Songs From a Shit Summer

by Marc Gallagher

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A sonic diary of the summer of 2016, an awful period in my life. Through breakup, moving house and losing a job, I wrote more in these three months than I had in the last 3 years, and I documented the songs in the order which they were written. Completely unplugged, the attention is drawn to the songs lyrics and the stories they tell.





"As implied by the album title, the summer of 2016 was a really terrible period of my life. This was characterised by the breakup with my long-time fiancé, the breakup of a music duo I was a part of for a few years, equipment being stolen and a lot of other crap. The plus side of all of this was that it was one of the most productive periods in my songwriting career.
I think you can consider this a concept album, as this album is in chronological order of when the songs were written/when the events happened, and this little booklet shall act as a little accompanying piece detailing the story and context behind my songs. All the song in this album were strictly written in the summer of 2016, because detail.
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released January 7, 2017

written and performed by Marc Gallagher on vocals and ukulele

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Track Name: One Foot In Front Of The Other
I wake up in the morning don't want to get out of bed
Weighed down by my failures and lack of progress
While my friends are on the big stage, I'm playing for free
Nobody seems to like my music or me

But I'll put one foot in front of the other, that's all I can do
One foot in front of the other, til I get my breakthrough
They'll be long days and long nights, and no sleep and no light but I'll keep making steps
One foot in front of the other, and I'll walk forward, and never look back

I fire up my laptop, my phone ready to call
Contact every promoter, I've been through them all
Playing basement bars, and open mics, and even in the street,
No one seems to like my music or me

But I'll put one foot in front of the other, that's all I can do
One foot in front of the other, til I get my breakthrough
They'll be long days and long nights, and no sleep and no light but I'll keep making steps
One foot in front of the other, and I'll walk forward, and never look back

I'll go through all this hardship, trying to chase my dream,
No one seems to like my music or me

But I'll put one foot in front of the other, that's all I can do
One foot in front of the other, til I get my breakthrough
They'll be long days and long nights, and no sleep and no light but I'll keep making steps
One foot in front of the other, and I'll walk forward, and never look back
Track Name: Sexy Butt
Sexy butt, sexy butt
Can't believe my eyes, I fantasize about the
sexy butt, Sexy butt
I don't believe what I see the sexy butt

All my friends keep amused, messing with grass
I have my good times, with that piece of ass

That Sexy butt, sexy butt
Jaws on the ground, so big and round that
sexy butt, sexy butt
Jaws on the floor I want some more of that sexy butt

Solo

Sexy butt, sexy butt
It can't be real, I've got to feel that sexy butt
Sexy butt
It blows my mind that sweet behind that sexy butt

My friends like alcohol to keep them feeling fine
I don't have to worry that bootay is mine all mine

Sexy butt, sexy butt
Can't believe my eyes, I fantasize about the
sexy butt, Sexy butt
I don't believe what I see the sexy butt
Track Name: Down The Toilet
I got uni and you got a job, let's move in together take all that we got lets go, see where our love goes
House is furnished l try to make space, we make love in our own place lets go, see where our love goes

You had my ring we were planning weddings.
You had my heart, we shared the bedding
I never knew that our love would go down the toilet

You tell me about your friend from work, he makes you laugh with his friendly smirk so let's go, see where you two go
He brings out your inner temptation, always in the conversation so lets go, see where you two go

You pick a fight and we start arguing, you run to him, you know what you're doing
I never knew that our love would go down the toilet

You tell me you don't love me no more, give the ring back I show you the door and you go, to see where your life goes
You two get closer talking regularly, you kiss at work you look so happy, and you go, to your new life I know

You had my ring we were planning weddings.
You had my heart, we shared the bedding
I never knew that our love would go down the toilet
Track Name: Since You Been Gone
Since you been gone I've been eating out alone, my favourite restaurants now taste bland
Since you been gone, I don't go out in the sun, cause nothing feels as warm as your hands.

Now that you left, my days aren't the best, it's a miracle if I leave my room
The pain holding me, no amount of TV, can make me smile when I'm missing you

I'm feeling hurt, I still try to flirt, but no one falls for my chat up lines,
I sit in this bar alone, no one I can take home, I just gotta hope today is my time

Now my life is dark, it's lost all hope of spark, the city has now lost its interest
There's nothing fun to do, I'm too busy missing you, and knowing that I lost the best

You're no longer mine, and my life has declined, nothing else feels quite the same
I wish you well, you'll be fine I can tell
Just don't look back on us with shame
Track Name: I Never Knew You Had A Boyfriend
I met you a year ago, Working for your show, I remember I loved your voice
I chat to you online, cool way to pass the time, talk about food, life and boys

The more I look at you, the more I see your face, want you to leave the screen and join me in a big embrace,
When my love life went south, I travelled up your street, hope you could be the one for me

I didn't know you had a boyfriend
I didn't mean to waste your time
If I knew that you had a boyfriend
I swear I would have left the spark behind

I really liked you girl, you had travelled the world, I wished I was next you
Seeing your pretty smile, and your quirky style, made me think about what we could do

The more I look at you, the more I see your face, want you to leave the screen and join me in a big embrace,
When my love life went south, I travelled up your street, hope you could be the one for me

I didn't know you had a boyfriend
I didn't mean to waste your time
If I knew that you had a boyfriend
I swear I would have left the spark behind

