'A Good Way To Bury Bad News'

by Mark McCabe

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2nd full length album by Mark McCabe. Features 11 new songs.
Released on CD by Cats? Aye! Records in the UK and by Shield Recordings Europe wide.

To pre-order a physical copy head here: catsayerecords.bandcamp.com

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released January 20, 2014

All songs written by Mark McCabe
I also playeda acoustic, bass and some electric guitar
I was joined by:
Sam Henley - Drums
Gillian Ramsay - Violins
Grant George - Backing Vocals
Matthew Morris - Electric Guitar

Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Matthew Morris
Mastered by Tom Woodhead

Under license to Cats? Aye! Records and Shield Recordings

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Track Name: Summer In Scotland Is But A Word
The sun rarely shines with feeling round here.
It hints at a warmth it won't share.
And the hills in the distance are dusted with snow
Thats bringing a chill to the air.
It's making it harder to care.
Track Name: Doubts
I know you don't see this as I do.
And I know you've doubted words I've said are true.
But there's little difference between lack of trust and fear
I know there'll come a day when you'll leave me standing here. 

I know it doesn't mean much to tell you that I care. 
It's easier to speak false words when you are hardly there.
But walls I beat my fists on are slowly crumbling down
And I owe it to my damaged hands to see what we have found.

I'll never look back and neither should you.    
Track Name: Easy For Me To Say
So you woke up to another day you could have slept through
and you got dressed and you turned on the radio news.
There’s a thousand places you could be right now
but you're sat in the only seat your fear will allow.

And it hurts, oh it hurts to know that that's true
So you bury yourself in routine and say it's all you can do.
           

When you look up do the clouds form the roof of your cell?
And do you ask yourself what you did to end up in hell.
Every time you look at her you see your mistakes
you heart beats quiet and empty as it cracks and it breaks

And It hurts, oh it hurts to know that that's true.
But it's better than admitting the one who must change is you

Roll your sleeves past your elbows, there's work to be done.
I'm tired of watching you live your life on the run
There's always someone who'll tell you it's never your fault
make it easy to live this way
hide yourself, keep life at bay
you can watch as they take everything from you
Track Name: Crutches
I'm not really sure
If I still need this crutch  
I've been holding on for so long
And now I don't know, I don't know if I can stand

There was a time I'll admit, when I was not as strong
And friends and family feared the worst
But I was younger then, and searching for a place you can belong     
Will really take it's toll on you

I was never one to do the thinks that others thought were fun
But maybe that's where I went wrong.
The only drugs I took were those the doctor signed his name after
And I've been on them for so long

But there are still times when fear reminds me who I am
Leads me back through darkened doors
I know you think it's weak to lean on someone else
It's not as easy as it looks.
It's not as easy as it looks.
Track Name: Catch The Wind
My day is over as yours begins.
Closed eyes, open mouths and an extra day of sin.
We're out here on our own trying to stand tall in the world
Trying to catch the wind in our sails as they unfurl.

And I wonder, do you see me now?
And I wonder, do you know somehow what I've done?

I've tried to keep myself in check.
Crossed fingers, steady hands to steer me past each wreck.
My mother always says you can't live life alone.
When you've asked for help you'll know you've truly grown.

But I wonder, do you even care?
And I wonder, are you really there at all?
And I wonder, if you're watching now 
Do you think to yourself 'he'll never turn it around'?

Because I know what I've done wrong.
And I know I got too good at playing along
With the games we say are all for fun 
As a way of hiding what we know we've become.
And though change is just a step away 
You could walk for miles and never find that place.

So your day is over as mine begins.
I really hope we'll never know each other's sins.
We're out here on our own trying to stand tall in the world
Trying to catch the wind in our sails as they unfurl.
Track Name: Welcome Party
It takes time to adjust when everyone's moving on.     
And I'll still be coming here when everyone's gone I fear. 
Cause this year's been spent far away from here       
And I'm not sure what I'm hoping for when I return
Though a welcome party would be nice I'm sure
If a little over the top it's true.

And I feel like I've walked around this city trying to find
all the reasons why I made this place my home.
Because there's not a lot left of what once brought
the certainty of good decisions made.
I've paid for my mistakes in friends and lovers lost
And time I could have spent better.

The sunlight fades on another wasted day.
The same routine and an urge to pray
for guidance, a sign, can you tell me
Am I doing the right thing?
                        
The sunlight fades on another wasted day.
The same routine and an urge to pray
for guidance, a sign, can you just say something?
I've been lead astray by my dreams and ambitions now I'm alone.
Am I doing the right thing?
Track Name: This City And I Have A Lot In Common
Weeks pass in days spent wishing for the next.
It won't be long before they're gone.
And it's strange to think, before summers gone
everything we knew will have changed
A lack of comfort makes us strong.

