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Paddy Stratton has written for The Levellers and other artists. FINALLY is his first release with his new band.
This album began its life in 2010 as a series of demos. In 2014 I met Paul Fitzgerald and with the help of my talented friends began recording FINALLY.

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released November 10, 2015

Guitars, dobro, MARK FLANAGAN
Keys JON MILLS
Drums GEORGE FOTHERGILL AND RORY FITZGERALD
Bass PAUL FITZGERALD
Vocal and guitars PADDY STRATTON
Backing vocals LILY AND MAISIE BUCK
Trumpet on Evenif I try LEO ALTERELLI
Produced by Paul Fitzgerald

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Track Name: OTHER SIDE OF TOWN
OTHER SIDE OF TOWN - Paddy Stratton/Paul Fitzgerald

WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AMOUNGST THE DEBRIS ON THE CITY SIDE OF TOWN
SAY IT DOESN’T LOOK SO PRETTY NOW WE’VE BEEN PULLED AND PUSHED AROUND
LAY ME DOWN UPON THAT MOUNTAIN
THAT WAS ALWAYS FREE TO CLIMB
SHOW THE MUSIC AND THE MAGIC THAT YOU ALWAYS HAD IN MIND
AND ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT YOU MADE MY DAY INTO A GOOD ONE
IF YOU’RE HERE TO STAY YOU’LL MAKE EACH DAY INTO A GOOD ONE.
ITS COMING ROUND AGAIN
ITS THAT FEELING MY FRIEND
I HOPE THIS FEELING NEVER ENDS
WHEN I’M LOOKING IN THE MIRROR
AT THE REFLECTION OF A CLOWN
AND I SEE THAT IT’S AS SIMPLE
TO SCREW ME UP OR SCREW ME DOWN
NOW THEY’VE COUNTED ALL OUR MONEY
AND THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO
IF YOUR POCKET BOOK IS EMPTY
THEN YOU’RE NOT ONE OF THE FEW
IT’S A COMFORT TO SAY THAT YOU MADE MY DAY INTO A GOOD ONE
IF YOU’RE HERE TO STAY YOU’LL MAKE EACH DAY INTO A GOOD ONE.
ITS COMING ROUND AGAIN
ITS THAT FEELING MY FRIEND
I HOPE THIS FEELING NEVER ENDS
Track Name: EVEN IF I TRY
Even If

Even if I try
The world won’t fit my eyes
If love was all I could be
Then you would be here with me

Live in troubled times
Don’t look between the lines
If love was all there could be
You’d still be here with me

Such is life and all I see --- Life is such
With all that lives inside of me
That there is no place beyond the soul
Even though we wander blind
Among the wrecks of human kind
Love is going to keep us in control

Even if I try
The world won’t fit my eyes
Imagine how life could be
If you were here with me
Guess we’ve all seen the signs
We live in troubled times
If love was all we could be
Set the whole world free
Track Name: Alternative, altcountry, Americana - PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME
Please don’t make me

Well I was down and busted
In the land of the midnight souls
Seemed like no-one could be trusted
Seemed like I lost my very soul

Then I looked out in the darkness
Stretched out my hands for I could not see
I hoped someone there could see me (could hear me)
And I hoped they’d set me free

I said oh now I’m looking for something
Oh now but I just can’t see
Oh now looking for something to set us free

Don’t make me anymore paranoid than I have become
Don’t you make me anymore paranoid than I have become
Please don’t make me anymore paranoid than I have become

Thought it was done, and dusted
The curtain had been drawn
I closed my eyes and trusted
That the sun would fill the dawn

And I stood there in your doorway
And the scales fell from my eyes
And I saw that road before me
I knew I’d found my prize

I said oh now I’m looking for something
Oh now but I just can’t see
Oh now looking for something to set us free


Don’t make me anymore paranoid than I have become
Don’t you make me anymore paranoid that I have become
Please don’t make me anymore paranoid than I have become

Now I’m standing on the shoreline
Of a dark troubled sea
But I’m anchored in your arms now
And the waves can’t pull me free

The tides can push and pull me
And the sun can hurt my eyes
But the future just can’t fool me
And just like dust I’ll rise
Track Name: SAVE IT FOR ST LOUIS
I heard them say that they have a bill of rights
Yet they gunned a man down and created a fight
Nobody wanted another street fight
For the fear of the state and all of its might

Time and time and time again you ask me for the light
All I can tell you is that if I know the truth
I would save it for St Louis pray it for St Louis say it for St Louis and blues.

I heard them say that they have a bill of rights
But they tore up the law on that crow black night
Young Michael Browns on a deep six holiday
The jury is out, that’s the way they’ll stay

I watched the snail going up the wall seemed to know where its going maybe nowhere at all
Seems like the nation has pulled up lame
I would save it for St Louis pray it for St Louis say it for St Louis and blues.
solo
Time and time and time again you ask me is it right
All I can tell you is that if I know the truth
I would save it for St Louis pray it for St Louis say it for St Louis and blues

I heard they them say that they have a bill of rights
But they shot a man and you know that’s not right
The river rose and there’s rumours of a flood
The levees broke and spilled the burgundy blood.
Track Name: IN A BAR
Well I heard the joke that had been spoke sometime before this
In a bar on the downside
It was smart it was a lark
And it was told as a true story
Just to put you on the inside

And whispers are turned into full-blown novels
For even the vision wobbles as you fall into line
Talk cheap but no one can really hide it
Even as they deny it happens all the time


Then they tell you how they love you
And that they really care
And now they’ve burst the bubble
How they have to be elsewhere.

