'Painting Pictures In The Dark' Volume One

by Neil Sturgeon

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9 tracks direct from Neil's home studio, all previously unavailable in digital format.

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released January 2, 2011

Neil Sturgeon - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Harmonica, Percussion, Drum Loops, Mandolin, Bass Guitar.
Deborah Cooper - Vocals
Neil Menzies - Bass Guitar

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Neil Sturgeon Glasgow, UK

After 2 acclaimed albums with The Goldenhour, Sturgeon now performs as a solo acoustic act and with live band 'NS & The Infomaniacs'. Working on new album 'Geography & Luck' with Teenage Fanclub's Raymond McGinley at the helm has so far produced 2 fine singles 'Break Me' (2010) & 'Ride The Tide' (2011). Neil's 'Painting Pictures In The Dark' series features his rare home recordings. ... more

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Track Name: The Girl Who's Never Satisfied
the girl who's never satisfied
was playing a 'bit part' in my life
now i'm thinking about her day and night
i can't hold back, i'm hypnotised

today's a disappointment, yesterday's long gone
tomorrow waits for her, but won't be waiting long
she breathes the whole thing in, in time for moving on

but when the whole world loves her
how can i hope to keep her?
how can i ever hope to make it through?
but you can't blame me for trying
it won't stop me from trying

the girl who's never satisfied
her intentions will not be denied
no one's turned her down, though some have tried
so many tried, so few survived

the sunday morning sun comes streaming in the room
she comes alive at night, sleeps 'til the afternoon
i can't help thinking it's too much, too fast, too soon

'cos when the whole world loves her
how can i hope to keep her?
how can i ever hope to make it through?
but you can't blame me for trying
it won't stop me from trying

stay for a while, in a sympathetic smile..
smile? smile!

the girl who's never satisfied's
got nothing left to analyse
and though i'm thinking about her day and night
before too long she'll say goodbye
goodbye? goodbye!
Track Name: Break Me (Acoustic Version)
what happens next?
should we try again?..once more?
i know what happens next
i've seen it all before
the last thing i need
is some predictable replay
i know i make mistakes
i make a new one every day

forget you and rewind
erase you from my mind
you won't break me
you won't break me
i won't let you tear me apart

you promised me forever
you promised me everything
yet it started out in summer
and it ended early spring
and though you walk
between the raindrops now
i can't wait until the day arrives
when you will surely drown

it's so easy to rewind
erase you from my mind
you won't break me
you won't break me
i won't let you tear me apart

I don't second guess, i know how it will be
you're busy being you and i'm busy being me
go on and tell me that it's over
you won't break me
you won't break me
i won't let you tear me apart

where are you now?
do i really want to know?
there's things i'd like to tell you
but it's time to let it go
i know you don't like
to do things face to face
so as i left i placed a note
inside your favourite pillow case

forget you and rewind
erase you from my mind
you won't break me x2
i won't let you tear me x2
you won't break me x2
i won't let you tear me
i won't let you tear me apart
Track Name: Snakes
maybe we can make us some
we might not even have to hurt no one
they'll get it too when they become
snakes like you and me



maybe we can take some more
a two way split instead of four
turned and rotten to the core
snakes like you and me



maybe they'll forgive us when
they step inside the world we're in
we'll shake their hands
as they turn in to snakes like you and me
Track Name: Bankers Are Wankers
bankers are wankers, deceivers and crooks
with weapons of jargon and gobbledegook
bankers are wankers
bankers are wankers

bankers are liars, bankers are cruel
bankers are buyers and sellers to fools
bankers are wankers
bankers are wankers
bankers are wankers
bankers are wankers
Track Name: The Day That Nothing Happened
been searching for a long time now,
been waiting for the perfect day.
been making the most of what you have to give,
and whatever else comes my way
everybody's so scared and i'm no exception
all i need is a loving touch
not so long ago you were everything to me
now i don't think about you all that much

i'm in the middle of a day
the day that nothing happened
i'm in the middle of a day
the day that nothing mattered

went over to your opening show
to try and wipe my conscience clean
everybody showed up with their false face on
and a longing to be seen
everybody's so cold, it's the big deception
you pretend you're the loving touch
not so long ago you were everything to me
now i don't think about you all that much

i'm in the middle of a day
the day that nothing happened
i'm in the middle of a day
the day that nothing mattered

you say you're all that you can be
you mean less than nothing now to me

i'm in the middle of a day
the day that nothing happened
i'm in the middle of a day
the day that nothing mattered
x2

don't blame you for ignoring me
if i could i would do the same
Track Name: The Lookout Man
daydream about the things I left behind
got all the best bits underlined
hair chestnut red, pale skin enshrined
lost weeks and wasted days
we'd fall asleep, fall asleep in the sun


