Painting Pictures In The Dark Volume Two

by Neil Sturgeon

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Volume two of rare home recordings and previously unreleased songs including the earliest versions of recent singles 'Break Me' and 'Ride The Tide'.

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released July 13, 2013

with guest appearances from Neil Menzies (bass), Deborah Cooper (vocals) and Ally MacLean (keyboards).

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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: Sideshow
i'm tapping my shoe, towards the back of the queue
still watching from the sidelines, scared to make a move
how long will you be? are you listening to me?
I'm not taking any orders from a fool like you

the word escapes, the story breaks
you can't deny that all of it is true

some 60's soul, some 50's rock'n'roll
steal a riff from a dead man, claim it as your own

arrive to find the contract signed
we sent him crawling back into his pond

so tell me more, the same as before
the laughter is escaping from the can

if you're so individual, why are your tastes the same as all
the other individual people out there?
if you're so individual, why are your tastes the same as all
the other individual people out there?

so have mercy on me, and my family
we only roam around the fringes doing nothing wrong

the world awakes, the truth escapes
the breakfast show-off crackles through the dawn

enter a naught
Track Name: Ride The Tide (Original Demo Version)
i'll miss you when you're gone
i'll miss you every day
back-tracking on the things
i never got to say
it's time for being strong
surviving, holding on
i'll miss you when you're gone

i never got the chance,
the chance to say goodbye
you side stepped out of sight,
and faded from my life
you faded into dust
move on from here i must
i'll miss you when you're gone

it sometimes takes a lifetime to discover
that some pretend,
but no one knows the answer
you've got to ride the tide
before you reach the shore
you've got to ride the tide
before you reach the shore

i'll miss you when you're gone
of that there is no doubt
the autumn winds may blow
my windows inside out
i'll ache all winter long,
till springtime follows on
i'll miss you when you're gone

it sometimes takes a lifetime to discover
that some pretend,
but no one knows the answer
you've got to ride the tide
before you reach the shore
you've got to ride the tide
before you reach the shore
you've got to ride the tide
before you reach the shore
you've got to ride the tide
before you reach the shore
Track Name: 24 Panels Of Light (Acoustic Version)
for the heavy hearted, there's no new signs
for the undecided, the 'borderlines'
the biggest bummer, the twisted plot
would someone tell me, how long i've got

don't say that nothing to lose
is the same as nothing to live for
'there's nothing more we can do'
am i so greedy to want more?
If you can do everything right
you can make it to the land of the living
and the 24 panels of light

the road is rocky, the toll's unkind
it's crazy-paving, for the colourblind
i never dreamed this, would be so hard
i've played my latest, denial card

don't say that nothing to lose
is the same as nothing to live for
'there's nothing more we can do'
am i so greedy to want more?
If you can do everything right
you can make it to the land of the living
and the 24 panels of light

can you break a rule for the sane
without a lightning bolt to the brain?
have you already had your happiest day?

if you blink you've missed it, you've had your time
it's never easy to cross that line
so count your blessings, subtract your sins
no harps, no bugle, no violins
seasons greetings, we wish you well
we know you're having the night from hell
it'll soon be over, relief will come
so tell me gently and i'll play it dumb

you'll do well to ignore
the question mark on the clipboard
born with nothing to lose,
die with nothing to live for
for one or two hours a night
you can make it to the land of the living
and the 24 panels of light
Track Name: Break Me (Original Demo 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: Now That I Know (My Love)
oh my love, we could try to talk it through
oh my love, but what good would talking do?
oh my love, if you think it's time to move on,
my love, i won't be begging you


now that i know that i'm not what you want
now that i know that i'm not what you need
it seems that everybody else in this whole world knows
you might have tried telling me


oh my love, you know me better than myself
oh my love, you know me well enough to tell
oh my love, we could try to talk it through
oh my love, but talking's all we ever do


now that i know that i'm not what you want
now that i know that i'm not what you need
it seems that everybody else in this whole world knows
you might have tried telling me


oh my love, does this mean that i'm no longer sure?
no my love, it just means i'm about to close this door


tomorrow is sunday, and there'll be silence around my thoughts
forget about monday, monday's the day that time forgot
oh my love, we could try to make it through
oh my love, we'd only be 'making do'


