Gate Fever

by Paddy Nash

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All Songs written by Paddy Nash

Produced by Eddie O’Donnell, Paul Casey & Paddy Nash

Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Paul Casey
@ Cable Junction Studios Derry

Artwork by Rebecca Mulhern

Design by Marty Doherty

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released June 2, 2017

Paddy Nash – Vocals & Guitar

Eddie O’Donnell – Guitar, Keys and Vocals

Diane Greer - Vocals

Nick Scott – Double Bass

Liam Bradley – Percussion

Paul Casey – Extra Guitars and Sprinkles

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Paddy Nash Ireland

Gate Fever is the new Solo Album from Paddy Nash. Usually seen with his 7- strong-stomping-ensemble ‘The Happy Enchiladas’ this album sees Paddy revisit his Folk roots.

‘I wanted to write songs about how I view the world today. The things that make me angry, the stuff that makes me despair, the time and people that we lost, that I miss. I tried to find some hope along the way. I hope I did.’
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Track Name: Conor
Conor has a dream
He wants to be a famous singer
He works at the Willow Tree
And plays there on a Friday
We take our hats off to ya
When you sing that Hallelujah Hallelujah

Conor knows the score
He knows it’s down to luck and timing
It makes him want it more
So he waits around for someday
Now everyone is calling
For that old Free Fallin’ Free Fallin’

And I was once sat on that chair
Reaching for those castles in the air
And every time he asks for my advice
I tell him to always be polite
Ignore the put downs don’t believe the hype
And you’ll do all right

Conor calls my name
And even though I don’t feel like singing
I get up on the stage
Try my best to hide the shaking
I summon the composure
And then at last it’s over it’s over

I was once sat on that chair
Reaching for those castles in the air
And every time he asks for my advice
I tell him to always be polite
Ignore the put downs don’t believe the hype
And you’ll do all right
Track Name: Gate Fever
Can’t take it with you
Said the poet to the priest
We were playing Hold ‘Em
In the belly of the beast
Then the teacher struck the cue ball
And it made the perfect sound
Then everybody stopped
As the shadows filled the ground

Tonight I lay thinking
Of the choices that I made
And how my worst ten minutes
Put me where I am today
And I know it won’t be long now
‘til I embrace the great unknown
Is anybody out there is anybody home

I can feel that old gate fever
Coming on

I am not alone here
There’s a stranger in my room
He’s a nameless cliché
A bully and a buffoon
But when he thinks I’m sleeping
When the silence steals the night
I can hear him praying
And crying like a child

I can feel that old gate fever
Coming on

The last time I saw her
Her head bowed in shame
And all I could whisper
Is I am not afraid
But I’m afraid

I can feel that old gate fever
Coming on
Come on
Track Name: Thomas the Troll
Thomas clocks off work on a Friday
Catches the last bus home
He keeps his head low
He’s a volcano
Ready to explode

A young woman sits beside him
She’s covered up her face
Takes out his iPhone
He sneaks a photo
And posts it to his page

Do you know
Somebody knows
The man who is otherwise known
As Thomas the Troll

He says goodnight to his mother
Then he turns out the light
Checks the router
Turns on the computer
And settles down for the night

He begins with the liberals
Preachy avant-garde
Lefty hippies radical celebrities
Part of his twisted repertoire

Do you know
Somebody knows
The man who is otherwise known
As Thomas the Troll

He’s off to buy the Mail on Sunday
And as he enters the store
He sees me smiling I’m smiling at him
He turns for the door

But now I’m right beside him
I’m holding out my tin
A small donation refugee children
Thomas puts some money in

Do you know
Somebody knows
The man who is otherwise known
As Thomas the Troll

Thomas clocks off work on a Friday
Catches the last bus home
The isolation, realisation
He died a long a time ago
Track Name: Sink Like Stones
Can we stop talking now
Let ourselves breathe
It’s been the longest night
There’s no fight left in me

If I turn the radio on
Maybe there’ll be a sign
An old familiar song
From a happier time

If it was that easy
If we patched up the holes
We’d still run out of reasons
To keep this afloat
So we sink like stones
We sink like stones

I roll a cigarette
You roll your eyes
I make a funny face
Wait for your reply

If it was that easy
If we patched up the holes
We’d still run out of reasons
To keep this afloat
So we sink like stones
We sink like stones

Wade, at the bottom I’ll wait
Wait, at the bottom I’ll break

We sink like stones
Track Name: Meanwhile on the Golf Course
I am a fisherman it’s my escape
From all that is broken with this human race
I am a father and I am a son
I learned what I can and I’m passing it on

Heaven help us what have they done

If you look over these beautiful fields
You’ll bask in the beauty of all they reveal
But come a bit closer look under the soil
Where they’ve hidden their mess
Where the water it boils

Meanwhile on the golf course
A man laughs with his mates
They talk about secrets they’ve buried
And plan to do more of the same
Later he’ll sit at the table
To a meal fit for a king
And his water will come from a bottle
Sourced from the purest of springs

I finished college top of my class
Everyone said I was bound for success
But I fell in love when I turned 21
All I have now is my beautiful son

Heaven help us what have they done

We both fell sick at the turn of the year
The say I’ll be fine but for him it’s unclear
I nurse him I hold him it’s all I can do
There’s something in the water I heard on the news

