Songs From a Shit Summer

by Marc Gallagher

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1.
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
2.
Sexy Butt 01:33
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Pastures New 02:26
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
I Give Up 03:19
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
10.
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
11.
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

about

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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Marc Gallagher Manchester, UK

Since figuring out the Crazy Frog Theme on piano aged 12, Marc Gallagher has seen the quirky side of music. An upbringing of Queen and NOW CDs shaped Marc’s songwriting style, with the ukulele as his weapon of choice.

Marc has performed his energetic brand of Pop-Folk at festivals and tours in Ireland, Germany, Austria and the USA, putting in the miles. This engine isn’t stopping anytime soon.
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