Ship

by James Whyte

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Cloudland Blue Quartet James Whyte is a talented singer/songwriter and musician. I've known some of these songs for over 10 years - great to see them finally get a release. Recommended Favorite track: I Found Love.
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released September 24, 2015

All vocals and instruments by James Whyte except:

I Found Love
Backing vocals: Bobby Brown and Gerry Callaghan

Live Feed
Lead guitar: Jack MacInally & Gerry Callaghan

Ship
Backing vocals: Jack MacInally
Chorus: Edinburgh College Live Sound Class, Year One

Engineered and Produced by Bobby Brown and Gerry Callaghan
Recorded at Edinburgh College CRE:8 Studios

Artwork and cover design by Jac Rundell

All songs © James Whyte

Dedicated to the live music community of Edinburgh, to whom I owe a great deal.

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James Whyte Edinburgh, UK

James Whyte is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s been a well-known part of Edinburgh’s acoustic music scene for the best part of twenty years. Although a seasoned and regular live performer, The Ship E.P. is his first formal recorded release. ... more

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Track Name: I Found Love
Abandoned, scared; I almost didn’t see him
Soaked to the bone underneath a wheeliebin
I picked him up, my hands inside my coatsleeves
I called him love and love came to stay with me

First I was scared ‘cos love was acting strangely
I brushed his hair; I guess that’s when love bit me
Made him a bed down by my washing machine
Out of a towel and a box of polystyrene

Weeks turned to months and me and love were doing fine
My flat got wrecked; we lived on chocolate and red wine

And then one day I called for him as I got home
And I found love, sobbing gently by the phone
“I don’t understand” he said, “but this is how it has to be”
And so it was I set my love free
Track Name: Live Feed
Gonna pull myself in, make myself small
Rearrange my body ‘til I’m hardly here at all
Black out the windows, turn off my TV
Plug all the holes ‘til you can’t even see me

There's a fly on the wall, watching it all
Looking for dirt to share with the world
If this is reality I’d rather pretend
I don’t need an audience while I still have a friend

This is the snowstorm television dinner
I’m feeling sick, my blood is getting thinner
So I call myself a doctor and say “I think I’m ill”
And he says “you think you’re all that, take a chill pill”
I’m like “hey you’re the doctor”
He’s like “talk to the hand”
And he’s a dead ringer for Jerry Springer

Well I'm stood at the window watching a man
He hasn’t seen me but I’m onto his plan
Tying you down with all the cable you need
Broadband streaming media, text updates and a live feed

Yeah man, I’m busting out. I’m breaking free.
They can’t take my soul but they can have my TV
Except there’s one show this evening I really want to see
It’s the last in the series and the guy looks a bit like me

This is the snowstorm television dinner
I’m feeling sick, my blood is getting thinner
So I call myself a doctor and say “I think I’m ill”
And he says “you think you’re all that, take a chill pill”
I’m like “hey you’re the doctor”
He’s like “talk to the hand”
And he’s a dead ringer for Jerry Springer

And he turns and says “whatever” and walks into the crowd
Winking at the camera, they chant his name out loud
I’d smack him in the face
But there’s three guys holding me down
Track Name: Ship
Well they say we’re heading for stormy weather
Say I’ve lost my course and I’ve lost my tether
Yeah, when we set sail you know the sun was shining
Well the ship was strong and the weather was fine

And they say we’re heading for serious weather
Say I’ve lost my course and I’ve lost my tether
Yeah, it’s too big a ship for a little man like me
Well the say I shoulda not put out to sea
But I’ll keep my course and I’ll keep my tether
‘Cos I think I’ve got my ship together

And if you’re sailing across the sea
You gotta sail in a straight line
You gotta keep your face turned to the wind
Don’t stall on every squall you find
And if you think you’ve had enough
More than anyone should ever have to take
You better nail your colours to the mast
Cos this old boat ain’t got no breaks

And they say we’re heading for shit bad weather
Yeah when these shits talk they talk shit together
They sling their shit as I come sailing by
Like they think that shit is going to fly
But I’ll keep my course and I’ll keep my tether
‘Cos I think I’ve got my ship together

And if you’re sailing across the sea
You gotta sail in a straight line
You gotta keep your face turned to the wind
And don’t stall on every little squall you find
And if you think you’ve had enough
More than any man should ever have to take
You better nail your colours to the mast
Cos this old boat ain’t got no breaks
Track Name: I Always Make You Sad
What in the world am I to do?
I’m so in love with you
I always make you sad

And no matter what I do
It’s all the same to you
I always make you sad
I want to make you smile

And in my dreams someday
Take you far away from here
And the man I thought I was
Will suddenly appear
And I will watch you shining
And I will watch you glow
We’re outta here

Back in the real world you’re still blue
I should walk away from you
The last thing I could do
I’m so in love with you
I always make you sad
I want to make you smile

And in my dreams someday
Take you far away from here
And the man I thought I was
Will suddenly appear
And I will watch you shining
And I will watch you glow
We’re outta here