The Lion's Share

by Mike McCarthy

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released September 25, 2012

Engineered
Miles Thomas, Paradise, Central Coast NSW
Mike McCarthy, Le Bunker, Central Coast NSW
Syd Green, Mono Nest, South Coast NSW
Jeff McCormack, The Music Cellar, Central Coast NSW

Produced by Mike McCarthy

Mastered by Jeff McCormack, The Music Cellar, Central Coast NSW

Recorded at Paradise, Le Bunker, The Music Cellar and MonoNest between December 18th 2010 and September 28th 2011.

Artwork
Joe Engstrom

Layout and Design
Martin Taylor

Much appreciation and thanks to Miles Thomas, Billy Fields, PJ Wolf, Jeff McCormack, Rod McCormack, Syd Green, Stuart and Jackie Voysey, Sophie Latella, Coral Latella, Joe Engstrom, Martin Taylor, Michael Carney, Tim Woods, Kris and Seana Morris,Kirsty and Marcus Watson, David Rowson, Lloyd Barratt, Ed and Stephanie McCarthy, Daniel Weekes, Sharon McKay and Sean Cashin.

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meolddog@gmail.com www.mikemccarthy.com.au

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Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy is an Australian singer/songwriter and music producer. Threading together the elements of dirt box blues with open-sea folk, McCarthy’s music is a wild, yet ever soulful, meditation on life.
It is ceaselessly instilled with sincerity whilst always taking a vividly contemporary form.
Mike's newest album THE LION’S SHARE is available at http://mikemccarthy from October 2012.
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Track Name: In Ages
In Ages

Sunset flashback
We count time in ages
Hold to the plan and
Study all their faces

Taking measure
Affecting a season
Love your neighbour
Sometimes change direction

If no man is an island
Then I am flotsam with you

Dive down deeper
Counting time in stages
Super-vision
We don’t count the danger

Night passed over
We all celebrated
Raised our heads high
Thanked the God of ages

If no man is an island
Then I am flotsam with you
If no man is an island
It seems right to be infatuated with you

Sunset Flashback
We count time in ages
Hold to the plan and
Study all their faces

See the future
We learn to count backwards
Some consider
We jump to conclusions


M E MCCARTHY 19/4/2011
Track Name: Missing Person
MISSING PERSON

I am a missing person
Always a missing person
Ever missing in my world

I get lost
But I like it
I like it this way

I get tired
But I like it
I like it this way

M E MCCARTHY 20/11/2010
Track Name: Building Fires
Building Fires

Wait on hold your time shall come
Say your words and loose the tongue

Now you build with earth and stone
With patient toil the seeds are sown

Come back here my little one
Come back here with your bleeding heart
Come back here I see you’re building fires
Come back here to the ones you love

Been so high to risk it all
The seasons build with a livid force

Little one’s in him belong
They’re so weak with the temptation

Come back here my little one
Come back here with your bleeding heart
Come back here I see you’re building fires
Come back here to the ones you love

It’s more than enough, cry out I love you
It’s more than enough to secretly hunt truth
More than enough, say that we’re broken
It’s more than enough, rise to occasion

Come back here my little one
Come back here with your bleeding heart
Come back here I see you’re building fires
Come back here to the ones you love

M E MCCARTHY 10/08/2012
Track Name: Plasticine
PLASTICINE

Said my piece
Turn my head
Focus down on incident
Shot me through
A poor phrase and
Smashed to bits my confidence

Level out
With oxygen
Short breath here
And no one sends
Love to all
Peace to you
Static noise and plastic fruit

Now it’s like snow falling down
Now it’s like snow falling down
Now it’s like you’re alone for the first time

High range there
Alcohol
Screaming through
Mercy falls
Headlight twitch
And slow to stop
Soft in speech
A barking dog

Camera roll
You’re not up
To black and white
Shutter stop
Plasticine
Through my hair
Triggering
A slow defence

Now it’s like snow falling down
Now it’s like snow falling down
Now it’s like you’re alone for the first time