i let my mind drift away to a distant day
those were better days by far
now when you're sitting by my side, you look so lost
sometimes i think i don't know where you are


oh my love, does this mean that i'm no longer sure?
no my love, it just means i'm about to close this door
Track Name: Soon
i heard about the crash and the big divorce
and the rumour that you choked on the second course
are you third time lucky?
are you four times blue?
will you ever find the one who measures up to you?
you take take take,'til it's time to run
you don't owe anything to anyone
you worry out loud about us losing touch
you'll always be my friend
because you know too much

we'd better meet up soon or it's never going to happen


the song fades out and the scene is set
for the homecoming bit that he won't forget
he's always got a theory or a plan to hatch
a crisis brewing and a plane to catch
the seconds tock and the seconds tick
you're never at home, it's a clever trick
way back then it was all so fake
i could never be myself with so much at stake

we'd better meet up soon or it's never going to happen

do i look familiar?
my name would be nice..
eye the family silver
you won't refuse it twice
the one in the showroom
is yours at a price..a special price!

we'd better wake up soon, or it's never gonna happen

you take take take 'til it's time to run
you don't owe anything to anyone
trample over everyone who helps you out
the music don't matter
it's the clothes that count
you'd better wake up soon
or you're never gonna happen

we'd better wake up soon, or it's never gonna happen
Track Name: Hymn From The West Coast
i don't have a lot of time
for the zealot and the bigot
the meddler and the crook
i've never seen an answer
in any sacred book
i won't reconsider
it's not worth a second look
i don't have a lot of time


i can't see the things you see
i don't know what you want from me
i can't believe in something
that i have never seen
sinner, saint then sinner
there is no in between
for the blinkered and the bitter
the orange and the green
i don't have a lot of time


i don't have a lot of time
for the inquisitive inspector
who then turns the other cheek
the sullen chief objector
who's too afraid to speak
for the narrow minded teacher
who tries to steer the weak
i don't have a lot of time
Track Name: NY Reflection Song
Blowbacks and bongs, kicking back, trading songs
In a bedsit in a humble part of town
Long afternoons, singing long lost tunes
If only we had taken time to nail them down
We didn't stay in touch like we said we would
Maybe I could have done more, it's true
A lone star shining brightly in a sinister sky
Is how I always will remember you


Im always amazed by your flair on the green baize
You always hold your nerve to see it out
In sticky situations, intense complications
You'll save the day, it never was in doubt
Yours is the number that i'd always call
If my life was on the line
On more than one of my crashes
You picked up my pieces,
You'll always be a friend of mine
Through all of the good days, those heartbreaking sad days
You've always been a friend of mine


Do me a favour, pass this message on
Tell your sister i'm doing fine
She was there at the start, and lives on in my heart
And she'll always be a friend of mine


Motorway madness, frustration and sadness
As time began to steal what could have been
Busted guitars, one too many jaded bars
In the best band that nobody's ever seen
My thoughts drift back I hear a ringing chord
That gets me each and every time
To everybody in the band, let me shake you by the hand
You will always be a friend of mine
It's cold and empty on this stage, though now we're on a different page
You will always be a friend of mine
And through every mistake that we've watched each other make
You will always be a friend of mine
Track Name: That's The Way She Would Have Wanted It
from room to room
through echoing hallways
soaking it in, remembering always that
that's the way she would have wanted it
one last look, isn't it pretty
a view from above of the shimmering city
this is the way I want to remember it

albums full of dusty old pictures
capturing all of my early adventures
bottled up until I can handle it

shy smiles, uneasy poses
the lens is aimed, the shutter closes
just before you can duck out of it

in black and white, in 70's colour
with so much ahead, healthy and younger
remembered the way, she would have wanted it
I think of you now, in daydreams and downtime
from tentative steps on cobbles and tramlines
to throwing your arms around those who needed it

shy smiles, uneasy poses
the lens is aimed, the shutter closes
just before you can duck out of it

i've taken the punches of silence and sorrow
i've watched and i've learned as the dominos topple
i've learned to say goodbye,

from room to room
through echoing hallways
soaking it in, remembering always that
that's the way you would have wanted it


(i'll always remember the place and the time
the place and the time, the place and the time)..

if love and love alone could have saved you
you'd still be here today