B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Website)

Lisa Hannigan started her singing career at the age of 6 as the fairy on top of the Christmas tree in the school play. Although she still remembers three quarters of the words she is no longer convincing as a fairy. On the long car journeys down to west cork for summer holidays she sang the backing vocals to her mothers' front seat Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone and to this day knows all of the words to Paul Simon's Graceland and the Queen back catalogue. The first record that Lisa ever bought was Michael Jackson's Bad. Although in those days it was called a tape. She sang and danced along until the tape wore out, not only improving her singing but also affirming her lifelong dedication to the art of uncoordinated dancing, believing strongly in the scientific correlation between the amount of fun had to the stupidity of the dance moves. Lisa then spent many years singing in choirs and musical choruses in school, all the while taping songs off the radio. After hearing a recording of Maria Callas singing "The Bell Song" from Delibe's Lakme (a cd at this point), she became fixated with the idea of learning how to sing like her. After a few years of study and development she realised that her chances of playing a consumptive operatic heroine were severely hampered by both her naturally quiet voice and her insatiable love of cake. The former could be helped by a microphone; the latter could not be helped at all.

A chance meeting with singer songwriter Damien Rice led to a long period of collaboration and development. Lisa spent the next few years touring the world, meeting wonderful musicians and friends, writing songs, forgetting then remembering how to ride a bike, contributing backing vocals on many friends records, including the Frames and Mic Christopher, singing with the legendary Herbie Hancock and gradually finding her voice, needing the microphone less and less. When this collaboration came to an end after seven years, Lisa was left with a notebook of songs and the desire and confidence to put them onto a record. Gathering a talented band of friends together, including Tom Osander on drums, Shane Fitzsimons on double bass and Donagh Molloy on trumpet, they got to work. After a few months demoing and working through the arrangements, Lisa and her band, rehearsed and full of coffee and cake, went to the Cauldron studios in Dublin and spent fourteen days putting them on tape. Starting early in the morning, the band spent their days down in the basement studio, playing glockenspiels and harmoniums, violins and organs, trumpets and guitars, and sang until they were hoarse, emerging in the small hours to stagger home to sleep. Friends contributions punctuated the long days, including Gavin Glass on piano, Lucy Wilkins on violin and Vyvienne Long on cello. Together with engineer Jason Boshoff, Lisa and the band marked off their contributions on a blackboard, until they were left with a record both warm and creaky, sparse and full.

Jason Boshoff then took the record home with him to London where he, Lisa and Tomo mixed it in the Strongroom in the east end. Lisa's mother Frances began knitting in preparation for the cover artwork. After spending a happy month stitching the lyrics onto rough cotton, and picking out the many references to the sea in the lyrics, Lisa decided to call the album Sea Sew. Lille is the first single to be taken from the album. It's a story set to guitar, harmonium, glockenspiel, double bass and pizzicato strings and features beautiful backing vocals from Cathy Davey. It is the last song on the record but the first to come together in the demo stages with a cohesive sound and it is full of hope and optimism. Lisa will be taking her songs on tour during August and September including a very special show at Electric Picnic before she sets off with her full band to support Jason Mraz on 42 dates of his North American Tour.



Click HERE For Lisa songs Lyrics with Damien Rice



Sea Sew
- 2008-09-12 -



An Ocean and a Rock
Venn Diagram
Sea Song
Splishy Splashy
I Don't Know
Keep It All
Courting Blues
Pistachio
Teeth
Lille

Passenger
- 2011-09-20 -



Home
A Sail
Knots
What'll I Do
O Sleep
Paper House
Little Bird
Passenger
Safe Travels
(Don't Die)
Nowhere To Go

AT SWIM
- 2016-08-19 -



Fall
Prayer For The Dying
Snow
Lo
Undertow
Ora
We, The Drowned
Anahorish
Tender
Funeral Suit
Barton

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Apparatchik
At The Chime Of A City Clock
Banríon Mo Chroí
Beginner's Mind
Black-Eyed Dog
Blue Moon
Blurry
Braille
Do You Realize
Don't Explain
Eyes Out For You
Falling Slowly
Flowers
Free Until They Cut Me Down
Get On The Road
Get The Party Started
Ghost Of Christmas Past
Glory Box
Hallelujah
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Helpless
Here comes the sun
Hushabye Mountain
I Came So Far For Beauty
I Don'
t Know What We're Fighting For
If It Be Your Will
I Need A Dollar
I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
Josephine
Last Leaf
Lille (French Version)
Martha
Moon River

My Lagan Love


Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Needles
Nothing Compares 2 U
O Holy Night
Personal Jesus
Piano Furnace
Playground Love
Queen Of Hearts
Red River Valley
Rocky Took A Lover
Salty And Sweet
Saturday Sun
Secrets In Stones
Send In The Clowns
Set The Fire To The Third Bar
Silent Night
Skinny Love
Somebody That I Used To Know
Some Surprise
Sticks & Stones
Suzanne
Swan
Le Temps De L'Amour
The Guests
The Man I Love
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Times, They Are A-Changin'
These Days
Thousand
Tonight You Belong To Me
 Upside Down

Video Games
Willy
You Haunt Me

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Sea Sew

Ocean And A Rock

What you at my gentle spoken friend
I lack a frame to put you in
When you're an ocean and a rock away

I feel you in the pocket of my overcoat
My fingers wrap around your words
And take the shape of games we play

I feed your words through my buttonholes
I pin them to my fingerless gloves
Green and prone to fraying

Thoughts of you, warm my bones
I'm on the way, I'm on the phone
Let's get lost, me and you
An ocean and a rock is nothing to me

Now I am far away from where you lay
Awake the day while you fall to sleep
An ocean and a rock away

I keep you in the pockets of my dresses
And the bristles of my brushes
Spin you into my curls today

I spoon you into my coffee cup
Spin you through a delicate wash
I wear you all day
I wear you all day

Thoughts of you warm my bones
I'm on my way, I'm on the phone
Let's get lost, me and you
An ocean and a rock is nothing to me

Thoughts of you, you warm my bones
I'm on the way, I'm nearly home
Let's get lost, me and you
An ocean and a rock is nothing to me

Venn Diagram

I have lost you to sleep again
Sleeping as we do
On opposite sides of a venn diagram
I read the time
In shadows on your wall
The shards of light
Through the slats on your window

I ease myself from under your languid arm
I fumble on my boots
And hear you breathe through your alarm
And I disarm it for you
You rarely heed it anyway
I wouldn't want it to intrude upon your dream
School bell ring messing up the play

A note, penned clumsily
In this century's type-ruined hand
Saying gone down the shops for a walk
I'll bring back some sandwiches
And then I kiss your face
The black and the blue
I tie it into my laces
I don't want the wander blocking up the view

I stumble out into the afternoon
I still salty from drink
And the late night pool
And I'll be gone an hour at most
And you'll be more diagonal
And I've a head on me in the post
I know, a castle swallowed in the swell

Sea Song

There's one man
He's like the wishful thinking in my life
I see so
And he's like the wine on the weekend

And though he is like the sea
And it's right he be so
If I hold tight he'll wash over me

There's one girl I like
She's a smile on a Monday
And she'll fight to stay so
And she's like the sun on the weekend

And though she is like the sea
And she's right to be so
I like that she sails with me

Didn't we all break down
Didn't we all fake
Isn't it alright now
Didn't we all break out

There's one man so bright
He blocks the light
And he'll always be so
He's like no sleep on the weekend

And though he is like the sea
And he's right to be so
If I hold tight I sink down deep

Didn't we all break down
Didn't we all fake
Isn't it all right now
Didn't we all break out

And though we are like the sea
And it's right we be so
We could chase tails
All the years I've been given

Splishy Splashy

Surface slowly
At your own speed
Waiting for some sky

We're all laughing
We're all faking
Just to see you smile

She waits her turn
She waits her time
And all her love
It sings, it shines

Have your coffee
Splishy splashy
Frozen up the stairs

Hollow but so
Normal when she
Needs a piece of care

She waits her turn
She waits her time
And all her love
It sings, it shines

She's breaking
She's mending
She's floating
She's breaking

I don't know

I don't know what you smoke
Or what countries you've been to
If you speak any other languages
Other than your own
I'd like to meet you

I don't know if you drive
If you love the ground beneath you
I don't know if you write letters
Or you panic on the phone
I'd like to call you all the same
If you want to, I am game

I don't know if you can swim
If the sea has any draw for you
If you're better in the morning
Or when the sun goes down
I'd like to call you

I don't know if you can dance
If the thought ever occurred to you
If you eat what you've been given
Or you push it round your plate
I'd like to cook for you all the same
I would want to, I am game

If you walk my way
I could keep my head
We could creep away
In the dark or maybe not
We could shoot it down anyway

I don't know if you read novels or the magazines
If you love the hand that feeds you
I assume that your heart's been bruised
I'd like to know you
You don't know if I can draw at all
Or what records I am into
If I sleep like a spoon
Or rarely at all
Or maybe you would do
Or maybe you would do