M E MCCARTHY – 01/02/2011
Track Name: The Lion's Share
THE LION’S SHARE

When I saw your angels come
Not your will but mine to run afar
Even so your kingdom comes
And I know your will’s being done
On earth as in heaven

Should I stand to one side?
And let you divide on equal portions
On divine rights
With a fire inside
You chose a proven line
Through the middle
Through the whole of time

M E MCCARTHY – 29/05/2011
Track Name: Sink Me Not
SINK ME NOT

Dance with diamonds and dogs
And lay down with eyes all over the stars
Spider in gardening glove
Strikes him oh like he’s never been struck
He’s breathing out fumes and breathing in love

Melting hearts to the wall
Will a time ever come will a time ever be gone
Can we ever become one

Sink me not
The days not done
The days not done for me
The days not done

Seeing things from above
It’s a gift it’s a curse I can never shake off
And I run for another time

Sink me not
The days not done
The days not done for me
The days not done

M E MCCARTHY – 26/02/2009
Track Name: Wilder Years
WILDER YEARS

In the wilder years
Boisterous and blue eyed
Now you’re seeing things
That will change your sight
Blame the rolling hills
Go ahead blame the sky
While you still can then the pain subsides

In the raging storm
Well you held your own
You could not afford
A minor slip or fall
When the rigging goes
And with rocks collide
You will throw yourself over to God’s side

Filled with honour you understand
Love’s a notion of no demand
Filled with honour you understand
Love’s a notion of no demand

In the wilder years
We knew how to take
What the hand it feeds
You don’t turn away
Blame the riverbank
That burst its sides
Until you know you’re wrong
Well you can’t be right

Filled with honour you understand
Love’s a notion of no demand
Filled with honour you understand
Love’s a notion of no demand

M E MCCARTHY – 21/01/2011
Track Name: December
DECEMBER

Got lost in December
Never found my way
I just can’t remember who I am today

It’s taken a long time
To feel again

Holding out for something
Bidding for a sign
Nature has its own way of playing with the light

It’s taken a long time
To feel again
Body is broken but I’m
On the mend

To find you is golden
To know you is best
Oh I cannot see you
Oh but I love you nonetheless

Left you with some pieces
Fragments of myself
Do you still have them with you
Are they up upon your shelf

It’s taken a long time
To feel again
Body is twisted but I’m
On the mend

To find you is golden
To know you is best
Oh I cannot see you
Oh but I love you nonetheless

M E MCCARTHY – 20/08/2009
Track Name: Reason To Sing
REASON TO SING

Out of touch
Reality
Water cuts
Right through your feet
The wooden heart
Starts to dream
Simple shape
Steady beat

Where to run
What to hide
Forget yourself
Til you get it right
Denigrate
Hold your head
So it doesn’t fall off
And you forget

With your reason to sing
Meaning to sing
With your reason to sing
Meaning to sing

Paper cut
Across your finger
Feeling tired
For the night
I can’t say
And you can’t feel
Anything
Til you know it’s real

Said it once
Out of turn
No-one saw
Your mirror turn
Take the plunge
From the sky
Know you’re real
Know you’re mine

With your reason to sing
Meaning to sing
With your reason to sing
Meaning to sing

M E MCCARTHY – 28/11/2010
Track Name: Broken Man
BROKEN MAN

You’re the magic in my veins
You’re the blood that keeps me running
Honey if you left now
I’d be left with nothing

Take my hand I know you can
It tells the story of the broken man on the mend

You’re the magic in my veins
Yeh you’re something like quicksilver
Wake up in the night
Cold shivers begging for more

Read my hand I know you can
It tells the story of the broken man on the mend

You’re the magic in my veins
You’re the river that keeps on flowing
With the sun setting low
Night shadows keep on rolling

If you love me take my hand
Tell you the story of the broken man on the mend

You’re the magic in my veins
You’re the blood that keeps me running
Honey if you left now
I’d be left with nothing

Read my hand I know you can
It tells the story of the broken man on the mend
If you love me take my hand
Tell you the story of the broken man on the mend

M E MCCARTHY – 28/01/2011