Racetrack Gospel: album demos

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    So, I'm sad and gutted and all of those other bleak nitemares that unfortunately we never got to make this record properly. I've been listening to these songs and all the others that aren't here for a good few years now. It's kinda gross to listen to your own music I know but I was so proud of 'em....I think it gets harder and harder to get back to whatever it was you think/feel when you first start writing songs. I've always wished I could think that way now, but I cannae. Kids and life and all that other ballyhoo gets in the way (it makes everything a goddamn galaxy better though, I ain't blaming all that, it's nowt but a million tonne blessing). Anyway, I'm super proud of these songs, I think they stand up to anything I've ever done and I'd push em into a ring with anyone's songs and have every faith they'd hold their own and swing hard and true and with great heart. I got to meet a new band o'brothers, Max, Marty, Si, y'all are heroes and it was an honour to play in a band with ye awhile. I dunno what happens next, hopefully I'll still do some music because it's a hell of a way to spend some time, I'm just a bit tired, a bit old, and a bit beaten down by the calamities which seem to befall me in this industry of nonsense and dishonesty and downright disaster. I really hope anyone who listens, digs them. I hope I didn't let anyone down and I hope I'll see the other side of what writing songs and playing music is supposed to be. A bunch of love and high fives to anyone who listens. It's always meant so much you'll never know........ Sam x ... more

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Demos for what was meant to be the album. All done at home, Twinpeaksville, Ford Lane, trains, etc.
It's first takes, scratch vocals, no live drums... excuses excuses excuses

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released June 14, 2016

All of it by Samuel James Herlihy. Drum samples played by Simon Jones and Simon Goldring. Some string samples played by Mike Siddell.

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Samuel James Herlihy England, UK

Used to be in Hope Of The States then Troubles then Dark Houses then The Northwestern then Racetrack Gospel.... now I'll just put stuff out on here and score movies and whatnot....

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Track Name: Somewhere out in the pines...
somewhere out in the pines tonight
I cracked my chest in two for you
and I'll empty out my ghosts again
and maybe then I'll mean everything to you

another one's gone and I won't forget
slow motion footage of dumb regrets
I remember feeling confident
but I haven't ever felt like that again since

so I'll sing it quiet for my sister now
and I'll sing it out louder for my brother somehow
so if you hear it coming then you know I wasn't joking at all
heaven is a never opened front door to me
heaven is a quiet and a peace and a safety
hell is everything outside of these four walls

in the pines, in the pines where the sun don't ever shine
I'll shiver the whole night through
Track Name: A hurricane of sparrows
you won't believe the things I've seen
I've seen ghosts watching babies sleep
I heard a hymn sung by a flock of birds
and I believed every single word
you won't believe everything I've seen
I saw the sea stop and part in front of me
I've seen enough now, I'm coming home to you
I'll tell you all about it

she said miracles will catch you out
I said all I want's to let you down
its not what you think it really is
it's something

'cos I've seen things
god I wish you'd seen them too
was a vision of a heaven
was a vision of a heaven with you

you won't believe the things I've seen
I've seen angels watching over me
a hurricane of sparrows overhead
I know you won't believe me

she said miracles will catch you out
I said all I want's to let you down
its not what you think it really is
it's something

'cos I've seen things
god I wish you'd seen them too
was a vision of a heaven
was a vision of a heaven with you
Track Name: Copmaths
I got problems I got police
I put my faith in disbelief
I fucked the maths and I screwed the sums
it's getting ugly everyone
there's a man out there somewhere
waiting for a call to come home
the world is just a place I bought a ticket to
to watch it break

You don't know how it feels
and I'll never forgive myself

I got nothing but my word
that's all I got and it's not enough
I bet the house but I lost the home
and I lost out on everyone
jesus christ did you see
those kids go running through the streets?
like blood horses, october dusk
I saw them go with everyone

You don't know how it feels
and I'll never forgive myself

I don't know what I was supposed to do
the world ends now but it ends with you
I don't know what I was supposed to do
the world ends now but it ends with you
I don't know what I was supposed to do
the world ends now but it ends with you
I don't know what I was supposed to do
no no I don't know what I was supposed to do
Track Name: The Lift
tell me a story of blood and of love
of title fight winners and someone above
this place is so country
'cos people know yr bad news too
and every house is a little white flag
waiting up for you

forever and ever
forever and ever
forever and ever
amen
forever and ever
forever and ever
forever and ever
amen

here comes the lift
it's coming in from a ways off
waiting for it
same as always
this time something's got to happen

one day I will break
underneath a pretty sky and I
wanted out so desperately and I never even knew why
so I'll put the parts back together now
you should of seen me way back then
I was really something
I really was

forever and ever
forever and ever
forever and ever
amen
forever and ever
forever and ever
forever and ever
amen

here comes the lift
it's coming in from a ways off
waiting for it
same as always
this time something's got to happen
Track Name: Lost at Central Point
I'm in the middle
I'm in the middle of it
I got lost in the centre of a constellation
this is a static myth, for all those magic kids who
never thought they'd end up missing out on everything
I'm in the middle hey
I'm in the middle hey you
wanna go out and waste the time that we never had?

