Was It Something I Said?

by Chris Swinney

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Chris Swinney's second album from 2004.

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released April 29, 2014

Copyright © 2004 Chris Swinney

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Chris Swinney Wooler, UK

Chris Swinney is a singer, songwriter and producer from the north of England. He has released five albums and one EP since 2000. He has also recorded lots of individual tracks for download. All of these are now available from Bandcamp.

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Track Name: Start Again
I’ve been searching for a thread
To pick up and move ahead
But it all just looks like such a mess
There’s way too much to repair
And the whole thing’s up in the air
It’s a total write-off more or less

Some may say that it’s such a waste
To forget the past like it’s been erased
When so much great experience was gained
But where would our nostalgia be
Without selective memory?
Sifting out the pleasure from the pain

Start again
Turn another page
There’s a better chapter waiting to unfold
Start again
There’s nothing here to save
All the things that really matter
You know they will be coming anyway

Way too many pieces at my feet
That make the picture incomplete
Full of holes that never could be filled
It’s taken years for me to doubt
That I could ever work it out
But now I know it’s not the way

I’ve been searching for a thread
To pick up and move ahead
But it all just looks like such a mess
There’s way too much to repair
And the whole thing’s up in the air
It’s a total write-off more or less

Start again
Turn another page
There’s a better chapter waiting to unfold
Start again
There’s nothing here to save
All the things that really matter
You know they will be coming anyway
Track Name: Over Now
I, I don’t want to change your mind
I don’t want to make this into something
that you wouldn’t want to do
And I, What if I’m misunderstood
Or what if you don’t really think
it’s worth the chance to follow this thing through

It’s up in the air
But look at me anchored to the ground
I hadn’t a care
Until you were there to say you’re out to get me

The things you said
The words I read
Just keep repeating in my head
But that was then
I don’t know how
But this is me
You’re over now

Lost, for once it seems I’m lost for words
If only there was some great explanation
for the way I’ve got it wrong
But you
You’re keeping it all to yourself
So maybe there’s a cause for celebration
That it made me write this song

It’s up in the air
But look at me anchored to the ground
I hadn’t a care
Until you were there to say you’re out to get me

The things you said
The words I read
Just keep repeating in my head
But that was then
I don’t know how
But this is me
You’re over now
Track Name: So Easy
Tell me what’s bothering you about me
And I’ll put your worries to rest
The table will turn around
And I’ve got a feeling
That I’ll be the one to protest

You threw all that shit
And I got in the way
But it seems I’m the one who’s to blame
Has it never stopped raining down
On your parade
Since the day I appeared in the frame

Cos it’s so easy for me
Everything I want to touch turns to gold
And anything I want to be
I can be

So tell me what’s bothering you about me
And I’ll show you where you went wrong
Cos nothing has turned out the way you imagine
That’s just how it’s been all along

Cos it’s so easy for me
Everything I want to touch turns to gold
And anything I want to be
I can be

Yeah it’s so easy for me
Everything I want to touch turns to gold
And anything I want to be
I can be
Track Name: Heading Just One Way
One look
That was all I needed
I saw
Everything I’d dreamed
I thought
It must be too good to be true
But it turned out to be

Two souls
Searching for a reason
One night
It all was very clear
We knew
There was a magic in the air
It was plain to see

Every turning that I made
Must have been heading just one way
All those roads I thought were wrong
Finally got me through
To the one that would lead to you

One look
That was all I needed
I saw
Everything I’d dreamed
I thought
It must be too good to be true
But it turned out to be
Track Name: Solid Ground
I was feeling so much better
But then I came in here
You brought back things I’d never
Thought about in years
And you know
For a while it hurt
And you know
For a while it felt like things
Just couldn’t get much worse

They strapped the cuff around me
I felt the pressure rise
When they told me the readings
It came as no surprise
And you know
I put it down to you and you
And you know
I put it down to all the endless shit
That we’ve been through

But look at what I’ve found
Someone to talk me down
Before it all goes out the window
The spikes upon my graph
Well I just had to laugh
Turn the other way around
When I get back on solid ground

They say that some things
Are much better left unsaid
It’s just a shame you had to
Sow the seeds of doubt inside my head

I'm feeling so much better
It’s good to be alive
One twenty over eighty
Then into overdrive
And you know
I put it down to you and you
And you know
I’ve you to thank
For showing me I’ve better things to do
Track Name: Next Time Around
This lonely heart
Won’t let it be
When the memory of your face
Still burns a flame in me

These sleepless eyes
Still see a time
When your treasured book of names
Still had a space for mine

If there’s truth in what they say
Will destiny’s angel
Bring you my way again

Next time around
I’m planning on making it last
All the words I know that I should have said
Will get through to you
Next time around
I’m gonna shoot straight for the heart
Seems like it’s the last chance I’ve got
To have you here with me

It’s all the same
From day to day
The moments pass me by
And colours fade to grey

Pick up the phone
Tell me you care
Suggest a time and place
You know that I’ll be there

If there’s comfort in this life
You’ll ease the pain
That’s cutting m e like a knife

