Sketches EP

Far Beyond the Stars

    Released: 2017
    Produced By: Calum Malcolm
    Recorded At: Malin, Co.Donegal, Ireland

Louder Than Words (2014)

    Released: February 14th 2014
    Produced By: Calum Malcolm
    Recorded At: Malin, Co.Donegal, Ireland
  • · James Monroe
    I'll tell you a story of James Monroe 
    He's a man who you won't wanna know 
    And I've been waiting for far too long
    So that's why I want to sing you this song
     
     
    It was some years ago when I met my fate
    But nobody told me til it was too late
    And now I'm sitting here and feeling blue
    Giving you my advice so that he won't hurt you
     
     
    Chorus:
    James Monroe he's a wicked rogue
    And deep inside me he tore my soul
    James Monroe he's a wicked rogue
    And deep inside me he tore my soul
     
    Oh I won't be waiting for him no more
    Just how long I've been waiting I'm not too sure
    He breaks hearts wherever he goes
    So listen to me before he gets too close
     
     
    Chorus
     
    Ill tell you the story of James Monroe
    He's a man who you don't want to know
    And I've been waiting for far too long
    So why do I still
    Why do I still
    Why do I still
    Love him so
  • · The Weather
    Sunshine, please don't go away
    There isn't any reason for you not to stay
    I'm tired of waiting on a sunny day
    There's always a rainy in the way
     
    But don't worry 'bout the weather
    Take my hand we'll go together
    And embrace whatever troubles come our way
    No don't worry 'bout the weather
    We can happily endeavour
    Just as long as we're together
     
    I've been dreaming and waiting on this day so long
    And now you're standing next to me, I feel so strong
    I'm alive, alive as I will ever be
    Lets run below, down to the sea
    And listen to the endless song
     
    Don't worry 'bout the weather
    Take my hand we'll go together
    And embrace whatever troubles come our way
    No don't worry 'bout the weather
    We can happily endeavour
    Just as long as we're together...
     
     
    Oooooo
    Ooooo
    Ooooo
  • · Maybe
    I feel like I should know you
    I feel like we have met before
    You're telling me familiar stories
    You're telling me things I've heard before
    I am seduced by the promises you make
    And I am charmed but that's not all that it takes
    You should remember that actions speak louder than words
     
    I wanna take you on my journey
    I wanna take you all the way with me
    I want to see the morning glory
    And see the things I've never seen
    And all these things that I don't really understand
    Would be much simpler if you'd only hold my hand
    & just remember that actions speak louder than words
     
    Maybe you will be the answer to my prayer
    Maybe you will be the one who really cares
    Maybe you will be - the one that I've been waiting for
     
    And all these years that I've been waiting for a change
    The picture's different but the view remains the same
    & just remember that action speak louder than words
     
    I wake to greet another morning
    I stop to watch the rivers peaceful flow
    It listens to so many troubles.
    Soaks them up and then it lets them go
     
    Maybe you will be the answer to my prayer
    Maybe you will be the one who really cares
    Maybe you will be - the one that I've been waiting for
     
    Maybe you will be the answer to my prayers
    Maybe you will be the one who really cares
    Maybe you will be the one that I've been waiting for
    Waiting for ...
    Waiting for ...
  • · No Matter What You Say
    I bet you're wondering now what became of your dreams
    I bet you're wondering now how it all came loose at the seams
    I didn't know how wicked you could be
    I saw a look in your eyes & I knew it was time to leave
     
    Well time dissolves, yeah it slowly slips away
    And there's no getting it back
    No matter what you say
    No matter what you say
    Ooo
     
    I bet you're wondering now if I see you in my dreams
    You're no longer my hero, you can't save me
    Something was raging inside you
    It was something you couldn't keep in
    You fear the sound of your loneliness
    But somehow you'll never give in
     
    Well them dissolves, yeah it slowly slips away
    And there's no getting it back
    No matter what you say
    No matter what you say
    Ooo
     
    Think about the things you've done
    Think about the path you paved
    And to where it led...
     
