Falling Deeper Under A Spell

by Kieran McMahon

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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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Track Name: Everybody's A Fool Sometimes
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
Track Name: Falling Deeper Under A Spell
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
Track Name: The Road I Have Wandered
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
Track Name: Getting Lost Inside Myself
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
Track Name: On My Way Home
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


Track Name: Gypsy Heather Love
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
Track Name: Thinkers Don't Sleep
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
Track Name: Too far Out
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
Track Name: Do You Think I'm Blind
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
Track Name: Life's A Breeze
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


Track Name: 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



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

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