Some Hope

by DC Cardwell

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1.
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
2.
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.
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
We Fell 03:06
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
11.
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
12.
Unrecorded 02:51
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?
13.
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
14.
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
15.
Know Me 03:46
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
16.
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

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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released December 7, 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 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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