Crystal Set

by DC Cardwell

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1.
FRIENDLY FIRE (© DC Cardwell) No-one is to blame But I can sense that I am going To get burned by friendly fire It's always been the same And innocence is no defence but You'll get burned by friendly fire Coming around it's coming around It's coming around again Coming around it's coming around It's coming around again Don't shoot - it's only me You used to be disarming But right here - right now You're just alarming Those who never learn From history are forced to repeat their mistakes And they'll get burned by friendly fire... again
2.
THE SPIRIT IS WILLING (© DC Cardwell) When I step into the hall I know I should kiss you all The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak When you try to talk to me I'm not how I'm supposed to be The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak CHORUS Part of me is open wide Part of me I try to hide Part of me's asleep inside But part of me can't be denied - oh oh Standing on my feet all day Earning someone else's pay The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak My head is spinning and my soul is dull Stomach's empty, brain is full The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak REPEAT CHORUS SOLO Standing on my feet all day Earning someone else's pay The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
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TOO BAD TO BE TRUE (© DC Cardwell) I just heard the news and it seems Like it's too bad to be true Now I feel confused, I don't know Why it had to be you CHORUS 1 But for your own sake And for everyone's I hope the news is fake Oh no no no no no, no no no no You just never know what's around The next turn in the road It's an awful blow, wouldn't like To be bearing the load CHORUS 2 If it's really true I don't know what you or those you love will do Oh no no no no no, no no no no In this fallen world there are times When there's no rhythm or rhyme But we have to try to keep walking I know that it's hard - I should quit my talking If there's anything that I can do for you If there's anything that I can do for you If there's anything that I can do for you If there's anything that I can do for you If there's anything that I can do for you If there's anything that I can do for you
4.
I CAN'T RUN FAST ENOUGH (© DC Cardwell) I'm not trying to compete with you, I know I'll never win, I can't run fast enough - I can't run fast enough I'm not trying to meet with you, I know I won't fit in I can't run fast enough - I can't run fast enough CHORUS But I know it's not your style And you know it isn't mine So it isn't worth your while I don't want to waste your time You're not gonna be good for me, I feel it in my bones I can't run fast enough - I can't run fast enough You don't do what you should for me, we're both in different zones I can't run fast enough - I can't run fast enough CHORUS (x2) But I know it's not your style And you know it isn't mine So it isn't worth your while I don't want to waste your time BRIDGE And you know I never smile Even though I'm feeling fine So you'd better run a mile I don't want to waste your time I don't have a clue what's hot and what's not I don't know who's who and I don't know what's what I only wanna know your name and not your number I'm only hanging on to what's worth saving There's no point slaving for what you're craving Things you can't take with you when you slumber You're not gonna be good for me, I feel it in my bones I can't run fast enough - I can't run fast enough You don't do what you should for me, we're both in different zones I can't run fast enough - I can't run fast enough I can't run fast enough - I can't run fast enough
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LIES ARE ALL YOU SPEAK (© DC Cardwell) The thing that makes you strong It also makes you weak You don't know right from wrong And lies are all you speak You seem to think you're funny But you just know how to hurt Your only love is money But you don't know what it's worth You tell me that you're clever And you treat me like a fool You think you'll live forever You take pride in being cruel You think that we're all jealous That we want to be like you And everything you tell us Turns out to be untrue You'll go down in history Your future's quite secure But it's still a mystery What you will go down for I just can't understand How you can sleep at night The world's at your command But your heart is full of spite The only time you're happy Is when someone else is sad Sometimes I think you're evil But sometimes I think you're mad You've no respect for anyone You have to be the boss You're only glad if you have won And someone else has lost You've never loved your neighbour And your money is your god You're scared of honest labour And you've always been a fraud You don't seem to care If you end up in Hell You might lose your soul And lose the world as well Devoid of introspection Yet completely self-obsessed You never show affection And you always feel oppressed Nobody is perfect And nobody is pure Each of us does wrong sometimes Of that we can be sure
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TEN FINGERS (© DC Cardwell) Ten fingers and ten toes Ten things that I wouldn't disclose To anyone but you, to anyone but you Two hands and two feet Two eyes but I wouldn't feel complete With anyone but you, with anyone but you Two strands are stronger than one And with one more strand we'll be strong as the sun There's always something more than the eye can see I only hope when our race is run That the things that we've said and the things that we've done Add up to something bigger than you and me SOLO Two strands are stronger than one And with one more strand we'll be strong as the sun There's always something more than the eye can see I only hope when our race is run That the things that we've said and the things that we've done Add up to something bigger than you and me Ten fingers and ten toes Ten things that I wouldn't disclose To anyone but you, to anyone but you Two hands and two feet Two eyes but I wouldn't feel complete With anyone but you, with anyone but you One thing that I know is true Is that one and one adds up to two And one of them is me And one is you
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JUST TRY ME OUT (© DC Cardwell) The simplest things can cause you pain The sunshine stings, you drown in rain When you're inspired you do improve But you get so tired with every move You sometimes feel that life is just too long But your mind is working well enough To know that you are wrong Just try me out - see if I care And when you shout then I'll be there SOLO You might find out what I can do And I could be so close to you You might find out what's written in my book Cause all you need to do is is take A first and second look Just try me out - see if I care And if you shout then I'll be there And if you shout then I'll be there And if you shout then I'll be there
8.
ROCK AND ROLL ISN'T WITH US ANY MORE (© DC Cardwell) Rock and roll isn't with us any more Rock and roll isn't with us any more It's all too serious now It's all too serious now Revolution isn't with us any more Revolution isn't with us any more We're all too comfortable now We're all too comfortable now Only one thing will return Only one thing will return All the other things will burn away Education isn't with us any more Education isn't with us any more We all know everything now We all know everything now Children running around the fields, they aren't with us any more Children running around the fields, they aren't with us any more Everything's different now Everything's different now Only one thing will return Only one thing will return All the other things will burn away Burn away The world at war isn't with us any more The world at war isn't with us any more But it still feels like my life I don't know how that works How that works Rock and roll isn't with us any more
9.
I DON'T WANT TO HURT YOU (© DC Cardwell) Out of the same mouth flow blessing and cursing The tongue is a fire and people get burned Things that I've said have caused wounds you've been nursing, You'd think that by now I'd have learned I don't want to hurt you, I don't want to hurt you I don't want to hurt you anymore. I said that I loved you only this morning We kissed and we both believed what I said Five minutes ago without any warning I told you I wished you were dead I don't want to hurt you, I don't want to hurt you I don't want to hurt you anymore. Out of the same mouth flow blessing and cursing The tongue is a fire and people get burned Things that I've said have caused wounds you've been nursing, You'd think that by now I'd have learned I don't want to hurt you, I don't want to hurt you I don't want to hurt you anymore.
10.
STAY AT HOME WITH YOUR CAT (© DC Cardwell) Nya nya nya nya nya nya, nya nya nya nya nya nya Nya nya nya nya nya, nya nya nya nya nya nya nya Are you glad you've got a roof Over your furry head I'll provide the water and make sure you're always fed Everything you say is true And you're good at everything you do I wish that I could be as genuine and pure as you You don't know how pleased I was to meet you You can teach me more than I can teach you When I'm not feeling well You seem to know that something's wrong You're always beside me even when I'm not much fun When everything's going wrong And I wish that the day would end You never judge me and you treat me like your closest friend You don't know how pleased I was to meet you You can teach me more than I can teach you I don't know how anyone could mistreat you Oh, you greet me every morning You don't get in my way You walk around beside me You help me meet the day You have simply no idea How much you really mean to me You take me as I am and you're everything that you can be When I only need a friend I know that you're always there You jump on the bed and you wake me up I don't care You jump on the bed and you wake me up I don't care You jump on the bed and you wake me up I don't care Nya nya nya nya nya nya, nya nya nya nya nya nya Nya nya nya nya nya, nya nya nya nya nya nya nya Nya nya nya nya nya nya, nya nya nya nya nya nya Nya nya nya nya nya, nya nya nya nya nya nya nya