    It was easy to tell you were spinning your lies
    To those under your spell who knew not your disguise
     
    Well not me. I was smarter, I had seen it all before
    I was weak but I grew stronger, now I'm stronger than ever before
    My heart is free 'cause you no longer have a hold on me
    I'm walking away and you can't stop me
    No matter what you say
    No matter what you say
     
    Well time dissolves yeah it slowly slips away
    And there's no getting it back
    No matter what you say
    No matter what you say
  • · Reason To Believe
    A man stands over a dead dog lyin' by the highway in a ditch
    He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that dog with a stick
    Got his car door flung open he's standin' out on Highway 31
    Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
     
    It struck me kinda funny, seemed kinda funny sir to me
    Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe
     
    Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true
    She said "Baby I'll work for you every day, bring my money home to you"
    One day he up and left her and ever since that
    She waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
     
    Struck me kinda funny, funny yeah to me*
    How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe
     
    Take a baby to the river, Kyle William they called him
    Wash the baby in the water, take away little Kyle's sin
    In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away
    Take his body to the graveyard, over him they pray
     
    Lord won't you tell us, tell us what does it mean
    At the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe
     
    Congregation gathers down by the riverside
    Preacher stands with a Bible, groom stands waitin' for his bride
    Congregation gone and the sun sets behind a weepin' willow tree
    Groom stands alone and watches the river rush on so effortlessly
     
    Wonderin' where can his baby be
    Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe
  • · The Light In The Window
    Tell me was it you by the window darling
    Won't you tell me was it you?
    & When we saw the light that night
    Oh tell me was it you?
     
    Was a late September night when we went out walking
    While you were laying there, they were saying prayers for you
    Many years before we walked here together
    And your gentle voice still lingers in my soul
     
    Tell me was it you by the window darling
    Won't you tell me was it you?
    & When we saw the light that night
    Oh tell me was it you?
     
    Wish I had the chance to tell you I love you
    All the times that you were lost and on your own
    And if I had the chance to tell you I love you
    I'd remind you that you never were alone
     
    INSTRUMENTAL
     
    Tell me was it you by the window darling
    Won't you tell me was it you?
    & When we saw the light that night
    Oh tell me was it you?
  • · Home
    There's an old man with a rag doll
    And he's looking round but he won't fall
    And he sees his old friend walking by and he doesn't want to say hello
    And there's a young girl with a torn skirt and she's looking round
    But she can't find what she's left behind
    And she doesn't want to stay and so she says
     
    How do I get home?
    How do I get home?
     
    There's a couple in the back room and they're hiding from the bridegroom
    And she knows she's doing wrong but she still wants to carry on
    And there's s young girl crying daddy but he's not around
    And she's ready to go home now and leave this empty crowd
    And so she says..
     
    How do I get home?
    How do I get home?
    How do I get home?
     
    On my own
    I'm feeling all alone
    I just wanna go home
     
    There's s young boy with an empty cup and he's looking up at the morning rush
    and they pass him by but no one stops to ask him why
    And the whole world is running late and they're trying to get to a higher state of living
    Living on their own
    And so they say..
     
    How do I get home?
    How do I get home?
    How do I get home?
     
    Home, home, home
    Home, home, home
    Home, home, home
    Home, home, home

     

  • · So Long But Not Goodbye
    You just smiled as we said our last goodbye
    But behind that smile a teardrop in your eye
    Told me you were lonely too
    All your skies were not so blue
    Though the city lights it's true were fascinating you
     
    I just whispered see you by and by
    Then a great big tear came tumbling from your eye
    And I knew right there and then
    That when we'd meet again
    I'd make you mine
    No one else's dear but mine
     
    Memories are calling, nightshades are falling
    Poor little lonesome me
    For my heart is in an isle across the sea
    I tried to bear it with no one to share it
    Now it's just plain as can be
    And within my heart I cried
    That our so long was not goodbye
    You just smiled as we said our last goodbye
    But behind that smile a teardrop in your eye
    Told me you were lonely too
    All your skies were not so blue
    Though the city light it's true were fascinating you
     
    I just whispered see you by and by
    Then a great big tear came tumbling from your eye
    And I knew right there and then
    That when we'd meet again
    I'd make you mine
    No one else's dear but mine
  • · It's Not Easy
    Sitting by the window looking out at the sea
    Wondering where I'm supposed to be
    I'm alone and I don't belong
     
    Watching the clouds passing by
    My heart is aching but I won't cry
    There's no time
    I'll soon be moving on
     
    Oh and oh my weary bones won't be still
    I've got to go
    Got to get away from here
    To where I dunno
    To where I dunno
     
    It's not easy living this way
    It's not easy so get out of my way
    You can't stop me
    But I'm trying to stop myself
    It's not easy living this way
    It's not easy so get out of my way
    You can't stop me
    But I'm trying to stop myself
     
