Papercuts

by Tim O'Connor

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Tim O'Connor is an English Folk/Rock songwriter based in Yorkshire, UK.
Performing & recording since the late Seventies, Tim has released a large catalogue of albums over the years.

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released June 27, 2017

Published by Maori Music

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Track Name: Night Mare
Night Mare.

The taste of winter rain
Is far gentler than the shame,
Of helplessness and hurt of yesterdays,
Behind the subterfuge that's played
With a mirror for a face,
Until a darkness turns the reflections ease away,
When the night mare runs again.

And her hoof beats fall
Like the promise of a storm
When the night mare runs again.

And the sound of falling leaves,
Is more deafening than dreams
Of soundless screams without release.
That endlessly replay,
Laying in wait to taunt and rake
The embers scarring flames to scour hope of escape,
When the night mare runs again.

And her hoof beats fall
Like the promise of a storm
When the night mare runs again.

The smell of woodland decay
Is more insistent in it's way,
Than the corruption of the sanctity of mind.
That breaks before the shores of blame,
On rocks cast down in a cruel age.
A broken piece for each remembered crime of hate.
When the night mare runs again.

And her hoof beats fall
Like the promise of a storm
When the night mare runs again.

The beauty of the dawn's song lilt,
Seductively allays the guilt,
It's touch: the very balm of reasons will,
Sets to right the wrongs. It mends
The dignity that colder memories tend,
Their music influence diminishes in strength,
Until the night mare runs again.

And her hoof beats fall
Like the promise of a storm
When the night mare runs again.
Track Name: The Darkness
The Darkness.

Sunday morning: sitting
Unbelieving in the church,
Disappearing with echoes
Of the psalm.
No one sees you leaving
The shadows of your hurt:
Confessions
Of stigmata on your palms.

And in the air-raid shelter
At the bottom of the garden,
You keep your summer smile
'Til winter is done.
And if what has gone before
Comes unthinkably around once more,
Prepare a beacon,
For the dreamers and the drunks,
When the darkness comes.

Seeing your reflection
Hold out handfuls of yourself,
Each single piece unbroken:
Never whole.
Teased apart by ghosts,
Laying in wait behind pretence:
White wraiths praying in the cold.

And in the air-raid shelter
At the bottom of the garden,
You keep your summer smile
'Til winter is done.
And if what has gone before
Comes unthinkably around once more,
Prepare a beacon,
For the dreamers and the drunks,
When the darkness comes.

But here, now,
Step out into the light and see
The shadows: only sunlight's daughters,
Waiting for the clouds to break.
And here, now,
Be calm of heart with eyes ablaze,
When the darkness comes again.

Reach across the chasm
Without fear that you'll collapse,
Feel cruel time falling past.
Let the abyss become a crack,
In turn a fracture that is healing,
Break your convent silence with a laugh.


And in the air-raid shelter
At the bottom of the garden,
You keep your summer smile
'Til winter is done.
And if what has gone before
Comes unthinkably around once more,
Prepare a beacon,
For the dreamers and the drunks,
When the darkness comes.
Track Name: Little Fox & Bear
Little Fox & Bear.

Finding pieces of the puzzle,
And wearing ephemeral smiles.
As sand runs like water around our toes,
This time.

We'll astonish your friends
As we laugh at the stars:
A little fox and bear
Arm in arm,
Side-by-side we fly.

Leave the beautiful wreckage,
There on the dark side of the moon,
Confound expectations of those few fools.

We'll astonish your friends
As we laugh at the stars:
A little fox and bear
Arm in arm,
Side-by-side we fly.

Make the gift of a secret:
We see more clearly with our hearts,
Come back and say goodbye,
Under laughing stars,
As tomorrow starts.

We'll astonish your friends
As we laugh at the stars:
A little fox and bear
Arm in arm,
Side-by-side we fly.
Track Name: We're Doing Alright
We're Doing Alright.

Sitting in a horse trough
With half a bottle of wine
It's ok, it was red Spanish
Remember, same as the last time

Oh - the things we've done

Balancing a feather
With teaspoons hanging from our faces
Swallowing laughter 'til exploding,
Scattering outrages

Oh - the things we've done

And we - are doing alright
Making each other smile
And we - are doing alright
Sharing the best of our lives
The best time of our lives

Drinking scrumpy for the first time,
Smiles fly to and fro like swifts,
To consummate our freedom
And then share it as a gift.

Lampooning Yorkshire cereal crops, Navigating BabyBels
To the rocket man'a refrain,
Again, again
Abandoning ourselves.

Oh - the things we've done

And we - are doing alright
Making each other smile
And we - are doing alright
Sharing the best of our lives
The best time of our lives.

Tinned apricots from cupboards,
Are rediscovered in the fridge,
While proposing drunken baking,
With gin crumbling our wits.

Oh - the things we've done

Counting clothes-pegs hiding,
In a tangle on the chin,
As laser-driven kittens weave on and out of everything

Oh - the things we've done

And we - are doing alright
Making each other smile
And we - are doing alright
Sharing the best of our lives
The best time of our lives.
Track Name: If I Had A Brother
If I Had a Brother

If I had a brother,
He would have the talent,
And I would have the love and all the shame,
If I had a brother,
He would sing the songs,
While I stood waiting unheard in the rain.

Keeping company with ponies,
And a lonely girls dreams,
And If I had a brother,
Though I may not be the better man,
It wouldn't change those things you see in me,
That wouldn't change those things you see in me.

If I had a brother,
He would speak with silvered tongue,
Easily beguiling me and everyone he met,
And I f I had a brother,
He'd be graceful as he danced,
While I'd be grateful for the laughter of a friend.