If you walk my way
I will keep my head
We will feel our way
Through the dark
Though I don't know you
I think that I would do
I don't fall easy at all

If you walk my way
I will keep my head
We will feel our way
Through the dark
Though I don't know you
I think that I would do
I don't fall easy at all

Keep It All

For you, we steer a house of smoke
And brick and I keep it all
For you, bedecked with bicycles
To pick and I keep it all

For you, it wouldn't do wandering all adrift
So I keep it all
For you, there's fire in the belly of our ship
I keep it all, I keep it all
I keep it all

Call if the lights on
Come in and lay low
Just so that you know
Go on and fall down
And hold your ground
A harbour that grows
And how could you know
That I keep it all

For you we fill our sails with tales and fables
I keep it all
For you, to bear you through stormy seas unstable
And I keep it all
For you, you're welcome to all that's on my table
I keep it all
And you, I count you til I fall asleep
I keep it all, I keep it all
I, I, I keep it all
I keep it all

Call if the lights on
Come in and lay low
Just so that you know
And go on and fall down
And hold your ground
A harbour that grows
And how could you know
That I keep it all
I keep it all
I, I keep it all
I keep it all, I keep it all
I keep it all
I, I, I keep it all
I keep it all

What you say
We come up with the sun
The morning bell to come
And be my friend
Until the end
I'll be your friend
As well

I keep it all
Go on and fall
Go on and fall
I keep it all

Courting Blues

(written by Bert Jansch)

Green are your eyes
In the morning when you rise
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will not know

Love can be broken
Though no words are spoken
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will not know

Love, don't cry
I'll never try
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will not know

Green are your eyes
In the morning when you rise
Don't you be afraid to lie
By me, my love
Your father will be told someday
About our wedding day

Pistachio

Sit down, and fire away
I know it's tricky when you're feeling low
When you feel like your flavour has gone
The way of a pre-shelled pistachio
I know you're weighed down
And fed up with your heavy boots
Laced with melancholy
Notions all your own

I do, like sugar, tend toward the brittle
I'm sticky when spun
And I know my demeanor can go the way
Of a photo left out in the sun
And I try to keep myself in lilies
And flax seeds
Oh what a folly of fooling just yourself

Sit down and smoke away
I wouldn't knock it til you're in them shoes
And watch as our subtlety blows away
As a blush it gives way to a bruise
But seemly we'd freely make a trade off
A dry rot to take the weight off
And swap the boots for red shoes

Teeth

Waking up today
It was cold out
There's something I should say
But I can't get my head
Around the bends in your brain
And your elaborate pain
Makes me tired

As an old balloon
I hold my breath
Like a penance paid too soon
With too much eagerness
To know what is true
When air is changed by you
It makes it hard

I don't know where it comes from
Where to go
When the rains come
When the rain

Put me back in the bottle
Where the sea meets the sun
When the bones and their rattle
Don't mean anything to no-one
I, I had a swing
When my salt was my own
I'd my teeth bared for battle
Til love lost made me dull
It made me dull
It made me dull

Oh put me back in the bottle
Where the sea meets the sun
When the bones and their rattle
They don't mean anything to no-one
And I had a swing
When my salt was my own
I'd my teeth bared for battle
Til love lost made me dull
It made me dull
It made me dull

Lille

He went to sea for the day
He wanted to know
What to say
When he's asked what he'd done
In the past to someone
That he loves endlessly
Now she's gone
So is he

I went to war every morning
I lost my way but now I'm following
What you said in my arms
What I read in the charms
That I love durably
Now it's dead and gone
And I am free

I went to sleep for the daytime
I shut my eyes to the sunshine
Turned my head away from the noise
Bruise and drip decay of childish toys
That I loved arguably
All our labouring gone to seed

We went out to play for the evening
We wanted to hold on to the feeling
And the stretch in the sun
And our breathlessness as we run
To the beach endlessly
As the sun creeps up on the sea

Passenger

Home

Home, so far from home
So far to go
And we've only just begun
Oh, every lie we told
Is written in stone
Every lie we wrote on our bones

Hold on, there's nothing to pack
We know we're not coming back

Oh, every promise that we broke
Is sewn to our clothes
Now we are pinned to the wind I suppose
Oh, every falling flake of snow
It has to give in
Oh but we spin and we spin and we spin

Hold on, there's nothing to pack
Lay your heart out, we're not coming back

A Sail

It's long gone, that carry on from December
It is no matter, if you remember
Mulled paper bagged wine
And too much bedside whiskey
I will roll my heart up
I will roll my heart up in my sleeve

Now it is your line, I know that I wrote it
If you tell a lie, no one will notice
And of you and I, I was the loudest
While you stayed quiet, we were surrounded

It's long gone our carry on from the winter
I asked you upstairs
And two we tangled in my hair
You were never one for chronic chattering
Your heart beat pale
While I flew my colours
I flew my colours like a sail

Now it is your line, I know that I wrote it
If you tell a lie, no one will notice
And of you and I, I was the loudest
While you stayed quiet, we were surrounded

Knots

It was early in the morning
We were sitting on the stoop
There wheeled away a starling
And I thought that I would too
Oh for all I knew
I was lost through and through
In my high heels and my old dress
With my new keys in the wrong city

I tie the knots to remember in my heart
So I choke and I sputter to a stop
I am a borrower and lender of the lot

I walk away asleep
And chalk an outline round the scene
This shadow play of whiskey talk
A heavy denier dream
Oh let it be, I was lost in him and me
In my high heels and my old dress
With my new keys in the wrong city

I tie the knots to remember in my heart
So I choke and I sputter to a stop
I am a borrower and lender of the lot

What'll I Do

What'll I do without you around
My words wont pun, my pennies won't pound
Oh and my Frisbee flies to the ground
What'll I do without you

What'll I say without you to talk to
No one to serve or volley the ball to
You write the words but I miss the volume
What'll I say without you

Oh I don't know what to do with myself
Now that I'm here and you're gone

What'll I do when you've gone away
My ball wont pin, my records won't play
And all of my hours limp into days
What'll I do without you

What'll I do now that you're gone
My boat won't row, my bus doesn't come
I have the fingers, you've got the thumb
What'll I do without you

Oh I don't know what to do with myself
Now that I'm here and you're gone

O Sleep

O Sleep, come for me, I will go quietly
Where the roof doesn't leak in my heart
O Sleep, come for me
I'm a boat, sprung a leak
I'll hide and you'll seek a new start

For me, until dawn, I’ll be too gone
To care how grey the day is
The dreams that it chases away
They stay asleep

O Sleep, come for me, I will come willingly
Like a leaf from a tree in October
O Sleep, come for me, I wait hopefully
I was drunk on a dream, now I'm sober

From now until dawn
It can't be too long for me
I count the hours
'Til I sleep with your feet by my feet
Your breath on my cheek, asleep

Paper House

We lended our heavy hearts
Motors with broken parts
We had a deck of cards it was a start
We'd sit out in the sun
And wait for our skin to turn
You would ask for truth
And I would look for something to burn

Oh we walked in a hallowed place back then
The edge of Dublin, the edge of May and June
Oh to live in a paper house again
Where we grew by the light of the moon

Often we took the train
The sky pacing white to grey
When you or I would leave
And the other would stay
We were all that we had
And breathed in each others words
I would ask for truth and
You'd look for something to burn

Oh we walked in a hallowed place back then
The edge of Dublin, the edge of May and June
Oh to live in a paper house again
Where we grew by the light of the moon

You were much younger then
Younger than I am now
I still keep as much an eye as the wires allow
I still keep as much an eye as the wires allow

Oh we walked in a hallowed place back then
The edge of Dublin, the edge of May and June
Oh to live in a paper house again
Where we grew by the light of the moon

Oh you know what you are to me
And you know you will always be

Little Bird

Your heart sings like a kettle
And your words, they boil away like steam
A lie burns long while the truth bites quick
A heart is built for both it seems
You are lonely as a church
Despite the queuing out your door
I am empty as a promise, no more

When the time comes
And rights have been read
I think of you often
But for once I meant what I said

I was salted by your hunger
Now you've gone and lost your appetite
And a little bird is every bit as handy in a fight
I am lonely as a memory
Despite the gathering round the fire
Aren't you every bird on every wire

When the time comes
And rights have been read
I think of you often
But for once I meant what I said
Here I stay, I lay me down
In a house by the Hill
Dug from the rubble, cut from the kill

Passenger

Walking round Chicago
I have smuggled you as cargo
Though you are far away unknowing
By the time we get to Salt Lake
I have packed you in my suitcase
Ironed the creases from my own remembering

She said Bird, why

We wound our way to Texas
Where I summoned remote hexes
And I sent them across dust and oceans
In Phoenix, Arizona I had the notion
I might phone you

But there it lived and died, a notion
She said Bird, why
I said Bird, why

Oh my satellite, oh my passenger.

