UNREQUITED LOVESONGS

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13 dark and beautifully melodic songs about Unrequited Love from Scottish artsong experimentalists - Stone Ghost Collective.

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released October 11, 2010

All songs written by Mike Sorensen Small and Brendan McAndrew.

Album produced and arranged by Mike Sorensen Small @ Stone Ghost Studio in Galashiels, Scotland. Album mastered by Dave Coyle. Album cover artwork by Donald Sands.

Performed by Mike Small (Vocals, Guitars, Bass & Programming), Brendan McAndrew (Vocals), Cameron Jack (Vocals & Bass), Kono Michi (Violins & Violas), Grant Pringle (Drums), Amanda Glasgow (Vocals), Roger Simian (Vocals & Guitar), Rae Hendrie (Vocals).

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Track Name: She Doesn't Care
SHE DOESN'T CARE
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

She doesn’t care if she leaves me with nothing
She’s only here ‘till the day when she has to move on
When she has to move on
She doesn’t need any man, anybody
I’m just a step on the way to where she wants to be
To where she wants to be

And I don’t understand this thing
And I don’t understand this thing
Called Love

She’s gonna use me for all she can get and
She’ll disappear out of here, never see her again
Never see her again
She’ll chew me up, spit me out and I know it
I’m just a pawn in her game and I know that I’ll lose
And I know that I’ll lose

And I don’t understand this thing
And I don’t understand this thing
Called Love

I don’t understand this thing called love
She got me good
And I don’t understand this thing called love
She’s on my mind; she’s in my heart
But she doesn’t care
Track Name: Little Cleaver
LITTLE CLEAVER
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

Little Cleaver of my heart
She’s been holding me apart
Fix you up with a permanent smile
She wouldn’t waste a knife on, waste a knife on me

Little scimitar I adore
Blithely hanging over me
She cuts swathes with the glint in her eye
She wouldn’t waste a knife on, waste a knife on me

I’m gushing with love
From a wound in my side
I’m gushing with love
From a wound in my side

She’s so cutting edge it hurts
Giving head on a chopping block
How her Judas cradle rocks
She wouldn’t waste a knife on, waste a knife on me

I’m gushing with love
From a wound in my side
I’m gushing with love
From a wound in my side

I can feel it, I can feel it in my side
I can feel it, I can feel it in my side

I’m gushing with love
From a wound in my side
I’m gushing with love
From a wound in my side
Track Name: Steppenstone
STEPPENSTONE
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

You’re a social Butterfly
You flutter to the limelight’s glow
Climbing up the greasy pole
Of the business that is show

Did my glamour start to fade
Once my usefulness was gone
Was your love for me charade
Your affections mine on loan

Just the base camp of ambition
On the foothills of your dreams
Now they’re coming to fruition
Are we running out of steam

Leave me hanging on your words
Leave me trembling in your wake
Leave me singing for my supper
While you eat and have your cake

I’ve become an albatross
And the omens aren’t good
I must exit on stage left
Lonely and misunderstood

But the poison of your chalice
Has an antidote for sure
I’m gonna find myself a woman
Who is perfectly obscure

Cut me down I’m not your Steppenstone
I’m not your Steppenstone
Cut me down I’m not your Steppenstone
I’m not your Steppenstone
Track Name: Lost Cause
LOST CAUSE
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

Once in a lucid moment it is so plain to see
That it isn’t your intention to be stuck with me
What else did I expect but all this hide and seek
When temptation is so constant and the flesh is weak.

No I’m not okay
Thanks for asking
Kind of broke my heart
When you left me
Nice sincerity

I strut upon my stage but in the wings you wait
For the final scene to enter with your dagger drawn
You, you’ve already gone, so why are you still here
I don’t mean to hurt your feelings; I’ll just fall apart

No I’m not okay
Thanks for asking
You broke my fucking heart
When you left me
Nice sincerity
Track Name: Why
WHY
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

I don’t know why, you keep your love from me
I don’t know why, you keep your love from me
You keep your love from me
I don’t know why, you keep your love from me
I don’t know why, you keep your love from me
You keep your love from me

I don’t understand this thing called love
I don’t understand this thing called love
I don’t understand; you’re on my mind; you’re in my heart
But you don’t care
Track Name: Perfumed Letter Bomb
PERFUMED LETTER BOMB
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

I awoke, I was cold and broke
And I knew that she was gone
Seven years were dissolved in tears
But the flame went burning on
All she left was an empty mess
And a perfumed letter bomb

She said that she can’t find the love
She can’t find the love
She can’t find the love
Anymore, anymore

I was down when I turned around
And I saw her at the bar
Seven days in a purple haze
But I saw my lucky stars
I couldn’t think so I bought her a drink
And admired her from afar

She said that she can’t find the love
She can’t find the love
She can’t find the love
Anymore, anymore

Still she wished me the best in my life
She was sorry and she was fond of me

She said that she can’t find the love
She can’t find the love
She can’t find the love
Anymore, anymore
Track Name: The Saddest Truth
THE SADDEST TRUTH
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

The saddest truth is often left upon the lips of those we love
The saddest truth is often left upon the lips of those we love

I’m looking at her
She’s looking back at me
I wish she could see
The beauty that I see
I want her to feel it in her soul

The saddest truth is often left upon the lips of those we love
The saddest truth is often left upon the lips of those we love

I’m looking at her
She’s looking back at me
I wish I could say
The things I meant to say
I want her to feel it in her soul

I’m so happy that I found her
It was perfect I can’t let her go
Track Name: Crystal Clear
CRYSTAL CLEAR
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

