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Cage for the Clouds

by Ed Muirhead

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The promises are broken now, the dreams are all shattered, and sad hearts are crying like nothing else mattered. The storm has come again, the stronger winds are blowing. Everything else disappears, but the light is still glowing. Oh... Cold souls on the edge of bitterness inside. Some found it long ago, just here for the ride. Trying but always never quite coming through. Going round in circles, but that's nothing new. Oh... Everybody's out there for what they can get, need to stay ahead of the game. Caught in the rat race and missing the point, yet they all end up just the same. A lot of open minds at the market place tonight, hoping for a hand or a guiding light. Now and then the price of love gets lower and lower, try to satisfy but find you're still wanting more. Oh... Has nobody told them - there's another way? Does nobody care now is this bitterness here to stay? Does nobody know now - there's another way? 1994/95
He'll be there for her he says. He'll do what she wants him to, And stay as long as she is his. He may hold her hand and smile. Give her comfort for a while, But he's not walking down no aisle. Here's a thought, have you ever seen him cry? Here's a dream, he could fly. . . She is looking for something. To hold her up or keep her thin Or just to make her young again. She will love him "to the end". If she can't she'll just pretend The two of them can still be friends. Here's a thought, have you ever seen her cry? Here's a dream, she could fly. . . You're acting like you don't know where you are or where you come from. You seem to think that this new way is somehow still the same. Can't you see the one you're with now is the one you live for? It's plain to me you still don't know... After all he's just a man. Pretty soon she'll understand If she can't save him no-one can. Here's a thought, have you ever seen us cry? Here's a dream, we could fly. . . 1999/2000
Paradise 03:12
I want to go where the sun shines, And the rain clouds fade away. I want to know that I'll see your face forever and a day. When I look into your eyes It's a view of a paradise, But I know that there's a trace of doubt here in my heart. When it seems I'm going down, And there's no-one else around, Will you hold me in your arms as I am torn apart? Everything melts into time, As history repeats the rhyme. Then we hesitate as days and nights turn into years. When I know that you are right, There is more than just tonight And the dreams that once seemed real will surely end in tears. How long can I wait till I get to see? How near I can come to where you'll be? How far can I go before you'll reach out? How much can I know, how much can I doubt? When I look into your eyes It's a view of paradise And I know that you still make me feel the way you make me . . . 1998
Last time you called me, I didn't want to know. All I cried for was freedom, thought you wouldn't let me go. Though I failed to make the feelings last, the mountain-top has all but passed, and the good time's gone so fast I don't realise it's you. Can't see the cage for the clouds. Don't have the privilege of standing out in the crowd. Won't change as long as I can hold on. Sometimes wonder who I'm running from. Reaching for a reason to change my point of view. Follow the rainbow and smile to see it's true. Now I've used up my second chance, flown past the final dance, but I can't blame circumstance, I've known all along it's you. They call it freedom but I would call it loneliness, a silent cry for mercy in the darkness of the night. Now the time has come, shake off this cloak of self-defence; with eagle's wings the bird will take to flight. As I come to my senses I begin to see all I need now is freedom, there's nothing here for me Only the pain of my selfish lies, the bitter tears I can't disguise And the look of love-light in your eyes is calling me home to you. Summer 1995
The time's not right, you say You're waiting for the 'magic'. When things work out okay, And no-one has to say goodbye. And no-one has to cry. Don't tell me now, it's tragic. You pick three chords and try To rhyme these words and make a song. So we can sing along . . . and still she's gone. This love is broken too, It seems the fire just doesn't burn Like how it used to do. Like something changed for you and me. But no-one needs to see The crying heart that doesn't learn. And these three words are free, So play the chords and make a song. And we'll all sing along . . . and still she's gone. And you watch and you wait and you hate when it's like this and no-one ever calls you at all. And you hope you can cope and you try not to cry when it's like this, like no-one wants you, like no-one needs you. She says she is confused, And will you give her time to think? Till she knows what to do, Till then she'll fight on through the day. And no-one needs to say The rats will leave this ship to sink Forget the words and play Just pick three chords and make a song And we'll all hum along . . . and still she's gone. 1999/2000
Can you hear me? Can you feel what I feel When it's clear this is the rough end of the deal? Do you know me? Do you know what I need Could you give me a chance to get up on my feet? Can you hear me? Do you know what it means To disappear, or be watched yet unseen? ... Do you know me? Does your heart break with mine When the ones that you trust step over the line? Can you hear me? Are you listening now? Do the things you believe in seem clearer somehow? Do you know me? Would you stand up and speak For those who are seen by the rest to be weak? ... Can you hear me? Can you pinpoint my voice? when I call from the crowd don't I drown in the noise? Do you know me? Have you not heard my name? Will you walk on in silence will your life be the same? Can you hear me? Do you know what I say? Will you listen and answer or just walk away? Spring 1997