We came up on Ohio
I have you chewed on like a biro
You are a sum I am no closer to deciphering
We came to Minneapolis
All fizzy blood and twitchy fists
I buried you in a day of snowing

She said Bird, why
I said Bird, why

Oh my satellite, oh my passenger

Safe Travels (Don't Lie)

Please eat your greens
And don't sit close to screens
Your eyes are a means to an end
And I would be sorry if, due to your hurry
You were hit by a lorry my friend

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die
Safe travels, don't die

Don't walk on ice, no matter how nice
How sturdy, enticing it seems
Please cross at the lights
And don't start fires or fights and
Don't dabble in heights on caffeine

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die
Safe travels, don't die

Don't swallow bleach
Out on Sandymount beach
I'm not sure I'd reach you in time my boy
Please don't bungee jump
Or ignore a strange lump
And a gasoline pump's not a toy

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die
Safe travels, don't die

Nowhere To Go

Bird, you've so many hearts on your sleeve
One for each feather
Though you never see
Blue eyes blink bright lights
Through leaves on the trees
From seeds that did grow where you sowed
You'll never have nowhere to go

Look at this silver and gold
Shook through a tangle of thorns

Bird, we've so many days spent beside
This sulk of a river
Now we're deep down dyed
Into the marrow, out with the tide
With all that you have and I hold
You'll never have nowhere to go

Your heart, it holds more than your hands
Not bought or sold, more than mountains

Look at this silver and gold
You'll never have nowhere to go

At Swim

Fall

Hide your horses, hold your tongue
Hang the rich and spare the young
Who drain the spirits from the jars
Hop the fences, steal the cars
Run on fumes and from the north
And burn for us right through the fall

Harbour ladies call your names
Brush your hair like it could be tamed
Hitch their dresses past their knees
Spill them to the floor like keys
They swing the bridges one and all
And burn for us right through the fall
Copy, paste, you lose
All our running
All our running
All our running
All our running

Time will seize the captain's wheel
A mutiny we've come to feel
When where we're aiming's gone from view
With everything we thought to do
Oh, the devil won't have me
I wonder who will, I wonder who will
All our running is a crawl
And burns for us right through the fall

All our running, all our running
All our running, all our running

All our running, all our running
All our running, all our running

Prayer For The Dying

A prayer for the dying
For the waves coming in
And washing the edges
The edges away from within
Copy, paste, you lose
Your heart
My heart
Your heart
My heart

A prayer for the dying
For the sun coming up
To fill all the corners
So misunderstood

Of your heart
My heart
Your heart
My heart

Snow

Heading from city to sea
Just you and me
Boots creaking quietly
We would never be here again

Watching the snow falling down
Watching the city lose colour and sound
And we were looking
To find in the feather sky
The contour line from summer
To Christmas time
For the what, for the when

When you were the snow falling down
When I was the city losing colour and sound
When we were

Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure

Heading from city to sea
One facing east
One looking westerly
We would never come back again

Watching the snow falling down
Watching the city lose colour and sound
And we were
Copy, paste, you lose
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure

Watching the snow falling down
Watching the city lose colour and sound
And we were

Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure
Sunk like treasure

Lo

Every night of late
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Because I feel, feel, feel

That every last mistake
That I have made, that I have made
Has me in piece, piece, pieces

I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

With every hour that passes
I try, I try to tell myself
What I know, know, know

That nights are only ashes
Of days gone by burned
Black and broke, broke, broken

I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

I wear them on my skin
Ahead when I begin
To run I chase until it follows
Copy, paste, you lose
I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

And I smile to your face
And it is
A lie just the same
As if I
I washed it all away
And I showed
My empty plate

Undertow

I want to swim in your current
Carry me out, up and away
I want to float
On every word you say

I want to be underneath your weather
Every cloud and ray of sun
I want to float
In between every one
In between every one

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

I want to be, all of a sudden
Every wave and undertow
I want to float
Everywhere I go
Everywhere I go
Everywhere I go
Everywhere I go

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home
Copy, paste, you lose
I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

I want to sink down like a stone
You never lost me you never broke
I want to be adrift on your radio
Oh take me under, take me home

Ora

I was adrift and
Caught in the ropes
Under a pinhole sky
Blowing off course
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Bleach me to silver
Under the moon
Pulling the water round
And me to you

I'm going home
I'm going home
Won't you come with me
Won't you come with me

You'll be the boat and
I'll be the sea
Won't you come with me
Won't you come with me

We, The Drowned

We, the drowned
Hold our hollow hearted ground
Til we swallow ourselves down
Again
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
We, the ashes
We spend our days like matches
And we burned ourselves as black as
The end, the end
The end, the end

We know not the fire in which we burn
But we sing and we sing
And the flames grow higher
We read not the pages which we turn
But we sing and we sing and we sing and we sing

We, the wrong
We the sewn up and long gone
Were before and all along
Like this, like this
Like this, like this

We, the drowned
The lost and found out
We are all finished
Again, again, again

Anahorish

My "Place Of Clear Water"
The first hill in the world
Where springs washed into
The shiny grass
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And darkened cobbles
In the bed of the lane
Anahorish, soft gradient
Of consonant, vowel-meadow

After-image of lamps
Swung through the yards
On winter evenings
With pails and barrows

Those mound-dwellers
Go waist-deep in mist
To break the light ice
At wells and dunghills

Tender

Tender as a loose tooth
Askew at the root
My love

You came up swinging
Every morning
Through it all

Tender is a kiss
While the dancers dip and twist
Under lights in the darkness
We take the long way round again
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Tender, as a shadow
So fast to follow
A swallow to the summer
Tethered, like a mirror image
A cup and string message
One to the other

Tender is a kiss
While the dancers dip and twist
Under lights in the darkness
We take the long way round again

You came up swinging
Every morning
Through it all

Tender is a kiss
While the dancers dip and twist
Under lights in the darkness
We take the long way round again

Funeral Suit

He came by in his funeral suit
In an open hearted shade of blue
Asked me what I like to do
On a July evening
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
To bermondsey or to shoreditch
I said I don't know which is which
The night a thread for him to stitch
For me, the unbelieving

In the end we just stay in
And gesture with our mugs of gin
Dance around this borrowed kitchen
A stop and start dumb snow

I am a cold filament
We advance in tender increments
Between the past and future tense
Test the weight of both

Barton

Same as always it begins
Heard a knock and let it in
This is just the medicine
To swallow
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I'll be on my own awhile
Smiling like a crocodile
You can see for miles and miles
It follows

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

I don't remember where I was
Heavy is as heavy does
Weighed me down because, because
It's hollow

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

Broken as it
Broken as it is
This is a love

Non Albums Tracks

Apparatchik

(Printer Clips with Lisa Hannigan / Printer Clips LP)

House always wins
So don't cry, cry
Down like water
Down like sand
Got to try
'Cause I, I am an old dog
This is a new trick
I won't look down, down
Apparatchik
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
These are the punches that we roll with
This is the shit
When it's so much easier to stomach it
I'm downwind of you

Black berets and blue jeans
A wry smile, a smile
From the glue
For your tip tape
I get high, high
All these cars
Have lost their soul
In the race for the prize, compromise
Apparatchik

These are the punches that we roll with
This is the shit
When it's so much easier to stomach it
And I'm downwind of you

'Cause you give good odour
And you raise my game
From this high rise hoping
You steal my gains
Stuck together with traffic jams
Sweaty palms
Apparatchik

These are the punches that we roll with
This is the shit
When it's so much easier to stomach it
I'm downwind of you

Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge
Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge

At The Chime Of A City Clock

(Nick Drake cover / Live at "The Songs Of Nick Drake: Way To Blue")

A city freeze
Get on your knees
Pray for warmth and green paper
A city drought
You're down and out
See your trousers don't taper

Saddle up
Kick your feet
Ride the range of a London street
Travel to a local plane
Turn around and come back again

And at the chime of the city clock
Put up your road block
And hang on to your crown
For a stone in a tin can
Is wealth to the city man
Who leaves his armour down

Stay indoors
Beneath the floors
Talk with neighbours only
The games you play
Make people say
You're either weird or lonely

A city star
Won't shine too far
On account of the way you are
And the beads
Around your face
Make you sure to fit back in place

And at the beat of the city drum
See how your friends come in twos
Or threes or more
For the sound of a busy place
Is fine for a pretty face
Who knows what a face is for

The city clown
Will soon fall down
Without a face to hide in
And he will lose
If he won't choose
The one he may confide in

Sonny boy
With smokes for sale
Went to ground with a face so pale
And never heard
About the change
Showed his hand and fell out of range

In the light of a city square
Find out the face that's fair
Keep it by your side
When the light of the city falls
You fly to the city walls
Take off with your bride

But at the chime of a city clock
Put up your road block
Hang on to your crown
For a stone in a tin can
Is wealth to the city man
Who leaves his armour down

Who leaves his armour down

Banríon Mo Chroí

( Mary Janes/Mic Christopher Cover of "Queen of Hearts" - Ceol 06 LP )


Uisce a’ teacht a’ breathnú orm
Ag fanacht siar
Ag fanacht siar ar dhuine
Uisce a’ teacht a’ breathnú orm
Ag feitheamh, ag feitheamh ar dhuine éigin.
Ós do chomhair an saol ‘tá thart
Is mise tréigthe san am fadó
Ag caitheamh ama go mall réidh
Ag fiafraí díom “Cén fáth, cén fáth?”
Ar chuaigh siad thart i ngan fhios dom
Nó an dall atáim?
De bharr an t-uisce ...

