentiment. Steve’s guitar is great here and he really captures the mood with the solo. Siard and I had a good time with the mandola and high string guitar. I really like this track.

I ride the night train
I ride all the way
all the way to nowhere
things could be better now
far far better
if I ever really get there
but I wake up from my bed of yesterdays news
find my way to my welfare dues

On the Streets of the city Nothin’s forgiven
way down in the city No way for livin

In a dream I am standing by the freeway
hitching a ride
further down the road I see a thousand or more
all in the same line
i realise the world is drivin by
familiar faces waving goodbye

On the Streets of the city Nothin’s forgiven
way down in the city No way for livin

all alone on a carousel
in and out of the shadows
round and round it goes
thats how it goes

On the Streets of the city Nothin’s forgiven
way down in the city No way for livin

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8. Today (m.hanrahan)

The end of a relationship is never easy and two friends of mine recently realised that they had nothing more in common. Nothing left to say of any importance.
I deliberately abandoned the idea of a chorus thinking it inappropriate to be somehow celebrating the end of love. Well, not in my opinion anyway and certainly not for this song. Sonny’s production and string arrangements and Steve’s guitar offer the perfect substitute for a chorus. I also like the vocal on this track.

so lonely now behind these walls
nothing left for us to say
what a lie it is we’ve come to live
thats how it is today

we’ve been down this road before
for far too long we’ve lived that way
all that love how could it come to this
but thats how it is today

we could carry on like nothins wrong
trade the hurt and share the pain
but theres no more future now that love has gone
thats how it is today

when the clouds all dissapear
maybe then we can recall
all those memories we hide away
maybe we will find them, maybe then

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9. From The Blue (shea Mcnelis/m.hanrahan)

The ballad of Mell and Colly. Two characters created and brought to life in Killarney at an IMRO song writing collaboration. I love the sense in this song. No matter how bad it gets there is always a way out and the closer Mell and Colly stay together the further they can travel and achieve all they desire. That’s how it should be. We had such a great time writing this song. Shea came from a totally different angle and most of the time that’s great for songs.

mell and colly
walking by the ocean
kickin up the sand
down to the dunes
where lovers often spend
lazy sunday afternoons
her eyes fill with tears
as she thinks about the years
all the things they should have done
now the time has come

take me away
where we can stay
so far away
from the blue

mell and colly
lay down by the water
to watch the stars collide
then he takes her by the hand
says I can understand
this fear we keep inside
take a look along that empty shore
if we walk that lonely road
Ill pick you up when you fall down
you’ll be there when I fall down

take me away
where we can stay
so far away
from the blue

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10. Indians and Aliens (eamon murray/m.hanrahan)

Another song from the Killarney session. This song is about prejudice. In this case the character is the victim of his education. The song is littered with images of my youth. At School, we had a safe state education, which hardly prepared us for the real world. To teach tolerance has to be the ultimate goal in education. If given the chance people will realise that Indians and Aliens are equally as good as the John Waynes and Luke Skywalkers of this world. Again Eamon had a totally different slant on writing, which was good to work with. I really enjoyed playing guitar to Siards fiddle on this track. Siard and I play regularly in Holland and we have so many magical musical moments on stage.

he was a simple man
who loved star wars and john wayne
lived in a little house
a little down and out
that was his way
nightmared on geronimo
and the empires of doom
all alone in a little town
all he ever knew
was indians and aliens
indians and aliens
indians and aliens
comin for me and you

when the day came
with the sad tale of a wounded knee
he read about the cherokee
and the chocktaw trail of tears
he ran all the way down
to the school house by a river
burnin down the memories
of all who ever lived there
singin indians and aliens
indians and aliens
indians and aliens
are comin for me and you

at the infirmary
he grows a little older day by day
and in the evenin by the window
he sits and stares
later on he sings his songs
of warriors and war
some say now hes too far gone
so the world moves on
how the world moves on

while indians and aliens
indians and aliens
indians and aliens
indians and aliens
indians and aliens keep comin for me and you

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11. Away From Love (m.hanrahan)

Hotel rooms are lonely places some times and this song helped to pass away the hours somewhere far away from love on a cold wet winter evening in Hamburg. I like the sound on the acoustic guitar and this track is a nice way to finish the album or CD or whatever.

