Waiting On The Shore

by Eclectic Guitar

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This is our debut EP developed over the past eight months. It's been a great experience and we hope you enjoy the results! Physical copies can be bought from our website. If you want to keep up with what we're doing, why not head over to our Facebook page and give it a like: www.facebook.com/eclecticguitar.

"As [Strange Old Game] begins I get an instant appealing air of J J Cale here with a bluesy harmonica taking the melody while a rolling Fender pulls you in. Strange Old Game is an absolute hit for this EP...

The 6 tracks on the EP cut a notch into that classic vibe with a finely seasoned vintage sound... I can imagine if Pink Floyd and Mark Knopfler got together with Chris Rea that it wouldn’t be far off what David and Tom can achieve together. Eclectic is a seriously well placed name, as it defines and describes their music perfectly."

Will Johnstone, Music Journalist (from a review published in MRU Magazine)

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released April 19, 2013

Tracks 1, 3, 5 & 6: (C) Eclectic Guitar - David Halliday
Tracks 2 &4: (C) Eclectic Guitar - Tom Kater
All tracks arranged by Eclectic Guitar
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Hillan at Echo Soundlabs (Langbank)
All images reproduced with kind permission (C) George Crawford

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Eclectic Guitar UK

David Halliday is a self-taught guitarist and has been playing the electric guitar for over 18 years with a finger-picking style similar to the man who inspired him to learn the instrument, Mark Knopfler.

Tom Kater has many years of musical experience and is a multi-instrumentalist. As well as 12-string acoustic guitar (his main performance instrument), he plays the mouth organ and mandolin.
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Track Name: Strange Old Game
(C) Eclectic Guitar - David Halliday

Well it's a strange old game it's anyone's call
One day you're up the next you're down
No rhyme and no reason honesty and treason
Go home a hero wake up a clown
You have to steal from Peter
To pay what you owe to Paul
It's a strange old game

Yeah it's a strange old game gotta be on the ball
Today is a blur but yesterday's clear
It's not all black and white or what you thought was right
Dangerous liaisons and crocodile tears
You have to steal from Peter
To pay what you owe to Paul
It's a strange old game

It's a strange old game too easy to fall
Mess up here screw up there and you're on the floor
It's not all cut and dried but the sharks they eat the fry
You burn the wrong bridges and shut the wrong doors
You have to steal from Peter
To pay what you owe to Paul
It's a strange old game
Track Name: Sunny Hill
(C) Eclectic Guitar - Tom Kater

Once upon a time when the only border
That you knew was the one that you crossed in the summer
In the car on the way to see your auntie and your uncle and your cousins
In their big white house by the seaside
You thought life was fine it was only right
And the world was fair and the goodies wore white
Romance was a windy walk in the night
You never thought you could come to write about your hometown

It's all so far and gone in a past that lingers on in your middle-aged mind
Though you know that you went away
But you find yourself in a smoky haze
You're a drunk with a pencil as a mandolin plays
So you write a song about a smoky town where the clouds pile up
And the rain falls down on the pavement

The 13 bus on a wet windy Saturday
At 9 o’clock at night was only vaguely amusing
When the drunk men staggered from the pub along the road
With their roll-ups and their screw tops
And a pressing need to know that you were all right
In the heavy air when the sky turned brown
You could catch the smell from the east of town of the charcoal works
Where the bones burned slowly down in the flameless fires of no ambition

It's all so far and gone in a past that lingers on in your middle-aged mind
Though you know that you went away
But you find yourself in a smoky haze
You're a drunk with a pencil as a mandolin plays
So you write a song about a smoky town where the clouds pile up
And the rain falls down on the pavement

The song of the Clyde ignored the built-up hill
To the south of the sparkling water
Of the river as it mixed with oil and the diesel
From the tugs and the ships in Victoria Harbour floating rainbows
You sat and watched the tip of your fishing rod
As you tried for a flounder or a slack-bellied cod
And at night Grieve Road reflected the lights
As the Whinhill overlooked from fantastical heights of indifference

It's all so far and gone in a past that lingers on in your middle-aged mind
Though you know that you went away
But you find yourself in a smoky haze
You're a drunk with a pencil as a mandolin plays
So you write a song about a smoky town where the clouds pile up
And the rain falls down on the pavement
Track Name: Waiting On The Shore
(C) Eclectic Guitar - David Halliday

To a distant land I cast my mind
Where at journey's end you said you'd find
A place where there's no need to cry
Beneath the darkening skies
I picture you there without a care
Throwing caution to the wind
Do you think of me here with my cross to bear
As you wander so far from home
I'll be waiting here on the shore