Ní fhacamar an téacs bhí romhainn
Níor thomhaiseamar céard bhí le teacht
Ag sciobadh linn aislingí ár dtodhchaí

Is chuireamar amach faoin ngrian iad
Nocht, mar rabhchán do ‘chuile dhuine
A rinne faillí
Tar a mhic, is mar seo atá sé
Mar chailín cúthail faiteach
Nó athrú aimsire geimhridh
Mar chúis le briseadh chroí
Is a bhanríon mo chroí
Le mo smaointe aoibhne áille
Imithe i bhfad uaim
Is mé buartha le
h-Uisce a‘ teacht...

Is mé ag feithimh
Ag feitheamh
Le banríon mo chroí

Beginner's Mind

(Unreleased / Live)

This is my beginner's mind
Asking to be still
And this is where the body finds
And lets go all its will
Don't ever change
Did I just say
The light upon your face
Drawing colour through the day
Leaving me in place
Leaving me in place

And this has all been made by hand
I'd given it my name
And sent it to discover land
To raise both roof and Cain
Oh love return
Did I command
To your closing door
As its long shadow hand
Sweeps my empty floor
Sweeps my empty floor

My yesterday
Rushing by and free
Disguise its face
Lays down next to me

The wind it speaks into the bell
Rattling its tongue
And calling thundercloud as will
And you and I to run
Oh shelter here
Did you just say
Disappearing through
The trees that groan and sway
When now I follow you
When now I follow you

My yesterday
Rushing by and free
Disguised its face
And lays down next to me
And lays down next to me
And lays down next to me

Black-Eyed Dog

(Nick Drake cover / Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake LP)

Black-eyed dog, he called at my door
Black-eyed dog, he called for more
Black-eyed dog, he knew my name
A black-eyed dog, he knew my name
Black-eyed dog
A black-eyed dog

I'm growing old and I wanna go home
I'm growing old and I don't wanna know
I'm growing old and I wanna go home

Black-eyed dog
A black-eyed dog
Black-eyed dog
A black-eyed dog

I'm growing old and I wanna go home
And I'm growing old and I don't wanna know
I'm growing old, I wanna go home
I'm growing old and I don't wanna know

Black-eyed dog, he called at my door
Black-eyed dog, he called for more

I'm growing old and I wanna go home
I'm growing old and I don't wanna know
I'm growing old and I wanna go home
I'm growing old and I don't want to know

Blue Moon

( Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart / Live KCRW )

Blue moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own

Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms could ever hold
I heard somebody whisper, "Please adore me"
When I looked the moon had turned to gold

Blue moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own

Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms could ever hold
I heard somebody whisper, "Please adore me"
When I looked the moon had turned to gold

Blue moon,
Now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own

Love on my own
Love on my own
Love on my own

Blurry

( Live / Other voices )

Blurry like a railroad journey
You get down, so
You need the music that enrings
You got someone in your hand
Another in your mistiness
And several in your open arms
Sometime, sometime

Maybe you’ll pin nothing else on me
I get down sometimes
And I am perforated plenty
It’s you on the train
You don’t know where you’re heading to
Or even where you started out from

No-one ever talks to me like you do
I don’t like what you say, but at least it’s true
No, yeah…

Braille

(b-side)

For you, I leave my light on
To do it's best against the storm
And you came in like the tide and
I knew that we could keep each other warm.

You bring crocosmia and fuschias
And I, I sing your name into the night
A king of salt and stones, your compass
It swings from you to me tonight

We’ll swim without a word between us
Our breath held in
We reel in love in the ocean
Braille on our skin, on our skin

I fill a glass with what you’ve gathered
They wilt against the window pane
In the morning sees you off with nets to scatter
You will come in with the tide again

We swim without a word between us
Our breath held in
We read enough in the rush of
Braille on our skin, on our skin

We swim without a word between us
Our breath held in
We read enough in the rush of
Braille on our skin, on our skin

Do You Realize

(The Flaming Lips cover / Lisa Hannigan feat. Gavin Glass / Live on Today FM)

Do you realize
That you have the most beautiful face
Do you realize
We're floating in space
Do you realize
That happiness makes you cry
Do you realize
That everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning 'round

Do you realize
Do you realize
That everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning 'round

Do you realize
You have the most beautiful face

Don't Explain

( Billie Holiday Cover - Performed with Herbie Hancock )

Hush now, don't explain
There ain't nothing to gain
Well I'm glad that you're back
But don't explain

Quiet baby, don't explain
You know there ain't nothing to gain
Skip that lipstick
Don't explain

You know that I love you
And what love endures
All my thoughts are of you
I am so completely yours

Don't wanna hear nobody chatter
'Cause I know you cheat
Right or wrong, it don't matter
When you're with me sweet

Hush now, don't explain
You are my joy
And you're my pain
My life is your love
So don't explain

You know that I love you
And what love endures
All my thoughts are of you
I am so completely yours

Don't wanna hear folks chatter
'Cause I know you cheat
Right or wrong, don't matter
When I'm with you sweet

Hush now, don't explain
No, you're my joy and you're my pain
My life is yours love
Don't explain

Eyes Out For You

(Joe Henry cover / Live at the Highline Ballroom, NYC, 2012-06-15)

A fence is stretched across my brow
A divided country, then and now
And you the border guard

My caravan waved off the track
With dusty miners hid in back
Their faces glowing hard

Bruised and black and hunkered down
From sparkling fuses underground
And digging the way through

To surface on some other side
With time to burn, a past to hide
And one eye out for you
One eye out for you

With letters cut from magazines
I hide my hand and I speak between
The truth and what I need

I lift the face of someone strong
To mask the shadows growing long
And blur what it concedes

I've found myself out on a range
Found the mirror staring strange
Demanding what I knew

Of tell-tale stripes across my back
The eyes I keep, each blue and black
And both of them out for you
Out for you

Now I've crossed into some northern town
Where winds rise up and the stars come down
And no one knows my name

I stitch a coat from what I find
And weave a story in my mind
With nothing such as blame

I scrawl out pages, watch them burn
The jumpy horses all nod in turn
The way I need them to

Before I run them to the fields
As buildings blaze and dot the hills
Like all eyes out for you
All eyes out for you
All eyes out for you
All eyes out for you

Falling Slowly

(Glen Hansard & Lisa Hannigan / Live at Koninklijk Circus, Brussels, 2012-10-24)

I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react
And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat
And point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice
You have a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly
Eyes that know me
And I can't go back
Moods that take me
And erase me
And I'm painted black
Well, you have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

Take this sinking boat
And point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice
You had a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly
Sing your melody
I'll sing along

Flowers

(The Virtues OST)

Hey, I heard what you said
In sun and in showers
We all must be fed
All must be fed

You wear yourself so steadily
You're ready for a fight
But in hell and high water
It helps to be right
Helps to be right

I don't know the rules of this game
And I don't think I want to play
I've seen your cards and mine are the same
And if I come back I won't stay

I burned all your letters
I buried all your stones
The curses and the raptures
I kept them for my own

Oh say, how 'bout this instead
Come by with some flowers
And stay 'til they're dead
Stay 'til they're dead

I don't know the rules of this game
And I don't think I want to play
I've seen your cards and mine are the same
And if I come back I won't stay

Come by with some flowers
And stay til they're dead
Come by with some flowers
And stay 'til they're dead
Stay 'til they're dead
Stay 'til they're dead
Stay 'til they're dead

Free Until They Cut Me Down

( Iron & Wine Cover / Live )

When the men take me to the devil tree
I will be free and shining like before
Papa don't tell me what I should've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me, take me home"

When the wind wraps me like the reaper's hand
I will swing free until they cut me down
Papa don't tell me what I could've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me, take me home"

When the sea takes me like my mother's arms
I will breathe free as any word of God
Papa don't tell me what you would've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me, take me home"

Get On The Road

(Tired Pony & Lisa Hannigan / Acoustic)

The fire, the wine, the bed and you
In this crimson light I find the truth
And truth is like a punch or two
It hits you hard, it knocks you through

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

Kiss like a fight that neither wins
One tender payment for our sins
You are the drug that I can't quit
Your perfect chaos is a perfect fit

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

From broken farm to broken farm
The engine noise like an alarm
It breathes a thunder in my soul
It starts this race through the dustbowl

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

The wheel it settles in my hands
This is the measure of this man
I point the car at north at you
My route has scarred this country through

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

Get The Party Started

( Pink Cover / Even Better Than The Real Thing Vol. 1 )

I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm comin' up so you better get this party started

Get this party started on a Saturday night
Everybody's waitin' for me to arrive
Sendin' out the message to all of my friends
We'll be lookin' flashy in my Mercedes Benz
I got lotsa style, got my gold diamond rings
I can go for miles if you know what I mean

I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm...