you were the centre of everything forever
and I never ever I never ever thought I'd lose you
'cos you were the centre of everything forever
and I never ever thought I'd lose you
I never ever thought I'd lose you

thought I was winning
thought I was winning this time
but I got lost at the edges of a blown out century
this is the middle hey
this is the middle hey you
wanna go out and waste the time that we never had?

you were the centre of everything forever
and I never ever I never ever thought I'd lose you
'cos you were the centre of everything forever
and I never ever thought I'd lose you
I never ever thought I'd lose you
Track Name: No abstract thought
I was the only kid
who ever looked up into
that meanness rolling in like a storm
from some place no kindness
I look up from my birthday cake
and all I see is ghosts
all I see's the faces of the ones I miss the most

no abstract thought
it's all love forever
no abstract thought
it's just love
and that's all it ever was

awake in a sleeping house
I wonder what you'd look like now
but I can't picture that, only this
and I wish I couldn't
the saddest ever homecoming
that I ever saw
all I see are pictures of the ones I missed before

no abstract thought
it's all love forever
no abstract thought
it's just love
and that's all it ever was

if all of this
all falls apart today
that's alright
that's okay
I fell in love once
and that was enough
Track Name: Spirit is a landfill
spirit is a landfill
full up with the people
dreaming of my friends all gone
kissing like I mean it
falling like I never
knew which way the day would come
so lay me down on pavements
wrapped up in a white cloth
bible talk for ever more
'cos I'm singing to your bad dreams
tracing maps on palm skin
making up a saviour's name

spirit is a landfill
full up with the people
dreaming of my friends all gone
the winner on a bad hand
the singer in the best band
I'm still the damage dreams can do
'cos no one is a prophet
and everyone's the same debt
we pay until the will runs dry

please don't forget me
remember me still, remember me quietly
please don't forget me
remember me still, remember me quietly

I was once a man who
tried to hold on to myself
Track Name: Still
I read the news today oh god, oh god
I don't know what I'm supposed to do
there's a kindness there but a meanness too
the odds are good but the goods are odd
no kid left behind we should
be better and we will be
where I was born nothing happened
some kids that I knew then, they never came back again
they went there and they never came back

I'm still here don't forget me
I'm still here somewhere don't forget me
I know we lost some friends back then
but they'll be coming back home again

I read the news today oh god, oh god
I thought there was a kindness there, but there wasn't
where I was born nothing happened
some kids that I knew then, they never came back again
they went there and they never came back

I'm still here don't forget me
I'm still here somewhere don't forget me
I know we lost some friends back then
but they'll be coming back home again

yeah yeah yeah........nah nah nah....yeah yeah yeah....etc
Track Name: Anymore
take good care of yourself
'cos I've seen what happens when people don't
I've seen earthquakes shake the sky
I've seen hurricanes and I
don't wanna see it all anymore

somewhere out there at the furthest point
hold me close and give me reasons
if I could sing I'd sing to you
if I could I would but you
don't want to hear it all anymore

days are slow and nights are quiet
my kids are whistling in their sleep
from way up here they're dreaming
from way up here they don't look sad or worried anymore

I see it all now I'm not there
I see it all and now I believe
that they're the only good thing I've ever done
they're the only good thing I've done

take good care of yourself
'cos I've seen what happens when people don't
every single one's the same
we all fall down in the same way
but I won't get up again anymore
'cos I wanna give up but I won't
you know I wanna give up but you won't
you know I wanna give up but I won't
you know I wanna give up
but you won't let me go anymore

I see it all now I'm not there
I see it all and now I believe
that they're the only good thing I've ever done
they're the only good thing I've done
Track Name: Neverever
Give a kid a box of matches
and what the hell you think will happen?
I don't never ever wanna not care
I don't never ever wanna not care no
show me what it's gonna look like
give me terrible and give me dark nights
give me rolling news and dumb conjecture
I'm America I will protect you but
what if nothing never comes down
no rockets raining on a small town?
what if nothing's never gonna happen here?
what if nothing's never gonna happen here?

I never ever believed that we'd be
these versions of the people we expected to be
we're old and we lost our direction back home
but we're never ever, we're never alone

for the smug and pretty perfect young kids
and their stupid clever stupid emptiness
I am a grown man and I'm not the only one
I'm a grown man and I'm not the only one who's
obsolete and pretty useless
fat on memories and recollections
I don't never ever wanna not care
I don't never ever wanna not care

I never ever believed that we'd be
these versions of the people we expected to be
we're old and we lost our direction back home
but we're never ever, we're never alone

they say all kids they sleepwalk through
the failures of their mums and dads
so what are we supposed to do?
you give us this so that's what we do
Track Name: Southern Myth
I don't know what's wrong with me
I don't know what I need
I think the worst thoughts in my dreams
and in the happiest places I've ever been