On these dark nights

by Jim Byrne

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Acoustic, bluesy contemporary folk and alternative country style songs of love, heartbreak and the Scottish weather. Jim is from Glasgow, Scotland.

On these dark Nights - the debut CD by Jim Byrne
New and old friends have brought their talents to the studio, making this a unique recording. Mick West, recently nominated for the award of Scottish Traditional Singer 2008, sings backing vocals on two of the tracks and Geoff Martyn, Peter Byrne and Robert Ruthven, all great players, add their magic to these beautiful songs.

The CD includes new songs and a bonus track, written and performed with Vivian Scotston and Madalaine Hart in Italy.

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released 12 December 2008

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Track Name: The handle's broken on my cup
The handle is broken on my cup
There is no way to fill me up

Oh no, oh no

As I watched you turn your back
It crossed my mind you won't be back

Oh no, oh no

And all the plans
that we made
I won't let them fade away

I did not mean to break your heart
Never meant to be apart

Oh no, oh no

And all the plans
that we made
I won't let them fade away

And on the days the days that lie ahead
I will try to mend this broken thread

And hold you closer to my heart
And know this love will be our start
and we will never be apart

The handle is broken on my cup
Track Name: My weather girl
You pulled me up by my bootstraps honey
You knew I needed some sunshine
You stopped the rain and you blew the clouds away
My weather girls going to make it fine

Oooh Oooh my weathergirl is going to make it fine

I was feeling mighty down
Weather front was moving in
I needed to hear the music that you play to me
Now you’re every season your every rain or shine
You’re my winter and my summertime

Oooh Oooh your my winter and my summertime

Now you’re every season you're every rain or shine
You’re my winter and my summertime
Track Name: The holiday song
Well I went down
to the harbour
just to watch the fishing boats come in
Loading boxes hosing down decks
that’s what I remember
holiday down by the coast

Well I always had my rod
but I never seem to catch a thing
ice cream fishing chips on my breath
salt and ice and fishing bouys

Sho roo do doot doot doot do ro

Always down at the arcade
flashing lights and ringing bells
but I never seemed to win a thing
Bumping the machine
just a little more change

From the wall to the beach
it always felt so cold to me
My mother said get down to the sea
but I never felt well at all

Sho roo do doot doot doot do ro

On the sand building sand castles
Just a holiday down by the coast

All the commotion at the harbour
Just a holiday down by the coast

Just walking down the front
Just a holiday down by the coast

I remember we went to the putting
Just a holiday down by the coast

Paddling on the beach
Just a holiday down by the coast

Struggling with the wind
Just a holiday down by the coast

Some days it would rain
Just a holiday down by the coast

Watching the fishing boats come in
Just a holiday down by the coast
Track Name: On these dark nights
On these dark nights
I need you more
I want to see you through my door

Why don’t you stay at home with me

We’ll light the fire
And sit and watch the flames
will dance across our hearts

Why don’t you take a seat with me.

And you turn on my inner light
I contemplate what’s on my mind
This is a love we have to keep

And this old song
that we will sing
of something true
we both will bring

As we live out the life we planned

With lighter hearts
I’ll catch your smile
I know tonight we’ll stay a while

Warmed by this winter light we see

I catch your eye
and make you laugh
I take my time on your behalf

Let me offer up my recipe

And you turn on my inner light
I contemplate what’s on my mind
This is a love we have to keep

When something's true you hold it close
not cast aside or let it go
Don’t burn down this house that love has built

There is a love
that stays the course
with changing days
and moving shores

This is the time to show your hand

And this old song
that we will sing
of something true
we both will bring

As we live out the life we planned
Track Name: Come dance with me
I watch from afar
as you move with the dance
You travel the roads
a life full of chance

You don’t know me
Do I know myself?
The stars speak so clear
and they talk of romance

And as you dance in so close
I feel the air that you move
Is there a message for me
in the steps that you choose

Ah but you don’t know me
Do I know myself?
You seem so free
and romantic to me

I watch from afar
the night it moves on
I hear you laugh with your friends
I know soon you will be gone

I have memories of you
in every beat of my heart
I can still hear your dance
though I know not where you are

You never knew me
I did not know myself
Until you set me free
come dance with me
Track Name: Tenderness
I know what it means to love
and I know tenderness
I pray I love the way you do to me
my love my friend my true

To learn is no substitute
you fill your head with thoughts
No books, contain the dreams of you
The dreams of you and I
and the pleasures of the flesh

You and I have learned together
Learned to live and love together
Lived a life now we can never part

No picture could never capture you
The beauty of your love
The fruits that I harvest now
Harvest all your love
and give it back to you.

I know what it means to love
and I know tenderness
I pray I love the way you do to me
my love my friend my true
Track Name: Daddy's car
Staying in at the weekend
when there's so much to do
Gather all the money we can get
I know you want to see me
when the sun comes up
But I have to go
cause we ain't married yet.

I'll get my daddy's car
and we can ride
and you don't ever need to go home
I'll get my daddy's car
and we can ride
and satisfy the urge you have to roam

You're telling me
that you feel like you're caged
Daddy he doesn't understand
You say you want to stay out late
and he tells you that you can't
But come the weekend girl
yes you can

I'll get my daddy's car
and we can ride
and you don't ever need to go home
I'll get my daddy's car
and we can ride
and satisfy the urge you have to roam

The roses by the side of the road
they smell so sweet
But I work so hard
I haven't got the time
to partake of that pleasure
But the love that we have
is just as sweet
Especially little girl
when you kiss my soft warm cheek

I'll get my daddy's car
and we can ride
and you don't ever need to go home
I'll get my daddy's car
and we can ride
and satisfy the urge you have to roam
Track Name: Sunday Morning
The door is open
and the sun is shining through
Time to have
another coffee with you, darling

You lean over
smile upon your face

I raise my hand
gently brush across your face

Sunday morning and the pace is slow
Sunday morning got nowhere to go

Well you could be my resurrection
Oh no

Don't be expecting my defection
but I'm gonna take it slow

Well I can feel the heat of the sunshine
on my back

You have raised my expectations
I think I'm on the way back

Sunday morning and the pace is slow
Sunday morning got nowhere to go

No need to rush
no need to push
just take the time
take the time to care

Love takes its own path
love has its own world
just let the weekend
take you there

Just give yourself over
feel at peace
with how you are
and who you are with

Love takes its own path
love has its own world
just let the weekend
take you there
Track Name: Standing in the wings
I thought I was standing in the wings
just waiting for the scene to paint itself

But the lessons I had learned
where the ones’ I needed to know
As we step upon this stage

We spoke about a future on a different path
You felt the heat of change burning in my heart

But the memories that we share
are bound to take us there

As we step upon this stage

This song was written in our dreams
reflecting upon unspoken words

Just a simple melody
spoke the truth to me

Now we step upon this stage

Just a simple melody
spoke the truth to me

Now we step upon this stage