Yellow Brick Man

by Colin McGrath

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released November 11, 2011

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Colin McGrath Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn based songwriter Colin McGrath mines the crossroads of American music from the Appalachian Mountains to Tin Pan Alley. A storyteller with a tendency for the theatrical, McGrath inhabits his characters with his rugged, earthy voice and nuanced guitar playing. McGrath won first place in The Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, and The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Competition. ... more

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Track Name: Walls
Well the sky’s going to open
Mountains fall to the sea
This prison’s going to crumble to the ground
And this prisoner’s going to walk free

I’ve been waiting such a long time
Don’t want to wait no more
I’ve come this far, I’m not turning back
‘Till I find what I’m looking for

Tearing down the walls
If it takes all night
I’m going to make it through
I’ve got two strong hands
A worried mind
And nothing better to do

Well I heard all the voices
Don’t care what they say
Let them all laugh now
But we’ll see who’s laughing
When I meet them at the break of day

I told my little baby I’d be coming home soon
Going to follow that crow
Back to her house and
Meet her by the light of the moon
Tearing down the walls If it takes all night
I’m going to make it through
I’ve got two strong hands
A worried mind
And nothing better to do

(solo)

Now there may be nothing there
Out where the roads all end
But wherever I’m going
Has got to be better than
Where I’ve already been
Now there may be nothing there
Out where the roads all end
But wherever I’m going
Has got to be better than
Where I’ve already been

Tearing down the walls
If it takes all night
I’m going to make it through
I’ve got two strong hands
A worried mind
And nothing better to do
Track Name: Yellow Brick Man
My luck’s all gone, I don’t have a dime I’ve got no food, I’ve got no wine Gonna pack up my guitar, I got this plan Yeah, I’m going to take her down the road to the Yellow Brick Man
Yellow Brick Man, hey hey hey What have you got for me today? Do you have a dollar, do you have five
Katie Kresek and Diana Kazakova
Do you have a hundred, to keep me alive? Can you help me out, cut me a deal? Yellow Brick Man, do you know how I feel? I’m giving you my sweet baby melody Yellow Brick Man, what you going to give me? What you going to give me?
A gift from my uncle, when I turned 13 And now I’ve shined her up good, she’s nice and clean I used to have a band, you should have heard us play
Now all I’ve got are these bills to pay
Yellow Brick Man, do you understand? I’m down on my luck, done all that I can Do you have a dollar, do you have five Do you have a hundred, to keep me alive? Can you help me out, cut me a deal?
Oh Yellow Brick Man, do you know how I feel? I’m giving you my sweet baby melody Yellow Brick Man, what you going to give me?
(solo)
I’ve got this habit that’s hard to feed She won’t be happy ‘till she makes me bleed Go on and put my baby up on your shelf And let her take a crack at someone else
Ah, Yellow Brick Man... come on Do you have a dollar, do you have five? Help me out, cut me a deal Yellow Brick Man, do you know how I feel I’m giving you my sweet baby Melody Yellow Brick Man, oh Yellow Brick Man What you going to give me?
Track Name: Surprise Me
We walked out in the street
Among the refugees
Who have no place to hide
The trees were hanging low
To steel you from the cold I held you by my side
Two drifters on the wind We’re blowing
There’s no telling where We’re going
Why don’t you surprise me?

(interlude)

We made our way inside
And raised our glasses high
To all the drunken ghosts
We know all things must pass
We take a photograph
And never let it go
How quickly time can mend what’s broken
When two hearts begin to open
We could be so free together
Drifting between now and forever
Why don’t you surprise me?
Come on, surpriiiiiiiiiiise me
Surpriiiiiiiiiise
Track Name: Independence Day
Well I love you
And I need you
But I need an independence day

I hear you
And I believe you
I just need an independence day
I don’t want to have to talk or be polite
I want to stick to myself until I feel all right

I don’t hate you
I’m not trying to break you
I just need an independence day

(interlude)

Don’t let it scare you
Or say it’s not fair to
Need an independence day

You’re the only one and I can always talk to you
And I know that you need your own independence too

I’m not fading away
I was just made this way
I need an independence day

There are things that you can only see when you’re alone
That’s why we need an independence day
We sure could use an independence day
Track Name: Janey
I fall behind
I can’t catch up
There’s a man on a boat throwing a rope to me
I fall behind I can’t catch up
Janey where’d you go?

I dropped a stone
I watched it fall
Watched the ripples going out to sea
I dropped a stone
Watched it fall away from me
Janey where’d you go?

