ANDELAIN

by Paul Liddell

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released April 24, 2015

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Paul Liddell Sunderland, UK

Paul's modern take on the 'one man band' using live loops, guitar percussion, harmonies and effects has seen him support artists such as Turin Brakes, Jon Gomm and Billy Bragg. A diverse and challenging writer with a unique voice, his live performances range from whispering intensity to a white knuckle, edge of your seat, ear splittingly glorious racket. ... more

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Track Name: Bones
Thank you for / Being kind
Keeping my / Head in line
Thank you for / Being there
When I come / Down to earth

I will not forget you / You are written on my bones
You'll never be a stranger in my home

You are the / Elements
We are a / Resonance
You speak to me / Like the breeze
You're in the / Air I breathe

Look at me
What a mess I'd be
Not an hour's sleep or a moment's peace
Because I own a little soul
I'll play the tune that's written on my bones
Track Name: The Ends Of The Earth
When I think about this place
And the way that we live here
It's starting to feel like
The ends of the earth
I'm so tied up with this place
And watching the grey waves
Punching the storm wall
That I feel nothing at all

I was made out of this place
Claimed at the day of my birth
I could step out my front door
And fall from the face of the earth

I think about leaving
As I stare at the ceiling
While spectres of smokestacks
Come fill up my mind
The boundaries are thin here
There's nothing except fear
Between the places we live in
And nothing at all
Track Name: Goodbye Mr. Green
Hello Mr. Blue / How are you?
You don’t look the same as you did before
I don’t know you any more

Hello Mr. Green / How’ve you been
You haven’t changed much since we met at school
I know your face but I don’t know you

Then Green said…
Well I may look the same but the boy has gone
I joined the army at twenty-one
I’ve got ringing in my ears and I can’t get rid
Can’t tell you about the things that I did

So I said…
Well I may look different but I haven’t changed
My hair fell out but I’m still the same
Soft on the outside and on the inside
I look you in the eye when I’m speaking my mind

Well it was good to see you
Bye-bye

So give my love to your mother
And say hello to your brother
Goodbye

The last time I saw Mr. Green
He didn’t see me
He didn’t know who the hell I was
Just a man in the corner singing some songs
And then…
Green shouts at the singer for his favourite song
I told him I didn’t play that one
His eyes started popping like he’s out of his mind
As I spoke mine and looked in his eyes
Green’s face was frozen in a mask of derision
As I noticed a flicker of recognition
He put down his drink / He stood straight up
He didn’t look back as the door slammed shut

Well it was good to see you
Bye-bye
Track Name: Pillow
I called it insight
I called it art
But I got it inside out
I got it wrong
For so long
But now I’ve got it right

I was looking inside
I was looking for a heart of any kind
I sometimes looked so hard
That I couldn’t see
The wood for the trees
But now my eyes are clear

And I know it doesn’t matter
How it seems to be
But it feels like I’m awaking from a mad bad dream
To sunshine in the window
And your hair on my pillow

When first I saw my stars
At first I feared
And trembled to the touch
But now it seems
As if I’ve always been
As solid as a rock
Track Name: The Ides Of May
My feet passed under a greying sky
I felt out of place in a town not mine
When sudden yellow lights flickered into life
Testing the strength of my stretched out shadow
There in the fading light as I was passing by
I caught the eye of a dark haired woman
We talked a little while, she gave a nervous smile
She asked if I would come inside

Time and trinkets adorned her walls
There was a tiny boy on a plastic horse
And a black and white photograph in pride of place
Of a pretty lady and a tall dark man
She was dressed in velvet and black silk
And I must admit that I felt uneasy
And as I looked towards the door she laughed and said
Boy don’t you even think about leaving

She Said

Beware the ides of May, they will haunt you. Always.

I asked her what she meant, and she said
There are things I cannot explain
In any written language, yet still
You should listen to my claim
Beware the ides of May
And if you sleep with that thought, sleep with it under your pillow
You may yet escape your fate
If you listen when I say

Beware the ides of May, they will haunt you. Always.