    You my friend are a shining light
    I count the hours til I'm by your side
    I hear your voice and its music to my ears
     
    I'll share my secrets and my dreams
    And show you wonders I have seen
    I'll give it all, if I've got something left to give
     
    Oh and oh my weary bones won't be still
    I've got to go
    Got to get away from here
    To where I dunno
    To where I dunno
     
    It's not easy living this way
    It's not easy so get out of my way
    You can't stop me
    But I'm trying to stop myself
    It's not easy living this way
    It's not easy so get out of my way
    You can't stop me
    But I'm trying to stop myself
    Ooo
    Ooo
    Ooo
    It's not easy..
  • · Here Beside Me
    You with me, here beside me
    Is all I really need
    I'm asking one thing only
    That you will always stay close to me
     
    I will be true, in sunshine and shade
    Troubles behind no longer dismayed
    I'm going back to the mountain
    Its where I long to be
     
    You with me, here beside me
    Is all I really need
    I'm asking one thing only
    That you will always stay close to me
     
    I will be true, in sunshine and shade
    Troubles behind no longer dismayed
    I'm going back to the mountain
    Where I long to be
    I'm going back to the ocean
    To put my mind at ease

'These sisters have a sensational talent. The quality of their harmony singing goes beyond mere technique. They possess an unerring ability to blend tone and resonance in a seamless fashion.'
- Eamon Carr, The Evening Herald (IRL)

December Moon (2011)

    Released: August 2011
    Produced By: Calum Malcolm
    Recorded At: Gorbal Sound Studios
  • · Sing My Sister DownDown, down we went down
    Down, down, we went down
    Down from the higher ground
    Oh to sing my sister down
    Oh my dear sister, what have you done?
    Everyone was watching as you walked out

    Out in the midday sun
    I can tell by your eyes that you’re frightened
    But I know you did what you had to do
    When you picked up that axe handle you were in charge
    Of what was gonna happen to you

    And we went…Down, down we went down
    Down, down, we went down
    Down from the higher ground
    Oh to sing my sister down

    I wish I had more time to say goodbye
    Glaring at the bonfire light
    Singing songs for putting baby to sleep
    And to soothe broken hearts at night

    No coming unstuck from this one
    You couldn’t let that handle lie
    We knew you’d be angry once the glitter wore off
    We knew that he had to die

    Then we went.. Down, down we went down
    Down, down, we went down
    Down from the higher ground
    Oh to sing my sister down
  • · December MoonDecember Moon, don’t go too soon
    You float so low, lighting the way below
    Your amber glow always returning
    Captures my heart and leaves me longing

    Last night I dreamed I heard you calling
    And you were calling out my name
    And I fear that you are falling
    Lost and lonely in the rain

    I won’t wait until the rain stops falling
    I won’t wait until the stars come out
    I’ll come running when i hear you calling
    I’ll be here waiting when the sun goes down

    Why do I cry each time I see you?
    Why do I sigh each time I leave you?
    Why do I need something more from you?
    Never enough, leaves my heart burning

    I won’t wait until the rain stops falling
    I won’t wait until the stars come out
    I’ll come running when I hear you calling
    I’ll be here waiting when the sun goes down
    (X 4)
  • · Moonstruck(short instrumental)
  • · Rain & SnowWell I married me a wife
    She gave me trouble all my life
    She left me out in the cold rain and snow
    Rain and snow
    She left me out in the cold rain and snow

    She came a runnin’ on down the stairs
    Combin’ back her long yellow hair
    And her cheeks were as red as a rose
    As a rose, as a rose
    And her cheeks were as red as a rose

    Well I ain’t got no use
    For your red apple juice
    And I’m not gonna be treated this way
    This a way this a way
    And I’m not gonna be treated this way

    I see you sitting in the shade
    Counting every dime I’ve made
    I’m so broke and I’m hungry too
    Hungry too, hungry too
    I’m so broke and I’m hungry too
    (repeat first verse)

  • · The Long RoadHow I long to get where I’m going
    How I need to get there soon
    How I long to get where I’m going
    And I’m travelling by the light of the moon
    Oh I need to be there by morning
    but I’m running out of time
    Oh I need to be there by morning
    But I can’t see any sign
    On this long road
    Long road
    Long road
    And I’m travelling by the light of the moon

    Oh it feels like it’s never ending
    This road with all its twists and turns
    Oh it feels like it’s never ending
    Like it’s under some kinda curse
    Well the lights turned red and I heard your voice calling
    (It’s time to turn the other way)
    And the night sky covered every sight and sound
    (Didn’t you see the sign)
    Well your heart fell to the ground
    Feeling lost and never found
    Wondering if you’ll ever make it back
    On this long road
    Long road
    Long road
    And I’m travelling by the light of the moon
    (X 4)

  • · Watching the DetectivesNice girls not one with a defect,
    cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct.
    Red dogs under illegal legs.
    She looks so good that he gets down and begs.

