Songs, in the key of love

by Murray Johnstone

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I couldn't count the amount of album release promos i've read lately that bang on about songs of love and loss and...snorezzzzzzzzzzz.Well, I'm happy to say, this ain't that!!! Each of these songs has a different story to tell from the oldest story in the book, LOVE! Some were originally intended for my bands and some I've written since moving to Melbourne in 2016. What you hear is all pretty much just me (give or take a sample or two) playing everything i could get my hands on. Even the washing machine became a 'kettle drum' in a track. I think the dents in the sides may forever remind me of how much love went into making this album, well....,for at least as long as until it winds up on the kerbside collection one day, burnt out half-way through its last fatal-heavy load. Even then...., maybe someone else will come along to take it away and fix it up, push out the dents, plug it in and use it to wash their dirty laundry, i'd love that!

MJ

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released February 14, 2017

Words & Music:Murray Johnstone, 2017

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Track Name: Songs in the key of love
Birds are gonna sing spread their tiny wings and dry em' in the morning sun dogs are gonna bark at strangers in the park and later when the shadows run baby's gonna wake storms are gonna break when lightning through the window comes mama's cryin' tear drops in her gin and daddy's staying late down the pub singing songs in the key of love down at number 8 there's a party on late yeah everybody's coming around that guy from on the corner who's always been a loner well everybody knows him now he was so inebriated he was biting all the neighbours the cops they came and put him down Suzie brought a man he says he's in a band says they've got a tender sound playing songs in the key of love.
Track Name: Get down
My love was a drifting ship on an ocean all was lost and i couldn't save it washed on the rocks and broke up in slow motion my friends saw me riding those waves (They said) Get down get down with your soul and your heart bleeding it's alright don't feel so low let love come around and light will shine in and when storms are coming your way sing-get down and dance in the rain Well i manned the life boat but the motor was broke so i rowed till my muscles ached I left my beaten heart tied to the mast thought i'd just maybe get away (I thought) Get down get down boy the sky's gonna fall on you, the wind's blowing storms in you'll tumble and drown in her tears they will swallow you from the dead of her eyes it's too late now it's gonna pour in yeah it's gonna rain When i'd reached land and pushed up on the sand well slowly but sure i crawled to walk with ghosts all lost on a highway heading for nowhere at all (They sang) Get down get down with your soul and your heart bleeding it's alright don't feel so low let love come around and light will shine in and when storms are coming your way sing-get down and dance in the rain.
Track Name: Possibilities
Maybe i'll walk to the ocean? maybe i'll stand on the pier?maybe i'll smile at a memory?maybe i'll wish she were here?maybe the sky is a painting?maybe the clouds are ghosts?maybe i'll drive to the country?maybe i'll stay by the coast?Maybe i'll save up some money?maybe i'll travel to Rome?maybe i'll leave before Christmas?or maybe i'll spend it at home?maybe i'll sleep in the winter?maybe it's colder in France?maybe i'll try and resist her?maybe we'll start a romance?These possibilities go 'round my head-these possibilities may never end.Maybe i'll wash up the dishes? they're piling up high on the sink maybe i'll watch television cos' lately i've tried not to think maybe i'll write her a letter?maybe i'll find her a rose? and tell her maybe she's once in a lifetime and maybe i've loved her the most?These possibilities go 'round my head-these possibilities may never end
Track Name: Let you in
I’ve tried to keep my shield up when trying not to let someone in I’ve learnt to hide away and close this heart of mine I’ve turned my back on loving and travelled light shed my skin I’ve fought to hold the line so darlin’ how’d you break through my defences how’d I chance this and let you in?
so tell me if you want me come and hold me if I’m your man I thought I met you in a dream you were shining like a beauty queen although I might’ve stained your dress while slowly we danced then I said too much about how I feel said I’ve fallen right head over heels but darlin’ I don’t mind I don’t want you to reply yet I’ll give you time to warm to my advances take my hands yes and I’ll let you in and tell me if you want me come and hold me if I’m your man If you say you would stay tonight I’ll hold you tight to me I’ve tried my best to keep my head from feeling doubt
