Some Hope

by DC Cardwell

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about

Irish-born, Melbourne-based late bloomer DC Cardwell has gathered devoted fans around the globe with his smart, melodic songs, affecting voice, and skillful, inventive guitar playing. Often referred to as a blend of music icons such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Ron Sexsmith & Neil Young, but influenced by a multitude of music styles, DC likes to describe his music as "Omnipop".

DC is a “triple threat” singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and he sealed his credentials by taking out BOTH top prizes in the Australian Catapult Song Contest in 2011 with his profoundly moving song "I Am Still The Same". The home-made video for this song has also gathered plaudits around the world, and, remarkably for a "zero-budget" film, was an official selection of both the Socal and Newport Beach Film Festivals.

DC's distinctive and affecting voice is perfect for his songs which take an honest and often wry look at life, peppered with positivity and redemptive possibility. Combine that with his maddeningly catchy hooks, pop-smart arrangements and melodic lead guitar breaks and you have Beatlesque songs that you will want to hear again and again.

"Fantastic evocative vocal tone and great lyrics. Nice vocal layering builds the song [I Am Still The Same]. The song successfully creates an atmosphere that captures the story of the lyrics. The video clip does also help to tell the story. Together with the clip it's a very moving song." John Foreman (Australian Idol music director) Catapult Song Contest judge's comment

"Head and shoulders above most others. Fantastic lyricism and storytelling leaves you hanging after every phrase. Chord structure very mature, intricate and flowing. The lazy rolling drive of the music is a genius paradox to the sadness within the subject matter. Feels like you are creeping into a box inside the writer’s head, very provocative. The 2nd verse "electric downstrokes" really push the song along into a more subtle field. Chorus harmonies are a perfect melancholy. "Do I have to spell it out, when I can barely spell my name?" ...true songwriting genius." Tony Bourke (Musician - Eskimo Joe) Catapult Song Contest judge's comment

"It [I Am Still The Same] is a simple song but the melancholy, almost pathetic tone and lyrics are endearing and resonate. I can see this on the soundtrack to a Wes Anderson movie." Heidi Peitzner (Agent/Promoter) Catapult Song Contest judge's comment
"Seriously I have a great respect for your songwriting and style. You have a unique delivery that for the uninitiated conjures the vocal prowess of Thom York blended with the edge of John Lennon and a tip of the hat to Bob Dylan. Bravo DC!!" - Doug Mitchell (record producer/engineer)

"DC Cardwell creates a heart felt acoustic gem here, full of wonderful melodic hooks and a Ray Davies styled vocal. The gentle minor chords and harmonies that open "I Am Still The Same" are both brilliant and poignant. "Birthday Present" is another example of solid composition and a revelatory Harrison styled guitar break. Some of the mid-tempo ballads ("The Quiet Ages") are like magical combinations of both Paul Simon and McCartney." - Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic

"Now it's time for the world to discover his exceptional songwriting/performing gifts." - Paul Freeman, Palo Alto Daily News

"This guy is a blast, simple hooks with a powerpop touch that embeds humor catchy turnarounds and a sense of the 60's with a bit of the 80's. This is a fun guy you should check out." - Loren Weisman, Brain Grenade

"He writes from the heart in the same way as Neil Young and applies similar poetic humour to Ray Davies. There ain't a bad song on this album... [it] is overflowing with damn good songs that Cardwell could publish and earn a good income from." - Toxic Pete Brown

"DC Cardwell helps to prove my theory that the closer you get to Antarctica, the happier your songs sound... everyone from Crowded House to Midnight Oil, seems to have a knack for sweet melodies; and DC is no exception." - Bruce Greenberg, LIVE365

“Exceptionally fine songs, DC. Who knew that depression, bitter irony, loneliness and mistrust could be so much fun? I'm not saying that sarcastically. You dig deep with such gentle and humorous resignation it's impossible not to enjoy the bitter truths you unearth. I can't pick a favorite song. They're all my favorites.” - Christopher Morse (songwriter/publisher)

"An album filled with publishable songs and potential television soundtracks perhaps for the likes of shows like 'Friends' or 'That 70’s Show'." - Donna Greene (Global Thunda Network)

"That's a beautiful cover [of Don't Do Anything]. The feel takes it to a different place that I really like." - Sam Phillips

"Occasionally you find something so awesome that you have to put it up. Browsing through the MySpace universe I happened to come across a Melbourne artist by the name of DC Cardwell. It's my first taste of his music and it's really really good" - Baron von Hutch, Sandwich Club

"Hey David that Birthday song is well cool, thats yours???? Probably the best birthday song out there. Thought it was a Beatles track, very good work Sir" - Hush (artist)

"Listened to your stuff and absolutely loved it!! Beautiful touching melodies and lyrics. Birthday Present" is a heart felt song!!" - Tali Birenberg (singer-songwriter)

"DC has a style that is cozily familar yet has originality running thru its veins. Lyrics that will make you heart melt as well as stretch your mind to its limits. He has a voice that shines above all others these days.I myself have recently purchased some of DC's music & it only makes me want more." Richie Auriemma (singer-songwriter)
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credits

released 07 December 2010

All words, music, singing and playing by DC Cardwell, except drums by Samuel Cardwell on "Quiet Ages" and "The Way Of A Woman With A Man". Produced by DC Cardwell.

