Open and Shut Case

by Scott McMahon

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released November 24, 2016

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Track Name: Round & Round (acoustic version)
Round & Round

Cupid got me with a shot on the run, chasing me down with a machine gun. Zig-zag, double back and checking the time, when I always thought that love was blind. Now my heart's hanging heavy, my head in my hands, a smile would be fine if I could find one. But from the glint and the glimmer to the sting in the tale, alarm bells rang as the siren wailed.

A pretty lady, a pet shop smile, only eyes for me. Guardian angels, a little direction please. Stuck in the middle with a cat on the fiddle, a ship-shape company, we went straight down the tunnel of love.

And we went round and around till the boat went down, paddling alone while she sat on the phone. A bleeding old heart never beat so blue. But what do you do? Round and around till the boat went down, paddling alone while she sat on the phone. A bleeding old heart never beat so blue. Yeah but what do you do?

So we spun til the summer with a stone in her shoe, the stars in her eyes were all to guide us. Nothing left to follow but the click of her heels, blind man's buff in a mine mine field.

She saw a carrot and her head went wild with opportunities. Guardian angels, a little direction please. Then with the arc of a pitcher the blunt scissor sister tossed me out to sea, started swinging at the stake in my heart.

We went round and around till the boat went down, paddling alone while she sat on the phone. A bleeding old heart never beat so blue. Yeah but what do you do, when the boat keeps springing a hole?

Round and around till the boat went down, paddling alone while she sat on the phone. A bleeding old heart never beat so blue. But what do you do? Round and around till the boat went down, paddling alone while she sat on the phone. A bleeding old heart never beat so blue. Yeah but what do you do?
Track Name: Home Sweet Home (acoustic version)
Home Sweet Home

Home sweet home is easy, I've got a restless soul. I fell asleep in Paris and I woke up in Cologne. I might be here tomorrow, but maybe I'll be gone, cos I put my faith in destiny and I answer when she calls. Life has had its ups and downs and I've crossed some stormy seas, but now I glide on railway tracks I smooth out every crease. In the dim and distant past, the wolves were at my door. Their howling kept me up at night, they don't howl anymore.

I turned that nightmare into a dream. Just look down the aisle, the stranger with the smile, that's me. Yeah yeah.

Watching from my window, a tractor in a field, with a cloud of seagulls just behind all fighting for the lead. But the farmer doesn't notice, he's following his line. I wonder what he's singing now to help him pass the time. Home sweet home for a restless soul, well I fell asleep in Paris and woke up in Cologne. Home sweet home for a restless soul, you just put your faith in destiny and answer when she calls. She's calling, oh lord. Home sweet home for a restless soul, you just put your faith in destiny and answer when she calls.
Track Name: Fumbelina (acoustic version)
Fumbelina

Fumbelina, acting like you think you know you think it's getting better. Underneath her, where I'm all tangled up in the lines. Fumbelina, walking like you got a better offer from another. You'll believe her, when you're helping her polish her pride.

Well the rumours you hear would suggest that the butter ain't melting and you season yourself with the stories you pepper with lies. When the way that you sway makes you think that the drinking ain't helping, you'll be stuck in the web and kissing your baby goodbye.

Fumbelina come on home, come on home. Fumbelina come on home, come on home, come on home, come on home.

There's a crack in your smile Fumbelina. Your beady-eyed shit leaves me cold. Are you still breaking hearts for a living? Remind me how cheap I was sold? Releasing your prize golden ego, did you laugh when it smashed on the floor? Come on home Fumbelina, come on home, come on home. Come on home Fumbelina, come on home.

There's a crack in my smile Fumbelina and I'm spinning and spinning and spinning and and hitting the floor. In the back of my mind, there's a fleeting, a fleeting sensation of just couldn't take any more. A fleeting sensation of just couldn't take any more. Just a fleeting sensation of just couldn't take any more. Come on home Fumbelina, I just couldn't take any more.
Track Name: Mr Sunshine (acoustic version)
Mr Sunshine

I was living in a time where the sky stayed black in the morning. I was looking for the light but I couldn't shake free of the shade. Every time I left the house in the daytime, I would always get caught in a storm. Til I found how to turn the darkness into the dawn.