Well I heard the joke that had been spoke over a cocktail
In a bar on the upside
It was slick told by a dick
And it was sold as true story
Just to keep you on the outside

And whispers are turned into full-blown novels
They all become swimsuit models, the weather turns out fine
Swear blind, the mountain becomes a pebble
They laugh at the cloth cap rebel, as they sit down to dine

Then they tell you how they love you
And how much they really care
And now they’ve burst your bubble
They’ll have to be elsewhere.
Track Name: Alternative, altcountry, Americana - ONE MORE DANCE
One More Dance

Oh dear don’t ever let the fear take you apart
For in truth you’re destined to rise on
And steer most carefully when you’re in the dark
For in truth there is an horizon to guide you

One and more are looking out for something
Not a lot more they can do
Another chance to see what they can hide in
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance for the river is time


And dear, the sick sad moments of night
Will pass, cause your destined to rise – above them
And dear your love’s the kind that makes the waves part
Cause in truth you are a survivor

In the dark I hold your face before me
Hear the night wind moan and sigh
There’s a star, I think its come to guide me
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance for the river is time

And they never listen and they couldn’t understand
It’s all in the dancing
Come on baby won’t you hold my hand
One more dance

Join the dance and see where it can take you
Heaven’s closer than you think
Cut the cord and see where we can sail to
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance and the river shall be mine
One more dance for the river is time
Track Name: IF YOU TOUCH HER
TOUCH HER.

You were in a storm
Trying to get warm
Trying to be
She just kicked you out
No place to be

After all this time
The demons in mind
Won’t let you be

So when you touch her
You don’t feel for her ahhhs here

Diamonds in the dark
Just salt tears that smart
Know this to be

But there’s no magic fix to ease the misery
So after all this time
The demons in mind
Won’t set you free
When you touch her
She don’t feel for you

If you love her
Need her
And I can tell you for free
After all this time she’ll ask you why the whole damn things so weird
You want to touch her
But she can’t feel for you
Anymore

Its panic not alarm
That’s doing her harm
Know this to be
And there’s no magic charm to ease the misery
You chase down your blues no time to lose
Can’t set her free
Track Name: YOU CAN'T SHOW ME
You said the words
You Sang the song
I heard it many times before
And every time it’s wrong

The picture of you that I had
Turned its face against the wall
It somehow made me glad

You said its gonna be alright
Won’t you show me
You said its gonna be alright
You don’t know me………

You lit the fire
In which you burn
You’ve done it many times before
And yet you never learn

Beneath the same old sickle moon
We stand together but
We sing a different tune

You said its gonna be alright
Won’t you show me
You said its gonna be alright
But you can’t show me
You said its gonna be alright
You don’t know me………

Your heavy heart
Will never fly
And look you change to black
The colour of the sky

The bones are sinking in the sea
Your tears are crying out that it was meant to be.

You said its gonna be alright
Won’t you show me
You said its gonna be alright
But you can’t show me
You said its gonna be alright
You don’t know me……
Track Name: SOME PEOPLE
SOME PEOPLE

FROM MY WINDOW
I GET WEARY
LOOKING DOWN AT THE TROUBLE I SEE
AND SOME PEOPLE NEVER GET A REST
SOME OTHER PEOPLE ONLY GET THE BEST
HOW IT’S SHARED OUT ONLY WE CAN GUESS

I GUESS I GUESS

MONEY’S SHORT
BUT SMILES ARE SHORTER
THE GOLDEN GOOSE GONE TO SLAUGHTER
AND SOME PEOPLE WORK THE LIVE LONG DAY
SOME OTHER PEOPLE DREAM THEIR LIVES AWAY
THE MEEK INHERIT, I THINK THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY
THEY SAY THEY SAY

THE WEAK GET SWEPT ASIDE
HOW LOUD THEY CRY
JUST SHORT OF HEAVEN
SCREAMING HELP ME AT THE SKY

YOU WIN A BET
YOU LOSE A FRIEND
YOU COME OUT EVEN IN THE END
SOME PEOPLE ARE LOST AND THROWN AWAY
SOME OTHER PEOPLE GO SAILING THROUGH THEIR DAYS
YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY
THEY SAY THEY SAY
FROM MY WINDOW
I GET WEARY
LOOKING DOWN AT THE TROUBLE I SEE
AND SOME PEOPLE NEVER GET A REST
SOME OTHER PEOPLE ONLY GET THE BEST
HOW IT’S SHARED OUT ONLY WE CAN GUESS
I GUESS I GUESS