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Madcar Records Melbourne, Australia

Madcar Records is the home of singer-songwriters Marjorie & DC Cardwell, both of whom grew up in Northern Ireland and are now based in Melbourne, Australia.

With their distinctive voices, maddeningly catchy hooks, pop-smart guitar-based arrangements & subtle rock edginess they create Beatlesque songs you'll want to hear again and again!

Publicity Europe - Peter Holmstedt, Hemifran (hemifran.com)
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Track Name: I Am Still The Same
Can't move my fingers
Can't move my toes
But at least some feeling lingers
And I hope somebody knows
That I've never been alone
I've never been alone for so long

I can still see you
But you can't really see me
I'd like to be you
But you wouldn't like to be me
And I hope somebody knows
I've never been alone for so long

I am still the same
I am still the same
Do I have to spell it out
I can barely spell my name

You might remember
You knew me well
I might not look the same
But my name should ring a bell
And I hope somebody knows
I've never been alone for so long

I was locked out
And now I'm locked in
I can't live without you
But I can't live within
I've been neglected, I've been rejected
When they passed round the hat
Nothing was collected
Track Name: Birthday Present
It's your birthday
Happy birthday
I hope you have a good one
When you came here
On your birth day
You felt the breath of someone

When the sun shines down
And the rain falls down
You will grow up strong and high
They are good for you
They were made for you
As a present from the sky

On your birthday please remember
All the good things that you have done
On your worst day you'll forget them
And you'll think of all the bad ones

Tried to buy something to suit your taste
But didn't quite know how
Birthday past and birthday future
Here's your birthday present now.
Track Name: Peace And Love
There's gonna be peace and love in this world someday
As soon as each nation makes what it consumes
As soon as our housemates learn to tidy their rooms

There's gonna be peace and love in this world someday
When everybody knows what's going through my head
As soon as people know I didn't mean what I said

When all of our women and men stop hurting each other
And the child at home can trust his(her) father and his(her) mother

There's gonna be peace and love in this world someday
As soon as our footballers learn to hold their tongues
As soon as we learn how to make right from two wrongs

There's gonna be peace and love in this world someday
As soon as everybody understands my point of view
And I don't mind somebody telling me what to do

Peace and love from me
Peace and love to you
Peace and love to everyone
Someday it might come true
Track Name: The First Time
The first time I touched your feet
You taught me how to walk
The first time I kissed your lips
You taught me how to talk

The last time I felt alone
You knocked upon my door
The next time I need a rest
I'll sleep upon your floor

The first time I felt your breath
You taught me how to breathe
And when I looked into your eyes
You taught me how to see
Track Name: Way With Words
You've got a way with words
You always put me down with so much style
A way with words
I can't compete with you or Oscar Wilde, oh no
You've got a way with words
Samuel Johnson's got nothing on you
A way with words
A lie from you can come out ringing true, oh no, oh no

I can never win, I can never win
Cause if you miss me with your bullet
You hit me with your gun

You got away with it
You started it and kept it going on
A way with words
Someone has to lose when you have won, oh no
You've got a way with words
Too much talk and not enough thought
The last word goes to you, oh no, oh no
Track Name: Meet The Author
I've read the book, I've seen the movie
I've even bought the magazine

But I still don't know what's going on
What I'd really like to do is meet the author

I've interacted, I've stayed at home
I've traveled down the highway too

I've interacted, I've stayed at home
I've traveled down the highway too
Track Name: A Minute Of Your Time
Is it all right if I take just a minute of your time?
It won't take all night, I'll be outta your sight
We're not committing a crime
Sixty seconds is all I want it's all I need
A hundred and twenty is better, you're old enough to know

You don't know me, I picked your number from a list
It won't cost you a thing, there's nothing to bring
You're never going to be missed
Forty days is all I want, it's all I need
Seventy years is better, you're old enough to know

Everything I give you
Is something that you want
Everything you take from me
You're wearing back to front

Just don't move, and let me get under your skin
You won't feel any pain, just give me your brain,
You won't feel the knife go in
Part of you is all I want, it's all I need
Just give me an inch and I'll take six feet, you're old enough to go
Track Name: In A Thousand Years
I hope I manage to remember
When or how I lost my way
When I sat down to write that stupid song
I don't know what I was trying to say