You'll go your way, and I'll go mine 
and maybe we'll meet elsewhere some time
You hate this place but I'm just not ready to start again.

I've made a life. I've made some friends
I've done some things that make me proud.
But there's not a doubt in my mind you know 
if i'd met you earlier I'd be leaving with you now.

So you'll go your way, and I'll go mine 
and maybe we'll meet elsewhere some time
You hate this place but I'm just not ready to start again.

8 months of wishing I was home, only to realise that this is my home.
It's not perfect but neither am I.
And it's selfish but we get by.
I pretend that I want what's right for you when I want what's right for me.

So you'll go your way, and I'll go mine 
and maybe we'll meet back here some time
You hate this town but I hope you'll come back anyway.
Track Name: That Time I Almost Killed Martin
We would always find a way
to squeeze the hours from our days
Summers filled with silly games
Petty crime and broken chains.

we would trek for miles around
over hills and rocky ground
talking shit and feeling strong
the world was ours all along

we were more secure as men back then
than we ever are these days
we were selfish, we were born to run
living by forgotten ways
we'd stray and then stray again

Remember the time we climbed that cliff?
Just to show what we could do
30ft's much further down than up
I've never sworn so much at you

I never told you I was scared of heights 
I didn't want to let you win 
Driven on by fear we reached the top
Aching bodies broken skin
Turn and do it all again

we were more secure as men back then
than we ever are these days 
we were selfish, we were born to run
living by forgotten ways
But I am anxious, I'm am scared to live
I'm drowning deep beneath the waves
Of a life that once felt great
Track Name: Being Lost Presents You With A Better Chance To Be Found
Take apart your tired old heart        
Strip it back to what is really there.
Breathe new life into your tired art
There's beauty in those word, they made me care.

Drink it down, throw it up
False words are kind of hard to swallow.
Read the truth, accept the truth.
A trail of breadcrumbs through the trees for us to follow.

And I'll be there, willing you to get what you want
Helping you to find what you need
Trying to understand why you've closed your eyes
And from what.

Stretch your legs, breathe fresh air
Inspiration's never under your duvet.
Take your time, you're almost there                   
You've never needed your maps, you'll find your own way       

And I'll be there, helping you to get what you want
Helping you to find what you need
Trying to understand why you've closed your heart

but it's ok, I'll be there when you get what you want.
I'll be there when you find what you need
just open your door to the world outside
And take a step.
Track Name: My Disguise Is Better Than Yours
I spend my time in public places
looking for people to save.
Simultaneously ahead of the danger
while pretending to myself I'm brave.

but if you look close enough
you'll see it in my eyes.
I'm a coward in a hero's disguise.

He spends his days locked in a battle
between two sides of his own mind
War has scarred a once fine kingdom
Now he rules over a vast divide.

And at night he finds it hard to be a king
when it feels like his own walls are crumbling.

We do our best to get by
'stay out of trouble and keep your head down'
We are the ones who never ask why.
We stand and watch, we hang our heads
Too scared to lie in our made beds
we'll be the ones who let life pass us by.

But maybe it's time to make a scene.
Maybe it's time to leave the past behind.
If you want we can use our debts to wipe the slate clean
and oh, we could start afresh
if you know what's truly best.
If you want what's truly best.

We do our best to get by
'stay out of trouble and keep your head down'
This is our chance to find out why
We stand and watch, high hold our heads
We'll make our choice and lie in our beds
we'll be the ones who never let life pass by again.
Track Name: Join The Crowd
Give me a banner and I'll wave it.
It doesn't matter what we're fighting for just give me the chance to save it
Bunch up my fist and I'll raise it.
Feed me a lie and i'll repeat it back to everyone I meet.

Because I'm young and idealistic,
I've not figured out yet who I'm going to be
You can take my mind and twist it
I am all you'll ever need.

I'll join the crowd right from the outset
And find a girl with whom to stand and shout 
and cry about our burgeoning regret
I'll take her hand and be caught in the moment.
and underneath a full blue moon 
we'll stand in tune with everything around.

Because we're young and idealistic 
we've not figured out yet who we're going to be
you can take our hearts and squeeze them
we are all you'll ever need.

But you will find out.
It's not that simple.
You will fight for them and you'll lose.
But you can brush off
and dust off
recognise it's not a stand off
And take each day as it comes.

So after a long year on the front line
realising what in life I really want.
You can take my heart and keep it
It was your's all along.