Is there something on your mind
Is there something I should know
That you’re hiding away from me

When you touch me am I cold
When you open up your soul
Do I shy away from you

I can’t believe it’s true
Did I let you down
I can’t believe it’s you
Did I let you down
I can’t believe it’s true
Did I ever let you down

I don’t ever want to let you go
I don’t ever want to let you go
I don’t ever want to let you go
I don’t ever want to let you go

All your doubts would disappear
And the truth be crystal clear
If you’d look into my heart

Are you leaving me or not
I’ll give everything I’ve got
To keep you by my side

I can’t believe it’s true
Did I let you down
I can’t believe it’s you
Did I let you down
I can’t believe it’s true
Did I ever let you down

I don’t ever want to let you go
I don’t ever want to let you go
I don’t ever want to let you go
I don’t ever want to let you go
Track Name: Romantic Love Is A Vicious Lie
ROMANTIC LOVE IS A VICIOUS LIE
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

Romantic love is a vicious lie
It tells us that we can compete
Upon a level playing field

So long and I’m sick of waiting
Thinking back to when my love was clean and new
So long and I’m tired of tear time
All I want to do is fall in love with you

Romantic love is a Tantalus
It tells us that we deserve
More than we can hope to get

So long and I’m sick of waiting
Thinking back to when my love was clean and new
So long and I’m tired of tear time
All I want to do is fall in love with you

Romantic love is a vicious lie
Only the part that hurts is true
Romantic love is a vicious lie
Only the part that hurts is true

Romantic love is a classic case
Of mutton dressing up as lamb
Feeling flustered and foolish

So long and I’m sick of waiting
Thinking back to when my love was clean and new
So long and I’m tired of tear time
All I want to do is fall in love with you

Romantic love is a vicious lie
Only the part that hurts is true
Romantic love is a vicious lie
Only the part that hurts is true
Track Name: Another Today
ANOTHER TODAY
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

I know tomorrow’s just another today
I know that you would rather keep it that way
You’ll stay the distance but you’ll stay in control
Whatever happened to your soul

You think your body is some kind of reward
You give the order and I fall on my sword
You keep your distance you expect me to crawl
And be there at your beck and call

You know I love you but you’re freezing me out
You say you love me so what’s that all about
You’re putting up these barriers
And telling me to knock them down

Even when we’re together you act like we’re apart
Even when we’re together you act like we’re apart

You make me feel like I’ve got something to prove
You know it hurts me when you ask me to choose
I know you’re not the person you used to be
But is there any room for me

You know I love you but you’re freezing me out
You say you love me so what’s that all about
You’re putting up these barriers
And telling me to knock them down

Even when we’re together you act like we’re apart
Even when we’re together you act like we’re apart
Even when we’re together you act like we’re apart
Even when we’re together you act like we’re apart
Track Name: Lament
LAMENT
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

In youth’s intense uncertainty
I held your hand uncertainly
My patience broke free from its bonds
And trapped my heart so sore and confused
Before my wiser wiles could find
Unspoken beauties in your mind

But now I know how you made me feel
And now I know how you made me feel

Since then the years have upped and gone
I hold you only in my dreams
My patience stretches ocean spans
But sorrow is my heart’s command
Before my wiser wiles could find
Unspoken beauties in your mind

But now I know how you made me feel
And now I know how you made me feel
Track Name: Miles Of Bedroom
MILES OF BEDROOM
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

There’s a ghost in my loving machine
There’s a chip messing with my head
Telling me that our love is dead

Every time I reach you
You’re not there

You’re the one that tried to read my mind
You’re the one that I have to stall
I’ve been thinking of a red brick wall

Every time I reach you
You’re not there

The path that I chose to walk through
Might as well be the one I cling to
But I know I can live without you
And it’s all right

There’s a space where you used to be
Your possessions lying overgrown
In a chair rocking on its own

Every time I reach you
You’re not there

There’s a bed stretching on for miles
In a room that goes on for years
Where it’s always raining pillow tears

Every time I reach you
You’re not there

The path that I chose to walk through
Might as well be the one I cling to
But I know I can live without you
And it’s all right

I don’t know if you really want me
I don’t know if you really need me
I was there and I know it’s true
I was there he was talking with you

The path that I chose to walk through
Might as well be the one I cling to
But I know I can live without you
And it’s all right
The path that I chose to walk through
Might as well be the one I cling to
But I know I can live without you
So it’s all right

I don’t know if you really want me
I don’t know if you really need me
Track Name: Moonlight Cantata
MOONLIGHT CANTATA
(Lyrics by Brendan McAndrew)

The clock strikes thirteen in the tower of my heart
And the bats in the belfry awake with a start
As they fly through the sky the cloaks of their wings
Silhouette in the light of the moon
Silhouette in the light of the moon

The undead are waking in the graveyard of my soul
Their clothes are all tattered and their bodies full of holes
But they’ll try to pretend they are living again
As they dance to the light of the moon
As they dance to the light of the moon

Why did you leave me this way
Baby you’ve taken my day away
And left me only with the night
And left me so lonely

The mad, mad professor in the lab of my mind
Has decided to tamper with the fate of humankind
Thinks he’s conquering death with a monster’s first breath
As it’s born by the light of the moon
As it’s born by the light of the moon

Did the vampires suck all the love out of you
Did the werewolves drain all your sympathy too
Did you find someone new in your witchdoctor’s brew
As I shiver by the light of the moon
As I shiver by the light of the moon

Why did you leave me this way
Baby you’ve taken my day away
And left me only with the night
And left me so lonely