Three Truths and The Chord

by Malcolm MacWatt

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Second all acoustic album from Scottish alt-country songwriter Malcolm MacWatt. There's a strong theme of family running through the album.


released May 31, 2019


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Malcolm MacWatt London, UK

As the driving force behind London country-rock band The Glass Mountains, Malcolm MacWatt has already gained 4 star recognition for his powerful songwriting but it’s as a solo performer where his story-telling comes to the fore, sometimes with brutal clarity. On his debut album he writes about love, loss, guilt and loneliness with recurring themes of home, connection and family. ... more

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Track Name: Mother's Day
Mothers Day

I don’t think I’m asking much, just one small thing everybody has but me
Just one natural thing, it’s been happening from the start to eternity
A blessing from above, a miracle of love, yet I can’t seem to reach the finish line
Cos all I’m asking for is one miracle of mine

It seems unfair and cruel, the very thing I want is someone else’s burden to reject
I want to slap that girl, outside the ward smoking her second cigarette
Cos here I go again, another no, another bloodstain, why can I not see this through?
I can carry a ton of heartache but baby I can’t carry you

I want another mouth to feed, the patter of tiny feet
I want to feel a new heart beating next to mine
I want to know all about that pain, it’s a small price to pay
I will plead with all the saints to be kind
To let me keep this child in time I pray for Mothers Day

So it’s been a little while, I’ve done the tests and there are two lines showing
But I’ve been here before, emotions all a mess but still I’m hoping
Please my little one, now you’ve come just hold on strong, I so want to say hello
I’ll be waiting here for you, I just wanted you to know
Track Name: Woman-Shaped Heartache
Woman Shaped Heartache

Is it worth it, to feel this way?
If love is a game then I don’t wanna play
If love is a prize to be won or lost
Then love has a price and love has a cost
Love is a war of attrition between men and women

A woman-shaped heartbreak
A woman-shaped earthquake
I don’t know how much more I can take
My tears are woman-shaped

I deserve it, I hear her say
A heart is a gift to be given or taken away
But if love is a blessing it’s also a curse
If it makes you feel better it can make you feel worse
Love is hurt and contrition between men and women
Track Name: Sunday Morning Checklist
Sunday Morning Checklist

You’re sitting beside me reading the Sunday papers
Now you’re telling me what you’d like to go and do later
The dog’s curled up at the foot of our bed
He’s chasing a dream and kicking his legs

I can hear the kids messing around in the kitchen
They’re up early I can hear the scraping of dishes
Now a knock at the door and smiling faces
Bringing in the breakfast they made us
If there’s a perfect Sunday morning checklist.. then this gets all the ticks

One big tick for Saturday night, with the moonlight, through our bedroom window
One big tick for the rising sun, as morning comes, and you smile and say hello
I got a woman who loves me, lying beside me and there’s no hurry for me to get up yet
If there’s a perfect Sunday morning checklist...then this gets all the ticks

Birds in the trees outside calling and singing
Away in the distance I hear church bells ringing
I’m getting up, I put my feet on the floor
You say “not yet baby better lock that door”
If there’s a perfect Sunday morning checklist.. it’s about to get another tick
Track Name: Ring Around My Neck
Ring Around My Neck

I still wear, the ring you gave me, right around my neck
On a rawhide cord, the gold feels warm, lying on my chest
You have gone but my love is strong and I cannot forget
I still wear the ring you gave me right around my neck

I pin my note, to the door, but I’m not going quite yet
I’m leaving soon, this afternoon, there’s time for one last check
This home we made, this place we stayed, filled my heart with hope
It’s empty now, has changed somehow, don’t feel like home no more

We said, those words “Till death do us part”
I guess, just me, took those words to heart

I’ll take this ring from my neck, in an envelope I’ll place
I’ll write your name, in my best hand and I’ll leave it somewhere safe
I’ll kick this chair from under me cos I’ve got nothing left
Your ring of gold is now a ring of rope tied around my neck
Track Name: Single Man's Dream
Single Man’s Dream

You said you wanted to be free and easy, not be tied down
That life was too short to go giving up the good things right now
But you went and gave up the sweetest love you’ll ever see
Chasing women and whiskey and the single man’s dream
How’s that been working out for you? Is it all that you hoped?

You must really like running solo cos you’re always alone
Yeah you got a fast car, cool clothes and you spend your dime
And you’re out all night cruising the bars till closing time
But the girl’s are getting older and fewer and farther between
How’s that been working out for you? The single man’s dream

I saw you looking at her from the corner of your eye just for a second
She’s got a family now and she’s still looking great. Are you regretting?
Letting her go cos you had somewhere else you would rather be
Chasing women and whiskey and the single man’s dream
Track Name: Letting Go Lullaby
Letting Go Lullaby

I watch you growing, you’ve always looked so knowing
Sometimes there’s tension when you pull against the strings
But even when we’re fighting, I still delight in
Everything about you girl and everything you do

I watch you thinking, you do it deeply
I hear you laughing, it sounds so sweet
But I see your heartbreaks, I see your little hands shake
You grin and bear it cos you’re brave enough to take it anyway

So when I tell you, to keep your pretty voice down,
To keep your pretty eyes down, keep your pretty head down
I’m not trying to stop you shining
I’m just afraid the world’s too wicked for somebody as beautiful as you