Call up Mr Sunshine, he'll take all your cares away. Call up Mr Sunshine if you've got a cloudy day. Anytime you feel the rain come down, you know he's never far away. Call up Mr Sunshine, it'll be ok.

Do you travel back in time til you miss yourself in the future? Are you looking for the signs that you walked right by in the dark? With a little bit of inspiration, you can dig yourself out of the hole, shed a little light on your heart, mind, body and soul.

Call up Mr Sunshine, he'll take all your cares away. Call up Mr Sunshine if you've got a cloudy day. Anytime you feel the rain come down, you know he's never far away. Call up Mr Sunshine, it'll be ok.
Track Name: Your Dreams Are Not Your Own (acoustic version)
Your Dreams are Not Your Own

I thought I could rescue a falling star, in desperate need of repair, with her high hopes hanging like mist in the air. Well I fell for it then, but I'm older now.

A passion so green it was burning red, we were the cats with the cream. Taking long drives and finding our way through the steam til I drifted off, dreaming of falling down.

Said 'I do' in my sleep and I woke up one day in a nightmare, full of fussing and fighting and falling apart at the seams. Well it made me so tired that I ended up smiling politely while I thought to myself 'The grass isn't looking so green'.

So shine those memories with time, the truth will go dull in the dark. Your excuses were cutting straight into my heart. 'I think you need help with the baggage that's holding you down'. Don't time go by so slow, when your dreams are not your own.

Well isn't life sweet when it's going well? Everything falls into place. It's all down hill, feeling the wind in your face. Take your eyes off the road and you're falling down.

Said 'I do' in my sleep and I woke up one day in a nightmare, full of fussing and fighting and falling apart at the seams. Well it made me so tired that I ended up smiling politely while I thought to myself 'The grass isn't looking so green'.

So shine those memories with time, the truth will go dull in the dark. Your excuses were cutting straight into my heart. 'I think you need help with the baggage that's holding you down'. Don't time go by so slow, when your dreams are not your own. Don't time go by so slow, when your dreams are not your own.
Track Name: Paris (acoustic version)
Paris

About time I got myself to Paris, my friends sleep underground out there. Flea-bitten confidence, but maybe out there it'll all make sense. Strip all this ground in doubt away. I'll put my feet up on the metro, find a nice apartment with a view, pile my clothes up neatly in the bathroom and wash out all these memories of you.

You saw me when the seats had all been taken. You saw me when the rest had gone away. You saw me when your confidence was bruising. You saw me when you'd nowhere left to stay. When I saw you when I woke up every morning and I saw you when I went to bed at night. And I saw the smile in your big wide eyes, telling me your dream came true. Then I washed out all those memories of you.

The waves are lapping at your ankles. They ebb and flow and roll in with the tide. Lost track of time while you were standing, the same old movie showing in your mind. You'll find a map inside the guide book, a trail of ends will help you on your way. Read about it in Life and Time, cover the graffiti with your sparkling wine. The friendly faces give the plot away.

I'll see you when the seats have all been taken. I'll see you when the rest have gone away. I'll see you when your confidence is bruising. I'll see you when you've nowhere left to stay. And you'll see me when you wake up every morning, you'll see me when you go to bed at night and you'll see the smile in my big wide eyes, telling you my dream came true when you wash out all those thoughts of me and you.
Track Name: Teach Me (acoustic version)
Teach Me

Won't you teach me how to dance, how you dance the swing. I wanna feel it again. From the moonlight smile to the effortless style, beginning, middle and end. Won't you teach me how you dance the swing, I wanna feel it again.

Won't you teach me how to kiss, how you kiss goodnight, I wanna feel it again. I didn't sleep for a week when you touched my cheek, I didn't want it to end. Won't you teach me how you kiss goodnight, I wanna feel it again.

Teach me your moves and make them slow, so I can follow. Spin me round again, spin me round again again, like you spin inside my head.