from my hotel room
I see that old blue moon
on a winter sky
then the rain falls
just like a waterfall
so I close my eyes
I think of you yeah yeah
you and I yeah yeah
away from love
we’re so far away far far away from love
we’re so far away so far away from love

my imagination runs
like a river flowin on and on
to the ocean wide
we laugh a lot
and love a lot
and wonder why we ever
felt so far apart yeah yeah
you and I yeah yeah
away from love
we’re so far away far far away from love
we’re so far away so far away from love

we’re so far away far far away from love
we’re so far away so far away from love

from a hotel room
I see that old blue moon
on a winter sky
I think of you yeah yeah
you and I yeah yeah
away from love

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SOME FOOLS CRY Mike Hanrahan.

There's a Cloud hanging over you
Can't find shelter from the rain
And a shadow follows you.
You don't even know its name
It stalls and it moves as you move
but it won't cry

It won't cry when you cry like the rain
No one cries when you cry like the rain
When you cry like the rain

There was something tired and weary in the voice
That called to say hello
A once loving heart it seems
Turned cold as stone
The promise and the dream
Have suddenly run dry
and you cry

I hear you cry when you cry like the rain
No one cries when you cry like the rain
When you cry like the rain

There's a world of fools for lovin'
And some fools get through from time to time
When trouble stirs the water then some fools
Run away and hide.
And right or wrong for whatever reason why
Some fools cry

I hear one cry when you cry like the rain
No one cries when you cry like the rain
I hear you cry when you cry like the rain
No one cries when you cry like the rain
When you cry like the rain.

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WHEN YOU SMILED Mike Hanrahan.

Oh mamma take a look out on your fields
Can you see them tearing down your trees
What can it all mean
Oh mamma is there nothing you can do
You tell me that your fighting days are through
There must be something you can do

It must have been heaven when you smiled
It must have been heaven when you smiled

Have you heard the mother crying in the east
Heaven knows in the name of some liberty
Her children lay dying
All over the world we hear her voice of rage
From the Stepps to the streets of Washington
Can you hear her mamma

It must have been heaven when you smiled,
It must have been heaven when you smiled.

Oh mamma take a walk out on your fields
We've destroyed all the things you'll need
No use in denying
Oh mamma is there nothing you can do
You tell me your fighting days are through
Tell me how much longer

It must have been heaven when you smiled
It must have been heaven when you smiled
It must have been heaven when you smiled
It must have been heaven when you smiled.

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ANGEL Mike Hanrahan / Peter Keenan.

When love shines a light on you it takes you in
Nestled, warm and tender
And the memory of the tears
Simply fades away
And you lie in a place of wonder

She's an angle she moves me she sees the child in me
Won't abandon me
My angle how you move me
You see the child in me shine a light on me
My angle.

Moving down the open road
Let it all unfold
There's a warm breeze in our eyes
And the words we'd thought to hide
Somehow they seem so right
As we lie in a place of wonder

She's an angle she moves me she sees the child in me
Won't abandon me
My angle how you move me
You see the child in me shine a light on me
My angle

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BLACK HILL Mike Hanrahan

Her Purple dress in slight decay
Winter weaving its weary tale
Outside swallows fly
Moving out on a twilight sky

He takes her hand and says close your eyes
You've got to leave it all behind
Brush your past with a silent ease
Let me take you where you want to be

Once upon the black hill you will
Look out on a field of dreams
Let it take you far away from here
Once upon the black hill you will remain

She moves closer to the open door
Looking back on the life I've known
I'm tired she says now I know
Life could be giving me a whole lot more

Once upon the black hill you will
Look out on a field of dreams
Let it take you far away from here
Once upon the black hill you will remain

Once upon the black hill you will
Look out on a field of dreams
Let it take you far away from here
Once upon the black hill you will remain

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CHASING DOWN A RAINBOW Mike Hanrahan,

In the cold winter chill of a city in sleep
He lies helpless no more than a boy
Living on the fast lane he's on his last train
Going out alone
And how the world loves a fool
Who's breaking all the rules
As he contemplates making his move
Reaching for the stars without ever knowing where they are
Who can really say for sure

Just a little boy chasing down a rainbow
Looking for the easy way out
Just another boy chasing down a rainbow
He's not chasing now

And who will say farewell to you my little one
Who will say a prayer for you
You got caught up in the web when you had so much more to tell
You let it all go by