Is this the end of the road
Lying here cold and all alone?
The moon is sinking low
And I don’t know how I got so far from home
(Ohh)

(interlude)

Is this the end of the road
Lying here cold and all alone?
The moon is sinking low
And I don’t know how I got so far from home
(Ohh)

There was a time
Not long ago
When I didn’t worry about
What I didn’t know
There was a time
Not that long ago
Janey where’d you go?
Track Name: St. Anthony's Return
Lost and found An echo of a sound A ripple from a drop of water A photograph A sleep a dream a laugh Another chance another offer
Knowing is not smart, it is just knowing And leaving is just one kind of going Leave the door open If the night’s not too cold
Keep the light on for St. Anthony’s return
One small ring
Gently glistening
At the bottom of a river
I held my breath
I could not take my rest
The water made my body shiver
Knowing is not smart, it is just knowing
And leaving is just one kind of going
Leave the door open If the night’s not too cold
Keep the light on for St. Anthony’s return

Wouldn’t you agree We should always be
By each other’s side? (2X)

(interlude)

Lost and found St. Anthony came round
And brought two people back together
Say a prayer into the evening air
And he might bring back what you treasure

Knowing is not smart, it is just knowing
And leaving is just one kind of going
Leave the door open
If the night’s not too cold
Keep the light on for St. Anthony’s return
Track Name: Broken Hearted Stranger
Hey, you broken hearted stranger
Come over here and sit with me awhile
I’m lonely, could you keep me out of danger?
Your heart is calling to me with a smile

Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Hey, you broken hearted stranger Come over here and sit with me awhile

I’m a question looking for answer
I’m a one-man band on rainy day parade
I’m a twenty-dollar bill, and you’re my little dancer
Give me a bright blue Genie in a bottle and I got it made

Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?

(solo)

Well you look like you could use a little talking
Did somebody do a little walking out on you?
You’re all out of tears, but baby have no fear
I’ve got a couple more tears that you can use

Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Me too

Hey, you broken hearted stranger
Come over here and sit with me
Come over here and sit with me
Come over here and sit with me awhile
Track Name: I Only Dream of You
On a sunny Sunday morning
Underneath the sky so blue
Strolling, yes, I’m
Walking arm and arm with you
What a way to spend the day, I
Couldn’t ask for more than this
And then you pull me
Closer for a perfect kiss

You probably dream of others in the night
I don’t mind if you do
Go and dream of others if you like
I only dream of you

How can I begin to tell you
All the things I feel inside?
I give up, I’m on a magic carpet ride
You have always been my lover
Since before we both were born
When we met I knew that we had loved before

You probably dream of others in the night
I don’t mind if you do
Go and dream of others if you like
I only dream of you

(interlude)

When the silky veil of slumber
Falls across my sleepy eyes
You come take me
Dancing through the starry skies

I know you dream of others in the night
I don’t mind if you do
Go and dream of others if you like
I only dream of you
Track Name: This Crazy World
This crazy world
Will drive you insane
It’s a troubled road
Filled with heartache and pain
But with you by my side
I’m careless and free
This crazy world
Is like heaven to me

Been dealt some bad hands
Maybe more than a few
But I been coming up aces
Since I fell for you
You’re my bright shinning pearl
You make loving all right
When this crazy world
Shuts its eyes for the night
My heart’s beating fast
My thoughts running wild
Believing you’d run out on me
My hands start to tremble
When I think about
How broken hearted I’d be

(solo)

So dry your eyes dear
You’re forever mine
We’ll just keep on driving
To the edge of time
In the middle of it all
I’ll keep you safe and sound
While this crazy world
Keeps spinning around
Spin around, you crazy world
(keep on spinning crazy world)...
Track Name: Walkin' Eddie
Walkin’ Eddie’s tracing time
All the way down highway 9
Seen the change that’s come and gone
From the break of day to the setting sun (2X)

Ms. Kitty runs the bar in town
Got her poster on the wall
Wasn’t she a pretty little thing When she was 16 years old
Walkin’ Eddie’s tracing time
Laces on his shoes undone
Seen the change that’s come and gone
Like moss along the median

Where’s he going?
What’s he walking from
He never talks to anyone

(interlude)

X-mas lights, neon sign
In the shop that George used to own
Everything’s the same inside
From the trophy heads to the telephone

Walkin’ Eddie’s tracing time
All the way down highway 9
Seen the change that’s come and gone
From the break of day the setting sun.
Track Name: Early Game
Birds awake
Wide awake
Night leaves
Fly away
Play the early game (ahh, haa)

I don’t want to wait
Until tomorrow
Wide awake
Play the early game

No one here will know
Where I’m going
Fly away
Play the early game (ahh, haa)

Early game
You’re free, you’re free to
Fly away
Play the early game...
Track Name: South 2nd St. Serenade
(instrumental)