Makin' my connection as I enter the room
Everybody's chillin' as I set up the groove
Pumpin' up the volume with this brand new beat
Everybody's dancin' and their dancin' for me
I'm your operator, you can call anytime
I'll be your connection to the party line

I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
I'm comin' up so you better get this party started, started, started
I'm comin' up so you better.. you better...

Ghost Of Christmas Past

(Mick Flannery feat. Lisa Hannigan / Other Voices: Series 7, Vol. 2 Live LP)

Snowmen in the field I see
Ride the coal-bags down the hill with me
Hey, look you've got Rudolf's nose
Put my hat on, you'll get cold

Now let's have a snowball fight
I always want you on my side
Sit down by the fire with me
Let's try and climb the Christmas tree

You and I alone will go
I will walk you all the way back home
We will talk about our school and things
I will see you tomorrow, please

Oh I forgot this part
This is where you break my heart
You told me that you loved me then
Did you really mean it, friend

And don't go telling me lies, love
Tell me the truth, love
Tell me the truth, love
'Cause that way I won't have to know, love
Won't have to see
Won't have to ask
The Ghost of Christmas Past

Glory Box

(Portishead cover / Live at Dublin, Ireland, 2015-12-31)

I'm so tired of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
I've been a temptress too long

Just
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be
A woman
I just want to be a woman

From this time, unchained
We're all looking at a different picture
Through this new frame of mind
A thousand flowers could bloom
Move over and give us some room

Yeah
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be
A woman
I just want to be a woman

So don't you stop being a man
Take a little look from our side when you can
Sow a little tenderness
No matter if you cry

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be
A woman
I just want to be a woman
It's all I want to be is all woman

This is the beginning of forever and ever
It's time to move over
It's all I want to be

I'm so tired of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
I've been a temptress too long

Just
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be
A woman
I just want to be a woman
I just want to be a woman
I just want to be a woman

Hallelujah

(Leonard Cohen Cover)

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew her
And she tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

(Christmas carol / Live on Today FM)

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight

And have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now, now

Helpless

(Neil Young cover / Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry, Ross Turner & John Smith / Recorded at the Delta-Chelsea Inn, Toronto)

There is a town in north Ontario
With dream comfort memory to spare
And in my mind I still need a place to go
All my changes were there

Blue, blue windows behind the stars
Yellow moon on the rise
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless
Baby, can you hear me now
The chains are locked
And tied across my door
Baby, sing with me somehow

Blue, blue windows behind the stars
Yellow moon on the rise
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless
Helpless, helpless, helpless
Helpless, helpless, helpless
Helpless, helpless, helpless
Helpless, helpless, helpless

Here comes the sun

(The Beatles Cover)

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling
It's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
I say
It's all right
It's all right

Little darling
The smile's returning to their faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
I say
It's all right
It's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling
I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
I say
It's all right
It's all right

It's all right
It's all right

Hushabye Mountain

(Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman cover / Richard Hawley & Lisa Hannigan / Live at Church of Saint James)

A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain
Softly blows o'er Lullaby Bay
It fills the sails of boats that are waiting
Waiting to sail your worries away

It isn't far to Hushabye Mountain
And your boat waits down by the quay
The winds of night so softly are sighing
Soon they will fly your troubles to the sea

So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain
Wave goodbye to cares of the day
Watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from Lullaby Bay

It isn't far to Hushabye Mountain
And your boat waits down by the quay
The winds of night so softly are sighing
Soon they will fly your troubles away

So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain
Wave goodbye to cares of the day
Watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain
Sail far away from Lullaby Bay
Sail far away from Lullaby Bay

I Came So Far For Beauty

(Leonard Cohen cover / Live)

I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned

I thought I'd be rewarded
For such a lonely choice
And surely she would answer
To such a hopeless voice

I practiced all my sainthood
I gave to one and all
But rumours of my virtue
They moved her not at all

I changed my style to silver
I changed my clothes to black
Where first I would surrender
Now I would attack

I stormed the old casino
For the money and for the flesh
And I myself decided
What was rotten and what was fresh

And men to do my bidding
And broken bones to teach
The value of my pardon
The shadow of my reach

And no, I could not touch her
With such a heavy hand
Her star beyond my order
Her nakedness unmanned

I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned

I Don't Know What We're Fighting For

(Oscar The Hypno-Dog And Other Tails LP)

What was it this time
Was it the nappy
I pulled from the bin

Or this delicious stuff
I brought in
On my chin
Also from the bin

My nose is still hurting
From where you spanked it before
I can't remember
What we're fighting for

I wasn't barking at nothing
There was something there
Didn't you see
Didn't you care

Don't talk to me
Like I'm some pup
How was I to know
It was just your coat hanging up

Well, it's true
I can't see
My paw in front of my face
But I don't need good sight to see
The disappointment on your face

My nose is still hurting
From where you spanked it before
I can't remember
What we're fighting for

Can we start again
We've done so before
If you hold out your hand
I'll give you my paw

If It Be Your Will

(Leonard Cohen cover / Live)

If it be your will

If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before

I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will

If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you

From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice

Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will

And end this night
If it be your will
And end this night
If it be your will
And end this night
If it be your will

I Need A Dollar

(Aloe Blacc cover / Live on FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock)

I need a dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need, hey, hey
I need a dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need, hey, hey
I need dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need
If I share with you my story, would you share your dollar with me

Bad times are coming and I reap what I don't sow
Well, let me tell you something all that glitters ain't gold
It's been a long old trouble, long old troublesome road
And I'm looking for somebody come and help me carry this load

I need a dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need, hey, hey
I need a dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need

Well, I don't know if I'm walking on solid ground
'Cause everything around me is falling down
All I want is for someone to help me

I had a job but the boss man let me go
He said, "I'm sorry, but I won't be needing your help no more"
I said, "Please, mister boss man, I need this job more than you know"
But he gave me my last paycheck and he sent me on out the door

Well, I don't know if I'm walking on solid ground
'Cause everything around me is crumbling down
And all I want is for someone to help me

I need a dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need, hey, hey
I need a dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need, hey, hey
I need dollar, dollar, a dollar is what I need
If I share with you my story, would you share your dollar with me

I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl

(Nina Simone cover / Live)

I want a little sugar in my bowl
I want a little sweetness down in my soul
I could stand some loving oh so bad
I feel so funny and I feel so sad

I want some steam on my clothes
Maybe I can fix things up so they'll go
What's the matter, daddy
Come on, save my soul
Drop a little sugar in my bowl, I ain't fooling
Drop some sugar in my bowl

You've been acting strangely, I've been told
Soothe me, I want some sugar in my bowl

I want some steam on my clothes
Maybe I can fix things up so they'll go
What's the matter, daddy
Come on, save my soul
Drop a little sugar in my bowl, I ain't fooling
Drop some sugar in my bowl

I want steam on my clothes
Maybe I can fix things up so they'll go
What's the matter, daddy
Come on, save my soul
Drop a little sugar in my bowl, I ain't fooling
Drop some sugar in my bowl

Josephine

(RITUAL feat. Lisa Hannigan / From The City To The Wilderness EP)

I knew I had tasted love
The first sip always makes you choke
Sweetest sound I ever spoke
So bitter and so beautiful

Josephine
I'll never be good enough
I want to be
Let me try it once more
Then, Josephine
Let me get close enough to hold you, babe
And we can dance a little more
Yeah, we can dance a little more

Every thread of ours connect
From the city to the wilderness
And you're on repeat inside my head
And you're indelible I can't forget

Josephine
I'll never be good enough
I want to be
Let me try it once more
Then, Josephine
Let me get close enough to hold you, babe
And we can dance a little more
Yeah, we can dance a little more

Last Leaf

( The Cake Sale LP )

I know what it would take for me to be free
To always be silenced everytime she spills tears
I can't ever leave you baby I believe
Just want to be the one who shakes down the last leaf

Feel I'm hanging around only to test thread
If it's strong enough to hold me then I'm weak enough to live
But I can't ever leave you baby I believe
Just want to be the one who shakes down the last leaf

Long time running
From the strong lines that holds
It's all I've known
Don't adjust your set

There are cracks on the pavement
So watch where you walk
I'm up in my room
Can you be here soon

You've put it across forbidden lines
If you never brought it back
I'd never know how where to find it