Without you 03:13
I really don't know what I should do about you. Don't know if I should laugh or cry. Can't see how I can live without you. But you know I'm going to try. I can see the tears you're crying And I know they're not for me. I don't care if you've been lying But I hope that you can see That I don't want to leave you hurting, I don't want to give you pain. You can go ahead, desert me, I just want to see you smiling again. I really don't know what I should do about you. Don't know if I should sink or swim. Can't see how I can live without you. But you know I've fallen in. You say, You're so sad and you're so lonely, You just feel like you're the only One for me and I'm the only one for you. These days it's hard to be free Of the things that hold on to me I don't know if you'll ever see what I mean. I really don't know what I should do about you. Don't know if I should run or hide. Can't see how I can live without you. Cause you know I've gone and died. Though the waiting lasts forever, I will watch and I will wait. When the sometimes fades to never, And we say goodbye to fate. I can only wish you well With a life that's full of love. As I lay this thing to rest now, I just hope you find what you're dreaming of. I really don't know what I should do about you. Don't know if I should laugh or cry. Can't see how I can live without you. But you know I'm going to try. 2000
You see her 02:42
You see her, you want her You know that you really shouldn't be here. The war's on, they're fighting But you stayed home, you really shouldn't be here. But you see her, say you need her, and you get her, because you get what you want. And you make love into something cheap Like you don't care, but you're in too deep. You try to forget her, But you hear that the baby's on the way. And you don't know what to do now, because you're scared of the things that people say. You're making love into something cheap And you can't stop now, because you're in too deep. And you've fallen from grace And you lied. And you hide your face And you cry. You're crying, you're sorry You're ready to take the blame for what you've done. You know that, though it's over, the consequences will go on. When you make love into something cheap, Before you know you're in too deep. 2000 - based on the story of David and Bathsheba
When angels 03:35
He's got a new sister, he knew he would miss her, as soon as they said goodbye. There's nothing between them so what does it mean then? She's leaving him asking why. The thing about being on top of the world the next step is always down. All you need is a long term plan and a cynical view of the common man. You're going to be up and you're going to be down, but you've got to get used to this hanging around. She's got a new hero, she wants to be near now, but he only wants a friend. There's nothing between them so what does it mean then and why does it have to end? All you want is to take a stand and all the people in the palm of your hand But you've got to be good and you've got to be kind and you've got to get used to being left behind. Leave him to his pride he thinks he's so right he won't wish for the beautiful things. Leave her to her dreams she'll see what it means when angels lose their wings. There's nothing between them so what does it mean then and why does it have to end? Summer 2000
Alibi 04:13
Show you care and help me see That every prayer is going to reach you. You'll be there and you will make sure I don't cry alone. Take my heart and please watch over me I'll start to turn around. If this part of me is heavenbound You can take me home. I'm calling out, I want to shout. Sanity says I'm not allowed. Don't be shy, you say, let me cry. Vanity says you're my alibi. The tears may dry and as you find yourself You wonder why you still feel the pain. Time goes by but the sadness remains Will we ever learn? If you lost it all tonight, would you care? If you had the chance right now, would you dare? Would you leave it all behind, would you fly blind? Would you? You're calling out, you want to shout. Sanity says you're not allowed. Don't be shy, you say, let me cry. Vanity says I'm your alibi. 1999


"Cage for the Clouds" is the 10-track debut from Scottish musician/song-writer Ed Muirhead.

The album combines tender lyrics, powerful rock-pop, propelled by passionate piano and vocals.

Produced on a shoe-string, and featuring Ed playing a range of instruments, it features break-ups and make-ups, sadness and joy, showcasing songs about love and losing it.


... consistent, strong, emotional, quality ... simple intensity and melodic strength... a voice that is rich, distinct, full of feeling and warmth ...
Andy G (Dead Earnest), independent music reviewer

... a holistic, unified utterance, which achieves a kind of perfection ... a soulful, moving, and absorbing record.
Oliver Arditi, independent music reviewer


(C) (P) 2011 Tattie Records


released July 1, 2011

Ed : vocals, piano, acoustic + electric guitars, electric bass, percussion, programming
Carol : additional backing vocals

Audio remastered 2021 for the 10-yr anniversary!


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