Next time around
I’m planning on making it last
All the words I know that I should have said
Will get through to you
Next time around
I’m gonna shoot straight for the heart
Seems like it’s the last chance I’ve got
To have you here with me
Track Name: Jealous
I’m sure that you can't wait
To hear how it’s all gone
I’ll give it to you straight
So you can pass it all along
It’s not a pretty picture
But it’s all in view
You can really feel the heartache coming through

The ship we waited for
Just sank without a trace
I’ll bet the captain saw
And had a smile upon his face
Then there’s that pot of gold
Down at the rainbow’s end
When the sun was out it never rained again

Well it took a while to realise
Just what it’s all about
When you ask me how it’s going
In the hope it won’t work out
Now I can see it with my eyes closed
And I can hear it from afar
When the hands of fate they threaten
To tear your jealous world apart

Oh looks like he’s heading for a fall
His backs against the wall and this time
We can’t see that there’s a way out
It’s in doubt
That he’s coming back from this

I’m sure that you can’t wait
To hear how it’s all gone
I’ll give it to you straight
If you can pass it all along
But this time it won’t be something
That you’ll want to hear
Cos it’s looking like the road ahead is clear
Track Name: Only Love Could Do Those Things To Me
I must be crazy
I must be insane
A cold voice of reason
Cried out through the rain
As I faced the long journey home

It must have been due to that lingering kiss
Why the last bus tonight was the one that I missed
And no better reason I have known

For I can’t sleep
And I won’t eat
And your face is the only light I see
Only love could do those things to me

The heavens they opened
The thunder it roared
The whole world it seemed
Was in total discord
Like it all just wanted to let go

But I couldn’t care what the weather might bring
Affairs of the heart are a curious thing
When they throw all caution to the wind

No I can’t sleep
And I won’t eat
And your face is the only light I see
Only love could do those things to me

No I can’t sleep
And I won’t eat
And your face is the only light I see
Only love could do those things
Love could do those things
Love could do those things to me
Track Name: Blood Out Of A Stone
So this is how it ends
And now I must pretend
I really give a damn at all
You’ve made your final bed
With all you’ve done and said
And now your back’s against the wall

So ill it was conceived
The plan that you believed
Would keep it all in place
But now the weight has gone
You put too much pressure on
And it blew up in your face

Now tell me what you’re gonna do
Now you don’t have a say
I can’t believe you really thought
That it would stay that way
No use asking me
For my sympathy
Now you’re all alone
That’s blood out of a stone

So this is how it ends
There’s nothing that depends
On any order you could give
It’s written on your face
You haven’t left a trace
Of anything to bargain with

Just take your final bow
If you remember how
To bend a little bit
But don’t expect applause
After all the pain you’ve caused
Much more than you’d admit
Track Name: Asshole
There’s no polite way to say this
No way to soften the blow
And it’s not for your benefit
In the hope that you’ll change
There’s just something I want you to know

It’s been simmering there for a long time
But the temperature started to rise
You’re the fuel to the fire
I’ve a burning desire
To be the reason for stars in your eyes

So let’s cut to the chase
Right to your face
Spelling it out loud and clear
Though you’re only standing a few feet away
I want to make sure that you hear

You’re an asshole an asshole
Though far from alone
You must be the biggest one I’ve ever known
Asshole you asshole
So sure of yourself
You don’t give a shit about anyone else

You look for the lost
And keep your fingers crossed
There’s no hope that they’re gonna be found
And the ones flying high
Not a day passes by
You don’t look for a sign
That it’s all gonna crash to the ground

So there’s no polite way to say this
No way to soften the blow
And it’s not for your benefit
In the hope that you’ll change
There’s just something I want you to know

Asshole you asshole
Though far from alone
You must be the biggest one I’ve ever known
Asshole you asshole
So sure of yourself
You don’t give a shit about anyone else

Asshole you asshole
Though far from alone
You must be the biggest one I’ve ever known
Asshole you asshole
So sure of yourself
You don’t give a shit about anyone else
Track Name: The Life We Were Given/Coming Down
A warm summer’s evening
The church bells would chime
We stood around waiting for opening time
Just five more minutes
And we’ll drink our worries away

The life we were given
Is the one we have kept
It’s a whole way of living
You learn to accept
Bring in some money
Then do this all over again

But oh
Isn’t it strange
How overnight changes occur
And then you’re the stranger
Visiting where you once were

We used to stand gazing
Out over the fields
Now covered in concrete
It looks so unreal
Suppose I feel grateful
That now I’m not part of the deal

This was a dead-end street
The day that we moved in
Strange neighbours either side
And either side again
Seemed pretty normal then
It was all I knew
Some nights a crazy bitch
Would put our windows through

I made the grade that paved the way to something good
But couldn’t wait to see the day I really understood
Why those dreams they seemed so sure they’d realise
Got no assistance from the dreamer to survive

Coming down
Coming round
Coming to your senses
Growing old
Growing wise
Whatever your defence is
You can’t say
You really wanted it this way

This was a dead-end street
But even then we tried
Risking a life and limb
To see what’s on the other side

Coming down
Coming round
Coming to your senses
Growing old
Growing wise
Whatever your pretence is
You can’t say
You really wanted it this way