    [Chorus:]

    She is watching the detectives.
    “ooh, he’s so cute!”
    She is watching the detectives
    when they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot.

    They beat him up until the teardrops start,
    but he can’t be wounded ’cause he’s got no heart.
    Long shot of that jumping sign,
    Visible shivers running down my spine.
    Cut the baby taking off her clothes.
    Close-up of the sign that says,”We never close”
    You snatch a tune, you a match a cigarette,
    She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet.
    I don’t know how much more of this I can take.
    She’s filing her nails while they’re dragging the lake.

    [Chorus]

    You think you’re alone until you realize you’re in it.
    Now fear is here to stay. Love is here for a visit.
    They call it instant justice when it’s past the legal limit.
    Someone’s scratching at the window. I wonder who is it?
    The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
    who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter’s disappearance.
    Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay,
    it only took my little fingers to blow you away.

    Just like watching the detectives.
    Don’t get cute!”
    It’s just like watching the detectives.
    I get so angry when the teardrops start,
    but he can’t be wounded ’cause he’s got no heart.
    Watching the detectives.
    It’s just like watching the detectives.

  • · Stop Saying ForeverYou’ve got to stop saying forever
    And takes things day by day
    ‘Cause nothing lasts in this whole world
    You’re wishing your life away
    If you find yourself drifting
    And your heart needs lifting
    When the hours seem to turn into days
    Hold on hold on,
    Good things will come your way

    Oh it’s so hard to keep believing
    When you have nothing to keep you strong
    You wave goodbye to a thousand lights
    Turn around and the crowd is gone
    The fire is burning and the hands they are turning
    On the clock at the end of the day
    Hold on Hold on

    Good things will come your way
    If you find yourself drifting
    And your heart needs lifting
    When the hours seem to turn into days
    Hold on hold on
    Good things will come your way
    Hold on hold on
    Good things will come your way

  • · Sweet DreamsNight time comes around and peaceful melodies will play
    And peaceful melodies will play
    Sun sets on the ocean and it brings the end of day
    Somewhere in the darkness a star will shine for you
    And I’ll be watching over you

    Moonbeams will surround you and to dreamland you will go
    Wind chimes serenade you, golden fairies all aglow
    Hush-a-bye my baby, diamonds fill the sky above
    I’ll be watching over you

    Sweet dreams my darling
    Sleep peacefully
    Sweet dreams my darling
    I’ll be watching over you

    Raindrops on the rooftop
    Somewhere in the darkness a star will shine for you
    I’ll be watching over you

    Sweet dreams my darling
    Sleep peacefully
    Sweet dreams my darling
    I’ll be watching over you
    I’ll be watching over you
    I’ll be watching over you

  • · Aisling(short instrumental)
  • · When Will I See You Againreally do miss you
    I just want to kiss you
    When will I see you again?
    My arms are wide open
    Dont want my heart broken
    When will I see you again?

    oOO oOO oOO
    When will I see you again?
    oOO oOO oOO

    I just want to hear you
    I wanna be near you
    When will I see you again?
    I just wanna show you
    How much I adore you
    When will I see you again?

    oOO oOO oOO
    When will I see you again?
    oOO oOO oOO

    I didn’t think that you’d go
    And that just show how little I know (x 2)
    I didn’t ask you to stay
    And now I’m left here feeling this way
    I didn’t think that you’d go
    And that just shows..
    Don’t wanna be lonely
    I think of you only
    When will I see you again?