i've counted every blade of grass
and each shredded cloud that ambles past
my post above this mountain pass
there's nothing happening here
I almost fall, fall asleep in the sun


memories of home keep me awake
no sleep at all for four days straight
not hateful, what is there to hate?
I don't hate anything
I don't hate anything


numb to the helicopter blade
close to a hundred in the shade
my dry lips dream of lemonade
ice cold
I wish that I could fall asleep
fall asleep in the sun


they send me up here late at night
got natural telescopic sight
I can see for miles when the moon is right
wonder who's looking out for me
Track Name: Special K
some dwell most of the day
on the one that got away
but i'm never gonna let you go
i'm always gonna tell you so
i'll never get tired of telling you

who knows what tomorrow's gonna bring
why complicate a simple thing?
i'm not planning on taking flight
i'm never gonna leave your side
i'll never get tired of loving you

i awoke when i found you
from long days i'd slept through
slow sad nights i'd like to forget

i'm not planning on taking flight
i'm never gonna leave your side
i'll never get tired of loving you

keep your grip on the grail
on this treacherous trail
some still hopelessly fail
to connect

turn our grinning faces to the wind
there's no red light for miles ahead
i'm not planning on taking flight
i'm never gonna leave your side
i'll never get tired of loving you
and i'm never gonna let you go
i'm always gonna tell you so
i'll never get tired of telling you
Track Name: Always In The Now (Cinemascope Mix)
beyond the valley of the dolls, the conversation
live and let die, the shawshank redemption
some like it hot, bonnie and clyde
the big lebowski, it's a wonderful life

head, o brother where art thou?
don't look back, don't look now
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
mississippi burning, in the heat of the night

midnight cowboy, the french connection
the player, performance , seven, the omen
the parallax view, easy rider
the telephone box, carry on up the khyber

whatever happened to baby jane?
catch us if you can, citizen kane
rust never sleeps, dial m for murder
the last waltz, the wicker man, the night porter

monterey pop, on the beach, casino
blow up, the fisher king, alfie, fargo
theatre of blood, stand by me
rosemarys baby, the demon seed

one flew over the cuckoos nest
fight club, a matter of life and death
the apartment, the last seduction, scandal
the girl can't help it, the day of the jackal

guess who's coming to dinner? jackie brown
the fabulous baker boys, falling down
butch cassidy and the sundance kid
wild strawberries, to kill a mockingbird

twins of evil, vault of horror
capricorn one, billy liar
arsenic and old lace, almost famous
the graduate, 101 dalmations



rock around the clock, american beauty
stardust , vertigo, a taste of honey
crimes and misdemeanors, from dusk till dawn
twelve angry men, take the money and run

la confidential, good will hunting
saturday night and sunday morning
let george do it, a shot in the dark
blazing saddles, this is spinal tap

the king of comedy, true romance
up the junction, safety last
leon, oliver, duck soup
the hound of the baskervilles, the jungle book

thunderbolt and lightfoot, repo man
the dead zone, good morning vietnam
the life of brian, gregorys girl
faster pussycat kill! Kill!

the big sleep, what's up tiger lily?
brassed off, misery, the last movie
who's afraid of virginia woolf?
animal crackers, the man on the moon

a day at the races, kalifornia
kingpin, the godfather, quadrophenia
jaws, and now for something completely different
swimming with sharks, terms of endearment

the network, psycho, betty blue
the deer hunter, dog day afternoon
blue velvet, sex lies and videotape
a hard days night, that'll be the day
Track Name: What's Wrong With Me?!?
what's wrong with me?
about a hundred thousand things you'll never see
what's wrong with you?
everything you say and do
is always all about you

the hurt that twists inside of me
is the only thing from you I got to keep
my get up and go
has got up and gone
newsflash for you
i don't stay this way for long

long, long, long, long

so it's goodbye to you
and all the desolate places
that you dragged me through
it's goodbye from me
i'm everything you'll never be

you're just a couple of lines in a writers mind
you dont even make the second page
you're just a t-shirt being thrown from the second row
that doesnt even make the stage
just a bad 'b' movie, just a 'b' side
filling up a space til the main event
a bubblegum wrapper in a hurricane
a criticism that was never meant
a black tooth crumbling, a compere mumbling
a wine with an aftertaste
a puntured vein, a cancelled train
a runner up in a two horse race
an abandoned coffe, a forgotten story
the crux of the biggest lie
an unreliable chair, unbreathable air
a needle in an open eye

and yet you say, I hear you say
what's wrong with me??!?
what's wrong with me?