Simple Life

by Ed Muirhead

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Alyson Fairweather So evocative of everyone's daily struggles: different struggles but the same feelings of the need to "Hold On". Favorite track: Hold On.
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    10 Tracks, 38 minutes running time.

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"Michael Marra's shoes will take some filling, but as the first anniversary of his untimely passing fast approaches it's this Jack Russell's view that Ed Muirhead's got what it takes... let's hope that now he's finished his successful launch tour for the album we'll be hearing more soon. In the meantime you can order the album (and other stuff)..."


released October 4, 2013

Ruaraidh Proctor: Bagpipes on track 1
Graeme White: Backing Vocals on track 1
Frances McGlashan: Clarinet on track 3
Ed Muirhead: Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Accordion, Bass, Percussion
Recorded at TPot Studio by Robin Wynn Evans & Tattie Shed by Ed




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Track Name: Ballad of Lorraine and Frank
Great-Grandpa Frank came to these plains
to find his fortune, make his name.
And with his lover, sweet Lorraine
they'd live the life they dreamed of.

They sailed upon the great Atlantic,
struck an iceberg, nearly sank.
But young Lorraine held on to Frank,
they'd live the life they dreamed of.

The winters came down harsh and cold
but love was warm and bright and bold.
They thanked their Lord as they grew old.
and lived the life they dreamed of.


They lost a child in Nova Scotia,
swapped their faith for raw emotion.
Found faith again, and deep devotion
to live the life they dreamed of.

And when they finally settled down
in this small Alberta town.
Lorraine and Frank did make a vow
to live the life they dreamed of.


Way up north the land gets wild,
lonely roads that stretch for miles.
The soul-crossed lovers had a while
to live the life they dreamed of.

They worked the land for thirty years,
gave it all: blood, sweat and tears.
Fair and true through joy and fear,
they lived the life they dreamed of.


They say the old man lost his sight,
then his hearing and his mind.
But he still had his true delight
and lived the life they dreamed of.

And when I think about those two
despite the hard times they saw through,
they showed a way for me and you
to live the life we dream of.
Track Name: Do and Don't
Do what you do,
please stay true.
Don't take for granted
love shown to you.

Do what you can,
Take your stand.
Don't be afraid,
Hold my hand.

Even when the days are long,
feeling that you can't go on.
Everything you say comes out all wrong.
I'll be here.

Do what you love,
love what you do.
Don't be afraid,
Love pulls you through.

© Copyright Edwin Muirhead
Track Name: On Magdalen Green
On Magdalen Green, I stare at the scene:
The Tay and the bridge before me.
This water is bright, reflecting the light,
A tiny white bird flies over me.

I cross over the track, with just a glance back
The sparkling water is calling me.
This river is bright, reflecting the light,
The white dove of peace still follows me.

Now where do you go, what do you know?
Up in the clouds, in the sky
What can you see as you stare down on me?
How does it feel when you fly?

On Magdalen Green, I stare at the scene,
My wee bird has flown o'er the river now.
She's gone without trace, and leaves only grace.
And peace, peace like I've never known.

© 2013 Copyright Edwin Muirhead
Track Name: Le Pain, Du Vin
The roads all lead to places you don't know.
The people smile but their faces are for show.
How far you've come, but so much is the same.
The past is gone, you can't go back again.

Le pain, du vin, c'est tres bien
Eat it up while you still can
The bread and wine are both divine
Drink up while you have the time.

To love and lose your love is hard,
It shakes your soul and breaks your heart.
To love and choose to turn your back,
Is harder still, your heart's attacked.

And all the games that you played
You never won, never won.
And all the promises you made
They came undone one by one.

The paths we take to places we don't know,
They twist and turn when faith is running low.
How far we've come, but so much still to learn,
The past is gone, you can't go back again.

© 2012 Copyright Edwin Muirhead
Track Name: Simple Life
Once upon a time I had a simple life
A fishing boat, a dog and a wife
A son and daughter, we lived by the water
We had no worries in our simple life.

When the weather was right I would pack my net
Kiss farewell to my Juliet
Down to the shore, off once more
Out on the waves, see what I get.

O'er the waves
O'er the sea
O'er the waves
Oh, a simple life for me
Oh, a simple life

Then one morning a man came by
Smiled as he passed and caught my eye
We sat together, enjoyed the weather
Talking about work and the simple life.

He said, "Maybe I could share some tricks I know,
Help your fishing business grow:
Buy more boats, hire more men
Catch more fish, make more profit
Be your own boss: kick back and enjoy life more..."

I thanked the man and took his card
Wished him well, said, "Don't work too hard"
Back to my net, and Juliet
My children, dog and simple life.

My son said, "Dad, that man had style
The two of you sure talked for a while.
Did he offer money, or say something funny?"
"You're right both times son", I said and smiled.

"He made me an 'offer I couldn't refuse'
But I did, and I told him how it was in my shoes.
He had to go, but I'll let him know
If I ever tire of the simple life".

© 2012 Copyright Edwin Muirhead
Track Name: Hold On
You hold on to your heart so tight
somehow it doesn't seem so right
when all your friends have left and gone away.
You want to clutch it to yourself
sometimes you wish you'd asked for help, but
now it's all too late is all you say.

You lose the tears you can't hold back
as your heart of stone begins to crack,
and the wounded cries for mercy flood your soul.
Don't wait until these cries are gone,
don't lose the tears you've held so long,
don't let the fear deception take control.

Even if your heart's not there,
You've heard them say that God still cares,
but who would want a heart that breaks like yours?
You close your eyes and give up hope
and soon you know you'll never cope,
but somehow now your empty heart's made pure.

And the mystery of your endless flight
from a darkness filled with candlelight
through memories of the brokenness of dreams.
You still hold on, you won't let go,
now you're living like you'd never known
that the broken life is better than it seems.

© Copyright Edwin Muirhead
Track Name: Stolen Moment
A stolen moment is more precious than hours and hours of time that's wasted.
So take those hours and hours and make them count.
Until a stolen moment comes about.

A kiss of passion is more precious than heartless lips and cold embraces.
So take these heartless lips and make them count.
Until a kiss of passion comes about.

A pinch of true love is more precious than buckets full of good intentions.
So take those good intentions and make them count.
Until a pinch of true love comes about.
Track Name: Ode to the Kingsway
Many years ago Great Britain's first ring road
Was built around Dundee.
On the bank of the Tay, the mighty Kingsway,
A super sight to see.

Kingsway, oh Kingsway, you save us lots of time.
Kingsway, oh Kingsway, your circles are so fine.

The jewel in the crown some would say
Was the double-circle at the top of the kingsway.
From north to south, east to west,
The double circle was the best.
You could come in from Arbroath
And use one circle or both,
Down to the town, west to Perth
Or north to Forfar and Aberdeen,
But if you made a figure of eight
You'd be back to where you'd been.

But the double-circle didn't last,
Their concrete curves are a thing of the past.
Now junctions fill that space,
And too many traffic lights take their place.

From the flow of the circle to the stop of the lights
Progress travels on.
And the cars and lorries through the day and night
Keep the Kingsway going strong.

© 2013 Copyright Edwin Muirhead

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