Meanwhile on the golf course
A man laughs with his mates
They talk about secrets they’ve buried
Make plans to do more of the same
Later he’ll sit at the table
To a meal fit for a king
And his water will come from a bottle
Sourced from the purest of springs
What’s in the water you drink?
Track Name: You & Me Both
I looked in to the future
100 years from now and we’re all hiding in our pods
And still we’re none the richer
Still blaming one another in the name of our true gods

The line was drawn the seed was sewn
A thousand years or more ago

It’s like my brother says
We all are guilty here
There’s too much bitterness
There’s too much holy fear
And when it all goes up in smoke
Who will be the first to choke?
You and me both

The ones who sit in power
Think we should be grateful when they pass us down their crumbs
They love it when we cower
So they feed us through their media the fear that keeps us numb

Some light relief to mask the lie
The planes go up the false flag flies

It’s like my sister says
We all are victims here
There’s too much bitterness
There’s too much holy fear
And when it all goes up in smoke
Who will be the first to choke?
You and me both

I looked in to the future
200 years from now and we’re all programmed to obey
Here comes the new world order
Where the poets and the painters of dissent are cast away

The line was drawn the seed was sewn
A thousand years or more ago

It’s like my mother says
We all are immigrants
There’s too much bitterness
There’s too much ignorance
And when it all goes up in smoke
Who will be the first to choke?
You and me both

We all are people here
Track Name: Bonfire Night
Spent the day chopping trees and stealing tyres
From the old farmers yard
Throwing stones getting chased by the army
To the old reservoir

And the rain oh the rain
We wore like a coat of boyhood blame

We all agreed we had a built a thing of beauty
And that we all should stand guard
When it was time we lit the match and stood there waiting
With hope in our hearts

Then the blaze oh the blaze tore through the sky
A million miles high on bonfire night

We chased the girls from Malin Gardens
On to the roof of St Mary’s school
We stood on the edge pretending bravado
The fear of the fall
The fear of a kiss

Later on we heard the news 2 men were fighting
They said someone died too
We ran as fast as we could silently hoping
It was no one we knew

And the blood oh the blood
Ran like a stream into the mud
On bonfire night

We stayed up all night
Looking over the city
Until the fires had dimmed to embers and ash
And all we could hear was the sound of it sleeping
Soon it would roar soon it would blast

And so it was 81 the end of summer
A time to move on
We made a pact that we’d always stick together
No matter what lay beyond

But the days the days turned to years
Then turned to ghosts then disappeared
Like bonfire night

We chased the girls from Malin Gardens
On to the roof of St Mary’s school
We stood on the edge pretending bravado
The fear of the fall
The fear of a kiss
On bonfire night
Track Name: The Boy in the Old Mans Clothes
A rosary
And I’m hit like a train by a memory
My mother praying in the cemetery
For the boy in the old mans clothes

A photograph
People mourning in the aftermath
Scribbled on the back the epitaph
For the boy in the old mans clothes

The bluest sky
Turned to darkness then opened wide
Even god in heaven cried
For the boy in the old mans clothes

Wedding bells
A cause for celebration despite herself
And I threw my pennies in the holy well
For the boy in the old mans clothes

The memory disappears
And I think of the silence in her older years
Secrets stored away like souvenirs
For the boy in the old mans clothes

In my darkest days
She comes to visit but she never stays
Sometimes this life I would gladly trade
With the boy in the old mans clothes
Track Name: We are the Dead
Last night I had a dream
Of Oceania
Hiding from the Thought Police
I turned to Julia

It’s all coming true she said
We’re depending on you she said
We are the dead

I awoke to find a world
Of walls and borders
And the loudest noise I heard
Was silent surrender

It’s all coming true they said
The voices inside my head
We are the dead

They’re on the Internet
They’re in your phone
They’re launching satellites
They’re in your home

Today I took a walk
By the poisoned river
An old man on the dock
Bet me a fiver

It’s all coming true he said
They’re watching you he said
We are the dead

They’re on the Internet
They’re in your phone
They’re launching satellites
They’re in your home

Tonight I pulled the plugs
And I sat in the darkness
When I realised my thoughts
Were somebody else’s

It’s all coming true they said
We’re taking control they said
You are the dead

They’re on the Internet
They’re in your phone
They’re launching satellites
They’re in your home

Last night I had a dream
Of Oceania
Most nights I have a dream
Of Oceania
Track Name: Fallen Friends
There’s no turning back now
Because we’re half way gone
And the clear blue waters
Are resting in the sun

The land of equals
Is a land of hope
There’s no captains’ table
But we’re ready to start the show

Say goodbye begin again
We’ll raise a glass to fallen friends

Don’t cry mo grá fíor
Don’t you be scared
I’m right here beside you
Whatever when and where

For years we’d been stranded
On that lonesome shore
Now beyond golden sunsets
Behind our blackest storms

Say goodbye begin again
We’ll raise a glass to fallen friends

Fallen friends

I know your heart is heavy
But there’s no more tears to spill
And all I have to offer
Is the fact
I love you still

Say goodbye begin again
We’ll raise a glass to fallen friends

Fallen friends