Fixing the Shadows

by Grant Campbell

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Fourth album from acclaimed singer-­‐songwriter Grant Campbell, recorded and mixed in Glasgow, Scotland and mastered by Grammy Award winner Brad Blackwood.

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released April 15, 2013

All songs written by Grant Campbell

Produced and Mixed by Iain Hutchison & Grant Campbell
Engineered by Iain Hutchison
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters
Recorded at Glowormrecording, Glasgow

Grant Campbell - Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica & Percussion
Iain Hutchison - Guitars, Piano, Wurlitzer, Harmonium, Organ & Percussion
Alyn Cosker - Drums
Ross Saunders - Bass
Tim Davidson - Pedal Steel
Bethany Young - Backing Vocals
Euan Stevenson - Piano on ‘Tragic Stories' & 'Prelude: Tragic Stories'

Cover Photograph by Paula Fraser

©&℗ 2013 Crooked Mouth Records. All rights reserved.

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Grant Campbell Glasgow, UK

Grant Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter living in Glasgow.

'The Spark' is the fifth release by Grant Campbell and will be available from Monday 19th May 2014.
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Track Name: Halfway to Nowhere
Halfway to Nowhere

It’s a rule never broken, it’s a long way to fall
And I’m crawling past your window, the streets are getting rough
And the black boats are calling and the night it never folds
And the branches are bending to the weight of the snow

There’s no right way to listen, just like there’s no wrong way to turn
And the well is never empty and the cup is never full
But I’ll be here forever, I will be holding on
And the blinds cut the morning into pieces of gold

And I’m halfway home and I’m halfway to nowhere
I’m halfway to find myself as someone else who’s somewhere else
And I’m halfway home and I’m halfway to nowhere
I’m halfway to find myself, I’m halfway to hell, I’m halfway there
I’m halfway to nowhere

The heat it sails and whistles as the mind it races on
And I’m growing but I’m bitter of the chances I’ve scorned
And I’m tired of this waiting for my turn to come around
I’ll be waiting here forever for this life to cut me down

And I’m halfway home and I’m halfway to nowhere
I’m halfway to find myself as someone else who’s somewhere else
And I’m halfway home and I’m halfway to nowhere
I’m halfway to find myself, I’m halfway to hell, I’m halfway there
I’m halfway to nowhere

And the wheels don’t seem to slow, as I riding across this line
And all this time I’ve tried to let it go
And the wires keep pulling up, just waiting for tomorrow, waiting for tomorrow

And I’m making up an ending as I’m staring down this road
And the pills are barely helping and the wolves are at my throat
I couldn’t bear another morning when that light comes creeping down
I’ll be moving on forever with this heavy hearted crown

And I’m halfway home and I’m halfway to nowhere
I’m halfway to find myself as someone else who’s somewhere else
And I’m halfway home and I’m halfway to nowhere
I’m halfway to find myself, I’m halfway to hell, I’m halfway there
I’m halfway to nowhere

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Undone
Undone

It was a welcome start to a worn-down heart,
it was a chance to begin again
And I left behind that sheltered mind
and I proceeded to come in out of the rain

Just a simple man with a well made plan
whose been drifting out over the edge
I’ve been cursed, I’ve been sold and I’ve been left in the cold
I’ve been a brother, a son and a friend

But it’s wild out there, they just point and stare
And I’ve been waiting for so long
When it seems to fade I just hesitate
For I can never be who you want
I am undone

I’ve bought books I ain’t read and talked myself out of bed
I’ve travelled miles and never got that far
I counted colours in the dark, worked seven years but never hard
And they almost took all I had left

I signed my name to get paid, I put my shame in the shade
I felt the failure but I kept my head high
I turned my eyes to the words Mr Henley observed
And I never had to question why

But it’s wild down there, they just point and stare
And I’ve been falling for so long
When it seems to fade I just hesitate
For I can never be what you want
I am undone

There are people I’ve known, over many street I’ve roamed
And with each step we have grown further apart
I’ve played the sinner, I’ve played the saint, I’ve been bent out of shape
I was convinced I needed more than I had

And I drank to forget all the hours I’ve spent
just wishing I was a better man
I’ve been crossed, I’ve been saved
I’ve been loved and I’ve been betrayed
I’ve been shepherded here by your hand