and not try to get hopes down on these long summer nights and do these stars shining from above all point to unrequited love? alone I’m lying here knowing I could wind up sore and sorry but I’ll take my chances take my hands yes I’ll let you in so tell me if you want me come and hold me if I’m your man.
Track Name: Ain't no crime
Sweet Maria don't hold on my dear for i can't take you on my lover she's been waiting for me and i can't stay here too long but it ain't no crime if we don't call the night stars and don't hear the sound of the angels singing it ain't no crime if we don't push it too far and leave it all a sweet memory sweet Maria oh can't you see-ahh I don't mean any harm so don't say you'll give all your love to me cos now i have to run but it ain't no crime if we don't call the night stars and don't hear the sound of the angels singing it ain't no crime if we don't push it too far and leave it all a sweet memory so don't hold me too tight i'm lonely and i might break so don't lay it on me cos i can't take it sweet Maria hold back your tears now i won't do you no wrong so don't beg me please rise up from your knees and follow me no more.
Track Name: All my sorrow
One cold April night on a lonesome beach we walked along hand in hand said she was mine to hold and keep we traced where we lay in the sand In that pale moonlight like an old love scene where I held her like there was no tomorrow now a river runs forever long and deep with all my tears with all my sorrow lost in the wild up by the reach along we were stumbling
up over the rise and across that bridge she closed her eyes and she lost her grip In that pale moonlight down that cold ravine in the dark of night she was swallowed now a river runs forever long and deep with all my tears with all my sorrow she was found in the light washed up by the creek
down near a shallow bend blue gone from her eyes her torn up dress
her long fine hair all blood and messed in that pale moonlight in my lonesome dreams when she calls my name I follow to that river wild forever long and deep with all my tears with all my sorrow.
Track Name: I let it go
There she goes my garden of eve walking like a storm up the lane kicking up the dust and the leaves she won’t be coming back this way said she’s got her someone to be said I’m driving her to the grave now she’s gone it’s hard to believe we won’t be starting up again she threw all the letters of love i wrote her on the flames that ain't no way i've known hot to get along i let it go It’s too much too hard to work it out we built the walls too high
it was almost impossible to breathe i had to leave it all behind well i played along as long as could be but when i thought of turning the page she'd beg me from down on her knees but i had to put a lid on it when she’d call me names and insult me I’d let her rant and rave and that ain’t no way I’ve known how to get along I let it go well every now and then when i see her at a party or with some friends i find it really hard to believe that once upon a time we were wed now i'm not blaming all our fighting on her per-se but that ain't no way i've known how to get along i let it go It’s too much too hard to work it out we'd built the walls too high she always could talk too loud and know that I’m no good under fire-i keep on walking and don't look back
Track Name: The last man standing
Well my baby was a high school dream of so many guys back when we were young and daring they drove her 'round in fancy cars with names i couldn't say i was driving one i'd found abandoned at that high school dance i'd waited for her to come around to someone like me them boys they just couldn't hold their drink and there was no forward planning and i watched them fall all around her feet til' i was the last man standing well we danced a little closer and held each other tight while them good ol' boys were gathering i said "i came here for the loving i ain't looking for a fight just don't please misunderstand me" just behind the gates they waited i bet they didn't count on finding trouble like me them boys they just couldn't hold their drink and there was no forward planning and i watched them fall all around her feet til' i was the last man standing all night we drank the wine and we danced a little closer we left that record on it became our song well our wedding bells rang out in the middle of the spring the preacher was her daddy he asked"do you take my little girl to be your everything?" i smiled and said " i do and gladly" then a choir of angels sang when i looked into her eyes when i gave her that ring them boys they just couldn't hold their drink and there was no forward planning and i watched them fall all around her feet til i was the last man standing.
Track Name: Lullaby
Hold on tight and I'll swing you from the stars tonight
Close your eyes and i'll sing you this lullaby