Ciaran McMeeken

by Ciaran McMeeken

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released August 4, 2017

Produced by Greg Haver for Stephen Budd Management (www.record-producers.com)
Engineered by Nick Poortman at Roundhead Studios & Enterprise Sound, Auckland, NZ

Strings & Brass recorded by Clint Murphy at Modern World Studios, Tetbury, UK
Mixed by Clint Murphy at Roundmead Studios & Modern World Studios, UK
Additional Engineering by Tarrant Shepherd & Tim Greenslade
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, New York, US

Ciaran McMeeken - Vocals, Guitars
Aaron Prictor - Guitar
Jesse Reeves - Bass
Chris Ruscoe - Drums
M Andre - Pianos & Harmonium

Hammond & Additional Piano on “Wi-Fi” by Dr Stephen Small
Hammond on “Do You Mind?”, “Al Capone” & “Spanish Steps” by Nick Nasmyth
Percussions by Greg Haver
Saxophones & Trumpet by Gavin Fitzjohn
Trombone by Tom Pinder
Guest Vocals on "Who I Am” by Sahara Skye
Backing Vocals on “Who I Am” by Abby Wolfe
String Arrangements & Second Violin by Andrew Walters
First Violin by Rachael Elliot
Viola by Bernard Kane
Cello by Nathan Stone
Double Bass by Anthony Cleaton

Design & Layout by Seiya Ogino at Ogino Design (www.oginodesign.com)
Photography by Marissa Findlay (www.marissafindlay.com)

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Track Name: My Kin
My Kin
Written by Ciaran McMeeken

Laughter was born into her mouth
Of my daughter I'm so proud
And my sons light up the way
Moving toward a higher plane
My little wife is made of gold
A butterfly that I can hold
Full of grate for all that's mine
Celebrate with a bottle of wine

Before I pop the cork
Wade roll us a joint
I told you this before
You know that I love you all

(Chorus)
Let's light it up
Breathe it in
Move it round
All night long
Drink it down
Sing it out
Bring it on
Oh my kin

A ripple of red, a shepherds delight
A couple of friends welcome the night
Sing, we dance, we create
Let the haze take us away
Snap the camera, for memorabilia
Looking like million bucks, flag the filter
Grab the guitar and clap the chorus
As if the moment was written for us
I'll tell you a story about when I was your age
Nothing really changes through the decades
Stay a little longer, sing another song with us
Think it’s time we light up another fire

Before we turn for sleep
There are more words I need to speak
I will die the happiest man who has breathed
Knowing my family is here with me

(Chorus)
Let's light it up
Breathe it in
Move it round
One last time
Drink it down
Sing it out
Bring it on
Oh my kin

Light it up, breathe it in, move it round, my kin
Drink it down, sing it out, bring it home, my kin
Track Name: That Feeling
That Feeling
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / MoZella

Holding on to an instinct that I can't seem to shake
Going home with an inkling, something’s about to change
Waking up with a feeling, I ain't felt in years
brings me close to tears
I have this hunch up in my stomach but I don't yet trust it
It stood me up a bunch of times before and I have suffered
I loved enough to know that when it comes you make the most

You never wanna let that feeling go
I don't wanna let this feeling go

(Chorus)
Don't stop gimme that feeling, gimme that feeling (x2)
Don't stop gimme that feeling, no
‘Cause I don't wanna let that feeling go
Don't stop gimme that feeling, gimme that feeling (x2)

Time is of the essence, spend it wisely it can,
All be lost in an instant, if you take it for granted
Now that a seed has been planted, let go of the fear, shift up a gear.

I've been behaving kind of crazy ‘cause I got this secret
Making its way up to the surface now I can’t suppress it
I can no longer go pretending like there's nothing going on

I wanna let this feeling grow
I'm gonna let this feeling grow

(Repeat Chorus)

(Bridge)
If you stop givin’ me this feeling I won't be able to sleep
Don't you stop givin’ me this feeling I need it more than you think
Keep on givin‘ me this feeling, I'll take it any way shape or form

It makes me feels incredible
All I wanna do is let it show

(Repeat Bridge)

‘Cause I don't wanna let that feeling go
No, I don't wanna let that feeling go
Track Name: Invisible
Invisible
Written by Ciaran McMeeken

I'm getting closer now
So close I can nearly taste it
I've been there before
But the code I can’t recall

(Pre-Chorus)
Fearless I believed it I could see it in my vision
So fast that I would fly toward the finish
To the naked eye I was invisible

(Chorus)
Don't you know that it's easier said than done
From the outside
From the outside looking in

Have you ever known this loneliness?
I'm on the outside
And the walls are closing in
But I'll claw my way back in
Oh just to taste that sweetness once again

(Repeat Pre-Chorus)

Ciaran, they would scream it I could hear it when I breathed in
No shadow of a doubt would ever creep in
In my mind's eye, I was invincible

(Chorus)
Hear the gun, run like the wind son, it's only you and the horizon now
Track Name: Which Way Shall We Go?
Which Way Shall We Go?
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Sam Craven

The 3rd week of summer has started
Absurd heat has come and we're laughing
There’s not a cloud up high
Let's pack the car and drive
Get on the road

The air conditioning’s broke so keep the windows open
Like a fishing boat let’s move our hands like dolphins
Let the cool wind flow
We’re on cruise control
Turn off your phone, stow your ego and be one with the road

(Chorus)
Let's get lost
Which way shall we go?
There’s a fork in the road
Which way shall we go?