Long time running
from the strong lines that holds
It's all I've known
Don't adjust your set
The storm will pass
Been up on the roof til now
Changing the tune

There are cracks on the pavement
So watch where you walk
Are you in the room
Can you be here soon

Lille

(French Version)

Sur la mer, il est parti
À la recherche de son chemin
Que faut-il dire, et pourquoi
Ce qu'il a dit, ce qu'il a fait
À son amour de toujours
Elle est partie, il aussi

Les matins, je pars son guerre
Je me souviens, je me perds
Ce que tu m'as dit dans metrage
Paraboles de l'amour
Je les ai lus
Dans les yeux
Alors c'est fini
Je suis libre

Il fait joue la tête lourde
Je ferme les yeux aux soleil
Aveugle et sourde à la vie
Couleurs passées des jeunes enfants
Délaissé, notre jardin
Le chemin ne mène à rien

Hier du soir, nous jouons
On prend de la chaleur, du plaisir
Nos ombres s'agrandissant
Sur le sable froid
À bout de souffle, nous courrons
Tandis que le soleil se noie dans l'eau

Martha

(Tom Waits cover / Lisa Hannigan & Cormac Curran / Live at Turning Pirate New Year's Eve 2012)

Operator, number, please
It's been so many years
Will she remember my old voice
While I fight the tears

Hello, hello there, is this Martha
This is old Tom Frost
I am calling you long distance
Don't worry 'bout the cost

'Cause it's been forty years or more
Now, Martha, please recall
Meet me out for coffee
Where we'll talk about it all

And those were the days of roses
Poetry and prose and Martha
All I had was you and all you had was me

There was no tomorrows
We'd packed away our sorrows
And we saved them for a rainy day

I feel so much older now
You're much older too
How's your husband, how's the kids
You know that I got married too

Lucky that you found someone
To make you feel secure
We were all so young and foolish
Now we are mature

Those were the days of roses
Poetry and prose and Martha
All I had was you and all you had was me

There was no tomorrows
We'd packed away our sorrows
And we saved them for a rainy day

I was always so impulsive
I guess that I still am
And all that really mattered then
Was that I was a man

I guess that our being together
Was never meant to be
But Martha, Martha
I love you, can't you see

Those were the days of roses
Poetry and prose and Martha
All I had was you and all you had was me

There was no tomorrows
We'd packed away our sorrows
And we saved them for a rainy day

I remember quiet evenings
Trembling close to you

Moon River

(Mancini & Mercer / Live at Church of Saint James)

Moon river, wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style someday
You dream maker
You heartbreaker
Wherever you're going I'm going your way

Two drifters off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end
Waiting round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon river and me

My Lagan Love

(The Chieftains feat. Lisa Hannigan)

Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick lennan-shee
She has my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty

For love is lord of all
And often when the beetle's horn
Hath lulled the eve to sleep
I steal unto her shieling lorn
And thru the dooring peep
There on the cricket's singing stone
She spares the bogwood fire
And hums in sad sweet undertone
The songs of heart's desire

Nor life I owe nor liberty
For love is lord of all
For love is lord of all

Needles

( The Cake Sale LP )

Under my cloud
Out of my hands
Lost in a feeling
That I can't get out of

Wondering why
Wasting our time
Wasting all I love
In the shiny side of my life

I don't need you near me
So chemical, oh
I don't need you near me

Under my hand
Out of my head
Lost in confusion
I can't say we're out yet
Under the light
What if I died?

What if halfway though
I turn around and change my mind

I don't need you near me
So chemical, oh
I don't need you near me

Nothing compares 2 U

(Prince Cover)

It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since u took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since u took your love away
Since u been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues

'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

It's been, been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby where did I go wrong
I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they'd only remind me of you
I went to the doctor n'guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said girl you better have fun
No matter what you do
But he's a fool

'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

All the flowers that u planted, mama
In the back yard
All died when u went away
I know that living with u baby was sometimes hard
But I'm willing to give it another try

Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

Nothing Compares 2 U

(Prince cover / Live at Dermot O'Leary's show, 2016-08-20)

It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away

Since you've been gone, I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing, nothing can take away these blues
'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

It's been, been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me, baby, where did I go wrong

I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they only remind me of you
I went to the doctor and guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said, "Girl, you better try and have fun no matter what you do"
But he's a fool
'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

All the flowers that you planted, mama, in the back yard
All died when you went away
I know that living with you, baby, was sometimes hard
But I'm willing to give it another try

Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

O Holy Night

(Christmas carol / Lisa Hannigan feat. Fyfe Dangerfield & Nerina Pallot / Live at Dermot O'Leary's Show, BBC Radio 2, 2011-12-17)

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appears and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine, holy night, O night divine

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the Wise Men from the Orient land
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine, holy night, O night divine

Personal Jesus

(Depeche Mode cover / Live at Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 2009-10-30)

Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares

Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer

Take second best
Put me to the test
Things on your chest
You need to confess
I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver

Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith

Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares

Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer

Take second best
Put me to the test
Things on your chest
You need to confess
I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver

Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith

Piano Furnace

(Joe Henry feat. Lisa Hannigan / Live)

Let's pull this piano
Out from the wall
Clear the young children
From out of the hall
Stuff it with tender
Put paid to it all
Let it stoke the fires of the world

Let's beat this guitar
It was meant to be heard
The way a confession
Is dragged word by word
From out of the mouths
Of the sick and the cured
Let it stoke the fires of the world

A clanging black train
Runs through the door
Connecting the fears
We hadn't before
Leaves them in ribbons and
Strewn out on the floor
Tangled as ever we sing

Let's string up that harp
From the limb of a tree
Let it swing out above us
And buckle our knees
A hymn to the hopeless here
Thicker than thieves
Let it stoke the fires of the world

A clanging black train
Cuts through the song
Connecting the fears
Along for so long
Leaves them in ribbons and
Strewn out on the lawn
Tangled as ever we sing

Let your iron lungs
My dark hidden heart
Crack open with diamonds
When the real rumble starts

Stand naked in smoke
Sending up sparks
Let us stoke the fires of the world
Let us stoke the fires of the world

Playground love

( Air Cover / The Saturday Sessions CD )

I'm a high school lover
And you're my favourite flavour
Love is all, all my soul
You're my playground Love

Yet my hands are shaking
I feel my body remains
Time's no matter, I'm on fire
On the playground love

You're the piece of gold
The flushes all my soul
Extra time, on the ground
On the playground love

Anytime, anyway
On your playground Love

Queen Of Hearts

(The Mary Janes cover / Live at the Highline Ballroom, NYC, 2009-03-07)

Water came and saw me
Holding back
Holding back for someone

Water came and saw me
Holding on
Holding on for someone

What you see is the life I had
Now I'm left here with my past
Watching time as it passes slow

Just to see the reasons why
They must have come and passed me by
Or maybe I'm just blind
Because the

Water came and saw me
Holding back
Holding back for someone

Water came and saw me
Holding on
Holding on for someone

Like we couldn't see it in text
Like we couldn't guess what was next
Like we'd taken all of our hopes and our dreams

And we'd put them out in the sun
Naked as a beacon for everyone
Who couldn't achieve

So come on, my son, it's like this
It's like faint little miss
It's like a sudden change in winter
Caused the breaking of a heart

And the queen of hearts
And all my wonderous thoughts
They're no longer with me
And I'm sick because the

Water came and saw me
Holding back
Holding back for someone

Water came and saw me
Holding on
Holding on for someone

Holding on for the queen of hearts
For the queen of hearts
For the queen of hearts
For the queen of hearts
For the queen of hearts

Red River Valley

(Joe Henry & Lisa Hannigan / The 78 Project)

From this valley they say you are going
I will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our paths awhile

Come and sit by my side if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
Just remember the Red River Valley
And the one who has loved you so true

I've been thinking a long time, oh my darling
Of the sweet words you never would say
Now, alas, must my fond hopes all vanish
For they say you are going away

They will bury me where you have wandered
Near the hills where the daffodils grow
When you're gone from the Red River Valley
For I can't live without you, I know

Come and sit by my side if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
Just remember the Red River Valley
And the one who has loved you so true

Rocky Took A Lover

(Bell X1 cover / Lisa Hannigan & Paul Noonan)

I wanna shine in the eye of Orion
But I drove my soul through the Black Hole
That's a wonderful way to wake me
But you weren't so nice last night
You're such an asshole when you're drunk
At least I'm okay in the mornings

The three wise men came a long way
Following that pin hole in the sky
Yeah that one right there
I don't believe in any old Jesus
As if there was a God
Then why is my arse the perfect height for kicking

I'll shine for you
I'll burn for you
I'll shine for you
That's what I'll do

They're like headlights in the rear view mirror
They're closer that they seem
And from this gutter, we're still staring at the stars
Would you go away and shite
Last night all you did was curse those stars
You said they sang to you of hope

