Winter Songs 2009​-​2015

by Comrade Hat

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A compilation of songs from my past 5 Winter/Christmas EPs:
The Winter Takes it All (Jan 2015)
4 Songs for Winter (Dec 2013)
Christmas is Upon Us (Dec 2012)
Guiding Star (Dec 2010)
Happy New Year (Dec 2009)


released December 2, 2015

All songs written by Neil Burns except Frozen City River, by Neil Burns and Paul J. Fox, 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel': trad. arr. NB.
All music produced and performed by Neil Burns with:
Rohan Armstrong: double bass on 'Bills' and 'Happy New Year'
Gary Raymond: drums on 'Bills'



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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" -
He also writes other music as 'Neil Burns'.
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Track Name: In the Bleak Mid-Ulster
In the bleak Mid-Ulster long ago,
Well, a year or so,
I hedged my bets and opened up
Enough to let go.
And it was fine and free
In the times that did follow
But time can change how you feel,
Sometimes the sweetest things
Are the hardest to swallow

The bleak Mid-Ulster passes by,
There's nothing left here for me now
I wonder what was ever.
But now and then I see
A sign or a tree
That takes me back to when we
Were saying things we wanted to believe.
Sometimes the sweetest sounds
Ring so hollow.

Don't get me wrong -
It's not that I yearn for your touch,
Or any such thing,
At least,
Not much...

But in the bleak Mid-Ulster,
It feels so long ago,
You said you loved me,
Did you mean it it?
I don't know.
Track Name: Going Home
I've got a long way to go
Through Mid-Ulster in the snow
The tailbacks of red on white
But the heartland is blue tonight

People carrying heavy loads
Out on these icy roads
Who can you trust
When even the ground is treacherous?

I don't know, I don't know
I just know I'm going home

What do you stand for
When you've been left out in the cold?
When you've been betrayed by
All the lies that you'd been sold?

I don't know, I don't know
I just know we're going home
It's been this way as long as we've known
Before we carved up land and set it in stone

Open your eyes
to this sea of white
bouncing off the winter sky.
These are your guiding lights
In uncertain times

The signal on my radio
It comes and goes
Leaving me alone with
Cars, static and snow