A Lighthouse Keeper's Diary

by Paul Liddell

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Released 2004. CD version features a multimedia element with video and extra tracks.

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released April 1, 2004

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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: Travelling Song
TRAVELLING SONG

Where am I going? Where am I from?
Why am I singing a travelling song?
‘cause change brings no fear as I’m moving along
My friend will not take me where I don’t belong
‘cause I want to know what you’re thinking of
I want to know just how you explain
I don’t know if I’m right, but I know I’m not wrong
‘cause fate is my friend and this is it’s song

This is my road/I won’t let it go
I will follow you wherever you may roam
Through daylight and starlight I’ll never let you go

Co-incidence is fake when you’re a magic dreamer
Predicting the future as soon as you wake
‘cause fate is my friend and I’m a believer
That fiction is future and fact is a fake
‘cause I want to know what you’re thinking of
I want to know just how you explain
I don’t know if I’m right, I don’t care if I’m wrong
Fate is my friend. This is its song.

This is my road/I won’t let it go
I will follow you wherever you may roam
Through daylight and starlight I’ll never let you go
Track Name: A Quiet Kind Of Madness
A QUIET KIND OF MADNESS

You’re not punch drunk, just a bottle of wine
You’re not burned out or bored, you’re just passing the time
I’m not losing you, it’s just the fear in my mind
And there’s nothing there to tell me that I’m wrong

And sometimes when you sleep, I’m lying awake
I know that you are flesh and bone, sidekick of fate
And we are not a question, of love and hate
Because of you I know just what I am
And I think we’re part of someone else’s plan

*****CHORUS*****
Addicted to the bittersweet of sadness
Impurity and badness
A quiet kind of madness
Addressed my dreams like envelopes
Addicted to the shame
The pleasure and the pain
It’s my detriment and gain
But I do not fear the rain
*****

You’re not so old, there’s no grey in your hair
And you’re rolling back the years with your TV stare
There’s nothing I can do to show you how I care
But I’d run and run forever and a day
And when quiet comes, you won’t know that I’m there

*****CHORUS*****

But I do not fear the rain, I’ll turn and face the shame
But I do not fear the rain, I’ll turn and face the shame
Track Name: Runaway
RUNAWAY

I never said I wanted to be free
I only said I wanted to be me
Oh, runaway. Since you've gone away I don’t believe you

I never said I wanted you to give yourself away
I only said I wanted you to live
Oh, runaway. Since you've gone away I don’t believe you

I never said I wanted to be free
I only said I wanted to be me
But when everyone is bought and sold
Will I be the one left all alone

Oh, runaway. Since you've gone away I don’t believe you
Track Name: Angels With Wings
ANGELS WITH WINGS

I won’t forget just what you did for me when I needed you
And I hope you know I’ll always be there for you
Always look over your shoulders before you jump
‘cause I’ll be standing right beside you to help you up
So let’s jump

Your red horizons will burn black

Don’t hide those angels with wings behind closed eyes
Don’t hide those angels with wings
Just help them down

And when you think you’re going off the rails
Just keep on pushing on and on and see what you get
And when you move on up please don’t look back
‘cause I’ll be standing on the right side of those tracks

Your red horizons will burn black

Don’t hide those angels with wings behind closed eyes
Don’t hide those angels with wings
Just help them down
Track Name: Suburbia
SUBURBIA

A perforated sunset rolling on forever where the rooftops meet the sticks
A passing conversation is lost in the reflection of this
And all across the slant roof seas of suburbia
No-one hears you shout
Noise from the unsettled is drowned out by boiling kettles
And no-one hears a sound

You’re just a lonely heart aching, just another glass breaking

Are you scared of getting older? Are you scared of being left all alone?
Your family visit once a week, treat you like a freak, and you wish they’d leave you alone
But in the world that you once knew, there was no neglect
But then your daddy sold you to the mill it’s cause and effect

You’re just an old hand shaking, just another glass breaking

Collapsing in the post office and lying on the ground
The silence seems to suffocate
Will someone call the ambulance

Just a lonely heart aching, just another glass breaking
Just an old hand shaking, just another glass breaking
Just a rich kid faking, just another glass breaking
Just a lonely heart aching, just another glass breaking
Track Name: Jail Song
JAIL SONG

Nothing better than a fool with a conscience
Trying to make it 2 – 2 bodies on the street
In a chase with police get arrested
For tipping up tables in the strip joint hang your head
And feel the shame getting caught is a fool’s game
You’re just not equipped for legit so run away
It’s all biographical it ain’t no parody,
Turned into the story of a jailhouse tragedy

It all started at the age of 12 when your dad had a gun
Took you shooting in the summer and you learned to kill some birds
The dumbest kid in all of school, when the bully came around you just knocked him down instead
Very soon it became a fascination - armies in the schoolyard saying
“bang, bang, bang, you’re dead!”
It’s all biographical, ain’t no parody, turned into the story of a jailhouse tragedy
Track Name: A Mile Away
A MILE AWAY

