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The album is a blend of Americana, Blues and Contemporary Folk, exploring acoustic instrumentation and Simon's love of the electric guitar, Mellotron and Hammond organ.
His second solo album showcases songs about real people and places: the observations of a Northern Man.
The record is available on beautiful 180g vinyl with a gatefold cover, CD and high quality download.
released October 31, 2014
Pedal Steel: BJ Cole
Double Bass: Andy Seward
Drums and Percussion: Keith Angel
Mellotron: Lead and Backing Vocals: Suzy Starlite
Hammond & Wurlitzer: Christian Madden
Wurlitzer: Dave Formula
Melodeon & Hurdy Gurdy: Andy Cutting
Bouzouki & Tenor Guitar: Malcolm Stitt
Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars: Simon Campbell
Harmonium and Grand Piano: David Kilgallon
Produced and Engineered by Andy Seward
Assistant Engineers: James Mottershead, Keith Angel
Recorded at Wavelength Studio's - Doncaster, The Chairworks and on location in Erin Arts Centre, Simon's home studio and Andy Cutting's shed
Mixed at The Chairworks, Castleford
Mastered by Jon Astley: Close to the Edge Mastering
Lacquer Cutting: Miles Showell: Abbey Road
Photography: Phil Kneen
Cover Design: Barry Kinder & Daren Newman
All tracks by Simon Campbell except 'Do You Want Me' by Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite and 'Broken Man' by Simon Campbell (music) & Tim Wright (lyrics)
Produced with the kind support of Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council.
I crawled out of the wreckage of another sleepless night,
Still bearing all the scars of one more pointless fight,
Just livin’ here is tough in these days of fire and ice,
I still love you babe, but it costing a too higher price.
Somedays I feel up, you always bring me down,
Do you hear me crying? There ain't no other sound,
I’ve been hoping and praying for somewhere calm to belong,
But this hell doesn't end it just rolls on and on.
Sometimes I feel, feel like a broken man,
Too hurt to heal, I’m a broken man,
You make me feel, like a broken man.
Ain't no fun on this rollercoaster ride,
Help me down, help me down,
Just soaking up them same old blues,
I’m going down, I'm going down,
I'm going down...
I cried out in the darkness to the holy one above,
But still I keep on getting compromised by the only one I love,
Holding on for good times, holding back on the bad,
Just waiting on the sunshine, singing songs ‘bout the deal, the deal that I’ve never had...
Track Name: Dreamer
Hey, I'm on the way,
To heaven now, don't hesitate,
Unlock the door, I'd find a window,
A broken pane, the thoughts of you...
...hey, I'm such a dreamer,
I live my life, from day to day,
And hey, I'm just a dreamer,
I live my life, along the way.
From Bilbao to Santander,
I feel the heat, I breath the air,
Land of my father, his father's too,
I want to feel, the lives they knew but...
I'm not the one, to sit and rust,
I'm not the one to betray a trust,
On the sidewalk, hearing smalltalk,
Thinking long, no words to cry.
Keepin' it real, movin' on,
I know that you, are not the one,
On my own, treading water,
Live today, more than a dream.
Track Name: The Knife
The knife cuts a hole in that beautiful chest,
Through the silk fabric in which you are dressed,
The blood seeps away like the joy sliding out of my soul.
You gave me a story, you gave me a sign,
You took from my hand what was rightfully mine,
But soon I found out that you didn't have the time all along.
Call me romantic, or call me a fool,
For the blade and the hammer were only a tool,
To keep you from telling I'm nobody's fool, all along...
You painted a picture, you fed me a line,
You gave me a choice that was your place or mine,
But the truth was revealed after one glass of wine in my bed.
You came along, swishing your pigtails; somewhat wholesale,
But how did I know the barbs that lay beneath there,
The scene was immortal, creating a rampage; on the page,
And fate was the one who turned me...
In another regime I'd have set up the vet,
Having left you alone with a dangerous pet,
But this is an Island where everyone knows everything.
Even with this poor system in some disarray,
I am sure they will give me an extended stay,
But needless to say that I got my own way in the end...
Track Name: Affairs Of The Heart
I know you must be seething when I said that I was leaving, and you were right,
I think about those nights when you yearned to hold me tight, is it wrong, wrong wrong?
The way your eyes display all the things you mean you say, is it true?
I think its safe to say that I would love you anyway if you leave, leave, leave.
I didn't mean to stare but I loved the dress you wore the other night,
The way you walked away, I was lost for words to say from the start.
Affairs of the Heart
If I loved her like before would it change that I adore your perfumed hair?
I bet he cant respect all the things he can't connect, in your hard, hard, heart.
You, are my ecstasy, a compliment to me, a muse revealing,
I, am are your meant to be, a sonic trilogy, a love awakened
I tried to write a letter cause I thought that I knew you better, I was lost,
It wouldn't change the fact that opposites don't attract any more, more, more...
Track Name: Do You Want Me
In this town where I was born,
There lived a boy his future’s torn,
Do you want me, Do you want me,
Do you want me, What do you want me to be?
His Father stood on hallowed ground,
He raised him up then beat him down.
His youthful dreams evaporate,
Chained to a system with no escape.
The factory gates have long since closed,
The sound of engines now are ghosts.
Well tonight he hangs his head,
Not knowing what that he had said.
His children laughed, his wife she cried,
A hammer blow, his Father died.
Track Name: Sorry I Broke Your Heart
There were just the two of us, the whole world watching us,
Didn't we see the glory?
Dancing on that perfect stage, we took our place,
We made the magic easy.
At the time it seemed the right thing to do,
I was thoughtless, didn't know what it might do to you,
Now I see it, as the truth has been revealed,
I'm sorry; sorry I broke your heart.
Tenderly I took you there, pulled the ribbon from your hair,
I never knew it was so good.
Only as the time goes by, it makes me cry,
I am so glad I made you.
Circumstances often lead the way to pain,
A happy end to such a few,
After all these years we've lived divergent lives,
But guess - you, already knew...
There were others watching us, planning on destroying trust,
I was so young and foolish,
But now the answers out-o-there, kept the ribbon from your hair,
Cherishing all the memories...
Track Name: The Man
He takes his pen, he takes his paper,
He writes the story, and says see you later,
I believe man, he is all alone,
I believe the story of that man goes on and on...
He takes the book, he takes the phone,
He writes the song, and takes it home.
He looks around, he takes some stock,
He looks at the bar, then looks at the clock.
His eyes stare out and past the dock,
At the things a comin' and the things that are not,
He sees the light, he points his camera,
The subject smiles, and feels the karma.
He eats his steak, He tips the waiter,
Ignores his wife, like a burnt potato...