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Three Truths and The Chord

by Malcolm MacWatt

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uta_swimmer So fascinating to feel the honesty in Malcolm's songs. Absolutely soulful and full of warmth. Favorite track: Letting Go Lullaby.
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Mother's Day 04:23
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
You Choose 04:02
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
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
Baby Glue 03:41
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
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


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

“MacWatt will doubtless be considered among the best of the new breed of folksingers and songwriters, who speak of the past as a way to perhaps understand it and move forward” Stephen Rapid, Lonesome Highway

“He shines as a singer and he shines as an interpreter of the eternal folk songbook,” Tom Brosseau, The Great American Folk Show, North Dakota
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