So when I tell you to always look behind you, when I remind you to call and let me know
I don’t mean to stop you doing exactly what you want to
Oh it drives me crazy knowing one day if you need me I won’t be around
I’m just afraid the world’s too wicked for somebody as beautiful as you
Track Name: The Otherside of You
The Otherside Of You

He can be your sunshine and I will be your midnight
He can be your good man and I will be the bad guy
He can be your Jedi I will be your Death Star
He’s your aspiration but I know who you really are

He can be your truthful and I will be your guilty
He’s your absolution I’ll be purgatory
He can be your angel, I’m the devil in your closet
He can say your prayers but I can keep your secrets

No matter what you do - I’m right behind you
I can see right through I’m the other side of you

He can be your conscience I will be your freedom
He can be your good sense I’m your intuition
He can be your true love I will be your best friend
He can be your good start but I’ll be with you at the end

He can be your sober I will be your messed up
He can be your yoga I will be your stressed out
He can be your kind heart I will be your cruelty
He can be your pretty smile but I will be your beauty

He can be the lawman, I’m your desperado
He can be your can can, I will be your swing low
He can be your straight line, I will be your mile wide
He can be your good life, I will be your suicide
Track Name: Big Western Sky
Big Western Sky

Painted church ceilings don’t hold much meaning
For me they can’t show the divine
Life’s true cathedral is the heaven above you
There’s nothing but truth in the sky

Birds flying south tell you winter is coming
Thunderclouds promise some rain
The moon and the stars up on high keep us humble
And a rising sun brings a new day

Big western sky, a big western sky
Blue in the morning, star-filled by night
I would be happy the rest of my life looking up at a big western sky

On clear cloudless evenings galaxies twinkling
A billion suns burning through time
The more I look out there the more I want to care
For this little old planet of mine
I can’t see god up there waiting to save us
I just see big empty space
The earth is a lifeboat that glows in the darkness
It’s a fragile and precious place
Track Name: You Choose
You Choose

I think it's time we had, an honest little chat
About what you want and where you want to be
I'm giving you a choice, giving you the chance
To think of us and take a long hard look at me.
One thing seems quite clear, you're not completely here
Now the time has come to make your big decision
So tell me what you want and choose well my love
I will do my best to make it happen

By making it clear and easy, making it nice and simple for you
You're standing at a junction with just two paths you could follow
One road is leading back to me, back to home and family
And the other road leads to somewhere else
You've got everything to gain or lose... so you choose.

The kids will come with me, that’s best I’m sure you will agree
You know I'd never try and stop you seeing them
And if love should come my way, I’ll not lock myself away
But next time I’d go in with both eyes open
So if I’m being honest now, I’ll not be waiting ‘round
I’ve done my crying and wondering what’s wrong with me
But if you commit to me, and I mean wholeheartedly
I would help you get your feet back on the ground

You can choose to be lost or found, swim or drown
There’s only straight ahead or the wrong way round
There’s only light or shade, right or wrong
So be the one who stayed or the one who's gone… you choose
Track Name: Wish You Were My Guitar
Wish You Were My Guitar

If only I could pick you up and hold you tight
Keep you close and play all night
And when I needed you I’d know exactly where you are
I wish you were my guitar

Wish I could hold you in my hands
And we could go join a fine string band
Or we could ride together in an old boxcar
I wish you were my guitar

Cos I don’t have no-one here who wants me
And I don’t have someone to love me
So when I’m all alone and lonely, playing the blues
Then I wish my guitar was you

I got dreams to be a country star
Be the King of Nashville me and my guitar
But I need love and this old box just ain’t no substitute
Then I wish my guitar was you

All I have are three chords and the truth
And the simple truth is I don’t have you

You’re the sweetest thing I have ever seen by far
I wish you were my guitar
Track Name: Baby Glue
Baby Glue

I learned today she’s having a baby
I looked in her eyes and I know it’s true
She figured a kid would keep us together
You can’t fix us with baby glue
Cos baby glue’s not so strong When all of the love has gone

If she’s a girl she says she’s gonna call her little Emmylou
If he’s a boy, a sweet sweet boy she says she wants to name him little Billy Blue
Boo hoo I got the baby blues

Yesterday I was planning to walk away
Do I have a change of heart now she’s due?
When her time comes will I be nine months gone?
A child of mine should be life I’ve agreed to
Baby glue’s not so strong When all of the love has gone

Yes I’ll admit my part in all this
Life so seldom goes to plan
So I’ll stand by a child of mine
I’ll try and do whatever I can
And baby glue might just be the making of her and me

So if she’s a girl I say we’re gonna call her little Emmylou
And if he’s a boy, a sweet, sweet boy I say we’re gonna call him little Billy Blue
Think I’ll stick around and do the best that I can do
Don’t cry, I’m gonna see this through
Track Name: Bleed For You
Bleed For You

All my brothers of every colour
Take a close look at your own mother
She was someone’s sister, daughter and lover
She will love you man no matter what you do

So my brothers of every culture
Why d’you make your sisters suffer?
You try to own her, control and cover
Then punish her if she tries to break your rules

She bleeds for you, you wrap her up in chains but she still bleeds for you, it’s a crying shame
You cut her and deny her, curb the power that’s inside her but she still bleeds for you
A woman’s love is the one thing we all need, you should thank god women bleed

My brothers, fighters and warriors
We spill blood too, killing each other
But who do we run to when we need love and comfort?
The very same sister we abuse

So all my brothers we have our struggles
But there’s no need to make more trouble
Let your sister be and help her if she stumbles
There’s only life and love, so let her choose

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