Thursday, August 24, 2006

Unfinished Work

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Unfinished Projects

Unfinished projects
TV screens
A home away from home
Living in the dream.

Here today in glimpses
Yesterday in poems
Till tomorrow wakes you up
You all wake up alone.

Unrequited, unfulfilled
See how soft she feels
Take the long way back again
Clicking on your heels

Thursday was in Paris
Tuesday was in Milan
But that’s imagination
You try everything you can

Run away on credit
Beat the beastly bills
Bathing in a bath of milk
Sleeping safe in silk
Sleeping safe in silk.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

After Ferrystock

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A Nice 19th

Thankfully the sun shone on a fairly unrighteous bunch of musicians and "Ferrystock" took place without a hitch yesterday in the open air. Thanks to all those who played: Cloudland Blue Quartet, Tommy Mackay, Confushion, The Sultans of Swine, Big Jim, Norman Lamont & the Innocents, Whyte & Mackay and us. We all had a load of fun playing in a spectacular setting, between the Forth Bridges and looking out onto Fife, and we made a few quid for the Ferry Arts Festival.

Thanks also to the Two Bridges Hotel - a really good venue and a grand day out.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Ferrystock 2006

Benefit gig at the Two Bridges Hotel, South Queensferry, Saturday 19th August at 2.00pm.

Everybody is welcome - hope the skies stay blue for the afternoon.

We'll be playing and raising funds for the Queensferry Arts Festival, due to take place in September.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006


I'm a grouch but no Groucho.

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I missed your meaning
Couldn’t catch your drift
You say things that don’t translate
Don’t fit the answer I heard in my head
Try to gain a grasp, then it all falls away
Searching for meanings in little things you say.

We are all unknowable and raw as red meat
Hard as the white frost and frozen beneath
Click a finger and call me
Wink an eye and I come
Whisper gently and tell me
Tell me snippets and splinters
Tell me pieces and fragments
Let them glisten at your feet
As I put them together
To find the picture is clearing
And the blanket uncovers
What it might be you are meaning.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Border Crossing - Cover Art

New CD Artwork - click on it to hear Border Crossing sound clips.

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Border Crossing

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New CD on the way - track details as below:

Impossible Songs: Border Crossing.

Recorded March 2006 at Muffel Studios, Friedrichafen, Germany. Produced by Martin Freitag.

All songs written by John Barclay and Alison Hutton.

John Barclay – Guitars and vocals
Alison Hutton – Vocals
Martin Freitag – Bass, synths and drum programmes
Siggi Richter – Keyboards


Nobody Jones: Inspired by break-up, adultery, second hand misery, Brokeback Mountain and the passions that squeeze the lemons to the last of their juice. Thanks also to the legendary Edinburgh singer/songwriter Nobody Jones for the temporary use of his rather splendid stage name.

I Miss that Boy: The sad tale of what might have been and what could have been. All for a brief moment reflected in a half full wine glass and staring wistfully out to sea to try to catch a glimpse of the shimmering sight of Tir-na-nog appearing through the Celtic mist.

White and Red: Whatever you’ve got we’ll happily protest against it and attempt to stamp it out, we’ll criticise in our most constructive way with a clear voice and try hard not to follow your lead, though you may have a valid point or two.

Tragedy Queen: Written while singing sweetly down the phone, speeded up and slowed down and dedicated to queens of all sexes wherever you may be. If you think it’s getting better it probably is.

Time of your Life: When I was at school I was an adult in a child’s body, now I am grown I am a child in an adult’s body. The truth is whatever age you are you don’t have to take shit because they can’t break you. Sticks and stones and well aimed words, it’s your choice what you accept or believe.

Not Pretty: Too small, too tall, too quiet, too loud, too fat, too thin, when it’s not right it’s not always all wrong and wit and wisdom are far better and last longer than looks, but if your face is your fortune use the time you have wisely.

Hunter: In every social group a food chain exists, so if and when some hungry hunter comes after you it’s always better to have bolt hole or stronghold you can quickly retire to.

God Bless the Witch: They burn them, they love them, they lampoon them and then they canonise them and ship them on to Hollywood for processing. Good people do bad things, bad people do good things. Look up, smile and make your choice.

Old Enough: Forget about your memory, become a parent or grandparent, have senior moments, complain about shopping malls, prices and call centres, refuse to vote or vote for love, take a long bus journey or buy a motor cycle. Be good to yourself.

Rainbow: The sunniest place is right up close to the sun but still a little rain falls on everyone.

Thanks to: Martin, Heike, Siggi, Emma, Paul, Joseph, Olivia, Erin, Guy, Timothy, Emma (S), Taylor, Finlay, Jonathan, Gillian, Elijah, the OOTB Committee, Crispycat, Confushion and all the good and talented people on the Edinburgh Songwriter’s circuit.