Fresh fruit sprays down our tee shirts
Let you choose what plays on the speakers
Oh tell me what’s the rush?
Let's stop the car for lunch
Under that tree by the sea

You sure look fine dressed up in your bathers
The tide is high let’s sink beneath the waves and
Hold each other's breaths
Open treasure chests
Come up for air, let the salty water curl up your hair

(Repeat Chorus)

Which way shall we go?
Finally got a woman for me

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Do You Mind?
Do You Mind?
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Seton Daunt

What am I to do?
I don't know
Ain't got a clue
I’ve gone cold

You seem so perfect to me
Your underneath of my skin
You keep me in this cruel dream
What am I to do?

(Chorus)
Do you mind if I watch your watch your back?
When you’re walking in the sunshine sunshine
Do you mind if I touch your touch your skin?
When you’re swimming in the ocean ocean
Do you mind if I be your best friend?
When you’re staying out late on the weekend
Do you mind?
Do you mind?
Do you mind if I be your best friend now?

What am I to you?
I don't know
What if I'm a fool?
I hope so

We always walk in circles
We stay up late just talking
We've barely scratched the surface
What am I to you?

(Chorus)
Do you mind if I watch your watch your back?
When you’re walking in the sunshine sunshine
Do you mind if I touch your touch your skin?
When you’re swimming in the ocean ocean
Do you mind if I be your best friend?
When you’re sleeping in late on the weekend
Do you mind?
Do you mind?
Do you mind if I be your best friend now?

I want to follow you to your flat

Chested cool woman with a muscular back
You scratch mine baby I'll scratch yours
Truly has come under your spell
My name correctly affectionate lady
Don’t leave me alone to my own devices
Will be your timely demise my friend in the end

(Chorus)
Do you mind if I watch your watch your back?
When you’re walking in the sunshine sunshine
Do you mind if I touch your touch your skin?
When you’re swimming in the ocean ocean
Do you mind if I be your best friend?
If you wanna go away on the weekend
Do you mind?
Do you mind?
Do you mind if I be your best friend now?
Track Name: Al Capone
Al Capone
Written by Ciaran McMeeken

The day that I was born it was bright blue skies
My daddy made a toast to good health
As I began to grow it was life in the fast lane
I quickly made my way to the top
They were happy days, happy days they were

I was a fool I just spent my youth cruising along
Making excuses and bruises were starting to show
Began to lose it and blue was all that I knew
We all know rules were made to be broken

(Chorus)
If Al Capone, ever shows I won't be hanging around
I'll be damned if he ever shoots me down
Like a stone, I'm composed
I keep my feet on the ground
Al Capone you will never shoot me down

Now that I am older and numb to the bullshit
I'll quickly figure out who I am
Exactly where I stand is a mystery to me
But I'll make it my mission to find it,
That'll be the day, a happy day that'll be
Think I’m a fool do ya? Time that you moved along
Spotlight is on and I gotta keep my cool on

Breaking on though I have nothing to lose
We all know rules are made to be broken

(Repeat Chorus)

No more messing around
I think it's time you started making your move
Gotta get my move on

(Repeat Chorus)

Dare you to try it on
Dare you to shoot me down
Track Name: Don't Give Your Heart To Me
Don’t Give Your Heart To Me
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Anna Coddington

I wanna get to know you
But let’s take it slow
Don't give your heart to me
I've got a busy life
I’m always occupied
Don't give your heart to me
I'm racing around the clock this week
We haven't had a chance to speak

Tell me your deepest secret
I'll keep it safe
But don't give your heart to me
I have a good intention
Don't get me wrong
But don't give your heart to me

I spread myself too thin sometimes
That’s an understatement
I lead a simple life but at the same time
It's complicated

(Chorus)
I will stay, if you want
But I must let you know
I will leave when I need to be gone
There's a place that I'm going
But I must give you warning
It’s a place that I'm going alone
So don't give your heart to me

Reached out your thirsty hand
Asked me to drink
You say you’re falling for me
I've let this go on too long
This may sound cold
I can't be falling for you
There's something you deserve know
And it’s hard for me to say
I have to pack my things and go
It has to be this way

