No Wonder Life Feels Strange

by Kieran McMahon

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1.
I FOUND OUT TONIGHT While I looked through the trees Standing underneath the sky By the late evening light It was there inside her eyes What I had to know I found out tonight Why she had to go I found out tonight Autumn moon drifting by On its way across the stars As the words left her lips On their way towards my heart What I had to know I found out tonight Why she had to go I found out tonight What I had to know I found out tonight Why she had to go I found out tonight
2.
LET ME DOWN BEFORE I FALL She was looking down at me When I first opened my eyes Coming back out of a dream It was then I realized When I call You're the one I want to hear Every time When the future gets too near In the chains her leaving made To her love I'll be a slave Till the past begins to fade And tomorrow clears the grave When I call You're the one I want to hear Every time When the future gets too near Let me down Let me down before I fall Before I fall Let me down before I fall When I call You're the one I want to hear Every time When the future gets too near Let me down Let me down before I fall Before I fall Let me down before I fall
3.
NO WONDER LIFE FEELS STRANGE Leaning out a window in the rain On the wall a figure in a frame Like the water in the pools of light In the dark upon a sleepless night Waiting for the world to make a change Waiting for the world to make a change People passing on the street below One of them a girl he used to know Silent images he'll understand In the future in a far-off land Waiting for the world to make a change Waiting for the world to make a change No wonder life feels strange From the sighing of the setting sun To the wonder of a love begun Fading echoes in the light of day Early morning as he walks away No wonder life feels strange No wonder life feels strange No wonder life feels strange No wonder life feels strange
4.
SING ME TO SLEEP I wonder where you are On this haunted moonlit night As I look out through the dark By the fire's dying light Sing me to sleep I want to hear your voice melt sweetly Into a dream My thoughts keep turning back To the day we said goodbye Still I wonder what you see When I look into your eyes Sing me to sleep I want to hear your voice melt sweetly Into a dream It doesn't matter what lies in between It doesn't matter what lies in between
5.
THE DAY THEY LEFT TOGETHER There she stands And waits for him With her eyes on the water Far away in her thoughts As she remembers what happened that day Six a.m. The sun was just underneath the horizon When she saw him standing there At the place where they said they would meet They left together And pledged their love forever He returns and throws a stone Far out onto the water As it lands, his hand reaches out to hers And they turn round to leave Their ship is waiting No time for hesitating The day they left together And pledged their love forever Their ship, their ship is waiting No time for hesitating The day they left together And pledged their love forever
6.
04:30
DREAM AWAY Looking down as you sit by my side I watch your eyes Staring through the window As the sun lights up the sky Standing empty underneath the clouds Behind the trees Where the river bends A fairground wheel rocks in the breeze Dream away You're a dream away Dream away You're a dream away At the moment I could see how far You've let things go I could feel the silence Turn the light inside my soul Dream away You're a dream away Dream away You're a dream away Dream away Dream away
7.
03:01
AISLINN With your eyes the same blue As the late winter sky Next to mine gazing up At the birds flying by Wonder what you're thinking of Aislinn Getting closer to your love Aislinn In a town still asleep On a day just begun Looking down at the boats Near the bank in the sun Wonder what you're thinking of Aislinn Getting closer to your love Aislinn With your eyes the same blue As the late winter sky Next to mine gazing up At the birds flying by
8.
02:24
THE WHEEL People's faces in the air As I wander about Something in my soul That has to find its own way out This time it's my turn This time it's my turn Just before I left I saw her face was turned away Caught up in a whirlpool I will understand one day This time it's my turn This time it's my turn How slow the heart learns This time it's my turn In her hand the answer To the way that I now feel Nothing left for me to do But stand before the wheel Watching it slow down Watching it slow down Not long to go now Watching it slow down Numbers blurring and the colours Melting into one Waking from a spinning dream I see that that I have won This time it's my turn This time it's my turn How slow the heart learns This time it's my turn
9.
TEAR DOWN THE SAILS Tear down the sails I won't be sailing anymore Tear down the sails I won't be sailing anymore With my heart upon the ocean wide And my eyes upon the distant bay I'm returning now before the tide Rocks tumbling down The mountain I climb in my dreams Rocks tumbling down The mountain I climb in my dreams With my heart upon the ocean wide And my eyes upon the distant bay I'm returning now before the tide With the evening light Lighting up my way Time's lullaby Its echo whispering on the waves Time's lullaby Its echo whispering on the waves With my heart upon the ocean wide And my eyes upon the distant bay I'm returning now before the tide With the evening light Lighting up my way Tear down the sails I won't be sailing anymore Tear down the sails I won't be sailing anymore
10.
IN THE COOL NIGHT We don't have much time To try to understand We'll be gone before the morning Saying this she took his hand You're the shadow, I'm the moonlight Let us dance now in the cool night And when dawn arrives? He asked her with a smile Maybe we'll be back tomorrow When the sun no longer shines You're the shadow, I'm the moonlight Was her answer You're the shadow, I'm the moonlight Let us dance now in the cool night In the cool night You're the shadow, I'm the moonlight Let us dance now in the cool night
11.
BLACK MOUNTAIN BLUE With the sun going down I write this upon the stone I don't have any flowers Or prayers I can call my own Just the sun in my eyes And the morning light When the North Star fades tonight In the silence of the hillside Watching the world move on Out of her view I would like her to see The light touching on the grass How the two lovers smile Their faces bright as they pass Like the sun in their eyes And the morning light When the North Star fades tonight In the silence of the hillside Watching them walk along On their way through For the whole day I lingered on Black Mountain blue Just the sun in my eyes And the morning light When the North Star fades tonight In the silence of the hillside Watching the world move on Out of her view For the whole day I lingered on Black Mountain blue
12.
TILL THE MORNING LIGHT Standing on a mountain high there is no doubt Looking at the valley wide I can see now After searching all this time where it is I'm bound Somewhere on the distant plain she is walking Somewhere in my weary brain she is talking From the heavens as the rain whispers on the ground So I will leave her in the sky To linger till the morning light Something she was setting free as she left then Something that I could not see for myself When she reminded me the key was in my own hand Turning to the fading sun going under In my heart the light is strong and I wonder Does she know the night is young and in my command So I will leave her in the sky To linger till the morning light Till the morning light Till the morning light

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Kieran's second album which was recorded in late 2007. Until now the album has not been officially released.

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released November 1, 2008

All Songs Written and Composed by KIERAN McMAHON

KIERAN McMAHON - Vocals, 6 & 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar (1, 4, 12), Spanish Guitar

CAROLA McMAHON - Harmony and Backing Vocals, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Hammond Organ

ARNE PAUL NEUMANN - Bass Guitar, Slide Guitarlele (7, 9, 10)

JOHANN VON SCHUBERT - Drums, Percussion

ARNE, JOHANN, ROLLO, CAROLA, KIERAN - Outro Singalong (3, 6)

With Special Guest

JAMES SCANNELL - Bass Flute (4, 11)

Produced by KIERAN McMAHON

Recorded by ROLLO VOELTER at Montecruz, Berlin

Mixed by DOUG HENDERSON

Mastered by INGO KRAUSS

Cover photo by TOBIAS KRUSE (also profile photo on top left)

Design and layout by KELVIN BUSHER

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Kieran McMahon Belfast, UK

'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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