49 Arlington Gardens

by NICK GARRIE

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“49 Arlington Gardens” is the album that musical history uses to pay its dues to Nick Garrie. There are many reasons for it to be so. The marvelous recording sessions in Scotland, sponsored by Ally Kerr and that included such great names as Norman Blake (TEENAGE FANCLUB), Francis McDonald (NICE MAN, TEENAGE FANCLUB, BMX BANDITS), Duglas T. Stewart (BMX BANDITS) producing, and Duncan Cameron (DELGADOS, TRAVIS, TRASHCAN SINATRAS) as sound engineer, with the still less famous DOGHOUSE ROSES, Spain’s Sandra Belda Martínez (CALIFORNIA SNOW STORY, SUPERÉTÉ), Rachel Allison, Iona McDonald and many other musicians from the Scottish indie pop scene. An astonishing collection of great compositions, with gems like “Twilight,” “Le pont Mirabeau,” “When Evening Comes” and “When the Child in You,” and a deeply romantic song like “Lovers,” written with Francis Lai (responsible for such historic soundtracks as “A Man and A Woman” and “Love Story”). The fact that “The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas,” the cursed disc released in 1969 that barely saw the light of day and that today has become a collector’s item, is receiving this small moment of glory that it was robbed of by chance when it was first released.. And above all, a singer-songwriter, Nick Garrie, with a precious voice full of solemnity and a classic pop feeling, in the best sense of the word, enjoying a moment of brilliant inspiration.

It’s one of those discs that sees the light of day thanks to the support of a new generation of musicians, admirers of the British singer-songwriter. It’s an honest, intimate, elegant, precocious disc that maintains a marvelous balance between arrangements and melodies. Just under thirty minutes of dreamy compositions, of pop and tight folk that deals humbly and candidly with human nature with the surprising element of juvenile fantasy that is “The Clockmaker".

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released January 26, 2009

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Track Name: She Hides Behind The Sun
My lover’s just a simple girl her head is in the sand
She talks in mathematics that I just don’t understand
But no one ever catches her she hides behind the sun
And she is not afraid of anyone

And sometimes when the nights are cold she lies so close to me
I try to whisper gentle things but she says let it be
Oh no one ever catches her she hides behind the sun
And she is not afraid of anyone

I could have made something of my life so goodbye
I could have been someone very nice how I tried
But nothing mattered much to me
I spent a lifetime by the sea
The mountain ranges heard my song
The young girls laughed and sang along
They sang along they sang along

Now I don’t really understand just what you see in me
I left my wife and children for a love that could not be
But no one ever catches me I hide behind the sun
And I am not afraid of anyone
Oh I am not afraid of anyone
Track Name: When The Child In You
When the child in you meets the child in me
And the children with you walk with the children with me
Then peace will come to the green green land
And finally I will understand

The ferryboat waiting by the shore
A father waving from a darkened door
They’re taking his children to the promised land
And then one day they will understand

The children play by the sycamore tree
The lone star shines above the sea
And soon we’ll be in the green green land
And come that day we will understand
Track Name: Le Pont Mirabeau
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine
Et nos amours
Faut-il qu’il m’en souvienne
La joie venait toujours après la peine

Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure
Les jours s’en vont je demeurre

Les mains dans les mains restons face à face
Tandis que sous
Le pont de nos bras passe
Des éternels regards l’onde si lasse

Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure
Les jours s’en vont je demeurre

L’amour s’en va comme cette eau courante
L’amour s’en va
Comme la vie est lente
Et comme l’Espérance est violente

Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure
Les jours s’en vont je demeurre

Passent les jours et passent les semaines
Ni temps passé
Ni les amours reviennent
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine

Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure
Les jours s’en vont je demeure
Track Name: Lovers
Lovers in the sunshine laughing at each other
Walking by
Children on the water singing to the skylark
Flying high
Nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why

Summers pass so quickly songs become a memory
Lost in time
Photos of the moments that should last for ever
Left behind
But nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why

Long lonely nights, I dream of you, I call your name
I close my eyes, but nothing’s changed

Long lonely nights, I hear you cry, you call my name
You close your eyes and things don’t change on lovers’ nights