Just a little boy chasing down a rainbow
Looking for the easy way out
Just another boy chasing down a rainbow
He's not chasing now

In each and every way we are victim to our own lives
Who knows what its all about
We're thinking like it should be but living in the way it is
No easy way out

Just a little boy chasing down a rainbow
Looking for the easy way out
Just another boy chasing down a rainbow
He's not chasing now

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LONESOME ROAD Mike Hanrahan / Maurice Lennon

I'm dreaming down that old dirt road
I'm dreaming now of home sweet home
Rolling hills on a wild western shore
Take me home lonesome road

Here in a city I'm drenched with rain
I roam the sidewalks I'm hungry again
Out on the edge but I'm not alone
Living out my life sleeping on stone

So I'm dreaming down that old dirt road
I'm dreaming now of home sweet home
Rolling hills on a wild western shore
Take me home lonesome road

For a crime of rage they put me away
For seven years and for seven I had to stay
As cold as hell in a cell by a raging sea
With a howling wind to comfort me

I'm dreaming down that old dirt road
I'm dreaming now of home sweet home
Those rolling hills on a wild western shore
Please take me home lonesome road

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BEAUTIFUL AFFAIR

Beautiful Affair Mike Hanrahan

When you feel like laying low
And the mountains seem no closer than before
And you wonder why
You know in your mind it does no good to hide
and the only way is living to survive
It makes you feel alive

See all the doors swing open
your lifes unfolding before your very eyes
such a strange affair
Walk in around come into the sound
forget your down feel the air
beautiful affair


There comes a time when you look around
and you see the ocean rise before your eyes
showing no surprise
so you make you way down to the shore
and you climb aboard and give your self a smile
it makes you feel alive


Then all the doors swing open
your lifes unfolding before your very eyes
such a strange affair
Walk in around come into the sound
forget your down feel the air
beautiful affair

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We Had it All

We Had It All words/music Mike Hanrahan Hannah Music
There's a sailor gone to sea only he knows how it feels
as he bids a fond farewell to all his kin
as he walks along the shore to his love he throws a rose
I'll return again in winter or in spring

we had it all we had the best of times
we had a life that dreams are made of

Where the sun melts the sky
a soldier standing by
his eyes they cannot hide that lonesome tale
threre's a photograph of home the smell of sweet cologne
on words of love for ever and a day

we had it all we had the best of times
we had a life that dreams are made of


at the station she boards a train wet with tears and rain
and a father holds a mothers empty hand
she whispers as she goes ,of all the things you need to know
what I have I hold forever in my heart

we had it all we had the best of times
we had a life that dreams are made of


On an old country lane
where the wilderness still reigns
an old man takes a flower in his hand
How I've watched you bloom and fade and all the beauty you create
I'll take with me that pleasure as we part

we had it all we had the best of times
we had a life that dreams are made of

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WALK AWAY
I can hear a lonely minstrel
On a crowded street
No one stands to listen
They just turn and look discreet
See him with his head held high
The music starts to flow
He can hear a distant cry
Reaching out to know
We walk away
Talk away
Looking for someone to blame
Feeling fine singing a line
I can see no other way
Walk away


The artist on the pavement
Has a burning wish inside
I can hear the echo linger
She must be denied
Yet beneath her ragged feet
Lies a mirror of their live
She can smile as they pass by
A fool to the eye

We walk away
Talk away
Looking for someone to blame
Feeling fine singing a line
I can see no other way
Walk away

TAKE A CHANCE
M.Hanrahan 1979 IMRO/MCPS

As the Evenin Rolls The noise it grows
Life is busy out on the street
You Stand a while with a vacant smile
Lookin for a face you would like to meet

Would you take a chance Meet me wherever you please
Leave your cares for awhile
If we could walk the miles that keep us apart
Then we could free these dreams locked inside

You always said we'd meet again
You never wanted to be alone
Well right now my heart feels like a brand new start
Waiting to call you to my home

Would you take a chance Meet me wherever you please
Leave your cares for awhile
If we could walk the miles that keep us apart
Then we could free these dreams locked inside

Who is that I see A stranger to me
Standing real close to you
I can't complain No It was always my game
I've lost a lot by losing you

Would you take a chance Meet me wherever you please
Leave your cares for awhile
If we could walk the miles that keep us apart
Then we could free these dreams locked inside

 

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