Keeping company with ponies,
And a lonely girls dreams,
And If I had a brother,
Though I may not be the better man,
It wouldn't change those things you see in me,
That wouldn't change those things you see in me.

And if I had a brother,
He'd know just who and where he was,
While I would be adrift,
Still reaching for the shore,
Drowning in his shadow,
Cast just there,
Across the floor,
If I had a brother I'd still be,
I'd still be.

Keeping company with ponies,
And a lonely girls dreams,
And If I had a brother,
Though I may not be the better man,
It wouldn't change those things you see in me,
That wouldn't change those things you see in me.

It wouldn't change those things you see in me,
That wouldn't change those things you see in me.
Track Name: In Every Way
In Every Way

There is a bear in the bed.
He's not hunting
There where you said
You'll leave something.

So you can come back and stay
For a little while
Longer, maybe next we can
Hold onto and stop time.

You can't come back if you don't leave, you say,
That part of you stays with me every day.
You can't come back if you don't leave, you say,
Yet you touch my life in every way,
You touch my life in every way.

Using magical hands,
Hold moments still.
Twixt burning delirium
On abandon's brink.

Where doubts sting like paper cuts
And a brighter light may dim,
We'll un-complicate the memory
Recall a future that we glimpsed.

You can't come back if you don't leave, you say,
That part of you stays with me every day.
You can't come back if you don't leave, you say,
Yet you touch my life in every way,
You touch my life in every way.

There is a bear in the bed.
He's not sleeping
There where you said
It's for keeping

There is a bear in the bed.
The bear in the bed,
Is not hunting.
Track Name: Eleanor
INSTRUMENTAL
Track Name: Falling Stars
Falling Stars

There is one hand on your shoulder,
The other holds your face,
Does either ever know,
There is a promise in embrace,
Holding you.

Feel the time follow you,
And hand in hand we'll see our future made,
Meet the bride without a veil,
And watch her making daisy chains,
To bind her past,
In between the stanzas and their meaning,
We are falling stars.

And though endings may be mourned,
It is we living who remember,
The forgiven and the damned,
Are both figments we remember,
Ourselves to.

Feel the time follow you,
And hand in hand we'll see our future made,
Meet the bride without a veil,
And watch her making daisy chains,
To bind her past,
In between the stanzas and their meaning,
We are falling stars.

The way the sunlight chases,
Tumbling autumn fall,
Shepherding their spectres,
Turned in circles spun before,
Guides their passing as,
Falling stars.

Feel the time follow you,
And hand in hand we'll see our future made,
Meet the bride without a veil,
And watch her making daisy chains,
To bind her past,
In between the stanzas and their meaning,
We are falling stars.
Track Name: Woman Sings The Blues
Woman Sings the Blues

When a man struts like a rooster,
Preening and dandified,
Chasing all the other little birds,
Well his woman won't let that lie,
She'll be reaching for the poison,
Reaching for a gun,
To catch him with another little bird,
Going to see her vengeance done.

You may shake your head and argue,
But you know deep down it's true,
There ain't no greater force of nature,
Than when a woman sings the blues,
Sings the blues.

When a woman done gone left her man,
He's moan and wail a while,
But the man has done the leaving,
Why that girl won't sit and cry,
She'll be moving on,
Moving up,
Showing that she's strong enough,
To walk away from the grave she dug,
To bury your poor weak love,

You may shake your head and argue,
But you know deep down it's true,
There ain't no greater force of nature,
Than when a woman sings the blues,
Sings the blues.

Well now judge you have to put aside,
The prejudice of man,
Whose lust don't mean it's justified,
To philander all he can,
And not expect a woman whose,
Loyalty you abuse,
To rile and rage then track you down,
With an obituary for you.

You may shake your head and argue,
But you know deep down it's true,
There ain't no greater force of nature,
Than when a woman sings the blues,
Sings the blues.
Track Name: What Were We Thinking
What Were We Thinking

What were we thinking,
Once was too much
Twice was a madness,
That overcame us.

Now we're blinded by flash bulbs,
And digital pixels,
Enshrine is forever,
As baptismal smiles squiggle.

Like a cartoon catastrophe's,
Celebratory dance,
Who's choreography's timing,
Leaves the rhythm to chance.

Oh, what were we thinking,
Once was too much
Twice was a madness,
That overcame us.

When we're done here we're leaving,
To a quiet darkened room,
And reflect how the preceding,
Ritual consumed.

That simple declaration,
Of our willingness to spend,
Life together in a future,
As soon as this day ends.

Oh, what here we thinking,
Once was too much
Twice was a madness,
That overcame us.

What were we thinking.
Track Name: 'Til The End Of The Earth
'Til the End of the Earth.

Your voice is a still wind
That sits on the water,
Without disturbing the tide.
Your lips tease and tempt,
The deepest of laughter,
Each time is a perfect surprise.

And you pause and you beckon
With a look as you turn,
And I will follow you without question,
'til the end of the Earth,
'til the end of the Earth,
'til the end of the Earth.

Your words are a whisper
That welcome the twilight,
As everything is fading away.
Your silence: the shadows,
Soften with moonbright
Eclipses that simply amaze.

And you pause and you beckon
With a look as you turn,
And I will follow you without question,
'til the end of the Earth,
'til the end of the Earth,
'til the end of the Earth.

Your hands soft as feathers,
That lift us to soar
Out into a new morning's light.
Your heartbeat:
A rhythm of life I adore,
Your touch is a burnishing fire.

And you pause and you beckon
With a look as you turn,
And I will follow you without question,
'til the end of the Earth,
'til the end of the Earth,
'til the end of the Earth.

And you pause and you beckon
With a look as you turn,
And I will follow you without question.