Won't you teach me how to dance, how you dance the swing, I wanna feel it again. From the moonlight smile to the effortless style, beginning, middle and end. Won't you teach me how you dance the swing, I wanna feel it again.
Track Name: Whispers & Wine (acoustic version)
Whispers & Wine

That girl in gold with the wings, listen real closely, do you hear what she sings? Such tales of passion and woe, of surfing the tension and so much further to go. Well in a sea of straining arms, she shook me up and saddled me tight. I guess we made it to the front of the pack, there's no one before us, and now there's no looking back.

She teaches the angels to walk with a style. Keeps all the answers asleep in her smile. She paints with a palette of whispers and wine and treasure to find. The power and glory, so precious and rare just lays in the sunshine and waits for her there. And just when you need it, that look in her eye is there like a prize.

That broken flame in my soul, it flickers and dances, it's out of control. She breezed right in like a storm, cut through the armour, then she started to blow and when I held her in my arms, squinting through the light and the smoke, she floored me with a wink and a smile, said 'Follow me baby, the air is better below'.

She teaches the angels to walk with a style. Keeps all the the answers asleep in her smile. She paints with a palette of whispers and wine and treasure to find. The power and glory, so precious and rare, just lays in the sunshine and waits for her there. And just when you need it, that look in her eye, it's there like a prize.

Balance of power it swings, one day you're the pauper and the next you're the king. One token look at the past will kill all the questions that you never could ask.

She teaches the angels to walk with a style. Keeps all the answers asleep in her smile. She paints with a palette of whispers and wine as she leads right from the side. The power and glory, so precious and rare, just lays in the sunshine and waits for her there. And just when you need it, that look in her eye, it's there like a prize.
Track Name: The Last Thing on Your Mind (acoustic version)
The Last Thing on Your Mind

Party's over, Casanova. It's time to say goodnight. You stole my thunder, pulled me under and swept me out of sight. No promise you can make would make amends, I know I just can't watch myself pretend. Don't say the sun might shine tomorrow, or the grass is green between the lines. Don't say the rain won't last forever, when you know it's the last thing on your mind.

So you've become a different person, I've never seen that face. Another side that you've been hiding has come to take your place. No promise you can make would make amends, I know I just can't watch myself pretend. Don't say the sun might shine tomorrow, or the grass is green between the lines. Don't say the rain won't last forever, when you know it's the last thing on your mind.
Track Name: Dragging the Years Behind You (acoustic version)
Dragging the Years Behind You

The bell for time is ringing, do you think you've paid your due? Can you feel the air get thinner with each turning of the screw?
It's like you're rowing up the river and the paddle's weighing heavy in your hands. But while the rainbow keeps on smiling on the other side, you've got to do the best you can.

Dragging the years behind you, working til you break your bones,dragging the years behind you til you feel the missing piece slide home.

I think you want surprises and I think you want routine. You ask for understanding...I don't know what you mean. But I can sit with you in silence and hear the thunder booming in your head. If the stormclouds cast long shadows on your setting sun, you'd better take a deep breath.

Dragging the years behind you, working til you break your bones, dragging the years behind you til you feel the missing piece slide home.

Who had the patience, and who took the time? Who gave you lessons how to reconstruct a beautiful mind, with these bits sticking out at the side? It's the biggest excuse in the world. I swear I used to have some radical views. I poke around at the tip of the iceberg, looking for a point I can prove. Well am I getting through to you? Cos that big old smile makes you look like a kid with the hives. I woke up, took a tip from my old man, polishing my beat brown shoes. Look son, he said you've got to be your own man. That's the kind of shit that you use, when the malady's stalking you.

We live with the suggestion of every mortal sin. When you feel that perspiration then I guess we should begin. We stand just like two towers...and your friends come flying in. But when the sunlight nearly blinds you on the other side, you'll know you did the right thing.

Dragging the years behind you, working til you break your bones, high times will greet you on the other side, when you feel the missing piece slide home. But you know....a thousand different pieces left to go.