But it’s wild in here, they just point and stare
And I’ve been searching for so long
When it seems to fade I just hesitate
For I can never be who you want
I am undone

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Annie
Annie

Time runs fast when you’re slowing down,
money burns quicker when you’re losing
I slowly shatter on that borderline, each time she walks into the room

Annie I love you like the foreign winds
Annie I love you like the stars
Annie I love you like those days that I rest
Annie I love you, oh Annie I do

All my words failed to make you stay in my lonely little town
I wait for a call to come and startle me and gently awake this sleeping heart

Annie I love you like the foreign winds
Annie I love you like the stars
Annie I love you like those days that I rest
Annie I love you, oh Annie I do

Come shelter me with those innocent arms
Come rescue me from wherever you are

‘Cos time runs fast when you've been slowing down
Money burns a little quicker when you’re losing
I'd slowly shatter on that borderline, each time she'd walk into the room

Annie I loved you like the foreign winds
Annie I loved you like the stars
Annie I loved you like those days that I’d rest
Annie I loved you, oh Annie I still do

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Morning Crown
Morning Crown

Anyway I can ease your mind and I will jump right in
A little doubt it creeps in the corner, now it’s time to face your fears.
There’s a wish down in the well and it’s coming up
There’s a wish down in the well and it’s coming up

Suckle grey out of the mountains and I spit it on the land
Take the bottle out of your pocket and you put it on the shelf
Summers’ coming but the rain keeps on pouring down
Summers’ coming but the rain keeps on pouring down

Hands wave in the middle of the garden; I’m always out of bounds
Eva plays on the washing line sliding all those little animals down
Leaving nothing but a smile and a morning crown
Leaving nothing but a smile and a morning crown

Tap your head and your feet to the rhythm of an old train track
I’m drawing lies out of the mouths of the ones who will not feel it
I love your daughter and I know no-one else will ever do
I love your daughter and I know no-one else will ever do

You need assurance, I fail to deliver but I try my very best
I know you’re fragile, I know that you’ve been broken
but I can’t say I’ve been blessed
We’ll find that shelter, we’ll hide and we’ll get through this storm
We‘ll find that shelter, we’ll hide and we’ll get through this storm

Tie a length of rope around your ego and you hang it round my neck
I don’t feel the first breath of the morning until I’m finally on my feet
Nothing here will hold me together but your love
There ain’t nothing here that will hold me together but your love

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Fate of History
Fate of History

There’s a cold wind blowing through, my body shivers my mind construes
I find comfort in this little room of mine
I can feel it in my bones, I can see it when I’m gone
No dream can fill this hollowed mind
Secrets hidden in the dark, borrowed time will leave it’s nark
And the footprints where I walked away

So drown in me, take me from this wild abyss
Drown in me, save me from the fate of history
Can I take you far away, escape to some forgotten place
Maybe we can hold our heads up higher
Oh the light it is fading fast, hold your face up to the glass
Take a breath and watch it dissipate
A cultured mouth and a gentle hand, a withered spirit at your command
And a day that I will sorely miss

So drown in me, take me from this wild abyss
Drown in me, save me from the fate of history

Should I shake your hand or run, let it heal or let it burn
Stop pretending that you are somewhere else
A lesson learned but not obeyed, let it grow or let it fade
Seek redemption when it’s far too late
Heavy thoughts on skinny legs, low appeal with those high regrets
And I ‘m forced to take the long way down

So drown in me, take me from this wild abyss
Drown in me, save me from the fate of history

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Darkness
Darkness

Hearts are beating when you talk
Love is fleeting and all you need has gone
I will be your darkness, I will be your darkness

Words go missing when you laugh
Heads are shaking and all you need has past
I will be your lightning, I will be your lightning

Doubts are heightened when you walk
Fear is mended and all you need is hope
I will be your starling, I’d be your starling

Teeth are glowing when you lie
Wires are showing, it’s all about denial
I will be departed, I will be departed

This road has come for me now

Dreams all vanish when you’re near
I’m contented and all I need to hear is
I will be your darling, I’d be your darling

Hearts are beating when you talk
Love is fleeting and all you need has gone
I will be your darkness, I will be your darkness

This road has come for me now

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: The Best of Me
The Best of Me