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DC's first album since moving to Tasmania, "Crystal Set" is a collection of ten self-penned songs and has most of the songs exude a mid-period Beatlesque power-pop feel.

Watch the first official video, for "Lies Are All You Speak", at youtu.be/_bw0ihjP6wc

The album was recorded at DC's new home studio and self-produced as usual.

DC's son Samuel provided a huge amount of assistance on many of the tracks, playing multiple instruments and helping with the musical direction.

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released June 5, 2020

PRODUCED BY DC CARDWELL
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY DC CARDWELL

DC Cardwell:
All Lead & Backing Vocals;
Electric Guitar 1-5, 8-10;
Acoustic Guitar 2-5, 7-10;
Bass 1-5, 8, 10;
Drums 5, 8, 10;
Electric Piano 4, 5, 7, 8, 10;
Synth 1, 4, 5, 9;
Misc. Percussion 1-10

Samuel Cardwell:
Drums 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9;
Bass 2, 6, 7, 9;
Electric Guitar 6, 7, 9;
Acoustic Guitar 1, 6;
Electric Piano 2;
Synthesizer 9

Many thanks to Samuel Cardwell for all his help and creative input!

Also thanks to:
Marjorie Cardwell
Mondo Quinn
Nigel Price
Jenny Kschadow
Angellis Taliuu
Jean-Marc Vasseur
Grahame Ryan
John Forde

And a special mention to Anne Moore and Janet Ruddock for appearing on the album cover!

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Madcar Records Launceston, Australia

Madcar Records is the home of singer-songwriters Marjorie & DC Cardwell, who grew up in Northern Ireland and are now based in Tasmania, 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!
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