Follow the Dawn

by Comrade Hat

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A second installment of home recordings from 2008 - 2013, salvaged from the rocky road to oblivion, on a country ramble.

Follow the dawn, the sunlight between the trees, the path that goes on.

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released July 5, 2013

All tracks written by Neil Burns, except the last one, which is by Neil Burns & Rohan Armstrong.

Produced and performed by Neil (vocals, piano, keyboards, guitars, electric bass, ukelele, broken accordion, ropey drums, shaky fiddle, banjaxed bodhran, toy glock, programming), with:

Paul Fox: drums on 'Made to Last', 'No Place Else to Be', 'End of the Line', banjo and additional underproduction on 'Made to Last', cover photo.

Rohan Armstrong: double bass on 'Made to Last', 'End of the Line', guitar/sampler on 'The Path that Goes On'.

Gary Raymond: percussion on 'Where You Are'

Peter Doherty: double bass on 'No Place Else to Be'

Siobhan Shiels and Yehudith Tegegne: backing vocals on 'Made to Last'

David Furey: vicinity

Design by Neil.

Recorded at home(s) in Derry, Downpatrick, Carndonagh and Belfast. Many thanks to all who took part in and/or facilitated these recordings.

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Comrade Hat Londonderry, UK

Comrade Hat is Neil Burns when he writes songs.
Electro ballads, piano ballads, jazz ballads, folk ballads, pop ballads, space ballads, not ballads. Moods and swings. Changes and chops. Thin and thran. "Ethereal and inviting" - notesandvibes.com.
He also writes other music as 'Neil Burns'.
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Track Name: Where You Are
Oh Donegal
You let me down
It was not your fault
It was in my mind
But Down you lift me up
Every time I see
Your giant's cup
and all that's etched
In memory.
Sometimes it takes
A place
Before you see
It's not where you are,
It's how you feel.

My home
I'll never know
I'm a stranger
Among my own
But the truth is
Stranger still
Like a standing stone
Upon a hill
I stand alone
Like a bird in the sky
I belong here
Without ever knowing why

The further apart we go
the more my love for you
Will only grow
Track Name: Cloud
I thought I
Heard the answer
But it was just the question
Echoing back,
The sound of my own voice
Carrying through
The night
So deep and black

The powers that be
Inside of me,
As a river flows
Into the sea,
As an apple falls
From a tree,
I am all I see.

I wander slowly
As a cloud
Into
Dusk's shroud.
The leaves are dripping
Heavy with dew
And I count myself
Among the view;
Not one,
Not two.

The powers that be
Inside of me,
As a river flows
Into the sea,
As an apple falls
From a tree,
I am all I see.
Track Name: Tonight We Drink
Tonight we drink to stealth
Blowing in
Off the continental shelf
O'er the mountains and bogs
Hanging like a fog,
Clouding the mists of time.
It'll never clear,
Like a ringing in your ear.
Raise you voice above the din
Say what you like -
You'll never win

Tonight we drink
To mark
The passing of time,
The endless drives,
Through dying towns,
The distant voices
Of the people,
Ringing in the empty streets
And dreary steeples,
Tonight.
Track Name: Trier
Far from all distractions
Or the need for interaction
Where the land meets the sea
In foam and debris,
I stand.
Mapped out in memory
And geography
Mind and matter
In this place there is no other
Alone i stand

I'm just
A trier in a choir
The voice of the wind
In the wire
Out of view
But whispering through
The longest of nights

The tug and pull
A circling gull
Runs rings around
The sweeping sound.
I feel
The spray and sand
On face and hands
Taste the salted palm
The things I am,
I am.

A trier in a choir
The voice of the wind
In the wire
Out of view
But whistling through
The longest of nights

I'm at your back
I'm in your ear
Ringing in
The new day,
Far from here.
Track Name: Made to Last
I asked you a question
Didn't expect a reply
And to my expectation
You did comply
Well the weight of expectation's
Been weighing me down
It's time to offload this weight
In a strange new town

Am I wasting your time?
Or are you wasting mine?
The blind
Leading the blind.
Only time will tell,
But I've never asked,
Because the future's becoming
A thing of the past

Feels like I've been walking
For miles and miles
Looking for direction
Seeing no signs.
This path just winds and winds
Around this heart,
It fits and it starts

Threads of conversations
Are hanging on the line
The line I put myself on
And crossed many times
Is now a dot on the horizon
Fading fast
Should have known it was never
Made to last.
Track Name: Noctilucent Nights
The sky is glowing blue
From the light that's seeping through
The clouds up high
But I am cushioned by
The clouds below
And the rain that flows
And makes it hard to see past
The end of your nose

And so the lights of passing cars
Will have to do as stars
Shining through the black
Bouncing off the tarmac
The dance of
The rain that knows
The spray makes it hard to see
The end of the road

When your life feels
Like one long drive
And you want to pull over
But there's no time
So you just check your mirrors
And head off
Into the night
Track Name: No Place Else to Be
I thought I'd do something big
Maybe I still will.
A big mistake
Or a bigwig
Rubbing shoulders
The wrong way.

I thought I'd go somewhere
Traveling all this way
I thought it seemed only fair
But it feels like
I took a hike
To nowhere.

Feels like I'm stranded here
No way home
Sick to the teeth
Soaked to the bone
No charge left
On my phone
Just the long road
Alone.

I thought things through
Maybe too much
Letting chances go
Feeling out of touch.

Drifting off to sea
In dreams and nightmares
Taking refuge wherever,
Taking pride
Before a fall.

Feels like I'm stranded here
No way home
Sick to the teeth
Soaked to the bone
No charge left
On my phone
Just the long road
Alone.

Someday I might return
To this island I have left
To where I pitched my tent
And watched the fire burn
For though I was at sea,
Washed up,
Drenched and cold,
I felt the earth move;
I had no place else to be

Feels like I'm stranded here
No way home
Sick to the teeth
Soaked to the bone
A man cannot live
On bread and wine
Alone.
Track Name: End of the Line
Here among
The weeds and rust
Where best laid plans
Gather dust
I map out mine
The long way home
My ticket to ride
Destination unknown

But to catch that train
I'd need to go back in time
To when they never thought
That years down the line
There'd be no line

Sleepers sleep
On their trackbed
While restless, I,
backtrack instead
To decisions made
When I was as empowered
As that rusting shunter
Up the yard

But to catch that train
I'd need to go back in time
To when they never thought
That years down the line
There'd be no line

There's a light on the horizon
It's no oncoming train
But it shines on everything
And I see some things remain

To catch that train
I'd need to go back
But I can't go back
I can only go forward
To the end of the line.
Track Name: Follow the Dawn
Hubcap at the side of the road. Signs of mishaps, stories untold.
Now all is bathed in morning light, unforgiving and cold in its sight. The misty fields under its glare, the winding roads leading nowhere. But follow I will, follow the dawn, the sunlight between the trees, the path that goes on.

A bicycle in an empty home, pieces of lives, scattered, unknown.
Now all is bathed in morning dew, indiscriminately coating all in view,
The misty fields under its glow, the winding road leading home. Follow I will, follow the dawn, the sunlight between the trees, the path that goes on.