Cause I seem to glorify
Things that you and I
Could never justify in a thousand years

I was a young man when I wrote it
And I still don't mind the stupid song
But it would be a stupid boy or a stupid girl
Who didn't try to know what's right and what is wrong

You thought hate was just a legend
You were looking for a love and I know why
Cause the only way to know if the money in your hand is counterfeit
Is to know what the real thing looks like if you see it passing by

And you'll always pay the price
If your only sacrifice
Is not your own

And I hope it's clear what I'm trying to say
Just don't live your life by what is on the radio
And I know that it's only a stupid rock and roll song
But we try to teach our children the way that they should go
Track Name: Nobody Taught Me
Nobody taught me to do wrong
Nobody taught me to tell lies
I taught myself
It was easy
Nothing could be easier

Nobody taught me to get mad
Nobody taught me to be proud
I taught myself
I'm so clever
Who's a clever boy?

I'm the original sinner
I think I could stop at any time
I'm the original sinner
I haven't committed any crime
Track Name: We Fell
We fell, we fell into the, we fell into the habit of being
We fell, we fell into the, we fell into the habit of being
Home when things were going down

We flew, we flew into the, we flew into the heat of the moment
We flew, we flew into the, we flew into the heat of the moment
Warm when things were getting cold

I can hardly understand when people walk away
I'm pretty undemanding but I just wish they'd stay

We fell, we fell into the, we fell into the habit of being
We fell, we fell into the, we fell into the habit of being
Home when things were going down

I can hardly comprehend why people close their eyes
I try to keep my big mouth shut 'cause I don't want to criticize
Track Name: Tom Is Everybody's Friend
The way he looks at you sideways
The T-shirt's white and what's that writing on the wall?
He's always welcome here in my place
If he rings the bell I'll let him in the hall

Tom is everybody's friend
Tom is everybody's friend
Tom is everybody's friend
Round here

He likes to read and he likes music
He's fond of dancing and finding food that's new
He's into sport and he loves culture
In fact he's just like me and even more like you

You know that you're invading my space
You know that I'm invading yours
'cause we're the space invaders baby
It's better that than waging wars
Track Name: Unrecorded
The unrecorded life
Is not worth living
Is not worth dying for

Your own disordered life
And all your giving
There's no-one crying for

And when you watch it,
You watch it, you watch it,
And when you watch it
Where in the world
Do you find all the time?
Track Name: The Quiet Ages
The leaves are falling from the trees
And we are climbing to our knees
But the man with the hat doesn't care for all that
Cause he knows what they like and they like what they know

The days are short and the nights are long
And I keep hearing this new song
And they've learned it by heart but it's not on the chart
Cause they know what they like and they like what they know

The quiet ages have begun
They've torn out pages by the ton
The battle rages in the sun
They'll get their wages when it's done
With all the stages set on stun
And girls in cages just for fun
With all the sages on the run
The quiet ages have begun
The quiet ages have begun

The snow is falling on the ground
I hear the notes have all been drowned
The jukebox plays without a sound
And the deafness is profound
But the man with the plan instituted the ban
Cause he knows what he hates and he hates what he can
Track Name: The Way Of A Woman With A Man
There's one thing that I just don't get
Two things that I can't comprehend
Three things have got me out of my head
And four things I'll never understand

The way of an eagle in the sky
The way of a snake on the land
The way of a ship on the wide wide sea
And the way of a woman with a man

One time I looked in her eyes
Two times she took me by the hand
Three times I thought I was wise
But all the time I can never understand
Track Name: Know Me
I don't want you to cling to
I don't want you to sing to me
I don't care what you bring for me
Don't do anything for me

You don't have to be nice to me
And don't sacrifice to me
Don't do it twice for me
Once will suffice for me

I just want you to know me

I don't want you to buy me stuff
I don't want you to try to be tough
You don't need to double bluff
And don't think you don't cry enough

You don't have to cook for me
Don't write a book for me
Don't give back what you took from me
You just have to look for me

Why don't you come with me
I don't want to leave you behind
Leave you behind

You don't have to plead for me
You don't have to bleed for me
You don't need to succeed for me
There's nothing that you need for me

I don't want to annoy you
I don't want to employ you
I'm not going to destroy you
I just want to enjoy you
Track Name: Something Worth Voting For
I don't care if you're female or you're male
I don't care if you're dark or you're pale
I don't care if you never did inhale

I don't care what kind of clothes you wear
I don't care if you've still got your own hair
I don't care if you're hip or if you're square

Just give me
Just give me something
Worth voting for
Worth voting for

I don't care about your trouble or your strife
I don't care about your husband or your wife
I don't care about the scandals in your life

I don't care if you are healthy or you're not
I don't care how much wealth you've really got
I don't care if your campaign cost a lot

if you've got things to confess
if you gave a good address
if you're the darling of the press