To a distant land I force my thought
I feel you there with the pain that you brought
I know it's never left you
It's all gone wrong that much is true
Why did you run and choose that tainted path
When you should've stayed here with me
But now it's too late love's twisted into wrath
Someone else wipes your tears away
I'm still waiting here on the shore

From your distant land I turn my face
But I'm bound to you as you revel in that place
The image of you flies to haunt and pierce
Tied to memories vivid and fierce
Helpless I yearn though you'll never return
And it's all I can do just to get through the day
In another world beneath a different sun
You'd never have gone I'd never be here
Waiting on the shore
Track Name: The Clown Came In
(C) Eclectic Guitar - Tom Kater

The sun was high and it shone as we danced
On the sands of a time when we couldn't lose
The beating waves rose around our knees
With the champagne bubbles rising
A seagull cried in the gloaming light
As we walked by the shore at the end of the day
We sat by the fire and we talked of dreams
Breathing woodsmoke in the air
Floating along on the breeze

And then the clown came in banging on the furniture
Falling on the floor
While the chessman waits in the hall with a hidden card
The joker grins drinking all the wine again
Watching MTV
Leaving bubbles blown like wishes on a breeze

Your eyes the colour of the sparkling sea
As the thunder rolled in the afternoon
Raindrops upon your skin
Like silver rivers flowing
I watched you sleep in the firelight
As it cast red glow on the gloom of the night
A full moon rose on the top of the trees
And kissed a cloud goodbye
Floating along on the breeze

And then the clown came in banging on the furniture
Falling on the floor
While the chessman waits in the hall with a hidden card
The joker grins drinking all the wine again
Watching MTV
Leaving bubbles blown like wishes on a breeze

The joker's sense of humour hides a pea beneath a shell
You can hear the cosmic laughter as the chessman casts his spell
You're reaching out for heaven but you trip right into hell
And that's when you realise the joke's on you

And then the clown comes in banging on the furniture
Falling on the floor
While the chessman waits in the hall with a hidden card
The joker grins drinking all the wine again
Watching MTV
Leaving bubbles blown like wishes on a breeze
Track Name: Sunrise Over Bluestown
(C) Eclectic Guitar - David Halliday

Lately it's been playing on my mind
Would that I could get up and leave it all behind
Had a one-way ticket to a place just south of hell
Life ain't pretty when you're waiting for the hammer to fall

But then you walked in with your smile and your style
Yeah you stormed in with your smile
Well those dark old days they just drifted away
And a fire burned and blazed all around
Sunrise over Bluestown
Clear skies are here to stay

Danced with the devil and the devil took a piece of my soul
Should've seen it comin' but pride kinda got in the way
A poker hand later I was flat broke down in the dirt
Day followed day in a whisky-soaked world of hurt

But then you walked in with your smile and your style
Yeah you stormed in with your smile
Well those dark old days they just drifted away
And a fire burned and blazed all around
Sunrise over Bluestown
Clear skies are here to stay

Pick of the bunch happened right upon a New Year's day
An acquaintance of mine said d'you wanna shoot some pool at the bar
Well I got home late and my motor it was missin' some wheels
Front door gone and the curtains tearing wild in the wind

But then you walked in with your smile and your style
Yeah you stormed in with your smile
Well those dark old days they just drifted away
And a fire burned and blazed all around
Sunrise over Bluestown
Clear skies are here to stay

But then you walked in with your smile and your style
Yeah you stormed in with your smile
Well those dark old days they just drifted away
And a fire burned and blazed all around
Sunrise over Bluestown
Clear skies are here to stay
Track Name: Mistakes Were Made
(C) Eclectic Guitar - David Halliday

I saw you one night as you walked slowly by
Down by the river as the cold rain fell
Windswept and weary with unseeing eyes
You stood on the bank and you silently cried

And it doesn't really matter what I say to you now
The damage is done the battle is lost
Whatever I do it's no good any more
And all because mistakes were made

You called me one night as I turned out the lights
At a quarter to twelve as the cold wind blew
Caught off my guard as the stars burned bright
You struck the wound deep so deep and so wide

And it doesn't really matter what I say to you now
The scars won't heal the memories won't fade
Whatever I do it's no good any more
And all because mistakes were made

And it doesn't really matter what I say to you now
The scars won't heal the memories won't fade
Whatever I do it's no good any more
And all because mistakes were made