You can walk through mirrors, you could wear a tie
Pretend everyone’s listening and try to raise a smile
You can count the memories of the lives of those you ain’t even met

You can shout from the steeples, put your hand on your mouth
Print it on paper or just write it down
You can convince yourself you’re really someone who believes
You can watch through these bars but you still ain’t seen the best of me

You can talk for hours about where you’ve been
Shake the dust off your clothes and the blood off your skin
You can fake forgiveness but can’t seem to ever leave

You can break your promise but you can never tell
Pick up the pieces when it’s all gone to hell
You can forget somethings but you’re never truly free
I could walk on this wire but you still ain’t seen the best of me

I pass across ages it weighs heavy on my mind,
a bout of what’s to come
Through all these phases and people I have found
There’s a part of me that’s gone, a little part of me that’s gone

You can lead of follow or you can sit and wait
Search for love in a barroom of just leave it to fate
You can take what’s coming, there’s really nothing you want to see
I could crawl through this fire but you still ain’t seen the best of me
Yeah I could walk through these bars
but you still ain’t seen the best of me

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Tightrope
Tightrope

So quiet in-between, so long in the day
Too wired to relate, I fade into waves

If there wasn't an answer, would you buckle in dismay?
And if I wasn't a fighter, would you hold me anyway?

I belong, no longer hated, no longer underground
Maybe I will be forgotten, no-one will ever need to know I was around

If I was in trouble, would you fold your hands and pray?
And if I was a poor man, would you marry me anyway?

Inside out, laying sideways, entranced by colours on the walls
Embraced yet still unbalanced, ankles touching as they fall

If I was on a tightrope, would you hold your breath?
And if I wasn’t able, would you carry me unto the end?

Sunday breaks to lightly, I lay cold and feathered in my sheets
No I'm no travelling ocean on which my heart it skips and leaps

If I was leaving, would you stand at my door?
And if there was another would you tell me that you don’t love me anymore?
Will you tell me you don't love me anymore?

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Tragic Stories
Tragic Stories

Blue moon that sweeps beneath the cotton cloud
When are your stars all gonna shine?
And cold arms your mother’s waiting by the door
God questions who you are, god questions who you are

And drive hard like you got a race to win
Like you got no reason to believe
And press on like you never seen the start
Like it was a dream you stumbled on, like a dream you stumbled on

Unbound, running down these rabbit holes
At least it feels like I’m alive
Move on, extracting comfort from these memories
And leave the tragic stories far behind
Leave your tragic stories far behind
Leaving these stories far behind

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Where I Belong
Where I Belong

High on your shoulders ducking under the branch
Two young, one older with the wind at our backs
We had each other, never alone in the crowd
Playing ‘Tapestry’ over as we headed down south

Take me back to where I belong, take me back to where I belong

The summer had ended even before it begun
You marched in like a soldier, my heart beat like a drum
I still remember that night in December
When you lay beside me and I died in your arms

So take me back to where I belong, take me back to where I belong

High on the victory running over old ground
One drunk, one sober with both head in the clouds
The days rolled so easy, there was no time to think
Your name on my shoulder, white skin and black ink

Take me back to where I belong, take me back to where I belong

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Sweet Remembrance
Sweet Remembrance

Oh sleep tonight, oh sweet remembrance
For I have you but the world will have me
A thicker skin can give you courage
A better man would have let you go free

Aiming high, eyes to the heavens
The dust will settle when that autumn subsides
I feel safe here in your shadow
The tiny voices have all gone away

But in these hours when my darkness unfolds
It don’t mean that much to me now
It don’t mean that much to me now

I’ve become a distant memory
Recalling places I never did see
I’m not brave but I’m not shaking
I’m not afraid of what I could be

I had a wish, like the one that find you
In the dark when there aint’t nobody there
Where we could rebuild this broke down palace
A little corner where we can both live

But in these hours when my darkness it shows
It don’t mean that much to me now
It don’t mean that much to me now

I’d be lost if you left me
The truth it has always left me alone
Unto the end I am a coward
I am a loner just never too far from home

But in these hours when my darkness it grows
It don’t mean that much to me now
This don’t mean that much to me now

All lyrics written by Grant Campbell. All Rights Reserved.