    I’m so lost without you
    I’m crazy about you
    When will I see you again?

    oOO oOO oOO
    When will I see you again?
    oOO oOO oOO

    I didn’t think that you’d go
    And that just show how little I know (x 2)
    I didn’t ask you to stay
    And now I’m left here feeling this way
    I didn’t think that you’d go
    And that just shows

  • · Fool's GoldYou told me that you’d stay with me
    And shelter me forever
    That was a hard promise to keep
    I can’t blame you for the bad weather

    After all that has been said and done
    I won’t ask you where you’re going
    Don’t keep in touch, I don’t miss you much
    Except sometimes early in the morning

    Now use your silver tongue once more
    There’s one thing that I’d like to know
    Did you ever believe the lies that you told
    Did you earn the fool’s gold that you gave me

    I forgive you wanting to be free
    I realize you long to wander
    And I sympathize with your roving eyes
    I just can’t forgive your bad manners

    Now use your silver tongue once more
    There’s one thing that I’d like to know
    Did you ever believe the lies that you told
    Did you earn the fool’s gold that you gave me

  • · Ol' Cook PotMama gonna bargain with the old cook pot
    Try to get more than what that woman got
    Don’t trim no fat no potatoes from a box
    Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot
    Mmm mmm mmm
    Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot X 2

    Mama gonna water that gravy down
    Try to make enough to go around
    With five mouths to feed and papa in the ground
    Mama gonna water that gravy down
    Mmm mmm mmm
    Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot X 2

    So thank the lord and sit up straight
    Mind your manners and clean your plate
    Don’t ask for more, savour every drop
    ‘Cause there’s nothing more coming from the old cook pot

    So thank the lord and sit up straight
    Mind your manners and clean your plate
    Don’t ask for more, savour every drop
    ‘Cause there’s nothing coming out, nothing coming out

    Oh Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot
    Pray to the maker make the hunger stop
    Then ask a little more than what we got
    Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot
    Mmm mmm mmm
    Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot X 2

    Oh Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot
    Pray to the maker make the hunger stop
    Then ask a little more than what we got
    Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot

    So thank the lord and sit up straight
    Mind your manners and clean your plate
    Don’t ask for more, savour every drop
    ‘Cause there’s nothing more coming from the old cook pot

    So thank the lord and sit up straight
    Mind your manners and clean your plate
    Don’t ask for more, savour every drop
    ‘Cause there’s nothing coming out, nothing coming out
    Oh Mama gonna bargain with the old cook pot
    Pray to the maker make the hunger stop
    Then ask a little more than what we got
    Mama gonna bargain with the ol cook pot

  • · FarewellFarewell, Farewell
    To your strength and your courage, your vision for change
    Farewell, Farewell
    Never striving for glory, so humble and kind
    Farewell
    Here’s to you

    Farewell, Farewell
    To a true inspiration, who put up a good fight
    Farewell, Farewell
    May colourful rainbows light up your way
    Farewell
    Here’s to you

    Farewell, Farewell
    May you breathe freely and like a bird soar
    Farewell, Farewell
    To a beautiful flower who’ll blossom once more
    Farewell
    Here’s to you

  • · Couldn't Ask For MoreI’ve seen many things and I’ve had my ups and downs
    I’ve been round the block a few times
    Oh I’ve been through many towns
    But I cant think of anythings that pleases me much more
    Than when I’m by your side
    I couldn’t ask for more

    I’ve kissed many lips and I’ve held a hand or two
    I’ve found love a couple of times
    But no-one compares to you
    And my heart can’t help skipping a beat
    When you’re knocking at my door
    When I’m by your side
    I couldn’t ask for more

    So come with me and sit with me under the pale moonlight
    And we will hold each other close as the stars are shining bright
    Forget about your worries and your cares the whole night through
    Come a little closer and I’ll whisper I love you

    I’ve cried many tears and I’ve broken many hearts
    But when it comes to loving you oh no-one can tear us apart
    I can’t think of anything that pleases me much more
    Than when I’m by your side I couldn’t ask for more

    INSTRUMENTAL

    So come with me and sit with me under the pale moonlight
    And we will hold each other close as the stars are shining bright
    Forget about your worries and your cares the whole night through
    Come a little closer and I’ll whisper I love you

    I’ve cried many tears and I’ve broken many hearts
    But when it comes to loving you oh no-one can tear us apart
    I can’t think of anything that pleases me much more
    Than when I’m by your side I couldn’t ask for more

“The Henry Girls are a County Donegal trio whose eclecticism mixes traditional/world/country with surprisingly successful results. High buoyant vocal harmonies and ebullient instrumental attack make for stellar moments aplenty. This album is a full bodied and powerfully dynamic collection”

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