Little Ripples

by Eric McGrath

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All songs written*, arranged, and played** by Eric McGrath.

Produced by Eric McGrath and Tony O'Brien.

Mixed by Tony O'Brien at Empty Riff Productions, Dublin.

Engineered by Tony O'Brien at various locations around Ireland throughout 2011.

Additional Mixing and Engineering by Eric McGrath.

Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, California, USA.

*Lyrics for track 10 written by Thomas McCormack
**Performance details as follows:

Eric McGrath: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Violins, Piano, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Keyboards, Found Sounds, Samplers, MIDI Programming,

John Ohle: Drums

Bobby McMahon: Electric Guitar (Track 2)

Cristina McGrath: Backing Vocals (Track 6)

Album Artwork by Maser.

Cover photo by Abert Hooi.

WCR-001 © & ℗ Eric McGrath 2012. www.ericmcgrathmusic.com

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released 22 June 2012

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“Little Ripples is a superb debut offering indeed......... a slow burner that could be massive.” (EDWIN McFEE – HOT PRESS)

"Beautifully crafted song-writing and enveloping arrangements make Eric McGrath's debut album totally enchanting." (JULIE FEENEY)

"......it’s like being wrapped in an aural duvet……….I think we’ve found a rare talent in him.” (DANNY McELHINNEY - MAIL ON SUNDAY)
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Track Name: Ripples into Waves
Just last night, a thousand dead and counting, it was genocide,
And I could have cried,
but someone changed the channel making things alright.

Now I don’t mind, everyone’s got issues and our eyes turn blind,
But I’ve realised, since we’re in this mess together we should probably combine, what’s yours is mine.

So get up, go out, let them know what we’re about,
Take a chance, take a stance.
So many sleeping people, who just don’t know they’re capable of making little ripples into waves.

Now don’t get me wrong, all the preaching hippies they’ve got plans of their own.
I’ve grown too used to my mobile phone, and I still leave the lights on when there’s nobody home.

But back in real life, I think that everyone deserves an equal chance to survive and I’ve been meaning to criticise each administration that accepts that their hands are tied. Well as long as it’s us that thrives.

So get up, go out, let them know what we’re about,
Take a chance, take a stance.
So many sleeping people, who just don’t know they’re capable of making little ripples into waves.

All the words that turn to nothing, float downstream, someone else’s dreams.

So get up, go out, let them know what we’re about,
Track Name: A Lost Romance
Little old Miss de Menier
Well she meets with her old friend Dieter
Who lived on the banks of the river Rhine
But that was well before my time
And now they speak of how things have changed
Of how society’s been rearranged
And how if they could have it their own way
Well they’d have the junkies locked away
And they’d make sure to lose the key

Now Dieter he spots her finger
It’s decorated by a golden ring
It’s a permanent reminder
Why did he take so long to find her?
Tonight he sleeps alone
Oh, tonight he sleeps alone

We all grow old and miss some chances
But a lost romance is the kind of thing you bring around with you for life
It’s like a knife stuck in your heart
You just can’t take that you’re apart

As they savour their last drop of wine
She thinks of all the countless times
She guiltily thought of him all night
And by all night I mean at least until first light
She’d lie awake in bed
Cursing the time when she could have said “I do”
But it’s too late
Back then her husband he seemed so great
But little did she know

Now today they remain but special friends
As their encounter nears its timely end
And though as brief as it may have seemed
They’ll relive it in their dreams
But not together,
No not together
They’re both alone.

We all grow old and miss some chances
But a lost romance is the kind of thing you bring around with you for life
It’s like a knife stuck in your heart
You just can’t take that you’re apart
Track Name: Abuelo
I hope not to offend
But this one goes out to my old best friend
From this guitar
To teaching me about the stars, how you loved me
And I can only hope that someday
I’ll be half the man you are today

Full of pride
And not afraid to swim against the tide, that’s abuelo
You showed me how to use my heart
Oh what I’d give to go back to the start, I can’t take this no more
I nearly died when I saw you
The way your eyes still light up only for me

And where would I be now
If you had never been there for me
I’ll spend my life just trying to find out how
How are tragedies allowed
As your river approaches the sea

I hope I didn’t offend
But this one went out to my old best friend
From this guitar
To teaching me about the stars, how you loved me
And I can only hope that someday
I’ll be half the man you are today
Track Name: Alone We Stand
Two weeks from now
On a train, god knows where it’s bound
I’ve got a feeling you’ll be leaving this town

From our first hello
To the way we let ourselves go
Baby, who would have known?

Alone we stand and together we fall apart
You say we’re better alone
But the night lingers on
Do you think you’ll be gone for long?

I wear my heart on my sleeve
And I’m begging you not to leave
‘cos I’ve got a feeling that you’re grieving just like me

I just called you at home
I could tell that you’d asked to be left alone
Oh just come to the phone

Alone we stand and together we fall apart
You say we’re better alone
But the night lingers on
Do you think you’ll be gone for long?
Track Name: These Are The Good Old Days
One, two, three, now are you gonna come with me
There's three little birds, and they can even clearly see
That you and me we're definitely meant to be or not to be
(now, what was the question?)

