Merry Christmas to the Drunks, Merry Christmas to the Lovers

by ballboy

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about

We hope you enjoy the songs. If you want to let us know what you think then you can tweet us @ballboymusic on twitter or get in touch via our Facebook:

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The running order is:

1. Merry Christmas to the Drunks, Merry Christmas to the Lovers
2. East Coast (If I pass away from you)
3. Pray for Murderers
4. Edinburgh
5. The National Trust
6. Winter Boots

- but no-one cares about running orders anymore right? Make your own if you prefer them another way.

The songs were recorded with Pete Harvey at Pumpkinfield Studios, Perthshire, and at the Housechurch, Edinburgh. They were mainly recorded live in the room with everyone sitting facing each other - like people used to in the olden days.

We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed making them.


About this album haiku:

Merry Christmas time
The snow is falling and we
Have music for you

Enjoy!
ballboy@ballboymusic.com

credits

released December 6, 2013

ballboy are:
Gordon McIntyre
Nick Reynolds
Gary Morgan
Alexa Morrison

Additional vocals on track 2 and 6 by Lucy Pringle
Additional piano on track 1 by Katey Lee

Tracks 2,3,5 and 6 recorded by Pete Harvey at Pumpkinfield Studios.
Tracks 1 and 4 recorded by Gordon McIntyre at The Housechurch.

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Track Name: Merry Christmas to the Drunks, Merry Christmas to the Lovers
Closing time for the bars
People float through the streets as the snow falls
Neon lights in the cold air
Crowds wait on corners for taxis that don't appear

I am here with you tonight
Hold my hand
Take me home
For Christmas

Lay me down 'neath the tree
Arrange all the presents around my feet
Lay me down 'neath the tree
And see if I'm sober by morning when you appear

I am here with you tonight
There's a change in the air there's a frost in the ground
Let the new snow fall down and cover our tracks
The mistakes of past, the mistakes of the past
Can lie buried for Christmas

I am here with you tonight
Hold my hand
Take me home
For Christmas

Merry Christmas to the drunks
Merry Christmas to the lovers
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
To us

I am here with you tonight
Hold my hand
Take me home
For Christmas

Merry Christmas to the drunks
Merry Christmas to the lovers
Merry Christmas
To the drunken lovers

Merry Christmas to the drunks
Merry Christmas to the drunken lovers
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
To us

I am here with you tonight
Take my hand
Take my hand
For Christmas
Track Name: East Coast (If I pass away from you)
A straight white line through the east-coast night
And a voice on the telephone
An old man passes from us
Let’s (just) get these bodies home

And the coastal road cuts the morning air
Takes the salt out of the waves
(So) Hold my had and kiss me
Before we run out of days

And if I pass away from you
Just throw me to the sea
Don’t look back at the rising waves
That take me underneath

An old man at the end of all the things he’s done and seen
The old man at the edge of the sea.

Half the world is on its knees and waiting for the light
The other half is tooled up
And spoiling for a fight

And the East Coast night and the summer haze
Is all you’ll ever need
And young men rise and old men fall
But never really leave

And if I pass away from you
Just throw me to the sea
Don’t look back at the darkened waves
That rise up to claim me

And a straight white line through the East Coast night
In the early summer haze
And an old man and his grandson
Have a parting of the ways

And if I pass away from you
Just throw me to the sea
Don’t look back at the rising waves
That take me underneath
Track Name: Pray for Murderers
In the back seat
Of the cinema
There’s a bargain
To be made

Teenage love tryst
Ful of energy
Raw electricity
Is all you need

It’s not only
For the lonely
That these old words
Were made

You and I could
Live or die soon
But we will need it
In the end

Glory Glory
Hallelujah
Sing the crowds out
In the street

Pray for Jesus
Pray for everyone
Pray for murderers
And pray for me

Pray for sinners
And believers
Pray for lost souls
And me

Pray for Jesus
Pray for everyone
Pray for darkness
And me

Makes no difference
If I’m listening
I can hear the
Dark refrain

Makes no difference
If you’re listening
Makes no difference
To me

I was young once
I was seduced by
The rebellion
Of youth

I was young once
I was seduced by
The rebellion
Of you

When the night falls
On these four walls
Band together
And pray for me

For I was young once
I had rebellion
I had everything
At my feet

Glory Glory
Hallelujah
Sing the birds out
In the trees

And I leave now
I believe now
Hallelujah
Or so (or so they say)

I
Have had my time now
Hallelujah
My dear

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
My dear.

Glory Glory
Hallelujah
My dear.
Track Name: Edinburgh
You have failed me Edinburgh
But I love you all the more
From the streets in winter sunlight
From the old town to the shore

Edinburgh you have, you have
Failed me this time
Couldn’t make the good times
Last forever

I have nothing else, but sleep
I have no more to give
Before I go
I have to tell you this

You have failed me Edinburgh
But I love you all the more
From the streets in winter sunlight
From the old town to the shore

For the Meadows and the Gardens
For the statues and the parks
For the people, for the people that you have
For the people, for the people that you have

I have failed you Edinburgh
I’ve failed everyone I know
I will leave you – though it hurts me
More than I can say

And the people I know
And the people I know, I know, I know, I know
I know
Track Name: The National Trust
Found the letter in his hand
Found his body on the floor
Of the lighthouse by the shore
There were rowing boats and
There were sail boats and
There were motorboats
By the lighthouse on the shore

The first line of the letter said
The National Trust for Scotland is enforcing the sale of your home
It has significant interest to the Tourist Industry
And you can’t live here anymore
You can’t live here anymore

You’ve got – 28 days
Let us know if we can help in any way
You’ve got – 28 days
Let us know when we can come pick up the keys

Found his body on the floor
Found his body on the floor

Found his body on the cold stone floor (of the)
Of the lighthouse by the shore
There were rowing boats and
There were sail boats and
There were motorboats
By the lighthouse on the shore
By the lighthouse on the shore

28 days
Let us know if we can help in any way
You’ve got – 28 days
Let us know when we can come pick up the keys

(break)

28 days
Let us know if we can help in any way
You’ve got – 28 days
Let us know when we can come pick up the keys

Found his body on the floor
Found his body on the floor
There were rowing boats
Track Name: Winter Boots
The stitching on your dress
The eyelets on your shoes
That let the rain in
But still you refuse

Winter boots
Winter boots

The buttons on your skirt
The ribbons in your hair
The pattern on your tights
The one that’s barely there

And the stories that you leave
LIttle bruises, little scratches on me
Remind me, that I am home again, home again
They remind me that I am home
When I’m with you

And I have places I should be
Quiet mountainsides
Friends at home
Things I know
But I have things anymore.

The scratches on your skin
The red on your lips
My hand around your wrist
This is it
This it

And the stories that you leave
LIttle bruises, little scratches on me
Remind me, that I am home again, home again
They remind me that I am home
When I’m with you

And I have places I should be
Quiet mountainsides
Friends I know
Things I need
But there are things I just can’t see
Anymore, anymore