Falling Deeper Under A Spell

by Kieran McMahon

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1.
EVERYBODY'S A FOOL SOMETIMES   Look at all the people watching People struggling As they slowly rise It's a slippery hill we climb Everybody's a fool sometimes Come on out of shallow water Reach your brother Drifting with the tide Like the distance we leave behind Everybody's a fool sometimes Don't go breaking the rule Don't go breaking the rule Let a tangled mind go searching Where the soul sings Hidden deep inside The absurd meets the true sublime Everybody's a fool Don't go breaking the rule Everybody's a fool sometimes Everybody's a fool sometimes
2.
FALLING DEEPER UNDER A SPELL   I met her We passed each other on the street 
I met her And at that moment I could see Something in the words that she whispered
 Secrets that I asked her to tell
 Silence was the answer she gave me
 Falling deeper under a spell I followed
 She always kept a step ahead I followed Not knowing I was being led 
Something in the words that she whispered Secrets that I begged her to tell Silence was the answer she gave me
 Falling deeper under a spell 

I wondered If what I felt was really true I wondered But when I looked at her I knew

 Something in the words that she whispered
 Secrets that I asked her to tell
 Silence was the answer she gave me
 Falling deeper under a spell
 Something in the words that she whispered 
Secrets that I asked her to tell
 Silence was the answer she gave me
 Falling deeper under a spell Falling deeper under a spell Falling deeper under a spell
3.
THE ROAD I HAVE WANDERED   Walking along at the break of day
 With your voice clear in my head 
One of the few that I listen to
 When there's something to be said

 As I go to the road I have wandered 
And I look down, and I look down

 So many things I once cared about
 Now lie buried in this ground
 Some of the friends that I used to know, When I call out, turn around

 At the side of the road I have wandered 
In my heart is there hope, is there wonder
 As I look down, as I look down

 Standing alone under midnight stars 
I can see them catching fire 
All the lies that I have told myself
 All the sadness and desire

 And the flames light the road I have wandered 
While my heart fills with hope, fills with wonder
 And I look down, and I look down
 And I look down, and I look down And the flames light the road I have wandered 
While my heart fills with hope, fills with wonder
 And I look down, and I look down
 And I look down, and I look down
4.
GETTING LOST INSIDE MYSELF I was getting lost inside myself
 Throwing time away
 Couldn’t find a way 
I was getting lost inside myself
 And I almost stayed
 And I almost stayed 

For hours I must have been
 Just staring at the same scene 
A glimpse of what life could mean
 The end of the strangest dream

 Didn’t want to be somebody else
 Don’t care how it feels
 Turning on the wheel
 Didn’t want to be somebody else 
It was too surreal 
It was too surreal 

 For hours I must have been
 Just staring at the same scene 
A glimpse of what life could mean
 The end of the strangest dream

 

For hours I must have been
 Just staring at the same scene
 A glimpse of what life could mean
 The end of the strangest dream

 I was getting lost inside myself
 Throwing time away
 Couldn’t find a way 
I was getting lost inside myself
 And I almost stayed
 And I almost stayed
5.
ON MY WAY HOME   Daybreak
 Alone upon the shore 
I’m staring at the answer
 You asked me for

 Slow waves
 Returning to the sand
 Each moment getting closer
 To where I stand 

I’m on my way home 
 Crossing over the ocean 
I’m on my way home 
 Just to be with you

 Starlight
 Reflected on the sea
 A boat out on the water
 Reminding me

 

I’m on my way home 
 Crossing over the ocean 
I’m on my way home 
 Just to be with you

 
I’m on my way home 
 Maybe this is the last time
 I’m on my way home 
I’m on my way home

 

I’m on my way home 
 Crossing over the ocean 
I’m on my way home 
 Just to be with you

 
I’m on my way home 
 Maybe this is the last time
 I’m on my way home 
I’m on my way home

 I’m on my way home 
I’m on my way home


6.
GYPSY HEATHER LOVE As I pass she smiles
 And tells me that she has something I need 
So I stop and ask just what that might be
 And she says to me 

Gypsy heather love
 Let it bring you luck 

Looking through my eyes
 She spells out my world, my future, my dreams 
Reaching for my hand, she takes what I give 
And silently leaves

 Crowds are passing by 
In my head her eyes
 Crowds are passing by 
As I realize

 Gypsy heather love
 Gypsy heather love
 Gypsy heather love
 Gypsy heather love
7.
THINKERS DON'T SLEEP   High reach the spires 
 Steep roll the hills
 Sky coming closer 
I'm standing still

 Thinkers don't sleep

 Dance with your heart beating in time
 Knee-deep in mud 
Keep your hand in mine

 Thinkers don't sleep
 Thinkers don't sleep
 Lost in the secrets they keep 

Sound of the tide 
Ancient as space 
Sandcastle-proud with your childhood face

 Thinkers don't sleep
 Thinkers don't sleep

 Thinkers don't sleep
 Thinkers don't sleep
 Lost in the secrets they keep

 Thinkers don't sleep
 Thinkers don't sleep
8.
Too far Out 03:22
TOO FAR OUT   Something tells me I have to find another way
 What a happy life
 Setting out to dream the day