Smiling at the morning dancing on your pillow
For a while
All your fears forgotten hidden in the corners
Of your mind
But nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why

Nothing lasts for ever no one ever knows the reason why

Long lonely nights, I dream of you, I call your name
I close my eyes, but nothing’s changed
Long lonely nights, I hear you cry, you call my name,
You close your eyes, but things don’t change on lovers’ nights
You call my name, You close your eyes, but things don’t change on lovers’ nights
Track Name: When Evening Comes
When evening comes you shine your lonely eyes on me
Until the sun makes his appearance on the sea

Parce que je t’aime
Parce que ces’t toi
Je suis boheme
Le jour viendra le jour viendra

When evening comes you shine your lonely eyes on me
Until the sun makes his appearance on the sea

Parce que je t’aime
Parce que ces’t toi
Je suis boheme
Le jour viendra le jour viendra
Track Name: In Every Nook And Cranny
In every nook and cranny
And I’ve been everywhere
And not for love nor money
Could I see it there
No love to share

I rode a train
Where people sat in silence
With folded hands
And nothing in their eyes
If they could realize
If they just realized

In every nook and cranny
And I’ve been everywhere
And not for love nor money
Could I see it there
No love to share

She played the harp
Outside some eastern station
With faraway
Travelling eyes that cried
Sa she sang lai lai lai
Whoh she sang lai lai lai

In every nook and cranny
And I’ve been everywhere
And not for love nor money
Could I see it there
No love to share
Track Name: Stay Till The Morning Comes
Now sometimes I get sad and tired of running with the wind
But something in the midnight sun just makes me want to sing
What am I supposed to do
Shall I spell it out for you
I’m gonna stay till the morning comes stay till the morning comes
I’ll stay till the morning comes

Oh once I had no money and my pockets full of songs
Now I carry dollars but my poems sound all wrong
What am I supposed to do
Shall I spell it out for you
I’m gonna stay till the morning comes stay till the morning comes
I’ll stay till the morning comes

There’s too much talk and too much nonsense spoken everywhere
And you and me both know that we’re not going anywhere
What are we supposed to do
Shall I spell it out for you
We’re gonna stay till the morning comes
We’re gonna give it till the morning comes
Track Name: Twilight
Midnight, here come those blues again
It’s all right
I’m really on the mend
For sentimental reasons undefined
You’re always on my mind

Twilight, and colours changing hue
Long nights, I tried to talk to you
For sentimental reasons undefined
You’re always on my mind

It don’t take much to make a grown man cry
A broken heart a rainbow in the sky
For sentimental reasons undefined
You’re always on my mind

Mm mmm

Sunshine has made its way to me
Moonshine is dancing on the sea
And something that I thought would never end
Has turned into my friend
Track Name: On A Wing And A Prayer
It seems to me that nothing lasts for ever
The house you used to live in gone away
And your wife has gone to look for better weather
And Pontius Pilate would have had his say
No matter where you look it don’t feel right
And childrens’ stories drift into the night
But you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer
Oh you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer
Yes you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer

And what is self esteem the doctor asks you
And you say you don’t know until it’s gone
They take you to the house beside the fountain
And ask you questions till you can’t go on
A corridor has never been so frightening
Your children wouldn’t recognize you now
But you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer
Oh you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer
Yes you’ll get there on a wing and a prayer

The answer my good friend is in the friendships
You forged before these crazy times began
The doctors don’t know jack about your ailments
And the district nurse has done the best she can
And you remember all the good you gave
Cos when you go they’ll chisel on your grave
You’ll get there on a wing and a prayer
You’ll get there on a wing and a prayer
Track Name: The Clockmaker
I’m the clockmaker
From down the road
My eyes are dim
I’m getting old

Don’t you want to buy a clock
That never loses time
And if you do make sure
That you buy one of mine

Cos I’m the clockmaker
From down the road
Got lots of clocks
I’ve never sold

Don’t you want to buy a clock
That never loses time
And if you do make sure
That you buy one of mine

Cos I’m the clockmaker
From down the road
My eyes are dim
I’m getting old