The sun gives life
And it takes it away
But like all the greats
It'll burn out someday
She said, I don't mind
I don't want to get bored
I don't want to end up beached on this shore
I want to be that star
I want to be that star
I want to be that star
I want to be that star

I'll shine for you
I'll burn for you
I can shine for you
That's what I'll do

That's what I'll do
That's what I'll do
That's what I'll do
That's what I'll do

Salty And Sweet

(John Smith feat. Lisa Hannigan / Live)

I'm a fishing girl
Just a lonely girl
The town in which I live
Is breaking water

I told my mother
My violent brother
All they give to me
Is reason to leave

Imagine my surprise
A pair of ancient eyes
Set into a face
As old as land

He stands in front of me
He came out of the sea
He says it hurts his skin
To touch the sand

He crawls back into the sea
The air is salty and sweet
A backward glance by way
Of invitation

I'm in now up to my knees
The air is salty and sweet
I'll leave my dress by way
Of explanation

My man don't care for clothes
The things he does not own
They never trouble him
Never give him grief

'Cause he's as soft as silk
As pure as baby milk
Harder than the earth
That he so scorns

He crawls back into the sea
The air is salty and sweet
A backward glance by way
Of invitation

I'm in now up to my knees
The air is salty and sweet
I'll leave my dress by way
Of explanation

Saturday Sun

(Nick Drake cover / Lisa Hannigan & Luluc / Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake LP)

Saturday sun came early one morning
In a sky so clear and so blue
Saturday sun came without warning
So noone knew what to do

Saturday sun brought people and faces
That didn't seem much in their day
But when I remembered those people and places
They were really too good in their way
In their way
In their way

Saturday sun won't come and see me today

Think about stories with reason and rhyme
Circling through your brain
And think about people in their season and time
Returning again and again
And again
And again

Saturday sun has turned to Sunday's rain
So Sunday sat in the Saturday sun
And wept for a day gone by

Secrets In Stones

(Unreleased / Live)

The sky was pacing white to grey today
Make no mistake, you always have to pay to play
She was tired and bleached as the dark broke the beach and the birds took off
As they wheeled away she laughed out at the bay though her heart was rough
Her heart was rough

The fire is one man lost as they taste youth
You made a mistake and now it aches for what it had to lose
So he took himself west and the seabirds confessed
Till his hands were clean
By the water alone he set his secrets in stones
Sent them skimming down deep

Between her palm and his, misunderstood to be a home
Within the newest reasons to just leave it well alone

Her eyes are green in the sun but dun in cloud
But he couldn't recall their salty particulars now
By a slice of the gate, the ashes cold in the grate she knew that he'd been
In the kitchen she stopped, saw the cup and the pot and the envelope between

Between her palm and his, misunderstood to be a home
Within the newest reasons to just leave it well alone
She had him sewed to her seam still always tangled up and worn
He had her wanting, always burning, embers barely warm

Send In The Clowns

(Stephen Sondheim cover)

Isn't it rich
Are we a pair
Me here at last on the ground
You in mid-air
Send in the clowns

Isn't it bliss
Don't you approve
One who keeps tearing around
One who can't move
Where are the clowns
Send in the clowns

Just when I'd stopped opening doors
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
Sure of my lines
No one is there

Don't you love farce
My fault, I fear
I thought that you'd want what I want
Sorry, my dear
But where are the clowns
There ought to be clowns
Quick, send in the clowns

What a surprise
Who could foresee
I'd come to feel about you
What you felt about me

Why only now when I see
That you've drifted away
What a surprise
What a cliche

Isn't it rich
Isn't it queer
Losing my timing this late in my career
And where are the clowns
Quick, send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here

Set The Fire To The Third Bar

(Snow Patrol feat. Lisa Hannigan / Live at Ward Park, Bangor, 2010-06-05)

I find the map and draw a straight line
Over rivers, farms and state lines
The distance from here to where you'd be
It's only finger-lengths that I see
I touch the place where I'd find your face
My fingers in creases of distant dark places

I hang my coat up in the first bar
There is no peace that I've found so far
The laughter penetrates my silence
As drunken men find flaws in science

Their words mostly noises
Ghosts with just voices
Your words in my memory
Are like music to me

I'm miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground
And I, I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

And after I have travelled so far
We'd set the fire to the third bar
We'd share each other like an island
Until exhausted close our eyelids
And dreaming, pick up from
The last place we left off
Your soft skin is weeping
A joy you can't keep in

I'm miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground
And I, I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

I'm miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground
And I, I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

Silent Night

(Christmas carol / Lisa Hannigan, Richard Hawley & Jarvis Cocker / Live at Church of Saint James)

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Skinny Love

(Bon Iver cover / Lisa Hannigan, Rhob Cunningham & Gavin Glass / Live on the Tony Fenton Show TodayFM)

Come on, skinny love, just last the year
Pour a little salt, we were never here
My my my, my my my, my my
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer

And I tell my love to wreck it all
And cut out all the ropes and let me fall
My my my, my my my, my my
Right in this moment, this order's tall

And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be kind
And in the morning I'll be with you
But it will be a different kind
And I'll be holding all the tickets
And you'll be owning all the fines

Come on, skinny love, what happened here
Suckle on the hope in light brassieres
My my my, my my my, my my
Sullen load is full, so slow on the split

And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be kind
And now all your love is wasted
And then who the hell was I
And I'm breaking at the britches
And at the end of all your lines

Who will love you
Who will fight
Who will fall far behind

Somebody That I Used To Know

(Gotye cover / Live on 3FM)

Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
Felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it's an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well, you said that we would still be friends
I'll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough

No, you didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
Guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know

Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I'd done
But I don't want to live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

You didn't have to cut me off
Making like it never happened and that we were nothing
I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough

No, you didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Somebody that I used to know
Somebody that I used to know
Somebody that I used to know
Somebody that I used to know

Some Surprise

( With Gary Lightbody / The Cake Sale LP )

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise

I was always a special child
Circuit boards for my insides
All I dreamed of was flying high
So your lips came as some surprise

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise

I was never one of the boys
Throwing shapes and power ploys
In your arms warmth I did find
In your seat I did decline

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise

Now that we've sat for a while
You've shown me yours and I've shown you mine
Even after all this time
Your lips come as some surprise

Your lips come as some surprise
That they would want to come and meet mine
They never taste like the last time
Your lips come as some surprise
Your lips come as some surprise
Your lips come as some surprise

Sticks & Stones

(Joe Henry feat. Lisa Hannigan / Live)

Gather wood against the weather
Pile up stones against the sky
String of bombs like pearls between us
And the heavens' blackest eye

Tell the hour, go take another
Or go down, Moses, without a fuss
Give in to the lawless water
And send a later boat for us

Sticks and stones, blood, ash and bone
I shake the tree, swim out alone
Turning over the dark Missouri
Now that every new leaf I had is gone

The moon's near empty, a swinging saber
Keeping every prayer at the bay
At the throat of love for ransom
From the dull approaching day

There's no lord that rides this border
No fences stretch this far to show
How times will side against another
As one arrives and others go

Sticks and stones, blood, ash and bone
I shake the tree, swim out alone
Turning over the dark Missouri
Now that every new leaf I had is gone

Whores are dressed in fire and feathers
On the beach, sit in a row
Climb the banks through scrub and tender
Disappear where rabbits go

They had nothing that I needed
But I gave them all I had
Just to share the dirt between them
As they waited, smoked and laughed

Sticks and stones, blood, ash and bone
I shake the tree, swim out alone
Turning over the dark Missouri
Now that every new leaf I had is gone
Now that every new leaf I had is gone
Now that every new leaf I had is gone

Suzanne

(Leonard Cohen cover / Mick Flannery & Lisa Hannigan / Live)

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said, "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone

And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind

Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind

Swan

(Lisa Hannigan, Aaron Dessner & Enda Walsh)

And what he wanted was a house
To fill that house with things he loved
To walk a garden that he owned
And lie and sleep upon its grass
Upon its grass

And what he wanted was a wife
To be loved returned as he loved her
To fold around their easy talk
To wake and stay there in her arms
In her arms
In her arms
In her arms

And what he wanted was a child
To fill that house with her own voice
To carry her up into her room
And there she walks within her dreams
Within her dreams

Dark greys churn that sky
Rain down on him that little man
Rain down on him that little man
Rain down on him

Pull tight your coat against the cold
Step by step that dream will come
Pull tight your coat against the cold
Step by step that dream will come
Pull tight your coat against the cold
Step by step that dream will come

Le Temps De L'Amour

(Françoise Hardy cover / Lisa Hannigan feat. Nerina Pallot & Fyfe Dangerfield)

C'est le temps de l'amour
Le temps des copains
Et de l'aventure
Quand le temps va et vient
On ne pense à rien
Malgré ses blessures
Car le temps de l'amour
C'est long et c'est court
Ça dure toujours
On s'en souvient