 Too far out on an ocean within 
Too far out

 Thinking of a friend
 Sitting in a restless crowd
 Glad it’s not the end even though I had my doubts

 Too far out on an ocean within
 Too far out
 Nothing in my eyes
 Just the passing sky

 Scenes inside my head 
Images of me and you
 But I’m not sure yet which are false and which are true

 Too far out on an ocean within
 Too far out
 Nothing in my eyes
 Just the passing sky
9.
DO YOU THINK I'M BLIND   On the wind see them blow 
Over shadows and moonbeams
 They're the seeds that you sow
 That will take root in your dreams

 Do you think I'm blind
 Do you think I'm blind

 Going out now the light
 That confused yet prepared you
 For the whispering night
 And the thoughts that once scared you

 Are you lost inside
 Are you lost inside
 I can read your mind 
 Do you think I'm blind 

Do you think I'm blind 
Do you think I'm blind 
I can read your mind

 Are you lost inside
 Are you lost inside
 Would you know the sign

 Are you lost inside
 Are you lost inside 
I can read your mind 
Do you think I'm blind
10.
LIFE'S A BREEZE   First thing in the morning 
I find myself a place to rest
 Watch the sun rise in the sky 
With my back turned to the west

 Life’s a breeze 
Life’s a breeze

 That time I spoke with you
 Something inside of me
 Realized that I was through
 With the way I used to be

 Life’s a breeze
 Life’s a breeze
 Hope you feel it
 Hope you feel it

 Last thing in the evening 
 I rise like a bird released 
Disappearing in the sky 
Flying off towards the east

 Life’s a breeze
 Life’s a breeze
 Hope you feel it
 Hope you feel it

 Hope you feel it 
 Life’s a breeze 
Hope you feel it 
Life’s a breeze

 Hope you feel it
 Hope you feel it


11.
DON'T WANT THE NIGHT TO END   City street
 On the fourth floor 
 Listening to the stars 
In the distance whispering 

Don’t want the night to end 

To the sound 
Of her footsteps leaving
 Looking down 
At the street light thinking 

Don’t want the night to end
 Don’t want the night to end

 City street
 On the fourth floor 
 Listening to the stars 
In the distance whispering 

Don’t want the night to end 

Don’t want the night to end 

Don’t want the night to end 

Don’t want the night to end

about

Kieran's debut album which was recorded September - October 2003 and released in Germany on Lassomusic in Autumn 2005. At the time of the official release there was a live concert as well as a documentary about Kieran and his music broadcast on German radio.

REVIEWS

'Songs sung blue…in that noble line stretching all the way back to Leonard Cohen…the honesty and quality of his music is more uplifting than a million shiny, happy pop bands'.             
Hot Press, Ireland

'Wonderfully Wistful Songwriter-Pop From The Berlin-based Irish Musician KIERAN McMAHON. All in all, one of the most beautiful albums in the passionate singer/songwriter pop genre this year.                                                              
www.b-i-b.de

'At the point where poetic songwriting, indie folk and catchy acoustic pop meet, Kieran McMahon sounds like a cool hybrid of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen'.
Marcus Baumann, Rundschau Regensburg
 
'Complex snapshots and poetic lyrics set to a beautiful musical background giving expression to the melancholy experienced by someone eternally searching – a perfect hybrid of Tim Hardin and Ron Sexsmith.  A real gem'.
Huub Thomassen, realrootscafe.com

'Authentic, powerful, self-confident and exceptionally good. Highly recommended!'
Markus Hillbom, www.musiklivet.com

'..a mature, melodious pop album that fits perfectly into the grey season and follows the tradition of the great melancholy songwriters such as Nick Drake, Scott Walker or the Tindersticks - beautiful, heart-rending songs'.                                                
www.tonspion.de

credits

released October 1, 2005

All Songs Written, and Composed by KIERAN McMAHON

KIERAN McMAHON - Vocals, 6 & 12-String Acoustic Guitars, Electric and Slide Guitars, Spanish Guitar

CAROLA McMAHON - Harmony and Backing Vocals, Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Organ, Mellotron

ARNE PAUL NEUMANN - Bass Guitar, Baritone Guitar

SNORRE SCHWARZ - Drums

With Special Guests

ALFRED MEHNERT: Percussion

OLI BOTT - Vibraphone (tracks 7, 9)

JAMES SCANNELL - Flute, Bass Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone

String Quartet - FILIP MAREK LIPSKI: 1st Violin, JACEK ROPSKI: 2nd Violin, JAMES ECCLES: Viola, ALIX SCOTT: Bowed Upright Bass

Strings / Woodwind Arranged and Conducted by DORON BURSTEIN (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 11)

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by GUY STERNBERG at Low Swing Studios

Mastered by DARIUS VAN HELFTEREN at Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands

Front cover painting by DAVID LOTHERINGTON

Design and Photos by BRIAN O'CONNOR and KIERAN McMAHON

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'More uplifting than a million shiny, happy pop bands'

'Wonderfully Wistful Songwriter-Pop..'

'At the point where poetic songwriting, indie folk and catchy acoustic pop meet..'

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