Un, dos, tres, I see you’re in my favourite dress
I’m enamorado with the way you wear that little number baby
You’re driving me crazy
Said I’ve been losing my mind on you
And I’m wasting my time on you
And even when you’re gone I can’t do nothing else but think of you

And I know this is the way it sometimes tends to go
These are the good old days I’m told
But what I’d do to spend a single night alone with you
Oh baby what I’d do

A, B, C, I see you’ve turned to notice me
Now I don’t know what to do
The moment when it’s me and you has finally come
I can’t express my feelings, look what I’ve become

Cos you’ve places to be and you've people to see,
I don’t know why I ever thought that you’d consider me but baby
You’re driving me crazy
Said I’ve been losing my mind on you
And I’m wasting my time on you
And even when you’re gone I can’t do nothing else but think of you

And I know, this is the way it sometimes tends to go
These are the good old days I’m told
But what I’d do , to spend a single night alone with you
Oh baby what I’d do
Oh baby what I'd do
Track Name: Alluring Lady
I just called to let you know
That there’s something knew about the girl you told me you know
You see, I only started noticing this when people left us alone

She’s inclined to speak her mind,
Well especially after sharing a few bottles of wine
Now this lady might be the greatest girl that I’ve ever known

We stayed up late
And everything was going great
When suddenly out of the blue
She expressed her intentions in a way I can’t mention
now what’s a guy supposed to do?

From this alluring lady I can’t refrain
She’s got a toxic mix to drive a man insane

We got home late on Saturday night
And to avoid a confrontation we crept in without lights
But this potion, oh what a notion, man we were as high as a kite

Now for some reason I can’t recall,
I got this bright idea and I decided to crawl,
Into her parents room to say hi, while wearing nothing at all.

Oh what seemed a great idea then,
Quikly turned to mayhem when,
her mother woke her father with a scream so full of horror
That he jumped from his bed
And with a fist to my head
He guaranteed I never see her again

Bleeding colours through my brain,
Taking hits, like we were both insane
Track Name: And Here's Me Thinking
Do you know you’re still in my dreams?
I close my eyes and it’s you, or so it seems
And we’re just talking
No wasting time with our endless screams

Just look at what we’ve become
So much for being “the one”
Can you believe it?
Those years so quickly undone

I know what you’re going through
I wish there was something I could do to try and make it better
And here’s me thinking we would last forever.

Remember when we were young?
Well who’d have guessed that this day would ever come?
We had each other
With nothing to prove to anyone

You said we’ll see how it goes
We’ll take each day as it comes, and sure who knows?
Do you know you’ve got me?
Don’t know if I know how to just let go

I know what you’re going through
I wish there was something I could do to try and make it better
And here’s me thinking we would last forever.

Oh If I’d have known we would have grown to something I detest
I’m sure I would not have signed up for this
But I still can’t stop thinking about our last kiss

I don’t know what I’m to do now
It ends in tears when we talk, and I don’t know how
Why the hell did we do this?
Is the curtain closed for our final bow?

I know what you’re going through
I wish there was something I could do to try and make it better
And here’s me thinking we would last forever.
And here’s me thinking we would last forever.
Track Name: Carousel
The ground comes up fast
And we swear it’s our last
While the first light, it brings a new day

I’m in love with the feeling
That I get when you’re near me
And I wonder if you feel the same

I’m getting weaker and weaker
With each railway sleeper
That passes and knows me by my first name

The amapola poppy no
I swear it never got me no
But that’s not to say I’m ok

Carousel, you were doing so well
Was it not meant to be?
Here’s to you, punctured and used,
While you live out your days by the sea

Only once did I lie
Yet I still tried and I try
And I hope to convince you some day

Yes now I understand
Since you held me in your soft hands
I promise that I’ll change my old ways

Carousel, you were doing so well
Was it not meant to be?
Here’s to you, punctured and used,
While you live out your days by the sea

Memories that come to visit me through frequent dreams
The band plays in its stand and you keep spinning ‘round to screams
Those summer days have long since come and gone
The package deals, the two for ones
While your open wounds, rust in peace
Track Name: Before You Left
Some say the world is a friend I haven’t met,
But I feel life’s a joke that I don’t get.
Some talk of lots of fish in the sea,
But I’m shipwrecked, i’m lost, lost completely,
Cos you left me

They say that opportunity always knocks,
But i banged banged banged on your door and found that it was locked.
Cos you left me

Words are empty and the meaning lost, leave me counting up the cost

Some say the world is a friend I haven’t met,
But I feel life’s a joke that I don’t get.
Cos you left me
Track Name: Sixty Seconds
Sixty seconds is all I reckon that it takes me and you,
Sixty seconds is all I reckon that it takes us to start something new,

It may not last for life
but today I feel like is just might,

If only I knew what to say to you,
And if only I knew what you'd say to me too...

Time is eternal and life is infernal alone