On se dit qu'à vingt ans
On est le roi du monde
Et qu'éternellement
Il y aura dans nos yeux
Tout le ciel bleu

C'est le temps de l'amour
Le temps des copains
Et de l'aventure
Quand le temps va et vient
On ne pense à rien
Malgré ses blessures
Car le temps de l'amour
Ça vous met au cœur
Beaucoup de chaleur
Et de bonheur

Un beau jour c'est l'amour
Et le cœur bat plus vite
Car la vie suit son cours
Et l'on est tout heureux
D'être amoureux

C'est le temps de l'amour
Le temps des copains
Et de l'aventure
Quand le temps va et vient
On ne pense à rien
Malgré ses blessures
Car le temps de l'amour
C'est long et c'est court
Ça dure toujours
On s'en souvient
On s'en souvient
On s'en souvient

The Guests

(Leonard Cohen cover / Emmett Tinley & Lisa Hannigan / Live at Cool Like Water)

One by one, the guests arrive
The guests are coming through
The open-hearted many
The broken-hearted few

And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows why the wine is flowing
Oh love, I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you now

Those who dance begin to dance
Those who weep begin
"Welcome, welcome," cries a voice
"Let all my guests come in"

And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows why the wine is flowing
Oh love, I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you now

And all go stumbling through that house
Without ? urgency
Saying, "Do reveal yourself"
Or "Why has thou forsaken me"

And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows why the wine is flowing
Oh love, I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you now

All at once the torches flare
The inner door flies open
One by one, they enter there
In every style of passion

And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows why the wine is flowing
Oh love, I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you now

Those who dance begin to dance
Those who weep begin
Those who earnestly are lost
Are lost and lost again

And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows why the wine is flowing
Oh love, I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you now

One by one, the guests arrive
The guests are coming through
The broken-hearted many
The open-hearted few

And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows why the wine is flowing
Oh love, I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you now

The Man I Love

(George Gershwin cover)

Someday he'll come along, the man I love
And he'll be big and strong, the man I love
And when he comes my way
I'll do my best to make him stay

He'll look at me and smile, I'll understand
Then in a little while, he'll take my hand
And though it seems absurd
I know we both won't say a word

Maybe I will meet him Sunday
Maybe Monday, maybe not
Still I'm sure to meet him one day
Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day

He'll build a little home, that's meant for two
Which I'll never roam, who would, would you
And so all the above
I'm dreaming of the man I love

Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day

He'll build a little home, that's meant for two
Which I'll never roam, who would, would you
And so all the above
I'm dreaming of the man I love

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

(The Band cover / Lisa Hannigan, Glen Hansard & John Smith / Live at Architectural Artifacts, Chicago, IL, USA)

Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell
It's a time I remember oh so well

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing, they went
La la la la la
La la la la la la la

Back with my wife in Tennessee
When one day she says to me
"Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E.Lee"
Now I don't mind chopping wood
And I don't care if the money's no good
You take what you need and you leave the rest
They should never have taken the very best

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing, they went
La la la la la
La la la la la la la

Like my father before me, I will work the land
And like my brother above me who took a rebel stand
He was just nineteen, proud and brave
But a Yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the mud below my feet
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing, they went
La la la la la
La la la la la la la

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing, they went
La la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la la

The Times, They Are A-Changin'

(Bob Dylan cover / Herbie Hancock feat. The Chieftains, Toumani Diabete & Lisa Hannigan / The Imagine Project LP)

Come gather 'round, people, wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth saving
Then you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone
For the times, they are a-changing

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide, the chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon for the wheel's still in spin
And there's no telling who that it's naming
For the loser now will be later to win
And the times, they are a-changing

Come senators, congressmen, please, heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled
There's battle outside that is raging
Will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times, they are a-changing

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don't criticize what you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly aging
Please, get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand
For the times, they are a-changing

The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast
The slow one now will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fading
And the first one now will later be last
For the times, they are a-changing

These Days

(Nico cover / Lisa Hannigan & Joe Henry / Live)

Well, I've been out walking
I don't do that much talking these days
These days

These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had the chance to

Well, I had a lover
It's so hard to risk another these days
These days

And if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
Well, it's just that I've been losing so long

Well, I keep on moving
Things about to be improving these days
These days

These days I sit on cornerstones
And count the time in quarter tones to ten
Please, don't confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them

Thousand

(Rosie Carney feat. Lisa Hannigan / Bare LP)

She sings sweet things
To the ones that take her home
After the laughter
She's left stuck on her own
I know dust grows
Even when there is a breeze
Can't move, can't grow
When you've fallen on your knees

She talks at night
When nobody is there
Asking for signs
To show they really care
Love, please surround me
I know I've got more to give
There are reasons to leave
But a thousand more to live

Will it be this way tomorrow
After all that's been today
Will it be this way tomorrow
I don't know, but I won't fade

Love, please, surround me
I know I've got more to give
There are reasons to leave
But a thousand more to live
But a thousand more to live

Tonight You Belong To Me

(Irving Kaufman cover / Lisa Hannigan & John Smith / Live at Motel Mosaique, Rotterdam, 2012-04-21)

I know you belong to somebody new
But tonight you belong to me
Although we're apart
You're part of my heart
But tonight you belong to me

Way down, way down beside the stream
How sweet it will seem
Once more just to dream
In the moonlight

My honey, I know
I know with the dawn
That you will be gone
But tonight you belong to me

Way down, way down beside the stream
How sweet, very sweet it will seem
Once more just to dream
In the moonlight

My honey, I know
I know with the dawn
That you will be gone
But tonight you belong to me
But tonight you belong to me
Just to little old me

Upside Down

(Diana Ross cover / Even Better Than The Disco Thing LP)

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Instinctively you give to me
The love that I need
I cherish the moments with you
Respectfully I say to thee
I'm aware that you're cheating
When no one makes me feel like you do

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Instinctively you give to me
The love that I need
I cherish the moments with you
Respectfully I say to thee
I'm aware that you're cheating
When no one makes me feel like you do

Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round
Upside down
Boy, you turn me
Inside out
And round and round

Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully
Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully
Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully
Upside down, you're turning me
You're giving love instinctively
Round and round, you're turning me
I say to thee respectfully

Video Games

(Lana Del Ray cover / Maria Doyle Kennedy & Lisa Hannigan / Live at Turning Pirate New Year's Eve 2012)

Swinging in the backyard
Pull up in your fast car
Whistling my name
You open up a beer
And you say, "Get over here
And play a video game"
I'm in his favorite sun dress
Watching me get undressed
Take my body downtown
I say, "You're the bestest"
Put in for a big kiss
Put his favorite perfume on
Go play a video game

It's you, it's you, it's all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you
Tell me all the things you want to do
I heard that you like the bad girls
Honey, is that true
It's better than I ever even knew
They say that the world was built for two
Only worth living if somebody is loving you
Baby, now you do

Singing in the old bars
Swinging with the old stars
Living for the fame
Kissing in the blue dark
Playing pool and wild darts
Video games
He takes me in his big arms
Drunk and I am seeing stars
This is all I think of
Watching all our friends fall
In and out of Old Paul's
This is my idea of fun
Playing video games

It's you, it's you, it's all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you
Tell me all the things you want to do
I heard that you like the bad girls
Honey, is that true
It's better than I ever even knew
They say that the world was built for two
Only worth living if somebody is loving you
Baby, now you do

Now you do
Now you do
Now you do

Now you do
Now you do
Now you do

It's you, it's you, it's all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you
Tell me all the things you want to do
I heard that you like the bad girls
Honey, is that true
It's better than I ever even knew
They say that the world was built for two
Only worth living if somebody is loving you
Baby, now you do

Willy

(Joni Mitchell cover)

Willy is my child, he is my father
I would be his lady all my life
He says he'd love to live with me
But for an ancient injury
That has not healed
He says I feel once again
Like I gave my heart too soon
He stood looking through the lace
At the face on the conquered moon
And counting all the cars up the hill
And the stars on my window sill
There are still more reasons why I love him

Willy is my joy, he is my sorrow
Now he wants to run away and hide
He says our love cannot be real
He cannot hear the chapel pealing silver bells
But you know it's hard to tell
When you're in the spell if it's wrong or if it's real
But you're bound to lose
If you let the blues make you scared to feel
And I feel like I'm just being born
Like a shiny light breaking in a storm
There are so many reasons why I love him

You Haunt Me

(Richard Hawley feat. Lisa Hannigan / Leave Your Body Behind You LP)

Faces
In the fog
Howl at the moon like a dog

And you
You haunt me
Oh you
Haunt me

Cracks in the mirror
On the wall
Dust clings to light in the hall

And you
You haunt me
Oh you
Haunt me

Silhouettes framed in smoke and blinding light
My hands sweat and shake so much tonight

And you
You haunt me
Oh you
Haunt me
You haunt me

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