(Repeat Chorus)

I know it's hard to take
I know I’ve been there before
In the back of my mind I could let it slide one more night
I could slip away before you even opened your eyes

Do me a favour
Don't give your heart to me
Track Name: Don't Lie To Me
Don’t Lie To Me
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Liz Lawrence / Sam Craven

(Chorus)
Don't lie to me
What have you been hiding?
Honey it's clear to see
There's something you've been keeping
Don't lie to me
What have you been hiding?
Honey it’s eating me

Why did you go cheating
Sleeping with him behind my back?
When what we had mattered
More than you could ever imagine
There will be no forgiveness
You said that you'd keep me forever
You let yourself out

(Repeat Chorus)

They say you've gone crazy
Making fables up as you go
Showing off new playboys

Ignoring your own moral code
There will be no winners
Wanna hear you say it out loud
You've had a meltdown

(Repeat Chorus)

I gave it all to you

Don't lie to me
What have you been hiding?
Honey it’s clear to see
There's something you've been keeping
Don't cry for me
As much as this is hurting
I will lose no sleep
Track Name: Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Soul Searchin’

Craving a conversation with the prettiest girl in room
She’s serving coffee, saving for college at the local school
I buck up courage to ask a question of this curious looking creature
I pause for a second, all I can think to say is

(Chorus)
Can I get on your Wi-Fi?
I got something to download
I need to send an email
Can you gimme the passcode?

She smiles and says you sure ain't from this part of town,
You gotta crazy accent coming backwards out of your mouth
You take sugar and cream?
I say only in my dreams and the colour of her cheeks turns red
She says boy ain't you sweet

(Chorus)
And I give myself a high five
Can I get a down low?
See I got this female
Wrapped round my thumb nail

She’s polishing cutlery, catching up with the regular customers
It's wonderful the way she dances around the tables

Pulling faces at the children, running races with dinner plates
But I'm losing my patience, so I pull her aside and say

What do you say, you wanna take me out?
Maybe we could paint the town a different shade, my shout!
She looked me up and down and without making a sound
She turned around a left a piece of paper faced upside down

00XY55590
I thought I got her details
But she gimme the passcode
Track Name: Human
Human
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Carly Binding

There's a false belief about it
That it’s all tenderness and vows
Those who've come through the worst of it
They will tell you it’s heavier than the earth itself

It has ups and downs
Smiles and frowns
All that means is you’re human

(Chorus)
Oh lay down beside me
Take all the time you need
I'm here and I'm open
And I’m hoping you'll come
Out from your hiding
Tell me no lies
Let it fall from your mouth

There's silence circling round this romance tonight
Sign language can't save us this time
So dive, disclose what's come over you
Don't hide, a little light never hurt no one

There'll be highs and lows
Wins and blows
Oh no, its seems we're human

(Repeat Chorus)

End of the day
So much to tell you

I'm over tired, you’re wide awake
I’ll lay here with you healing this wound
Oh no excuse
Only truth
Let's be human

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Who I Am
Who I Am (feat. Sahara Skye)
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Montaigne / Sahara Skye

When the sun arises
Rub the dust from my eyes
I put on my disguise
Then I run to the wild

What a shame, my life is
I have wasted my time
Putting on these disguises
That are leaving me blind

I'm hiding away from the man that I am
I’m part of a plan that I don't understand

(Chorus)
Took the leap, but I lost my mind
Now I'm looking everywhere left and right
To find who I am
Who I am
Colour faded to black and white
Now I’m sick of being unsatisfied
Tell me who I am
Who I am

Wanna live but I’m dying
And I’m done with the climb
Oh these goddamn disguises
Are still keeping me blind

I'm hiding away from the man that I am
I’m part of a plan that I don't understand

(Repeat Chorus)

Out of my out of my mind
Who am I? Who am I?

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps
Written by Ciaran McMeeken / Sam Taylor

There's a place that I once heard about
In a story that was read to me out loud
A land of make believe or so it seemed
And it took me to a place of hopes and dreams

My mother said to me when I turned 18
There’s a ship and it’s sailing across the sea
Promise me boy you'll write me every day
Now leave before my mind changes

Turn my back to my homeland
Throw a coin over my shoulder
I hear the water break
May good luck come my way

(Chorus)
How long does take to get to Rome?
When you’re standing on the other side of the globe
Even if it takes a lifetime I swear that I'd still go
When I climb those Spanish Steps I'll let you know

I'm singing tunes in the Chorus cafe
24 years to the day I have been awake
My feet are standing still on foreign ground
There’s no map to show you this side of town

Turned my back to my homeland
Never looked over my shoulder
I heard my mother say
You've lost something along the way

(Repeat Chorus x2)

How long does take to get to Rome?
When I climb those Spanish Steps I'll let you know