Solo

I didn't know you had a boyfriend
I didn't mean to waste your time
If I knew that you had a boyfriend
I swear I would have left the spark behind
Track Name: Pastures New
Wake up go to work march on with the daily grind, go to bed and pay the bills repeat till you die
I'm bored of this lifestyle, I want to get away, tell my job to stick it and catch the nearest train

I go to another place, feel the wind in my face, I'm moving on to pastures new
I see the roads behind me, the sea and land underneath
I'm moving onto pastures new

Breakfast from the wife she's serving eggs with extra moan, always in my face she never leaving me alone
Don't want to feel inferior and riddled with disdain, I'll pack my bags and bugger off catch the nearest train

I go to another place, feel the wind in my face, I'm moving on to pastures new
I see the roads behind me, the sea and land underneath
I'm moving onto pastures new

Scrolling through my timeline, people's lives better than mine, they're all going on holiday all the bloody time
While I'm stuck here in England and all we get is rain
Ill pack my bag and bugger off, and catch the nearest train.

I go to another place, feel the wind in my face, I'm moving on to pastures new
I see the roads behind me, the sea and land underneath
I'm moving onto pastures new
Track Name: Perfect Guy At The Wrong Time
We were one, you and I, together for life, our best sides were released
You weren't one for early nights, still had a wild side, still need to unleash the beast

I was the perfect guy at the wrong time
I was the perfect guy at the wrong time

Didn't want to settle down, you hadn't been around, you hadn't fully lived
You're tied down with me, you want to be free, so something had to give

I was the perfect guy at the wrong time
I was the perfect guy at the wrong time

Solo

You were still in love, it wasn't enough, still hadn't seen the world.
I know it's not all bad, you want to come back, soon you'll be my girl

I was the perfect guy at the wrong time
I was the perfect guy at the wrong time
Track Name: Dear John Letter
At my dusty desk, for a dear john letter
Sheet on the table, and a pen in my hand
The papers too thin, it breaks like a cracker
The crumbs resembling sand

Thinking of words for my dear John letter
Tell how you loved me, but I wasn't the same
My pens out of ink, and my mind lacks literacy
I don't want to bring you this pain

I'll tell you my thoughts, in this dear John letter
Our spark was like that of an old battery
The kisses felt numb, and we had no magic
I was left in misery

Solo

There's no hard feelings in this dear john letter
You did nothing wrong, it's not you its me
I wanted to change my way of thinking
But in truth I wasn't happy

At my dusty desk, for a dear john letter
Sheet on the table, and a pen in my hand
The papers too thin, it breaks like a cracker
The crumbs resembling sand
Track Name: I Give Up
Feel the strike of her hand on my cheek
Blood cells rushing to the sting
She's breaking the walls, and the TV
I do not feel a thing

Work is down, debt is rising
And I can't simply turn it down
My luck is skydiving
No parachute heading for the ground.

And I give up
I'm on a treadmill I'm going nowhere
And I give up
This sweat and pain is just too much to bear.

My futures bleak there is no progress
I just can't seem to shake it off
I'm a leech of happiness to all of my friends
They no longer want to talk

And I give up
I'm on a treadmill I'm going nowhere
And I give up
This sweat and pain is just too much to bear.

As I walk my final miles
The raindrops blind me running down my face
I stare out into the ocean
Take a breath for my leap of faith

And I give up
I'm on a treadmill I'm going nowhere
And I give up
As I lay me down no one seems to care
And I give up
Track Name: You Said Goodbye
You've said goodbye I know there's a song here somewhere, I'll get to it when I'm ready
But first I must hide under the covers, hide my tears that leave my eyes so heavy

You pack your things in bags and boxes, your dad looks at me disappointed
I look on, as you erase yourself from my life, the whole relationship anointed

I know you're better off without me, I'm probably better off alone
You were the best thing that happened to me, I wish to you it showed

Your dad and I have the icy politeness, he regurgitates your little lies
Missed out the detail of what you did to me, if he knew it would catch by surprise

You leave the little trophy I got for you, it said '6 months- so far so good'
To you its now so meaningless, I never thought it could

I know you're better off without me, I'm probably better off alone
You were the best thing that happened to me, I wish to you it showed

There's your side of the story, there's also mine, the truth is hidden somewhere
The bottom line is, my heart is broken, and you left without a care

I look out the window the raindrops falling, like the tears on my cheek
You drive on without me, I wave goodbye,
You disappear down the street

I know you're better off without me, I'm probably better off alone
You were the best thing that happened to me, I wish to you it showed

You've said goodbye I know there's a song here somewhere, I'll get to it when I'm ready
Track Name: Pretty Young Girl At The Gay Bar
This pretty young girl at the gay bar
Pale face and deep blue eyes
Voice so gentle and a laugh so sweet
And I'm so glad she's into guys

I'm playing my set at the gay bar
She is sat down looking lonely
A woman that stunning needs someone by her side
So I give her sweet company

This pretty young girl at the gay bar
Pale face and deep blue eyes
Voice so gentle and a laugh so sweet
And I'm so glad she's into guys

I'm talking to her at the gay bar
Talking music and the sights we did see
I tell her my jokes and I watch her smile
And I feel the chemistry, with

This pretty young girl at the gay bar
Pale face and deep blue eyes
Voice so gentle and a laugh so sweet
And I'm so glad she's into guys

I'm walking her home from the gay bar
To protect her from the pouring rain
We feel so close huddled under my jacket
I'd do it all over again, with

This pretty young girl at the gay bar
Pale face and deep blue eyes
Voice so gentle and a laugh so sweet
And I'm so glad she's into guys

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