A mile away the world has changed forever
I’ve gone and left it all behind
No supermarket trolley sleeping in the river bed
No early morning cigarette rushing to your head
‘cause shadows fell across my path and I was bound to see
Those white faces shining through the treetops twinkling on your face
I won’t forget the place I’ll never ever be again

A mile away. A world away

The aerials above the water tower can’t be seen
When you’re sitting in the sand watching bonfires burning out
‘cause shadows fell across my path I quickly learned to see
That all the ugliness in all our lives is tarnishing our souls
I won’t forget the place I’ll never ever be again

A mile away. A world away
Track Name: Hi - Rise
HI RISE

I’m tired of reaching out and touching wood
Assassinations of my friends just aren’t enough
Still I never thought of giving up
‘cause every time I hear your sound my hair stands up
I won’t let you turn me into something that I am not
Or I don’t want to be

The eyes in the hi – rise are twinkling at me
And the rain made the road glow grey
The eyes in the hi – rise are twinkling at me
And the world looks different today

I’m tired of reaching out and touching wood
When I’m scared the road might walk a little rough
And I wish that I could make my own luck
‘cause I’m not hard enough to walk it by myself
And I’m not hard enough to wait on the shelf
And wonder what could be

The eyes in the hi – rise are twinkling at me
And the rain made the road glow grey
The eyes in the hi – rise are twinkling at me
And the world looks different today

I’m flying high up above those tiny houses
I cast my memory back to where the river started from
And I hate to burst your bubble but I know what you are thinking
Every word you say is stolen from somewhere else
And your prison is a token of arrogance
That you don’t owe me

The eyes in the hi – rise are twinkling at me
And the rain made the road glow grey
The eyes in the hi – rise are twinkling at me
And the world looks different today

Because the world looks beautiful today
Track Name: House On A Hill
HOUSE ON A HILL

Light on, light off
People passing by my window dressed in warm and white
I used to watch you dress beside the window
Now all I see is moonlight reflected on the pane

I live in a house upon a hill with all my friends and lovers

Headlights and streetlights interrupt the twilight
I used to watch you ironing your long black hair
Now all I see is one light
And the road that takes you there

I live in a house upon a hill with all my friends and lovers
Track Name: A Lighthouse Keeper's Diary
A LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DIARY

I’m living in the pages of a lighthouse keeper’s diary
I’m a light in the darkness but my shadow’s all you see
I see for miles and ages what no-one else can see
I’m living in the pages of a lighthouse keeper’s diary

I’m living in the pages of a lighthouse keeper’s diary
I’m a sound in the deep for those who want to hear
My vigil is for no-one and no-one is for me
I’m living in the pages of a lighthouse keeper’s diary

I’m the crack in your window that lets the rain come in
I’m the love you let go ‘cause you were scared when your time came
When you turn and run away, I’m the one that calls your name

I’m living in the pages of a lighthouse keeper’s diary
I’m a light in the dark that nobody can see
I’m the sound in your heart that no-one wants to hear
I’m living in the pages of a lighthouse keeper’s diary
I’m living in the pages
Track Name: Untouched By Time Or Progress
UNTOUCHED BY TIME OR PROGRESS

The place I’m in is not black or white. It’s grey
While the world turns by we all remain the same
Untouched by time or progress
There’s no space to occupy in this city
Where everyone is hard and old
The citizens are clouds of smoke

I see cold hands and fingers clutching at shadows
I see sunken eyes in faces of people that have no place here
There’s no space to occupy in this city
Where everyone is hard and old
This place is just so cold

Time here is standing still I wanna break it all down and start it again
Time here is standing still I wanna take this picture and colour it in

Regardless of the distance we have come
We still do it like our fathers would have done
Change is irrelevant
There were men with dirty faces who never saw the sun
Now our skin is so much cleaner but the changes come so slow ‘round here
There’s no space to occupy in this city
For those people who will not do what they’re told
This place is just so cold

Time here is standing still I wanna break it all down and start it again
Time here is standing still I wanna take this picture and colour it in

I wanna break it all down and start it again
I wanna take this place and colour it in
I wanna go right back to where it begins
I wanna take this place and colour it in

Time here is standing still I wanna break it all down and start it again
Time here is standing still I wanna take this picture and colour it in
Track Name: The Wooden Heart
THE WOODEN HEART

Do you feel like a stranger in your own skin?
When you knock no-one answers - there’s nobody in
There’s a lifetime of yearning and filling the hole
There are too many bodies and not enough soul

The wooden heart beats so still
Can’t swell in love or burn in pride
Just hates ‘til sun and moon collide
The wooden heart speaks only ill
The wooden heart beats so still

It’s quick to burn in anger’s flame
When the fire burns out only ashes remain
Let it burn to a cinder in unstoppable rage
‘til the blackened old rock can’t remember the flames
And the burning of hatred becomes the stinging of shame

The wooden heart beats so still
Can’t swell in love or burn in pride
Just hates ‘til sun and moon collide
The wooden heart speaks only ill
The wooden heart beats so still