The Lion's Share

by Mike McCarthy

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1.
03:48
In Ages Sunset flashback We count time in ages Hold to the plan and Study all their faces Taking measure Affecting a season Love your neighbour Sometimes change direction If no man is an island Then I am flotsam with you Dive down deeper Counting time in stages Super-vision We don’t count the danger Night passed over We all celebrated Raised our heads high Thanked the God of ages If no man is an island Then I am flotsam with you If no man is an island It seems right to be infatuated with you Sunset Flashback We count time in ages Hold to the plan and Study all their faces See the future We learn to count backwards Some consider We jump to conclusions M E MCCARTHY 19/4/2011
2.
MISSING PERSON I am a missing person Always a missing person Ever missing in my world I get lost But I like it I like it this way I get tired But I like it I like it this way M E MCCARTHY 20/11/2010
3.
Building Fires Wait on hold your time shall come Say your words and loose the tongue Now you build with earth and stone With patient toil the seeds are sown Come back here my little one Come back here with your bleeding heart Come back here I see you’re building fires Come back here to the ones you love Been so high to risk it all The seasons build with a livid force Little one’s in him belong They’re so weak with the temptation Come back here my little one Come back here with your bleeding heart Come back here I see you’re building fires Come back here to the ones you love It’s more than enough, cry out I love you It’s more than enough to secretly hunt truth More than enough, say that we’re broken It’s more than enough, rise to occasion Come back here my little one Come back here with your bleeding heart Come back here I see you’re building fires Come back here to the ones you love M E MCCARTHY 10/08/2012
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03:28
PLASTICINE Said my piece Turn my head Focus down on incident Shot me through A poor phrase and Smashed to bits my confidence Level out With oxygen Short breath here And no one sends Love to all Peace to you Static noise and plastic fruit Now it’s like snow falling down Now it’s like snow falling down Now it’s like you’re alone for the first time High range there Alcohol Screaming through Mercy falls Headlight twitch And slow to stop Soft in speech A barking dog Camera roll You’re not up To black and white Shutter stop Plasticine Through my hair Triggering A slow defence Now it’s like snow falling down Now it’s like snow falling down Now it’s like you’re alone for the first time M E MCCARTHY – 01/02/2011
5.
THE LION’S SHARE When I saw your angels come Not your will but mine to run afar Even so your kingdom comes And I know your will’s being done On earth as in heaven Should I stand to one side? And let you divide on equal portions On divine rights With a fire inside You chose a proven line Through the middle Through the whole of time M E MCCARTHY – 29/05/2011
6.
04:14
SINK ME NOT Dance with diamonds and dogs And lay down with eyes all over the stars Spider in gardening glove Strikes him oh like he’s never been struck He’s breathing out fumes and breathing in love Melting hearts to the wall Will a time ever come will a time ever be gone Can we ever become one Sink me not The days not done The days not done for me The days not done Seeing things from above It’s a gift it’s a curse I can never shake off And I run for another time Sink me not The days not done The days not done for me The days not done M E MCCARTHY – 26/02/2009
7.
04:38
WILDER YEARS In the wilder years Boisterous and blue eyed Now you’re seeing things That will change your sight Blame the rolling hills Go ahead blame the sky While you still can then the pain subsides In the raging storm Well you held your own You could not afford A minor slip or fall When the rigging goes And with rocks collide You will throw yourself over to God’s side Filled with honour you understand Love’s a notion of no demand Filled with honour you understand Love’s a notion of no demand In the wilder years We knew how to take What the hand it feeds You don’t turn away Blame the riverbank That burst its sides Until you know you’re wrong Well you can’t be right Filled with honour you understand Love’s a notion of no demand Filled with honour you understand Love’s a notion of no demand M E MCCARTHY – 21/01/2011
8.
04:15
DECEMBER Got lost in December Never found my way I just can’t remember who I am today It’s taken a long time To feel again Holding out for something Bidding for a sign Nature has its own way of playing with the light It’s taken a long time To feel again Body is broken but I’m On the mend To find you is golden To know you is best Oh I cannot see you Oh but I love you nonetheless Left you with some pieces Fragments of myself Do you still have them with you Are they up upon your shelf It’s taken a long time To feel again Body is twisted but I’m On the mend To find you is golden To know you is best Oh I cannot see you Oh but I love you nonetheless M E MCCARTHY – 20/08/2009
9.
REASON TO SING Out of touch Reality Water cuts Right through your feet The wooden heart Starts to dream Simple shape Steady beat Where to run What to hide Forget yourself Til you get it right Denigrate Hold your head So it doesn’t fall off And you forget With your reason to sing Meaning to sing With your reason to sing Meaning to sing Paper cut Across your finger Feeling tired For the night I can’t say And you can’t feel Anything Til you know it’s real Said it once Out of turn No-one saw Your mirror turn Take the plunge From the sky Know you’re real Know you’re mine With your reason to sing Meaning to sing With your reason to sing Meaning to sing M E MCCARTHY – 28/11/2010
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04:01
BROKEN MAN You’re the magic in my veins You’re the blood that keeps me running Honey if you left now I’d be left with nothing Take my hand I know you can It tells the story of the broken man on the mend You’re the magic in my veins Yeh you’re something like quicksilver Wake up in the night Cold shivers begging for more Read my hand I know you can It tells the story of the broken man on the mend You’re the magic in my veins You’re the river that keeps on flowing With the sun setting low Night shadows keep on rolling If you love me take my hand Tell you the story of the broken man on the mend You’re the magic in my veins You’re the blood that keeps me running Honey if you left now I’d be left with nothing Read my hand I know you can It tells the story of the broken man on the mend If you love me take my hand Tell you the story of the broken man on the mend M E MCCARTHY – 28/01/2011

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released September 25, 2012

Engineered
Miles Thomas, Paradise, Central Coast NSW
Mike McCarthy, Le Bunker, Central Coast NSW
Syd Green, Mono Nest, South Coast NSW
Jeff McCormack, The Music Cellar, Central Coast NSW

Produced by Mike McCarthy

Mastered by Jeff McCormack, The Music Cellar, Central Coast NSW

Recorded at Paradise, Le Bunker, The Music Cellar and MonoNest between December 18th 2010 and September 28th 2011.

Artwork
Joe Engstrom

Layout and Design
Martin Taylor

Much appreciation and thanks to Miles Thomas, Billy Fields, PJ Wolf, Jeff McCormack, Rod McCormack, Syd Green, Stuart and Jackie Voysey, Sophie Latella, Coral Latella, Joe Engstrom, Martin Taylor, Michael Carney, Tim Woods, Kris and Seana Morris,Kirsty and Marcus Watson, David Rowson, Lloyd Barratt, Ed and Stephanie McCarthy, Daniel Weekes, Sharon McKay and Sean Cashin.

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www.mikemccarthy.com.au

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Mike McCarthy Macmasters Beach, Australia

Mike McCarthy's 'Serious Face' album is a throwback in time to an era of blues, soul, and roots music. Essentially a summer road trip album full of good vibes and great story telling, the album goes from all out slide guitar 'blues grit' to warm firelight ballads. ... more

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