I didn’t know what to believe
I took the thought out to the street
She said “The next time that we meet
You can give it back to me”

Beware the ides of May
Track Name: Stare At The Walls
Beetles four / Crawling up my walls
My skin creeps / Watching them crawl
Candlelight / Made shadows flickering
A floorboard creaks / And I jump out of my skin

I sometimes stare at the walls in my own home
I can't deal with myself when I'm alone
End up pushing buttons on my mobile phone
Where to now? Where to now?

Turn the TV on / Turn it off again
Life is one big loose end
Then I freeze with fear / as I turn away
The TV screen / Just called my name

I sometimes stare at the walls in my own home
I can't deal with myself when I'm alone
End up pushing buttons on my mobile phone
Where to now? Where to now?

I calm myself / I need to get a grip
I can't afford / to let myself slip
Yet god knows why but I know I feel the fear
So I grab my coat / And get out of here

I sometimes stare at the walls in my own home
I can't deal with myself when I'm alone
End up pushing buttons on my mobile phone
Where to now? Where to now?

Time on your hands is a dangerous thing
When the lights are low and your thoughts are grim
Time on your hands is a dangerous thing
Track Name: Giant Steps
Last Night I flew under the earth
I know it's true I swear to you
I unravelled pleasantly
My form was insignificant

I felt love as I shattered down to my atoms
I smiled somewhere inside as I lay in the wind

I settled in a mountain
I felt it through my billion parts
The stones could not contain me
My force was irresistible

So I fell and I flew through the rocks like thin air
'Til I came back together under the sun.

Here is where I am free
An endless possibility
Then I wake and it's gone like it never had been
I'm cold and I'm alone in a world with no imagination

Last night I ran with giant steps
And leaves on trees followed me
Roots and branches kept my step
I knew their names like brothers

Then I stopped at the place where desire was a desert
I brought love as a green sea and no need to breathe

Here is where I am free
An endless possibility
Then I wake and it's gone like it never had been
I'm cold and I'm alone in a world with no imagination

Here is where I am free
An endless possibility
Then a moment I cant tell the difference between
The man who's awake and the man in the dream
Then I wake and it's gone like it never had been
I'm cold and I'm alone in a world with no imagination
Track Name: Heavy Weather
I’ve been hearing / Shouting voices
It makes me wonder / What the point is
Tiny people / Rendered pointless
Trying to leave a mark by spewing out idioms
On into oblivion / Too many opinions

I see people / Trying too hard
Trying to make up / For what they are
Shouting nonsense / Into my head
It’s mental litter of the written word / It makes you seem absurd

Fields of metallic trees carry carcinogenic electricity
Each a recognisable freckle upon a face that I alone can see
So please live, love be free
‘Cause compared to the minds and the memories of the trees
We’re just dust floating upon the breeze
Pollen not enough to cause a sneeze

A quiet rebel putting pieces together
Forever wondering where is the relevance in all this heavy weather?

I am mourning / All the time spent
Charting petty disagreements
A voyeuristic waste of our time
No-one gives a fuck what you think we are here for
Get a fucking grip step away from the keyboard

You did it all just to find some relevance
But your thoughts are like a knocked down tenement
Mansions and slums alike become rubble and dust
Missing teeth / Decay, tarnish and rust
It is the ruins and the dust upon the breeze
It is the smoke in the borrowed air you breathe
It is the echo in the space in your heart
Where the truth is as rare as the tears of a great white shark
Track Name: The Piano Burns
Where there once was a sea / Dozens of fathoms deep
All that’s left is a trickle / Ticking our feet
Where there once was a light / Shining on a night
Now we sit in the shadows / Straining our eyes

It’s plain to see that our best cannot be seen
It lives between the barriers in you and me

The piano burns as we sit here playing chords
I don’t think I know you any more
And all the while the crowd screams out for more

Where there once was love / And more than enough
There’s a space filled with silence / And it’s bigger than us
Then came rage / Hard to contain
But now even the embers don’t remember the flames
I sit and watch as that which I hold dear
Burns and disappears

No finding fault or what went wrong
It’s time to sing a different song
Goodbye