Domestic Blues

by Craig Lithgow

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Written and produced almost two years ago, this collection of songs documents various aspects of domestic blues.

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released January 11, 2016

David Macfarlane - Fiddle, Guitars, Vocals, Production
Rhys Lithgow - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Emun Elliott - Bass, Vocals
Craig Lithgow - Guitars, Vocals

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Craig Lithgow Edinburgh, UK

Craig Lithgow is a Scottish singer / songwriter and guitarist, born in Livingston, raised in Kinross and now based in Edinburgh. Clearly influenced by his upbringing and his country's traditions and culture, Craig’s songs and lyrics often reflect a deep passion and appreciation for his roots. ... more

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Track Name: Drinking on my own
I've been sitting drinking on my own
I heard my loneliness being manifested in my somber tones
I was sitting dreaming of a place
Where freedom is the only way and you'll never fall from grace
I was thinking there could be much more
I've had madness kick my head in and batter down my door
I was sitting dreaming of your face
I promise I'll look after you until my dying day

I was sitting drinking on my own

When you smile, with you I'll smile
When you cry, with you I'll cry
In the end, after we've tried
We'll always hold our heads up high

While you're still here and I'm still here
I'll give you everything my dears
You have my heart, you have my soul
I guess I best stop drinking on my own

I found help when it seemed that help was gone
Helplessly I dug my claws in to the cracks of memories fond
Hoping for some force to intervene
I've heard of intravenous substitutes that make your life a dream
Stranded in my melancholy ways
Every day I looked through eyes that were foggied by the haze
That's until the day you come along
Now I see things clearly and I know where I belong

I was sitting drinking on my own
Track Name: Queen of hearts
Brown hair, blue eyes, size 8, I can't wait to meet ya
But despite all that your loving heart's your best feature
Personality-wise I'd say you're a very strange creature
But you love and you care, there's nothing that I could teach ya

I've rustled through the stack, but I never found a needle sharp
Shuffled through the pack, but I never found the queen of hearts
I'd seen it all, or so I believed - but that girl's fair shaken me

Hold it right there I need some inspiration
Me plus you going together is the equation
Simple logic explains the matter of this creation
Two heart collide and then bang you've got pure elation
Track Name: You're not the boss of me
You smoked all my cigarettes again
You've taken all my money just to go and see your friends
That doesn't bother me at all
Because you're not the boss of me

I don't eat cupcakes and I don't drink cups of tea
I'm undomesticated unlike your mammy's mean eyed cat so please
Don't try to make me change my ways
Because you're not the boss of me

There's a woman out there lurking in the crowd trying to hold someone's hand
You give her the chat, you know she'll pounce and make a mouse out of a man
Don't you ever let that woman steal your dreams
Just tell her you're not the boss of me

You read my letters, you invade my privacy
And then you shoot me down because you don't like what you see
I'll drink myself an ocean, throw up on your settee
Because you're not the boss of me

You smoked all my cigarettes again (you smoked all my cigarettes)
You've taken all my money just to go and see your friends
That doesn't bother me one bit carry on this way
Because you're not the boss of me

There's a woman out there lurking in the crowd trying to hold someone's hand
You give her the chat, you know she'll pounce and make a mouse out of a man
Don't you ever let that woman steal your dreams
Just tell her you're not the boss of me

There's a woman out there lurking in the crowd, holding on to my hand
I gave her the chat, you know she pounced and made a mouse out of this man
I swore I'd never let that woman steal my dreams
And now she's the boss of me
Track Name: I'd rather drown my sorrows by the Seine
Fifty euros for that train
I think I'll drown my sorrows by the Seine
I've got my lady on the brain
I think I'll drown my sorrows by the Seine

It's up and down these corridors and in and out of sleep
When you're looking for a good time but it isn't coming cheap
Unless you kiss some arse and pledge allegiance to the queen
I'd rather drown my sorrows by the Seine

You piss you're money down the drain
I think I'll drown my sorrows by the Seine
No polis-man can feel my pain
I think I'll drown my sorrows by the Seine

It's just a fly-in visit then you're off to London boy
We'll see you in a couple of months in Chicago, Illinois
You can nurse that little comedown on a fifteen hour plane
I'd rather drown my sorrows by the Seine

Fifty euros for that train
I think I'll drown my sorrows by the Seine
No politicians feel my pain
I think I'll drown my sorrows by the Seine
Track Name: Story of a man
Time won't wait around till you're allowed to go and make up your own mind
Take the rocky road, there ain't no easy way to say: you won't make it out alive
I pray my children have got their mothers' eyes because I'd hate for them to see through mine
Hang pictures on your wall in your house of all the memories you're desperate to survive

I heard the story of a man who took the notion to jump in the river and drown but instead he took his gun and he shot that no good woman down.

On the run, go act dumb if you think that it's the way
Pray for sun until winter comes then hide yourself away
I sit and wonder almost every night about almost everything
But I get no closer to figuring out why the sun sets at the end of the day
Track Name: Doghouse
One evening I was drinking before I went back home
My intentions they were pure I thought as I stumbled down the road
I had one or two too many, maybe, I can't remember how
I'm in the doghouse now

I remember drifting softly to a slumber in my seat
I felt the sharp sensation of a hand across my cheek
What's the fuss I mumbled as I slowly came around
She says boy you're in the doghouse now

I was in and out the boozers with the people of the night
Some bourgeoisie-type knucklehead was trying to say what's right
I won't say how it ended, but it weren't particularly nice
And now I'm in the doghouse alright

Coming home from work one night I stopped in for a pint
I knew the risk I was running but I thought I'd be alright
I crept in, man, I swear I was as quiet as a mouse
And she screams boy, you're in the doghouse now

And those fleeting moments in the passing when I don't talk to you
I know I hardly notice but I know you certainly do
So why, she says, are you treating my emotions like a toy
She says eugh, you're in the doghouse boy
Track Name: Dead man's house party
Satisfaction don't go out of its way
To hold you close at night and call you each day
It ain't easy, I think we'd all agree
But if you want to see a truly sad sight then come with me
I've got an open invitation to a dead man's house party

You want the truth you know he'll tell you a lie
You're looking for a good time, he'll make you want to die
It ain't easy, I think we'd all agree
But if you want to put your life in to perspective then please oblige me
I've got an open invitation to a dead man's house party

There ain't no party hats, all the balloons are flat and nobody's doing the shake
All the food is old, there ain't a drink that's cold and his mammy's forgot the cake
It's curtains here nobody sheds a tear - death forgets you rapidly
But while you're still here have a drink to your health and live life happily

Don' be afraid to speak your mind
But you've got to understand that there's a right place and a right time
But it ain't easy, I think we'd all agree
If it's darkness or sadness or sorrow that's likely to please
I've got an open invitation to a dead man's house party