Paddy Nash & Gemma Bradley - The Old Country

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The Old Country
By Paddy Nash & Gemma Bradley

THIS OLD FOOLS PARADE
HAS SURE SEEN BETTER DAYS
AND I WILL BE THE FIRST
TO ADMIT HOW MUCH IT HURTS

THAT TOWN TRAPPED WAS I
BARELY SCRAPING BY
STILL I FEEL I'VE LET YOU DOWN
FOR THIS NEW LIFE I HAVE FOUND

IF I HAD THE MEANS ALONE
I'D BE SURE TO BRING YOU HOME
BUT ALL THAT MADE ME BRAVE
HAS BEAT ME MY GRAVE

I JUST NEED YOU TO KNOW
WHY I HAD TO GO
I DON'T THINK THAT I CAN FACE
ANOTHER LIFETIME IN THAT PLACE

A PLACE WHERE TRUTH AND LIES
DISTORT BEFORE YOUR EYES
WHERE ALL THAT IS PRECIOUS HIDES UNDETECTED
LIKE A WRECK ON THE BED OF THE SEA
THE OLD COUNTRY

BUT I DO UNDERSTAND
FOR WHEN I WAS A YOUNGER MAN
I TOO DID LEAVE THESE SHORES
IN SEARCH IN NEED OF MORE
BUT I KNEW I'D RETURN SOMEDAY
MY FAMILY FOR TO RAISE
NOW THE GREED OF WEALTHY MEN
SEPARATES US ONCE AGAIN

I'D BE BACK IN A PRAYER
IF WORK LIED FOR ME THERE
UNTIL THAT DAY ARRIVES
I'M BOUND BY FOREIGN TIES
IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T LOVE
MY KIN MY FLESH AND BLOOD
AND NOW I'VE HAD A TASTE
I LONG FOR THAT OLD PLACE

A PLACE WHERE TRUTH AND LIES
DISTORT BEFORE YOUR EYES
WHERE ALL THAT IS PRECIOUS HIDES UNDETECTED
LIKE A WRECK ON THE BED OF THE SEA
THE OLD COUNTRY

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from First Dates Recordings from the Resonate Project, released August 1, 2013
Paddy Nash - Guitar & Vocals
Gemma Bradley - Vocals
Liam Craig - Bass
Glenn Rosborough - Keys and BV

Recorded and mixed by Liam Craig & Glenn Rosborough
Produced by Liam Craig

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Paddy Nash Ireland

Gate Fever is the new Solo Album from Paddy Nash.

'You probably won’t discover a finer singer-song-writer all year. A True Irish Gem! 9/10'
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'Cathartic resolution and powerful storytelling cloaked in mellifluent harmonies 4/5'
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'Nash has subtly delivered his own fanfare for the working man on this record.'
Gerry McNally
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